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  •  I really want Ashley Judd to run in KY (0+ / 0-)

    It speaks volumes that she's spent the past month being derided by the political press as "too Hollywood" to run in KY (most of whom have never been to KY and know nothing about it) and yet she's 4% behind McConnell. She's a proud, strong progressive who would make a striking contrast in a debate next to turtle-faced McConnell. Please run Ashley!!

    "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

    by Shane Hensinger on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 04:22:53 PM PST

    •  as a strong progressive though (6+ / 0-)

      she'd have absolutely zero chance of winning.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 05:01:50 PM PST

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      •  Yeah - I don't buy it (1+ / 0-)
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        it's underestimating the intelligence of Kentuckians and their McConnell fatigue.

        "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

        by Shane Hensinger on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 05:24:48 PM PST

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        •  when was the last time Kentucky (3+ / 0-)
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          voted for a progressive?

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:08:46 PM PST

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          •  Depends on what part of Kentucky (0+ / 0-)

            There are areas which are more progressive than others. The last thing we need is a Democrat who's basically a Republican. Clear contrasts draw voters. McConnell's rule has been a disaster for most Kentuckians - sucking wealth out of the state in favor of extraction industries and leading to a lower standard of living.

            "The two pioneering forces of modern sensibility are Jewish moral seriousness and homosexual aestheticism and irony." Susan Sontag

            by Shane Hensinger on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:39:13 PM PST

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            •  only Louisville elects even moderate progressives. (5+ / 0-)
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              The rest of the state does not.  It's simply not possible for her to win.  There are not hidden progressives out there in coal country who just haven't been voting.  The only Democrats who get elected statewide are moderate or conservative.  We have plenty of Democrats elected statewide, though, just no progressive ones.

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:46:30 PM PST

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            •  Name one Democratic senator (6+ / 0-)

              who isn't clearly to the left of every Republican senator. It's impossible: There is no such person. Whatever you're calling a "Democrat who's basically a Republican" would be a lot better than Mitch freakin McConnell!

              Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

              by MichaelNY on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 08:00:09 PM PST

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        •  This isn't about intelligence (3+ / 0-)
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          You and I may not agree with people who want to continue mountaintop-removal coal mining, but it's hardly stupid for people who have no other job prospects to want to continue doing that.

          Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

          by MichaelNY on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 07:40:23 PM PST

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          •  Yeah. (5+ / 0-)

            Voting for republicans over democrats because the former are more likely to favor the coal industry is about as rational as voting behavior gets, if your livelihood depends on the coal industry. Certainly makes more sense than voting for republicans because Obama is a foreigner muslim and ACA created death panels.

            And I say that as someone for whome climate change and energy policy are the most important issues.

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