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  •  And now he's got a higher profile... (14+ / 0-)

    ...which may make him vulnerable to being defeated.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:58:44 AM PST

    •  Nice way of looking at it. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, astrogeology girl

      "Please don't dominate the rap Jack, if you got nothing new to say." - Robert Hunter

      by WSComn on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:29:03 PM PST

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    •  how many times has an appointed Senator (0+ / 0-)

      been defeated when the election has come around?

      •  Lots of times (2+ / 0-)
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        JeffW, cybersaur

        Some of them don't even make it out of the primary.

        And I'm certain Scott will be primaried. Besides the racist element in GOP ranks, there's a lot of other SC GOPers who are no doubt pissed off right now. They think they're more worthy of this then him.

      •  Some examples of defeated appointed Senators (0+ / 0-)

        Wendell Anderson (D-MN): Resigned as governor and then got himself appointed to Walter Mondale's seat in 1976. Lost his seat to Rudy Boschwitz in 1978 in no small part due to the backlash over how he got his seat, making him a cautionary tale for any governors who think about appointing themselves to fill Senate vacancies.

        James Broyhill (R-NC): Appointed to the Senate in 1986 after the retiring Jon Porter East (who he was already running to succeed) committed suicide in order to give him an advantage in the race. Lost the race anyway to Terry Sanford

        David Karnes (R-NE): Appointed to the Senate in 1987 to fill the seat of deceased Dem Ed Zorinsky. Promptly lost in a landslide to Bob Kerry in 1988.

        John Seymour (R-CA): Appointed to the Senate in 1991 to take over for Pete Wilson after Wilson became governor. Promptly got his ass kicked by Dianne Feinstein in 1992 and is the last Republican Senator from California (and may be so for a long time).

        Jean Carnahan (D-MO): Appointed after her husband Mel Carnahan defeated John Ashcroft in 2000 despite having died in a plane crash. Lost narrowly to Jim Talent in 2002.

        Those are just a few I can think of, but there are probably lots more.

    •  let's say I have obseved him. He's a lightweight. (1+ / 0-)
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      He won't get elected to this post. Then he'll be out of a job.

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