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  •  Congrats to Senator-elect Scott Brown. Now excuse (1+ / 0-)
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    me while I go slit my wrists.  Seriously, it's almost as if Obama is a GOP sleeper agent designed to destroy the Democrats from within (and, yes, I'm fully aware that that kind of rhetoric sounds akin to something that would have been posted on RedState).

    •  Don't be an ass (8+ / 0-)

      The special election of 2010 was a completely different ball of wax, a fluke.  Brown may be in a good position, but he's hardly won anything yet.  And calling Obama a GOP sleeper agent? You have some nerve.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:54:32 AM PST

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    •  The hysteria here is getting really weird at times (10+ / 0-)

      Just yesterday I was reading about how Obama had sold his soul to Boner and was getting his pocket picked....now Boner is pealing rubber off his face from where his own party ran him over and Obama's hand is stronger....Kerry, who is probably one of the most qualified people on the planet to be sec of state, gets picked but I am reading it is a disaster for the Democratic party because we have no chance of winning an election in fucking Massachusetts!

      And then there was the crowd that was sure Obama gave away the Presidential election in the first debate....wow, just wow.

      •  Both are true (4+ / 0-)
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        Obama would have gotten his pocket picked if the House GOP nuts were smart enough to take his offer. As with the 2011 "Grand Bargain" proposal, they saved him from himself.

        Sure, there is a chance Democrats hold the seat, but an equal chance they don't. Just based on who's available to run for each party and the turnout dynamics of special elections. I'll work as hard as needed but I don't kid myself it will be easy if Brown runs.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:40:06 AM PST

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        •  or he took a gamble that they wouldn't go for (0+ / 0-)

          any tax increase under any circumstances---which of course they had all taken an oath about over their mother's graves....and figured he could come out looking more reasonable (which he is) and they more insane giving him more power which i guess it does.

          brown (if he runs and doesn't want to run for governor instead and avoid 4 senate campaigns in what...4 years?) will not be easy to beat but also far from unbeatable and so it goes in politics.

          •  Could be (0+ / 0-)

            I'm not entirely sold. He appointed Simpson and Bowles, two longtime Social Security foes, to come up with a master plan for the federal budget. He offered massive cuts in the 2011 deal. As now, they didn't take that deal, but he offered the cuts. The 2011 deal in particular is too big a risk to take if you're not willing to accept the cuts proposed.

            He's said enough about "reforming" S.S. and Medicare and "folks on the left" having to swallow bitter medicine that I'm skeptical. And he's always been seen are more "reasonable." What good does that do him?

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:24:23 PM PST

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      •  Obama Derangement Syndrome (2+ / 0-)
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        strikes those of both political parties. To hear these people tell it, Obama can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Getting elected twice was just pure dumb luck.

    •  Well, if you want to have a hissy fit (1+ / 0-)
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      about something that can't change the balance of power in the Senate, feel free.

      •  That's just silly (1+ / 0-)
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        1. If you need 50 votes for a majority, 55 is a lot better than 54. Or have Conservadem defections been outlawed?

        2. 2014. A lot of vulnerable Dem seats up, hardly any vulnerable GOP seats. Holding the Senate will be a challenge unless things break hard Democratic as they did late this cycle. One seat now can make a big difference for 2014.

        Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

        by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:44:20 PM PST

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        •  The panic on Mass. senate seat is silly. 1) Scotty (0+ / 0-)

          is damaged goods. he'd be smart to wait for gov. race. If not a loss, the probable outcome, should end his political career.
          2) Democrats won't make the same mistake in the special election.

          Just take a deep breath. Also, remember the Democrats, against the odds, added to seats last November. It will be all right.

          "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

          by TofG on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:52:21 PM PST

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          •  I agree he'd be smart to wait (0+ / 0-)

            for Governor. If he actually feels like doing the work the job entails. And I agree if he loses a Senate election, he's probably done.

            But I don't think he's damaged goods, right now, in any meaningful way. With huge Dem turnout he got over 46%. Historic difference in turnout alone, from a Presidential year to a summer special election, could get him to 50% + 1. Dems won't be asleep at the wheel, but he'll still be the favorite going in.

            Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

            by fenway49 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:59:22 PM PST

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