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  •  I find some mindsets here remarkable (5+ / 0-)
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    KingofSpades, askew, redrelic17, NMLib, R30A

    Regarding the "risk" of losing the seat, setting aside for the moment I've been adamant and still am that we're not going to lose the seat to Brown or anyone else, it's amazing to me that people here have the tunnel vision to insist Obama's pick for Secretary of State should be dictated by electoral gamesmanship.

    Obama is elected to govern, not constantly look ahead to another election.  He wants Kerry on the merits as his top choice (I realize really the second choice after Rice but with her out, Kerry is the top one now).  He wouldn't be doing his job to pass on Kerry because of how a special election for his seat might go.  If Democrats can't hold a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, that's the exclusive fault of the Democratic candidate and the Democratic Party.

    It's not a permanent campaign.  President Obama refuses to pretend it is.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:34:34 PM PST

    •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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       I was amused when one poster mentioned how "exhausted" Massachusetts Democrats where after their energy expenditure in beating Scott Brown. Are MA Dems aware that in some other states there can be as many as 4 or 5 viable Republicans ready to run a statewide campaign? And that maybe some other states have to deal with more conservative electorates? This mindset that Democratic campaigns in Massachusetts need such hand-holding has really shed some light on how Coakley lost in the first place.

      http://www.snappac.org/ Students for a New American Politics!

      by redrelic17 on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:50:44 AM PST

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    •  Then why does he campaign for Dem candidates? (1+ / 0-)
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      And raise money for them?

      He's the head of the Democratic party and that's what he should be doing.  For the same reason, he should not be putting Democratic seats in jeopardy just so he can have a "name" in his cabinet.  This is not 1865.

      Let all the Bush tax cuts expire

      by Paleo on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:34:24 PM PST

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