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  •  What? In all due respect to the long time senator, (30+ / 0-)

    Abercrombie is obligated to fulfill what he believes is the best thing for the people of Hawaii, and not someone's dying wish.

    There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

    by pollbuster on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:59:29 PM PST

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    •  Of course. (0+ / 0-)

      However, it's also not some wild presumption to believe the late Senator may have had an even better understanding of what "the best thing for the people of Hawaii" may be...and expressed that understanding through his "dying wish."  And, Inouye thought the matter important enough to be one of the very last matters of the public interest he addressed.

      So...indeed...when [you] seemingly have every reason to grant [it]...why not?

      "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

      by Marjmar on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 03:52:33 AM PST

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      •  Then again, it appears that Schatz was (0+ / 0-)

        the better choice on a host of issues, including but not limited to marriage equality. So why not pick the more progressive candidate?

        There is no such thing as an off year election. Every election effects each other. We need to work as hard in 2014 as we did in 2012.

        by pollbuster on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 08:51:54 AM PST

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        •  Seems to be a matter still open to some debate... (0+ / 0-)

          ...which person was/is now the "more progressive" candidate.

          I don't have any axe to grind, and don't live in the lovely State of Hawaii.  

          That said, I do have an interest in seeing good, progressive candidates promoted...but it's always bemusing when those "best" good, progressive candidates are so consistently white males (vs. women/people of color).  

          Sometimes they (white males) are, of course...and I'm left to wonder why the dying progressive Senator didn't support the person you view as the "better choice/more progressive" candidate.  Do you think Inouye was not a progressive?  

          "The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." ~ Steven Biko

          by Marjmar on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:14:16 AM PST

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