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  •  She'll continue to have that advantage (6+ / 0-)

    every time. So not figuring that into your calculus is unwise.

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    by MichaelNY on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 07:29:28 AM PST

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    •  Get it down to 5:1. (4+ / 0-)

      And toss out door-hangers with volunteers.

      I do like seeing them spend all that money. On one half-crazed broad, at that.

      "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

      by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 10:58:38 AM PST

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      •  I think that means spending too much Democratic (3+ / 0-)
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        money. There are many more promising targets.

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        by MichaelNY on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 11:07:06 AM PST

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        •  Who? She is a symbol of far right crap, however. (2+ / 0-)
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          •  Oh she deserves to be defeated (3+ / 0-)
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            No one is doubting that, but what MichaelNY has been saying for most of the thread is that it's not necessarily who we hate the most but who we can defeat the most.

            Bachmann is more beatable than people like Cantor, Ryan, Issa or Foxx in terms of the people we know we despise but it's still a stretch.  

            CO-06, WV-01/02, some of the upper NY seats, CA-15 (? can't remember if that's the one), Bentivolio's seat, maybe even Webster/Southerland's are likely to be more prime targets for the Democrats than Bachmann and will see more of an investment.

            However, if we could defeat Bachmann that would be a very, very, very good cycle.

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            by RVKU on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:27:15 PM PST

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          •  I posted a link to a sub-thread (2+ / 0-)
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            in which a bunch of other names were mentioned. Basically, you can start by looking at Republican-held seats, starting from those with the most Democratic PVIs. Then, add open seats, such as Mary Jo Capito's in WV, that have Republican PVIs but still pretty Democratic-leaning voting for positions other than President.

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            by MichaelNY on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 03:37:59 PM PST

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            •  50ish is telling though (1+ / 0-)
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              I think there is vulnerability in this district though, since Bachmann underperforms the overwhelming GOP advantage

              There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

              by slothlax on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 05:21:11 PM PST

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              •  She will always underperform, yes (1+ / 0-)
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                I acknowledge that.

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                by MichaelNY on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 05:38:15 PM PST

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                •  It would be tough (1+ / 0-)
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                  But I think its a worthy target.  In a good year she can go down, if the foundation is laid early.  And since she is such a high visibility target, the dividends of defeat would be worth the extra risk.

                  There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

                  by slothlax on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 05:41:50 PM PST

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                  •  Given the small differences between (1+ / 0-)
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                    different Republican members of Congress nowadays, in terms of voting record - and especially those who are not among the few moderate ones left - defeating Bachmann is quite inferior to defeating any two other Republicans, if that's the choice. I don't disagree that she could be targeted, but we need to be realistic about the long odds of her actually being defeated - and if so, for only one term.

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                    by MichaelNY on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 02:26:18 AM PST

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                    •  I'm thinking on a different level I suppose (0+ / 0-)

                      To me the symbolism of taking down one of the most visible extremists in a supposedly safe seat, in an off year election no less, would be demoralizing for the rest of the extremists.  The base would lose a beloved leader while candidates will see that its not just a primary they have to worry about.

                      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

                      by slothlax on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:51:05 AM PST

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