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  •  My reaction: (4+ / 0-)
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    Deeds took a month off after the primary, didn't play his cards well enough on the college thesis issue, couldn't unite Democrats well enough, and underestimated the need of NoVA.

    Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

    by KingofSpades on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 02:19:24 PM PST

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    •  He'd learn from those mistakes though (0+ / 0-)

      I think personally, as candidate he would have more appeal than McAuliffe.

      •  People on DKE (4+ / 0-)
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        are way too willing to assume horrible candidates can learn from their mistakes. Aren't some people just terrible at running for office?

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 03:18:45 PM PST

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        •  maybe (0+ / 0-)

          but if that's the case would Deeds have gotten elected to the state legislature and nearly been elected AG?

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 11:13:56 PM PST

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          •  Peter Principle? (1+ / 0-)
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            Coakley was always fine running for AG, too.

            Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

            by MichaelNY on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 11:50:54 PM PST

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            •  and again (0+ / 0-)

              there's no indication other than one campaign that she's actually a bad candidate.  She's won others.  If a football team loses one game in a season are they just a bunch of losers?

              ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

              by James Allen on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:19:47 AM PST

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              •  a good indicator of whether someone (1+ / 0-)
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                can win an office is whether they've won that office before...

                and to answer your question: if the football team takes a month-long vacation and then refuses to practice for the game because it's cold outside - yes.

                Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

                by sapelcovits on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 12:38:37 AM PST

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                •  Not to rehash this, but everyone and their (0+ / 0-)

                  mother treated this race like a cakewalk. The blame doesn't lie solely with Coakley. When she got back did she fumble? Sure, but so have many other experienced politicians. Especially when the only "race" was the primary.

                  I realize Coakley lost an important seat and that still rankles, but it's been 3 years now and she's exhibited that she can in fact campaign. She took a race for granted and it cost her. I don't think she will ever make that same mistake again. This isn't meant as a defense, but as a recognition of facts.

                  20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

                  by ndrwmls10 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 01:50:31 AM PST

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              •  It's more like (0+ / 0-)

                If a team gets into the wild card playoff series and then is shut out in 3 straight games, how good were they, really?

                Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

                by MichaelNY on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 06:29:12 AM PST

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