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  •  Vilsack=better than a Republican (8+ / 0-)

    and I'm not sure we'd have a stronger contender.

    ...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 Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:31:40 AM PST

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    •  Of Course (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm not saying I wouldn't be supportive of Vilsack if he was our nominee in 2016. I'm just saying that I would prefer for him to run for Governor in 2014 if he wants to run for something, and I'd prefer to run Culver for Senate in 2016 on the condition that his favorability numbers have improved to more electable standards.

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      by AndySonSon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:57:55 AM PST

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      •  Culver is done (5+ / 0-)
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        I don't see him making a comeback.

        I'd take Vilsack over Culver in a heartbeat, but Vilsack can win and Culver cannot.

        I wouldn't count on Culver having a Mark Dayton-like comeback, that type of turnaround is rare.

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

        by DCCyclone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:30:20 AM PST

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        •  I'd posit (3+ / 0-)
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          T. Vilsack > Braley > Loebsack > C. Vilsack >>>>>>>> Culver

          23 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); 08/12 PVIs

          by wwmiv on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 11:32:40 AM PST

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          •  I do think it's a given... (12+ / 0-)

            ...that Braley is our nominee.

            There are no major feuds in the Iowa Democratic Party among successful electeds, so I don't think Vilsack would consider challenging Braley now that Braley has jumped in, nor would Braley have jumped in so quickly if it were leaked to him that Vilsack were thinking about it.

            Regarding Christie Vilsack, sadly I have to agree that she proved a disappointment last year.  She didn't have to beat King to prove herself a good candidate, but she had to perform better than she did.

            Loebsack, for his part, is really not a very good candidate.  He's probably always going to be a small bit more vulnerable than an incumbent Democrat in that district should be, simply because he doesn't have great skills.  Loebsack ran in 2006 in the first place as a mere sacrificial lamb vs. Leach, became an accidental Congressman, and finds himself ever since in a seat that is very difficult for any Republican to win, especially today when moderates cannot win GOP primaries.

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

            by DCCyclone on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:29:22 PM PST

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