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  •  The "luck" of Claire McCaskill? (12+ / 0-)

    Please. She created her own luck by ratf*cking the GOP primary. It was not luck; it was political cunning.

    30, chick, Jewish, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01. "We need less of that War on Women, and more of that Warren woman!"-- writer Paul Myers.

    by The Caped Composer on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:24:29 AM PST

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    •  This is exactly the thing Democrats need to do (7+ / 0-)

      whenever the opportunity presents itself.

      Filibuster reform, 2013 - woulda, coulda, shoulda.

      by bear83 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:56:18 AM PST

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      •  Can't believe (3+ / 0-)
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        that republican primary voters went along with it. If such a thing were to happen in a dem primary (unelectable fringe candidate being propped up by the other side) I hope (expect) the netroots et al to make a big stink out of it.

        •  asymmetry (3+ / 0-)
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          "Todd Akin is too conservative for Missouri" pushes up Akin's vote because the typical GOP primary base has more true believers for whom a candidate can never be too conservative than pragmatists who just want to win.

          In most cases, Dem primary bases are the opposite. "Ilya Sheyman is too liberal for IL-10" would probably have the net effect of convincing a bunch of Dems to vote for Brad Schneider.

          SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

          by sacman701 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:13:12 PM PST

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          •  in the burbs perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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            in other areas I don't think it would.

            ...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 Mar 06, 2013 at 12:19:19 PM PST

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          •  well it can depend on the district (3+ / 0-)
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            I'm sure if Jim Cooper had a primary opponent I doubt his attacks of "my opponent is too liberal for TN" would stick that well.

            But yeah the Dems do tend to be more pragmatic when it comes to the primaries.

            In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

            by lordpet8 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:35:29 PM PST

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            •  Cooper, etc (5+ / 0-)
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              People on this site have argued that Cooper should be primaried by a mainstream Dem, not an Akin equivalent. The TN5 equivalent of Todd Akin would be someone who would lose that D+5 district to a Republican, maybe a Cynthia McKinney type. GOP ads "attacking" that candidate as too liberal would likely drive Cooper's vote up.

              SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

              by sacman701 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 01:17:30 PM PST

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        •  It can happen thought it has been awhile (2+ / 0-)
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          usually our candidates end up being more some dudes than fringe.

          Oklahoma congressman Mike Synar was narrowly defeated in the primary. His primary opponent then went on to lose to Tom Corburn. Synar had been targetted by the NRA and other outside special interest groups.

          In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

          by lordpet8 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:33:08 PM PST

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