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  •  I'm not sure how I feel (1+ / 0-)
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    about Schauer being our nominee.  Politically I like him quite a bit.  

    But he also lost to Walberg two years after beating him.

    I'm not sure that kind of electoral record is what we want for someone running for governor.

    •  almost everyone in a close district (8+ / 0-)

      lost in 2010.  I don't consider that a problem.  And wasn't that district more conservative than the state as a whole?

      ...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 12:33:43 PM PST

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      •  It is, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        But Peters's district was supposed to have been more Republican (though admittedly more swingy) too, and he held on both that year and last year.

        •  yes, and I think both, though perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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          especially Peters, would be good candidates.  I actually would prefer Peters for governor and Schauer for senate should Levin retire, though the other way around looks more likely.  I prefer that way because we need a stronger candidate for governor to take out an incumbent and merely a good, decent Democratic candidate for senate.  Michigan statewide is perfectly fine electing a mainstream Democrat to the senate.  Schauer is fine for that.  Peters, who has shown a great ability to win a swing suburban district and also an overwhelmingly Democratic, urban, black majority district, and is perhaps more moderate, has convinced me he could be a dominant gubernatorial candidate.

          I think Peters better fits into the mold of the moderate Democratic governor that most states tend to elect, when they do elect Democrats.  Schauer seems more like a base guy than a moderate.

          ...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 11:06:51 PM PST

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          •  I would agree with that. (0+ / 0-)

            Peters isn't perfect, but he's no blue dog.  In my opinion, at least, he's just liberal enough to be acceptable, but moderate enough, as you said, to be able to win in a swing district, and, I would argue, statewide.

            As I said, I like Schauer politically, but he strikes me as too progressive to win a governor's race here.  If we're going to kick Snyder out we need the strongest candidate we can get, and I'm just not convinced it's Schauer, no matter how much people here talk him up.

            I agree, though, that he would probably stand a much better chance in the senate.

        •  Peters (1+ / 0-)
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          If Peters had a rematch with his 2008 opponent (like Schauer did), he would have lost in 2010 too.

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