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  •  Frankly... (19+ / 0-)

    ...like most of the American elite, she probably never personally opposed marriage equality.  She was just afraid of getting booted out of office.

    Well, she has about 5.75 years left in office, and by the time she's up for re-election again, the homophobe contingent is going to be well on the fringe of the right wing.

    •  Exactly. In the meantime, the mouth breathers and (7+ / 0-)

      spittle throwers in MO are going to have a great time wailing and rendering their holy garments. Fuck ém.

      if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

      by mrsgoo on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:01:58 PM PDT

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    •  As George Will said... (2+ / 0-)
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      the opposition to gay marriage is quite literally dying. A good number of the voters who would have raised hell over McCaskill supporting marriage equality will be in cemeteries by 2018.

    •  I support her timing on this one. (3+ / 0-)

      Had she done this during her re-election, all she'd be doing is taking airtime away from Todd Akin, and that was a very difficult election - she may look like she walked away with it, but in reality Akin was just dumb enough to take just the amount of rope from her and do the inevitable.

      Agree that, come 2018, this will probably be less controversial, at least in the swing states.

      I wonder if Missouri is getting more red - seems as though it's getting harder to win there.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 11:38:38 PM PDT

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      •  Missouri is not getting more red. (1+ / 0-)
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        Obama competed aggressively in 2008 but not at all in 2012. I know, I helped in 08. Missouri is by no means deep red. It's a myth. We have KC and STL. The rest is cows with EVs.

        Wikipedia regarding 2008:

        "Missouri was won by Republican nominee John McCain by a 0.1% margin of victory."

        •  A little bit of redward settling (0+ / 0-)

          Before about 2000 or so there was a large conservadem base in Missouri.  This is mostly gone Republican now, but there is a little bit of unfinished business there.  I agree that the main dynamic between 2008 and 2012 was that Obama didn't do as well nationally; this put Missouri out of reach and he arbitraged it, which made Romney's margin a bit larger.

          And there's two other dynamics.  On one hand, the Republican machine there is well oiled.  On the other hand, the remaining Democrats are generally a lot less conservative than they used to be (this same dynamic can be observed all over the south; South Carolina Democrats aren't a whole lot to the right of the rest of the country).

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