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  •  Typical McCaskill. (0+ / 0-)

    Will take a Democratic position when the heavy lifting is done. And her tenuous election prospects aren't an excuse when we are talking about people's human rights. Sorry, Senator, the party would be better off without you.

    I won't believe corporations are people until Texas executes one. Leo Gerard.

    by tgrshark13 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:19:49 PM PDT

    •  Better McCaskill than Akin. (17+ / 0-)

      By keeping it under wraps until now, we now have one more pro-gay senator for another 6 years.

    •  You are kidding, aren't you? (6+ / 0-)

      Would you prefer that she just stay "in the closet" and not declare her support?  

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:01:13 PM PDT

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      •  I so agree...the cup is half full here (6+ / 0-)

        it may be that the poster is a constiuent of hers. It must be hard to be a progressive Dem in MO and see what passes for Dem there.

        •  In Missouri right now, the choice is moderate Dem (4+ / 0-)
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          or conservative Republican.  I would hate to have seen the last election had a sane Republican won - there's a reason that McCaskill did everything she could to ensure that a fruitcake won the GOP primary; a non-fruitcake could have won in that reddish-purple and religious state.

          Not a difficult choice, imho, not at all.

          "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 11:44:55 PM PDT

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        •  Missouri is not deep red. (1+ / 0-)
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          I am shouting this from the mountaintops because it is a persistent myth. Obama BARELY lost Missouri in 2008. I remember the election returns, but here is Wikipedia:

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

          He didn't compete here at all in 2012, and didn't need to.

          We have Dem governors all the time. Dem Secs of State often.

          This trope that MO is deep red is untrue. I am a progressive in Springfield,the third-largest city, and I know lots of Dems who are very liberal. Look at state offices. Look at our history going as the nation goes. I am a college teacher and I can tell you the youth is WAY more liberal now than ten years ago.

          We are an evidence-based community - let's get this right,and fight to turn MO blue. It can happen. Fairly easily.

        •  I'm a progressive Dem in MO (2+ / 0-)
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          and believe me, while I'd love to have a Bernie Sanders as my senator, I'm realistic and know that will not happen in Missouri.

          Claire McCaskill has been a fine senator. She's been with the Dems on every major vote and I was proud to vote for her in 2006 and 2012.

          Speaking of that, Todd Akin had been my representative, first on a state and federal level since 1989. I was born in 1986 so that's essentially my entire life. I've always known his crazy goes far beyond "legitimate rape" - that really just scratched the surface of his insanity but is what got the most national exposure. To say that the Democratic Party would be better off without Senator McCaskill, which may have allowed Akin to get elected senator is ridiculous. It's just asinine.

          "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

          by yg17 on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 05:16:11 AM PDT

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          •  agreed! and I'm not even there in MO (0+ / 0-)

            it's good for Dems to have a big tent anyway. Since moderates who identify with Republicans are a dying breed who in most places would have trouble winning a primary, it's good that moderates can still fit in the Dem party.

            arms wide open

            •  (ie I had tried to be empathetic in (0+ / 0-)

              acknowledging the lament of how "centrist" CM is not knowing if they were her constuents who were complaining, but in reality I myself think she's fine. She was surely very shrewed in "selecting" Akin to run against, and I"ve seen her speak. She is no Republican and seems to be a sharp person.)

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