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  •  I'm sure those senators got a pass. (2+ / 0-)
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    JBL55, glitterscale

    They are all up for reelection.

    It is a common thing in Washington.

    Hagan my senator is with the leadership when they need her and then they often let her pass when they don't.

    I'm hoping that when she has been reelected she will start to define herself a bit more.

    The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

    by NCJim on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:00:45 AM PDT

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    •  You can hate this. (2+ / 0-)
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      JBL55, glitterscale

      But it is pragmatic.

      And we do need to control the Senate more than we need to be pure.

      The highest form of spiritual practice is self observation with compassion.

      by NCJim on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 09:02:04 AM PDT

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    •  Yes, you have to be allowed to pretend you are (1+ / 0-)
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      something you're not.. right up until the day after election, at which point you are safe for 6 years.

    •  Hagan probably got the pass, but why vote no? (0+ / 0-)

      I'm starting to get nervous about Hagan's reelection.

      I think right lite will be a loser in 2014, like 2010.

      Hagan faced a weak opponent in Elizabeth Dole, in a good Democratic year ('08). We might get lucky if the R's nominate an extremist, but I'm not counting on that.

      Too many Democrats (starting with corpocrat senators and and expensive Beltway consultants) think the electorate is more conservative than it really is.  Putting the interests of that crowd first is a loser.

      Hagan should be a strong voice for working families. She should be for patients and nurses, not for insurance companies. She needs to stand strong for SS, Medicare and Medicaid. Instead, I fear she'll be all in for "Entitlement Reform" and other "Fix the Debt" austerity crap. She ought to be shouting from the rooftops that we need to pay down the deficit by putting people back to work, that we need to be building schools and a new grid.

      She should proudly support our neccessary social safety net, and be proud that it was woven by Democrats.

      If the R's have a good candidate, she'll do about as well as Erskine Bowles, Walter Dalton and Bev Perdue doing this feckless Blue Dog thing.

      •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

        As a NC voter who campaigned for Hagan in 2008, I can tell you there is little enthusiasm for her here.  She's been with the Republicans on far too many votes.  

        Too many purple state democrats think the route to reelection is to veer conservative in hopes of attracting 'moderate' republican voters.  Hagan is going to learn there aren't any of those and that she has failed to motivate the base she needs to get out the vote to get her reelected.

        Stand for what you believe in and believe in what you stand for.  That goes a long way for many voters.

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