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View Diary: GA-Sen: Could Michelle Nunn (D) Be Our Alternative To John Barrow (D)? (40 comments)

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  •  It wouldnt surprise me if she is conservative (4+ / 0-)
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    on some issues, but the reality is any Dem is going to have be to win statewide.

    The advantage vs. Barrow might be 1. She might not be as conservative as Barrow. 2. We dont have to give up a House seat; Barrow can run for re-election, Nunn can run for Senate.

    •  I know "has to be conservative" (1+ / 0-)
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      On some issues is the prevailing logic, but I don't understand it, really.  

      Last time I checked the numbers, 23% of Georgia voters described themselves as "Very conservative."  You're not going to get those voters.  29% describe themselves as "somewhat conservative."  Do you try to attract that group by taking some, but not all, of their positions?  If you do that, how many votes do you lose by turning off liberals?  Also, if you resign yourself to taking Republican party positions, when do you ever move the state left?  (Another reason for a vigorous primary).

      •  Fair points (1+ / 0-)
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        I guess my view of "more and better Democrats" is that sometimes it's hard for a liberal Dem to win a conservative state/district, but a conservative/moderate Dem can. And then, that can serve as a bridge to electing more liberal Dems.

        "Has to be conservative" might have been poor wording on my part. I meant, if she is conservative on some issues, I dont think that it should be held against her.

        I certainly support a primary, and it would be up to Dems to look at the entire record and views of all the candidates to see if one is too conservative or not.

        •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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          I think we're largely in agreement - mostly I wanted to push back some on the common wisdom.  But yeah, if she doesn't support an assault weapons ban or something like that, I don't think that would be grounds (by itself) for disqualifying her.  Background checks, on the other hand...

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