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  •  I'm skeptical generally (1+ / 0-)
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    about the ability for this issue to influence many senate elections.

    That said, I think it's noteworth that PPP polled Ayotte in NH.  I've thought for some time that she's the most vulnerable Republican on this issue even if she's not up for reelection until 2016. Susan Collins saw which way the wind is blowing and voted for background checks, even if Ayotte did not. NH is not Montana or Arkansas. Ayotte may be the first GOP senator to face a real and sustained backlash for selling out to the NRA and the gun industry.  

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 10:48:28 AM PDT

    •  If you add the congressional districts in those (1+ / 0-)
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      states where dems have a chance at the Senate, and supercharge the House races on top of the Senate run, you can create a kind of multiplier effect.

      Just who does the GOP represent - on gun control? on taxes? on climate change? on pharmaceutical prices? on saving Medicare? Medicaid? Social Security? on regulating banks? on protecting women's health? the list goes on...

      EVERY Senate race ought to be considered winnable - except the super red. Even Texas is one day expected to go red. So we need to maintain our best optimism.

      The GOP's propensity to shoot themselves in the foot has become signature to their reputation.

      Senator Ayotte is only proving herself true to form. The more sick and tired the public becomes of McCain and Graham, so will follow Ayotte's fortunes. That's what comes of velcroing oneself to blind opportunists.

      "Gun violence places a tremendous burden on America's health care system. Direct medical costs for gunshot wounds total more than six million dollars a day." - The Violence Policy Center

      by Beastly Fool on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 09:38:21 AM PDT

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