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  •  There isn't one machine... (2+ / 0-)
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    CuriousBoston, abs0628

    ... there are hundreds.

    Markey did a lot of the hard work for the primary by meeting with every DTC.  Now the big-ass problems come in:

    a)    Election fatigue:  we've had 4 Senate elections in 4 years.  We are genuinely tired of this.

    b)    Students:  many of our voters and canvassers are students.  They're not going to be available for canvassing, and the school year will be over before Special Election Day.

    c)    Overconfidence:  some people think Democrats have it in the bag (ref: Coakley, 2011).

    d)    Citizens United:  more accurately, floods of money from who knows who flooding the airwaves.  I'm not convinced that it will change anyone's mind, or stop anyone from voting, but it will piss people off about politics (as if they weren't already tired of it, see a) ).

    •  Yes, ^^^^^^exactly^^^^^^. (1+ / 0-)
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      FlyingToaster

      Everything Flying Toaster Said.

      Add the Boston election for Mayor. TWENTY candidates are running around trying to get signatures. Those are just the Democrats.

      2012-2016 President Obama, Vice President Biden, Senator Warren. For a LIFETIME, federal judges. Get the filibuster changed. Steamroll. http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments

      by CuriousBoston on Sat May 04, 2013 at 08:06:08 AM PDT

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