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  •  The result is pretty meaningless either way (9+ / 0-)

    It would be nice to win but it never had national implications before and it doesn't now. Just proves once again that in the south the worst thing a candidate can do isn't soliciting prostitutes, or sleeping with your patients or cheating on your wife at the expense of tax payers. Nope, it is actually running as a Democrat.

    "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

    by conspiracy on Mon May 06, 2013 at 11:57:25 AM PDT

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    •  I think "getting caught with a live boy" (3+ / 0-)
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      Zack from the SFV, Audrid, MichaelNY

      would still hold true

      In fact, the occasional victory for the GOP cannot hide the fact that this country is fast heading into another era, not of two-party democracy, but a party-and-a-half system. And the GOP is the half a party- Larry Sabato

      by lordpet8 on Mon May 06, 2013 at 01:34:08 PM PDT

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    •  A Sanford win has a "meta" effect helping us (3+ / 0-)
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      wwmiv, KingofSpades, sacman701

      It doesn't help us in any immediate sense at all.

      But these guys like David Vitter and Mark Sanford help us metapolitically with voters nationally by leveling the parties' public images on cultural matters, especially sexual matters.  The GOP is no longer the party of "traditional family values" and no longer benefits from such an image with voters outside their hard-core base.

      We've benefited from this on quite a few broad image-building issues.  We've largely leveled the playing field on foreign policy and national security thanks to Bush's and his party's fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan, followed by Obama outperforming many Americans' expectations in those areas.

      We've leveled the playing field on taxes by surrendering, at least for a generation, on tax rates for the non-affluent, combined with the voting public coming around to supporting higher taxes on higher income folks.

      And as noted above, we've leveled the playing field and even surpassed the GOP on cultural issues, including "family values," with every episode like Mark Sanford hurting the GOP a little bit more.

      All this stuff has contributed to moving the needle our way.  It's why the electoral map in Presidentials has moved in our favor and eventually filters downballot, albeit more slowly.

      45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Mon May 06, 2013 at 07:19:13 PM PDT

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