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  •  Beats me. Get someone to run (0+ / 0-)

    One of us Kossacks could run for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee if no one else does.

    Maybe Harold Ford could run again but he ran a rather lackluster campaign in 2006 to begin with and really made himself look ridiculous at the end of the campaign.

    •  A candidate has to be able to raise money (0+ / 0-)

      they have to be able to bring their own fund-raising operation to the table if they are going to be taken seriously by the DNC.  If they aren't an established politician with an established base of support, they will only get yellow dog votes.  Look at Alvin Greene.

      Praxis: Bold as Love

      by VelvetElvis on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 02:59:32 PM PDT

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      •  Alvin Greene was no real candidate (0+ / 0-)

        He never really did much of any campaigning and was a joke.  He doesn't factor into this.

        Why would a candidate need to appeal to the DNC when they're running for the primary?  Congressman Jerry Mcnerney, when he was running in 2006 against then-incumbent Richard Pombo, was not initially funded by the DNC but had serious support in the Bay Area and his campaign was very well run.   He eventually got more national support considering he was able to turn his election into a real race.  I think any candidate, as long as they're smart enough, can as you point out bring their own fund raising machine to the table.

        I don't see how being an established politician has any bearing in this.  What does being "established" mean?  Going back to Mcnerney, he was never an established politician to begin with.  Now he's been able to win re-election in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and faced two very tough re-election campaigns (in 2010 and 2012).

        •  yes, and he still appeals to a wide swath (0+ / 0-)

          of voters who support him with money and calling and door to door -- even as his district has changed and gotten farther from his original Bay Area supporters.

          And now others in the same general area are running and becoming successful.

          Little by little in CA's heavily R Central Valley...

          Even TX is moving, despite horrific gerrymandering and idiotic state R leadership.

          TN should be the same... If not now, when?

          "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

          by fhcec on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 05:07:47 PM PDT

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