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    devis1, CroneWit, ukit

    "I like Russ Feingold, but Hillary can do something he can't do - win."

    Do you have any polling data suggesting only Hillary can win? Russ isn't seen as a rabid left wing attack dog like some other senators. He can easily run on a populist message with broad, even bipartisan appeal.

    Hell, I'd certainly give him a looksie in the primaries.

    Though, hmm, I would love it if he won his seat back from Ron Johnson in a few years. Sweet sweet justice that would be.

    •  I don't have polling data showing that (2+ / 0-)
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      nadd2, sewaneepat

      Russ Feingold can't win, although any polling data at this point would not mean much.

      I think, however, that Hillary is the closest thing to a sure thing that the Dems have.  She is very popular, obviously has the name recognition, and appeals to working class white voters.

      I think that Russ Feingold will easily be painted as too Liberal.  I personally like that, but I don't think it will sell in a presidential election.  I certainly hope he takes back his senate seat, however.

      •  On the other hand, I could see Feingold (2+ / 0-)
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        night cat, CroneWit

        or someone like him appealing more to independent voters.

        Don't underestimate the appeal of a "conviction candidate." Americans love to vote for someone who is perceived as standing up for the right thing.

        Also, after Obama was labelled a Kenyan Muslim Socialist and elected two times, I'm not sure how much more power the "too liberal" smear has.

    •  This is the mistake the republicans made (3+ / 0-)
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      CroneWit, RuralLiberal, ukit

      with McCain and Romney picking someone they saw as an "electable" candidate but who didn't generate the enthusiasm.

      While I agree that there are some candidates that will never be accepted by the mainstream like Dennis Kucinich, I wouldn't put Feingold in that category as he won several times in the purple state of Wisconsin despite his more progressive stances.

      As for Hiliary, I certainly have a more positive view of her then I did the last time, but if she is nominated, don't think for a second she will have an easy ride given the republican hatred for the clintons.  They have had since Bill left office to gather dirt on Hilliary and I think that we are in for another campaign of swiftboat ads.  

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