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  •  now there's a guy who REALLY wants re-election! (22+ / 0-)

    The ads against him write themselves.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 07:43:18 AM PDT

    •  Yeah, and he has some charming missives (15+ / 0-)

      on the subject of civil rights, too. His first year in office, MLK day rolled around, and when the regional NAACP pressed him to explain why he wouldn't be attending the traditional MLK day breakfast, he told them, effectively, to kiss his posterior.

      He didn't improve matters the following year, when in a ham-fisted attempt to make empathetic connections, he compared the admittedly second-class status historically accorded to Franco-Americans with the practice of chattel slavery. Even when they try to redeem themselves, Maine conservatives are always busy inserting two feet for every foot they remove from their mouths.

      All that being said, even a dunderhead like LePage enjoys an electoral advantage as the Republican nominee for governor, as ticket-splitting between Democrats and "independent" candidates undermines the unity of the progressive/moderate electorate. A common bumper sticker around here reads "61%," meaning the almost 2/3rds of the electorate that voted against LePage -- but whose ticket-splitting handed him the victory.

      I'm hoping that Michaud's popularity will make him competitive in the race, even with independents like Cutler deciding to throw their hat back in the ring.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 09:14:37 AM PDT

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