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    is of course that your party is typically spared the pains and potential damages of a primary battle.  Think Obama 2012, as opposed to Carter vs. Kennedy in 1980.

    If/when Hillary runs and maintains her dominant position, and if she cruises to the nomination, Republicans will be at an even greater disadvantage, because they will have used up lots of energy, time, and money and likely will have raised significant negatives about the eventual nominee.  It's highly doubtful to me that the eventual Republican nominee will emulate Obama's focus on building strong state-level organizations as a byproduct of the long nomination contest.  Mitt certainly didn't.  He just blasted the airwaves with negativity.  It's what they know.

    There are certainly disadvantages to a nominating process turned into a foregone conclusion, although in Hillary's case, I think most of the vetting, potentially damaging history and the like, has already been raised.  The skeletons are mostly already out of the closet.

    But it's a big bonus I think that the Republicans will once again be fighting tooth and nail, with their factionalism on parade, and we won't.

    Christie is toast.

    by deminva on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 02:16:09 PM PDT

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