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  •  Not even vaguely Naderish (9+ / 0-)

    Rich centrist former Dem who plays well to the wealthy Seacoast population centers. He strikes me as kind of  narcissistic and used to buying what he wants. Even he's allowing his supporters to hedge their bets.

    Not a fan, though I know a handful of people who are supporting him.

    "We are the sum of our experiences, plus a bit of biology tossed in." © grover

    by Vacationland on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 01:53:15 PM PDT

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    •  Fingers crossed ... (5+ / 0-)
      “If I were to wake up on Election Day convinced that I have no chance of winning, I would tell my supporters that they should no longer feel an obligation to vote for me.”
      ... that he doesn't wait until November 4th.  
      [Cutler] said, “What I’ve discovered ... (is) the half-life of political name recognition is (snapping his fingers) like that.”

      Meaning, maintains Cutler, a surprising number of voters have forgotten all about him, need to be reintroduced to him and, upon getting comfy again, will escort him to victory “in a walk.”

      Call him crazy. Call him egotistic, narcissistic and wildly optimistic. Call him so obsessed with what could be that he can’t bear to face what is.

      I call him delusional.  He is one of the most reviled men in the state.
    •  Exactly. (6+ / 0-)

      His sense of entitlement is stunning. It would not even occur to the man that he is not helping Maine's people in the least.

      Fortunately, I think more people are beginning to see that.

      He's not polling well, something the odious LePage desperately hopes will change as that is his only hope of re-election.

      LePage was even building up Cutler yesterday as a viable candidate and real contender.

      It was so transparent, well, to me anyway.

      There is something in us that refuses to be regarded as less than human. We are created for freedom - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

      by Onomastic on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:21:48 PM PDT

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    •  But, but... (7+ / 0-)

      ...Cutler didn't leave the party! The party left him!

      Third way!
      New thinking!
      High tech!
      Not a politician!

      (Hey, it worked for Angus...)

      He's not a candidate, he's a fashion accessory -- or an MPBN membership premium.

       In the towns where the only seagulls are at the dump, Cutler won't draw flies.

      Trouble is, there may not be enough voters in those towns.

      The superfluous goods of the rich are necessary to the poor, and when you possess the superfluous you possess what is not yours." St. Augustine

      by Davis X Machina on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 02:24:06 PM PDT

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    •  Sorry (2+ / 0-)
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      Vacationland, polecat

      but he is Naderish in the sense he's narcissistic.

      "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

      by TLS66 on Wed Jun 04, 2014 at 06:29:24 PM PDT

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    •  The "moderate" Republicans I know are voting... (1+ / 0-)
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      for him…. They're totally embarrassed by LePage but can't bring themselves to vote for a blue-collar Dem, which is what Mike Michaud is. So they pretend Cutler is the answer. We even have good friends, who are liberal Dems, who are planning to vote for Cutler because they think Michaud isn't smart enough. Personally I'll be delighted if Mike wins--- he's seemed genuine and thoughtful when I've met him or heard him speak, and he's spent enough time in the Maine Legislature and Congress to have an idea how to get some things done, unlike Cutler. And I'd love for Maine to be the state that elects the first openly gay governor--one more barrier down!

      •  Mike is smart and works hard (0+ / 0-)

        That's what I've been told by more than a handful of current and former Maine legislators who served with him.
        The strongest endorsement I've heard is that he knows how to attract the best & brightest to his administration.

        Unfortunately, he is never going to be glib or totally comfortable on the stump, and that is going to be interpreted as "dumb".  It would be interesting to hear how some of our more liberal & well-off Dems process those class issues, which they would never even broach if it were a matter of race.

        I've not been over the moon at Michaud's candidacy, but have come to believe he would do a very good job in Augusta.  I'll be working as hard as I can for his election.

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