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  •  North Carolina (none)
    is to Edwards what New York would be to Giuliani.

    That's okay. He doesn't need to. No Dem will carry NC. But maybe Virginia which is its E.V. equal.

    Who can win more states that Edwards?

    •  Joementum (R-CT)!!!! (4.00)
      He's the ELECTABLE candidate.
    •  Who can win more states than Edwards? (none)
      In 2008, no one.

      If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

      by MeanBoneII on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 11:56:11 AM PDT

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        •  Vote against Patriot Act + Terrorist attack = (none)
          Big problems for Russ. The mushy middle believes the "Patriot Act" is helping to prevent a repeat of 9/11. Kudos to Feingold for voting his conscience, but it could be a HEAVY political anchor.

          His multiple divorces won't help him with the morals and values voters, either.

          If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

          by MeanBoneII on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 12:10:14 PM PDT

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          •  Disagree (none)
            All a politician has to do is stand up to the terrorweenies and say: "Remember when we said, if they change our way of life, we've lost? Well I for one never through in the towel, I never conceded defeat to fear, I will not call that battle lost."

            9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

            by NewDirection on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 01:05:56 PM PDT

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            •  Sounds great, but... (none)
              ...not sure how that speech will stack up with a vote against the Patriot Act if -- or, more likely, when -- terrorists hit the U.S. again. People vote security before ideals.

              If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

              by MeanBoneII on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 01:22:03 PM PDT

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          •  Your reasoning is typical but really stinks (none)
            Do you think the Patriot Act is protecting Americans or not?  Do you think Republicans' solutions on terror and Iraq are keeping us safer than Russ's would?  That's what matters.

            Reagan was divorced.  It's just not an issue unless you can be cowed into believing it is.

            You can vote your beliefs, or you can double the voting power of some right winger running around in your head.

            •  I don't think (none)
              the commenter was saying he wasn't planning to vote for Russ.  He was simply putting on his political analyst hat and trying to predict who would have the most advantages.
            •  I'm already voting for the Dem nominee (none)
              The question is, what do Joe and Jane Swing Voter think of the Patriot Act, and, therefore, of the only senator who voted against it? They're the ones whose votes we need. We already have mine.

              If the Republicans stay in power much longer, An Army of One isn't going to be just a slogan.

              by MeanBoneII on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 01:19:03 PM PDT

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              •  Joe and Jane want a coherent policy. (none)
                You underestimate them.  They see the country heading toward a fork in the road at 100 MPH.  One fork is "Lock up more Arabs and keep them forever or until you can find someone to charge them with.  Killing them in Iraq makes us safer here.  Suspend Constitutional rights using the Patriot Act."  And so on.

                A real opponent says, "Locking up innocent Arabs here makes us less safe.  Killing them in Iraq makes us less safe.  Forfeiting our rights makes us less safe.  Take the other road."  He presents a real alternative viewpoint, not a slight shift hoping to appease Bush supporters.

                Contrary to popular wisdom, Joe and Jane will not vote to aim straight for the tree in the middle of the fork.  Karl Rove knows this, and it's past time we learned it.

          •  Patriot Act (none)
            First of all, after voting down the PATRIOT ACT, he helped create the SAFE act, which has not been passed, but is definitely a way for him to show he's no slouch on terror. And if all else fails, just read this speech, it always gets me.

            "There can be little doubt that if we lived in a police state, it would be easier to catch terrorists. If we lived in a country that allowed the police to search our homes at any time for any reason; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to open our mail, eavesdrop on our phone conversations, or intercept our e-mail communications; if we lived in a country that allowed the government to hold us in jail indefinitely based on what we write or think, or based on mere suspicion that we are up to no good, then the government would no doubt discover and arrest more terrorists.


            But that probably would not be a country in which we would want to live. That would not be a country for which we could, in good conscience, ask our young people to fight and die. In short, that would not be America."

            Freedom can't be forced.

            by Perdition on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 02:12:44 PM PDT

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        •  No chance (none)
          I like Russ but he doesn't have "it."

          "Make the truth your litmus test."

          by independentchristian on Tue Sep 20, 2005 at 12:15:00 PM PDT

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          •  'scuse please. (none)
            What is "it", exactly?  Because if you're talking about political skill, electoral math, a strong leadership style, the "drink a beer" with affability, then "it" is RUSS.

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