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  •  I guess we will disagree on this. (none)
    I see it as a waste of money.

    I grew up in the district and sit in IL-08 as I am typing.  Crane was a lousy congresscritter and didn't even have support of the local Republicans due to his lack of presence in the district.  Any challenger to Bean will have the full support of the GOP.
    Bean has already lost the support of many of the DFA and labor and many other groups she needed to repeat her victory.  I think she should be held to the same standard all other new candidates are held to.  If she can raise money then the DCCC should support her but since she has alienated the Democratic base with her recent votes the money probably won't be coming in.  I would rather have a primary challenger and if the GOP does take the district again then there will be a chance for a real moderate Democrat to run in 08 when the vote will be a referendum on the republican presidency.  That and improving demographics in the district should give a good candidate a Dem. win.

    Thus the GOP can waste a gutload of money while the money spent defending Bean, a lost cause in my opinion, is redirected elsewhere.  My choice for location of the redirected money would be Christine Cegelis in IL-06.  IL-06 has about the same demographics, she has a motivated group of supporters, the seat is open and the likely GOP candidate is a hard right Tom Delay protégée.  This district is full of moderate republicans as shown by a stunning lack of support of Alan Keyes and great support of Obama.

    In summary I feel if we pour money into the Bean campaign to the determent of the IL-06  race we will loose both districts.

    Ps it isn't an idelogical purity test to expect her to vote like a democrat at least once in her short term.  Look at her voting record and tell me she represents The Democratic party or even the working class of her district.

    We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

    by delver rootnose on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 12:22:39 AM PDT

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    •  I like the way you think! (none)
      (Sure wish I could say the same for Hastert's district.)

      Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Well, come on, doesn't anybody know!?!?

      by Erik the Red on Tue Sep 27, 2005 at 05:03:30 AM PDT

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