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  •  you really ought to read more carefully (none)
    what i said was
    iowa and ohio are northern, to start with (none / 0)
    i would be surprised if they were hostile to a senator from a neighboring state out of regional pique.

    this is a response to your unfounded assumption that red states wouldn't like a northerner on a regional basis; i was pointing out that two of the red states that i think feingold might have a shot at - iowa and ohio - are in fact northern states themselves.

    i don't think that the observant v. secular jew is going to make a bit of difference in florida or elsewhere, and in fact his lack of sactimonious piety for the cameras will be an advantage in those parts of the country (the west) and the electorate (gens x and y)that don't value such things; avoiding a green split alone puts a lot of swing states well into the safe side of the column. besides, his sister is a rabbi.

    again, feingold's voting record on guns and civil liberties and his plainspoken manner will resonate with voters who don't trust less libertarian candidates like gore or kerry. i know of several republicans who liked dean, but couldn't being themselves to vote for kerry because of guns and "the way that he talked." i think feingold if anything has a stronger record than dean here, and i think it carries a real advantage.

    finally, his divorces were both quite amicable by all accounts, and feingold is on good terms with his ex-wives and children. everyione will have mud flung at them, but feingold has the advantage of being as clean as politicians come.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Sun Dec 04, 2005 at 10:45:27 AM PST

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    •  Great , capture the Dean vote (none)
      Now there's a great strategy to win in the red states.  

      The Greens are totally insignificant now.  Avoiding a Green split gets us nowhere.

      I'll give you Iowa; any Dem who can't win Iowa isn't going to win, period.

      You still haven't explained why the Ohio voter who voted for Bush would be more inclined to vote for Feingold.  Because of guns and civil liberties?  Gotta disagree there.

      If you think that the Jewish reaction to Lieberman would be the same as the Jewish reaction to Feingold, you know nothing about the Jewish community.

      And besides, the Christian right will have a field day with Feingold; not because he's Jewish, but because he doesn't practice his religion.  

      Great Senator, would be a great President, but totally unelectable.

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