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  •  This Has More to Do (none)
    with the DCCC not losing control of who picks and funds the candidate than it has to do with Cegelis or Duckworth.

    I think the D3C hates the idea that a real person like Cegelis could come out of nowhere and build a campaign based on small donations and citizen volunteers.

    They'd rather lose with Duckworth than win with Cegelis.

    I heard this song before somewhere...Oh, yes, that's right, in Iowa and New Hampshire in 2004.

    •  This doesn't make sense to me (none)
      "they'd rather lose with Duckworth than win with Cegelis."

      I would bet everything I have that Rahm wants to be in the majority more than anything. Losing winnable seats doesn't get him there. I think he just truly believes that running vets is a way to counteract republican advantages. He's wrong, as Max Cleland and John Kerry can attest to. But losing on purpose doesn't do him a damn bit of good as far as I can see.

      I'm just in it for the pizza money.

      by AnnArborBlue on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 12:50:58 PM PST

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      •  I think there's also (none)
        a sense that a Cegalis candidacy would be a larger drain on D-trip resources, thus narrowing the number of other races the D-trip can support across the country, whereas Duckworth won't need nearly as much hand-holding.

        Whether you agree or not, it's not something to dismiss.

        "If Kaine...can win by 6 points, then it's safe to say this is no longer a red state. Virginia is now a purple state" - Chuck Todd

        by VirginiaBelle on Thu Dec 15, 2005 at 01:25:20 PM PST

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        •  how is that (none)
          possible if duckworth will receive the same support christine's network would receive if emanuel supported her.  besides, duckworth does not even have a network in the district, and her representatives are accosting people on the street for signatures.  someone is paying them, and someone is paying the pr representative to introduce duckworth to the district.  so it seems that duckworth will be draining resources, resources better invested in cegelis.
        •  Backwards (4.00)
          I think that you might have that backwards. Duckworth has no infrastructure and was only even allowed to begin developing one yesterday. Cegelis was the candidate in 2004 and has been running for the 2006 seat since November of last year.
    •  This is ridiculous... (none)
      Rahm Emanuel has much bigger fish to fry, and though this would be a nice win for him, he's got the WHOLE country to worry about in terms of congressional races.  How we can even be debating whether he cares about this race more than winning back the house is absurd.  Let's please try to frame this as "who will help us win the seat" instead of "who's ego is out of whack and why".

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