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View Diary: IL-06: Duckworth v Cegelis (270 comments)

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  •  Go DCCC (none)
    "This whole situation has clearly been mishandled."

    Maybe so, and I don't know this Cegelis person from Adam (or Eve), but the more the party gets involved in choosing good candidates and making sure the most viable candidate gets nominated, the better. This isn't a parlor game, it's for all the marbles, and being nice and fair doesn't count. I don't care of the "activist outsider" is Martin Luther King himself, if he/she doesn't have as good a shot in the general as another Dem, I say, undermine away, DCCC!

    Seriously, I'm only being a little snarky here. We've got to get past this "peoples' candidate versus the machine candidate" frame. Just because the powers that be seem to prefer one doesn't make that person dirty. And politics actually is a learned skill. People who do it for a living often know what they're talking about, at least as far as   viability goes.

    •  Oh for Chrissakes (none)
      Just checked out Cegelis' website ... you know what?  Now I'm really sure the DCCC is right. I'm sure she's a very nice woman, but she's a classic loser candidate. No political experience, no political connections or money (her own admission) "just decided to run" in 2003 because she wanted to make a difference. Candidates like this are a dime a dozen. I'm impressed she managed 44% against Henry Hyde (still a 12 point loser, worse than the D/R margin in that district, which is about Repub +3 according to Cook Political), but she should start at state rep or something and build her skills.

      Now someone's going to tell me the other candidate has no experience, either. In that case, chances are they both will lose, but I'll take the War vet over the IT professional any day!

      •  Patriot Act Patsy (none)

          Rahm voted for the Patriot Act Extension, the traitor.  Anyone know how Christine or the Chopper pilot stand on that issue?
      •  The other candidate... (none)
        has no experience.

        Christine has lived in district for twenty years and cut her political teeth in the last election (just check out a transcript of her debate with Hyde).

        As for qualifications - there's no requirement to serve in state government before pursuing a federal office. And certainly, if it were important, the founding fathers would have made it a requirement. Perhaps we forget that this is, after all, supposed to be a government of, by, and for the people. Christine is smart and adaptive enough to do the job. And she's one of us.

    •  one way to think about it (none)
      is that there are two separate machines, fighting each other.

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