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    All I mean by "this forum" is that people around here are paying close attention. Closer in all likelihood than many of her constituents.

    Herseth should represent South Dakota, but she is running for national office and seeking support outside of SD, and the greater battle everyone keeps talking about is to be fought in Washington. If she is going to solicit us for donations, she has a responsibility to at least address our concerns as well as those in SD.

    Now I respect that her job is to actually represent her constituents, but it is also to lead. She has room to refine a position that allows her cover at home, while still maintaining a position on the Amendment, while not as pure as some would here prefer, is still not in favor of it.

    I also think that many Democrats are reflexively too defensive. She came out too soon, in my opinion, with a statement if she didn't have it all nuanced out. Better for her to have taken a powder on the issue than have it appear to flip three times on it.

    I am very clear in my posts on this thread that everyone is free to make up their mind how to handle this, and whatever their decision, they are the ones that have to live with it. If you are still going to give her your support, I commend you, not condemn you.

    "I'm so mad, I'm bulletproof!"

    by Mr Furious on Thu Feb 26, 2004 at 02:53:37 PM PST

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