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  •  actually (none)
    I think Wes being short is a much bigger detriment than Russ being a Jew.

    And "ridiculous" is in the eye of the beholder.  The Vilsack/Ballsac thing might seem ridiculous to you, but the Russ is a Jew thing is ridiculous to me.  I think being Jewish is electorally less of a problem than being Catholic, and Kerry almost won.

    •  Feingold is also short. (none)

      -9.0, -8.3. The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

      by SensibleShoes on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 11:04:42 AM PST

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    •  other than the fact (none)
      that this is the first time i've ever heard anyone raise his being short as a concern.

      And I guess whether being Jewish is a problem depends on where you want to pick up votes.  I'm not sure if the west will have a problem with it, but the south may.

    •  Agreed (4.00)
      Anyone who wouldn't vote for Feingold simply because he's Jewish, wouldn't vote for anyone with a D after his/her name. The Rethugs have cornered the market on the KKK vote.

      As for his being divorced, let the Rethugs cast their stones from their glass houses. Reagan was divorced, too, and he's their greatest hero. And let's not forget about the family values displayed by such GOP luminaries as Bob Barr, Bob Livingston, Newt Gingrich, and Helen Chenowith -- all of whom actively worked to remove Clinton from office for his infidelities, while having full-fledged affairs of their own.

      Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978. -7.63, -5.64

      by wiscmass on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 11:07:58 AM PST

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      •  don't be too sure (none)
        There are some Ds in the south who may be happy to vote for a democrat, but may hesistate with Feingold for that reason.

        You may not consider them to be a "true" democrat, but they are still democrats.

        •  And so is Zell Miller... (none)
          ...but what do we really think about him?

          Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978. -7.63, -5.64

          by wiscmass on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 11:13:26 AM PST

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        •  I think his straight talk and record (none)
          can win those people over.  "He's a Jew, but look what he's done for us" kind of "tolerance".
          •  Perhaps (none)
            and i dont think him being Jewish alone may cost him the election, any more than I think him being divorced alone will.

            However, I think its the sum of:

            being Jewish
            being a Senator
            being divorced (more than once I think)
            being seen as one of the more liberal members of the Senate

            That will eventually drag him down.

            •  not divorced (none)
              its not the divorced part that's bad, its the not being married part. Americans like having first ladies.

              O'BRIEN: What if Jesus got this card? Would he be angry about it? He's be OK with it, wouldn't he? DONOHUE: Well, maybe he would, but I've never met him

              by PoliMorf on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 11:16:43 AM PST

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            •  I'd like to see him try (none)
              If he makes a run, you can bet he will have awesome retorts to those attacks all ready.
            •  With other politicians.... (none)
              ....I might agree with you. But, Feingold has this uncanny way of turning what should be a hinderance into an advantage. Take his vote against the Patriot Act, for example. While it was certainly a vote based on principle, I don't think he thought it was quite the political suicide that commentators thought it would be. Feingold has a great deal of skill in framing issues and he also seems to have a pretty solid sense of what Americans actually believe, rather than what pundits and spinmeisters say they believe. I guess this comes from all the listening sessions he goes to. So, I wouldn't put it past Feingold to turn the various "strikes" against him into an advantage.
            •  That "more liberal" meme... (none)
              ...the Rethugs like to use is just so much swiftboating. In 2000, it was Gore who had been the most liberal member of the Senate. In 2004, it was Kerry. In 2008, the "most liberal" label will be applied to whoever we nominate.

              In Feingold's case, while he is quite progressive on a number of social issues, he's also a deficit hawk, and could probably be better labeled "libertarian" than "liberal" on a number of issues -- the Patriot Act, for one. And his voting to confirm the vast majority of Dumbya's appointments -- including, I think, all of his Cabinet nominees and the Chief Justice -- clearly show he's not afraid to act against the wishes of those <snark>scary liberal meanies who pick on the poor, innocent Republicans all the time</snark>.

              Thwarting the forces of conservatism since 1978. -7.63, -5.64

              by wiscmass on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 02:58:24 PM PST

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