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  •  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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