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  •  Salazar is the prime (2+ / 0-)
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    Heart of the Rockies, Mr Met

    example of why I just can't hold my nose and vote anymore.

    I voted for him; I share responsibility for every repehensible vote he makes.  So if Dubya is bashing kittens in the head with a hammer, Salazar is handing him the hammers -- and I gave Salazar a ride to the hardware store.

    I did not vote for Ritter -- I sat out the governor's race.

    Leave the cat alone, for what has the cat done, that you should so afflict it with tape? - Ian Frazier, Lamentations of the Father

    by Frankenoid on Sat Nov 04, 2006 at 03:35:31 PM PST

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    •  Theory Of Salazar (1+ / 0-)
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      Colorado Luis

      I have a theory about Ken Salazar.  As a progressive Democrat, I am concerned about many of his votes ( like the recent S. 403  (Child Custody Protection Act )

      He is in what he perceived to be a very conservative state and hopes to avoid be portrayed as a liberal.  I think his strategy is to

      1. vote Democratic where it will pass
      1. vote Democratic where his vote will make a difference
      1. vote Repugnant when it will pass regardless of how he votes unless it is really terrible.

      In other words on issues like abortion rights, he doesn't cast symbolic votes.  One simple cure for that is to have a Democratic Majority that gives him good choices to make.  But making it a macho issue doesn't help.

    •  Consolation (0+ / 0-)

      Just also remember that, should the Dems get up to 51 in the senate, your vote for Salazar will have also put people like Kennedy and Feingold and Boxer and Levin into committee chairmanships where they can actually do some good - and where they will likely go ahead and do so.  That's your consolation, every time Salazar does something to piss you (and me) off.  Getting up to 51 may still leave us with problems in the floor vote (and we've gotta work on that), but it'll solve lots of problems in terms of what bills come to the floor for that vote.

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