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  •  The Ford fanboyism is getting old... (4+ / 0-)

    ... and I think this diary misses the point of Crusader's diary by erecting a "trading conservative votes for liberal ones" strawman.

    As I understand it, Crusader's point was not that Ford would have been better off pandering to the left than to the right.  The point was - and I've repeated it - that Ford could have had it both ways if he'd simply been less determined to proactively piss off the progressives just to prove his conservative bona fides.  How many Dem voters simply stayed home or didn't pull a lever in the Senate race because Ford was so affirmatively anti-gay?  Because he was so quick to bash other Dems?  Because he was vying with Lieberman to be Fox News' favorite Democrat? We may never know, but it's not unreasonable to conjecture that this happened.  I can say that with some authority, because I came thisclose to not voting for him, and so did my partner.  Pure, cold pragmatism won out in the end, but it may not have with all the others Ford pissed off.

    Plus, these numbers are meaningless with respect to this particular debate:

    Exactly 1,782,165 vote were cast for Bredesen (D) and Bryson (R) combined in the governor's race.  Exactly 1,805,059 votes were cast for Corker and Ford combined.  There's no undervoting the Senate race!

    Without a partisan breakdown, how can you say there was no Dem undervote?  And even if there was no undervote, how can you say that some people didn't just sit out the election altogether?

    This is a question for which there will never be an answer, but let's at least all make sure we're discussion the same question.

    •  Any progressive that sat out an (3+ / 0-)
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      moira977, GoldnI, theralph

      entire election that included a governor's race, a house race, local races, a senate race and two constitutional amendments because of Ford's comments about NJ isn't worth addressing.

      The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

      by deathsinger on Sat Nov 11, 2006 at 02:35:02 PM PST

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