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  •  Well, in retrospect or ex ante . . . (0+ / 0-)

    . . . was he right about PA?  OH?  

    •  Perhaps he backed the right horse (1+ / 0-)
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      But Shumer's job is not to actively dry up funding for a candidate, as he did with Hackett, or leave the party's chosen candidate swinging in the wind, as he did with Ned Lamont. We all want easy victories, sure, but sometimes it's better for a nominee to be battle-tested. And creating bad feeling doesn't help anyone.

      Brown probably would have won on his own merits; Casey did win the primary on his own and quite handily as I recall, despite the fact he wasn't a favorite Democrat of a lot of people here. Schumer, IMO, took an unnecessary risk by interfering in those primaries, and lucked out in the sense that Brown was a great candidate and that Santorum in PA was a particularly odious opponent.

      Do you think if the DC establishment candidate had won the Senate primary in Montana (Morrison, can't remember the guy's first name), we'd be celebrating the defeat of Conrad Burns?

      Schumer did a good job, don't get me wrong, but he made some mistakes, too. Don't we want him to learn from those mistakes and be even better at his job in 2008?

      "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

      by AustinCynic on Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 01:06:30 PM PST

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      •  Maybe. Maybe not. (0+ / 0-)

        The DSCC's job is to win elections -- and sometimes, that requires a primary to sort out who's got the best campaign skills (VA, MT), and sometimes, when you know you have a proven candidate, it means clearing the field to conserve your resources (OH, PA).  Remember that folks like Hafer, Hoeffel and Michelman avoided the PA-SEN race because of Rendell/Schumer urging.

        I have no idea what would have happened had Morrison won that primary.

        CT, obviously, is a special case, and Schumer should have done more immediately post-primary to clear Lieberman out.

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