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  •  yeah (4.00)
    Agreed.  On top of that it would thwart the republicans' strategy of having a bunch of 50-49 votes to embarras Kerry (nevermind that they are engineered and even if he showed up Dole or some other meathead would switch, but even if it was real, Cheney would just break the tie ).
    •  He should resign only if (none)
      the MA legislature passes a law ASAP that will allow them to appoint his replacement.
      •  Huh? (none)
        Just the opposite, I would think.

        If he resigns now (now being before some magic date, in June if I recall correctly), we get to elect a new senator in November 2004.  If he doesn't resign by the magic date, the appointed replacement isn't up for a vote until November 2006.

        "The longest journey begins with the first step. And that first step is electing John Kerry." -- Howard Dean, 3/25/04

        by Go Vegetarian on Thu May 27, 2004 at 04:16:53 AM PDT

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        •  He could resign now (none)
          but that would just bring up more "flip-flopper" charges. I don't know. I really worry about that seat going to a GOP even for a few months, because the Republicans are starting to gain momentum in MA thanks to millions and millions of dollars and anger at the Democrats on various issues (the convention, same-sex marriage, Fineran).

          I also would prefer to have that sure anti-FMA vote, in case they get as many votes as I think they will in support of the measure.

    •  C'mon guys (4.00)

      Don't confuse our hyper-vigilance with the rest of America.

      Does your mom know how some senate vote swung? Does she care?

      •  It's a good idea I think (none)
        It just makes sense.  First off, he could devote all his energies to campaigning.  Secondly, even if most Americans don't pay attention to the details they understand when someone isn't doing the job they are getting a good salary for so expect his percentage of missed votes to be trotted out.  

        Thirdly, all it takes is one narrowly defeated bill to catch some resonance for this bullshit tactic to work (maybe its unlikely but still).  Fourthly, resigning from his day job reflects a confidence in his candidacy.  And finally, even if he does lose the election (G-d Forbid), Kennedy is getting up there in years so it wouldn't be too long before Kerry would have an open seat to regain his place in the Senate.

      •  You're right (none)
        My mom doesn't know. Moreover, she doesn't really know how her Senators voted on any particular piece of legislation.

        She has formed the opinion, however, that Santorum is a sleaze and Specter is sliding rapidly in that direction.

        My mom, though a Democrat, is a staunch Catholic, very anti-abortion. But, intelligent woman that she is, she refuses to use that issue as justification to vote for morons like Bush or sleazeballs like Santorum.

        Even my kid brother, who is a very pro-Opus Dei type can't stand Santorum.

        My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. Sen Carl Schurz

        by Bill Rehm on Thu May 27, 2004 at 07:03:50 AM PDT

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    •  Naah. (none)
      This 50-49 bullshit won't work more than once or twice, and they already used it once.  All Kerry has to do is start telling jokes about 50-49 and how long it's been since the Republicans were actually concerned about the particular issue being discussed.  You'll notice that the last time it was done, it barely raised a blip on the media's radar.

      As for the main issue of going "all in," that's easy to blow off, too.  "I'm not about to let Mitt Romney put another Republican in the Senate who couldn't win in a fair election just because I'm running for President.  If there's an important vote that I need to cast, I'll be on the next plane to Washington."  He'd be right, too.

      What did we do to deserve George W. Bush?

      by republicans are idiots on Thu May 27, 2004 at 06:53:05 AM PDT

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