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  •  Should Carahan be considered a political (1+ / 0-)
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    There once was a man named mccain, who had the whole white house to gain, but he was quite a hobbyist of boning his lobbyist, so much for his 08 campaign. SC

    by christomento on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 08:35:26 AM PST

    •  in Missouri it is (6+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, jj32, Do Tell, sherlyle, cyncynical, TomP

      Mel Carahan was a very popular govenor and if he hadn't died unexpectedly in a plane crash probably could have been a senator as long as he wented.

      His wife did okay with his seat, but mostly it's been his 2 childern, Robin and Russ that have taken over.

      Robin as stated is Sectary of State in MO and Russ is a member of the house of representives.

    •  Robin doesn't get by on her name (4+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus, phenry, duckhunter, Marcus Graly

      Though it certainly doesn't hurt, she's very good at working a crowd, working the phones, and has done her job in a way that's earned quite broad support.

      I do worry about the "farm team" in Missouri, because behind Jay Nixon and Robin Carnahan there don't seem to be a lot of great new faces in the wings.

      •  What about... (5+ / 0-)


        State Auditor Susan Montee
        Newly Elected State Treasurer Clint Zweifil
        Newly Elected Attorney General Chris Koster
        State Senator Jeff Smith (granted he lost the primary for Russ's seat so his electoral abilities can be debated)

        It seems like MIssouri has something resembling a farm team in place...

        "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

        by Mister Gloom on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 08:44:27 AM PST

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        •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

          Things are definitely looking up in the state. Things were much bleaker just a few short years ago.

          •  Granted (0+ / 0-)

            the number of Dems in the Missouri state house is slightly higher than it was six years ago. And the number of Dems in the Missouri state senate is as low as it was before the 06 elections (11!)

            But things always look brighter with a veto pen.

            "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

            by RBH on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 10:34:38 AM PST

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        •  I think he can hold up (2+ / 0-)
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          State Senator Jeff Smith (granted he lost the primary for Russ's seat so his electoral abilities can be debated)

          He was running on a shoestring budget against the most politically powerful family in the state.  The surprise isn't that he lost, it's that he came so close to winning.  And he used the old fashioned knocking on doors, talking to voters field approach that Obama proved can win a country.

        •  Koster is not a Democrat. He was/is a Republican (0+ / 0-)

          until MO State Senator Jeff Smith helped "flip him" in the last week of the legislative session.  He voted in lock step with Blunt as a senator.  No can say what the guy stands.  But he cannot legitimately be called a Democrat.  He ran as a Democrat only because he could have never competed against Gibbons in a GOP primary.  He cleverly divided a crowded Democratic primary field.

          Koster took way more than his share of Rex Sinquefeld's dough.  Also, Smith has disappointed me for takeing Rex Sinquefeld's dough:  

          I wrote in Margaret Donnelly for Attorney General.  Who lost due to a stalking horse Koster put up.

          Grandma used to call me "That One" but she had twenty-something grand-kids and Alzheimers. Now, that "That one" is President!

          by duckhunter on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 11:30:20 AM PST

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      •  Other than Chris Koster and Clint Zweifel (4+ / 0-)
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        We only won 4 of 5 statewide offices, while losing one office because the Republican threw the rest of his buddies to the wolves (and distributed Nixon/Kinder/Carnahan/Zweifel/Koster ballots in STL).

        Now.. having Judy Baker would be nice. And as I expected, she fared a lot better than Kay Barnes and Kay's "let's hit Sam Graves on having a plane" dumbass campaign of the last month. The person to press Sam Graves or win MO-6 will be younger than 69 and not the former mayor of KCMO.

        "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

        by RBH on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 08:45:44 AM PST

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        •  I'm not taken with Koster (0+ / 0-)

          Though believe me, converts are welcome. Honestly, I haven't had enough exposure to Zweifil to form an opinion.

          I'd forgotten Susan Montee. She certainly has the potential to go higher.

          Jeff Smith is an extremely sharp and capable guy. That he made Carnahan's primary more than perfunctory is testimony to that.  I'm certainly hoping to see Jeff in another role before his time in the MO house expires.

          Nixon spent so long building up to this run, that it's going to take me a bit to adapt to the new crew.

          •  Zweifel is real bright and good at speaking (1+ / 0-)
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            granted, perhaps he was just making Treasurer topics sound exciting. But Zweifel has potential to move up the ladder.

            Chris Koster does deserve a nod for winning statewide office running on the prosecutor thing. Even if that still had nothing to officially do with the job. He kept plugging away and beat someone who had put a lot of resources into the campaign. I guess we'll see how good Koster is when it comes to the job.

            As for Jeff Smith, he's better at being a candidate than he is at running the Missouri State Senate campaign committee. We lost three seats and fell to 23-11 this year. Thanks in part to being completely outgunned and outmanned.

            "Our country right or wrong. When right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right" - Carl Schurz

            by RBH on Tue Dec 09, 2008 at 10:33:18 AM PST

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            •  Jeff Smith (0+ / 0-)

              You're right, he's a great candidate, but he's an even better state senator. A true progressive who has actually got stuff passed in Missouri. That's about as common as...heck, it's not common at all.

              Next to Claire McCaskill, he's also the closest thing Missouri Democrats have to a rockstar.

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