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  •  I like Al, but... (1+ / 0-)
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    I work in education and social services in MN; most of my colleagues are lefties. I knew many who didn't like Al (and Norm even less) and had to be convinced not to vote for Barkeley. My point is that if there was IRV, Barkeley would have polled a lot higher than 16%, but the bulk of his 2nd place votes would have gone to Franken. With IRV, Franken could have easily taken more than 50% if Barkely was still the third-place finisher, and Al was alloted his votes.

    Of course, the nightmare scenario in this is that Barkely tops 30% of first-choices, and passes up Franken. In that scenario, assuming that most Franken voters picked Barkeley 2nd (or a grass roots or green), Barkeley could have been elected. Stranger things have happened - we did elect Jessie, after all. At least Barkeley would have caucused with the Dems.

    You have to play this game with fear and arrogance... - Crash Davis

    by czardingus on Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 10:15:48 AM PST

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    •  And If Barkley Had Been Elected (0+ / 0-)

      Which party would he have caucused with?  Would he have been a reliable vote against cloture?  If he would've caucused with the D's and have voted for cloture, that would not have been a disaster.  I thought Barkley won all of the debates I watched.

      This aggression will not stand, man.

      by kaleidescope on Tue Dec 23, 2008 at 11:46:36 AM PST

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