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  •  Is Judd Gregg popular / perceived as a moderate? (1+ / 0-)
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    In Maine we tried to defeat popular moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins. We ran the best Dem candidate we had in the state but still lost, by a huge margin, even though Obama won by a huge margin.

    "I'm going to be on you like a numerator on a denominator." -Principal Skinner

    by dufffbeer on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 03:07:46 PM PST

    •  He is about as popular as Sununu (1+ / 0-)
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      But Jeanne Shaheen was even more popular.

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      by arcticshadow on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 03:09:16 PM PST

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    •  I think (0+ / 0-)

      he's perceived as more RW than Collins but less RW than your average Republican.

    •  His Daddy was governor, but that (0+ / 0-)

      cache of good feeling means little these days.

      One way Gregg can ensure he loses is if he shows he is an impediment to the Obama administration: if he dares to stick his foot out, he will be mangled in the process.

      It will be very interesting, watching him dance these next 20 months or so.

      2008, the Year the Republican Party dissolved into a little pond of goo

      by shpilk on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 03:10:12 PM PST

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    •  I think another thing (1+ / 0-)
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      that may have been going on in Maine is people perceiving they were being "bipartisan" by voting for Obama and for "moderate" Republican Collins. That happened at the local level in my area of NH. Obama, Shaheen, Hodes and Lynch won, but the state legislaure seats went to Republicans. People had the strange idea they were somehow being "bipartisan" even though the Republicans they wound up electing are right wing.

    •  *shrug* (1+ / 0-)
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      Dean Barker

      I think most people here in NH just greet Gregg with a shrug since there really hasn't been any other viable person who has run against him. People may know he is our senator, but they don't know what the heck he has done. I follow politics as a hobby and even then, when I heard him talk during the bailout crisis it was the first time I heard him on TV for YEARS. He is clearly an under the radar Senator.

      The vote % for Democrats in the contests vs. Gregg for the Senate seat are 45% (1992), 28% (1998), and 34% (2004).

      In 2004 a 94-year-old lady nicknamed "Granny D" ran against him. Nothing against her or those in their 90s, but no one will vote for a 94-year-old 1st time U.S. Senate candidate.

      If we actually have a viable candidate against him, we definitely can have a shot against him.

      "We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America." - Barack Obama

      by chrisgeleven on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 03:20:59 PM PST

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      •  Granny D was a great protest candidate (0+ / 0-)

          who walked across the country for campaign reform at the age of 89. She had no real chance of winning the Senate seat but was much better than leaving him unopposed. She is a great Amaerican and a true "Maverick"...

        I'm not a Limousine Liberal; I am a Prius Progressive

        by Zack from the SFV on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 09:12:06 PM PST

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    •  If Judd wants any shot at keeping (1+ / 0-)
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      his seat, he's going to have to be much more Juddy Collins, and much less Judd E. Sununu.

      He is veering sharply in media time right now towards the Collins model, which tells me he is keeping the door open to running, even though I believe he will not.

      But as for actual votes and policy, he's in deep Republican territory.  He's not the ideologue Sununu is, but he's far craftier than he on how to ram GOP ideology through Congress.

      Blue Hampshire. Defeating Republicans since 2006.

      by Dean Barker on Thu Jan 08, 2009 at 04:48:27 PM PST

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