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  •  No, silly (1+ / 0-)
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    If I were he, I would promise not to vote for him and work hard for any primary opponent, but wouldn't have added the promise to do everything in my power to elect a Republican. In my opinion, saying that might make me look irrational and stupid. Then again, it's possible it might be a good bluff. But I just wouldn't go there.

    •  The problem is that Nelson (7+ / 0-)

      in no way fears a primary, but he might think twice about having to face a serious republican challenge.

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      by pollbuster on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 11:13:07 AM PDT

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      •  Wouldn't he fear Democrats staying home? (1+ / 0-)
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        That would be my promise - not to vote for him.

        •  good point (2+ / 0-)
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          pollbuster, MichaelNY

          that's what I told him.  I also told him some other issues where I had disagreed, but that this one was more important.  And I mentioned that he'd need people like me not to stay home if Jeb Bush gets in the race in 2012.  because none of the people who would vote against "anyone who voted for the public option" would have voted for him anyway.

          I think it's good to stay away from threats that sound over the top, like voting for republicans - unless there is a specific republican with a better position to whom you can point (not likely nowadays).

          On the other hand, I don't think it's horrible for him to get some letters with angry threats to vote for the Repub, either.  I do not think that his office would just write off loads of those, any more than they'd ignore a bunch of angry teabaggers who inundated the office.  Any one letter doesn't matter to them, but a whole lot of letters with the same tone - however angry sounding - gets their attention.

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          by eparrot on Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 11:42:43 AM PDT

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      •  That was exactly my premise (7+ / 0-)

        Nelson has the Florida Democratic Party wrapped around his finger, so he probably won't draw a serious Democratic primary opponent.

        But he WOULD have to worry, in a borderline red state like Florida, about a Republican challenger, and having disaffected Dems working against him.

        Simply saying "I won't vote for you" won't bother him.

        •  Democrats like Nelson and the Florida Democrat (0+ / 0-)

          Party, and the national party for that matter, are really blowing.

          A Democratic senator who doesn't support his base is worse than a Republican.

          I will vote for a Republican opponent.

          Rahm can worry about the number of Democratic votes in the chambers.....he's really good at that.

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