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  •  I don't understand the glee I see here from some (1+ / 0-)
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    Sure, if he resigns there's a Dem replacement, BUT the seat will likely go Republican in 2010, if there's an election then. I don't know what the rules are for MT, but this is in no way good for Dems or progressives.

    •  With dems (2+ / 0-)
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      like baucus, who needs repubs?

      With the anti-incumbent feelings across the country, the seat will likely go repub even if Baucus doesn't resign

      I'm glad--maybe we can get rid of him in the next election.  Does his state have a decent dem to replace him?

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 07:57:07 AM PST

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    •  And why do you say that? (0+ / 0-)

      MT has (2) Democratic Senators (at least according to party membership) and a Democratic governor.  Obviously D's can win in MT.  Now we just need a real Dem to win.

      And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. Lennon/McCartney

      by landrew on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 07:59:54 AM PST

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      •  Can they win in 2010? (0+ / 0-)

        Not likely if the political environment is similar to where it is today.

        •  But that is true everywhere.... (0+ / 0-)

          not just MT.

          And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. Lennon/McCartney

          by landrew on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 09:10:20 AM PST

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          •  We won't be facing a loss in MT in 2010 unless... (0+ / 0-)

            ...Baucus resigns. That's my whole point. This scandal may hurt Dems. Baucus is not up for re-election until 2014. If he resings, Schweitzer will appoint a Dem who will be up for election next year, and will possibly lose.

          •  True... (0+ / 0-)

            But I think the point maroge04 was making is that adding more open seats that we have to defend in 2010 is a bad thing.

            And to the extent that virtually every poll analysis, including those done here at DKos, shows us taking losses next year, most would probably agree.

            The environment isn't good for us next year.  That is not really debatable anymore.  The discussion is no longer about "how do we increase our majorities? but rather, "how do we minimize our losses?"

            There's probably less than a 10% chance of us controlling 60 or more U.S. Senate seats in January 2011... the most important thing is trying to come as close as possible to maintaining our current margin.

            If we start the 112th Congress with 58 or more Senate seats (currently we have 60) and 240 or more House seats (currently we have 258), I'm going to consider next year's midterms as having dodged a bullet.

    •  He's a sellout, and we will get a progressive Dem (1+ / 0-)
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      Look, we've got Schweitzer as governor, Tester as the other Senator, both good solid Western progressives.

      It's time to get rid of corrupt corporate shills, no matter what their party.

      •  We will likely lose in 2010 if he resigns (0+ / 0-)

        Next year will be a Republican year, and Montana is basically conservative anyway. I think we are endanger of losing the senate under these circumstances.

        •  No need for Baucus to resign, he merely needs (0+ / 0-)

          to swing left, firmly, vocally and forcefully.

          If Baucus becomes a co-sponsor of that Vitter/Coburn bill to require everyone in Congress to go on the public option, he'd be cheered here at Daily Kos.

          Governing well shall be the best revenge

          by Bill White on Sat Dec 05, 2009 at 08:17:57 AM PST

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    •  It is not good for Dems because (0+ / 0-)

      he did it to himself. This should not be tolerated by anyone.

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