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View Diary: MI-1: Time to Vote Republican? (37 comments)

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  •  Let's talk realistically (3+ / 0-)

    This diary is a relevant discussion only for people within MI-1.  The problem any opponent will face (per a Yooper I know) is that Bart Stupak is relatively popular throughout the district, which mixes liberal Democratic labor people and conservative farm and timber community people--and Catholics in both groups.

    A Republican might be able to win, but unless someone has some possible names of Democrats in his district who could (1) win the primary and (2) win the general election, even for people in this district, the discussion is an academic exercise.

    It seems that Stupak became known throughout the district when he was a state trooper assigned both in the U.P. and in the northern lower peninsula.

    He is pro-labor, but he is a devout Roman Catholic and solid pro-lifer.

    So if there are any MI-1 voters here, I would like to hear their opinion.

    This does not deserve TU status, but it does deserve reframing the issue.

    How exactly do we hold Democratic members of Congress accountable to the platform of the party?  The options are (1) a primary challenger, (2) voting for a non-Democrat, and (3) sitting the election out.  How does one decide which is in the long-term interest of the Democratic Party?  Surely the election of Joseph Cao was more in the long-term interest of the Democratic Party than was the re-election of a guy who was facing criminal charges.  It's not a clearcut issue that requires a knee-jerk response.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 06:18:42 PM PST

    •  Sure it does (1+ / 0-)
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      Here Bart Stupak has sold out the issue of our time for his petty position.  In my book, that deserves a knee-jerk right to his testicles.  Then again, unlike the women he would hurt, he has health care to deal with it.

    •  Seriously rec'd. What's the landscape like in the (1+ / 0-)
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      MI-01? The PCCC did a $10k ad buy last month trying to hold Stupak accountable, any noticeable results?

      All evil needs to succeed is for good people to say "the votes aren't there in the Senate."

      by Jacques on Sat Dec 19, 2009 at 10:12:49 PM PST

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