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  •  In a Democratic primary? (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

    by doc2 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 04:26:20 PM PST

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    •  Why not? (2+ / 0-)
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      Are Democrats necessarily satisfied with their representation? Are the ones who are satisfied more motivated to show up than the ones who are not?

      Policy, Peace and Progress Before Party

      by Alec82 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 04:27:23 PM PST

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      •  A thesis of why someone will win (0+ / 0-)

        an election has to come down to more than "why not?". Why is the incumbent vulnerable, how will enough money be raised to be competitive, why would a victory not translate into a higher probability of the Republican winning the general?

        I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

        by doc2 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 04:57:58 PM PST

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        •  Granted... (0+ / 0-)

          .....for a candidate making their case to the electorate, that's of course a consideration for primary voters.  But that doesn't mean anti-incumbency isn't peaking and providing an opening for those arguments to be made and for an enterprising interloper to find cash and votes.

          Policy, Peace and Progress Before Party

          by Alec82 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 05:06:04 PM PST

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          •  Even in this environment, going up against (0+ / 0-)

            an incumbent in a primary is very tough. You've got to have a well thought-out strategy. None seen here yet.

            I'm in the pro-Obama wing of the Democratic Party.

            by doc2 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 05:09:25 PM PST

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            •  Well there's also an element... (0+ / 0-)

              ...of luck.  This is a reliably Democratic district.  Even the local Republicans have Ds by their names (if you don't believe me, take a look at the voting records of the state house and senate "Democrats" and the political contributions made in 2004 by some of these so-called "Democrats").  It is very difficult for a Republican to win that seat, but a tough economic environment can probably transform the primary into a competitive one.  Still, this is an argument for Mr. Withers himself to make.  

              Policy, Peace and Progress Before Party

              by Alec82 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 at 05:18:15 PM PST

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