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  •  Scott Brown (6+ / 0-)

    He seems to be quite moderate but the teabaggers will embrace him for symbolic reasons. He has some crossover appeal with independents. Also, with Obama being elected president as a freshman senator the inexperience card can't be played.

    •  Teabaggers called him a traitor for voting with (5+ / 0-)

      Democrats on a jobs bill and it depends on how Scott votes on some things. As Scott said with jobs and other issues, he will not always vote party line. So time will tell.

      •  Scott Brown has 2 options in MA (5+ / 0-)

        Go full teabagger, earn their forgiveness for the jobs bill vote, lose the independents and the election
        Go moderate, lose the teabaggers and the election

        I think even if he ran for president it would be the same thing. The teabaggers have split the party. A candidate has to appeal to both independents and teabaggers to win, and that's just not possible.

        Economics: The science of explaining tomorrow why the predictions you made yesterday didn't come true today

        by yg17 on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:33:05 AM PDT

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        •  yep. its mccain/palin all over again (2+ / 0-)
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          no way to straddle that fence.

          there is no way for the GOP to secure its base without a teabagger on the ticket and there is no way to attract indies with a teabagger on the ticket.

          there is no solution for them here.

          Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

          by mdmslle on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:39:21 AM PDT

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      •  Too soon to tell (3+ / 0-)
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        Probably more like 2016 for Brown but he's definitely got potential for the GOP if they ever get their shit back together and lose the 'baggers.

        •  2016 will be the year for moderate GOPers (3+ / 0-)

          By then they'll be tired of getting their asses handed to them in every election since 2006 and will have decided that perhaps some moderation is at hand.

          also by then the country will be more left of where it is today and we MAY see a dem/rep moderate alliance actually have a contest with the true left.  sort of like the liberal party and the NDP in Canada.

          Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

          by mdmslle on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:42:14 AM PDT

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    •  He will be up for his own re-election (1+ / 0-)
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      he is already scared of Rachel

      Republicans secret dream = the impeachment of Bo the Dog LOL

      by LaurenMonica on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:26:07 AM PDT

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    •  By the time the 2012 election rolls around (0+ / 0-)

      Brown will have served less than 2 years. Obama had nearly 4 as of the 2008 election.

      Economics: The science of explaining tomorrow why the predictions you made yesterday didn't come true today

      by yg17 on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 07:29:19 AM PDT

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    •  I expect Obama to be re-elected. (0+ / 0-)

      Brown will be running for a 6-year term in a state that Obama is sure to carry. With more effective Democratic opponent who won't take victory for granted (Capuano, anyone?) Scott Brown will find himself an ex-Senator.

      I know. I know. It's too early to tell. But this looks likely to me.

      I have flow thru Detriot in recent months and the number of TSA women in hijab is alarming. It's like the foxes are overseeing the chicken coop -- A RW blogger.

      by Kimball Cross on Fri Mar 26, 2010 at 08:02:52 AM PDT

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