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  •  You've given some reasons why you (5+ / 0-)
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    marina, quadmom, Lujane, MKSinSA, qwertyuiop

    think Onorato's organization is strong, but haven't convinced me that Hoeffel could not also win the general.  I will be voting for Hoeffel, and I wish you would too.

    "Put your big-girl panties on and deal with it." -- Stolen from homogenius, who in turn stole it from a coffee mug.

    by Mother of Zeus on Tue May 04, 2010 at 05:24:48 AM PDT

    •  I'm a Hoeffel girl, too... (2+ / 0-)
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      Mother of Zeus, Lujane

      I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. A Lincoln

      by quadmom on Tue May 04, 2010 at 05:25:32 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry, I meant to add that I am mystified (4+ / 0-)
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      Lujane, MKSinSA, sturunner, flhiii88

      how you can reason that a vote for Hoeffel would be wasted, but a vote for Sestak not.  I think Sestak has a lot of serious weaknesses as a general candidate.  I still haven't decided if I will vote for him in the primary or not, as much as that pains me.

      "Put your big-girl panties on and deal with it." -- Stolen from homogenius, who in turn stole it from a coffee mug.

      by Mother of Zeus on Tue May 04, 2010 at 05:26:14 AM PDT

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      •  Sestak v Hoeffel (8+ / 0-)

        It's a two part answer.

        First, I am convinced that Arlen CANNOT win the general. In large part because a lot of non-activist people who vote have said things like: "he looks old" "his time is over" "I don't like that he switched parties, even though as a Democrat I always voted for him" -- so part of it while Sestak's chances may be limited, Arlen's are nil.

        On that same point, Hoeffel lacks organization and money. He won't be able to raise either for the general. He's lost the statewide elections he's run.

        Second: Sestak's problem is that people don't know him. Once they see him, hear him, it's a real difference. He doesn't have problems as serious as Arlen makes them out to be. For example, did he miss a lot of votes? Yup. His dad was dying, and he spent a lot of time at his bedside. So he missed the votes, but who wouldn't have in that situation.

        Demoted? Yup -- but NOT for the reasons Arlen comes up with - but because of an administration change and a difference of opinion with his new bosses.

        Have you seen the new Vet ad Sestak is running?

        Plus, when you meet his team, staff and volunteers, they are energized and excited: smart, on point, good at what they do. Boots on the ground are a great indicator of how his GOTV operation will work, and it's STRONG. If you haven't been to one of his campaign offices, consider stopping by and see for yourself. Oh, and Arlen's offices? Good luck finding one.

        Hoeffel has support, but it's old support: people who have supported him in the past. He has not been able to get traction with new voters nor younger voters. If he wins the primary, he will get NO support from the state party, which is run by Fast Eddie, who is not only behind Onorato, but who has great personal animose for Joe, and will make sure he has trouble getting additional aid. Therefore, he would have a lot of trouble in the general.

        Does that make anything more clear?

        •  Very thoughtful voter (3+ / 0-)
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          N in Seattle, Lujane, Tortmaster

          Heck, I'd vote vote for you because that's the sort of nonpartisan reflection we need in our politicians. But I'm in Texas ... need I say more?

          I think things like great steps of moral depravity are not really taken in great steps; they're taken in little pieces. - Gregory Kouky

          by MKSinSA on Tue May 04, 2010 at 05:44:28 AM PDT

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          •  AWWWW... (3+ / 0-)

            Thanks...but I'm a worker (carried my first lit basket at age 3) not a candidate.

            Don't give up because you're in Texas.

            I moved into my neighborhood about 25 years ago, when the registration was over 80% Republican. So I appointed myself block captain. My neighborhood (actually the whole precinct) is now 51% Democratic. It took a generation, but eventually there were others....When someone moves into my neighborhood, I bring over a cake and a voter registration form. You win their hearts one by one, issue by issue, candidate by candidate.

            I knocked on a neighbor's door the other day for something, someone I don't know real well. He looked around and asked where my candidate was....he'd never seen me at his door without one!

            So MKSinSA, keep your boots on the ground...if I can change my little corner of the world, you can change yours!

    •  Hoeffel is a perennial candidate (3+ / 0-)

      I do not feel confident that he'd get anywhere in the off chance he would win the primary. I like the guy though, I really do.

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      by terrypinder on Tue May 04, 2010 at 05:45:34 AM PDT

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    •  Hoeffel (0+ / 0-)

      Joe Hoeffel is a good candidate, however, he doesn't have the money to win in November.  Remember, Rick "man on dog" Santorum beat Hoeffel by a large margin and Corbett will do the same.

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