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  •  Reid Wants His Vote (2+ / 0-)
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    in the Senate.  He knows that the GOP has ostracized Crist and so he is opening the path for Crist to caucus with the DEMS in 2011 if he wins.

    •  Crist seems like a pretty reasonable guy... (2+ / 0-)
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      I sometimes think Obama is trying to rebuild the Republican party, or at least getting moderates into their ranks that he can work with and give the Conservadems cover.  

      Hoevan in Dakota will be a reasonable guy to deal with, Brown in Mass needs to vote with Dems a heckuva lot between now and 2012, Snowe will be up for re-election in 2012 and I suspect if she doesn't retire she'll run as an indie right off the bat.  

      I do worry that Crist will just get in tight with his buddies Graham, McCain and Lieberscum and the four will try to run the senate being the kingmaker to many votes.  

      Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

      by Jonze on Tue May 11, 2010 at 08:48:02 PM PDT

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      •  Likely (1+ / 0-)
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        He will try to play the role of independent voice in Senate.  In fact Lieberman encouraged him to run independent.

        But the important thing will be getting him to caucus with DEMS.  As long as a DEM is Majority Leader then his and Leiberman's ability to cause havock is lessened.

        It Crist is elected I look for him to be angling himself for his entire term for a run for President in 2016.  He is always on the look for a better gig.

      •  Brown will have a very tough race in 2012 (1+ / 0-)
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        Competent Democrat beats competent Republican in MA most of the time. He's only there because KKT's sister ran.

        Snowe will also have a tough race if a right-wing, Club for Growth primary challenger runs against her. She probably could still win the general election comfortably, but would face the biggest challenge in the primary.

        •  I think if that happens... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...she retires.  She's been there a long time and has done a lot while she's been there.  She's no spring chicken and would have a terrible time winning a GOP primary. The tebaggers just wrote the state's GOP platform.

          DARTH SPECTER: I am altering the deal! Pray I don't alter it any further!
          LANDO REID: This deal keeps getting worse all the time!

          by LordMike on Tue May 11, 2010 at 11:44:26 PM PDT

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        •  Disagree (0+ / 0-)

          I think Brown wins easily.  He has gotten off to a good start with an approval rating over 70%.  And he has over 6 million and counting waiting in his campaign bank account.

          All he has to do is vote for the major DEMS iniatives like climate change, financial reform, etc and he will be fine.

        •  I could see Snowe running as indie... (0+ / 0-)

          right out of the gate.  However I believe she is in poor health and could be looking to retire.  

          What does the Dem bench look like in Maine?

          Politics is like playing Asteroids - You go far enough to the left and you end up on the right. Or vice-versa.

          by Jonze on Wed May 12, 2010 at 01:49:42 PM PDT

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      •  Obama trying to rebuild Republican Party? (0+ / 0-)

        Now THAT makes sense, given the huge advantages he's given them over the past year! The master of "3-D chess" has single-handedly resuscitated a party that the public was ready to flush down the toilet 15 months ago.

        Too bad he didn't decide to rebuild his own party!

      •  He wants a strong GOP to spar with (0+ / 0-)

        He wants to triangulate his way to a second term.  There is a reason why he barely lifts a finger to elect other Democrats.  We will have to fight our own President to win the 2010 elections.  

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