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  •  He's voted against Obama several times (6+ / 0-)
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    Trying to get a more progressive bill.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 09:03:55 AM PDT

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    •  So what's troubling fladem is that (1+ / 0-)
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      Feingold might seem even more liberal than Obama?

      "We don't differentiate between 'them' and 'us.' It's just 'us.'" --- President Barack Obama

      by marabout40 on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 09:13:06 AM PDT

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      •  I read his comment (1+ / 0-)
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        as saying that we can't retain control of the House and Senate by saying "I don't always support Obama". Here in Colorado I see the Republicans trying to tie Bennet to Obama, and Bennet trying to put some distance between them. Fladem thinks that won't help.

        In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra

        by blue aardvark on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 09:14:32 AM PDT

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      •  No (1+ / 0-)
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        In tough times one way for incumbents to survive is to establish independence and make the election about local issues. That is how you hold onto majorities in down cycles.

        What this suggests is that it is hard for Democrats to separate themselves from the economy.  Since I think the driving factor in this election is the economy, and the economy isn't going to radically improve, incumbents needs a strategy to hold on.

        These numbers suggest outside of deep blue states (eg Washington and California) no such strategy exists.

        Which scares the crap out of me.

        The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

        by fladem on Tue Sep 21, 2010 at 09:30:27 AM PDT

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    •  So, shouldn't that make progressives want to (0+ / 0-)

      vote for Feingold? I keep hearing how the intensity gap is due to progressives being disappointed with Obama and Blue Dog Dems. So, seeing that Feingold has opposed Obama pretty much every step of the way, shouldn't that make him more popular with progressives thereby decreasing the intensity gap?  

      Don't mind me, I'm just trying to follow the reasoning laid out here on a regular basis.

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