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  •  This is a bit complicated and I offer my 2cents (6+ / 0-)

    perspective. Since the horrific shootings last week I've come to have a much greater understanding of the difficulties of congresscritters from red or purple states and the precariousness of left/liberal positions.

    The NY Times piece was wonderful (read it yesterday or whichever day it was published) and painted a real picture of regional quagmires for candidates.

    If she were up here in CT running against a really left candidate in the primary, I'd likely vote for her opponent. If I lived in Tucson and she were running against someone to her right, I'd vote for her.

    Alan Grayson was voted out. Bernie Sanders will likely keep his seat until he retires. It depends on the district and the constituency.

    And for me there are lines in the sand... social security is one. If Obama begins to eviscerate social security, I may not vote for him in 2012,  his lofty speech last week having NOTHING to do with that. I assume everyone has their lines in the sand.

    And I understand Detroit Mark's point about the title. Unless you are really a blue-dog supporter, it appears disingenuous to suddenly support Gabrielle Giffords policy positions willy-nilly b/c she lies in the hospital with grievous injury to her brain.

    "People don't eat in the long run-- they eat every day." Harry Hopkins (who ran FDR's FERA program)

    by hester on Sun Jan 16, 2011 at 06:34:29 AM PST

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