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  •  It means something (4+ / 0-)

    to have descriptive representation. If she were implausible, I'd agree that she's the wrong choice. But I believe she can win, and I'm willing to stake a little risk on it.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Fri May 13, 2011 at 10:42:07 AM PDT

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    •  It matters just having someone try! (1+ / 0-)
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      Gay teens are literally dying for a positive LGBT role model to show them that life does go on after high school.

      •  I get that sentiment (0+ / 0-)

        I really do. In isolation I would be right there with you. My problem is that Dems need to pull an inside straight as it is to hold the Senate. In these circumstances trying isn't enough. The nominee simply has to win.

        •  One Tammy Baldwin (0+ / 0-)

          is worth about 5 run of the mill Democratic senators, in my opinion. I know she's less electable, but I feel like history is calling in a way that it would be a real shame to pass this up just because she's 10-20% less likely to win than someone like Kind. All seems very petty in the face of what a Senator Baldwin would actually mean for not just Democrats but America as a whole.

          "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

          by xcave on Fri May 13, 2011 at 08:39:43 PM PDT

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          •  How is it petty? (0+ / 0-)

            I really don't think this can be looked upon in a vacuum. Walker has hurt Republicans but not to the extent Wisconsin has suddenly become New York or California. I still say she can win but I don't think it is worth the risk given the circumstances at large. I hope I'm proved wrong.

        •  I would be 100% for Baldwin going for it (0+ / 0-)

          simply due to the country needing this positive gay role model in politics (history will remember the first out LGBT candidate much more so than the 2013 GOP Senate Majority), but she hasn't built herself up for this race at all.  It was figured that Kohl would retire in at least 2011 simply by virtue of being old and serving his time, so why didn't Baldwin throw a vote here or there?  Come on, no one can be a 100% progressive liberal on every single issue, so why vote like it?  And even if they were, Wisconsin as a whole is not.  Kohl's retirement was predictable and Baldwin could have set herself up much more nicely for this race than how she has been.

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