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  •  But that's a huge, huge (2+ / 0-)
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    HoosierD42, tietack

    shift towards us. I figure that Obama's winning a blowout nationwide, people like Sherrod Brown and Tim Kaine are in Lean D races at worse, which means that we can marshal the resources necessary to drag someone like Matheson over the finish line.

    •  Is Matheson even interested in the Senate? (1+ / 0-)
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      tietack

      I thought he wanted to be Governor like his daddy more.

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      by HoosierD42 on Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:04:23 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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      tietack

      Worth noting, though, that one of the Obama campaign advisers said today that they're expecting a close election unless the Republicans nominate Palin or Gingrich. But I don't see how any of the Republicans aside from Palin really generate enthusiasm and big-bucks fundraising at the same time in the general election. Romney is well-connected but loathed by the conservative base; Rep. Paul or Herman Cain would whip up a lot of Tea Party fervor but Wall Street and K Street would probably just sit the election out.

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      by SaoMagnifico on Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:08:16 AM PDT

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      •  Where was this said? (2+ / 0-)
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        DCCyclone, Christopher Walker

        I'm not sure we'd see a blowout forming until well into 2012, short of some unexpectedly good economic news (i.e. 500,000 jobs created each month for months on end), if only because the craziness of some of these people isn't that obvious to everyone.

        On that note, check out this article from The New Republic on Pawlenty's chances at getting the nomination. It describes how he is caught between a rock and a hard place trying to place catch up with Romney, specifically in regards to fund raising, and I think a lot of applies to the general if he's the nominee. I think there's a fairly big chance he's wounded at the beginning because he's so far behind in the fund raising game, even if he does get a nice boost from online donations once he's nominated. If that is the case, it'll be harder for him to align his campaign with the rest of the party apparatus, given the head start Obama will have had and the work he did last time, or so I suspect anyway. Even if the bump is larger than we might imagine, he can't make up for lost time, making building any campaign infrastructure more expensive, if not impossible. And that's before we get into his general underwhelming personality.

      •  Romney (0+ / 0-)

        would actually probably be a better fundraiser than Palin. A lot of wall street republicans are scared shitless of her.

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