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  •  Where tarp could hurt, potnetially (0+ / 0-)

    is with independents in the General.

    •  I don't think so (1+ / 0-)
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      TARP has never been a potent issue with voters.  Do you remember any TARP ads by anyone last cycle?  I sure don't.

      TARP was bipartisan.  Bush, Obama, and McCain all were for it.  And too many House members and Senators of both parties voted for it for either side to use it against the other.  That's what makes TARP ineffective as an attack against someone, that it was, in fact, truly bipartisan.

      I don't think Romney or Pawlenty can use it, neither one of them has slammed TARP before.  That's no surprise since it was their own party's leadership team of Bush/McConnell/Boehner whipped its passage on Team Red.  The others who have a shot at the nomination all are crazies, they're going to have too many problems with independents to overcome them with TARP.

      And on top of all that, if TARP was a non-issue in last year's election, it's going to be even less important next year.

      43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 05:04:57 PM PDT

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      •  I'm pretty sure I do remember TARP ads, actually (0+ / 0-)

        although I can't remember where off the top of my head. I agree that it probably won't be the most potent issue in 2012, though.

        •  In the Arkansas Dem primary (2+ / 0-)
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          Bill Halter bashed Blanche Lincoln's support of TARP.  While I would have preferred Halter be nominated, that particular line of attack struck me as a somewhat irresponsible cheap shot, from any candidate.  TARP was bad, but in the atmosphere of September/October 2008 the presumed alternative (letting banks fail en masse) would have been much worse.

          •  And Sen. Halter is really glad... (1+ / 0-)
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            He chose to use that line of attack.

            I agree, though. Chemotherapy sucks and it makes people feel like shit, but it beats just letting the cancer to go terminal.

            Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

            by SaoMagnifico on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 08:17:51 PM PDT

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