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  •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

    But if Durbin retired in 2014, I could see her running for that seat.

    •  She had the perfect opportunity (3+ / 0-)
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      in 2010. I think she sees a clearer path to the Presidency through a Governorship. Oh Durbin is definitely not retiring, at least not in 2014.

      19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 02:49:19 PM PDT

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      •  True, Durbin will be 70 in 2014 (3+ / 0-)

        Which, I guess, isnt really that old for Senate retirement. I think if Quinn is popular in 2014, he should run for re-election. Madigan could take on Kirk in 2016, in that case. I worry we might get a weaker candidate against Kirk, and he wins re-election.

        •  I "hate" making firm predictions, but (5+ / 0-)
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          Mark Kirk won't win reelection. I use Peter Fitzgerald as an example. Mark Kirk is to his right and Illinois has moved to the left. I think everyone outside of Blago could defeat him. Of course I would love to see Michelle run against him. In that case I could see Kirk retiring, all together. I think Quinn has been doing a good job, but I would rather see the popular Madigan in the top spot.

          19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

          by ndrwmls10 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 03:50:39 PM PDT

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          •  I think Kirk is stronger than Fitzgerald, but (6+ / 0-)

            I agree, I think it will be tough for him to win re-election. He won in 2010, without a majority, against a bad opponent, in horrible year for Dems, particularly in Illinois, with Blago's shadow hanging over the state.

            In 2016, he is running in a blue state, in a presidential election, Blago will have spent years in prison, and hopefully, he will face a stronger candidate. My only worry is we get a weak candidate, because Madigan runs for governor, and Kirk fools people into thinking he is a moderate like he did numerous times to hold his House seat.

            Certainly, if Madigan wants to be president, governor is the best bet. But if Quinn is popular, it just doesnt seem fair to force him not to run. Although, maybe if he is popular, he could run for Senate against Kirk.

            I agree Michelle would be a fantastic candidate. But I dont she is really into politics that much, at least not for herself.  

            •  I don't know (2+ / 0-)
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              why people have that impression. Michelle Obama was involved in politics before President Obama. She worked in the Daley admin. and introduced President Obama to many of the people who helped him along the way. Granted she was weary of 2008, but that's because she had young children. In 2016, her children will be much older.

              As for Quinn, I don't want him to be forced out, but I definitely think he should retire in 2014.

              19, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus, male, Dem, (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin for Senate!

              by ndrwmls10 on Thu Jun 30, 2011 at 04:19:45 PM PDT

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              •  That's a good point (4+ / 0-)

                I dont know, I've gotten the sense that Michelle, like many spouses, rightfully doesnt like that increased scrutiny you face as a candidate or the spouse of a candidate. I think she has talked about how she was skeptical about her husband having a career in politics initially. But it would be great if she ran, she is really intelligent, and I think would be great in public office.

                Regarding Quinn, I just feel like if he does have strong approval ratings, he shouldnt waste that. He should run for something, if not gov, maybe a House seat or something. Given that he is a gov of Illinois, I hope I dont regret saying this, but he seem to be a genuinely decent guy, and it would great to have his voice somewhere in politics, if not governor.  

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