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As of now everybody has heard the shocking news last night of Maine's senior senator Olympia Snowe announcing her retirement instead of seaking re-election. Also to mention on her way out she had some scathing words for the GOP leadership, in hence acknowledging there's is no room for folks like her in the Republican Party. Don't be surprise if the other senator from Maine, Susan Collins follows Snowe's path and retires in '14.

With that being said I want to state my 5 reasons on why Chelllie Pingree should be the next senator from Maine, in what will be a sure pick-up for Democrats negating any chance for Republican controled senate giving Democrats more than 50 percent to hold the senate.

5. Grassroots Backing: Pingree entry in the race will automatically have the backing of numerous liberal and progressive grassroots group. She'll get the backing of PCCC who are trying to draft her, Emily's List, Act Blue etc. Mike Michaud entry in the race makes the Democratic establishment null in supporting a candidate, until the primary is over. That's why her getting backing from grassroots organization makes her a favorite.

4. Age: Chellie Pingree is about to be 57 in April, and in senate years that's considered being a young'n. So she'll be there for quite a while.

3. Gender: She's a woman, and I can't tell you how extremely important it is for more women to be elected to congress. Especially with the recent GOP legislative attacks on women's rights. 2012 is shaping up to be a very big year for women candidates. With canidates like Hirono in Hawaii, Berkley in Nevada, Baldwin in Wisconsin, Bysiewicz in Connecticut, Warren in Massachusetts and Heitkamp in North Dakota. It's highly likely 5 out of those 6 women could be the first female senators from their states. Not to forget the 5 current female incumbents that are running for re-election Gillibrand, Feinstein, Klobuchar, McCaskill and Stabenow. In '14 and '16 it's going to be even brighter for women with nearly certain retirements and great challengers. We have Gretchen Witmer in Michigan, Barbara Buono in New Jersey, Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania, Janet Cowell in North Carolina and Lisa Madigan in Illinois. Along with the handful sunshine gems in Florida with Debbie Schultz, Kathy Castor, Pam Iorio, Alex Sink and potential rising star Jessica Ehrlich. There's so many I could name, but I wanted for you to know how important it is for females to be running for congress and statewide office.

2. Progressive: Imagine her with Elizabeth Warren in the United States Senate. Two well known fighters for the middle-class it will be very great.

1. She's the best canidate: She's the best person to succeed Olympia Snowe, we can do so so so much better than Mike Michaud. He's is anti-choice and he is a blue dog. A blue dog in the mold of Ben Nelson and Joe Lieberman. Even though he's anti-choice, you have Bob Casey who is also anti-choice but he's supports contraception, and he votes great on every issue, and you have Blue Dogs In Name Only folks the Pennsylvania Pat Murphy and former Arizona Rep. Gab Giffords. So there are Dems that on some issues they differ on, but are overall great members of the party. Michaud is the worst choice, and I believe the Democratic voters in Maine will rebuke him in the primary.

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  •  she's the best of the lot (1+ / 0-)
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    as far as name recognition and temperment.  It's a great moment for Maine to stand up and speak out aboutwhat is neccesary for us to move ahead as a nation. Go Chellie!!

    "For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best." V. Frankl

    by Wonton Tom on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 03:18:55 PM PST

  •  Chellie is my pick (0+ / 0-)

    I think Mike is pretty harmless - he's from a very conservative base and has little room to maneuver. He's a great guy and a great candidate - he shows up everywhere and remembers everybody. Mike will listen to his constituents, he has often changed his position when he gets a lot of support. He's good with the unions.

     Hopefully he will re-evaluate a run for the Senate, since his very strong GOP opponent may well run for it and his chances of staying in the House will improve.

     Maine is a funny state, very liberal areas and very conservative rural folks who are solid old-fashioned Republicans, not nutjobs. I notice that our politicians tend to be moderates, whatever party they belong to. ( leaving aside the horrid Gov. LePage, his election was a huge fluke and everyone regrets it, including the Republicans in Augusta, who have pretty much told him to stifle himself. ) So I wonder if we can get Chellie into the Senate, but I sure hope we can. We'll do our damnedest.

     Go Chellie go !

    “Good things don’t come to those who wait. They come to those who agitate!” Julian Bond

    by Dvalkure on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 03:43:13 PM PST

  •  I want to see polling (1+ / 0-)
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    And may the strongest GE candidate win the nomination. If that in Pingree, then by all means she should win the primary. But if she is a liability electorally, I hope she gets steamrolled by whomever is stronger, be that Michaud or anyone else.

    •  Steamrolled? Why? n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

      by Spud1 on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 08:10:16 PM PST

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      •  The same goes for any candidate (1+ / 0-)
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        That is polling worse. I alwYs root for an absolute romp in the primary for the more electable candidate. It is decisive, and there are no hurt feelings by anyone but the most ardent supportera. Get the primary out of the way, move forward with the strongest GE candidate, and focus on November. That goes for any candidate in any state for any race. It has nothing to do with Congresswoman Pingree personally. But contentious primaries are almost always bad.

    •  Um no (0+ / 0-)

      The only way I'd consider supporting Michaud is if Pingree is unelectable.  

      If Michaud would win by 20 and Pingree by 5, then Pingree would get my support.  If Michaud would win by 15 and Pingree would lose by 5, then I could support Michaud.

      •  difference in philosophy (0+ / 0-)

        Putting a race like this away from DAY 1 would be huge for keeping the senate. We don't have to worry about sinking money or elite campaign staff into a race where the Democrat is up by 20. Those are valuable, finite resources that would be much better allocated in other states like North Dakota, or Montana. Big picture.

        •  No dice (1+ / 0-)
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          You may be able to make that argument in a big state.  Maine requires substantially less money, and we have a chance to elect a really good senator.  I would support Pingree, who IMO is far better than Michaud, unless she is unelectable or would be an ineffective Senator.  Also if she were a purity troll (like Dennis Kucinich) then I would support Michaud, but I doubt that is the case.

          I doubt your philosophy will hold with the Maine Democratic electorate, which is largely in southeast Maine, Pingree's base.  The only way she loses a primary with Michaud is if she is unelectable or comes off as incompetent.

          •  For the record (1+ / 0-)
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            I don't think she is incompetent, nor do I think she is completely unelectable. I haven't seen a single head-to-head poll comparing how Michaud would do against the potential Republicans, or how Pingree would do. Until such a poll is released, I am withholding judgement. But if there is a huge difference in GE prowess, the stronger candidate should be nominated. I HATE it when the Democrats nominate weak candidates, and I LOVE it when Republicans do it. FWIW, Republicans are chomping at the bit to run against Pingree. I want to see some actual data to see if there is any validity to their desires.

            •  so is there any reason why people are (1+ / 0-)
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              calling her unelectable besides the fact that she's a liberal woman?

              21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

              by sapelcovits on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 03:46:04 PM PST

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              •  The usual meme (2+ / 0-)
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                Is that she is to the left of the state. And she is. But that is not necessarily a disqualifying factor, as a lot of politicians are out of line with their states' political leanings. And I don't think her sex has anything to do with it. If anything, Democratic women tend to do better when on the ballot than men, as they can exploit the inherent gender gap within the electorate. I don't even know if she is any less electable than Michaud or anyone else (Except for Baldacci, who really is tainted goods, and left office immensely unpopular). Again, for the 4th time, i am withholding judgement until I see some actual data. It is a fool's errand to jump to conclusions based on no data.

            •  Well we aren't going to find out (1+ / 0-)
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              Michaud has announced he will stay in the House.  It is possible that another moderate Democrat may run, but I doubt it.  The only other serious candidate would be John Baldacci.


              My guess is that Michaud probably polled the primary race and realized that Pingree would crush him in a primary.  That's not a knock on Michaud, who would be a fine senator from Ohio or Pennsylvania, but the Maine Democrats as a whole are probably to the left of Michaud (although not by much).

          •  Southeast Maine is (1+ / 0-)
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            actually what we call DownEast, that is, Washington County, a Republican stronghold. Southwest Maine, what we call southern Maine, is the area around Portland, and is much more liberal and Democratic.

            Form follows function -- Louis Sullivan

            by Spud1 on Sun Mar 04, 2012 at 06:50:42 AM PST

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  •  Why would anyone support Bysiewicz? (0+ / 0-)

    Pingree, Berkley, Baldwin, Warren, Heitkamp, Gillibrand, Feinstein, Klobuchar, McCaskill and Stabenow...HELL YEAH

    But a failed secretary of state who's uninspiring, no different politically than Murphy, a bad fundraiser, has almost no support among unions, and could easily lose to Shays if McMahon blows up...why?

    -8.88, -4.21 Why does the most beautiful place in the world (Idaho Panhandle) have to get dumped with thousands of Cali GOP doofuses?

    by Whitty on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 05:48:58 PM PST

  •  I highly highly doubt (1+ / 0-)
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    that Lisa Madigan will run for Senate. She's got her eye on the governor's mansion.

    Good diary though.

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Wed Feb 29, 2012 at 06:49:33 PM PST

  •  Chellie Pingree (2+ / 0-)
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    would be a much better senator than Mike Michaud, but the fact that she lost to Susan Collins in 2002 by 58% to 42% frankly makes me wonder whether she would be the best candidate.

    •  No one, I repeat, no one was going to (2+ / 0-)
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      come close to defeating Susan Collins. Look at 2008 and Tom Allen. Pingree did better than him and in a year that wasn't favorable to Democrats.

      20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Thu Mar 01, 2012 at 02:55:26 PM PST

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  •  your quixotic fears have been rendered moot (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Nelson/Lieberman? (0+ / 0-)

    Michaud is nowhere close to that. Otherwise, I would have tipped and recced this. But it's all water under the bridge now.

    Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

    by MichaelNY on Fri Mar 02, 2012 at 03:23:50 AM PST

  •  Lisa Madigan (0+ / 0-)

    the CW is that she's far more likely to run for Governor than Senator.

    •  Re: Lisa Madigan (1+ / 0-)
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      Illinois have a deep bench to take out Mark Kirk in '16. If he knows whats best for him is to retire, he ain't gonna get any sympathy votes in a presidential yr. Plus Dems are gonna put heavy heat on him to get that seat back.

      •  2016 is too far out to be worried about (1+ / 0-)
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        For now, I am wishing Senator Kirk a speedy and full recovery from his serious medical issues. Humanity takes precedence over politics.

        •  I get what your saying (0+ / 0-)

          but it very hard to have compassion for these ppl who policies are very detrimental to this country. I don't wish ill will upon him, but I wish he is not in the senate sitting in Obama's old seat.

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