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  •  By himself Durbin is essentially (8+ / 0-)

    invulnerable to primary.  With the support of the Democratic Party of Illinois he becomes doubly so.  With the support of the President of the United States he becomes triply so.

    You can't touch Dick Durbin.  And even if you could, I don't think for a moment that your list of candidates contains anyone with the combination of liberalism and competence to get good things done to the same degree as Durbin.

    He's an excellent senator.  This is not the issue on which to dismiss him.

    The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present

    by Inkin on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 07:11:39 PM PST

    •  and he's a downstater. (4+ / 0-)
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      marykk, VClib, JGibson, GoUBears

      and as someone from his hometown, I can say he has an appeal downstate that other dems mentioned don't have. this idea is a bit too far-fetched.

      •  I'm also a downstater (but not his hometown) and (0+ / 0-)

        his willingness to negotiate on SS and Medicare is not playing well here, especially with the elderly and union members.

        There's real unhappiness here with the Democratic Party as a whole who many feel has abandoned its core mission in favor of Wall Street money.

        I continually hear the refrain that Obama and the Democrats bailedl out Wall Street but not Main Street. This willingness on Durbin's part to cut SS and Medicare only strengthens that feeling.

        He will be vulnerable to a primary challenge if he votes to cut SS and Medicare. People around here have just about had it.

    •  Dick Durbin (3+ / 0-)
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      is responsible for giving us Senator Obama, which in turn gave us President Obama.

      I'll keep my senator, thanks.

      Kathleen Sebelius 2016

      by pvlb on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:20:40 PM PST

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