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  •  There are many liberals in redder states (4+ / 0-)

    Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin to name a few. Illinois is one of the bluest states in the country, but this isn't the issue. The real issue is that no democrat should be supporting the catfood commission. It's unpopular everywhere. People love Medicare and Social Security even in red states. This is way different from the Tea Party primaries where candidates took unpopular radical right positions in swing states or blue states like Nevada.

    Are you saying supporting Social Security is too far left for Illinois?!

    "Poor man wanna be rich, Rich man wanna be King, and the King ain't satisfied till he rules everything." Bruce Springsteen.

    by Johnnythebandit on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:48:44 PM PST

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    •  Congratulations Senator Oberweis (3+ / 0-)
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      GoUBears, terjeanderson, MichaelNY

      Wisconsin also has Ron Johnson as Senator.
      Ohio has Rob Portman.
      Illinois has Mark Kirk. In "one of the bluest states in the country".

      Primary Durbin and watch us end up with Oberweis.

      Voting for Simpson-Bowles in committee, when his vote wasn't enough to approve the report, is something that multiple posters here seem willing to be single-issue about. I'm not. He's got the positions that everyone here wants him to have on everything else. The positions of Brown and Baldwin aren't clearly better. They've got some bad votes/opinions too. Durbin also has a strong voting record on Social Security and Medicare otherwise.

      I trust Durbin on Medicare and SS considerably more than I trust Obama.  

      We are already lining up to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory again.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:10:44 AM PST

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      •  I don't trust either of them. (0+ / 0-)

        Primaries and the threat of primaries can have a salutary effect. They are a form of accountability--not representing what your constituents want, but think you are invulnerable because the other party can't take you out?  Watch this.

        The cuts he has been shilling for are opposed by more than three-quarters of Americans surveyed (pdf), so there is no argument to be made that he is representing his constituents on this issue.  This is what the wealthy want, Wall Street wants, and we know that the banks run the place.

        The state races are more consequential for our daily lives than the presidential race. GOTV

        by 2laneIA on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:52:54 AM PST

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