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View Diary: We should be ready to primary/replace Dick Durbin in 2014 (82 comments)

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  •  Yea! (0+ / 0-)

    It's a good thing progressives didn't do anything stupid like nominate some extremist like Tammy Baldwin in a swing state!  

    More seriously, I would expect people on this site to be aware that most of the political science research shows candidate ideology has a relatively small effect on electoral performance.  Meanwhile, primaries are the most effective tools progressive can use to shift the debate to the left.  

    I would scream at someone proposing a left-wing primary challenge to Begich, Pryor, or Landrieu, but if you can't primary a Democrat in a heavy blue state like Illinois, you're going to remain powerless and irrelevant.  

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