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  •  If Scott Brown re-enters the Senate... (10+ / 0-)

    ...President Obama deserves all the scorn that will be heaped on him.   John Kerry is a fine man, deserves the post, and will do well in it, but damnit, the Senate is a clusterfuck and every seat counts.

    Fucking unforced errors at every turn from this administration.

    The bear and the rabbit will never agree on how dangerous a dog is.

    by fromer on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:41:54 AM PST

    •  Agreed (3+ / 0-)
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      The Nose, nanorich, aseth

      I'm sure the President has no fucking clue as to why he has to deal with Governor Bonefinger in Arizona these days even though it was his fault in the first place that he needlessly chose their Democratic governor to be in his cabinet at the time.

      Are his only choice sitting office holders?  Is that how thin the Democratic "bench" is?

      •  Arizona was gone to a Republican governor (6+ / 0-)

        in 2010 anyway as Janet Napolitano was going to be term limited out.  It may not have been Jan Brewer but it was going to be some ultra right wing politician.  

        •  And what about 2009 and 2010? (0+ / 0-)

          Had Brewer not been there, the anti-immigrant legislation would not have gone into law.

          Let all the Bush tax cuts expire

          by Paleo on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 07:58:16 AM PST

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          •  It would have once Brewer or some other (1+ / 0-)
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            Wee Mama

            right wing politician was elected in 2010.  At the most it would have been delayed for two years and for that matter in those two years the legislation might have become more extreme given Arizona's trends right now.  

          •  Gee, I had no idea Arizona doesn't have (0+ / 0-)

            a legislature, and the Governor enacts and signs legislation all by herself. Do tell.

            •  SB1070 wasn't going into law with Napolitano (0+ / 0-)

              as governor.  Russel Pearce has said so, himself.

              The 2010 was no guarantee as the national climate was quite hostile to Democrats.  Nonetheless, it would have been a lot better had the Democratic candidate been able to campaign as continuing Napolitano's policies.  Instead, Democrats had to run against an incumbent Republican, who had made herself a hero and the election a referendum on immigration issues.

              We don't know what would have happened in the 2010 election had Napolitano stayed.  But we do know what did happen in 2009 and 2010.  Brewer became governor, Arizona passed SB1070, and Brewer went from being an afterthought to one of the most popular Republicans in the state.  

              To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

              by sneakers563 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:54:21 PM PST

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      •  Just listen to yourself (4+ / 0-)
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        Jeff Simpson, TLS66, begone, WilliamE

        Some doofus on the internet thinks the President has "no fucking clue" about something.

        Sorry, but I'll take your opinion seriously when you can present public credentials in the same universe as the President's credentials. They don't let clueless people into Harvard Law School, much less let them onto the law review, much less elect them as president of that law review.

    •  Oh Jesus, whatever! (2+ / 0-)
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      mspicata, begone

      The same people will be heaping scorn on him NO MATTER WHAT.

      The seat is definitely in play, but this is the best possible moment for the MA Dems, having just organized for the most competitive race there in over 20 years.

      •  Yeah. The same whiners were panicking over (1+ / 0-)
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        Jeff Simpson

        Elizabeth Warren's inexperience in campaigning, Kirsten Gillibarnd being a blue dog senator, etc. Guess they're never happy unless finding a glass three fourths full and complaining it's partly empty.

        "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

        by TofG on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 02:57:21 PM PST

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