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  •  Why doesn't TIm Ryan wnat to be OH-Gov (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    Has anyone heard about this?  I kind of thought in the apst he was deferring to Strickland, but i guess he just doesn't want the job.  

    I mean if I'm an ambitious congressman, OH-Gov is a fantastic stepping stone to national aspirations down the road.

    "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

    by rdw72777 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:16:46 AM PST

    •  Maybe doesn't want to take in incumbent... (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      And will wait until 2018.  Unless he has his sights on Portman in 2016...

      President Obama would have been a Republican in the 1980's.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:21:22 AM PST

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    •  he's been pretty quiet since his incident in KY. (5+ / 0-)
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      jj32, OGGoldy, MichaelNY, lordpet8, dc1000

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:22:13 AM PST

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    •  Abortion? (3+ / 0-)
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      sawolf, MichaelNY, lordpet8

      Being a pro-life Dem was quite the thing post-2004. Lots of Dems thought pandering to cultural conservatives was the way to go after Dubya's re-election, hence Gov. Bill Ritter, Bob Casey, etc. But now? It's much more of a millstone, and Democrats seem to have learned that assertiveness on the topic yields real political benefits. Ryan could always promise not to sign legislation to restrict abortion, and talented politicians aren't going to split their coalition if they can help it. But it's an obstacle to be sure.

      •  To clarify (2+ / 0-)
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        I actually think Casey has been a pretty good senator despite being pro-life, but that was one of Schumer's odd fixations in 2006. He tried to get Jim Langevin to run for the Senate from Rhode Island, which is just insane. Casey's pick was partly about putting more pro-life faces out there, as any Dem with a pulse, which includes a few pro-choice ones, could have beaten Santorum.

        •  I remember there being some controversy... (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          ... over Casey, because Schumer's recruitment of Casey bumped aside Barbara Hafer. If I remember correctly, Hafer (when she switched parties) had been seemingly promised support for an '06 Senate bid by Rendell and much of the PA Democratic establishment. A pro-choice, ex-Republican woman from SW PA would have, on paper, been a solid choice to defeat Santorum.

          •  Santorum was done no matter who was selected (1+ / 0-)
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            Casey made it a walk, but Ricky had been a punchline for four years by then because of his man on dog comments, he was an ardent supporter of Rumsfeld and the Iraq War, and his bizarre foreign policy theories about Venezeula and Iran becoming allies only poured fuel on the fire. He had strayed so far from any interests in his state that any Dem was going to be able to beat him. Casey was picked because of the optics and because of how easy it would be for him, so that Democrats could lock it down to focus on other races.

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