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  •  Democrats need to start to "bloody" Collins now (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Woody, askew, stevenaxelrod

    if they want to beat her. Tie her to GOP obstructionism, remind pro-lifer she is a RINO, it doesn't matter if they hit her from the left or right. Maine will be one of the few states that should be a good place for Dems to play offense in 2014. Hit her and define her early. Remember Senators Scott Brown and Lincoln Chafee were popular right up to the day voters rejected them.

    -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

    by dopper0189 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:14:53 AM PST

    •  It's a bit... (9+ / 0-)

      late to "define" Susan Collins to the Maine electorate.

      "It's almost as if we're watching Mitt Romney on Safari in his own country." -- Jonathan Capeheart

      by JackND on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:33:54 AM PST

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    •  Given that Collins is unlikely to win (2+ / 0-)
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      Woody, MichaelNY

      and she is very personally popular. It may be better to spend resources elsewhere, or maybe try and get her buddy Snowe to join her in retirement, or see if Obama wants to appoint her to something.

      •  Wait! (0+ / 0-)

        I was gonna have Obama appoint Lautenberg to that something. See 4 comments above. ;-)

        Well, there's probably enuff sinecures to go around.

      •  Snowe and Collins are not buddies (2+ / 0-)
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        OGGoldy, MichaelNY

        Word was that they could barely stand each other, although labelled "The Maine twins" by the media.

        I have never understood the appeal that Collins has to my fellow Mainers, but it's very clear that we rarely oust a sitting Senator.  I worked hard and long against Collins the last time around & we gor creamed.  Sadly, I wouldn't recommend that anyone waste their time or money this round.  

    •  Scott Brown and Lincoln Chafee won... (4+ / 0-)
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      DowneastDem, LordMike, JBraden, MichaelNY

      their primaries. And Chafee won despite voting against the Iraq War and several other Bush initiative's that were popular among Republicans. Sure, both lost in the general election. But Susan Collins is very popular in Maine and is in her third term as Senator. Just look at the polls above; Collins leads by a whopping 25 points over a popular House member. And quite honestly, I don't think Pingree would run against Collins again. In 2002, she lost by 17 points.

      If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.

      by HairyTrueMan on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 06:38:29 AM PST

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      •  Make he tack to the right in her primary so it (3+ / 0-)
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        abgin, shoeless, MichaelNY

        hurts her in the general (yes I know she'll win her primary) then attack her in the general for supporting the GOP. Remember Jay Rockefeller has won ever election to the Senate (except his 1st) by over 60% but once West Virginians realized he was "out of step with his state"his numbers have cratered.

        -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

        by dopper0189 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:03:11 AM PST

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      •  Chafee did beat some tough opposition (0+ / 0-)

        But that was before the Tea Party existed (at least in name). Republicans are more extreme today.

        That said, I wouldn't bet against Collins. But Democrats do need to run a credible candidate, just in case Collins is teabagged like Castle was in Delaware (no-one saw that coming, either!) or makes a late decision to resign, as Snowe did.

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:04:25 PM PST

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