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  •  Great to see an unabashed progressive (3+ / 0-)
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    Mostel26, Grandma Susie, JBraden

    What I hope is that her unapologetic support for abortion rights and gun control will inspire high turnout in the Philly area. To put it bluntly, we're really, really going to need it to offset the anti-choicers and gun-nuts in the T. Pennsylvania probably has the most socially conservative electorate in the East, although it's not insurmountable for liberals. Corbett's low popularity will help, as will Schwartz' avoidance of the usual annoying mushy liberal apologies for being who we are. I do believe she can win, but it's important to understand what we're up against: there are an awful lot of voters in PA who will walk naked through a hailstorm to vote against abortion and gun control. A minority yes, but an extremely committed one.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 08:52:33 PM PDT

    •  She's more of a centrist than (1+ / 0-)
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      a progressive.  She's progressive on social issues, but is moderate on other issues.  She's against medicare for all, voted for CISPA, voted to give credit card companies free reign before the recession, a friend of big pharma and moderate on environmental issues.  She supports the Keystone XL and believes that fracking can be done friendlier with a smile.
      She's far from progressive on most issues.  I won't be voting for her in the primary.  Most likely in the general, if she gets that far.  And I don't see her going that far because she's in a super safe district and can be seen as a "DC Insider" by many in the state.  I would like to see Wolfe  or McCord run.    

      •  Thank you for the context (0+ / 0-)

        It'll be an interesting race. I'm somewhat scared of McCord's background leading him to be bad on school funding and policy. I'm hopeful what ever D we can elect will dial down the bullshit with high stakes standardized tests and budget cuts.

        •  It will be interesting (0+ / 0-)

          I am from her district and I honestly don't see her going as far.  Democrats can win with someone from the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh areas - along as the name isn't Onorato.  She's never had a hard challenger and I don't think she's battle ready.  Wolf is a good candidate and business owner, but has never had that much experience in public office and McCord is a little too cozy with Comcast.  

          I agree with you on the high stakes testing.  It's shitty, but who will go against it?  I mean both parties support it and Obama is in bed with Duncan, who originally proposed the original Chicago School Closings, Rham Emanuel and Michelle Rhee.  If the leader of the party has those views, the non-progressives will fall in line.

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