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  •  Chuck Grassley is perhaps the least surprisng vote (2+ / 0-)
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    David Jarman, isentrope

    No one else has a keaner sense of survival or a more ambidextrous view of political ideology.  Given recent Republican civil wars in Iowa he has worked hard to protect his right flank.  Though he also not afraid to say vote against the first Gulf War in this Dukakis state.  He almost made a fatal mistake in his balancing act by negotiating with Obama over a health care compromise.  But quickly pulled out and ranted about killing "grandma" as soon as he smelled the political winds shifting.

    Right now he thinks the danger comes from a primary, not a general election defeat.  Which is why he could badly use some general election heat for a change.  That is the only way he'll switch back to moderate mode.

    The lady was enchanted and said they ought to see. So they charged her with subversion and made her watch TV -Spirogyra

    by Taget on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 10:26:21 AM PDT

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