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1  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Mississippi 2014 discussion thread on: April 12, 2014, 06:22:50 am
Childers is really not much better than Taylor is. He ran on a record in 2010 as a pro-NRA, pro-life independent who boasted that he voted against Pelosi 267 times. We don't need moderate hero "Democrats" like him in Washington giving the national party a bad name when instead, we can aim to get more progressive candidates (Nunn and Grimes) in the Senate who will be willing to vote with the party. We can't get liberal Democrats elected statewide in Mississippi of course, but I see no problem at all with Thad Cochran and it would do both parties a benefit keeping him in the Senate. The Republican Party wouldn't be stuck with a Neo-Confederate, Tea Party Senator who thinks Abe's a Marxist and Democrats can put more focus into other races this way.

McDaniel would win this Senate seat if he beats Cochran in the primary, so it's a matter of whether or not we want a Senator who's not all that bad (for MS's sake), has a mixed abortion record and provides federal funds to the state or an absolute lunatic who with his gaffes would cause a ton of unneeded Democratic optimism here. I know who I'm supporting.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Kathleen Sebelius resigning on: April 11, 2014, 05:29:39 pm
Wasn't it long suspected that she would leave after she set up Obamacare? I was hoping he'd go with Dean though.
3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Does Kathleen Sebelius have a political future in Kansas? on: April 11, 2014, 05:20:30 pm
No. Too bad Obama picked her, she would've been a good candidate for Senate in 2010 (not that it would've mattered because of the enormous GOP wave, but we had no way of knowing that in early 2009).
Howard Dean and Tom Daschle were always the best choices for the post. And then an opening comes up and the still don't get the call.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: FiveThirtyEight (Nate Silver) is back. on: March 18, 2014, 04:47:24 pm
It's such a shame he won't be focusing on politics anymore. Sad
He'll still cover it, just not like an addict anymore.
5  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: CO-PPP: Gardner makes it tight on: March 18, 2014, 04:41:34 pm
Judging by how Hickenlooper is doing so much better than Udall in the same poll, I'm guessing Udall's numbers are lower because A) He's less well known (Therefore he's basically Generic D) and B) Is more tied to the national mood (And Obama).

That said, I'm still not worried. Udall is a perfect fit for Colorado and I'm confident he wins.
You mean a perfect fit for New York or some far left state.

Oh I'm sorry let me correct myself.

Udall is a perfect fit for the RELEVANT part of Colorado.

The part that actually holds voting sway, IE, not the rural white part.

That said, I compare this race to Alaska; incumbent Democrats who are perfect fits for their states but whose environment still makes them seem vulnerable. Udall and Begich are both gonna win in the end.
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2014 Gubernatorial Election Polls / Re: TX-Texas Research Institute/Emerson College: Abbott+7 on: March 18, 2014, 04:37:21 pm
This is a good performance from her, but her favorables are crap, Abbott looks in a better place to grow from this.
It's because of that nonsense stirred up by Wayne Slater (in what he called "Reporting") last month about her ex-husband.
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Georgia's Very Own Megathread! on: March 18, 2014, 04:35:16 pm
Georgians are looking at another Republican sweep of statewide offices in November, though we've got several Democrats holding judicial statewide offices in both the Georgia Supreme Court and GA Court of Criminal Appeals.

Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle (R) appears poised to win reelection to 3rd term, which would position him for the governorship in 2018 .

No they're not. The most important race (Gubernatorial) is in play.
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AR Congressional Races 2014 on: March 17, 2014, 03:29:31 pm
Money quote from that article I posted: "Mark Pryor followed his dad into politics. I followed my dad into the infantry." I guess he'll take shots at Bubba too when the time comes.
I don't know if the whole "career politician" thing is gonna hold much sway coming from a guy trying to hopscotch from House to Senate in a matter of months without doing any actual bill-sponsoring (IE governing).
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Primary Election Polls / Re: CNN/ORC National: Hillary, Paul lead on: March 17, 2014, 03:25:10 pm
I was hoping Perry would make a comeback. Barfing a few crazy positions, he's actually pretty likeable.
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of Previous Poster's Signature Thread on: March 16, 2014, 10:08:24 am
You're running for Governor? I'd definitely consider voting for you if I lived in your region.
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Did Bush lie about WMD in Iraq? on: March 11, 2014, 04:28:38 pm
My heart and fondness for 43 tells me he was mislead by his national security team, namely Cheney and Rumsfeld, but my head says he lied.
12  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Elderly Couple kicked out of McDonald's for exceeding thirty minute limit on: March 11, 2014, 04:24:42 pm
I guess I'm just shocked that there are people in this country who would voluntarily remain in a McDonald's or any other fast food establishment for longer than 30 minutes.

Around here, the elderly Vietnamese people prefer Starbucks because they can get green tea and then sit on the patio all afternoon and smoke.

Interesting.  Denny's was the establishment of choice for upper-division undergraduates cramming for science and math exams back in the day.  If you ordered coffee, they'd refill it all night and let us smoke.  Basically, for a dollar we got unlimited coffee and all the free second-hand smoke we could possibly want, along with a place to spread out books and paper. 

Lately, McDonald's and Burger King are the only places I'd linger for more than an hour, and only then if they have a playplace.  In fact, if they have a playplace we sometimes go into them just for that.  I'll order a coffee or something small to legitimize our visit, but it's the playplace we're after.  There's one particularly inviting playplace at a McDonald's on Manheim Pike near the mall.  It has climbing tubes, slides, bouncers, air hockey, basketball, and electronic games.  They're all free for customers.  My son and I play air hockey there for 30 minutes at a stretch every time we go to that McDonalds, which is probably about three times per year.  A couple of times we even went there while we were waiting on the pizza we ordered at the Pizza Hut next door.  No one ever kicked us out. 

Until I got to this part I was under the impression that we had an "Uncle Tony in an Ice Cream Van" with us.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: MT-SEN: Baucus resigns on: March 11, 2014, 04:20:08 pm
So you're saying the reason Democrats would lose this seat is because of Schweitzer?

Not because this guy is a very popular congressman, but because Schweitzer screwed everything up and encouraged a challenger to run?
That was the consensus among some even before these news. We were relying on Schweitzer to run in the first place after Baucus's retirement only to decline over allegations. And over time in this campaign, Walsh can turn Daines into the exact opposite, but with Bohlinger as a nuisance and threat now, he'll have to take time and money out of his own campaign and can't settle on just Daines until he beats out Bohlinger.
He declined because he honestly didn't want to be a Senator. He'd been saying it for years. He wants to be President, and he's running in 2016 regardless of what Hillary does.
14  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Past Election What-ifs (US) / Re: JFK Jr vs George W. Bush 2000? on: March 11, 2014, 04:12:40 pm
Why do people think JFK jr would have gotten into politics? He really didn't show any interest and was already 39. (That's actually old for Kennedys with political aspirations)
He actually entertained the nought but was focused on his magazine thing. When it inevitably went under he probably would've jumped into the NY Senate or Gubernatorial race to challenge Pataki.
15  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: I have been allowed to return on: March 09, 2014, 06:10:36 pm
Damn, but I was the forum black.
16  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AR Congressional Races 2014 on: March 05, 2014, 07:17:04 pm
Uh. No. This is a minor gaffe if anything. Pryor flat out says seconds before that he respects and is grateful for Cotton's service in the military. All he said was that fighting in Iraq doesn't qualify you to be US Senator. Would any of you argue that it does? sawx? RB?
Source around 1:30.

"I have total respect for that, I appreciate that, I will never criticize anyone for their service for our country and I thank him for that... In the Senate we have all kinds of different people, all kinds of different folks who have come from all kinds of different backgrounds, and I think that's part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off... is that almost it's like "I served in the military, therefore, elect me to the Senate." That isn't how it works in Arkansas.

Please, Clinton, explain to me how this isn't a dig at Cotton's military service, because I'm dying to know.
Because he's saying that serving in the military doesn't qualify on to be elected to the Senate. And it doesn't.  None of us would argue that it would. He plainly states that he respects and appreciates Cotton's service, but that it doesn't qualify him for service in the Senate.
17  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AR Congressional Races 2014 on: March 05, 2014, 06:53:46 pm
What are Pryor's quals again? At any rate I think this was a strange tangent of his even stranger "reverse carpetbagger" narrative which was once used against Bubba. Plus starpower resentment that we saw from Crist/Dewhurst.
He was in the Arkansas House of Reps for 4 years and State Attorney General for another 4 years. That's 8 years of experience that Cotton doesn't have.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Would any of these black conservatives appeal to black voters if they ran in '16 on: March 05, 2014, 06:46:35 pm
Maybe Mia Love in 2024.

Unless she get's elected Governor or Senator by that time... doubtful.

And even then, she's far too crazy. And blacks are pretty mistrustful of black Republicans anyway, not to mention a Mormon one.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Where should the Democrats hold their convention? Forum Poll Round 7 on: March 05, 2014, 06:44:34 pm
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Official Obama 2.0 Approval Ratings Thread on: March 05, 2014, 06:42:36 pm
Are there any other Dems here in denial of how unpopular nationally Obama is? I just can't wrap my mind around it. What has he done to get to Pre-2008 Bush levels?
21  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: AR Congressional Races 2014 on: March 05, 2014, 06:37:49 pm
Uh. No. This is a minor gaffe if anything. Pryor flat out says seconds before that he respects and is grateful for Cotton's service in the military. All he said was that fighting in Iraq doesn't qualify you to be US Senator. Would any of you argue that it does? sawx? RB?
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: All Stand Down on: March 04, 2014, 08:37:46 pm
Why did you take Rand Paul out in such a dirty fashion? He runs as tight a medical practice as his dad did.

Thanks for reminding me of that race!

In addition to Grimes' victory, Adam Edelen has replaced Paul in Kentucky's other Senate seat.

Kentucky isn't going Democrat nationally any time soon so I have serious disagreement with this move. At least Ellesperman beat Donnelly in my home state. Be fair to the Tea Party kids but otherwise this has been a good timeline
It's unlikely that Kentucky ( a state where Democrats hold every statewide office, majorities in both houses, and are leading the incumbent Republican Senate Leader in an environment containing a semi unpopular black President), can win a Senate seat in Kentucky?
23  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Super Bowl What-If: Patriots vs Falcons on: March 04, 2014, 04:24:56 pm
Atlanta was terrible last season because our team suffered from a bunch of injuries, resulting in our best players rarely being on the field. If Atlanta has done well enough to get into the Super Bowl, then we're gonna win.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Tom Cotton 2016? on: March 04, 2014, 04:21:21 pm
He doesn't even have a wife.
He's engaged.

But I hope so. Tom Cotton is as far right as they come.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Differences between the People Party and the Liberal Party on: March 03, 2014, 12:52:34 am
I believe I was the last President of the Liberal Party. I had no idea the mess I would walk into.
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