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« on: July 05, 2012, 12:59:20 pm »
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he IIRC was a democrat senator from Illinois from 1981-1992. He won an open seat in 1980 (which was as bad a dem year as you can get) with a convincing 57%. After winning re-election to a second term in 1986, he lost renomination in 1992. Does anyone know why that happened?
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2012, 01:08:35 pm »
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  IIRC, in 1992 there was a three way Democratic Primary between Alan Dixon, Albert Hofeld, and Carol Moseley Braun.  Hofeld was a multi-millionare who self financed his campaign--a campaign that consisted of a long line of TV adds that pummelled Dixon and left Moseley Braun untouched.  Mosely Braun did pretty well in the televised debates, stayed above the Hofeld-Dixon fray and rode the three way split of the vote (winning in 7 out of 102 counties) to victory.
  In retrospect, having voted for her back in that primary--it is one that I regret.  She was a poor Senator, (personal scandal sank her reelection bid in 1998) and a completely unhinged candidate for mayor of Chicago last year. 

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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2012, 02:38:44 pm »
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I believe Dixon's vote for confirm Clarence Thomas played a role in his defeat.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2012, 08:27:23 pm »
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The Democratic party loves purging its moderates*.



*Dixon was obviously a liberal but when a party is so opposed to compromise, you can be easily labeled a moderate/DINO.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2012, 09:00:28 pm »
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He got caught have a doze.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2012, 01:16:05 am »
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The Democratic party loves purging its moderates*.



*Dixon was obviously a liberal but when a party is so opposed to compromise, you can be easily labeled a moderate/DINO.

I'm hoping that is supposed to be ironic Phil.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012, 01:46:50 am »
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The Democratic party loves purging its moderates*.



*Dixon was obviously a liberal but when a party is so opposed to compromise, you can be easily labeled a moderate/DINO.

8-)

We've purged way less moderates than you have. Dixon and Lieberman are the only recent examples of purging.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2012, 01:54:34 am »
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The Democratic party loves purging its moderates*.



*Dixon was obviously a liberal but when a party is so opposed to compromise, you can be easily labeled a moderate/DINO.

8-)

We've purged way less moderates than you have. Dixon and Lieberman are the only recent examples of purging.

Lieberman was practically begging to lose renomination. He was already collecting signatures for a run as an Independent.

And notable primary challenges aren't always from the left in the Democratic party. See Case against Akaka.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 06:09:37 pm »
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  IIRC, in 1992 there was a three way Democratic Primary between Alan Dixon, Albert Hofeld, and Carol Moseley Braun.  Hofeld was a multi-millionare who self financed his campaign--a campaign that consisted of a long line of TV adds that pummelled Dixon and left Moseley Braun untouched.  Mosely Braun did pretty well in the televised debates, stayed above the Hofeld-Dixon fray and rode the three way split of the vote (winning in 7 out of 102 counties) to victory.
  In retrospect, having voted for her back in that primary--it is one that I regret.   She was a poor Senator, (personal scandal sank her reelection bid in 1998) and a completely unhinged candidate for mayor of Chicago last year. 

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So basically it was the Dem's version of this years Nebraska Republican Primary with a woman winning while the 2 male candidates took pot shots out at each other.

I think Mosely-Braun would be mayor of Chicago right now if Rahm didn't run though.
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012, 10:40:57 pm »
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I believe Dixon's vote for confirm Clarence Thomas played a role in his defeat.

This was significant not only for Dixon but for a number of other Senate races. The Anita Hill issue created what was known as the "year of the woman" and Sen Feinstein, Boxer, and Murray joined Mosely-Braun as new Senators in Jan 1993.
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2012, 11:11:12 pm »
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I believe Dixon's vote for confirm Clarence Thomas played a role in his defeat.

This was significant not only for Dixon but for a number of other Senate races. The Anita Hill issue created what was known as the "year of the woman" and Sen Feinstein, Boxer, and Murray joined Mosely-Braun as new Senators in Jan 1993.

And also gave us Senator Lynn Yeakel in PA. Specter barely survived.
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