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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:10 PM

 

Al Franken.. The Progressive Democrat's candidate in 2016?

Thinking so with Kucinich done and E Warren still the boogey man of the right.

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Reply Al Franken.. The Progressive Democrat's candidate in 2016? (Original post)
Bennyboy Feb 2013 OP
BlueStreak Feb 2013 #1
HappyMe Feb 2013 #2
Report1212 Feb 2013 #3
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #4
Wellstone ruled Feb 2013 #5
Motown_Johnny Feb 2013 #6
libtodeath Feb 2013 #7
quinnox Feb 2013 #8
whatchamacallit Feb 2013 #9
woo me with science Feb 2013 #10
Bennyboy Feb 2013 #11

Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:15 PM

1. I bet he would get the Howard Dean treatment

Thoughtful, mild mannered candidates are easy to destroy.

I love Al, and would certainly support him. But I expect we'd be treated to continuous replays of his distant past comedy bits in an effort to paint him as not a serious candidate.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:23 PM

2. I would support him.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:23 PM

3. No, not really

He has kept his head down while in the Senate and let others be the progressive leaders like Jeff Merkley.

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Response to Report1212 (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:35 PM

4. seems as if he is becoming more involved however.

 

4 years is a long time in the big old world of politics..

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:46 PM

5. Most of the establishment big money Democrats

are Centrist or Right Wingers. Al has a great base of support in Minny,mostly as the result of Union members ground game. Last cycle funding came from the little people like us. If you haven't donated to Al's campaign,well,now is the time. This guy is the real deal,no fake,what you see is the real Al.

Looking forward to door knocking next summer in Minny. Hope other DUers join us,just call Al's campaign offices and we will get you going. This is a biggee for Minnesotans,if you follow trends,major political swing is accruing with a return to the politics of the old DFL and Wellstone-Humphey area.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 03:02 PM

6. For me, being the "boogey man of the right" is a plus.

It makes them throw even more irrational arguments than they would otherwise.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:11 PM

7. I could get on board with that

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:14 PM

8. I don't know, seems to keep a low profile

 

I never hear about him, its almost as if he isn't a US senator. Maybe need someone with a bit more pizazz.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:18 PM

9. I'd give him a good look

but my guess is they've already got a continuity-of-government-neocon-heir-apparent warming up in the bullpen.

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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 04:18 PM

10. He supported SOPA and PIPA,

so he is clearly not immune to the pressure of his big money donors. In many other areas, where he did not have the same pressure, he has done well.

Our problem here is not individual politicians and their whims and personalities. The problem is the corrupt system itself, which requires any candidate to be in the pocket of the big banks and corporations before even getting a chance to run.

Our efforts need to be focused on changing the system to remove corporate influence. Without doing that, we will get more of the same march to corporate authoritarianism, because our candidates will again be selected by the one percent.

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Response to woo me with science (Reply #10)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:06 PM

11. End Corporate Personhood.

 

Simple as that. level the playing field.

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