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Response to highplainsdem (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:58 AM

3. And with good (from their POV) reason

The right wing pressure groups are far better than ours at understanding strategy. They know what really matters and go for what really matters.

A Republican Senate, or even a safe Republican filibuster, can stop any effort by Obama to extend choice. It doesn't matter shit if Scott Brown even has the convictions to vote his own way, if Republican numbers in the Senate, including Brown, allow them to control the agendas and the committee makeup. This is why Dems actively trying to or celebrating getting rid of people like Nelson when there is zero chance of a Dem replacement are utter idiots. Nelson or Brown may go away from their party on individual votes here and there (although the very worst example remained a 79% party line voter) but they always vote for their party as majority leader, and they always count every bit as much as the most ideological firebrand when it comes to committee seats and chairs.

The RW groups know that the very worst Rep is better for them than the very best Dem, every single time and for any possible circumstance. We tend to forget that every time.

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