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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-20-06 05:51 PM
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19. Um, what, then, are primaries for?
If no one should challenge incumbents for the sake of "party unity," why have primaries?

If challengers shouldn't enter a race because the incumbent threatens to run as an indy, why have primaries?

Just shitcan them, then we can all vote for the incumbents. Heck, while we're at it we may as well cancel elections and let all incumbents keep their seats for life. Then we'd have terrific party unity!

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  -Who is dividing the Party, Joe? kentuck  Aug-20-06 01:43 PM   #0 
  - Puh-leeze, if Lamont really believed in party unity  dolstein   Aug-20-06 02:03 PM   #1 
  - Ba-loney...  kentuck   Aug-20-06 02:08 PM   #2 
  - Lamont has done everything right.  AtomicKitten   Aug-20-06 02:14 PM   #4 
  - Wait a second.  Donald Ian Rankin   Aug-20-06 04:24 PM   #9 
     - Lamont won the Democratic primary, n'est pas?  AtomicKitten   Aug-20-06 04:33 PM   #10 
     - I'm not even a Democrat in name, not being American,  Donald Ian Rankin   Aug-20-06 04:48 PM   #13 
        - I am another non-American, and I have to agree that...  LeftishBrit   Aug-28-06 10:31 AM   #29 
     - au contraire  darboy   Aug-28-06 08:44 AM   #25 
  - wow, second thread I've come upon where you're pushing this crap  Lerkfish   Aug-20-06 02:17 PM   #5 
  - He's back....  Warren Stupidity   Aug-20-06 02:21 PM   #6 
  - according to the Closet Cons  darboy   Aug-28-06 08:48 AM   #26 
  - You're joking right?  acmejack   Aug-20-06 02:50 PM   #8 
  - wow - so any challenger in a party primary is against party unity?  ulysses   Aug-20-06 04:46 PM   #11 
  - So let me get this straight...  ljm2002   Aug-20-06 04:48 PM   #12 
  - Just don't pretend that Lamont has no responsibility for the consequences  dolstein   Aug-20-06 05:19 PM   #16 
     - so, assuming the predictions of doom come true,  ulysses   Aug-20-06 05:23 PM   #17 
     - I think we'll call this the "abusive husband" defense.  ulysses   Aug-20-06 05:30 PM   #18 
     - So you're okay with Lieberman...  ljm2002   Aug-20-06 10:35 PM   #22 
     - That may be the most blindingly arrogant post I've ever read here.  Ken Burch   Aug-28-06 01:15 AM   #23 
     - did Howard Dean in 2004  darboy   Aug-28-06 08:53 AM   #27 
     - According to you, the Dem Party bosses have more right to nominate  MyPetRock   Aug-28-06 11:01 AM   #32 
  - Um, what, then, are primaries for?  Doremus   Aug-20-06 05:51 PM   #19 
  - affirmation of the party's rightward trend, evidently.  ulysses   Aug-20-06 05:55 PM   #20 
  - so primaries are disuniting..  darboy   Aug-28-06 08:40 AM   #24 
  - you are veering  Zodiak Ironfist   Aug-28-06 09:10 AM   #28 
  - He's not veering close, he's there.  MyPetRock   Aug-28-06 10:37 AM   #31 
  - Apparently you think Lieberman is entitled to a Senate seat.  MyPetRock   Aug-28-06 10:33 AM   #30 
  - do you have some sort of random-bullshit-generator to create your  dionysus   Aug-28-06 03:37 PM   #33 
  - There are some...  w13rd0   Aug-20-06 02:11 PM   #3 
  - Jeez, Joe's party is divided?  azurnoir   Aug-20-06 02:50 PM   #7 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Aug-20-06 04:51 PM   #14 
  - Welcome awd..  kentuck   Aug-20-06 04:55 PM   #15 
  - Lamont transcript on CNN.........  bluedog   Aug-20-06 06:56 PM   #21 

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