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LittleDannySlowhorse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-31-03 03:07 PM
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47. I understand what you're saying, but...
In my opinion, the candidates you mentioned are adding a lot more to the debate than some of the more "mainstream" candidates. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least three candidates whose absence would enrich the debates immensely, but they're all polling somewhere in the middle and, I'm sure, will stay in it for the long haul.

I feel like the field is much too crowded too, but I have no idea what kind of criteria I could impose to thin the ranks. The only thing I could think of would be to weed out the candidates who are ideologically similar (and therefore redundant), but that's largely a matter of perspective; there are people out there who view Howard Dean and Dennis Kucinich as identical candidates, and there are also people out there who view Howard Dean and Joe Lieberman as identical candidates.

So who knows? I sure don't.
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  -why I'm against dems contributing any more money to the "minor" candidates Bombtrack  Dec-31-03 01:45 PM   #0 
  - So I shouldn't have sent DK and CMB $100 each monday?  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:47 PM   #1 
  - how is it not a waist of money? They're still going to be involved in the  Bombtrack   Dec-31-03 01:49 PM   #7 
  - I don't give a damn!  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:51 PM   #9 
     - you have no RIGHT to spend your money as you choose  salin   Dec-31-03 01:56 PM   #22 
        - *grin*  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:57 PM   #24 
        - Off-topic, but you made me laugh  Don Claybrook   Dec-31-03 02:02 PM   #31 
           - LOL  salin   Dec-31-03 02:04 PM   #36 
  - you did? right on!  stinkeefresh   Dec-31-03 01:50 PM   #8 
     - I did.  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:52 PM   #14 
     - I have donated to 4 of the candidates - including all three listed in the  salin   Dec-31-03 01:57 PM   #23 
        - I've donated to all but 2.  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:58 PM   #26 
           - This morning I decided to donate to a fifth  salin   Dec-31-03 02:00 PM   #29 
              - Exactly!  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 02:03 PM   #35 
     - And we need to hear their voices and ideas.  aquart   Dec-31-03 03:27 PM   #51 
  - Kerry at 4% nationally, below Moseley Braun's 6%  HFishbine   Dec-31-03 01:48 PM   #2 
  - Yeah, but he's Caucasian and male..  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:49 PM   #6 
  - Bwahahahahahahahaha!  redqueen   Dec-31-03 02:02 PM   #33 
     - Thanks!  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 02:06 PM   #38 
  - But he could also get a strong second in IO and NH  Bombtrack   Dec-31-03 01:53 PM   #15 
     - Yeah, and purple monkeys COULD fly outta my ass, too!  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 01:54 PM   #17 
     - Sharpton could get a strong second in SC  HFishbine   Dec-31-03 01:56 PM   #21 
     - unlike your broadcasting of who should get out now - but not using the  salin   Dec-31-03 01:59 PM   #27 
  - Democracy should thrive on diverse opinions and platforms.  revcarol   Dec-31-03 01:48 PM   #3 
  - The debate we would have were they to drop out  nothingshocksmeanymore   Dec-31-03 01:48 PM   #4 
  - So, no $ to anyone but Dean and Clark?  Don Claybrook   Dec-31-03 01:49 PM   #5 
  - there are realistic scenarios where all other candidates than those 3  Bombtrack   Dec-31-03 01:55 PM   #19 
     - Maybe you should apply  Don Claybrook   Dec-31-03 01:58 PM   #25 
     - Why are you not including Edwards in your list?  salin   Dec-31-03 02:02 PM   #32 
        - Because then Kerry would have to be included  HFishbine   Dec-31-03 02:17 PM   #41 
        - not in state polls  Bombtrack   Dec-31-03 02:28 PM   #43 
           - By that standard...  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 02:36 PM   #44 
              - interesting point...  salin   Dec-31-03 02:55 PM   #45 
  - I disagree also...  judy   Dec-31-03 01:51 PM   #10 
  - I'm against a blatant waste of money.  BobbyJay   Dec-31-03 01:51 PM   #11 
  - Not your money.  aquart   Dec-31-03 03:28 PM   #52 
  - Yeah, that's it everyone I'm a racist, you got me  Bombtrack   Dec-31-03 01:51 PM   #12 
  - disagree  maddezmom   Dec-31-03 01:52 PM   #13 
  - whatever. screw you people who think you ought to have a choice  salin   Dec-31-03 01:54 PM   #16 
  - No and not funny  Jerseycoa   Dec-31-03 01:55 PM   #18 
  - I;m not against it.  beyurslf   Dec-31-03 01:55 PM   #20 
  - wow, first non hostile post, thank you  Bombtrack   Dec-31-03 02:01 PM   #30 
  - If those three were out, I would be out.  lcordero   Dec-31-03 02:00 PM   #28 
  - I don't think you're right about this point:  DFLforever   Dec-31-03 02:03 PM   #34 
  - though I am no longer a fan of DK.....  Cheswick   Dec-31-03 02:04 PM   #37 
  - I respect your opinion,...  mgc1961   Dec-31-03 02:12 PM   #39 
  - this attitude is ridiculous  Gingersnap   Dec-31-03 02:14 PM   #40 
  - hey don't worry - the irony  salin   Dec-31-03 02:22 PM   #42 
  - You've inspired me to send DK another $20!  WhoCountsTheVotes   Dec-31-03 02:58 PM   #46 
  - Yeah, Dennis is the "beans and rice" candidate:  revcarol   Dec-31-03 03:14 PM   #48 
     - "only candidate worth making personal sacrifices for"  WhoCountsTheVotes   Dec-31-03 03:39 PM   #53 
  - I understand what you're saying, but...  LittleDannySlowhorse   Dec-31-03 03:07 PM   #47 
  - Because DK is running ads that blast Bush  rucky   Dec-31-03 03:16 PM   #49 
  - Remove those token liberals! They endanger debate!  Iverson   Dec-31-03 03:17 PM   #50 
  - Who do you think you are, Ted Koppel?  IndianaGreen   Dec-31-03 04:20 PM   #54 
     - He doesn't think he's Ted Koppel.  Padraig18   Dec-31-03 04:23 PM   #55 
     - Agree IndianaGreen  Myra   Dec-31-03 04:27 PM   #56 

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