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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:11 PM
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Poll question: Do You Support Caroline Kennedy's Bid To Replace Senator Clinton?
I do!

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:15 PM
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1. I don't NOT support it, and I do think it's funny to hear people claim she isn't qualified
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:18 PM
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3. don't not = do, you've sure got a funny way of saying 'do'.
don't not not stress yourself out with all that support.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:22 PM
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9. I do believe I have a stalker named "Billy Shears." Or maybe a chihuahua nipping at my ankles
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 01:25 PM by wyldwolf
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:26 PM
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13. Perhaps Billy knows you from a previous existence?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:32 PM
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16. I wonder who he was in a previous DU life? He seems to have an ax to grind with me
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 01:33 PM by wyldwolf
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:46 PM
Response to Reply #16
29. What was that name of that guy that sounded like Calteacher
or something like that
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:47 PM
Response to Reply #29
32. hmm... he lived in his mom's basement...
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:33 PM
Response to Reply #13
17. it doesn't take long to notice old unending allegiances
especially those that are not to our Party or President Elect

but then again you know that, don't ya?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:35 PM
Response to Reply #17
21. ah, he gives ANOTHER clue he's been here longer than his post count and join date indicates
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:40 PM
Response to Reply #17
26. That's quite a skill, Billy. I admire your ability to peg posters on a weeks notice (snicker)
Oops, a week and a half to be exact. lol
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:45 PM
Response to Reply #26
28. I've pegged you right. Haven't I?
Don't blame me for my ability to perceive your loyalties.
All it takes is a scan of your posts.
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:47 PM
Response to Reply #28
33. No you haven't. I supported Obama enthusiasticly from the second he beat Hillary
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 01:50 PM by mtnsnake
All it takes is a scan of your posts


How do you scan posts when you can't search on them? Do you have another current identity, too?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:49 PM
Response to Reply #33
36. very good point! One can't search on DU without being a donor...
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:51 PM
Response to Reply #33
38. try google. It's a really impressive piece of software
Do you think we elected the best candidate as our President?
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:56 PM
Response to Reply #38
43. "Do you think we elected the best candidate as our President?"
That's an odd question to be asking at this point, Billy, but read this from 2 years ago. It might jar your memory some. Some people have the ability to like more than one Democrat....

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:02 PM
Response to Reply #43
47. I guess google missed that one
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:07 PM
Response to Reply #47
48. Well, according to Billy, if you have google, you don't need a star to search DUers posts
Amazing how he can sort through all of that.

Billy Google. :evilgrin:
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:17 PM
Response to Reply #48
52. I did stumble upon this gem....
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:23 PM
Response to Reply #52
55. you're proof of how effective his posts like that were... sucker! LOL!
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:27 PM
Response to Reply #55
58. sure thing...
"Let's face it, folks, when you are all of those great ladies all wrapped up into one fine woman, you just can't lose."

Why don't you hang up a 'DLC Mission Accomplished' banner?

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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:30 PM
Response to Reply #58
59. glad you're being such a good sport about being played by that post!
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:37 PM
Response to Reply #59
63. no responses allowed in Wyldlc's 'Zone of Lamity'
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:43 PM
Response to Reply #63
67. people who get played often post irrelevant replies like you just did.
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:25 PM
Response to Reply #52
57. haha, glad you enjoyed that, Billy!
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 02:26 PM by mtnsnake
Yes, quite nostalgic. Ahhhh
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ieoeja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:47 PM
Response to Reply #52
77. Bring out your dead!
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:20 PM
Response to Reply #52
105. now thats over the top
wowsers!
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:31 PM
Response to Reply #9
15. get over yourself. you have to actually be liked to be stalked.
you just prefer to never be called on your bullshit. so anyone who dares do so is a pest in your mind.

I don't know why I even bother, you really aren't worth the effort.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:34 PM
Response to Reply #15
19. you obviously like me a whole bunch. Do you need a doggie treat, pepe?
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 01:37 PM by wyldwolf
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:33 PM
Response to Reply #9
18. Does that make you Sgt Pepper?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:36 PM
Response to Reply #18
22. maybe in Billy Boy's mind. He read the news today, oh, boy!
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:40 PM
Response to Reply #22
25. but I just had to laugh, at his DLC Golden Calf....
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:46 PM
Response to Reply #25
30. there's that chihuahua again... yip yip yip yip!
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:56 PM
Response to Reply #30
42. lame ad hominem attacks = getting under Wyldlc's skin
better leave you alone,
you might be rabid.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:58 PM
Response to Reply #42
45. lol. an attacker whines/whimpers about being attacked...
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:10 PM
Response to Reply #45
50. I never whine when given the chance to call out a bullshitter
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 02:12 PM by Billy Shears
I just know when we have gotten past the point of actual discussion and have entered into your zone of lamity, where you do things like copy and repeat people's posts back to them or call them chihuahuas.
Nothing relevant can come from you once we have crossed that threshold.
My point has been made, and now you are simply demonstrating it. By all means, continue...
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:11 PM
Response to Reply #50
51. you have quite the imagination, too! you abandoned actual discussion with your first post
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 02:12 PM by wyldwolf
you abandoned actual discussion with your first post in this thread.
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:21 PM
Response to Reply #51
54. the discussion is 'should Caroline be appointed to the Senate?'
my first post was inquiring as to why your support for Caroline was so 'strong'.
you never answered, you just called me a stalker.

you still have not explained your 'don't not support' support...care to try?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:24 PM
Response to Reply #54
56. yeah, your post #3 was just a friendly innocent comment... (snicker)
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 02:26 PM by wyldwolf
you still have not explained your 'don't not support' support...care to try?

Since you're the only one having problems with it, I think you have a comprehension issue...
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:35 PM
Response to Reply #56
62. no, yo comprendo perfecto.
you are unwilling to admit that you don't support Caroline for the Senate,
so you take a completely roundabout route to imply that you have no opinion on the subject.
but in doing so, it is clear what your opinion is.

I just wonder why you don't simply express it in the first place.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:44 PM
Response to Reply #62
68. charm, wit, and a mindreader, too! no, actually, you're clueless. Better luck next time
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:21 AM
Response to Reply #25
145. he blew his mind out in car...
...He didn't notice that the lights had changed
A crowd of people stood and stared
They'd seen his face before...

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SoxFan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:34 PM
Response to Reply #3
61. OFFS
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:22 PM
Response to Reply #1
10. I Don't NOT Support It and Do Think People Who Said Clinton Rode Bill's Coattails
AND also say CK isn't qualified at least show some intellectual integrity.

Others, not so much.
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Billy Shears Donating Member (114 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:49 PM
Response to Reply #10
37. Bill is Clinton.
ohhh, but you meant Hillary. I see.

When has she ever called herself 'Clinton'?
She didn't even put that on her Campaign signs. Did you ever see a "Clinton '08" sign?
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 06:47 PM
Response to Reply #37
98. I imagine she always has...
... hasn't she?
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last1standing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:17 PM
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2. It's not my state so it's not my business.
She's more qualified than most repubs as far as I'm concerned so if she is appointed I will support her as much as a Michigan resident can. But the only real voices that need be heard are those of New Yorkers.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:19 PM
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5. A Senator's Vote Affects Everyone In Our Constitutional Scheme
~
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:19 PM
Response to Reply #5
6. Worry about your own Senator.
I'm sure there's plenty to deal with there.
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last1standing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:22 PM
Response to Reply #5
8. True, but I didn't set up the system, I just vote in it.
The people of New York deserve to be the ones who decide this question, not those of us from the 'outside'. I believe the Governor will make the right decision and the people will support it. If they don't then they'll show their true desire in two years.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:47 PM
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31. I don't think it's his decision to make other than to appoint a placeholder.
I like CK, a LOT, but if she seriously wants this job, make her get in the scrum in 2010.
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last1standing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:55 PM
Response to Reply #31
41. I agree with that 100%
n/t
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:06 PM
Response to Reply #31
86. There are several downsides to appointing a "placeholder"
First, it automatically sacrifices the possibility of gaining two additional years of seniority for NY's junior senator.

Second, it means that NY will have a particularly uninfluential Senator representing it for two years.

Finally, if the person appointed is successful, having them be a placeholder means that the Democrat will have sacrificed the advantages of having a successful incumbent as the nominee in 2010. Of course, if Kennedy is appointed and she is not successful, then she won't have those advantages. Since 1970, roughly half of the appointed senators have lost in their bids to win the seat in their first attempt after being appointed. So the benefits of incumbency do not appear to attach themselves to appointed senators as quickly and strongly as they do to elected senators.


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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:59 PM
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93. True, but Paterson himself is kind of a second-string governor.
Edited on Mon Dec-15-08 06:00 PM by MookieWilson
And he's not been in long enough to have the dap to choose a candidate.

There are a lot of pitfalls here for him as there are several important constituencies here that want their guy to get the 'nod:
Upstaters, Hispanics, women, blacks, etc.

That's my take.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 12:03 AM
Response to Reply #93
121. He's perceived to be, yes. But not for long.
And maybe not even now.

I think the Republicans are about to get a load of a full-power mind with Gov. Paterson.


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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:18 PM
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4. You should add a line "I don't live in NY so I will STFU"
Most people here should vote on that line.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:20 PM
Response to Reply #4
7. See Five
BTW I donate to Senate and Congressional races outside my district and state because I am affected by their votes...
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ellacott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:34 PM
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20. I agree
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iamthebandfanman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 10:51 AM
Response to Reply #4
153. thatd matter if this were an election
but its not. its an appointment.

everyone is entitled to their opinion.


wait, i didnt say it in sheeple so let me translate for ya...

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 11:09 AM
Response to Reply #153
156. You mean everyone in NY is entitled to their opinion.
Other opinions are meaningless.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:23 PM
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11. I do support it, and I'll tell you why
every time, EVERY time, she is interviewed by the media, she is treated with decorum and respect. She has suffered so many personal tragedies, people tend to be nice to her and that includes the media (even Tim Russert was nice to her; Chris Matthews loves her). It will be a pleasure to see a Democrat treated fairly by the media.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:29 PM
Response to Reply #11
88. That's an excellent point I
had not thought of. I'm in New York and I would love to see her be the place holder and see what goes from there.
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verges Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 11:14 AM
Response to Reply #11
157. As soon as she becomes a Senator,
that will change.
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GodlessBiker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:25 PM
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12. I believe that there are New York State Assembly and Senate members who have a more clearly...
defined track record on issues which are important to me. I would prefer someone else.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:27 PM
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14. I think it would be a great appointment because Caroline can hold the seat in 2010.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:32 PM
Response to Reply #14
60. why do you think she would hold the seat?
what do you base this on?

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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:38 PM
Response to Reply #60
64. name recognition and the ability to raise money -- not unlike Clinton in 2000
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:00 PM
Response to Reply #64
85. agreed
Caroline would have more immediate impact than anyone else who's name has come up because other Democratic senators would be courting her to get her to campaign for them and be on bills with them. Just as was the case with HRC in 2000. Nita Lowey would've made a fine Senator, but wouldn't have had anywhere near the impact as a first termer that HRC had. (And, for the record, I supported Obama over HRC throughout the primaries).
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 06:12 PM
Response to Reply #64
96. I'm not convinced she would be a shoo-in
sure, the ability to raise money would give her an advantage, but I don't think name recognition was as big a factor in Clinton's win as you think. She toured upstate NY and learned the issues of upstate - which are not the issues of NYC. Kennedy will not be able to get by on name recognition alone - she's going to need to win upstate over the same way Hillary did. Maybe she will - but I don't think one can automatically assume that she will be able to do this. There will be a bias against her uptown city roots the same as there was a bias against HRC being from out of state. Maybe she is a natural born politician and will be able to overcome this bias - but, given her meager experience in that field, it's impossible to know.

She is also extremely liberal, more so than either Schumer or Clinton. NY isn't MA. The Democratic Party in NY just took control of the state Senate for the first time in 40 years. A moderate Republican, especially one who plays well in upstate, could give her a real fight.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:06 AM
Response to Reply #96
130. You don't think NY can handle a liberal Senator?
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 10:44 AM
Response to Reply #130
151. well, since both Clinton and Schumer are considered liberals
by most any measure outside of the one's websites like this one employ, I do think that NY can "handle" a liberal Senator.

However, I think that a lot of people, based on her last name and her work so far, will see Caroline Kennedy as to the left of the aforementioned Senators.

The point I am trying to make is that this will not serve her well in red upstate NY, an area she will need to win over if she hopes to win election in 2010, especially if the Republicans are smart enough to run a moderate against her. Since we have no real idea of her effectiveness as either a campaigner or a politician, I don't think we can assume that she will be able to do this.

Based on that, I am disagreeing with the posters who are saying that Kennedy will win easily in 2010.
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brianna69 Donating Member (339 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:35 PM
Response to Reply #14
90. She would definitely hold the seat in 2010.
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panader0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:37 PM
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23. If only she wasn't tattooed
<kidding>
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:38 PM
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24. I'm pretty indifferent, she might be a great senator and she might not be
If New York were my state I'd probably have more of an opinion. Not because the decisions of NY's senators don't effect me (as discussed up thread) but because I don't know a whole lot about the Democratic bench of talent in that state.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:41 PM
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27. I think it's interesting that the M$M is saying Hillary is opposed to Caroline - since she supported
... Obama in the primaries. *Somebody* is doing some ax-grinding. :shrug: It seems to be a chorus of ax-grinding.


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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:48 PM
Response to Reply #27
35. You never miss a chance to believe MSM bullshit about the Clintons.
Clinton won all the states CK campaigned for Obama seriously: MA, NY and CA.

They're all grown-ups, unlike DU.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:57 PM
Response to Reply #35
44. True, but not be the margins ancipated
before Kerry and the Kennedys endorsed Obama. She was over 35 points ahead in MA then. The delegates she was likely to get were far higher than what she did get. Without that, Obama winning Illinois and the caucus states would have been too little to stop HRC from getting a huge lead on SuperTuesday and the momentum that goes with it. Consider when you first started hearing of superdelegates maybe not voting for the one with the highest number of regular delegates.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:00 PM
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46. Isn't your ax sharp enough yet?
:eyes:
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:19 PM
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75. I'll be seeing Hillary in a little more than two hours.
If I get a chance, maybe I'll ask her about it.

:-)
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:41 PM
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66. they also claimed the clintons killed dozens of people. do you think obama would want a killer
on his payroll?
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:27 PM
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87. The M$M did? Really? Gee, I must've missed that.
:shrug: :eyes:
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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 09:16 PM
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99. you dont remember the implications during the clinton years following white water?
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:47 PM
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34.  I support it and I supported HRC getting the nomination in 2000
without having to face a primary challenge from other potential candidates with deeper ties to NY and with more legislative experience, but with less statewide name recognition and support.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:52 PM
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39. I really don't give a damn, but...
some day I'd like to see someone with some actual accomplishments in that seat.

We've hade a slew of carpetbaggers, namesakes, Presidential candidates, and other assorted flotsam temporarily taking over our junior Senator's seat over the years, some of whom have actually done a fairly decent job, but most of whom have just been passing through.





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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:18 PM
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53. In 1948 NY and Nat'l Dems begged Eleanor R to run for the seat...
to help brunt the chances of Dewey winning NYS in the presidential election.

Her sometimes political foe, Harold Ickes, sr. went up to Hyde Park to grovel to her.
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sabbat hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 01:54 PM
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40. No I do not support her bid
Because there are other candidates I would rather see in the slot.

1) Tom Suozzi
2) Andrew Cuomo
3) Carolyn Maloney
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:07 PM
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49. I would rather see someone from upstate
someone who has paid their dues representing the state, either in the Statehouse or in the US House.

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S_E_Fudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:40 PM
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65. Honestly - I don't care one way or the other...
I don't think she is particularly qualified...but I'm sure she is smart enough that over time she will do a fine job...
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Bryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:48 PM
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69. I don't know
She's not unqualified, but she's never held elective office, and there's a real whiff of starfucking in the air. I'm not familiar enough with NYS politics to have a preferred candidate, but I don't doubt that this has the potential to fruitlessly piss off veteran legislators who think they're due consideration for the appointment.

That said, her fame would also result in greater scrutiny, so she'd be under the gun to show that she could do the job. IIRC, there will still be an election in '10 which she may choose not to run in, and even if she did run, she might have enough fundraising juice to keep the seat away from some wealthy liberal Republican who'd give us all fits. I can't really come down on one side or the other.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 02:59 PM
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70. I'll support whatever Democrat New York chooses.
As far as which Democrat that is, well that's up to New Yorkers and not us Californians.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:17 PM
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74. Ahhhh, but therein lies the problem.
New Yorkers are not choosing anyone, the governor is the one appointing Hillary's replacement.

NY, IL & DE should have special elections and let the people decide who they want to be their senator. Why wait 2 years?

:(
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qwlauren35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 04:50 PM
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81. Perhaps one should think of her as an "Interim" Senator.
If she can't win public enthusiasm within 2 years, she'll lose the seat.

I guess that's a big reason to accept whomever gets the slot. It doesn't mean she gets to KEEP it.

Senators can get booted, no matter what their names are. See, for example, Libby Dole.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:20 PM
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106. You know what?
Whatever.......

Yeah, appoint Caroline because she's a Kennedy and everybody remembers her as a sweet little girl playing under daddy's desk.

:eyes:
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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:35 PM
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114. I'd consider her trustworthy and with good judgement
I doubt very much she's a big liar. If you have some examples, please provide.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:42 PM
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116. A liar?
Who called her a liar?

:shrug:
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 04:58 PM
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84. how long should this special election campaign last?
How long should NY be without a senator? How would the Democratic party nominee be chosen? A primary? Or would it be a free for all with as many Democrats, Republicans, and third party candidates that can meet some petition for candidacy requirement allowed on the ballot?

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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:25 PM
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109. The governor should appoint an interim replacement
and hold elections within six months.

Some democratic way we have for choosing these replacements!!! Biden's seat goes to his buddy, Obama's seat was up for sale until recently and NY will probably get the one Kennedy who chose to stay away from elected office until it was placed on her lap like a Christmas gift.

:puke:
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:14 AM
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143. a six month interim senator would be a waste

Appointing someone to serve for six months and then leave is essentially a waste. That person would have no influence and indeed, would end up costing the taxpayers considerable money for setting up an office and staffing that would then be replaced by the new incoming senator. If the candidate is allowed to run for the office they will even less of a real senator, seeing as they will have to spend most of their time back in NY campaigning. Holding the election in NOvember 2010 -- a mere 16 months after when you've proposed it be held, would at least allow the interim senator to serve and build a record on which he/she can run -- something that will help the Democrats hold the seat.

I'm still not completely clear -- Would you have a problem if Caroline was appointed to the interim spot and then ran? Or do you think anyone appointed should commit to not seeking the seat?
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:56 PM
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92. So the appointed governor is appointing a senator?
Boy, there's some shitty timing, eh?
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:15 AM
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144. he's not an "appointed" governor
No one appointed Patterson governor. He was elected lieutenant governor and then succeeded to the position of the governor when Spitzer resigned.
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Iggo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:31 AM
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146. Got it.
I make zee joke.
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:01 PM
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71. Yes of course.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:11 PM
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72. No, I don't.
:shrug:
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:38 PM
Response to Reply #72
91. You do realize that all these posts are refighting the primaries.
Guess I can understand Hillary supporters not being happy about such an outspoken Obama supporter being named to Hillary's seat.

I sure wish some of the passion on this issue was reserved for the workers and retirees losing their jobs and health care, and supporting the next Secretary of State, and next senator from New York, whoever that may be.

But that would be naive in the extreme.

This will go on for years.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:14 PM
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103. I don't think the NY senate seat should be doled out like a party gift
just because she endorsed the PE and has a powerful uncle who is senator. It's undemocratic and reminiscent of royalty.

If Caroline wants a senate seat, let her run for it like everyone else. Why should it be given to her without having to work for it?

:-(
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:36 AM
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147. someone is going to be appointed.
I understand that you want her to have to run for it. But someone is getting that appointment without running for the seat, so that seems to be a bogus argument.

Hillary got the nomination (and I'm glad she did) without running for it because of her name and connections. And that name and those connections made her a more influential senator faster than would have been the case if almost anyone else had been elected. From the get-go, HRC was able to help raise huge sums of money for other Democratic candidates and senators sought her out for support on bills as well as for financial support. It was good for NY, good for the Democratic party, and good for the country. And everything I just wrote would be equally true of Caroline Kennedy.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 05:59 PM
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166. Well said.
A positive post well stated. Thanks.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:37 PM
Response to Reply #91
115. only for those too weak of mind
to realize that there are legitimate reasons to both endorse and oppose this...
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uponit7771 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:14 PM
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73. If she's smart and commpetent then HELL YES.
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happychatter Donating Member (619 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:25 PM
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76. the "ayes" have it - n/t
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 03:48 PM
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78. Yes, and I supported Hillary Clinton when she ran for the Senate, too.
At least I'm consistent.

Unlike certain others here.
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 04:21 PM
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79. Yeah, but it is up to the voters of New York
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Flash Bazbo Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 04:44 PM
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80. Are there no capable, deserving candidates from within...
the NY state or congressional legislative bodies? Someone from the trenches who has worked their way up through the ranks? Appointing Caroline Kennedy smacks of celebrity privilege. If she wants to be a Senator then let her stand for election in 2012 and take her chances with everyone else.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 04:55 PM
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83. there may be capable, deserving candidates, but are they the strongest candidate?
There were deserving capable candidates within the NY state and congressional legislative bodies in 2000, particularly Nita Lowey. But the party leaders, correctly in my view, concluded that HRC, despite being an "outsider", would be the strongest candidate and provide NY with the most immediate impact in the Senate. As a result, Lowey and others were "persuaded" not to even mount a primary challenge to HRC. I supported that strategy then and I support Caroline Kennedy's bid for the appointment to the Senate now. Someone is going to be appointed and that person is going to have to run in a couple of years. If CK would likely be the strongest candidate statewide and have an immediate impact, a la HRC, because other members would want her to be campaigning for her, etc. etc, then I see no reason for her not to get it, even though there may be more "deserving" or "capable" (however one subjectively measures such qualities) legislators.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:52 PM
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118. "strongest candidate" = "breeding" = "right class"
:puke:
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:28 PM
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112. No, "family name" trumps "working your way up through the ranks."
Don't cha know that the 21st Century is only for "the haves" and "have mores."

I'm sure folks like Princess Caroline will know EXACTLY what it's like to have to go hungry or eat macaroni and cheese for a week to make the rent.

Oh yeah, that's progressive ... she FEELS our pain from afar .... way way afar. :thumbsdown:
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FormerDittoHead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 04:53 PM
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82. Your poll forgot the option, "Not Presidential Politics" n/t
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brianna69 Donating Member (339 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 05:33 PM
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89. I do. Go Caroline!
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mwei924 Donating Member (990 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 06:01 PM
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94. Hell yeah. She's awesome.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 06:02 PM
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95. You know... The fallout over her as a potential pick has made me a supporter
before I didn't give a damn. The haters would have been better off staying silent.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 06:46 PM
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97. me too..
I really dislike when the chorus comes out en masse.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 09:18 PM
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100. Yes 165 No 38 ... says it all!
It also proves how noisy the 20% in the minority here is.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:25 PM
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110. I wonder if the question about Jeb Bush being SELECTED for Senate in Florida would get as much ZEAL?
This "family name" crap goes both ways. How about us pushing "public financing" so we don't have to tolerate these warmed over horse's asses for decades to come?!?
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:35 PM
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113. Irrelevant. You're wrongly equating Caroline Kennedy with Jeb Bush.
The confusion is in your mind. They're not alike.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:50 PM
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117. Nope. If "we the people" are so easily duped by "dynasties" then we deserve to be SCREWED.
Remember, it will go BOTH ways ... just wait? :nuke:
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:54 PM
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119. Again, it's a reality that only exists in your perception.
She was on the new president's VP selection team.

Clearly, Obama knows her much better than you do, and Obama's judgments of her are much more sound than yours are. You create a caricature reality, then overreact to that image. The demon exists only in your mind.
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Jersey Devil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 09:24 PM
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101. Sweet Caroline
I cannot believe that any of us who went though it would be against it.

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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 09:27 PM
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102. Will honor Gov. Paterson's decision but strongly favor CKS.
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:17 PM
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104. the vapid twistings
of those drunk on clinton love are making me laugh except for the part where they try to tear CK down
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Maru Kitteh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:23 PM
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107. All senate seats should be the choice of THE PEOPLE.
Always, end of story.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:28 PM
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111. State constitutions are drawn up in opposition to your plan, though.
Gov. Paterson is conferred the power to make that appointment.

Both a privilege and a responsibility.

The People voted for a ticket with Gov. Paterson on it.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-15-08 11:23 PM
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108. It is up to the people of New York what kind of poison they choose to drink
Why don't you guys take Evan Bayh and we will take Kennedy?
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 12:00 AM
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120. At 1:00 a.m. Eastern, Tues., 8 in 10 of us think CK would be just dandy
as a U.S. Senator.

Go, Caroline.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 12:08 AM
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122. I'm supportive
I lile the idea of keeping the Kennedy heritage in the Senate alive. And I do not think she'd be out of her league:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/huffpost/20081209/cm_huffpost/1...
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 12:28 AM
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123. New York could do - and has done - a lot worse than Caroline Kennedy...
but no matter which party it is, I still feel uncomfortable about hereditary succession/occupation of political offices...

I'm sure there are a lot of persons equally or more qualified to serve - but it take publicity and MONEY to develope a well known NAME...

sigh...
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 03:16 AM
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124. I don't support it but I also don't care if she gets it.
Ambivalence, it keeps me sane.
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Marrah_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 07:41 AM
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125. Wholeheartedly
Brilliant woman.
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 07:49 AM
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126. This is like Palin all over again
Edited on Tue Dec-16-08 07:53 AM by galaxy21
Yes, I know Caroline's not as dumb as Palin, but there are similarities between Caroline possibly getting the senate seat, and Palin getting tapped for VP.

1) Both were under qualified
2) In both cases, there were better, more qualified people that could have been picked
3) Both had 'romantic' qualities that supposedly made up for their shortcomings. Palin was a hunting, hockey mom from Alaska, Caroline is a Kennedy.
4) Supporters that will never admit how unfair and cynical the choice was.

Although, Palin was (rightly)heavily criticised on these pages for her inexperience, Caroline is apparantly a different story.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:02 AM
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128. Wow. As way-the-hell-off analogies go, this one is a contender for top prize.
Edited on Tue Dec-16-08 08:02 AM by Old Crusoe
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:06 AM
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129. Would you care to counter the 3 or 4 reasons I gave?
Edited on Tue Dec-16-08 08:08 AM by galaxy21
And I said, Caroline's not as dumb as Palin. So, I'm not saying Caroline's a dumbass or anything.


But Caroline is under qualified (like Palin) there are better qualifed people for the appointment (like Palin), and people justify it by talking about Caroline's romantic qualities (like with Palin).

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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:07 AM
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131. No, I'm too stunned to index anything.
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:09 AM
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132. Just like I'm stunned by the justification of nepotism on here
Edited on Tue Dec-16-08 08:10 AM by galaxy21
funny that.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:11 AM
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133. It's not a convincing argument when the potential appointment is
demonstrably accomplished.

I lived in New York during the Bella Abzug years and find much to respect and admire in intelligent, tough, progressive women in government.


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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:13 AM
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134. "demonstrably accomplished. "
And what about the 29 state senators and congressmen? They're considerably more 'demonstrably accomplisehd' than Caroline is.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:14 AM
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135. I disagree. One may serve in many different ways.
I also have a pragmatic streak a mile long that says few if any of those 29 folks have the clout to raise funds and sustain the blue seat over the long haul.


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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:18 AM
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136. "One may serve in many different ways. "
Yes, but if John McCain being a POW wasn't considered a qualification by president (and it's not) then I don't see how anything can compensate for genuine political experience.

"I also have a pragmatic streak a mile long that says few if any of those 29 folks have the clout to raise funds and sustain the blue seat over the long haul."

You could at least give them the chance.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:22 AM
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137. I'm happy to give them a chance if one of them is Paterson's pick.
But Kennedy solves many problems for us in the long term.

She's an attorney and can draft legislation and interpret legislation as well as those 29.

She's avowedly progressive and philanthropic.

She would be a vivid point woman for Obama's legislative agenda in the Senate.

The seat, which we want to keep blue, would likely and practically be much safer with her than with an unknown.

The Senate would profit from more progressive women, not fewer.

Again, Paterson's call is the final call, but I see no compelling case against his appointing Kennedy, and see specific and enduring positives with her as NY's next Senator.
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:30 AM
Response to Reply #137
138. My response
Edited on Tue Dec-16-08 08:32 AM by galaxy21
"She's an attorney and can draft legislation and interpret legislation as well as those 29."

Yes, but they just happen to have the political experience to go with it.

"She's avowedly progressive and philanthropic. "

Again, there are people out there who fit that description as well, but they're better qualified.

"The seat, which we want to keep blue, would likely and practically be much safer with her than with an unknown."

I disagee. People will become resentful if they think she got it because of nepotism.

"The Senate would profit from more progressive women, not fewer."

Again, there are better qualified progressive politicians. As for the woman thing...I'd rather have a over qualifed feminist man, than an underqualified feminist woman.

" Again, Paterson's call is the final call, but I see no compelling case against his appointing Kennedy, and see specific and enduring positives with her as NY's next Senator."

The compelling case is that she's underqualified and there are better people.


I've said this before but even Caroline supporters know this is nepotism. And they know that's not right. So, everything else ('she can raise money!' 'she's a feminist!'), is merely justification for something that they know deep down inside cannot be justified.


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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:35 AM
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140. Well, we'll have to part company on the potential appointment, even as
we know Paterson gets his own choice.

If she is not chosen, perhaps your reasons will have prevailed.

In any case, I want a blue seat for that seat and I want it for a long time.


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AndrewP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:11 AM
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142. But....she has superior night vision!!!!
If she gets it or not, that's fine. I would like the fact that she has name recognition and would raise a lot of money for re-election (in theory). I'm just a little amused by the people who are rating her as the next messiah.

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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:39 AM
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148. You seem to love the 29 state senators.
Here's one of those folks that you think is more "demonstrably accomplished" than Caroline: Ruben Diaz, Sr., who is so rabidly anti-same sex marriage that he threatened to withhold support from the Democratic leadership of the state senate unless there was a promise that legislation legalizing same sex marriage would not be considered.

The problem with knee-jerk reactions is that sometimes you end up with a jerk.
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 10:57 AM
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155. Well, okay then, 28 senators to choose from
Are you willingly to go through each of those 28 senators and explain why each one is inferior to Caroline?
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 12:56 PM
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161. are you willing or even able to explain how each one would be superior to Caroline?
Do you even know their names? There is every reason to believe that Kennedy will have an immediate impact in the Senate, just as Hillary Clinton did and just as Jim Webb did. Why did those particular senators make more of a splash than the average freshman? Because they brought with them something that other Senators wanted to be associated with -- in HRC's case, her name and connections; in Webb's case, his military background. Kennedy will likely have an immediate impact because of her name and connections as well as because she is a published author on constitional issues relating to the bill of rights and the right to privacy -- issues near and dear (one would hope) to the Democratic faithful. Can you truly say that any of the other 28 senators that you claim to be presumptively superior to Caroline could even approach having that level of imapact?
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 01:01 PM
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162. "are you willing or even able to explain how each one would be superior to Caroline?"
They ran for office, got elected, and have vast political experience from being in the senate.


"Kennedy will likely have an immediate impact because of her name and connections as well as because she is a published author on constitional issues relating to the bill of rights and the right to privacy -- issues near and dear (one would hope) to the Democratic faithful"

I seriously doubt she's the only democrat in New York that respects the right to privacy. As for her 'name' and 'connections' even if she does, that doesn't make it okay to give her the seat over someone better qualified.


"Can you truly say that any of the other 28 senators that you claim to be presumptively superior to Caroline could even approach having that level of imapact?"

I'd like to give one the chance.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 01:25 PM
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163. so having run for office and havingt vast political experience is all it takes
for someone to be a better choice for the Senate than Caroline Kennedy?

You obviously don't mean that since you've already conceded that maybe, if you actually knew anything about these 29 senators you think are presumptively superior to Kennedy, you might not think that much of them.

You can't answer my question because you don't know squat about these folks. And that basically proves my point. A virtual unknown isn't going to have the clout in the US Senate that someone like Caroline Kennedy would have. Maybe they know how to draft legislative language. But so what. That's what staff are for. Its what the legislation would say that matters. And whether anyone would bother to pay attention to it. ANd legislation sponsored/co-sponsored by Caroline Kennedy will get more attention and more support than a bill tossed into the hopper by someone that 99 percent of the other members of the US Senate probably have never heard of.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 10:10 AM
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150. which of the following senators/congressmen would you wish had never been elected
Al Gore
Beau Biden
Russ Carnahan
Teddy Kennedy
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galaxy21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 10:56 AM
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154. They ran campaigns, though didn't they? They didn't have it handed to them
Anyway, I find this idea that because nepotism may have worked out well in the past, we should keep doing it, very strange.

Nepotism is not a good thing. Even if you occasionally end up with someone good.
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 07:59 AM
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127. I respect the right of ANY eligible person to throw their hat in.
But I also do not expect anyone to be guaranteed the seat. Let's see who decides to run and select the best-suited person, which may or may not be the most "experienced" person.
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mkultra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:33 AM
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139. i dont really care if shes qualified or not. I like her
and thats enough for me. seems like qualifications to be senator should be:

1) reasonably honest
2) reasonably intelligent
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 08:36 AM
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141. I don't live in New York State.
But she's fine with me.

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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 09:44 AM
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149. I'm a New Yorker, don't I get extra points for my opinion?
:)
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iamthebandfanman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 10:48 AM
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152. remind me to speak in a language DUers can understand from now on
BAAAAH
BAAAAAAH


anybody want some fresh hay?
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InAbLuEsTaTe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 11:35 AM
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158. Damn right! She'll get a lot more done in less time than it took Hillary.
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oviedodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 11:39 AM
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159. I vote NO; Yet I am being ripped apart on another thread.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 12:04 PM
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160. I'm not getting this whole brouhaha. She's certainly more qualified
than a whole lot of individuals already installed in the job. She's not "demanding" anything, as some seem to think, but if you're going to be a politician don't you need to use everything positive at your disposal . . . including the family name?
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 04:05 PM
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164. Me Neither
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invictus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 04:25 PM
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165. Yes, I think Caroline Kennedy would be an excellent choice.
nt
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Taverner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-16-08 06:03 PM
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167. Sure, she's a Kennedy. But that name means many things
Are we talking Joe Kennedy who wanted to work with the NAZIs?

Are we talking JFK who wanted to start a war with the USSR?

Are we talking Bobby who wanted to erase poverty?

Are we talking Ted who wanted to preserve liberalism through the Reagan/Bush/Clinton/Bush years?

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