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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:56 PM
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What would GOP do if they had a Lieberman situation?
A candidate who lost the primary to an opponent more in tune with the party base, and then the loser went on to what looked like a potentially successful independent run against the guy who won the nomination?
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lcordero2 Donating Member (832 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 05:58 PM
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1. It wouldn't happen in the GOP
Because the "Independent" would be "sleeping with the fishes".
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:00 PM
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2. they did in 2001 when Jeffords went from Republican to Independent
and left the GOP caucus to caucus with democrats.
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endarkenment Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:35 PM
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5. Not the same situation.
Jeffords did not lose the Republican primary and then run anyway in order to spoil the Republican winner's chances.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:00 PM
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3. I don't think they would! I think they would have all gotten together
and threatened him if he decided to run as an Ind. You remember how there was so much discussion between the Dems who were already in office, finally sayinglets wait until the Primary if over? Pubs would have ever done that. They'd have toldhim flately thathe was off all his committee's immediately, and since they seem to have "some scandal" on every one of their members, they would have made sure he never ran as an Ind, and he had no other option.
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orpupilofnature57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:10 PM
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4. They've done it to one of two Great Republican Presidents, Teddy
Just to show where the greed over democracy always is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt#Republi...
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 06:51 PM
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6. Didn't that happen in 1980?
John Anderson was a moderate Republican who ran in the presidential primary and lost to Ronald Reagan, and then ran as a third-party candidate.

I doubt that the Republicans were that bothered - he probably took more votes from Carter (unfortunately).

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orpupilofnature57 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:07 PM
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7. Truth ,Anderson was a Brilliant man.
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DireStrike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:13 PM
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8. I don't think there's any historical precedent that lines up properly
Edited on Mon Oct-23-06 07:14 PM by DireStrike
All we can consider is the hypothetical.

Their lieberman would be killed or blackmailed out of the race. Or maybe they'd just kill someone close to him, or threaten it. That's been done.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 08:33 PM
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9. I could imagine something well short of that doing the trick
though the GOP would definitely do all those things.
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