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Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014
Business Insider ^ | 2/18/13 | Eric Pianin

Posted on 02/16/2013 7:25:05 PM PST by randita

Here Are The Seven Senate Races To Watch In 2014

Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times | Feb. 16, 2013, 2:00 PM

Just as the memory of the last bruising battle for control of the Senate begins to fade, political handicappers are casting their gaze to the 2014 campaign when Republicans once again will try to overcome the Democratic majority.

Just as the Republicans began the 2012 campaign cycle in strong shape to reclaim the Senate, the GOP has a clear edge heading into the next face off. While some of the most intriguing political speculation today centers on whether actress Ashley Judd will run as a Democrat to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, political analysts are focusing again on the Democrats’ substantial vulnerabilities in retaining control of the Senate in two years.

The Democrats emerged from the 2012 election with a 55 to 45 seat advantage over the Republicans, thanks in part to President Obama’s solid reelection victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney and to “stupid” gaffes made by GOP Senate contenders.

Rather than losing ground, as many political analysts  had predicted, the Democrats were able to pick up a couple of seats. 

Looking ahead to the next big battle, Democrats will once again have to scramble to retain control of the Senate as a counterweight to the Republican majority in the House. And they will have to do that without the benefit of a strong  Democratic president at the top of the ticket.

The Democrats’ predicament stems from a combination of retirements – including those of veteran Sens.  Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Tom Harkin of Iowa, and changing political fortunes that leaves them on political high alert in a dozen or more states.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 114th; 2014election; senateraces; ussenate
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No more Todd Akins, please!
1 posted on 02/16/2013 7:25:10 PM PST by randita
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To: randita

There will be as many Todd Akins as the “media” sees fit. When are we as a party going to stand up to the dims and their media whores? First thing we have to do, as a party, is go after the whores.


2 posted on 02/16/2013 7:45:01 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: randita

Funny how Akin is classified as another failed tea party guy when he was recruiter by insiders to run. Even Rove admitted his organization gave him money before the melt down. Since Akin made the comment right after the primary Rove was supporting him during the primary.


3 posted on 02/16/2013 7:52:39 PM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: jivin gene

This isn’t rocket science.
Most of the Tea Party candidates that lost stepped in their own doo-doo.
At a minimum they need to listen to Rush or Dana Loesch a couple hours a week.
They called the “war on women” theme right after journ-0-list Stephanopolus pulled the trigger on it in the first Republican POTUS debate.
Somehow guys like Mourdock never got the briefing...sadly.


4 posted on 02/16/2013 7:54:52 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: randita

no way bud.

todd akin any and all day. i’ll take a champion against the abortion machine and for unborn life all day and any day. win or lose that’s a win in my book, if it saves one unborn life.

even with the entire republican establishment and obama against us we still got more conservatives then they got. all we need to do is shut down the republican hit machine, for conservatives to win.


5 posted on 02/16/2013 7:55:08 PM PST by dadfly
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To: randita

Let’s kick their ass this time.


6 posted on 02/16/2013 7:55:08 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: dadfly

bump


7 posted on 02/16/2013 7:57:04 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 11th Commandment

McCaskill also invested heavily to see that Akin was her opponent.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/0821/Why-Claire-McCaskill-wants-Todd-Akin-to-stay-in-Missouri-race


8 posted on 02/16/2013 7:57:28 PM PST by randita
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To: dadfly

It wasn’t his pro-life stance that sunk him. It was his idiotic remarks about rape victims not being able to become pregnant. That was just plain stupid.

If he had withdrawn, another candidate just as pro-life as he was would have run instead and most likely have beaten McCaskill.

The most winnable seat we had went down the tubes.


9 posted on 02/16/2013 8:01:48 PM PST by randita
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; no dems; Kaslin; perfect_rovian_storm; ...

ping


10 posted on 02/16/2013 8:02:52 PM PST by randita
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To: randita

Seriously

Bill Clinton raped Juanita broaderick. !

No fewer than six women told congress he committed everything from sexual harassment to rape.

But republicans owe women an apology?!

No way !


11 posted on 02/16/2013 8:04:11 PM PST by lonestar67 (I remember when unemployment was 4.7 percent)
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To: dadfly

Significantly damaging the cause of the pro-life movement does not save any children and indeed sets it back. We need candidates who are both pro-life and have sense about how they present it. Todd Akin did not do that. We do not need him “any and all day.”


12 posted on 02/16/2013 8:09:12 PM PST by Republican Wildcat
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The only senate seats the stupid party has any hopes of winning are in states with voter ID laws.


13 posted on 02/16/2013 8:12:27 PM PST by Tailback
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2014 Senate Contest Summary
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Alaska - Mark Begich - Democrat
Arkansas - Mark Pryor - Democrat
Colorado - Mark Udall - Democrat
Delaware - Chris Coons - Democrat
Hawaii (special) - Brian Schatz - Democrat
Illinois - Richard Durbin - Democrat
Iowa - Tom Harkin - Democrat
Louisiana - Mary Landrieu - Democrat
Massachusetts - John Kerry - Democrat
Michigan - Carl Levin - Democrat
Minnesota - Al Franken - Democrat
Montana - Max Baucus - Democrat
New Hampshire - Jeanne Shaheen - Democrat
New Jersey - Frank Lautenberg - Democrat
New Mexico - Tom Udall - Democrat
North Carolina - Kay Hagan - Democrat
Oregon - Jeff Merkley - Democrat
Rhode Island - Jack Reed - Democrat
South Dakota - Tim Johnson - Democrat
Virginia - Mark Warner - Democrat
West Virginia - Jay Rockefeller - Democrat
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Alabama - Jeff Sessions - Republican
Georgia - Saxby Chambliss - Republican - (not running)
Idaho - Jim Risch - Republican
Kansas - Pat Roberts - Republican
Kentucky - Mitch McConnell - Republican
Maine - Susan Collins - Republican
Mississippi - Thad Cochran - Republican
Nebraska - Mike Johanns - Republican
Oklahoma - Jim Inhofe - Republican
South Carolina - Lindsey Graham - Republican
South Carolina (special) - Tim Scott - Republican
Tennessee - Lamar Alexander - Republican
Texas - John Cornyn - Republican
Wyoming - Mike Enzi - Republican


14 posted on 02/16/2013 8:21:51 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Looks like the only GOP seat even remotely at risk is Maine.

Haven’t Lautenberg and Rockefeller announced that they are retiring?


15 posted on 02/16/2013 8:25:35 PM PST by randita
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To: 11th Commandment

If rove was supporting Akin it was only to oppose Sarah Steelman (Palin’s choice).


16 posted on 02/16/2013 8:32:10 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: nascarnation

Akin was not the choice of the tea party or Palin, so no one owns him (except endorser Michelle Bachmann and the GOPe who campaigned against him in the election), the establishment came out against him after he won the primary in a 3 way split, who knows how much these republican establishment campaigns against republican nominees cost us.

Jeff Flake wasn’t tea party, but was a Palin guy won.

Mourdock was a tea party/Palin guy who the establishment supported and Romney endorsed and made ads for.

Scott Brown was establishment through and through he had tea party people like me helping his campaign, but he was so harshly anti-conservative that he was kicked out of the Senate when he became a man without a base.

Summers establishment, lost.

Heather Wilson establishment, lost in a state with a Palin, Grizzly-mama Governor.

Denny Rehberg establishment guy lost.

George Allen establishment lost, again.

Josh Mandel establishment, lost.

John Raiese, establishment guy, lost.

Tommy Thompson establishment guy, lost.

Palin gave us our only bright spots, our only Senate seat pick-up with Deb Fischer, and Ted Cruz of Texas, the disaster of Mitt Romney gave us Obama, cost us the Senate, and seems to have put the GOP on the verge of splintering as he undermined their platform, and branded them in the worst way possible.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 8:35:22 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: randita

I think you bought the media’s agitprop about Akin. They can do that to anyone.

There are at least two questions you need to ask:

1. How can you prevent yourself from being sucked into the media’s programming of your thoughts about anyone?

2. How can you contribute to doing the same for enough low information voters to make a difference?


18 posted on 02/16/2013 8:35:47 PM PST by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: randita

McConnell may become vulnerable if he continues to act like a turtle.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 8:35:54 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: randita
Looks like the only GOP seat even remotely at risk is Maine.

Pardon. Linda Graham is at high risk of being primaried. I think she doesn't know that yet, so keep it under your hat.

20 posted on 02/16/2013 8:36:08 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Virginia might be swingable. Perhaps the GOP can appease the guy who lost the Gov. primary to Cuccinelli (Holling? sp.) by supporting him in a Senate race.

Also, Baucus should face the wrath of MT voters as 0bamacare unfolds in all its gory details. Why do they keep electing a triad of corrupt Donkeys (Baucus, Tester, Schweitzer) in that 'red' state anyway?

21 posted on 02/16/2013 8:46:35 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: randita

Left out of the excerpt, here are the states mentioned in the article title:

Alaska
Arkansas
Iowa
Louisiana
North Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia


22 posted on 02/16/2013 8:49:07 PM PST by upchuck (America's at an awkward stage. Too late to work within the system, too early to shoot the bastards.)
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To: randita
It wasn’t his pro-life stance that sunk him. It was his idiotic remarks about rape victims not being able to become pregnant. That was just plain stupid.

he didn't say that, he said rape victims have a much lower rate of pregnancy than the average female sex partner in a "friendly" relationship....he was right!

23 posted on 02/16/2013 8:51:57 PM PST by terycarl
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To: Repeal The 17th

Josh Mandel of Ohio was a far better choice than re-electing Sherrod Brown. The Dems ran a 24/7 negative campaign against him. I saw negatives all over the internet and they were run non-stop on tv and radio. Josh didn’t seem to do much ad campaigns - so his name wasn’t as recognizable.


24 posted on 02/16/2013 8:53:20 PM PST by Catsrus
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To: randita

When the media goes after Rubio for taking a drink of water, you can be sure nomatter what any republican says or does it will be seen as “career ending”.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 9:05:05 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: terycarl

He did say they couldn’t get pregnant...and Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house. I know this to be true because the media repeated it over and over.


26 posted on 02/16/2013 9:09:43 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

Baucus the guy that was bragging about writing Obamacare was later asked a question about it and said he didn’t read it

I hope the people of Montana can throw him out

He’s already running ads...must be a little worried that their new affordable care will get them thinking


27 posted on 02/16/2013 9:11:34 PM PST by Old Griz
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To: dadfly
win or lose that’s a win in my book, if it saves one unborn life.

To me the part about saving one unborn life is key. I don't know Mr. Akin nor do I know what is in his heart, but I do know that his incompetent campaign resulted in the loss of one of the most winnable Senate seats in 2012. It can be argued that the way he conducted his campaign become a drag on, or at least a distraction for, other Senate candidates as well as the Presidential campaign. Since the only real influence the Senate has on the abortion issue is in confirming Supreme Court nominees, it is quite likely that he contributed more to continuation of legalized abortion than to stopping it.

28 posted on 02/16/2013 9:34:41 PM PST by etcb
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To: Repeal The 17th

YES! Thad Cochran is begging to be primaried. This SOB is the traitor that wanted to vote yes on Islamo-mole Hagel. How’s the Tea Party in Mississippi looking? Can we put bad Thad on political ice? I notice Johanns is also up for reelection. Let’s stick a fork in him too.


29 posted on 02/16/2013 11:38:47 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: etcb

we’re not in the same universe. i’m guessing your one of the attackers who tried to sink akin from the get go. i’m so proud i was one stood by him all the way. in fact, i did zero for romney while my main effort outside of walker and wisconsin in 2012 was to support akin when nobody else in the r-party establishment would.

just a very few assertions which i can support with hard evidence will serve to impeach your argument.

the GOP-e in missouri was and is a mess. and not only withdrew all support for akin but actively tried to destroy his campaign. in otherwords they wanted him to lose.

the big cities in missouri are very leftist. and they love mccaskill. akin had a very hard road to go.

the libertarian leftists are very big and militant in that state. they took a big chunk of grass roots support away from a God fearing conservative like akin.

nationally, conservative senate canditates did far better as a group then all of the rest GOP-e establishment candidates. so is your argument that conservatives only drag down liberal republicans while helping themselves. i’d like to hear a justification of that. the whole r party was basically dragged down by romney, who of course, instead of providing immediate aid and support as any top of the ticket candidate should have, he immediately attacked akin, along with the other GOP vampires like rove, after his clumsily worded but correct defense of the unborn.

aside from all that, imo, it is better to go down with a truely conservative, God fearing, candidate, than to win with a leftist republican in *any* election at any level. examples abound. look at damage boehner, mcarthy, or mccain, graham, kirk, murkowski, snowe, et al are doing to the nation and what is left of the r-party.

akin damaged the unborn? you think a romneyite would have helped the unborn? only twisted, leftist thinking could make that case. akin raised the issue to national attention when the GOP-e wanted to bury it. attention can only help the unborn. that is why the abortionists want to keep it secret.

and even if your case made perfect sense to me, our Lord demands that we do the right thing as He gives us the wisdom to see it. not the expedient thing given the circumstance He provides. ends are never justified by immoral means and our Lord will not support us as individuals or as a covenanted people if we compromise with evil.


30 posted on 02/16/2013 11:44:45 PM PST by dadfly
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To: ansel12
Palin gave us our only bright spots, our only Senate seat pick-up with Deb Fischer, and Ted Cruz of Texas, the disaster of Mitt Romney gave us Obama, cost us the Senate, and seems to have put the GOP on the verge of splintering as he undermined their platform, and branded them in the worst way possible.

And yet, all people can harp on is Akin and Mourdock in this election and Angle and O'Donnell in the last. What ever fits the GOP establishment's agenda of misinformation. What is really sad is FReepers who willingly fall right in line. Makes one wonder just where their allegiances lie.

31 posted on 02/17/2013 12:20:40 AM PST by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: randita
No more Todd Akins, please!

Agreed!

32 posted on 02/17/2013 12:34:03 AM PST by nutmeg (Who and WHERE are the Benghazi survivors??)
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To: randita

And much as I despise McCaskill, her support to Akin was a brilliant strategy. You’re in a good situation when you can select your opponent.


33 posted on 02/17/2013 3:15:57 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: randita

After the widespread voter fraud in the last election, I am pessimistic that there will be any “close” elections for the Democrats.


34 posted on 02/17/2013 4:41:01 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: randita

I like the odds for defeating the Communist Party (Dem) candidates. These seven picks are from Larry Sabato apparently — a point buried deep in the story. Makes you wonder about today’s journalists. Someone seems to be trying to take credit for someone else’s analysis.


35 posted on 02/17/2013 4:59:10 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: randita

Every GOP candidate will be given the Todd Akin treatment by the media because they saw how quickly the fools within the GOP were willing to turn on their own candidates.


36 posted on 02/17/2013 5:10:18 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: dadfly
aside from all that, imo, it is better to go down with a truely conservative, God fearing, candidate, than to win with a leftist republican in *any* election at any level. examples abound. look at damage boehner, mcarthy, or mccain, graham, kirk, murkowski, snowe, et al are doing to the nation and what is left of the r-party.

You've got to be kidding! NONE of those mentioned voted for Obamacare, which mandates that institutions provide contraceptive care even if that is against their religious tenets. ALL the Democrats voted for Obamacare.

If we had had just ONE more GOP Senator, the abomination that is Obamacare would never have passed.

When you can't have the whole loaf of bread, it's better to have half of it. At least then your children don't starve to death.

37 posted on 02/17/2013 5:19:46 AM PST by randita
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To: Hostage

I didn’t buy into anything. I heard Akin verbatim and I concluded that he was amazingly ignorant and sounded very callous toward rape victims.

The trap is always set for conservative candidates. That’s just the way it is. In order to win, a GOP candidate has to be clever enough to know the trap might be there and be prepared to avoid it.

Reality bites sometimes, but it’s what it is.


38 posted on 02/17/2013 5:25:31 AM PST by randita
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To: upsdriver

Akin and Mourdock became national poster children for the trumped up “War on Women”.

Their ineptitude impacted negatively on races all across the nation.

My allegiance lies with keeping the House and gaining the Senate in 2014. Going down with sinking candidates does little to advance those goals.

Conservatives CAN win. But they have to be smart, canny, and prepared. The GOP needs to do a much better job preparing candidates to respond to the inevitable land mines they’re going to have to negotiate.


39 posted on 02/17/2013 5:34:07 AM PST by randita
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To: randita

2014 senators up for re-election


40 posted on 02/17/2013 5:35:40 AM PST by quintr
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To: dadfly
If Todd Akin was truly a "God-fearing champion for the unborn", he would hae done the selfless act of withdrawing from the race in deference to a more viable candidate who could win and go on to champion the unborn in the Senate. He was toast the minute he made his rape comments and he only made it worse with his stubborn refusal to do the right thing by withdrawing. He was up >10% in the polls before he stepped in it.

But alas, Todd was full of pride rather than humility.

41 posted on 02/17/2013 7:09:02 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: terycarl

Doesn’t matter. You can be pro life and not say stupid sh*t. Republicans need intensive bootcamp training on dealing with media questions.

Sample, “Rape? Like 50 percent of Americans I am pro life and accept mainstream pro-lifw policies. Have you asked my opponent about his support for partial birth abotions? About his advocy that taxpayers should fund abortions?’


42 posted on 02/17/2013 8:33:40 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: terycarl

Doesn’t matter. You can be pro life and not say stupid sh*t. Republicans need intensive bootcamp training on dealing with media questions.

Sample, “Rape? Like 50 percent of Americans I am pro life and accept mainstream pro-lifw policies. Have you asked my opponent about his support for partial birth abotions? About his advocy that taxpayers should fund abortions?’


43 posted on 02/17/2013 8:33:49 AM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: randita

What Akin said was uncalled for but his statements are brilliant when compared to what hundreds of democrats have said in the media including Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

You are taking the side of the media by circling the firing squad rather than circling the wagons. The media will ALWAYS set a trap for opposing candidates and if the trap doesn’t work they will make something up that is completely false as in what they did to Herman Cain.

You’re asking for perfection and you will never see it. You’re asking for candidates to kowtow to the media which is in fact the goal that the media has in mind for them. Therefore, you are part and parcel to the war waged by the leftist media against the right.

Look what they are doing to Cruz. You can see they are setting up Cruz for the fall:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/02/16/NYT-Goes-Birther-Attacks-Canadian-Born-Cruz-Calls-Him-McCarthyite

Now Cruz has made no mistakes so far and likely he won’t make any. He is real smart. But he will be marginalized, you can bet on it.

The perspective you should consider taking is rather than comment or heckle on how less than perfect candidates should avoid falling in the traps set by leftist media, you should consider how the candidates can set traps for the media as in Dan Rather.

Another tactic is the ‘rumor’ attack. Candidates like Akin can get on the local TV shows and say “I’ve heard that [insert leftist pundit name] believes that women bodies shutdown during real rape” but in any event the number of women falsely accusing men of rape to actual rape is 22 to 1 [cite statistical source here]”. This is hearsay but it is used daily by the leftist media.

So you might single out each and every liberal mouthpiece you can think of and engineer a way of having them stick their own foot in their mouth. This is a far more productive effort than standing back in the gallery shooting peanuts at republican candidates.

When you demand that candidates avoid traps you end up getting Romney.

Stop playing defense and go on the offensive. Become an activist and go after the leftist media.


44 posted on 02/17/2013 8:51:04 AM PST by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: randita

The list needs updating—it still lists Kerry as a senator. Deval Patrick (black Democrat) appointed a black Democrat crony to fill Kerry’s seat temporarily, to the applause of the media. Shortly before that, the non-black Republican governor of South Carolina appointed a black Republican Congressman, Tim Scott, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jim DeMint, to silence from the media.


45 posted on 02/17/2013 12:27:38 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: upsdriver

O’Donnell may not have won, but she has lots of support.


46 posted on 02/17/2013 12:29:33 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

She certainly has mine.


47 posted on 02/17/2013 2:22:24 PM PST by upsdriver ( Palin/West '16)
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To: icwhatudo
He did say they couldn’t get pregnant...and Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house. I know this to be true because the media repeated it over and over.

no he didn't....and Sarah Palin said that she could see Russia from her state....even if she had said "her house" everyone on earth would call that an apparent exaggeration kind of like "he's ten feet tall and bulletproof"...everyone knows the size of Alaske and where Wasilla is....and if they don't, they are among the "uninformed" who vote just because it's Tuesday.

48 posted on 02/17/2013 3:03:28 PM PST by terycarl
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To: sgtyork
Doesn’t matter. You can be pro life and not say stupid sh*t. Republicans need intensive bootcamp training on dealing with media questions. Sample, “Rape? Like 50 percent of Americans I am pro life and accept mainstream pro-lifw policies. Have you asked my opponent about his support for partial birth abotions? About his advocy that taxpayers should fund abortions? ,p> I couldn’t agree more...I agree that Murdock and Akin did not handle their situations well. That having been said, the Demorat machine jumped on both of them viciously kind of like the recent bottle of water incident following the state of the union speech....Rachel Maddow rebroadcast the incident over 100 times and the Repubs just stand there and take it.....Symboliam over substance, the liberals are famous for it and actually good at it!!
49 posted on 02/17/2013 3:17:03 PM PST by terycarl
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To: terycarl
He did say they couldn’t get pregnant...and Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house. I know this to be true because the media repeated it over and over.

no he didn't....and Sarah Palin said that she could see Russia from her state....even if she had said "her house" everyone on earth would call that an apparent exaggeration kind of like "he's ten feet tall and bulletproof"...everyone knows the size of Alaske and where Wasilla is....and if they don't, they are among the "uninformed" who vote just because it's Tuesday.

I thought my sarcasm was obvious with the "I know this to be true because the media repeated it over and over."
Next time I'll use the /s tag.

50 posted on 02/17/2013 3:55:37 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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