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Jeffords Retirement Sets Off Rampant Political Speculation In Vermont
The Vermont Guardian ^ | April 22, 2005 | Shay Totten

Posted on 04/24/2005 9:09:47 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

A race between Congressman Bernie Sanders and Governor Jim Douglas would touch off a political domino effect in Vermont.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: bernie; douglas; electionussenate; jeffords; sanders; vermont; vt

1 posted on 04/24/2005 9:09:55 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Vermont is in Political chaos, Instead of 16 years of nearly unchangable election results, they could possibly have an open House, open Senate and Open Governor seats. Now all we need is for Leahy to chroke.


2 posted on 04/24/2005 9:15:23 AM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (A rare breed indeed)
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To: Kuksool; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; William Creel; GraniteStateConservative; JohnnyZ; ...

Vermont Ping


3 posted on 04/24/2005 9:16:15 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Whatever happens, the end result will be something really weird, it's vermont. Leahy, Jeffords, Dean, Sanders, all crackpots, traitors and socialists.


4 posted on 04/24/2005 9:23:55 AM PDT by putupjob
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To: Clintonfatigued

Isn't Sanders the Socialist?


5 posted on 04/24/2005 9:24:07 AM PDT by SmithL (Proud Submariner)
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To: SmithL
Yes. He's won his statewide House seat for a decade so I predict he'll win Jeffords' open Senate seat handily.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
6 posted on 04/24/2005 9:26:08 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: SmithL
Isn't Sanders the Socialist?

Sanders is the one who admits to being a Socialist.

7 posted on 04/24/2005 9:27:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: Clintonfatigued

8 posted on 04/24/2005 9:32:01 AM PDT by scott says
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To: MassachusettsGOP
Now all we need is for Leahy to chroke.

Sounds painful!

9 posted on 04/24/2005 9:35:36 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: goldstategop

Not if Jim Douglas runs. I think that the governor would beat Sanders. Douglas has been winning elections since 1972. The only time he lost was when he ran against Pat Leahy in 1992. Douglas was outspent by more than 10-to-1 in a year when George H.W. Bush lost Vermont overwhelmingly. But even then, Douglas lost by only 11% and ran far ahead of the top of his ticket. Last year, Douglas beat a Sanders protoge' easily, running well ahead of the current President Bush.


10 posted on 04/24/2005 9:36:28 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

It is ironic that Vermont, once a leader in the Revolutionary War effort, has become a haven for socialist dogma and just plain corrupt America-bashers like Dean, Sanders, Leahy, et al.


11 posted on 04/24/2005 9:39:42 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment

Why? is Vermont electing liberals. The Yankee mountain men surely are not voting for them. Do they have a lot of Mass commuters there, or what?


12 posted on 04/24/2005 9:44:29 AM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Isn't Vermont the state to which Ben & Jerry moved?

So the most likely next candidates could be floral candidates wearing transgender clothes and makeup, sporting a gay affectation and dancing on tippy toes....


13 posted on 04/24/2005 9:45:11 AM PDT by Prost1 (New AG, Berger is still free, copped a plea!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

So, how many dominos we talking here? 3, maybe 4?


14 posted on 04/24/2005 9:45:11 AM PDT by Arkie2
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To: Clintonfatigued

But Dubie is also very popular. He got 54.7% of the vote to 37.9% and 6.2% for the 2 pinko candidates.

If Dubie runs we have a credible candidate who CAN defeat Sanders and at the same time we should probably be able to keep the Governors office as well.

BTW, I think it is worth noting that in 1994 the GOP actually made a credible effort to defeat Sanders. They ran a legitimate (but not very well known) candidate, spent a good deal of money and kept Sanders under 50% of the vote. It wasn't quite enough but it demonstrates what can be done towards turning this state around.


15 posted on 04/24/2005 9:49:29 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Proud parent of Vermont's 6th grade state chess champion.)
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To: ClaireSolt

Lots of "retired" NYorkers.


16 posted on 04/24/2005 9:53:51 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Don't Tread on Me; Live Free or Die)
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To: DustyMoment

It's common knowlege that,in the 70's,the unwashed hippies
of Mass,NY and surrounding areas made a conscious effort to
claim VT as their own.I'll bet that there are fewer natives
living there than there are in CA,NV or FL.


17 posted on 04/24/2005 9:59:14 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative
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To: scott says

LOL!!!!


18 posted on 04/24/2005 10:16:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion: The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Yes. I recall reading about that "movement." The left never rests. Even when they acheive their goals, they continue to push an even more radical agenda. The bastards never quit. Ya gotta give 'em credit for that! They have used Vermont as a base to spread their goals/policies. Much as GWB has used Iraq to foster democracy in the ME.

Last year there was movement afoot (discussed alot here on FR) for Libertarians to pick a state they could move to and affect the political climate. I believe NH was the winner.

Having travelled quite a bit up east, I can say Vermont is a lovely state. Oddly enough, they are famous in gun-circles for the "Vermont-style carry." Go figure...

19 posted on 04/24/2005 10:24:42 AM PDT by donozark (TED KENNEDY to WILBUR MILLS:Hey Wilbur! How the hell did you get her out of the water?)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Didn't a lot of draft-dodgers move to VT so as to have an escape route to Canada? They stayed and grew up.

When I was a kid (born conservative) growing up in Massachusetts, Vermont, to me, was the epitome of conservatism. How things change!


20 posted on 04/24/2005 10:25:47 AM PDT by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
We need to get a Democrat to run in order to split the Socialist vote.
21 posted on 04/24/2005 10:42:51 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Question Liberalism)
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To: ClaireSolt

Good questions. I don't know why VT elects so many libs, but they are a central part of the liberal northeast corridor.


22 posted on 04/24/2005 5:14:05 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I'll bet that there are fewer natives living there than there are in CA,NV or FL.

Hmmm. Definitely food for thought.
23 posted on 04/24/2005 5:15:52 PM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Exactly what that old bastard deserves


24 posted on 04/24/2005 6:17:58 PM PDT by MassachusettsGOP (Massachusetts Republican....A rare breed indeed)
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To: Straight Vermonter

You make a good point. But Brian Dubie has won only one statewide election. Was his victory a showing of strength or a reflection of the weakness of the 'Rat candidate?


25 posted on 04/24/2005 7:27:53 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

He has been elected twice. In the most recent election the local media praised the hell out of him for how he represented the usually invisible office of Lt Governor.


26 posted on 04/25/2005 10:43:14 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Proud parent of Vermont's 6th grade state chess champion.)
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