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Shaken senators start prep for 2012
Politico ^ | 19 Nov 2010 | Manu Raju

Posted on 11/19/2010 1:13:51 PM PST by Vigilanteman

The 2010 campaign has so rattled senators up for reelection in 2012 that they’re already moving quickly to figure out how to survive.

Veteran Democrats such as Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico are weighing retirement. Establishment Republicans such as Orrin Hatch of Utah and Dick Lugar of Indiana are already moving to fend off potential primaries from the right. Freshmen like Bob Casey of Pennsylvania and Jon Tester of Montana are stepping up fundraising, and red-state Democrats like Claire McCaskill of Missouri are talking up their independence from the party.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/45320.html#ixzz15lQqVY6V

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: rinos; senators; shaken
Interesting read all the way through. It sounds like Tester, Casey, McCaskill and Lugar are definitely running for re-election. Conrad is leaning toward retirement. And Orrin Hatch is whistling past the graveyard.
1 posted on 11/19/2010 1:13:54 PM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

Bob Casey of Pennsylvania..... May he enjoy his retirement!!!


2 posted on 11/19/2010 1:20:29 PM PST by tired&retired
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To: Vigilanteman
It looks just as good for 2014...twenty Democrats up for reelection, only 13 Republicans.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_elections,_2014

3 posted on 11/19/2010 1:22:42 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Vigilanteman

I think even respectable republican politicians have a limited shelf life. Hatch for example says and sponsors things 180 degrees from positions he took in the 90’s, pointing him due left too often. Washington seems to corrupt them all eventually. I think we need to get back to state legislatures deciding on who to send to the senate and 8 year limits for the House.


4 posted on 11/19/2010 1:23:05 PM PST by JTHomes
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To: Vigilanteman
Lugar has overstayed.
5 posted on 11/19/2010 1:23:07 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Vigilanteman

That RINO Dick Lugar has got to go!


6 posted on 11/19/2010 1:24:50 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Vigilanteman

I know of one rat senator who is very happy that Marco Rubio was elected this year.

Bill Nelson, the smarmy one.


7 posted on 11/19/2010 1:26:40 PM PST by Jacquerie (Rinos and rats got what they deserved in 2010. Judges are next.)
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To: JTHomes
I think we need to get back to state legislatures deciding on who to send to the senate

Amen ... repeal the 17th Amendment!

8 posted on 11/19/2010 1:26:47 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: AFreeBird

And longtime RINO Hatch.


9 posted on 11/19/2010 1:26:47 PM PST by Czar (NRA Life Member)
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To: Vigilanteman

ALL RATS AND RINOS MUST BE PURGED!!


10 posted on 11/19/2010 1:27:10 PM PST by SC_Pete
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To: Czar

Word!


11 posted on 11/19/2010 1:28:18 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Jacquerie

Why?


12 posted on 11/19/2010 1:28:37 PM PST by TJC (V)
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To: SC_Pete

And Claire McCackle should never have been elected.


13 posted on 11/19/2010 1:29:03 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Vigilanteman

Not only that, we can safely predict McCain will be back to his old ways of being the darling of the press, while his girl friend Lindsey Graham will move right.


14 posted on 11/19/2010 1:30:15 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Vigilanteman

The Tea Party is like a bright light shining down on Washington. Watch the roaches scurry.


15 posted on 11/19/2010 1:30:31 PM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

As an Indiana resident I heartily agree. I think he has gone senile.


16 posted on 11/19/2010 1:31:44 PM PST by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: Vigilanteman
I told McCaskill's office Wednesday, that I would talk to everyone I know and present them with a list of her freedom-killing votes and that I would press this issue until 2012.

Furthermore, I said that I would be talking to my neighbors about her cloture vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act--all of my neighbors grow a substantial amount of their food.

I told them we will remember this in 2012, and that I will do my darnedest to make sure she was voted out of office. The staffer sounded pretty scared, and with a small voice "I'll relay your concerns to the Senator.."

Dunno about other Missourians, but I'm pissed...

17 posted on 11/19/2010 1:32:21 PM PST by erikm88
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To: JTHomes
Washington seems to corrupt them all eventually.

One of the reasons we need term limits...

18 posted on 11/19/2010 1:37:58 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Vigilanteman

The behavior of the republican controlled house will have an enormous impact on the 2012 election. If republicans FORCE the left to defend its programs by voting the proper things out of the house, senate democrats will be stuck between a rock and the Hussein White House. Of course, the Orrin Hatch’s of the world will simply play at being “conservatives”, just as Juan McCain did and DOES for several months every 6 years. But I doubt such phony behavior will work for Nelson and his “moderate” dem, sell-out buddies.


19 posted on 11/19/2010 1:38:17 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Sir Napsalot
...while his girl friend Lindsey Graham will move right.

Lindsey's going to become a Democrat?

20 posted on 11/19/2010 1:52:58 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Vigilanteman

They see angry storm clouds on the horizon and the agony of defeat.


21 posted on 11/19/2010 1:57:58 PM PST by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Let’s cough up and spit out Lugar!


22 posted on 11/19/2010 2:04:05 PM PST by digger48
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To: Vigilanteman
The TpCaucus continue to grow steadily daily EVEryWHEre..
Yes.... in NYC and Chicago too.. (Jaws theme)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCfWHqrYUqo

23 posted on 11/19/2010 2:11:47 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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“...Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico are weighing retirement”

We can only hope!

Shaken Senator Syndrome. We need to give all of these POS this syndrome.


24 posted on 11/19/2010 2:17:03 PM PST by DariusBane (People are like sheep and have two speeds: grazing and stampede)
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To: Vigilanteman

I like my senators shaken not stirred.


25 posted on 11/19/2010 2:32:40 PM PST by RickB444 (Beat your sword into plowshares, but wined up plowing the fields of someone who kept their sword.)
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To: erikm88

I was wondering why claire mckill was for cutting earmarks. Would you want Jim Talent back?


26 posted on 11/19/2010 2:37:09 PM PST by huldah1776
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To: Vigilanteman

Jeff Bingaman....grrrrr

If he runs again, I look forward to working for his opponent.

Vile little creature....needs to go!!!


27 posted on 11/19/2010 2:41:16 PM PST by BlessingsofLiberty (BOYCOTT NEVADA...!!!!)
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To: Vigilanteman

It occurs to me that perhaps the Tea Party people should focus their attention on some of the RAT primaries. Especially in states or districts where anyone with a (D) after their name is assured a win. Why not put up a primary challenge to the Barney Franks and Chuck Shumers? Run the primary challenges just as a standard RAT would run it - from the far left - then, if the Tea Party candidate wins he/she would move right in the general (as the RATs always do) only, instead of shifting left again after the office is won they actually stay right or move farther right.

It’s not like the people who elect them would notice. After all we are talking about people most of whom are only marginally literate and many of whom have to bussed to the polls every election day because they would otherwise spend the day at the track, at the local tavern or glued to the TV set.

You would have to give the movement a different name. Call it “United Progressives” or something.


28 posted on 11/19/2010 2:42:42 PM PST by scory
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To: Vigilanteman

I would only caution yinz all that they can marshall all their forces and every trick in the book to hang on to a Senate seat. Look at Harry Reid, Barbara Boxer, Lisa Murkowski, et. al. Need to find a way to smash thru as we did in the House races.


29 posted on 11/19/2010 2:44:58 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Deo volente

And you can bet your bippee that Cornyn is already meeting with all 13 Republicans to find out what he can do as head of NRSC to ensure their re-election. No more young upstarts to rock their boat.


30 posted on 11/19/2010 2:56:25 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Deo volente

Let’s analyze the Democratic Sen. incumbents for the 2014 elections:

Mark Begich of Alaska...gone
Mark Pryor of Arkansas...gone
Mark Udall of Colorado...toss-up
Chris Coons of Delaware...probably safe.
Dick Durbin of Illinois...toss-up
Tom Harkin of Iowa...toss-up.
Mary Landrieu of Louisiana...gone.
John Kerry of Massachusetts...safe.
Carl Levin of Michigan...will be 79...gone
Al Franken of Minnesota...toss-up.
Max Baucus of Montana...gone.
Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire...toss-up.
Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey...toss-up.
Tom Udall of New Mexico...toss-up.
Kay Hagan of North Carolina...gone.
Jeff Merkley of Oregon...toss-up.
Jack Reed of Rhode Island...safe
Tim Johnson of South Dakota...gone...Noem?
Mark Warner of Virginia...toss-up.
Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia...probably safe.

That gives us 7 + 9 toss-ups. All the (R) seats look safe. Yes, 2014 should be a great year!


31 posted on 11/19/2010 2:56:54 PM PST by proudpapa (Proudpapa)
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To: Vigilanteman

there is only one vote that matters in the lame-duck session: amnesty
Any senator who votes for that in the filibuster phase, must be voted out, and we must let them know it asap.

Maybe some of them learned their lesson.


32 posted on 11/19/2010 3:05:13 PM PST by heiss
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To: trappedincanuckistan
The Tea Party is like a bright light shining down on Washington. Watch the roaches scurry.

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33 posted on 11/19/2010 3:06:51 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Vigilanteman

Pshaw, things didn’t go that badly for the dems in the senate. Full steam ahead.


34 posted on 11/19/2010 3:10:09 PM PST by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: Vigilanteman

Rino’s can run; but they can’t hide.


35 posted on 11/19/2010 3:22:49 PM PST by PoloSec ( Christ died for our sins...)
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To: day10

Definitely. Lugar is missing a lot of little somethings these days.


36 posted on 11/19/2010 3:28:49 PM PST by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: Oldpuppymax
If republicans FORCE the left to defend its programs by voting the proper things out of the house, senate democrats will be stuck between a rock and the Hussein White House.

You are so correct. The GOP failure to get control of the Senate can actually be a blessing in many ways -- IF the House GOP plays its cards right -- they are in a great position to REALLY put the screws to the red-state rats up in '12.

37 posted on 11/19/2010 3:34:16 PM PST by rhinohunter
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Maybe they're not the only senators hoping to run in 2012...
38 posted on 11/19/2010 4:12:18 PM PST by tocantinssea
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To: Vigilanteman

Here’s a tip for them....don’t vote for radical Obama agenda crap that the nation doesn’t want. Like repealing DADT.


39 posted on 11/19/2010 6:12:08 PM PST by prairiebreeze (The Professional Left: Using Your Money to Promote Their Ideology Since the 1930's)
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To: proudpapa
Lautenberg, one of your “toss ups”, will be 90 years old (almost 91, in fact) come election time. He's also battled cancer recently. That's a retirement waiting to happen.
40 posted on 11/19/2010 11:34:11 PM PST by Deo volente (God willing, America will survive this Obamination.)
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To: Vigilanteman

there is only one vote that matters in the lame-duck session: amnesty
Any senator who votes for that in the filibuster phase, must be voted out, and we must let them know it asap.

Maybe some of them learned their lesson.


41 posted on 11/20/2010 4:45:47 AM PST by heiss
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To: Deo volente

Right. The Laut will probably retire if he doesn’t die first. The reason it is a toss-up (at best) is because the replacement could very easily be another dem.


42 posted on 11/20/2010 1:20:59 PM PST by proudpapa (Proudpapa)
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