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10 term Congressman loses in primary

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by OklahomaGator, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. OklahomaGator

    OklahomaGator Jedi Administrator Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Miami, OK
    Ayanna Pressley stuns Michael Capuano in closely-watched US House race - The Boston Globe

    She was backed by Ocasio-Cortez and the sitting Congressman had the support of the Democratic establishment. The polarization of both parties continues.
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  2. VAg8r1

    VAg8r1 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    Not really a case of the electorate opting for a lefty over a moderate. Capuano has a very liberal voting record. The election was decided based much more on the age, gender and ethnicity of the candidates than the respective philosophies of Capuano and Pressley. Other than the fact that minority candidates won this election was not really the same as the gubernatorial elections in Florida and Georgia or the House election in the Bronx in which Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also beat a 10-term incumbent. In those elections the winner who represented the far left-wing of the party defeated a more mainstream Democrat. In Massachusetts, one left-of-center candidate defeated another left-of-center candidate and while Pressley is certainly a liberal she is not nearly as far to the left as either Ocasio-Cortez or Andrew Gillum.
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  3. GatorNavy

    GatorNavy Damn the torpedoes! Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    Space Coast
    It might have been the electorate voicing it's desire for term limits.
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  4. ursidman

    ursidman GC Hall of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Yep. I think it was an age/generational thing and the expression of the changing demographics of this country and the Democrat party.
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  5. VAg8r1

    VAg8r1 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2007
    I would tend agree and perhaps the election demonstrates that the best way to limit the terms of members of Congress is through the ballot box.
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  6. JerseyGator01

    JerseyGator01 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 10, 2007
    It's not really the political "earthquake" that the media is making it out to be since a Kennedy got 93% of the vote on the same night.
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  7. ThePlayer

    ThePlayer VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    The millennials are coming of age...with little education and the belief socialism is wonderful.
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  8. AgingGator

    AgingGator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 24, 2007
    Scary, but true!
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  9. tegator80

    tegator80 GC Hall of Fame

    May 29, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Who'da thunk? :)

    The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is a problem that needs to be solved. The problem? entrenched pols who only represent the money interests who keep getting them re-elected. Voting the bums out is the ONLY way. You "build a wall" like term limits and those people WILL build the tunnels.
  10. channingcrowderhungry

    channingcrowderhungry Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Bottom of a pint glass
    For better or worse the winning ticket for Dems has been apparent for a while. Liberal, minority candidate. I saw it personally with Gillum. Voting for him was what all the "hip" kids were doing, despite knowing much of anything about his politics.