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  Jon Tester draws ire of liberals
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Last EditedScott³  Dec 22, 2010 05:09am
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News DateMonday, December 20, 2010 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
Description"After embracing him in his 2006 upset win over GOP Sen. Conrad Burns, progressives turned on Montana Sen. Jon Tester in response to his vote against the DREAM Act on Saturday, complicating his prospects for reelection next year.

The first-term Democratic senator’s decision to oppose legislation that would have provided a pathway to citizenship for children who came to the country illegally instantly roiled the liberal base.

“Not only will I do absolutely nothing to help his reelection bid, but I will take every opportunity I get to remind people that he is so morally bankrupt that he’ll try to score political points off the backs of innocent kids who want to go to college or serve their country in the military,” wrote Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas, who fired the opening shot on his highly trafficked blog.

“To me he is the Blanche Lincoln of 2012 – the Democrat I will most be happy to see go down in defeat. And he will. Nothing guarantees a Republican victory more than trying to pretend to be one of them.”

Moulitsas’ statement, paired with a string of biting tweets that ricocheted through left-leaning web circles over the weekend, reflected the potential damage to an important part of the coalition that helped get Tester elected in the first place.

“I think he’s alienated his base in the progressive Democrat circles and he’s going to definitely have a lot of explaining to do,” said Montana Democratic National Committeewoman Jean Lemire Dahlman, who dubbed his vote against DREAM “a grave mistake.” “I was surprised. It didn’t seem to jive with what I expect of him.”
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