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  •  You are not dead when you still get 49% (2+ / 0-)
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    of the vote.

    Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

    by SpamNunn on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:19:23 PM PST

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    •  dying in their current form (3+ / 0-)
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      At least as a threat for the White House.   The window for them to get in using the old Confederacy campaign has been getting narrower and narrower.  They couldn't pull it off this year and the window will be further shut by 2016.  They have to change somehow and it's going to make their coalition of freaks in congress difficult to keep together eventually.  

      They have to change.  Who do they court as a voting bloc without splintering their teabag base?  Romney's campaign succeeded in delivering the base to the polls while appearing moderate enough to be taken seriously by the Village.  It wasn't enough.  Their base is shrinking, ours is growing.  They have to change.  

      When truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

      by Sun dog on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:32:40 PM PST

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      •  If they take a less strident position on (1+ / 0-)
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        immigration and reproductive rights, they could be right back in it.  Be ever vigilant.

        Intolerance betrays want of faith in one's cause. - Gandhi

        by SpamNunn on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:38:53 PM PST

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        •  Indeed (4+ / 0-)
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          A wounded Great White shark isn't something to take lightly.  

          But I think their problems go beyond some rhetorical gestures in immigration and reproductive rights.   Immigration is overstated as the cause for their lack of support among Latinos.  I think economic issues are more fundamental at this point.  And how do they soften on immigration and continue to call in their huge pool of racists?  

          And they'd give themselves a tremendous black eye fighting with their evangelical nuts in the primaries over reproductive rights.  It used to be a winning issue for the GOP, now they try to skate by without really talking about it in the mainstream.  They need their evangelicals.  People overlook how wrong they were about that part of the GOP base not supporting Romney for being a mormon.  But they came out big for him just like for Bush.  But it's not enough to get elected any more.  So if they try to go soft on abortion, is it worth it to lose some of what has been their most powerful activist base?  

          I honestly wouldn't want to be trying to solve these problems if I were them.  They're caught in a web of their own evil manipulations and lies.  

          When truth is only a matter of opinion, advantage goes to the liars.

          by Sun dog on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:51:36 PM PST

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        •  And offend the religious right? (2+ / 0-)
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          Offend the Tea Party? That's their base.
          The Republican party isn't dead, but in it's current form won't survive as a serious opposition party.

          “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

          by skohayes on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:24:28 PM PST

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      •  I like that sentence: (2+ / 0-)
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        "Who do they court as a voting bloc without splintering their teabag base?"

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        by Richard Myers on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 03:11:20 AM PST

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    •  8% of that was the same 8% (1+ / 0-)
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      that admitted after the'08 election that they would never vote for a black man.  and while the $2.5 billion mittens et al spent did not elect him (or other republican candidates) it likely put a dent in O's numbers.

      in 2016 white voters will drop to 70% from 72% and latino, black and asian voters will be up. if O gets our fiscal house in order and comprehensive immigration policy is in place, the right isn't going to get 49% and who would they have to run anyway? who in GOP scares you??????

      Don't forget that ACA will be fully implemented in 2014 and there are 30 million people who will finally be able to get health insurance.

      dems play the cards right, they can recapture the House in '14 and set themselves up for decades.

      mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

      by wewantthetruth on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:00:00 PM PST

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    •  Exactly..... (1+ / 0-)
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