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  •  It strikes me that this "approach to business"... (2+ / 0-)
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    RUNDOWN, StellaRay

    ...is really just the GOP's "purity test" problem as applied to its rank and file.

    Think about it - there's a long list of positions/"principles" to which prominent GOP candidates/members are expected to hew; they must be anti-choice, they must be anti-tax, they must be anti-spending, they must be pro-business...et cetera, et cetera.  Those Republicans who didn't meet the "purity test" were deemed RINOs and subjected to primary opponents from their right.  Would-be Republican candidates, then, must not only espouse these positions/"principles", but also must do so loudly and repeatedly.  It isn't enough to hold the positions - one must be SEEN to hold those positions in as public a manner as possible.

    Well, now that's trickled down to the rank and file.  These clowns see their actions as "standing on their principles", but what they're really doing is "passing the purity test" for all their erstwhile political allies to see.  Whether it's the gun shop in Arizona, the statewide Applebee's franchisee or the multi-state Denny's clown, they undoubtedly see themselves "taking a stand" as their leaders have done.

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