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  •  Up until November 2012............. (12+ / 0-)

    the Rethugs gladly welcomed the Tea Baggers as an influential element of their party.  2012 proved that consolidating and firing up a base consisting of angry, old white people is not a strategy that wins national elections given the nation's current demographics.

    My opinion is that the Tea bag movement is currently on "life support" provided by John Boehner.  He needs the vote of the teabagpublicans to retain his speakership Jan 3rd. After Jan 3rd, all bets are off.

    Boehner and the House must put together legislation that (1) addresses our problems and  (2) can be passed through the Dem controlled Senate and approved by the President Obama.  THE TEA BAGGERS WILL SUPPORT NOTHING THAT DOES EITHER. Boehner will be forced to work with a coalition of "moderate" Rethugs and Democrats.

    We will hear a lot about “hostage taking,”  “saber rattling,” and “shutting the government down” but in the end; the Tea Baggers in the house will be ignored and there will be governance.  Boehner knows that inaction from the House will assure that the Rethugs will be swept out in  2014.

     

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:21:25 AM PST

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    •  I agree completely (2+ / 0-)
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      gffish, Dbug

      They're getting what they asked for with the teabaggers. I find it hard to believe that the establishment types were not smart enough to look them over and miss just how crazy they really are.
       I really do hope Boehner has the balls to do what he must......cut off and isolate the teabaggers and create a coalition with the Dems when necessary. He'll catch plenty of hell from the far right, but I think in the end he'll be far better off being seen as productive instead of the public face of those who would blow up the economy with the debt ceiling etc.

      •  the 'establishment' types (2+ / 0-)
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        Dbug, v2aggie2

        created this mess. They thought they knew exactly what they were doing. I think they, characteristically, underestimated the intelligence of the rest of the populous.

        you get what you give

        by chicagobleu on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:22:04 AM PST

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