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  •  It looks like the Empire is striking back (46+ / 0-)

    Boehner is already busy tossing Teabaggers off important committees and doing his best to marginalize them.

    In a further effort to wrest control of the asylum back from the loons, the RNC, NRSC and a new PAC led by Steve LaTourette plan to interfere heavily in primary races to ensure wack-jobs like Angle. Akin, O'Donnell, etc., don't ruin GOP chances.

    From Politico:

    The disastrous 2012 election and embarrassing fiscal cliff standoff has brought forth one principal conclusion from establishment Republicans: They have a primary problem.

    The intra-party contests, or threat thereof, have become the original sin that explains many of the party’s woes in the minds of GOP leaders. It’s the primaries that push their presidential nominees far to the right (see “self-deportation” and “47 percent”); produce lackluster Senate candidates (Todd Akin has almost become a one-word shorthand); and, as seen most vividly in the last two weeks, dissuade scores of gerrymandered House members from face-saving compromise while politically emasculating their speaker.

    What to do about the primaries has become Topic A in many a post-election Republican soul-searching session, and now the first steps are being taken to address the issue. For Senate Republicans, that means a modified return to their 2010 posture of openly playing in primaries. A retiring House Republican is starting a super PAC to help House members challenged from the right. And an RNC commission is mulling over changes to the party’s presidential primary.

    This is, predictably, going over like a lead balloon at sites like Hot Air and Redstate, where the wingnuts are pledging to go third party rather than submit to the establishment.

    Fun times ahead!

    •  Uncle Steve (6+ / 0-)

      (friend of a family member) has always been "moderate." (So to speak.) I would never have voted for him (luckily I never had to make that choice) but I remember during the W years he was really upset by the bullying going on in the House. He was very publicly opposed to the war, but there was some kind of event where they kept him up all night - I have no idea what kind of threats they issued - but he suddenly turned at the last minute. I know he told a story about the GOP leadership threatening peoples' families. Like I think they told one guy they'd keep his kid out of the college he applied to. So not like Godfather threats, but still, stupid shenanigans that pissed off a lot of moderates.

      Energy, Budget Tax cuts, Lift American Spirits

      by my pet rock on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 09:11:52 AM PST

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    •  Fun times, indeed! (3+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, bontemps2012, NoMoreLies

      Especially when the corporate wing of the party starts counting the popular vote and realizes they can't actually win elections without the backing of the Birchers and the religio-crazies (which is why they recruited them in the first place, back in the 1980's). There just aren't enough "businesspeople" in the country, and many too many workers.

      Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em. Pass the popcorn, please!

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:20:19 PM PST

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      •  So what happens when the Birchers (0+ / 0-)

        realize that they don't need the Business shills ???

        Not for anything.

        "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012

        by bontemps2012 on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 04:42:10 PM PST

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