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  •  Iacta alia est (21+ / 0-)

    Bircher delenda est.

    Also, very well said and I couldn't agree more. They aren't technically a party, but they act like one within the coalition known as the GOP. Despite having more members in it, they don't control it, and likely never will. Wall St. and big corporations do. Always have, always will. And they won't let them destroy the economy. That would be bad for business. I think they've had their high water mark, and the GOP now views them as a liability more than a blessing. Once they realize that they're not GOP insiders and don't have the sway that their numbers might indicate, they may well leave and form their own party, making them a real party proper. At which point the GOP will be a rump party like the Whigs and Dems will run everything, at least at the national level. Regionally, the Birchers will be a problem, like southern Dems in the years leading up to the Civil War. We'll have to find a way to deal with them. Hopefully non-violent. But they're not going to go down without a fight of some sort.

    We will beat them. But it'll take a while and won't be fun.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:38:56 PM PST

    •  I live in a hotbed area for this and I think what (8+ / 0-)

      is called for is more exposure.  It has to be done with careful framing but I think it can be done.  The President has helped by making these folks step out into the light of day.  One way I thought of in my area that has a long tradition of cherishing autonomy would be to tie the idea of outside meddling through ALEC to these people.  Also no one likes to be conned and focusing on the dissembling will bear fruit if it can be traced (campaign rhetoric versus how one votes in elected office).  We definitely need to get more people into those rooms where only the insiders get to hear the real story.

    •  "Divide et impera" is easier to make work. (5+ / 0-)

      The more the Business Republican seats fall over to Bircher Republicans, the easier it is for Democrats to manipulate the weakened Business clast.

      Every time a Bircher wins a primary, look at it as a small step forward for Obama's general strategy. Weakening the Business Republicans -- what you call "the GOP" -- is key to getting legislation through the House and to a lesser extent through the Senate.

      When a Bircher takes a House seat, that means there will be one more ill informed, destructive, politically vulnerable incumbent in the next election cycle.

      Wanna run against a Bircher or a Business ???

      Birchers absorb enormous piles of donation money to get reelected. Reportedly Bachmann spent 20:1 to eek out a tight win in 2012. It gets worse for her going forward.

      "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 05:30:27 AM PST

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      •  The Business GOP Gets It On Both Ends (3+ / 0-)
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        If they survive the primary, the seat is ripe for Dem pickup, as these survivors will be more likely from districts that are more vulnerable to Dem challengers.

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        by Beetwasher on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 07:38:07 AM PST

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