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  •  And his analysis fails because he doesn't... (7+ / 0-)

    ... outline how a Republican presidential candidate escapes primary season under such a scenario. Basically, he is saying Republicans can kiss the presidency goodbye. Either that, or this is his opening salvo for a Chris Christie candidacy.

    •  True. (2+ / 0-)
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      Bob Johnson, ahumbleopinion

      Republicans have encouraged the most extreme among them to become party activists, because it was easy, and now their primaries are controlled by the John Birch wing. Their bench, i.e. state representatives and local office holders, is also populated by fringe lunatics who will have little or no appeal to anyone outside their deep red strongholds.

      They are well and truly fucked, and guys like Brooks know it. They just don't know what to do about it, because at this point there is no quick fix. It took them since Goldwater to get like this, and now they're becoming a regional party with a shrinking base and no way out. Well, unless they can rig the electoral vote, which frankly seems like a sign of utter desperation, IMHO.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:16:46 AM PST

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    •  Hmmmm...I thought you TTFNed yesterday. :o) (1+ / 0-)
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      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:26:58 AM PST

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    •  Chris Christie is not so golden (0+ / 0-)

      that he can escape what happened to Mitt Romney. Sorry, he's a no-hoper. I think Romney even got as far as he did because he LOOKS like a presidential candidate, and people instinctively gravitate toward tall, handsome, distinguished-looking men with nice heads of hair. Subtract five points or more of advantage from Christie. Yeah, I know it's not fashionable to be "weightist", but it's just reality. Lots of people don't look beyond packaging, which really gave Romney a leg up.

      Jon Husted is a dick.

      by anastasia p on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:58:42 AM PST

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