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  •  Splitting the Republican Party (5+ / 0-)

    The Republican Party's power is based on first exploiting the disproportionate representation of low population states, especially in the Senate (where a Wyominger has about 60x the votes as a Californian). Then on gerrymandering those states so they squeeze the maximum Republicans into the House from wherever anyone votes Republican. That's how a party with about 25% of the voters gets to control the government, especially statewise.

    But it requires a huge effort to get their 50%+1 (or when against a Democratic president, keep either the House or filibuster the Senate, or both), especially when corporatists and theocrats require conflicting lies every day.

    So the Republican Party is basically spread pretty thin across the two great Whiteland regions: Appalachia (from Maine to Alabama) and the Plains/Rockies (from Louisiana to Idaho).

    Now look at that drought map. The Plains/Rockies are going to get screwed even harder by drought this year than last, while the Appalachians are going to improve. That means the Plains/Rockies are going to demand ever more handouts, and loosen their grip on climate change denial some. While the Appalachians (always the real demographic core of this party) will demand ever fewer handouts for anyone else as usual, but now the other clan of Republicans especially.

    The party will split. Especially as the Appalachians keep up their civil war against Obamacare even as the Plains/Rockies adopt it.

    If I ran the Democratic Party I'd focus whatever I could on flipping Nebraska to Blue. Look at the 2012 presidential election map. National elections are primarily regional. If Republicans lost Nebraska, they'd have a North/West region separated from a South/East region. Other states, like Indiana, the Dakotas, Missouri and Kentucky, would be easier to flip with fewer Red states nearby to hold them together.

    The Republican Party has lived by creating the Greenhouse. It's appropriate that the Greenhouse split the Party into one easier to completely destroy.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:47:40 PM PDT

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