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  •  Just how do they "get over" that hurdle? (1+ / 0-)
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    I look at the "highly likely participants" in a GOP Primary or Caucus in my current state (MI) and my home state (VA), and I don't see the segment or segments in that particular universe that would in 2014 or even 2016 add up to...say 25% of all participants who would be consistently asserting in public "Aren't there more important things for us to consider?" I don't see them jumping to "We embrace SSM" without some sort of very messy intermediate step or steps that will take more than a couple of election cycles.

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:47:40 AM PDT

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    •  GOP can just keep quiet (0+ / 0-)

      Heck, the dems stopped talking about things like gun control and the death penalty (and environment in some areas) for decades b/c they were losing causes for them.  Occasionally, there would be an attack from the left in a primary but mostly the Dems focused on other issues more relevant to the voters.  

      •  Much easier said than done (0+ / 0-)

        The issues and beliefs that drive their activism make it very hard for many, if not most, of them to "tone down" their rhetoric.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:23:50 PM PDT

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