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    Greg Sargent....

    4/23/13....Steve Benen reminds us that the death of Toomey-Manchin is also another reminder of just how radical today’s GOP is in historical terms:

    There’s an ongoing reluctance among many to appreciate the scope of Republican radicalization. For many, especially in media, there’s an assumption that there are two major, mainstream political parties — one center-left, the other center-right — and an effective president can govern through competent bipartisan outreach.

    Those assumptions are wrong. As we discussed in January, outreach doesn’t work because Republicans have reached an ideological extreme unseen in modern American history. It’s a quantifiable observation, not a subjective one. Even if GOP policymakers were inclined to work with Obama, they realize that they’d be punished soon after by a primary challenge — and they know this to be true because it’s happened more than a few times in recent years (look up names like Crist, Specter, Bennett, Lugar, etc.).

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:27:46 PM PDT

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    •  Spot on. And in answer to Hunter's last question: (8+ / 0-)
      "...why is that most fundamental story so very carefully tiptoed around, while psychoanalysis of all the more centrist players continues to be obsessed over as political parlor game?"
      Because if the mainstream media actually started committing journalism, then the Republican Party would finally be exposed for the ideologically malignant political cult it truly is, and collapse.

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