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  •  I think he underestimates (10+ / 0-)

    The depths of GOP intolerance. There's going to be a ceiling on his rise. And it will be imposed by their rank and file, not the leadership.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:52:25 AM PDT

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    •  There's a caveat -- (8+ / 0-)

      Rubio could rise very high in the GOP -- provided the racist part of the rank-and-file can be convinced that he'd be a primarily a figurehead to "brownwash" the party and that the real levers of power would be comfortably in the hands of the "right" people behind the scenes.

      •  I doubt (2+ / 0-)
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        the type of people I'm talking about are capable of thinking that subtle, and what's more they don't care about brownwashing their party. They want it to stay theirs, that is, white, white, white. Even if that means they never win another national election. After all, many of them are still fighting a war they lost 150 years ago. Why would they care about winning now?

        In fact I think they'd be angered and affronted by a nonwhite party leader, even if he were a powerless figurehead. They're not even up to "some of my best friends are (fill in the blank)" level.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Tue May 14, 2013 at 08:44:15 AM PDT

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        •  Don't underestimate their intelligence level... (0+ / 0-)

          because that is exactly the way it works here in South Florida. Cubans have positions of authority, but

          the real levers of power would be comfortably in the hands of the "right" people behind the scenes.
          - @Witgren...

          "In the battle of existence, Talent is the punch; Tact is the clever footwork. Wilson Mizner -7.25/-5.64

          by mikejay611 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:20:55 AM PDT

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          •  Are you suggesting (1+ / 0-)
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            that Rubio is a figurehead even now?

            I didn't necessarily mean they are unintelligent, more that they are very rigid and proud, socially. And I am speaking of the rank and file, definitely not the party leadership; I'm sure the leaders would brownwash the GOP in a heartbeat if they could.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:35:04 AM PDT

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            •  I would say Rubio (3+ / 0-)
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              is an opportunist, but very much controlled. I am surprised he got himself tangled in the immigration weeds, but also confident he'll find a way to weasel out of it in a way that appeals to the right flank...

              No star is lost once we have seen, We always may be what we might have been. Adelaide Proctor -7.25/-5.64

              by mikejay611 on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:38:15 AM PDT

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