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  •  It's also about the GOP's sad prospects in 2016. (12+ / 0-)

    There is no candidate or potential candidate on the Republican bench that can appeal to a majority of voters in a national contest in 2016.

    Combine that with polls showing that Hillary Clinton could win essential red-state bastions in that year, should she run, including a game-over scenario of putting Texas in the blue column. The GOP has put themselves in a bad spot, electorally, by purging their moderates and doubling down on their extremism. And they know it.

    That leaves two options if they wish to retain an avenue to the presidency - cheat in the election, and/or tar-and-feather potential Dem challengers, and the Dem brand in general, making them toxic to voters.

    Logically, I can't blame Republicans for all these vapid theatrics under the circumstances - they are the death spasms of a political party careening off the rails of relevance - but I'm hoping enough voters tire of the shenanigans by next year that Democratic numbers are bolstered in Congress, and we can get some actual governance going on for the last two years of Obama's term.


    "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by dzog on Sat May 18, 2013 at 07:05:19 AM PDT

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    •  I do; they suck & so do their policies; their (3+ / 0-)
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      citylights, Hammerhand, MadGeorgiaDem

      Voters may be stupid all the time but many Americans are not.

    •  Chris Christie is their candidate. He appeals (3+ / 0-)
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      MadGeorgiaDem, native, Dirtandiron

      to a wide demographic in New Jersey, and even Hillary might have some trouble knocking him off.

      He is actually conservative and he will go there in the primary

      •  I think Christie could win in the midwest (0+ / 0-)

        He'd appeal to Pennsylvania through Minnesota the same way he appeals in New Jersey.  Democrats can talk all they want about their new demographics but all the Republicans have to do is be smart enough to find a candidate that can win in the northern Midwest (which is the same advice I had for Democrats after Kerry's wind surfing campaign) where people do not like elitists or people who think they're entitled to your vote.  Romney was not it.  Hillary may not be it either depending on if she's willing to condescend to spend some quality time in flyoverland.

        •  I agree about Christie. His huge downfalls? (3+ / 0-)
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          myboo, mystique mist, mmacdDE

          His weight.....and the "R" after his name.

          I might not mind him as prez, but I can't stand the group he hangs out with (the "R"s). Course those same "r"s are going to slit his throat over his appearances with and compliments to Obama.

        •  The media loves him bc he is the least crazy Thug (5+ / 0-)

          and his nom. means millions of $s for them from covering a close election.

          His 'reasonable' rhetoric is simply the result of being Gov. running for re-elect ina very blue state, which (unlike Pa.) doesn't have part of Alabama in it).  It is IOW nothing but common political posturing - and only seems uncommon bc so many his fellow Thugs are in deep red states or gerrymandered districts and so have nothing to limit their verbal diarrhea.

          Policy-wse he is as neanderthal and crypto-fascist as the rest of Thugs.  

          That said, we saw in 2000 how the media could get even an empty suit Thug close enough to steal it.

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