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  •  You can't checkmate a bishop (0+ / 0-)

    Sure, Bishop Jackson has said some fairly extreme things in his life, and in public.  But I wouldn't count on this having a decisive effect on his chances, as long as he does two things:
        1) stops saying such things now that he's the nominee
        2) doesn't go on the attack, even with more moderate language, on any of the topics on which he has said these intemperate things

    I base that expectation on the enormous slack that the American electorate cuts politicians if they can attribute even the most extreme opinions to personal faith.  He's already lost the votes of people who would vote against him simply for saying such things.  He doesn't start to lose votes of folks who had any chance of voting for him until they start to think he will be a monomaniac on these views, and won't do anything else in office except pursue these extreme private ideas of his.  He can, and I suspect the bishop is savvy enought that he will, avoid engaging on these issues where he can, and use very different language where he can't.  He just shows some self-control, and he's home free.

    But wait, you say, this thing about the 3/5 rule, that's way loony tunes, how could that fail to make him a laughing stock?  But 99% of the electorate either hasn't heard of the 3/5 thing, or remmbers it so vaguely that what the bishop said about it won't seem at all weird.   It doesn't lose him the votes of anybody who isn't already informed enough to never vote for any R anyway.

    The states must be abolished.

    by gtomkins on Thu May 23, 2013 at 02:32:36 PM PDT

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