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  •  I'd love to believe what you wrote, but I don't (1+ / 0-)
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    blue in NC

    think it will turn many Republicans away from their party.  How many of them would give up their Social Security benefits now, yet stick with their party?  And the Republicans did the very same thing with SS.  Some of the current Republicans were around when they spewed the same lies about that program, they saw what lies they were, yet still are avid Republicans.  Same thing is going to happen this time.  

    As long as the Republicans have hate and fear to sell, there are many, many people who will be buying it.  

    Where their putting so many eggs in this basket is going to hurt them is finding a new fear.  They've succeeded in so many of their bogeymen.  They've pretty much destroyed unions, almost gotten abortion illegal again, left only a couple strings remaining in the safety net.  They're having to give up on the hating on the gays (although there are still plenty fighting the good fight yet) and their stance on immigration is backfiring.  While they have a goal of destroying public education, they have to play quite a few games to achieve that goal, since they can't create quite the fear they've managed in other areas.

    What's left?  The country is tired of wars, and it's going to be tough for them to talk us into another one in the next decade.

    Getting the middle to support them is where their problem is going to be.  As they see the ACA not being the disaster predicted by the Republicans, they might begin looking favorably upon the Dems.  But I wouldn't count on even that.

    Hate and fear generally sell better than success.  I don't expect that to change.    

    •  I agree completely with your analysis. I guess (0+ / 0-)

      what I should have made clear is that I believe that mainstream voters - unaffiliated ones, "blue dog" Democratic ones in places like my home state, and the few moderate Republicans - will turn away from the Republican candidates at the ballot box.

      Here in North Carolina, for example, Romney won the electoral votes even though Democrats outnumber Republicans  2,766,351 to 1,989,130. Yet Romney received 2,270,395 votes - meaning that a lot more than Republicans voted for him.

      The same thing happened down-ballot: specifically, the election for governor. McCrory - a sycophant of the far-rightwing Republican hierarchy in this state - won by claiming to be a "moderate" and getting a lot of registered Democrats to vote for him. I'd guess that the Romney voters who weren't registered Republicans were blue dog democrats who just Could. Not. Bring. Themselves. to vote for "the black guy", along with right-leaning unaffiliateds (there are 1,686,096 of them in North Carolina.

      Once hundreds of thousands of mainstream voters in North carolina see the positive effects of the Affordable Care Act, they will vote for the party that brought it to them, and against the party that tried to prevent them from having it.

      No, of course the hardcore Limbaugh-listening, Fox-watching, race-baiting, Christofascist Republicans will never change. But the success - and widespread benefit to actual citizens - of "ObamaCare" will drive huge numbers of voters away from Republican candidates, and the Republicans absolutely dread that happening.

      "Bernie Madoff's mistake was stealing from the rich. If he'd stolen from the poor he'd have a cabinet position." -OPOL

      by blue in NC on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 06:15:25 AM PDT

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