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    phonegery, Aunt Pat

    We're at 18/30?

    The general problem is that the TEA Party is the old 11% -- the same 11% that was the Dixiecrat (Wallace got 11%, so when we find that they represent 11% of the general votership, it's an odd coincidence). This group has always been the story in the Republican Party, at least since 1976. They have called the tune at each dance.

    In majority Democratic districts, we do have a chance, but we're looking in those cases at the actual TEA Party members. Those guys are, I suspect, truly irrational. When I say this, I do not mean to say that they are stupid, but rather impulsive.

    They're enthusiasts -- just like, if we recall, the "Clinton's morals must be punished" crew were, just like the "spending is out of control" crew were, and just like the "America's pride must be restored or the Communists will march in from Nicaragua" group were. I.e. the 11% insurgents who win via by-elections and primaries are marked by fervor rather than reason. We knocked out a good many after each excess, and we can do it again, but, in the meantime, this time the "protected" R's are scared.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 07:41:36 AM PDT

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