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  •  Is It Republicans Or The Tea Party (5+ / 0-)

    This isn't only Boehner's choice. Seems like republicans have a choice, too. Remember all those many stories from a few years back. "Yes, the Tea Party People are Republicans."

    Dog Poop More Popular Than Congress! Alan Grayson

    by wild hair on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 04:56:15 AM PDT

    •  In the Daily Beast story, this line caught my eye (4+ / 0-)
      Their recent legislative strategy, a word that can be used only in its loosest sense, led to 144 Tea Party House members voting against a bipartisan compromise simply to open the government and avert default.
      Are there actually 144 Tea Party Republicans in the House, or did a large number of "normal" GOP House members join with a small faction to vote for default?  The whole argument that the TP is a very small group is belied by the size of this vote.

      "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

      by SottoVoce on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 06:25:24 AM PDT

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    •  it is a two party system (0+ / 0-)

      Many people vote with their party, but do not participate in the primary process.  Therefore if a ham sandwich get nominated for a party, and that party is in general control of the state, then a ham sandwich will get elected.

      In Alaska, of course, a long term incumbent managed to win as an independent, but that is not happened with Ted Cruz.  He won the nomination is republican state.  Republican leaning national groups  gave him at least 30% of his campaign funds, and the DNC and like groups did not fund the opponent.

      A third party, you know liberal, conservative, and sane, would provide an out for some people.  But it doesn't exist.

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