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  •  Anything that humanizes her is bad news. (5+ / 0-)

    I mean, it can only go so far because she's probably not human, but still.

    I'll Rochambeau you for it.

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 10:16:03 AM PDT

    •  The serious part of this is that is shows (4+ / 0-)
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      the tremendous contempt that the Republican Establishment has for the Tea Party.  Yes, her campaign screwed up here, but campaigns do as bad or worse all the time.  It's how this story flows through the media that is of greatest interest.

      If the Tea Party knows that they're being used and abused, it helps us.  We can feel good about reporting it, because in fact they are being used and abused.

      Commenting on it is great, because they are especially interested in not looking like suckers.  And they are being played for suckers.  Let's tell the truth and leave these two factions to figure out how to deal with it.

      I'll start:

      The Republican Establishment and its contacts in the Establishment media want to destroy Michele Bachmann's chances for the nomination because she represents the views of the Tea Party.  Will the Tea Party stand for it?

      In my avatar, the blue bars show how many want Reps who COMPROMISE; the aqua bars show who wants Reps who STAND FAST no matter what. (Left=Overall; Center=Democrats; Right=Republicans.) And there's the problem!

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 10:45:47 AM PDT

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      •  This reminds me of 1972 (5+ / 0-)

        Not just the Eagletonian aspect.  From what Hunter S. Thompson observed, despite the obvious ideological differences between Wallace supporters and McGovern supporters, a surprising number of Wallace supporters had McGovern rather than Humphrey (or someone else) as their second choice, because McGovern didn't go out of his way to insult Wallace (as Humphrey did), and because they recognized that both candidacies appealed to a sense that something was significantly wrong with our political elites.  I don't really see an opening for that kind of outreach here because unlike in 1972 it's across parties rather than within, but it's still something to consider if only briefly.

        I'll Rochambeau you for it.

        by Rich in PA on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 10:58:02 AM PDT

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      •  plumbers know from flows: (1+ / 0-)
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        seems like 'tremendous contempt' would make for a gigantic plunger.

        'suckers' reminds me of the 'hot lips' story i read much earlier in the guardian on line: endangered plant has new name (and would look good as new GOP logo, too.). oddly has same boehnery coloration.

        The Addington perpwalk is the trailhead for accountability in this wound on our national psyche. [...you know: Dick Cheney's "top" lawyer.] --Sachem

        by greenbird on Wed Jul 20, 2011 at 10:59:08 AM PDT

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    •  The President is on 24/7... (0+ / 0-)

      there have been men who had serious heart problems that were elected..JFK had Addisons but the press shielded the public from that...

      This is an impossible situation ...Most migraines can be controlled with meds...

      She will not be elected --so who cares!

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