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FoxNation (Click) has a post by Matthew Cooper (of Valerie Plame scandal fame) written for the Natonal Journal. It is a list of seven reasons Republicans can be hopeful. In short form they are:

1: The Economy - improving but still crappy. But The GOP can't expect to get much from this so maybe this is a wash.
2: 2014 is 2006 for the Democrats! What happened before will always happen, except when it didn't because republicans made a mess of impeachment.
3: Immigration. Dear God, please Marco save us from ourselves. We don't want to address this issue, we just want it to go AWAY!
4: Gay Marriage - Lets be so quiet people think we're Democrats.
5: Let's compromise with Democrats every now and then and people will like us!
6: Certainly no one who has raised taxes on the wealth would have the affrontery to do it again!
7: Remember, we can always stop saying the word "rape" whenever we want to. Lets start … now!

So, as you can see, the list of things republicans can be hopeful for is some qualified wishful thinking, several capitulations to democrats, and some agreements to not say the quiet part loud again. If I were a republican, I wouldn't be too hopeful after reading this. The commenters on National Journal certainly weren't.

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  •  I know you provided a link... (1+ / 0-)
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    But perhaps a blockquote or two for some in-diary context would be great.

    FWIW. :)

    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:11:58 AM PST

  •  # 8.....Gerrymandering Will Save Us (8+ / 0-)

    #9......No, it won't.

    #10....Yes, it will.

    #11....No, it won't.  Only cheating, lying & waiting until
               Democrats leave for the day, then carve up their
               districts like we just did in Virginia.

    #12....People will forget how much they hate us if we
               just wait long enough.

  •  Four more years (1+ / 0-)
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    of the republicans having nothing to hope for except their economic sabotage making things bad enough that the voters blame the party in the White House.  

    Repugnant and treasonous.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 03:42:13 AM PST

  •  #8: Splitting to Bircher and Business (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Lucy Montrose, SilentBrook

    wings will let GOPers run extra candidates in the primaries.

    #9: #8 will let GOPers run the stronger of the two primary candidates in the general elections.

    #10: Of course, the disappointed losers from the primaries are expected/required to turn up enthusiastically to vote for the primary winners.

    Particularly where Democrats trash the lies told by GOPer winners, the trash they use to beat the GOPer primary losers ?

    Tell me that Business wing voters, particularly, are going to fall in line again for the Birchers. Really?

    Democrats have another 2 years to make that split a killer, come November 2014. Obama and Pelosi have been turning this split into a Grand Canyon in the House. Move it from House to polling booth!

    "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

    by bontemps2012 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 04:53:06 AM PST

  •  The think the gun issue will save them, (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Lucy Montrose, SilentBrook

    and I bet they will try to overreach with impeachment... and the people will be disgusted with them.

    It may even be a straw that breaks the camel's back moment.

  •  #8: Come 2016, voters will want someone new. (1+ / 0-)
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    They'll be tired of Democratic rule and want to give the other guy a chance. Someone like Chris Christie. Remember, Americans have short memories; and low-information voters in particular vote their personal emotions, for whoever gives the best show of "strength" and "winner".

    ...That reason is actually more likely to happen than any of the seven above. Which is why we need to.anticipate it, so as we can forestall it.

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:46:23 AM PST

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