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  •  You know, I've been wondering what the reasoning (0+ / 0-)

    was behind the particular bit of TeaBaggery.

    Now, I know there really isn't any.

    Good lord.

    •  same reasoning as voter suppression and anti-union (0+ / 0-)

      get rid of Democrats.

      We're so busy trying to analyze Obama's 11th dimension strategies around here that we occasionally get confused by the one dimensional strategy of the entire Republican machine.

      •  That... (0+ / 0-)

        ...and permanently cementing the preferred balance of political power in place through redistricting and so on.

        -5.38 -4.72 T. Atlas shrugged. Jesus wept.

        by trevzb on Fri Aug 12, 2011 at 09:28:13 AM PDT

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      •  I'm skeptical of this theory (1+ / 0-)
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        Because when they started pushing it in '08, Democrats controlled a majority of state legislatures.  Republicans won big on the state level last election, admittedly, but state politics on the whole aren't really more Republican in partisan affiliation than their federal counterparts.

        I think it's because they have a paranoid fear of the United States federal government, which they want to drown in the bathtub, and they think this would weaken it.  

        •  Good Point (0+ / 0-)

          but I don't think that's the republican mindset (or ability to count).  We had lots of evidence that Bush thought that everyone agreed with him.  Perry probably thinks that because Texas was red in 2008, that most of the rest of the country would be too.  

          This year, it would result in 62 Republican U.S. Senators [shiver].

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