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  •  Yup. Right wingers are authoritarians by nature. (2+ / 0-)
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    They fall into line behind whoever the perceived authority or team captain is. Establishment money will tell them who that team captain is.

    Assuming everyone stays in through February (Perry may very well pull out of the hot kitchen), this is how I see the campaign going:

    Everyone will pile on the frontrunner: Perry. (this is what's happening now)
    The GOPers who are the most vocal now (teabaggers) will complain about Perry's "RINOism", etc. and stick with Bachmann and Cain until primaries. Expect this narrative to dominate until December.
    The Establishment will start messaging about "electability" and "pragmatism" and spend serious money on Perry. (Karl Rove has already started that ball rolling)
    Come January, the "serious" GOP primary voters will be primed to vote for Perry and only the lunatic fringe will be sticking with Bachmann/Cain.
    If Romney's still in it, he'll quit after Perry cleans his clock in NH/NC.

    And then Perry gets trounced in the general. And there will be another purity purge in the aftermath and we're back to 2008.

    •  "And then Perry gets trounced in the general." (1+ / 0-)
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      arpear

      I'm with you on pure logic, right up to the end.  Then, when you got to that statement, I switched over to prayer.  :)

      Join us at the Amateur Radio Group. Serving the Left Side of the Dial since 2011.

      by briefer on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 01:49:58 PM PDT

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