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  •  And yet they continue to dominate the (5+ / 0-)
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    JC from IA, maryabein, shoeless, EMBA30, Jeff Y

    discussion and drive the debate and policy and legislation

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 10:44:23 AM PDT

    •  Unfortunately, the have the numbers to do so. (2+ / 0-)
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      In this Congress, at any rate, aided and abetted by the non-TeaBagger Republicans who are apparently scared shitless of them.

      They also have no particular reticence about saying whatever they want to in furtherance of their dogma; putting their own political futures at risk means little to them.  Hell, putting the entire world economy at risk means little to them.

      It frees them up considerably, compared to those politicians who constrain themselves with things like appearing sane and avoiding economic disaster.

      •  Which makes no sense if they are so 'unpopular' (2+ / 0-)
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        there is no reason for them to fear being primarired if this true.

        "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

        by eXtina on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 11:01:29 AM PDT

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        •  I know, right? (2+ / 0-)
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          I think, though, that the TeaBaggers are a difficult conundrum for the GOP.  First, they are not actually a coherent national party, just  a loose collection of local groups.  So, it is easy for them to lay claim to just about any position they want, because one local group or another has probably taken it.

          Second, the have bags of Koch money behind them.

          Most importantly, probably, is that the Republicans still want their votes, at all costs, and their "electoral energy".

          The GOP made the same mistake in the late 1970s when they invited the religious right to their party; they got their votes, and haven't been able to put them in their place since them.

    •  because the mainstream press (0+ / 0-)

      are a bunch of bought and paid for tools, for the most part.

      Nowhere do I understand that national security is a substitute for the law.---Thomas Drake You cannot tell from appearances how things will go.--Winston Churchill

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 06:30:31 PM PDT

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