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  •  What I think is interesting is that the entire GOP (8+ / 0-)

    has endorsed this group, purged anyone who doesn't appeal to these people, and basically allowed them to dictate the agenda.  So if the Tea Party becomes a pariah and since the GOP has allowed itself to be subsumed by Tea Party ideology won't that mean the same thing will happen to the GOP in general?

    Remember how liberals became subsumed by the ideology of the violent anti-war movement for so long?

    •  No I don't remember that. (4+ / 0-)
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      Remember how liberals became subsumed by the ideology of the violent anti-war movement for so long?

      Sounds like a right wing meme to me or something you were taught in school.

      The American people must wise up and rise up!

      by TomP on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 10:58:29 AM PDT

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      •  I was thinking about the (1+ / 0-)
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        Bill Ayers, Obama right wing meme.  It seemed ludicrous to me at the time that something that happened so long ago and two people with so little real connection could allow for such a political ploy to gain any traction.  At the time there was a whole discussion of the notion that there was still some residual advantage to be had in the resurrection of the scary liberal idea.

        •  Only in the light of (0+ / 0-)

          the fear of terrrorism created by 9/11.

          I see your point, though, and apologize if my comment was mean.

          Take care.

          The American people must wise up and rise up!

          by TomP on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 11:20:09 AM PDT

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        •  P.S. also (2+ / 0-)
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          as a dog whistle that Obama was the "other."  Black, muslim name, pall around with terrorists, scary black man.

          They used sophisticated methods to create racial fears, but failed.  

          The American people must wise up and rise up!

          by TomP on Mon Aug 29, 2011 at 11:21:32 AM PDT

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          •  You are right of course, it is very complex how (1+ / 0-)
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            these dog whistles work.   I think though that allowing a faction within their party to define them as scary radicals will ultimately be a huge mistake on their part.  

            Sometimes I don't even want to consider strategies anymore though.  It makes my soul hurt.  I just want to think in terms of doing what is right, doing the footwork and letting go of the results.  I think its called serenity.

            Take care as well.

      •  where are the disingenuous faux hippies now? (0+ / 0-)

        seems that obama sending young men and women is perfectly acceptable to code (don't)think and the other nuts

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