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  •  Facing Newt does NOT make me do a happy dance. (5+ / 0-)

    Not that my preferences affect any outcome, of course.

    I know that he's a old, fat, mean, greedy, corrupt, serial-adulterous lobbyist and ethically-censored career politician. And I'm pretty sure that even though he'll fight like a junk-yard dog, Obama can beat him.  

    But I just can't stand that THIS is what almost half our country sees as preferable.

    It cheapens our national discourse.  It makes us look bad.  And in the wild chance he could win, we'd be so screwed.  I just hate it.

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 11:13:15 AM PST

    •  It makes us look bad (5+ / 0-)

      because we ARE bad.  I hate to think I breathe the same air as these people in the check out line at Krogers.

    •  Preferable to what? (5+ / 0-)
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      If I were a Republican voter (and this requires a nauseatingly imaginative leap on my part) I'd prefer Newt to the disgustingly cynical Manchurian Romney candidacy (even though Newt mispronounces his own last name to appeal to voters).

      •  I just can never get into that thing (1+ / 0-)
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        of celebrating the most fringiest possible opponent on the grounds they are most beatable.   Romney is less hardcore in his rightwingery, there fore saner.  Huntsman is saner still.    Gingrich is as theocratic and opportunistic as any Palin, but far more articulate and experienced.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 11:26:46 AM PST

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        •  Okay (3+ / 0-)
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          From my perspective Romney would be a marginally less horrible president.  But I wouldn't categorize Newt as the most hardcore (in the Santorum/Bachman league, that is), and I don't think the GOP's failure to embrace the repulsive Romney disgraces them (their failure to embrace Hunstman does, however).

          •  Romney (0+ / 0-)

            would probably kowtow to the Right so eagerly, at least in a first term, that we'd completely forget he was ever considered moderate.

            Having said that, though, it's all still a guess, which is why I can understand why conservatives distrust him so.

    •  well look at it this way: (2+ / 0-)
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      we have to be willing to go balls to the wall.

      the risk is HUGE with gingrich. true. a gingrich presidency would take 20 years of solid democratic policy to correct. But then, a gingrich presidency would likely usher in 20+ years of democratic, progressive governance.

      All change, especially deep systemic change, happens as a result of catastrophe. We'd probably not have the new deal were it not for the depression. Europe would be a different place were it not for WWI and WWII.

      That said, I think Newt won't win a general election. But his being in it will the be best opportunity to draw stark differences between what the left (claims it) stands for and what the right has on offer. We have to face our fear down bravely. We have to be willing to risk it.

      Ultimately the GOP crazies will decide who get to lose to Obama. But I'm not afraid of whomever they pick. We will fight. We hope to win. But if we lose, we win anyway.

      I've become re-radicalized. Thanks a lot you bunch of oligarchical fascist sons-of-bitches. But once again, I have no choice. Bring it the fuck on.

      by mdmslle on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 12:04:13 PM PST

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