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  •  Winning MO is only part of it (15+ / 0-)

    The reason Preibus won't cop to publicly is that Akin's views aren't actually extreme within the GOP -- hell, they're damn near close to mainstream.  Look at the abortion plank, look at the forcible rape bill.

    The party knows its views are toxic, and it doesn't want people talking about them.  The longer Akin stays in the race, the easier it is for Warren and Baldwin and Barkley and congressional candidates all around the nation to tie their opponents to the extremist anti-abortion GOP.

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 08:14:21 AM PDT

    •  more complicated than that i think (2+ / 0-)
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      el dorado gal, Larsstephens

      the GOPs problem is that its coalition unity is starting to fall apart. the evangelical base is pushing for stuff that its libertarian and business bases don't care about, and vice versa.

      the leadership's solution to that is to push the agendas of all three while obfuscating as much as possible. the plan was to push not just the abortion restrictions but the parsing of rape exception language too, because the evangelicals were demanding it. but the deal was this was to be quietly done, and not get in the way of the main campaign message.

      then two things happened. 1. Romney showed everbody how politiclaly stupid he is by picking Ryan, who immediately tied his campaign to every stupid fucking thing the GOP wingnuts have been doing in the House. 2. Akin made the classic gaff of telling the truth in public.

      So now Mr. Pro-Business expert on the economy and his budget wonky running mate have to do exactly what Romney has been trying to avoid....break with the wingnuts pubically in a way that pisses them off, or embrace their nutbaggery and ride into the election.

    •  as Serial Liar Mitt Romney said... (1+ / 0-)
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      Larsstephens

      As Serial Liar Mitt Romney said, some things should only be talked about in "quiet rooms."  

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