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  •  Hmmm (12+ / 0-)

    I actually disagree with this, although I see your point.  In 1974, the party of angry white men existed in a country that was drastically different demographically than the country in which we live today.  By rejecting women, young people, Hispanics, people of color, gays (well this list goes on and on), today's Republican party is digging itself into a demographic hole that will be difficult to dig out of.  THEY will need to reinvent themselves . . . and I don't see how they do it.

    •  As far as I'm concerned, they can take as long (4+ / 0-)

      as they want to "reinvent themselves."  Advantage, Democrats.

      Without a realignment of the GOP, they have no path to winning presidential elections.  They have no winning policies.  

      Tax cuts for everyone isn't a winning policy.  Eventually people are going to catch on the the fact that government really could be drowned in Grover's bathtub.

      •  You're right (4+ / 0-)
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        noweasels, ozsea1, SquirrelQueen, ssgbryan

        If Romney loses, the base of the party will insist that it was because the candidate didn't move far enough right, and was rejected as a RINO.
        They don't realize that they're losing because of demographics, and will continue to shrink in size without votes from minorities. The old white man party ain't cutting it anymore no matter how far right they move.

        “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

        by skohayes on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 03:20:28 PM PDT

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    •  The way they always do it... (4+ / 0-)
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      Simplify, skohayes, ozsea1, JanL

      ...by simply lying about it.

      If you've ever had a dialog with a gay Republican, especially the new more virulent GOProud variety, you'd think they invented gay rights. They hammer the libertarian theme.

      Or a RWNJ African-American? Lincoln was a republican (never mind that he'd be a liberal democrat today), and Senator Byrd was a member of the KKK.

      They will reinvent themselves, the folks like Jesse Helms will be marginalized in their history, and all of us old enough to know that they fought us every step of the way will ourselves die off.

      In a past time, they would attrit a liberal party would emerge (talk about a schism at DK), and what we know as Democrats would become the right wing.

      But the rich right wingers would rather pour money into an infrastructure that exists (the GOP) than form a new one, so I don't think the party will be dying off any time soon.

      If it were true, they couldn't say it on Fox News. -6.62 -5.90

      by PBCliberal on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 03:00:55 PM PDT

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    •  And let's remember that the vote to submit (3+ / 0-)
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      Articles of Impeachment was bi-partisan, though not unanimous.  The Republican Party no longer exists.  The crabbed and ignorant mess that remains has honorable Republicans from the past spinning in their graves.  Let's not forget that the Democratic Party was, in many of our lifetimes the party of Jim Crow and went through the strain of vomiting that out of our body.

    •  As a national party, (6+ / 0-)

      they are in a death spiral. But in certain states and localities, they are not going anywhere. And they are just going to get angrier and angrier as they become less relevant.

      Paul Ryan = Ebenezer Scrooge

      by Van Buren on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 03:54:30 PM PDT

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