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  •  Not totally disagreeing, (11+ / 0-)

    but what I am saying is that to enact a national strategy of taking the house and modernizing the party, you need to convince your constituent members to run on a more moderate national platform, and without strong leadership (and with obstinate local leaders), that will not happen.

    I know all about the demographic shifts, and I agree the GOP will continue their decline into a regional party, unable to compete nationally, but I disagree with how people think this is going to be reversed.  Hint: losing 2012 ain't going to do it.

    Losing a national race, even losing the US House, is going to do nothing to change this, because there is no one in the GOP that has enough clout, enough organized structure, and enough money to go into some conservative backwater district and tell some wingnut to moderate his campaign.

    That wingnut is going to run to win, and in his district it will mean being a racist fucktard, so that is exactly what he will do.

    Aggregate that all across the regions where the GOP remains competitive and you'll have a bottom up, extremely hard right, extremely entrenched party that has nowhere to go but further right.  Will that fringe be whittled down by demographic shifts?  Sure.  But that is a slow process that will need to work district-by-district.

    They will metastasize as a regional party, I believe, and it will be a generation before that changes.

    As an aside, it is more likely that the Democrats will split into a progressive and moderate wing before the GOP rights ships and becomes a responsible governing partner again.

    I just don't see how the GOP can right this ship given the current lack of leadership, paper-thin bench, lack of ideas, insane constituency, and general intransigence....even a new 'moderate' third party is more likely than the GOP becoming sane again.

    Some people have suggested that this third party

    •  When the Repukes won the House in 1994, (2+ / 0-)
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      they had been wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. Sounds biblical, huh? I would like to think that they're on their way to the wilderness again, but I don't feel confident. Obama will probably win. But he's Obama. He's exceedingly special. We need to find more like him, and that's going to be difficult. Our best hope for remaining in power after this election will be to retake the House and retain the Senate. If we do, we can dig out of this financial mess and start doing what's necessary to get this country on a sound footing, starting with dealing with climate change.

      Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

      by HappyinNM on Sun Sep 16, 2012 at 07:49:20 PM PDT

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