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  •  better the GOP breaks in two (1+ / 0-)
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    And they will of Rmoney gets beat. The moderates like Jeb Bush are going to have the hammer of the Hispanic vote and big money will back them as the only way to remain a national party. The teabaggers and their ilk will go nuts claiming "amnesty" and Romney wasn't 'pure' enough. It'll be dirty and in the end could very well mean a third party on the far right.

    America could have chosen to be the worlds doctor, or grocer. We choose instead to be her policeman. pity

    by cacamp on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 01:53:25 PM PDT

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    •  Major parties have collapsed before, but that's (0+ / 0-)

      never resulted in a multi-party system. The only other model that's every really existed in American politics is a clearly Majority party contested a clearly minority party. Even the often sited election of 1860 with the Republicans is more the result of the Majority party collapsing and loosing to the minority party, than a third party really rising to the fore. The Republicans didn't just pop out of thin air. they were mostly just rejuvanated Whigs.

    •  If the Tea Party splits off it'll be gone by 2018 (0+ / 0-)

      The Tea Party is a manifestation of Baby Boomer outrage that their generation is losing power to a younger more racially diverse generation. It is not a political party so much as it is a death spasm.

      Let's give the Tea Party the benefit of the doubt. Their sense of outrage might be enough to power them on to a symbolic 2016 POTUS run. But every year the Grim Reaper takes more of their members and there are no new Baby Boomers under manufacture. After a 2016 humiliation there will be no energy left to pretend in the 2018 midterms. The diminished remnants of that faux political party will then return to the GOP side of the aisle.

      And that's their glass-half-full scenario.

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