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  •  Demographics aren't destiny. (2+ / 0-)
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    karmsy, raincrow

    Jettisoning the intransigent social conservatives would open up the Republicans to pursue policies and messaging amenable to minority groups.

    The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

    by Orange County Liberal on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:45:39 PM PST

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    •  Well, look at it that way, (2+ / 0-)
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      Orange County Liberal, Miggles

      the "way forward," as they see it, has lain in pandering to crazy old white people. We've had a few years of this already. Heh, look how well it's worked :)

      If the Republican Party wants to survive as a major political brand, the other option, as you point out, may be to jettison the white crazies and embrace the minorities. THAT will be a masterful, unprecedented pivot.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 12:54:52 PM PST

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      •  Not entirely unprecedented. (2+ / 0-)
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        Democrats were the party of Jim Crow, after all.

        But it would involve a bloodletting the likes of which we haven't seen in a generation at least. This is a problem of the Republican Establishment's own cynical making, and one which they must choose solve, or risk becoming a regional rump party.

        The real enemy of the good is not the perfect, but the mediocre.

        by Orange County Liberal on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 01:07:38 PM PST

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    •  Yes, and then we'll REALLY have a run for our (0+ / 0-)

      money.

      YES WE DID -- AGAIN. FOUR MORE YEARS.

      by raincrow on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 03:22:12 PM PST

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