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  •  Honestly, I hope they don't stop for decades (9+ / 0-)

    Imagine how small their party could become: it might one day reflect the relative size of our population that it seeks to represent (i.e., the 1%).

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 04:10:47 PM PST

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    •  It won't help the women of Ohio though. (16+ / 0-)

      Sure over time it will shrink the GOP, maybe. If this law passes though, it will hurt the women in Ohio, just like the Kansas laws that let doctors lie to women are hurting the women from Kansas. Or the Arizona law that makes a woman pregnant before she is pregnant law is hurting the women in Arizona, Or the whole Texas healthcare system is hurting the women in Texas. This is a battle that should be fought at both the Macro and Micro levels.  You are much more sangurine than I am. I watched the women of Georgia vote for the party that said "even if the fetus is dead, women should not be able to get an abortion, just like cows and pigs (paraphrasing)".  Don't for a second think they will try to whitewash this in 2014. I hope the women (11+ advantage) turn out in 2014. Take a hard look at where those blue senators running in 2014, there are many that will face a serious challenge. If we lose that election cycle we are in true trouble.

      •  We'll get rid of their influences faster (1+ / 0-)
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        the more light is shone on them, is my point.

        We've seen what decades of unchallenged doublespeak allows them to get away: having them pushed even further towards their extremes in public seems one of the better ways to minimize their public acceptance.

        One would hope that a side-effect is that they will become less enabled to hurt others in a sooner timeframe than if they go back to effective lying about their true intentions.

        Regardless, you won't find them backing down on these extreme positions: they once brought these issues up merely to garner the votes of religious leaders and their associated flocks, but now their fully vested in that wedge issue and clinging population.  I see no realistic situation where Republicans would suddenly find themselves backing off en masse to more moderate policy positions, because they consider this part of their bread-and-butter at a time of increasing weakness.

        "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

        by wader on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 10:24:25 PM PST

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