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  •  An actual split would be bad ... (3+ / 0-)

    ... a continuing, seething, simmering feud would be much better.

    The Republican Party would retain a sense of cohesion, but its effectiveness would be severely compromised.

    Not quite what the Founders imagined, but it will do for the decade or two that it will take Rethugs to actually start to think.

    Maturity: Doing what you know is right - even though you were told to do it

    by grapes on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:14:40 PM PST

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    •  The founders hated and feared political parties (1+ / 0-)
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      See e.g. Washington's farewell address.

    •  Who are the moderates, exactly? (5+ / 0-)

      If we go with the diarist's three factions, the business wing, the evangelicals, and the libertarians, each wing is extreme in its particular area, though perhaps willing to compromise on other issues it total party unity breaks down. Of course, this trifecta is leaving out the racists (anti-black, anti-immigration), who might not fit any of the other categories, though obviously there's overlap, often significant, between these different factions.

      But what is moderation? I am sure there are plenty of business types who don't care a hang about abortion, and evangelicals who don't care much about keeping taxes low for billionaires. These might be "moderate" in one area, but quite inflexible in other areas.

      What seems to me emerging here is the view of each faction that they can't win elections if they remain in lockstep with the others.

      My guess is that we may not see a fracturing of the party--there's no real room for lasting 3rd parties in the US system. OTOH, we may see less intense party unity, with House and Senate members willing to compromise on specific issues in order to get re-elected in their given districts or states. If so, that would be welcome when it comes to passing legislation, such as immigration, gender rights, or budget reform, for instance.

      This is the way politics used to work in the good old days, the politics of which LBJ, for example, used to be a master. It would be nice to get back to the politics of compromise rather than gridlock.

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