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  •  It's not delusional, it's just gradual (0+ / 0-)

    Institutional inertia, especially when backed by so much money, will mean it's a long dissolution, but the reality is the GOP cannot be sustained. It will not tack to the middle on policy because two of its three biggest constituent groups - social conservatives (extremists, really) and the no-taxes-ever wing of the financial conservatives - completely dominate its structure, and the genuine libertarians find themselves at odds with both groups, especially on foreign policy, and basically excluded from the table. When you can't even get your own coalition to cooperate, you're not going to broaden your base.

    The modern Republican party has been around for about 100 years (the watershed 1912 election was the break of progressives away from the Republican label) and it's going to take longer for it to dissolve than, say, it took the Whigs. But it's happening in front of us.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 12:16:26 PM PST

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