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  •  And here in California... (7+ / 0-)

    there was a piece that looked at what the GOP must do if they don't want to completely be irrelevant in California.

    "It's going to get worse before it gets better," predicts Matt David, a Republican consultant who managed moderate Jon Huntsman's campaign for the presidential nomination and was communications director for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    "We have to change our positions on social issues. We have to embrace the Republican philosophy of less government. And that means less government in people's personal lives."

    "It means," David continues, "embracing a woman's right to choose and gay marriage and sensible immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship. And we have to speak out against the extremes of the party, against the Rush Limbaughs, who make outrageous comments that alienate young voters, moderate voters and minority voters, including Asians and Latinos."

    ....

    Tony Quinn, a Republican political analyst, denounces "the anti-tax zealots who for years have been tail-wagging the old flea-bitten Republican dog. Well, now, there is no dog; only fleas."

    •  will this work? (0+ / 0-)

      I suspect that this message will be considered "concern trolling" and the messenger accused of being a RINO.

      The plural of anecdote is not data.

      by Skipbidder on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:23:16 AM PST

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      •  It Won't Work, But It Has To Be Tried (0+ / 0-)

        Think of it as the equivalent of telling the Taliban "hand over Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants and this can be resolved peacefully" after the 9/11 attacks -- everybody knew they wouldn't do it, but they had to be given the chance.

        On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

        by stevemb on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:35:01 AM PST

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    •  no way in hell the GOP embraces (3+ / 0-)
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      a woman's right to choose. If it did, the anti-choicers would create a third party in a heartbeat. I could see them embrace civil unions but i doubt they could support gay marriage, at least not yet.

      •  They could go halfway on the (0+ / 0-)

        right to choose just by supporting contraceptive access -- only the hardline right-to-lifers could see a problem with that.

        "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

        by Cali Scribe on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:33:35 AM PST

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      •  That might not be a bad thing. (0+ / 0-)

        The Republican Party has to find its way back to the middle. Splitting would be bad for a while but at least there would be a road forward. As it is, they are just eroding.

        For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

        by Anne Elk on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:42:44 AM PST

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      •  They can't win if they don't. (0+ / 0-)

        They can't win if they do.  I'm ok with that.  :)

      •  a third party helps Dems (0+ / 0-)

        Splitting Conservative votes between 2 parties means the Dems win every time!

        --United Citizens defeated Citizens United...This time. --

        by chipoliwog on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 09:09:15 AM PST

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