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  •  the end is certainly nigh (8+ / 0-)

    but I think the GOP has at least 1 major election left before things spiral out of control. Then again that might be entirely too optimistic for the GOP

    I also have to admit I'm torn, on one hand utter destruction would not only be karmic but would be satisfying to me. On the other hand  also think we need a second party.

    •  I think 2014 will be the watershed moment (5+ / 0-)

      "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

      by LaFeminista on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:50:39 AM PST

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      •  true (1+ / 0-)
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        burnt out

        though I think the lead up to 2014 will matter as well. The GOP controls fate at this point and what happens will be their doing

        •  2014 election started Nov 7th (5+ / 0-)

          those up for re-election are already raising cash and you can see/hear it in mcconnell, lindsay graham.

          if the right pushes the  country over the fiscal curb (thanks, Larry O'Donnell) they are done.

          dems have 55 in Senate and if remaining election results hold will have 202 in House and would have have picked up 13 seats. the republicans have no real leader(s).

          the demographics will get no better for the right and who on the right could be a viable national candidate in '16? rubio? jeb bush? jindal? all are flawed.

          one week after the election, right shows no ability for self-reflection and righting their ship short of tokenism and the clock is ticking.

          figure a few more months of wailing and gnashing of teeth and in that time, O and dems should make significant progress.

          those on the right in congress have a choice to make: get primaried by a tea party candidate or lose to a dem so they are in a tight spot.

          O boxed them in and the chickens are coming home to roost.

          I agree, they did it to themselves but there is no easy out and if O and the dems handled things right, the future is bright for the party.

          mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

          by wewantthetruth on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:45:45 AM PST

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      •  2014 short term, 2016 long term (2+ / 0-)
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        sydneyluv, maybeeso in michigan

        As long as the districts remain gerrymandered 2014 is going to be a tough sell. I think if a woman wins our nomination it would keep their crazy misogynistic personality in full public view and that should seal their fate as a national party.

        I don't hit. But I do hit back

        by mcgee85 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:45:05 AM PST

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      •  I don't think anything will change till 2020-2022 (3+ / 0-)
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        karmsy, Tracker, Berkeley Fred

        The gerrymandered districts keep the crazies in the House for a little while longer, and as long as the DCCC keeps tossing Blue Dogs out there to be smashed in election season, we're stuck.

        2020, the beginnings of the demographic cliff that Republicans have been barrelling towards. Immediately after that the Dems should have another shot at redistricting, an opportunity foolishly squandered as a result of the 2010 shellacking. 2022, the Dems should have a prime shot at taking the House, thereby controlling the purse strings in regards to the budget.

        2014 we might see some gains in the House, but not enough to take over. Same in 2016, depending on who decides to stand. The Republicans did a good job of redistricting to hold on to their majority in the House for a good long while.

        The Senate will be easier to maintain control of, especially since that ideological war in the Republican Party continues. And especially if we get filibuster reform. Real filibuster reform, with real majorities instead of that arcane 60 vote threshold.

        Lots of moving parts, but give it 8 years and we'll see lots of changes.

        The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

        by cybrestrike on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:00:30 AM PST

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