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  •  Republicans are going to need to move Left (18+ / 0-)

    ... in order to have a chance to win nationally again.  The Reagan era is truly over, and Republicans have killed it with their continued march off the extremist cliff.  Let's hope the lemmings keep marching, and falling, for at least four more years, but eventually even Republicans are going to have to figure it out.

    They need to give on the immigration issue.  They need to STFU and accept marriage equality.  They need to accept Obamacare.  They need to finally agree that taxes on the wealthy are too low, and need to rise.  They need to give up their dead-ender defense of the oil and coal industries, and acknowledge that we're poisoning the planet with carbon.  They need to enter the late 20th century, at least, and give women the respect to make their own decisions about their bodies.  Not to mention giving them the right to equal pay.

    Once they start acknowledging current political realities, then the Democrats can be pushed left as well.  We need to break up the big banks, and further restrict private health insurance companies.  We need to price carbon a lot dearer, and build that smart grid to make renewables more scalable.  We need to expand union participation.  We need to make marriage equality universal and give women equal pay for equal work.  We need to build up schools and repair the national infrastructure.

    There is so much to do, and having a center-right party and a Bircher party just isn't getting it done fast enough.   The country needs both parties to move left, and Dems won't really do it until Republicans do.  If Obama's smart and tough and stops his endless compromising, the next era of politics in America could yet be known as the Obama era.

    Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

    by Dallasdoc on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 06:14:23 AM PST

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    •  Watch Wall street pump the Libertarians. (5+ / 0-)
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      I really believe we're witnessing the end of the GOP as a major party. The teabaggers and religious nuts will continue to purge the party. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Wall Street pump their cash into the Libertarians. If they do that, the Libertarians will then replace the GOP as a major party.

      •  I am fine with that but Wall st. is not going (4+ / 0-)
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        Libertarian. Wall Street has no interest in a party that wants smaller government and no wars. What I think will happen is corporations will stop giving money to the extreme social conservatives and work on propping up conservative Democrats and any moderate Republicans that are left. Libertarians will remain on the fringe while the Progressive movement continues to expand. Eventually the conservaDems will join the Republican party once the social conservatives and Evangelical fundamentalists are marginalized. This could take 2-4 election cycles at least though since right now there are still a lot of Republicans who inexplicably think the party is still not conservative enough.

        Let's not let 2014 be anything like 2010. Republicans only win when we stay home!

        by Tim D M on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 08:05:52 AM PST

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      •  Why would they do that when the Dems are there? (0+ / 0-)

        Why in the world would the Masters of the Universe start spending on Libertarians or some other party when the Democrats are and have been perfectly willing to toe a pro-business pro-corporate line and gladly accept any campaign contributions investment banks would like to offer?

        I mean, sure, there are real differences between the D's and the R's these days, but it's the difference between the moderate pro-business party and the batshit insane flat earther party.

        *The administration has done virtually nothing designed to reward its partisans. - Kos 8/31/10*

        by Rick Aucoin on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 11:41:00 AM PST

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    •  European and Canadian conservatives don't hate (2+ / 0-)
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      government run healthcare. For the most part, they accept it as reality and focus their attention in other areas. The results, of conservative "governance" are still the same with the Tory government in Great Britain as austerity works about as well as a lead zeppelin, but they are not trying to get rid of people's healthcare. The London Olympic opening ceremony included a bit devoted to the National Health Service.

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