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  •  One reason I can think of... (4.00)
    ...is because every time they field someone further to the right, the entire right slides further right.  Extremist dogma and rhetoric becomes ingrained and acceptable and people lose perspective.  Ten years ago the kind of shit Frist said would have gotten him run out of town on a rail.  Give the guy the bully pulpit of a 9-12 month Presidential campaign and he might wind up sounding downright... Presidential.  And then it's, "He can't be an extremist, I've already decided to vote for him, gyunh!"

    Two-step, lockstep, goosestep: Herr Busch's three-step plan to a righter tomorrow.

    by The Termite on Mon May 23, 2005 at 05:30:10 PM PDT

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    •  I agree (none)
      With all of what you said with the exception that this doesn't prevent them from fielding someone far right.  

      George Allen could fit the bill.  So could Santorum, if he beats Casey.  Both of those guys would have a far more charismatic general election candidacy than Frist if they get nominated.  The thing about these guys is there's a lot of them.

      Today, those guys got a little stronger and McCain became more of a favorite against any Democrat in a general if he can get the nomination.

      "Over time your quickness with a cocky rejoinder must have gotten you many punches in the face." --Al Swearengen

      by RepublicanTaliban on Mon May 23, 2005 at 05:43:30 PM PDT

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