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  •  I don't think the GOP CAN change. Here's why: (5+ / 0-)
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    Dewstino, msmacgyver, JeffW, MBramble, native

    The religious fanatics, hysterical that America might never be the "Christian Nation" of their dreams, are digging their claws ever deeper into the GOP. I saw a retweet* from Bryan J. Fischer, wacko homophobe, just the other day that said if the GOP softens any of its stances, it will lose the evangelical vote. Which is only 26% of the electorate, but whatever.

    * I can't see his tweets, because he promptly blocked me after I implied that he was upset because a favorite boy toy had left him.

    They won't change or soften their stance on women, because the forced-birth slut shamers will all start screeching, howling, and threatening the loss of money and the votes of all who despise women. Even though they have nowhere else to go, so it is an empty threat.

    They can't really change on immigration, because they don't want to. They really do wish all these voting Latinos would self-deport.

    They can't agree to taxing the rich, because then the billionaires won't make campaign contributions.

    So, basically, they're screwed. And as a Republican, I'm not sorry. This is NOT the party that I joined. This group of weak, whiny obstructionists has no business holding public office.

    •  Well, what portions of the Republican Party... (0+ / 0-)

      ...are left that might work for the country, and with Democrats? Maybe the only thing that those Republicans can do is split off into a new party. Or anatgonize the screwballs to split off.

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:24:53 PM PST

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    •  And they don't intend to change, (2+ / 0-)
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      MBramble, native

      either.  I've watched their public dialogues and internal diatribes since before the election (things are pretty boring on this side) and there's nothing they want to change or think will make a difference if they do.  As far as they're concerned, what they've cobbled together is the most coherent and most relevant set of positions they can.

      Internally it's accepted by the relatively bright ones that the grand Nixon-Reagan Republican programme is fundamentally unpopular, probably not implementable, and likely not going to yileld the good results they claim even if they were able to implement it.  But they don't really care.  They just don't like the way the country is and where it's going.

      Republicans claim to be conservative but are in fact radical.  Democrats claim to be liberal but are constantly struggling wtih internal conservatism and lethargy.

      Basically, Republicans are sitting around waiting for a major portion of the current Democratic coalition, or voters who sat out 2012, to split off and join them.

      I think the arguments about religious privileges and privileged standing of religionism are not really decided yet.  As a country we're changing on some social issues, incrementally and piecemeal.  But there's one more major fight or set of fights to come for the whole hog of the standing of conservative religious culture in American public life.  That's where the popular base of the GOP is or soon will go.

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