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  •  Repubs are holding out on taxes for two reasons (1+ / 0-)
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    One, to use as a negotiating card in exchange for what they really want, big cuts to entitlements. And two, because they know that if they fold on taxes, especially without getting anything big in return, they will have been broken and their future negotiation position will be much weaker.

    Then again, 2014 isn't that far away, and they should know that if they refuse to budge, they will likely be seen as putting partisan politics over the good of the country and be blamed for any ensuing recession, and lose big in the midterms.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:44:13 AM PST

    •  They know they can't cave (5+ / 0-)

      because if Dick Lugar can lose a primary, any of them can.

      Their concern over maintaining a grip on power trumps any concern for the welfare of the country.

      Filibuster reform now. No more Gentleman's agreements.

      by bear83 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:51:27 AM PST

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      •  And if they don't cave (2+ / 0-)
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        they'll lose the general election. It's a lose-lose for them and a win-win for us.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:14:24 AM PST

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        •  It's hard to know, and easy to hope (0+ / 0-)

          All that money purportedly on the sidelines waiting to be "invested in the economy and creating jobs" as soon as "certainty" sets in might instead be spent in keeping the House safely purchased and in the bag.  Citizens United changes everything

          For our own good, of course..

          Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

          by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:39:01 AM PST

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          •  CU changed nothing in this election (1+ / 0-)

            It did, though, change a lot in the 2010 election, which made it possible for the GOP to keep the house. So we'll see. Apparently CU is most effective at the local level. Which I think proved that OFA's abandonment of the 50 state strategy and snubbing progressives was a huge mistake and us "haters" were right all along.

            Fight or die.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:52:48 AM PST

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            •  I think CU may have saved a few seats (0+ / 0-)

              The run of the mill "Tea-Party" voter or elected official may be dumb as a bag of rocks, but I suspect the money-men at the PACs will learn from their mistakes.

              For instance - Blatant voter suppression backfired in some areas, but without a Presidential race in the mix, the long lines may dissuade enough voters from exercising their rights to turn a race.

              Swift-boating Dems in close races right before the election will be easy as can be if funds aren't an issue

              Agree 100% regarding the 50 state strategy. Even beyond that. Every voter in every district should be at least informed as to their choices and the repercussions of their votes (or not voting.)

              That's expensive, and where the money matters.

              Fight to the death.

              Maybe one day the Fourth Estate will take their jobs seriously. Or not..

              by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:16:51 AM PST

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    •  I hate the Republican "brinkmnship" policy, but (0+ / 0-)

      the reality, they can play this game by holding the House. In my state, Indiana, they gerrymandered Moderate Republican districts out of existence and crippled  Democratic districts. I fear we all are being held hostage by a few, very wealthy puppeteers behind the screen.  

      •  All the more reason to push them further right (1+ / 0-)
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        There's only so far that voters even in most red districts can go.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 09:53:47 AM PST

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