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  •  But that's exactly the battle, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:09:35 AM PST

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    •  Yeah, you're right. But it's the kind of battle (0+ / 0-)

      that the Christian Right is used to winning, these last ten years or so. As you know...

      ...the estab Republicans have never had enough support to win national control (not since the 1920s!) There just aren't enough voters who believe in the business/plutocrat GOP.

      For forty years they've understood that they need the "no compromise, roll back the welfare state" conservatives of the right--to take power. They don't even survive as a party, if they don't have that voting base.

      That's how institutions like conservative broadcasting and the Christian Right got built--to keep that base of right wingers active. With those institutions, the estab Republicans were able to take control: of Congress (at midterms) and of the White House, too (after Clinton.)

      The problem is: the leaders of one of those institutions (the Christian Right) have a separate agenda, one that differs from that of estab Republicans. That was always the case, but estab Republicans used to be able to keep them under control. But the estab Republicans can't control them anymore.

      Nowadays, the Christian Right have their own candidates (Bachmann's a prime example.) They don't have enough of them to win control of the country. But via the tea party and their candidates--the CR leadership control seats in government as never before. This is why I say the new model of US politics is "the CR as a third party. It runs under the Republican brand--but it's a third political party with a different leadership, its own candidates and agenda."

      And this struggle btwn estab and CR is, as you say, exactly the battle. In a district where conservative evangelicals make the difference--the CR candidate will win and the estab Republican will lose. If this "internal" battle throws the seat to a Democrat--that's a horrible outcome for the estab Republicans. But if the internal battle throws the seat to a Dem--that's not a horrible outcome for the CR. The CR thrives (financially and politically) on running against the threat of liberalism and compromise with liberalism.

      Like the estab GOP, the CR doesn't have the popular support to win national control. Like the estab GOP, the CR had a bad election cycle this year. But it's not to their advantage to cave to GOP and media calls for unity under estab candidates. So long as the CR can keep control of seats--even pick up more seats at expense of estab GOP--they're likely to keep winning this battle with estab Republicans. And keep the national GOP anchored in the extreme right...
       

      Co-author of the first political biography of Michele Bachmann: Michele Bachmann's America

      by Bill Prendergast on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 11:28:50 AM PST

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