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  •  Thanks for all of the leg work (32+ / 0-)

    I read this quickly, but the obvious takeaway is that these guys are on the downslope and we cannot afford to let them run unopposed even in red, red districts. We may not win, but we will always lose presenting no alternative at all.

    Tipped and recced for your hard work. These are great numbers for planning purposes.

    •  They are on somewhat of a downslope, but.... (2+ / 0-)
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      Dbug, llywrch

      They will not go away ( the Senate list should have included Rubio, who got there because of TP and Cruz from Texas ) but they certainly will never be any bigger than they were -- many of the smaller, scattered groups wil either disipate as members move on or merge with other groups. As well, their prospects for growing their numbers are slim --- they certainly don't appeal to the growing demographic groups that had a real effect on the last election and, bluntly, many of their older membership will not be around for too many more electoral cycles ( heck, I bet several kicked the bucket in the time it took to type this post )

       But they will be around, under some form or another, or some name or other, for a long time to come. The bottomless amount of money that seems to be available to these groups make it far too an enticing prospect for them not to exist. They will be there, soiling the sidelines, just as Club For Growth, Heritage Foundation and Grover Norquists too well funded band of parasitic oxygen theives, et al
      have been for far too long, pushing their toxic waste credo of ideoligical greed.

       It's all about the money.

      it tastes like burning...

      by eastvan on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 02:27:55 PM PST

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      •  still a threat in lower turnout elections (1+ / 0-)
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        we got our vote out this time, despite the best efforts of Husted, Rick Scott, PA state legislator Turzai et al. They do better in primaries, special elections and midterms.

        "Did they really think that we wouldn't notice? Nice try-- but we got you!" Rev. Al Sharpton

        by growingMajorityMN on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 09:37:08 PM PST

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    •  no-one else said it..? Ok, I will. Romney happened (2+ / 0-)
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      I mean, everyone on both sides saw that coming right? Romney was the absolute worst GOP candidate you could try to appeal to Teahadists with. He wasn't a "true believer", he wasn't a "true christian", he wasn't "grassroots", he was an elitist (remember when they LOVED that word?), etc etc etc. Rick Perry or Bachmann were the ones who could've harnessed the Tea Party's crazy energy. Palin too.

      But the Tea Party hated Willard almost as bad as they hate Obama.

      "See? I'm not a racist! I have a black friend!"

      by TheHalfrican on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 10:53:30 PM PST

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