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View Diary: Willie Brown Style: Could Dems Elect a Civic-Minded, Ambitious, Less-Extreme Republican as Speaker? (53 comments)

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  •  If consider non-House member candidates (0+ / 0-)

    the alternatives are endless, and political calculations on all sides get even more complicated, for example:

    A Senator?
    McConnell, or,
    to get more  votes from Republican Representatives, the most rightwing Republican Senator who voted for a related Senate compromise bill.

    A former officeholder?
    Santorum might be hard for Republican Representatives to vote against; Gingrich might go for it, but he would also probably find ways to make the Democrats regret it.

    A non-officeholder?
    Rove might go for it, and be able to bully Republican Representatives to get on board, and Democrats might benefit from expanding the universe of voters who are aware of Rove's centrality to the modern Republican party;
    Petraeus could take it, and could gain initial political traction by emphasizing that his primary goal is to protect the military from the scheduled sequesters, but Democrats might later regret helping him back into public life as a Republican.

    building on the above types of ideas, or other ideas?
    Pelosi herself is probably best equipped to identify and persuade these or other candidates.
    Kossacks are great at this, let's keep it going!

    •  I don't think that Santorum, Gingrich, or Rove (0+ / 0-)

      would work, because of that "face-melting scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark" that might ensue for any Democrat who actually voted for them!  ;7)

      Plaintiffs' Employment Law Attorney (harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, wage & hour, &c.) in North Orange County, CA.

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."
      -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 07:45:10 PM PST

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