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  •  It may be a very tight path (2+ / 0-)
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    but as we saw the last few days, there are enough when properly squeezed who will buck their party.  The House radicals may make up a majority of the majority but they don't make up a majority of all members of congress.  

    With the new house their influence is diminished somewhat.  Some of the more radical ones are gone and others are somewhat tarnished.  Bachmann for example almost lost last time around.  Even the people in her beat red district are tired of her antics.  I think their power is overblown.  Especially when you consider there are over twice as many progressives as tea baggers in the House.  Gerrymandering only protects them so much and most are nothing more than overbearing bullies.  If you punch them in the nose or raise your fist to do so they will back down.  Many aren't interested in protracted fights.  They just want to raise money and continue in their cushy jobs.  The last thing they want to do is work or fight.

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    by DisNoir36 on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 05:29:39 AM PST

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    •  I don't think their power is overblown (0+ / 0-)

      They have the majority in the House, and the only reason you didn't see Republicans voting against the fiscal cliff deal was they weren't going to be able to go on Fox News and defend raising taxes on everyone, when they'd been running on cutting taxes since 1980.
      Only 85 Republicans voted for the deal, while 172 Democrats voted for it.
      Those 85 Republicans represent the 80 Tea Party caucus members and Eric Cantor and a few of his minions.
      Don't think because we got one bill passed that they're suddenly going to want to get things done.

      “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

      by skohayes on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:14:02 AM PST

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