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  •  If the President does prioritize (3+ / 0-)
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    immigration, it will turn the klieg lights on the GOP.  

    I wonder if there are enough "serious" Republicans left to hold sway.  The Baggers have tossed a lot of "moderates" overboard.  

    The GOP establishment "will be looking to bolt" -- at least if they have a lick of sense in their heads.  Otherwise, they're choosing to remain in a house afire.  

    •  Where would establishment Republicans to bolt to? (2+ / 0-)
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      There is not a chance at all that the GOP establishment will abandon the party they have spent a hundred years building.  If they were to join the Democratic party, it would either destroy the Democratic party by forcing it even farther to the right or substantially dilute the Republican establishment's political power.

      No, this is a war among the factions in the Republican party, and the party is going to have to clean up the huge mess it made for itself without the Democrats.  Democrats are having their own problems with party cohesion, although not nearly so antagonistic,  between the progressive and New Democrat wings of their party.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 05:37:48 AM PST

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      •  Well, they can't stay in the party (0+ / 0-)

        if the party is so increasingly dysfunctional.  The Republicans are in a danger zone of un-electability.  The louder the Baggers screech on social issues, the less valid the GOP brand becomes.

        They'll either have to mount a coup of their own party, expel the Baggers (which may not be possible), or break off.  

        They have no good choices.  If they break off, they are a minority party for a long time absent a tremendous Ike-like candidate.

        If no new Ike
        Comes down the pike...

        ...the Pukes are kaput.

      •  That process has already begun (2+ / 0-)
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        Remediator, SueDe

        and has been doing so for quite some time = DLC and "third way" are indications of such. And, imo, some of our pie fights lately are because of such.

        American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

        by glitterscale on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 11:12:27 AM PST

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