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  •  Purge them in 2014 (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm still pondering the thought whether it might be useful to appeal to moderate conservatives to vote for the Democratic candidate in 2014 - "this time only, because your country needs you" - to send a clear and unambiguous signal to the GOP that this madness must stop.

    Maybe even motivate them to 'cheat' the pollsters and pretend to vote for the Republican and have a stealth surprise at the voting booth, that could circumvent gerrymandering and such.

    Crazy as it sounds - if this nonsense carries on through 2014 it might actually be worth a consideration.

    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -- Philip K. Dick

    by RandomGuyFromGermany on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 09:54:14 AM PST

    •  I've had the same thought (0+ / 0-)

      Find disaffected conservatives in red districts, call them Red Dogs or whatever you want, who pledge to caucus with the Democrats.  While that could tip the House, it would be difficult to pass any sort of "liberal" agenda.  I don't know if the messaging would work, though.

      The other problem, if such a plan were successful, would be that nothing would stop those Red Dogs from switching their vote at any given time, so there would be a lot of potential "sleeper" Republicans.

      There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

      by slothlax on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 01:08:23 PM PST

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      •  Actually my point was (1+ / 0-)
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        to bring moderate Republican voters to vote for a Democrat so that the GOP establishment would get the message that their own voters are really fed up with all that loonie candidates that pass for 'Republican' now. You'd end up with a real Democratic majority.

        Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. -- Philip K. Dick

        by RandomGuyFromGermany on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:15:06 PM PST

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        •  I think you're on the right track (0+ / 0-)

          We really are the big tent party, there's no reason we can't win in those districts with the right candidates.

          There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

          by slothlax on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 03:00:32 PM PST

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