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  •  My guess is that the Obama admin will spend most (8+ / 0-)

    of 2013 doing base-politics, and then reevaluate around October or November.  Reality is the GOP establishment needs to sideline/shut up the Tea Partiers (aka the Bush base) to be viable past 2014.  Obama, Reid, and Pelosi have a unique opportunity to exploit it and get a lot done.

    Progressives and Liberals are in a great position right now.  We can all point to 3 or 4 swing states Democratic activists won for Obama.  We can't point to a single one Tea Partiers and GOP activists pulled across the line for Romney.  Not really even North Carolina, because if they'd done their job it wouldn't have even been close.

    The GOP needs to drop the Tea Party like a hot potato.  I consider it my sacred duty to help make it as difficult as possible.

    •  A noble endeavor indeed :-) (5+ / 0-)
      The GOP needs to drop the Tea Party like a hot potato.  I consider it my sacred duty to help make it as difficult as possible.
    •  Agreed. We didn't turn out Buncome County... (4+ / 0-)
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      Woody, Cameron Hoppe, svboston, Chi

      ... AKA Asheville AKA Hippieburg, NC. The turnout in this relatively populous area (pop. 238,318) was smaller than some  rural counties down east that I've never heard of... This is the most "liberal" area in the state, and the votes for Obama in 2012 were slightly higher than in 2008, but Romney did a lot better here than McLawn did. Seems like some people weren't very excited to register and vote.
       Although, I might be wrong here, since the turnout in Buncome did increase 2008- 2012 (123,725 & 127,696) but the margin for Obama was smaller in 2012 by several thousand.

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