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View Diary: An oft-ignored lesson of 2012: The case for appeasing the base (145 comments)

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  •  For a macrocosm check out CA (10+ / 0-)

    We have pockets, some of them large, of rightwing idiocy. Everyone knows that. However, the majority f the state is relatively sane if not "liberal" in the demonized sense of the word. By the time a Republican candidate for statewide office has cleared the crazy in the Republican nominating process, they are toxic. Meg and Carlyfornication proved that in 2010. You can't appease the Republican base and still have any room to pivot and appeal to moderate centrists. You will not carry the Independents and conservative Democrats with the stench of Republican crazy sticking to you so firmly.

    They haven't gotten that message to their base yet so they keep firmly racing towards the bottom. I'm waiting for the day that the Greens, Independents, and Peace & Freedom parties are chasing the Republicans for the label of biggest minority party.

    As goes CA, so goes the nation?

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