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  •  Maybe "ruse" was not the best choice (1+ / 0-)
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    svboston

    of words, wu ming.  Sorry.

    What I'm saying is that the "move to the right" is a continuing and very deliberate effort.
    IMO, there's really only a relatively small faction of Republican "lawmakers" who find the Heritage Foundation policies "not right-wing enough."  

    Remember, John Boehner is a corporatist Republican, whose ideology is very similar to corporate Dems.  

    His only problem is the good-size number of Tea Partiers in the House.

    Notice, in the Senate, there's not that much difference between Democrats and Republicans on many issues.  Look at the Gang of Six (now either Eight or Ten, etc.) in the Senate.

    IOW, with the help of the MSM, the "yammering" about how the President is a socialist, or very liberal (surely you'd agree that this is beyond ridiculous) is done to propagandize the general American populace, and to mollify the Dem base.

    What it boils down to is a "redefining of the word liberal."  That's what it's all about.

    And it's worked.

    [I apologize for not expressing my position very cogently.  It is difficult sometimes to communicate when you don't know the age of the person you're "talking to."  Or, at least, it is for me.]

    Mollie

    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:46:16 PM PST

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    •  bohner is part of a dwindling rump (2+ / 0-)
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      of corporate GOP, for whom the crazy stuff is a lever to get at the stuff they care about, not an end in itself. i agree that his ilk are numbered more in the senate, but even then their star is waning.  crazy is on the ascendent.

      agreed that there's a lot of overlap, esp. in the senate, between corporate GOP and corporate dems.

      (why would the age matter for communication?)

      •  Good timing, LOL! Just got back to my computer. (0+ / 0-)

        About "age" mattering.  At one time I would try to engage in a number of specifics, but soon found out that it was often a waste of time, now that Civics is no longer taught in schools.  Discussing the union movement is one example.  So now, I just stick with generalities.  [BTW, nothing personal was meant by that, and certainly no offense is intended.]

        At any rate, I agree that the corporatist Repubs are diminishing somewhat, especially in the House.  But, they are for the most part representative of the 1%, so I'm not really alarmed by it.  

        IOW, there will NEVER BE a Tea Party take over.  Just look at how the press has savaged the Tea Party members when they wouldn't go along with the 1%'s desire to have a Grand Bargain.  The MSM will keep any outliers in line, if they get in the way of the corporatist agenda.  :-)

        Thanks for your reply.

        Mollie

        “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

        by musiccitymollie on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 02:36:20 PM PST

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