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  •  It's the old anchor bias. (7+ / 0-)

    The problem they have now is that the teabaggers have moved the goal posts so far to the right that any movement back towards center is viewed as being a socialist that will constantly deride.  They need to jestison this weight (tea party fundamentalists) so that their ship can right itself.  The problem is that the teabaggers are such a verabally violent bunch that no one in their party wants to stand up to them for fear of reprisal.

    ... like tears in rain

    by bladerunner on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:23:48 AM PST

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    •  Tea Party is only a part of their problems (5+ / 0-)

      Forcing Fundamentalist Religious views and edicts down voters throats is another.

      The religious right is a separate animal from the right wing libertarians who only care about "cowboy capitalism".

      And with all the groveling to immigrant issues lately - still no actions on women's rights.

      If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

      by RUNDOWN on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:25:47 AM PST

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      •  fundies & libertarians on same side (5+ / 0-)

        Fundies boil their antigovernment philosophy down to: "Less government means more God".  Government = socialism = atheism.  They're counting on people living on the edge to look to divine intervention to save them; the kind of people who'll happily convert for food.  A lot of them have bought the argument that laissez-faire capitalism is more "godly" than regulation and government services because it trusts in an external power rather than human hubris forcing the world into a shape that suits only human needs and desires.  They also like the idea of the lack of government allowing them to run their private lives like they want: no more feminism, no more public schools, no more Child Protective Services, no more popular culture ... just the absolute power of god-fearing parents over children, god-like husbands over wives, and pastors with a direct line to God over their flocks, all secure in a fundie bubble made of hot lead if you know what I mean.

        They and the libertarians want the same thing even if it's for completely different reasons.

        Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

        by Visceral on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 08:46:37 AM PST

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