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  •  I have one great fear about the GOP/TP fallout (1+ / 0-)
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    My fear is that the Republicans will shift slightly back to the middle and pick up more moderate support while the TP keeps the wingnuts.  Result?  The Tea Party becomes the group that controls the balance of power for everything, and may need to be catered to in order to get anything passed.

    Of course, if the GOP (without the TP) shifts back towards the middle maybe compromise won't be a dirty word anymore and they will sometimes work with Dems, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that.

    •  Understood (0+ / 0-)

      You make a good point but I think the more likely scenario is that the TP will have to be marginalized by the GOP. Remember--the establishment wants power more than anything else and the TP pushes the GOP too far to the right so that they lose moderates. The establishment has no choice except to blunt the power of the TP in order to win back moderates. So your compromise scenario is more probable, otherwise the GOP is consigning themselves to being a permanent minority that can't win national elections and statewide elections in purple states--demographic realities are driving the establishment now to act but the TP wing will rebel. Dividing the coalition does not produce enough Republican votes. They know that Texas, Georgia, and Arizona will be battlegrounds soon and if they don't change, it will be game over!

      •  and (0+ / 0-)

        the GOP congress critters will be doing some serious thinking about which way to go. And neither way will be safe. If they back pedal, then they will be seen as traitors and spineless. If they choose a side,then they can be tossed out of office for picking the wrong side.

        Rove has created what a lot of us have longed for- the battlefield where the GOP ends Reaganism and destroys itself.

        "Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government" T. Jefferson

        by azureblue on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 10:30:48 AM PST

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    •  What do you think is going on right now in the (0+ / 0-)

      House?

      The only home moderate Republicans have found in the last 10 years has been the Democratic Party, which has basically been taken over by moderate conservatives with a slightly leftward tilt on some social issues.

      The teabilly contingent is getting the next best thing to the complete destruction of government: government gridlock. The only reason they're complaining is because of the 1-2% of the things they want that they aren't getting.

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