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  •  I think it's a bit naive to expect (1+ / 0-)
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    a lot of endorsing from the GOP, right now.  

    Pragmatically, they have to worry about their primary and general election battles.  In southern state like, say Oklahoma, Coburn would be DOA if he came out in support of SSM.  I don't know why a few more GOP in the NE haven't come out in support - I had thought one of Snowe, Collins or Dukakis had but I could be wrong.  But they might remember that Specter was forced to flip to the Dems in PA b/c of a primary challenge and are still worried about it.  

    And frankly, SSM isn't a big topic for most people.  Supporting it might overly anger the base which is a problem for GOP senators whereas it won't really be a big difference maker in a general election in most states.  

    •  Just how do they "get over" that hurdle? (1+ / 0-)
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      I look at the "highly likely participants" in a GOP Primary or Caucus in my current state (MI) and my home state (VA), and I don't see the segment or segments in that particular universe that would in 2014 or even 2016 add up to...say 25% of all participants who would be consistently asserting in public "Aren't there more important things for us to consider?" I don't see them jumping to "We embrace SSM" without some sort of very messy intermediate step or steps that will take more than a couple of election cycles.

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 10:47:40 AM PDT

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      •  GOP can just keep quiet (0+ / 0-)

        Heck, the dems stopped talking about things like gun control and the death penalty (and environment in some areas) for decades b/c they were losing causes for them.  Occasionally, there would be an attack from the left in a primary but mostly the Dems focused on other issues more relevant to the voters.  

        •  Much easier said than done (0+ / 0-)

          The issues and beliefs that drive their activism make it very hard for many, if not most, of them to "tone down" their rhetoric.

          When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Egalitare on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 02:23:50 PM PDT

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