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  •  For House Republicans in gerrymandered districts (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    smart politics means avoiding a primary challenge from the right.

    But it's clear smart politics have gone out the window with the current House GOP. It's run by people who don't give a damn about smart politics,
    •  So where do they go? (3+ / 0-)

      ...when they're already pegged at "Bat-Shit Crazy"?

      "Homicidal Maniac"?


      "Serial Killer"?

      "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

      by leftykook on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 10:34:28 AM PDT

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    •  The SCOTUS recent VRA decsion killing the (1+ / 0-)
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      preclearance requirements for offending states has relieved House Republicans of any concern over the political efficacy of the expanding Latino vote. Witness the speed that the southern states reinstated the previously rejected changes to their respective voting laws. From the perspective of the House Republicans the need to appease the Latino immigrant population by Congress passing a new Immigration Bill is no longer necessary as the SCOTUS has effectively blocked the federal government's control over the efforts of offending states to suppress non-white voting registration and access to voting facilities.

      Also Chief Justice Roberts showed his political savvy by essentially directing his conservative majority to knock down  Prop 8 and  DOMA  in a political move designed to give a great deal of relief and satisfaction to the emerging Gay movement, while he directed his Republican majority to strike down the key  enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). Roberts recognized the strong political organizing capability within the Gay Movement had to be pacified before the next election; whereas he is counting on the traditional political dysfunction that exists in  communities of color to continue, and that in combination with the decision removing the DOJ from being able to control state voter suppression laws should greatly strengthen the Republican Party's chances to recapture the Senate in 2014, due to the large number of Democratic seats up for election.

      Lastly if the Republicans gain control of both Houses of Congress and a Democrat is elected President in 2016 it will still fit in perfectly with the Republican Plan for advancing their agenda. (you can count on Monsanto to be high on that list as the next national fight will be over what will be safe for Americans to eat.) Having complete control over the crafting of legislation will give them the unlimited power to slide through highly controversial amendments buried deep inside crucial legislation that will prove to be too difficult for the Democratic President to veto.  

      •  You are correct re: Thugs and Roberts thinking imo (0+ / 0-)

        But... they are going to get too cute playing this losing hand, because ultimately it is a losing hand.

        Even in the shorter-term ity might not be as helpful as they think: e.g., 1) you can't gerrymander a Senate election, not that the House Thugs care about that, 2) the DOMA/Prop.8 decisions ulitmately mean the 'gay vote' (and likely more important money) will be activated in many states they need to not have to defend in order to get the Senate and have a chance at winning POTUS, and 3) its meaningless if women voters actually wake up.

        But, as tactical thinking on how they play thier bad hand, you are correct imo.

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