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  •  It would be a mistake to write off the GOP, (18+ / 0-)

    when they've got a choke hold on so many state houses, and their veto-proof majorities are ramming through ALEC legislation like a house on fire.  In this way, they're able to do all the things the teahadists want: limit voting by Dems, trash public workers, stomp unions, privatize everything in sight including education, remove all limits on guns, make the ACA almost impossible to carry out, etc.  I think the Koch brothers and their counterparts in other states decided a while ago that DC would make a perfect distraction for the masses, that they were willing to sacrifice some national politicians so that they could enact their shadow government in the swing states.

    "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    by SottoVoce on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:18:45 AM PDT

    •  SottoVoce, think you're on to something there. (7+ / 0-)

      "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

      by Diana in NoVa on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:21:01 AM PDT

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    •  Prefer to think that all they are doing is (4+ / 0-)
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      increasing the mid-term turnout....People in NC are waking up to the fact that they made a big mistake.

      •  well I hope you're right. (8+ / 0-)

        But there are portions of NC, FL, PA, ME, OH, MO, MI and WI that are really happy with these decisions.  It's going to be a battle in many of these states to change; gerrymandering is on the side of the GOP, and the damage in the meantime is incalculable.

        "It ain't right, Atticus," said Jem. "No, son, it ain't right." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

        by SottoVoce on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:24:08 AM PDT

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        •  Conventional Wisdom gets a kick..... (1+ / 0-)
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        •  I am seeing a lot of resistance (4+ / 0-)
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          in Pa.  I live in the conservative "T" part and I have been surprised at the vitriol directed toward Corbet. My hopes are elevated but I am still feeling cautious.

          Everyone! Arms akimbo! 68351

          by tobendaro on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:42:19 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know (1+ / 0-)
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          People want govt to work. Especially at the state and local level.

          When that isn't working right, people see it. They feel it. The roads don't get fixed. The snow doesn't get plowed (or plowed fast enough). Schools are crappier than they need to be. There aren't enough cops. Trash doesn't get picked up.

          That's really what people want. They want the roads clear, the schools functional, the cops to come when they call, and to feel like they get their money's worth for their taxes. And they want their local pols to pay attention to what they, the people, want.

          If they don't think that, pols lose their jobs. Maybe not right away, but eventually. And if you screw up enough, it might happen pretty fast.

          The GOP has been screwing up a lot. A LOT.

    •  Fortunately, we still have some sensible courts (5+ / 0-)

      Most of the radical abortion bills have been struck down by judges, and just the other day an Oklahoma judge struck down that state's ridiculous anti-Sharia law.
      A Pennsylvania judge just blocked their extreme voter ID law. Texas had their photo ID law blocked by a panel of judges that included a majority of Republicans.
      And how about that 92 year old woman suing the state of North Carolina over their voter ID law?
      That doesn't mean we ever stop fighting, but continue to expose these state ALEC legislatures as the idiots they are.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 05:45:01 AM PDT

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      •  Unfortunately just feeds the "librul activist (1+ / 0-)
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        judges" narrative -- We The People versus those elitist socialist Obama-loving judges.

        Once your narrative is warped enough, you can make everything fit it. They've had lots of practice trying to make fossils and archaeology match the Biblical account of how old the earth is and how humans developed.

        •  Oh yes, absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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          I live in Kansas, and when the extreme anti-abortion bill was struck down  as unconstitutional, anti-choice groups tried to get a couple of the judges removed from the state Supreme Court.
          Now Brownback wants to be able to choose the judges on the KSC, rather than have a committee choose them. And he wants the selection process to be private. His idea of government is one bought and paid for by the Koch brothers, that rubber stamps his extreme agenda (unfortunately, that's exactly what he got in 2012).

          Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

          by skohayes on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 06:07:23 AM PDT

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        •  And they're still not the majority. (1+ / 0-)
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          If we give up they win.  If we fight hard they lose.  It's up to us.  Wendy Davis COULD be the next governor of Texas if every Democrat in Texas gets moving.  The winds of change are strong here because we're off our "it's hopeless" asses.

          I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

          by I love OCD on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 08:11:45 AM PDT

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    •  The problem is they started too early (1+ / 0-)
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      By going on these rampages NOW, what they're also doing is giving Dems an easy reason to organize for ID/registration drives.

      Not everyone alive remembers the pre-VRA days (I admit I wasn't around then), but trying to take away someone's vote is a damn good way to get them angry enough to fight back.

      We don't want our country back, we want our country FORWARD. --Eclectablog

      by Samer on Sat Aug 17, 2013 at 07:47:39 AM PDT

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