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  •  I'm willing to cut the guy (22+ / 0-)

    some slack.  When one is raised in and surrounded by a specific ideology, it is sometimes difficult to see the obviously odious.  I think in terms of the Catholics I know, sports fans, sincere Junior Leaguers, etc.  At some point for some folks, it is like a WTF? lightening bolt.  The bridge too far even though that bridge has gone too far for decades or centuries.

    I think of the folks who defended Weiner because of his supposed progressive ideas -- even though he did fuck all in Congress.  

    Awareness, change, growth -- should be applauded even if determined late on the something or other scale.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 02:39:28 PM PDT

    •  It's also difficult to go public knowing (2+ / 0-)
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      you'll lose any number of lifelong friends, and gain some implacable enemies.

      "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10 UID: 8519

      by Bob Love on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 03:48:42 PM PDT

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      •  True -- see e.g. (1+ / 0-)
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        Lincoln Chafee who was/is not insane.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 04:22:10 PM PDT

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      •  MORE Republicans probably would bail, otherwise! (0+ / 0-)

            I was a Democrat through JFK's administration, but admired --- and then luckily became friends with --- Barry Goldwater in an amazing moment in Des Moines, Iowa, during his 1964 campaign.  And stuck with that party through thick and thin (even Nixon) until becoming a supporter of Bill Clinton.  I was even a member of my county's Republican Central Committee, and a convention delegate.  But for decades, I worked WITHIN the party, trying to help fellow Republicans to see how badly it was becoming INFESTED with lemmings of the RRR Cult --- the Religious Radical Right --- and how truly batsh*t-crazy were the hate-agendas of that cult filled with CINOs --- Christians in Name Only.

            I finally had to conclude that the Republican Party had become TOO poisoned by RRR Cult bigotry, irrationality, and ignorance, and that only the Democrats retained fairness, compassion, and common sense.  So I bailed, and resumed proudly being a Democrat.  And happily found myself surrounded once again with honest and genuine egalitarians.

             My only regret is that I was unable to take that action without hurting the feelings of many non-bigoted friends in the Republican Party. And to avoid doing that, I had delayed becoming a Democrat again for several years.  Until I absolutely could no longer STAND to be a Republican.

             I see as the only hope for the Republican Party to ever again have the relevance and trustworthiness that it had back in 1964 is for it to take ALL of the UN-Christian and hateful planks OUT of the Party's platform, and burn them!  And for them to DISAVOW all of the irrational hate-agendas of the RRR Cult, and serve notice of that to all of the cultists who remained within it.  Until and unless that day comes, I hope that the House will go Democratic next year, and that the Republican Party will never again occupy the White House until it has taken those steps.

    •  it is hard to leave (0+ / 0-)

      GOP/TEA/LIBERTARIAN CULT of  the mean stupid crooked, they get paid so well by mean, stupid, crooked corporations

      If we don't recognize that this is a truly unique moment in America's constitutional history, our generation's going to regret it forever. ~ Senator Ron Wyden

      by anyname on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 03:52:41 PM PDT

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    •  Every time some half-way moderate (0+ / 0-)

      quits the Republican party, the party center shifts ever so slightly even farther right.

      Which pushes the next somewhat moderate over the edge.

      Its a process by which the party is slowly committing suicide.

      Years from now it a whole generation of sociologists will write Ph.D. theses about it--explain the whole thing.

      Right now, we can only watch and marvel.

      The sleep of reason brings forth monsters. --Goya

      by MadScientist on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 08:34:53 PM PDT

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