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  •  These grifters have pissed off GOP establishment (2+ / 0-)
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    I suspect we'll see a great teabagger purging after 2014 within the GOP.  They'll be marginalized and ignored inside the caucus and the GOP media will belittle and shame them and otherwise ignore them.  

    They'll need this group drained of any power heading into 2016, and will want to try and be able to sell "Look we're bipartisan now, we worked with Dems and we didn't spend the last 6+ years obstructing everything President Obama wanted - just in case they can fool enough people and a Republican is elected President in 2016.

    Glenn Greenwald promotes far-right fringe extremist group The Oath Keepers -

    by Jacoby Jonze on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 07:58:25 AM PDT

    •  I see it differently (0+ / 0-)

      The funders of the GOP aren't going to repudiate the wingnuts. Hell, they're pulling out the stops for Cuccinelli in Virginia right now.

      What they will do instead is back Jeb Bush or someone similar as an independent candidate in 2016. There's several advantages to this approach. The money required to get on the ballot in all 50 states would be less than the cost of participating in the primaries. Avoiding the primaries and the convention avoids having to out-wingnut all the other wingnuts.

      Citizens United money will make an independent candidate a lot more viable. And, taking away the Koch brothers etc. money away from the Republican nominee (I guess Cruz or Santorum) will make him irrelevant.

      •  That was pretty much the strategy the South (0+ / 0-)

        tried against Abraham Lincoln. He won without a single Electoral College vote from the South, which split its votes among multiple candidates.

        The Tea Parties consider regular Republicans to be RINOs. An independent will lose the entire Tea Party vote without gaining any Democrats, and there are not anywhere near enough Independents to make up the difference, even if someone like Chris Christie could get them all.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 08:06:43 PM PDT

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        •  Not if... (0+ / 0-)
          An independent will lose the entire Tea Party vote
          Not if the Koch brothers and the others who funded Rmoney last time tell them to vote for Jeb.

          In my scenario, the Repugnikan nominee would only be getting the votes of the religious fanatics. He won't go beyond that without the Citizens United-level funding.

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