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  •  In the South Also (2+ / 0-)
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    cskendrick, BeninSC

    We are currently facing an election where we may be able to unseat several of the T-baggers or we could could end up with more of them.... Understanding why they vote the way they do gives us at least a chance to get more moderates in the capital rather than yet another wave of these fear-monger's

    •  Ways to sell Tea immunization shots (2+ / 0-)
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      BeninSC, MichaelNY

      You might not like them... most involve appeals to traditional religious values, iconic appeals of American communitarian spirit (mom, apple pie, flag waving, war winning stuff) and suggesting that our fine Tea brethren have fine story about frontier values that, sorry, can't put bread on the table for working families in this modern age.

      •  Why wouldn't I like Truth, Justice and the America (1+ / 0-)
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        n Way?  Its a grand goal.  Sure its corny.  So corny its Superman(tm).

        But go back and read FDR's and Truman's speeches, and even D winning and losing potus candidate since).  A whole lot of that corny there.  It even used to be Thug  philosophy, back when most of them were Republicans instead of pirates, SuperPatriots(tm) and scared mice seeking security by imposing their 'truth' on everyone by any means necessary.

        Besides, everyone wants to be Superman (or -women) or at least know he/she's out there looking out for them. ;-P

    •  Like you, I am fighting against this plague in (1+ / 0-)
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      the South.

      I do have hopes, but they are indeed tempered by the gerrymandering.

      Best to you in your fight, Nimyth.

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      by BeninSC on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 07:19:04 PM PDT

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    •  GOPTP moderates are really enablers (1+ / 0-)
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      Lets face it.  Dems need to make gains where they can find them and that is likely to be in blue and purple states.  A look at how the GOP "moderates" are voting to continue the shutdown shows that they will say anything to keep their seats, but will still when the chips are down, support and enable the radical right, who they fear perhaps more than democrats, but who they are unwilling to challenge for fear of being primaried.

      Consequently, the key to blocking the radical right and gerrymandering is to simply sweep away the enablers in blude and purple states.  Give them no political quarter.  At least,  this will cause them to lash out at the right verbally and force the radicals to spend money on putting their own candidates in their place, which will only further serve the purpose of replacing GOP "moderates" who vote like radical TP'ers with Dems who won't.  If we can get about 40-50 of them out, then we won't be in this mess and the Tea Party will be greatly diminished, because they will then be no longer able to extort either the country or the "moderate" GOPers.

      To do this means we need to mobilize people and give voice to those who are now finding out precisely how the GOPTP is perfectly happy to let them be collateral damage.  Work locally, and target local, regional, and statewide elections in an integrated way.  In many districts, we only need to move the needle about 5%.  It's doable, especially since the GOPTP is making such a mess of people's lives.  

      Play to the fears of moderates and independents of what happens when the GOPTP radicals are given power.  Make the case that a "moderate" GOP is just an enabler for the more right wing elements of the party and use their voting record to demonstrate it.  The fact that reasonable and logical arguments can also be used is a bonus.

    •  Which extremists do you think could be defeated? (0+ / 0-)

      Perhaps if one of them wins the Republican primary in Georgia for the Senate seat. And who else? McConnell is not Tea Party; he's an institutional conservative who votes with the Democrats on almost nothing but did not support a government shutdown and, to that end, voted for cloture on the Democratic continuing resolution, though he didn't vote for the resolution itself.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 11:17:13 PM PDT

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