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  •  We must mobilize for 2014. They're desperate (3+ / 0-)
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    We have a good chance that things will swing our way with independents and possibly some GOP moderates gauged on the ones that I speak with who are frustrated with the nuts in their party. There may be some silver linings as well if people realize pain from having the government shut down and real savings (or no effect in their places of work) from the ACA. Even the US Chamber of Commerce is warning the 'pubs not to default on the debt ceiling.

    But I have a feeling those terrorized voters will be out in force in 2014. The there may be tough battles with well funded GOP moderates primarying the 'baggers this time but this report suggests the 'baggers might actually actually go more grassroots this time and vote against anyone they see as a RINO. Since in their mind, they've pretty much lost everything already. We need to mobilize Democrats and any other sane voters to take away more Republican seats in both houses. If we minimize the fractured GOP in the House we may make progress on some issues. And more seats in the Senate with more filibuster reform, and in state elections, we could be in some shape to start turning the country around.

    Stop the crazy, it burns!

    •  I couldn't agree with you more (1+ / 0-)
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      We have a chance here given that the radical right is alienating many GOP moderates.  We need to make a stronger and more convincing case that the so-called "moderates" are merely enablers of what the TP is doing.  If they can be dislodged and replaced with Dems then we will have succeeded in neutering the power of the radical right to obstruct and destroy.  

      Presently, they can't grow much more in numbers, because they are actually a very loose coalition of anti-government types, whose power base often lies in direct clash with other parts of their base, for example midwestern agriculture versus southern agricultural interests, anti-government throw out the Fed versus Wall Street, libertarians versus the evangelicals, etc.  

      Also there are significant regional schisms within their loose and faltering coalition that are vulnerable to exploitation by dems, by turning the most moderate elements in their party against the radical right that has a strangle hold on the GOPTP apparatus.  Dems must use the wedge that the radical right gives them through their extortion politics.  Dems can win by 1) wooing just enough of the moderates to break free of the radical anti-government types and 2) discouraging various elements of the GOPTP from even bothering to vote, since a vote for the GOPTP is just a vote for more dysfunctional government anyway, even if they don't want to support Dems for whatever reason.

      •  If we can provide half a decade of prosperity... (0+ / 0-)

        ...that would have a lot of conservatives questioning their economic worldview. They could then compare and contrast Bush era policies with more liberal policies. If we can get them in place with our party. But the ACA is a good start. Raising taxes on the wealthiest and closing corporate loopholes would start giving the middle class a running start and that might be enough to open some eyes.

        And in the age of the Internet we have new opportunities to demonstrate and inform people of such changes.

    •  One good way to do this (1+ / 0-)
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      is to push the immigration reform issue.  It is an issue that does several things:

      1) It divides the GOPTP base and makes the hard right and its many most racists elements stand in stark contrast to the rest of the party, thereby further alienating the moderates from the radicals.  In particular it pits moderate agricultural and business interests against the racists within the GOPTP.  It also pits the isolationists against more moderate globalists within the GOP giving Dems further opportunity to attract more reasonable elements of the dwindling group of "moderate" elements of the GOP, who increasingly feel the TP elements do not represent their interests, but who they are too afraid to challenge for fear of being primaried.  This weakens the "moderates" who really only serve to enable the radical TP elements within the party, by keeping blue states purple.

      2) It energies the Latino and Hispanic elements of the electorate, which can, given the GOPTP record only help to swell the electorate with more potential democratic voters.  Remember latino and hispanic voters are the single most rapidly growing demographic, particularly in a number of states, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, California, and elsewhere, which may provide an additional 5-10% if the Dems can turn them out.  In particular, it provides an opportunity for other elements of the Democratic coalition, such as the Labor community and other minority communities to embrace a swelling of their ranks and comobilization on issues of common interest.

      3) it draws a stark contrast between Dems and the GOPTP.  Dems, who champion what has always made America great, that it is a country where people of all backgrounds can share a piece of our democracy and eventually flourish.  Historically, this has always come from immigration.  In contrast, the GOPTP comes off looking like isolationists, racists, and reactionaries unable to come to grips with the inevitable demographic changes in our society.  Once again out of touch with the majority of Americans.  This last element shouldn't be underestimated, since it makes the Democratic message one of hope, as opposed to the scorched earth politics of the modern GOPTP, where they have nothing to offer but fear and dysfunction.

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