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  •  So here is what I don't get... (2+ / 0-)
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    Ian Reifowitz, Odysseus

    I just posted this to another diary looking for someone to help me understand what it might be like outside the Tea Kettle Crazy Zone.

    There are plenty of House Republicans not in the TP caucus and I'm guessing/hoping many of them are getting an assload of pressure from their home constituents already.  I just cannot imagine how pissed I would be if my Rep was going along with this and we weren't from a TP district.  (Full disclosure - my Rep is totally a TP-supporting scumbag and I'm still waging all out war with him).

    So what is already going on in so-called "moderate" Republican districts to pressure these Reps?  Any insights from folks in those districts?  Which of them are ripe for additional pressure (eg - lots of federal jobs/assets, strong potential challengers, etc?)  Wouldn't we want to couple ad spots with support for some grassroots-type activities that encourage and help locals be an effective force?  It seems with some organization and it wouldn't be unrealistic.

    •  I think a lot of these so-called moderate GOP reps (4+ / 0-)

      Are scared of a primary from the right.  If pressed, their argument might be, "if I'm not here, how can I fight to return the party to a less radical direction?"  Problem is, they talk like moderates, but so far, nearly all of them have voted in lockstep with the TP.  So their moderation is not deeply-felt enough for them to do the right thing for the good of their constituents.

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

      by SottoVoce on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:53:58 AM PDT

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