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  •  If you think pols (and the rest of us) (0+ / 0-)

    haven't been trying to "engage" Republicans and their enablers for decades, you haven't been paying too much attention. And how has that worked out? They keep getting worse. Accommodation hasn't worked, compromise hasn't worked, and letting them fail hasn't worked. It's now time for moving forward without them, by any legal means possible.

    "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

    by bryduck on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:06:42 AM PDT

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    •  Hmm. 2006 and 2008 were very good (0+ / 0-)

      years for Democrats.  Remember Speaker Pelosi?

      It's absolutely true that hard-core Republicans will not vote for Democrats any more than hard-core Democrats will not vote for Republicans.

      They are not worth considering except as potential coalition partners on some item of common interest.

      The most recent Gallup polls show only 20% of Americans identifying themselves as Republicans, compared to 30% who identify as Democrats. It's possible that the entire 20% is hard-core, but that seems unlikely.  The number doubles if you include "leaners", but "leaning" Republicans implies a less than hard-core set.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:23:59 AM PDT

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      •  I'd be very inclined to believe (0+ / 0-)

        that 20% is hardcore, actually. Why wouldn't you also, given the extreme nature of their policies as stated by their highest profile members?

        "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

        by bryduck on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 09:39:54 AM PDT

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        •  This may be a place where definitions aren't (0+ / 0-)

          quite the same.

          And my defnition may not be the right one.

          I keep skating between hard-core as in out-there nutty and hard-core would never vote for a Democrat.

          As a practical matter, "would never vote for a Democrat" is probably the correct definition and you are probably close to right.

          I think most reasonable people who would have called themselves Republicans have migrated to independent.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Mon Oct 21, 2013 at 12:06:39 PM PDT

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