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  •  I don't think Christie is going to be able to (19+ / 0-)

    escape the wrath of the teahadists in the primaries. Just like Romney tried to tap dance to the right, "I was an extremely conservative governor!" Christie will have to do the same. And by the time he tries to reel back to the "center" he'll be too damaged by the extremism for that to work.

    Spite is the ranch dressing Republicans slather on their salad of racism

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 01:05:47 PM PDT

    •  I wish I could be as confident as you. (5+ / 0-)

      Romney was able to win the nomination because he was the one "moderate" of the group. All the business groups united behind him. The tea groups had a hard time figuring out who they wanted to support. They kept changing every week, and every week a new leader would crash and burn from their own crazy.

      I see the same scenario developing with Christie. The tea groups would need to unite behind someone early, and hope that person can keep from saying something utterly insane for the rest of the primary season.

      I can tell you this, I was very entertained watching that circus two years ago and am looking forward to 2015's version.

      •  They didn't "know" Romney (6+ / 0-)

        They know (as much as they need to) Christie, at least as far as his Obama groveling - totally different dynamic in play.

        Also, no Ted Cruz or Rand Paul in play then, the Massachusetts "Liberal" wouldn't have a teapot chance against them today.

        Even Coulter has lost her smite.

        Christie also has a long political history, that can be revealed and exploited for what it is.

        “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ... Voltaire

        by RUNDOWN on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 08:06:27 PM PDT

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      •  Romney was not the moderate (2+ / 0-)
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        Tmi Pawlenty was trying to be one.

        Gary Johnson was trying

        Buddy Roemer, was more progressive then Obama.

        John Huntsman was really trying to  be a moderate.

        All 4 of them were crushed early.

        Post Romney, the TeaBaggers will demand a real conservative candidate.

        Not McCain, Not Romney, Not a corporate.

        They will demand Santorum or cruz

        •  or Rand (0+ / 0-)

          or even more hilarious some unholy combination of that trio

          Der Weg ist das Ziel

          by duhban on Mon Oct 28, 2013 at 09:45:25 PM PDT

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        •  Teabaggers are not "conservative" (3+ / 0-)
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          Let's get this clear, okay?

          The Tea Party is the radical right.  Conservatives are not radical.

          Has anyone else stopped to notice that the same assholes who are bemoaning the costs of setting up the ACA website, as in "Omigod, three hundred million!!??"....

          ...are the same ones who just pissed $24 Billion down the drain, while getting nothing for that money but their own pending demise and the likely loss of the 2014 midterm.

          What's "conservative" about that?  A true conservative would think that was a jackass move.  Which it was.

          The majority of Americans (about 80%) are somewhere in the middle on most issues.  The Tea Party was fun, but it's time (and funding) have just expired.

          •  very true, arthura--the word conservative has been (1+ / 0-)
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            misused so long that the original meaning has almost disappeared from view.

            The right of the women of this State to be secure in their persons against unreasonable searches shall not be violated by the State legislature.

            by Mayfly on Tue Oct 29, 2013 at 11:03:36 AM PDT

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