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  •  They better not become Democrats. (2+ / 0-)
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    ....Sorry, but the Right gets to keep these fruitcakes .

    Too weird to live and too rare to die.

    by jds1978 on Sun Oct 28, 2007 at 06:38:41 AM PDT

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    •  I'll take some of them... (7+ / 0-)

      ...the ones who ranked "same-sex marriage" as last on their list of concerns and care most about children's health and peace on earth. Those are good people worth allying with in my opinion. Evangelical Christianity has a good side, and I'm cool with the people who embody that side of it.

      I admit I have a discomfort level dialoguing with pro-lifers, but if they're at least not hypocrites and care about the lives of born children, poor people, soldiers, etc. then I'm more than willing to share a tent with them and talk it over. There are some valuable ways of reducing the number of abortions by empowering women that I'd be happy to work on with them, for example. I'm flexible.

      The ones who still think gays and abortions are the biggest problems facing the country, I'd rather they just stayed home or voted third-party.

      •  GOP recruitment set out to pull in nuts. (6+ / 0-)

        The key factor was identification of ANGRY WHITE MALES as a target group.

        That goes back to the 1980s. Efforts to understand the George Wallace phenomenon.

        Political science analysis -- using stratefied sample techniques -- showed that lower education white males frequently blamed Democrats for their work problems.

        Bussing had been followed by minority preferences. AWMs hated both.

        The more extreme segments of this strata turned into the Rush Limbaugh & other hate-radio audiences.

        The GOP pulled in an astonishing percentage of Antisocial personality types. Hate, per se, is a prime selling point for red state GOP candidates.

        Civility has been derided steadily for two decades as weakness and/or effete intellectualism.

        Dixie Chicks and Amy Winehouse. Imus and Lenny Bruce. Overcome evil with good.

        by vets74 on Sun Oct 28, 2007 at 09:35:40 AM PDT

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        •  Just needed to remind you..... (1+ / 0-)
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          George Wallace was not a Republican.

          He actually started his career as a Democrat and ran as an Independent.

          •  And ALL of Wallace's voters are now Republicans. (0+ / 0-)

            That block is one part of what the GOP got for selling out to the white religious right.

            Ain't nothing in politics that's permanent.

            SCHIP and a serious "Stand By Your Man" pitch from Hillary Clinton are major threats to that conquest.

            Dixie Chicks and Amy Winehouse. Imus and Lenny Bruce. Overcome evil with good.

            by vets74 on Mon Oct 29, 2007 at 05:17:08 AM PDT

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