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  •  The GOP's survival... (22+ / 0-)

    ... depends upon their being able to admit they were wrong about almost everything the past 30 years.  All of this BS about the problem not being the message, but rather the messengers, will only keep them in purgatory longer.

    Being the party of small government, less regulation and lower taxes is what they consider the moderate position (as opposed to burning gay people at the stake, I suppose.)  But it swims against the tide.  Cannon is right:  if Americans finally realize that Republicans have been lying to them all these years telling them "the government is the problem," that'll be the end of them.

    Sadly for Cannon, he hasn't yet figured out that it's his views that need to change.

    Our long national nightmare is almost over. Congratulations and blessings to all.

    by Dallasdoc on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 03:05:43 PM PST

    •  Remember their mantra (5+ / 0-)

      "Conservatism can never fail, but people can fail conservatism"

      "If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy." -teacherken

      by offgrid on Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 03:15:21 PM PST

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    •  If only the Libertarian Party could... (7+ / 0-)

      get their act together adequately to make the case that most non-evangelical Republicans would be happier as Libertarians, it would  go a long way to bringing down the whole GOP.

    •  What Survival? (2+ / 0-)
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      Dallasdoc, Tennessee Dave

      The GOP's survival depends upon their being able to admit they were wrong about almost everything

      When did any surviving party do that?

      The Democrats evolved from support of slavery to being the segregationist party to today's party of minorities (like women for instance :-)).

      Despite such a history, the Democrats have never been the monolith that the Republicans have become.

      Only a fool thinks he knows the future but I have trouble seeing any future path for the
      Republicans again being a national party.

      If the Republicans are going to survive, I think they will have to be something quite different from what they are - but then will they be the same party?

      So can we have 2 strong parties again?  Sure.  The
      Republicans would hardly be the first major party to vanish into history.

      Just speculating.

      Best,  Terry

      •  Tend to agree (0+ / 0-)

        The pugs have basically devolved into the Angry White Guy party.  Given demographic trends its hard to see much future in this.  I actually think that's why the Pubbies went all in during the last 8 years.  They knew they were on the way out and needed to get in as much destruction as possible as fast as possible.  Classic scorch/salt the earth as you retreat strategy.

        Then did he raise on high the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, saying, "Bless this, O Lord, that with it thou mayst blow thine enemies to tiny bits, in thy mercy."

        by Event Horizon on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 02:02:37 AM PST

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