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  •  Why would the GOP (16+ / 0-)

    challenge the status of their most valuable player?

    •  True (3+ / 0-)
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      They'd be in control either way.

      I just wish there was some way to stop Obama before he destorys the country. Maybe Bush will declare Marshall law sometime later this week. - Some Freeptard

      by arcticshadow on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 01:44:01 AM PST

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      •   Not the same control...Mumpower was the machine (8+ / 0-)

        slam dunk. Notice this:

        Pro-Tax, Pro-Gay, Pro-Abortion, Anti-Gun Liberal Democrat

        Mumpower was the anti-tax, anti-gay, anti-abortion, pro-gun-nut extremely conservative Republican in a year of near-crazy right wing success in state elections. He was their made man. They got blind-side blitzed by a MODERATE republican who disagrees with some of their extremist agenda points, which represents a loss of face and absolute power that having lost McCain, Palin, and Bush they simply could not stomach without having to question themselves.

        One thing these people do not do is question themselves. They attack other people.

        They will try to eviscerate Williams, making him a Dem hero in the attempt, rather than sit with him, admit frankly that he played them and won, and then try to coopt him and bring him back into the 'family.'

        This is about power. Mumpower had it in his hand for weeks. Now he doesn't. He and his crowd will lash out, it is all they know how to do (you know, all that military intervention before diplomacy stuff?)

        At least, that's what it looks like to me.

        Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. -J.M. Keynes

        by elropsych on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 05:23:52 AM PST

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    •  a sign of total chaos and stupidity (11+ / 0-)

      And a sign that these fundies care more about right-wing ideology than about political power.  

      •  Oh come on. (2+ / 0-)
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        We didn't need this sign -- at least not for the 'stupidity'.  The fact that Jason Mumpower is/was even a hair's breadth from obtaining the speaker position ought to indicate the political intelligence in the Tennessee government.

        Although the masters make the rules / For the wise men and the fools / I got nothing, Ma, to live up to. (Dylan)

        by teedz on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 05:22:24 AM PST

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      •  But, in their frame, attempting to (2+ / 0-)
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        Sandy on Signal, ibonewits

        destroy Williams is the strongest expression of political power they can think of. Making your enemy a friend in order to destroy them as an enemy is something they simply either do not understand or reject as weak. Tenn Dems should be able to use that to their advantage if they continue to be as whip-ass smart as it took to pull this off.

        Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assaults of thoughts on the unthinking. -J.M. Keynes

        by elropsych on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 05:25:31 AM PST

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    •  They are so mad they can't see straight (8+ / 0-)

      When they throw him out of the GOP then they will have lost their historic majority, which the voters will probably not appreciate.  My guess is that they will go so crazy that the voters will realize what complete nut jobs they elected and toss many of them out in 2010.

    •  He's not THEIR player.... (0+ / 0-)

      they have spent the last few years villainizing him for his support of former Democratic speaker Naifeh.  Some reports have them even threatening him, and other GOP members campaigned for his opponent in the last primary, to no avail.

      I hope they do revoke his membership, then it will be 49-49-1.  He has said he would not challenge expulsion from the party, but otherwise does not wish to leave.  

      He is well liked in his district, and I think that the best thing for politics overall is to have popular, effective, independents getting elected to public office.

      (-8.50, -7.54) It's a stupid, dangerous, HELLISH world . . . But don't let it FRIGHTEN you!! -H. S. Thompson

      by Tin hat mafia on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 08:17:33 AM PST

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    •  don't know.. (0+ / 0-)

      even if Williams is kicked out, he can still run as an independent and potentially split the repug vote in 2010 making it a dem pick is my analysis.

      May the Schwartz be with you!

      by FLS on Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 08:38:05 AM PST

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