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  •  Romney in Their Deep Fail Bench (12+ / 0-)

    What we're seeing with those three is just the small timers boiling off while Romney waits for the big game starting in 2010. When he fights it out with Giuliani for who will be VP under the other, and the privilege of losing to Obama/Biden.

    That's a really deep bench of fail.

    But swirling around the Republican ether is Huckabee. If we can't see him getting chewed up by these losers, he's going to be hard to beat in 2012. Theocrats no longer beholden to corporatists who can't fund them will be a real base if Democrats fail to successfully conclude either or both wars, or leave the economy anything but inarguably recovered (especially among the lower middle class), or both.

    Never underestimate the power of the Republican Party to rebrand itself long enough to return to its old tricks in power.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 01:31:18 PM PST

    •  shit........................you're right (6+ / 0-)
      Theocrats no longer beholden to corporatists who can't fund them will be a real base if Democrats fail to successfully conclude either or both wars, or leave the economy anything but inarguably recovered

      That's actually a plausible and reasonable concern.

      "We are loaded today." - Rush Limbaugh

      by The Termite on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 01:33:09 PM PST

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    •  Thank you, DocGonzo (4+ / 0-)

      The recent juvenile glee around DK at the "demise" of the GOP is frankly a bit disturbing to see. These people aren't going away, and we must never forget that those things that we consider to be ham-handed idiocy are things that actually appeal to their base. They ain't done yet, not by a long shot, and unless Obama has his array of Augean challenges cleaned up nicely by 2012, he stands a chance of losing the White House. Remember that the the only Democrat since WWII who was a two-term President was Clinton, and he was both a political genius and a de facto Republican (welfare "reform," anyone? "don't ask, don't tell?" ring a bell?)

      We aren't out of the woods. We never will be. We've had a lot more practice than the GOP at how to be our own worst enemy.

    •  Especially when you consider that... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...the Democratic party didn't do themselves any favors by having a bunch of Californian politicians (and Chris Dodd) bitch out the UAW and the Big 3.  This will ultimately end up causing them some national trouble in Michigan and Ohio.  Especially if the GOP finds a way to shut Richard "asshole" Shelby into a parallel dimension by 2010 so Michigan won't have a Republican lighting rod around.

      "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

      by Mister Gloom on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 01:55:33 PM PST

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    •  You guys keep forgetting: (4+ / 0-)

      WE fear Huckabee, because WE like Huckabee, in some ways.  But those same things we like are what make him totally unpalatable to your typical Republican primary voter.

      I don't see him getting much further than he did this year.  He's just too NICE.

      Save the parrots: Drink shade-grown coffee!

      by oscarsmom on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 02:31:18 PM PST

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      •  Some ways I don't like Huckabee (1+ / 0-)
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        are found here: The Dark Side of Mike Huckabee, so maybe he isn't

        just too NICE.

      •  Maybe (0+ / 0-)

        Ultimately, that's all we can see. But Huckabee did get through part of the Republican primaries, without taking any real damage. He was outspent by Romney and McCain, who each had their conduit to the Republican corporate sponsors' money mines. If Romney, Palin, and whoever else (like Giuliani, and whoever else they throw at the wall to stick in the next couple years, like Jindal) tear each other up by then, Huckabee will have the brand.

        So I want to see Huckabee torn up. He's not really "nice", but that was his position among that pack. If he's still pretty by 2011, he's dangerous. Plan ahead, and take this guy out.

        What would really rock would be if he defrauded the "faith based initiatives" programme Obama has continued. Kill them both, and their theocracy with them. Maybe Romney's got enough Mormons in the FBI to pull it off.

        "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

        by DocGonzo on Wed Feb 25, 2009 at 09:13:18 PM PST

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