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  •  Why doesn't she cross the floor if she feels so (4+ / 0-)

    strongly?

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 06:56:10 PM PDT

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    •   Because she's a Rethug. (3+ / 0-)

      She doesn't disagree with the Palinites; she's just embarrassed by them.

      •  I think it may be (4+ / 0-)

        the same reason why Lincoln Chafee didn't switch "If I switch, I'll have disappointed my Dad."

        •  Lincoln Chafee has an IQ of maybe 85. (2+ / 0-)
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          Murkowski is smarter than that.

        •  why would she care about disappointing (2+ / 0-)
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          Lincoln Chaffee's father?

          That said, I agree with the poster who said that it isn't that she disagrees with Palin, she just finds Palin embarrassing.

          Offhand, I'd guess between now and 2012 and definitely, by 2013, both of them will become Democrats. I do not believe that the national GOP will survive the 2012 election... even if the Democrats screw the pooch on the economy, health care, and the environment. By 2013, I expect them to already have dropped off a number of state ballots... i.e. Republican politicians in blue to purple states won't have a GOP to belong to. The defectors will change parties without changing a single political opinion or major campaign donor.

          And by and large, it'll be the teabaggers as the face of the GOP that will destroy it... with Palin as their Fearless Leader leading them straight to the tarpits.

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          by alizard on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 07:51:47 PM PDT

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      •  She's an old-school Republican (3+ / 0-)

        She believes in what were once their bedrock principles. She doesn't believe in craziness. She has a brain and some common sense. She voted for the Lilly Ledbetter bill — as did all three of her other female Republican Senate colleagues. She clearly knows the hurdles that women have in being respected, and no doubt, she's furious that Palin got so far on a couple of winks and folksy talk.

        Rob Portman: He sent your job to China.

        by anastasia p on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 07:18:33 PM PDT

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        •  The one nice thing about the fascist (1+ / 0-)
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          dominionist wingnut takeover of the Rethug party is that it leaves people like Murkowski with no friends and nowhere to go. :-)

          •  they'll have plenty of friends after they (1+ / 0-)
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            defect. You may have noticed Arlen Spector hasn't had trouble finding new friends among Democratic centrists, even after he became a "Democrat" without changing a single political idea, and he still represents the same special interests who paid his political freight as a Republican.

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            by alizard on Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 08:03:21 PM PDT

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            •  The Dems need to show Specter the door.... (0+ / 0-)

              And tell him not to let it his him in the a$$ on the way out.

              He's just an R in D clothing. And it doesn't fit...

              Tact is a way of telling someone to go to Hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

              by QuestionAuthority on Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 05:52:29 AM PDT

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              •  if he can be primaried, he should be (0+ / 0-)

                however, remember that the majority of elected Democrats are perfectly happy with him and will be happy with other defectors.

                They are hoping that the GOP defectors will give them the numbers required to make it possible to marginalize progressives off the public stage.

                I see the split of the Democratic Party into progressive (new center-left) vs the Democrats (openly right-centrist replacing the GOP) as inevitable.

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                by alizard on Wed Aug 19, 2009 at 01:26:56 PM PDT

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