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  •  But with Hoffman's supporters, and little to gain (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Stetson

    ... by going republican, this could be the reverse process ... Hoffman could be persuading conservative Republicans to join him. This is already happening in campaign support (Palin, Pawlenty, etc.)

    •  yeah, in fact I think the RP is so unstable (5+ / 0-)

      right now, so disliked by its own members, that all it would take is someone like Palin or Huckabee to announce a switch to the Conservative Party following a Hoffman victory and the Republican Party might nearly disappear within a couple of election cycles.  These kind of quantum shifts CAN happen.  There are no moderate Republicans left, so nearly everyone in that party now would be looking for a good excuse to switch to an ultra-conservative party.  All it would take is for such a party to gain credibility.  Hoffman win = instant credibility for the CP.

      Eric Stetson is a liberal Christian/interfaith minister in Nashville, Tennessee. -- www.agapeosis.org

      by Eric Stetson on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 11:27:07 AM PDT

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      •  yeah, I also think (3+ / 0-)

        The identity crisis of the conservatives is in the fact that they want to be associated with the conservative ideology of Reagan, Bush, Cheney, etc., but they do not want to be associated with the Republican brand name that bears the results of that ideology.

        •  good point (1+ / 0-)
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          billpuppies

          The Republican brand name is at its lowest ebb in a long time.  Most people today would be ashamed to call themselves "Republican."  Hence, the rise of a "Conservative" Party gives conservatives an out, a way to be Republican without calling themselves Republican.

          Eric Stetson is a liberal Christian/interfaith minister in Nashville, Tennessee. -- www.agapeosis.org

          by Eric Stetson on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 11:40:24 AM PDT

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          •  I just looked at your website ... (1+ / 0-)
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            Eric Stetson

            Interesting. I call myself "an athiest who believes in God" because I generally do not get along with believers, but I am not an atheist. I guess you are familiar with that mental process.

            •  thanks for checking out my website (0+ / 0-)

              Certainly there are MANY people like you who have some kind of spiritual belief but don't fit well with traditional religion or its followers.  My church is full of such people.  I don't know if "atheist" would really be an accurate way to describe such a stance, however.  Maybe "spiritual but not religious"?

              Eric Stetson is a liberal Christian/interfaith minister in Nashville, Tennessee. -- www.agapeosis.org

              by Eric Stetson on Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 01:05:26 PM PDT

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