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  •  It is hard to believe that those (1+ / 0-)
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    who call themselves Republicans now, have totally hijacked the Republican party of old. Where are the so-called "moderates," or even the mainstream Republicans? Tea baggers hijacking the Rethugs could be the salvation of house and senate seats for Democrats this Fall. If not, I suspect the country is more racist than I thought, and that 2008 was an anomaly, that a Black man was elected because voters were so disgusted with Bush and company. Why else is there so much negative, near violent protest against Obama?

    I think, therefore I am. I think.

    by mcmom on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 10:34:01 AM PST

    •  They are Now Independents (1+ / 0-)
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      Polls show only 21-25% of Americans identify as Republicans. Most of what is left are the crazies that every party has. The rest of the Republicans, the sane ones,  call themselves Independents, which explains why independents now tilt to the Right more then they use to. Saddly, most of this recent Republicans will still pull the lever for a Republican so it is the worst of both worlds. They are no longer part of the mix picking the Republican Candidates and helping more moderate Republicans to win the nomination. Instead they are just facilitating the electing of exstreme candidates that have been pre-picked for them. They may not want to be openly known as Republican now, but they when push comes to shove they still think a rightwing nut job is better then a moderate Democrat.

      •  What is a "self-identified Republican"? (0+ / 0-)

        In the latest Gallup poll comparing Dems/Reps by state, Gallup asked independents, "Are you an independent leaning Republican, leaning Democrat, or neither?" Then they lumped the leaners in with the hardcore party faithful.

        So Gallup came up with 42% Republican (including people who lean).

        As you said, only about 21% of the country actually says they're Republicans.

        So were the respondents in this Kos poll members of the 21% or the 42%? I suspect it's the former -- the truly hardcore Republican-til-the-day-I-die people.

        Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

        by Dbug on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 12:52:12 PM PST

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