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View Diary: The 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans (720 comments)

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  •  IT'S ALL HOW YOU PLAY THE GAME: Marginalize (0+ / 0-)

    Beginning in the early 1990's the process of marginalization became the base strategy for both parties. Party politics were changed by the never ending campaign cycle, by the need for huge bankrolls, and by modern media/communication that put everyone at the center of political action whenever they wanted to be.

    Several strategic pundits identified the need to create a solid, immovable base which party leaders could count on for money, for crowds and to serve as surrogates. Behind the scenes political moxie required alliances with BIG LABOR, BIG BUSINESS, BIG LOBBY, BIG SPECIAL INTEREST.

    The creation of the immovable core meant different things for each party. For the Dems it meant a big umbrella, embracing philosophies that were moderately conservative to downright liberal, a broad geography (excepting the South), multi racial/post racial alliances, and religious tolerance/acceptance. In other words open the doors very wide.

    The GOP took a different tack. A small but strong umbrella, a narrower and narrower conservative political philosophy, focus on the South/rural America, appeal to the traditional American (i.e. white, Christian) and a presumption that Christianity is essentially triumphant.

    An intriguing development has been one of style. The in-your-face, loud, dramatic, protest/rally/demonstration at one time belonged to the Democratic Party and its supporters. Today it seems to be more at home with the GOP and their supporters.

    The result: these poll/survey outcomes are not in the least bit surprising.

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