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  •  Let me get this straight: (19+ / 0-)
    1. The Koch Brothers are major financial supporters of the Tea Party movement;
    1. The Tea Party movement is a faction of politically unsophisticated, intemperate boobs with no grasp of PR and little ability to control their impulses sufficiently to hide their ignorance and reptilian venom even if they did;
    1. This very Tea Party movement has embarassed the hell out of the GOP, turned several almost certain Republican victories in November into possible defeats through the primary victories of their extremist candidates, and as a result have threatened to derail what would have been a sure Republican rout in November.

    So why do you want to boycott them?

    •  This movement is responsible for watering (5+ / 0-)

      down health care reform and probably for killing the public option.  This party is responsible for ginning up hatred against immigrants and Muslims.  That is not only embarrassing and un-American, in the latter case, it may also turn out to be dangerous.

      "I can't go to sleep. Someone on the internet is wrong!"

      by DrJeremy on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 09:35:10 PM PDT

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    •  Because they're moving the Overton Window. (2+ / 0-)
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      Showing dumb bigots as just the guy next door who wants his country back means that it won't be long until a dumb bigot has a real shot at the presidency. I mean, we'll actually think back on GWB with wistful nostalgia for the kind of knowledgable, rational, articulate candidate (by comparison) that conservatives used to produce.

      Okay, so there is actually good meta. Who knew?

      by SciVo on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 10:40:18 PM PDT

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      •  OK -- (1+ / 0-)
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        but I'm not sure how boycotting toilet paper is going to reverse that trend. It seems like that energy could be better directed.

        •  It's one small you thing you can (2+ / 0-)
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          Dem Beans, SciVo

          do, personally, to keep a few bucks out of their evil bucket of funding.  The only real power we have is our pocketbooks.  We can use our money to build up companies that are trying to do the right thing.

          •  I'm familiar with boycotts, (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm just unconvinced that they have any efficacy here. I think you're just getting into diminishing returns with stuff like this. You can always refuse to buy toilet paper from the Koch bros. -- but then who are you going to buy it from? Is there a toilet paper company out there that is not owned by a right-wing interest?  And are you really going to get enough friends, family, and total strangers to boycott Koch-made goods to make any measurable impact upon their sales? And even if you do, how long will it take to hit their bottom line hard enough to hurt them? How many future elections will be over by then?

            Don't get me wrong: history has shown that boycotts, specifically targeted and properly executed, can be effective. I just don't think that they will work in this instance.

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