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  •  I don't think it's insane (3+ / 0-)
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    dss, Gary Norton, Nailbanger

    I think it's politically astute in that it's energizing their base.  What have they got to lose?  Keep the wedge issues alive - it's been a winning strategy for them overall.

    "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

    by KibbutzAmiad on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:15:29 PM PST

    •  Except if he believes it/ (1+ / 0-)
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        well be nuts but the strategy is pretty logical if you are committed to promoting wedge issues.

        "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

        by KibbutzAmiad on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:23:49 PM PST

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        •  Agree. But they (0+ / 0-)

          are wrong appealing to the crazies like this if they expect to win in the general. I can understand someone fearful of a primary challenge doing this but in the general, this is going to be disastrous for Republicans. As in WI, this kind of overreaching reveals them to independents.

          •  The thing is, the general (0+ / 0-)

            is not really a national election.  It's 50 elections, and appealing to the base on wedge issues has been successful in the past.  Example is the anti-gay legislation introduced in Ohio in 2004.  Brought out the base and Bush took Ohio.

            "never trust a rich man when he offers you a truce"

            by KibbutzAmiad on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:41:44 PM PST

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            •  But not anymore (1+ / 0-)
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              You've noticed that many prominent GOPers have either issued tepid statements on Obama's DOMA decision or ignored it all together. Why? Because outside of the GOP base, nobody cares anymore.

              Gay bashing was last effective in 2004, like you said. Since then, it's falling out of favor. It doesn't work as a wedge issue anymore.

    •  This is the GOP's dilemma. (2+ / 0-)
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      Public perception has changed. Gay marriage is here to stay.
      The GOP knows it, they are just stuck with their old copy points and are too stupid to get it that gay marriage is a losing issue for turning out their base. The reason that the GOP doesn't walk away from this turkey is that their corporate overlords are pissed off that gay marriage means that they have to shell out more for spousal benefits.

      Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire

      by leftover on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 03:40:52 PM PST

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