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  •  If they really can stay away indefinitely (6+ / 0-)

    then good for them; I assume that at some point the hardship becomes unbearable for at least one of them (a sick child, spouse, or parent?) and expecting them to stay away becomes cruel.  If there were not an apparent resolution of the issue, the public would understand; with the issue apparently resolved, continuing to stay away at some point becomes weird.

    At that point they either need a new rationale for it (and highlighting the energy privatization seems perfect: it would further reinvigorate the movement and make clear to everyone why they can't go back) or they need to write the endgame in the most sympathetic way possible so that the Republicans suffer even worse for their probable upcoming bait and switch.  Ideally, they'll do both.

    This is political theater -- as well as being deadly serious.    Republicans, with their focus on marketing and a lapdog media, tend to be better at this.  We need a storyline of tragic duty.  I wish I could come up with a better literary example than that of Aslan's self-sacrifice in the first Narnia novel, but that's the one that comes to mind.

    Unplug the Koch machine! It's swallowing people's money!

    by Seneca Doane on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 07:46:50 AM PST

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    •  They can't stay away. (1+ / 0-)
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      I was just making the point that there is no real reason for them to be there within the context of this coup-style of governing.

      •  When the theatrical performance is done (4+ / 0-)

        then they should take a well-deserved bow.  But for now, the public -- which doesn't usually watch plays like this with any interest -- is tuning in.  Much of the public isn't sure why it's watching, but it knows that it has to watch.  This is a great chance to make the last act in the drama the ripping of the mask off the face of Republicanism to reveal the Death's Head.

        Unplug the Koch machine! It's swallowing people's money!

        by Seneca Doane on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 08:09:08 AM PST

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    •  I'm assuming that state sen. Julie Lassa (0+ / 0-)

      doesn't want to have her baby in Illinois.

      (I think she's 7 months pregnant by now?)

      I think particularly of her, and her two young children she hasn't been able to be with since this crisis started.  And my own state sen. Fred Risser, who at age 83 may be tougher than most, but just imagine being on the lam from hotel to hotel at that age!!

      They need to come home, and may as well do it sooner rather than later now that Wisconsin has had a chance to see what's being done to us.  I trust their collective judgment as to details.  They're a clever set of folks and they know what they're up against.

      And hats off to the Fab 14!  They have performed an incredible service.

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Fri Mar 11, 2011 at 11:27:26 AM PST

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