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  •  How did TP get such power & influence? (5+ / 0-)

    By any measure, TP supporters are a minority of the population. I've seen numbers like 20-30%.

    Why the fuckng hell are THEY calling the shots? We had incredible majorities in the House and the Senate, but had serious trouble getting stuff done. TP has maybe 30% and we are negotiating at the edge of what THEY want? Why?

    I don't understand. I'm genuinely mystified. Any clues welcome.

    The invasion of Iraq was a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a crime against civilization. Prosecute the crime.

    by Positronicus on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:14:08 AM PDT

    •  3 Reasons: 1) Many Dems are Also Conservatives, (3+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, Margd, Positronicus

      which meant "we" didn't have strong majorities for much policy nor any majority for some; 2) tea party is more a big donors' party than one of mere voters; and 3) what they want is gridlock and stoppage, which our system and chamber rules are designed to foster.

      This is how our system is designed to work. The media environment is also a direct consequence of our system design.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:19:02 AM PDT

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    •  It was created by FOX (3+ / 0-)
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      Positronicus, Matt Z, history first

      And groomed by the GOP.  They're exploiting these fools for their own purposes.  But it doesn't look like they can really put the brakes on it now.

      They tortured people to get false confessions to justify invading Iraq.

      by yet another liberal on Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 10:22:46 AM PDT

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