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  •  I sense a serious disconnect (0+ / 0-)

    namely we really have three parties at this point. D, R, and T. (I support none of them, I'm an L.)

    Having made my conflict of interest disclosure, the notion that 'wall street' will make the tea party Republicans do things is, in my opinion, significantly inconsistent with actual positions.  The Tea Party folks, many of them, view the bailout as the LOOT-OUT, Main Street banker Republicans and their Labor Union boss buddies ripping off the American people.  (And for those of you who are distinguished labor leaders, well, you should realize that there are other perspectives out there.) The Tea position on Boehner trying to frogmarch the Republican Congressmen into voting for a pure extension is "Try it, and we will primary you, and electing a Democrat as a result is a big improvement."

    Now, there are people who will say that Boehner should 'tell his nut wing to shove it'.  Congressional leaders can do that.  Ask progressives (I know that's most of you) how progress is going on shutting down the Guantanamo Gulag, terminating torture and trying the torturers, and closing down the Stazi reading our email.  The people who did tell you where to go concluded you actually have no other political party to call home, so they could get away with it.

    Boehner has two problems with this. The first problem is that the people he would be telling to shove it are Congressmen, and if he tosses them out of his caucus, so to speak, he probably does not have a majority of votes in his coalition any more.  The second problem is that the Tea Party people can look at major successes of their coalition in primaries, including Delaware, Alaska, and Nevada, and conclude that they have to go RINO hunting with primary guns again, game is not at all scarce, and that the outcome is almost certain to be good.

    The disconnect is that your well written and well-laid-out analysis treats the Republicans as a unified group at the beck and call of the banking interests.

    Having said that, I will comment as an L that tea party folks are farther from my party than is the average American.

    We can have change for the better.

    by phillies on Tue May 17, 2011 at 04:25:17 PM PDT

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