This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.


  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

The margin of victory over Cucchinelli in Virginia last night was too small to represent the complete repudiation of the Tea Party that we had hoped for, or that the polls had suggested.  I am happy for the GOP civil war to continue, since the election did not resolve the ongoing struggle for dominance between the establishment GOP and Tea Party factions.  For Dems, if the GOP civil war keeps on, it's a wonderful life.

However, there  is a huge amount of brand loyalty among Republican voters, which is a danger to Democrats and sane candidates everywhere.

In fact, if you add the  6% of the vote that went to a self-described libertarian, you swing the election the other way.    I think there is the danger that if the Republicans re-define themselves as a libertarian party and retained that brand loyalty, they could renew themselves.  


You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

The intra-party GOP tension has not yet turned into a libertarians vs. evangelicals battle, which is what I think will eventually happen.  I see the Tea Party as being made up of the authoritarian followers and authoritarian leaders wing, which wants the power to decide who is a "real American" and who isn't, and who is a RINO and who is not.  I suspect a lot of the evangelicals are in there right now.

Tea Partiers bug the establishment GOP, which just wants to screw the poor and take contributions from billionaires and corporations. Because Tea Partiers are crazy and extremist, they interfere with establishment GOP collection plate passing among corporate donors.

Right now the GOP is poison to the millennial generation, which does not care about the social issues that get the evangelical wing jacked up.  

But if the GOP really decides to go libertarian--get OK with not regulating women's bodies and pot along with not regulating pollution, corporate fraud, and workplace abuses--it might well pick up some millennial support while holding on to the corporate and billionaire contributions.

Tossing the evangelicals overboard--or more likely, saying placating things to evangelicals while ignoring them--could be the road back for the GOP in national elections. I don't know that the GOP will get there. They are hooked on the crack cocaine of an evangelical and authoritarian base vote.  Right now that looks like a path to permanent minority status, as has occurred in California.

I hate the continuing brand loyalty of rank and file Republicans, in the face of demonstrated craziness by the Tea Partiers. I hope their in-party divisions continue to cripple them.

But hope is not a strategy.  Getting out the vote on the Dem side, and public mocking, shaming and repudiation of GOP politics of cruelty is.


Extended (Optional)

Your Email has been sent.