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Since Bruce Bartlett has gone to the trouble of making a nice chart out of the latest Kos/Research 2000 poll, it would be churlish of me not to steal it. So here it is. Source data here. Cliff Notes version: Republicans are nuts.
A new poll of more than 2,000 self-identified Republican voters illustrates the incredible paranoia enveloping the party and the intense pressure drawing lawmakers further and further away from political moderation.
As I was tweeting during the Obama-GOP Q&A, Micah Sifry, a co-founder of TechPresident.com, a cross-partisan group blog covering the intersection of politics, governance and technology, sent me a direct message on Twitter: "you write the language for an online petition for institutionalizing #questiontime and we'll push it out." I'm a journalist, not an activist, but I thought starting a crusade for better political debate could be worthwhile. The next day, I sent Sifry a draft.
In the days immediately after the special Massachusetts election, which gave Senate Republicans the ability to block votes on legislation, the prospects for reform looked so bleak that one reliable source emailed me a one-word message: “Dead.”
But within 24 hours, that same source had emailed me another one-word message: “Alive.”
And that’s a pretty good description of where things stand today, at least based on what I've gleaned from conversations with insiders over the last week.
Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 04:54 AM PST.