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I propose a hostile takeover of the Republican party in Virginia.

Teabagger groups in multiple states have already shown that the smaller turnout during primary elections enables relatively a small group of motivated voters to win the primary election even when their candidate is an extremist.

There's no reason the same tactic can't be used to nominate and elect a Republican left-wing extremist candidate.

For the 2014 primary election, every Democratic voter in Virginia should change his/her party registration to the Republican Party, and every Democratic candidate should get on the ballot as a Republican candidate.

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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)

    @sd_anon all my posts contain trace amounts of snark

    by anon2008 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:01:10 PM PST

  •  What Republican "left-wing extremist"? (1+ / 0-)
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    Calamity Jean

    There ain't any...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 04:06:02 PM PST

    •  by today's standards - Nixon n/t (0+ / 0-)

      Life isn't fair but you should try to leave it fairer than you found it.

      by xrepub on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:15:49 PM PST

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    •  You missed it (2+ / 0-)
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      anon2008, JeffW

      Run the most left-wing, treehugger, humanist, progressive you can find in the Rethug primary (bonus: female, person of color, under 40, GBLTQ).

      Dem voters switch parties en masse to elect the person.

      Due to the fucked-up gerrymandering, the person is elected. Rinse, repeat.

      The sceme will work for representative (and most-if not all state govt peep) elections, but I'm not sure it'll work for President.

      At least with control of the state, gerrymandering can go the way of the DoDo. Maybe.

      “Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can't build on it; it's only for wallowing in.” — Katherine Mansfield

      by Simolean on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:54:47 AM PST

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  •  Get serious (4+ / 0-)
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    Adam B, JeffW, Bronx59, lostboyjim

    (a) There is no party registration in Virginia.

    (b) You'd need a huge fraction of the population for this to week, and that won't happen.  Period.

    •  "week" --> "work" n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  They'd Have To Move Into Different CDs Too. (2+ / 0-)
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      JeffW, Lujane

      Easier to abolish the Electoral College.

      To prevent Republicans from rigging the electoral college, we must switch to a national popular vote. And it really can be done: states worth 132 electoral votes have already pledged to allot all of their EVs to the national popular vote winner if other states, adding up to 270 EVs, pledge to do the same. With 138 EVs to go, the electoral college would be overruled by the national popular vote by 2016.
    •  Past primary elections were determined by fewer (1+ / 0-)
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      than 5% of the voters in each district. That's because turnout during a primary election is always abysmally low. That's how all the teabaggers got on the ballots and hijacked the GOP. In each district they only had to motivate a few thousand equally crazy voters to vote in order to effectively steal the elections from established GOP candidates.

      If the Virginia 2014 primary election is anything like the 2010 election, a Democratic candidate running on the GOP ballot would only need about 3 to 5% of the registered Democratic voters to switch parties in order to steal the seat.

      @sd_anon all my posts contain trace amounts of snark

      by anon2008 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:19:01 PM PST

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    •  I'm entirely serious (0+ / 0-)
      (a) There is no party registration in Virginia.
      The open primary is an advantage not a hinderance.

      In an open primary a voter doesn't actually have to do anything to switch parties other than show up on election day and ask for a Republican ballot rather than a Democratic ballot.

      It's only the candidate which has to do anything special to get his/her name on the Republican ballot.

      A Democratic candidate simply has to say "I've seen the light and wish to switch parties and have my name listed on the GOP primary ballot". Then if he can convince as few as 3% of the Democratic voters (who probably weren't going to bother voting anyways) to help kick the GOPers in the teeth, and Bob's your uncle, he wins the GOP primary.

      @sd_anon all my posts contain trace amounts of snark

      by anon2008 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:29:43 PM PST

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  •  A less complex but alternative proposition (2+ / 0-)
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    anon2008, slothlax

    Suppose there was one special election where this could be done. Suppose the entire energy of the progressive community were directed toward that kind of shenannigan--primary challenge from a Trojan candidate, but lots of energy and national help.

    The idea of showing the right wing what could happen if everyone cheated like they do would be worth the great effort.

    Managing this on a state level would be impossible. But using one case to point out what Democracy means would be worth a lot.

  •  Gerrymandering... (0+ / 0-)

    is not a red or blue thing.

    setting the stage for the modern conservative

    by MWV on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:57:48 PM PST

  •  I see nothing wrong (4+ / 0-)

    with ratfucking republican primaries.  

    Political compass: -8.75 / -4.72

    by Mark Mywurtz on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:33:55 PM PST

  •  Except that there is no 2013 VA GOP primary (1+ / 0-)
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    They're going with a convention this year, instead.

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