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1. Cyclically establish a list of goals you need to achieve to make your party appeal to more people.  

2. Abandon those goals because they conflict with the resentful core of your party.

3. Continue to support legislation and policies that have narrow appeal or that offend those people you cyclically say you need to appeal to.

4. Ignore the people who you say you are trying to reach out to when they tell you that the policies you support are offensive to them.

5. Refuse to support any laws, agenda, priorities, or legislation integral to attracting  the people you say you need to reach out to.

6. Mock and denigrate any laws, agenda, priorities, or legislation integral to attracting the people you say you need to reach out to.

7. Continue to support those party spokespeople and candidates who say outrageously offensive things about growing segments of the population whom you say you are trying to attract.

8. After failing to reach out to the people you keep saying you need to reach out to, attempt to undermine the participation of those people in the election process, thus motivating them to vote against you.

9. Lose next election.

10. Repeat.

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  •  Step #11; ? Step #12; Profit! (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, Shippo1776

    Those elves WERE probably Republicans.

    "We are not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people." - future President Paul Ryan.

    by Fordmandalay on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 06:09:04 PM PDT

    •  Gnomes, not elves. ;D (0+ / 0-)

      But yeah, they screamed Republican schemers to me.

      You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 06:25:17 PM PDT

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      •  The original fable and Looney Tune were elves (0+ / 0-)

        The South Park ones were 'Underpants Gnomes', who DID use the '?' joke, so I'm calling it a wash. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

        "We are not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people." - future President Paul Ryan.

        by Fordmandalay on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 07:30:15 PM PDT

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  •  The Next Election is a Midterm. They Were This (2+ / 0-)
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    Mark Mywurtz, YucatanMan

    crazy at this point in 2009 as we ridiculed them, but they ended up massacring us.

    There's a real chance this won't hurt them at all in the next election, depending on how much the Dems give away on SS and Medicare the Repubs could easily have the Senate too, and make more gains in the states.

    Cautious optimism does seem justified but let's not forget the kind of election that comes next.

    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 Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 06:25:27 PM PDT

    •  This post was a little tongue-in-cheek but... (1+ / 0-)
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      Freelance Escapologist

      As I see it, there was a period when people in the center erred on the side of the GOP because it was so widely accepted as more establishment/alpha/safe. Though people still fall for that delusion, I think they do so far less because the GOP has become so abusive in their zeal to control the message. Think of Jon Kyl's claim that abortion was "well over 90%" of what Planned Parenthood does. He was called on it and had to walk it back. He and his brethren don't get away with the same false messaging anymore. I think more people find the Republican party more dishonest in general.

      Yes, 2010 happened, but buyer's remorse set in pretty quick. And Rs kept their majority in 2012, thanks to gerrymandering. More people actually voted for Democrats in the House. You can only rely on dirty tricks for so long.

      •  The sad thing is, buyer's remorse doesn't change (1+ / 0-)
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        jan4insight

        the fact the looney-tunes are now in office.

        And while a number of the 2010 new-comers were defeated in 2012, too many are still there, having the power of incumbents to retain office.  Very few incumbents are unseated without huge gaffes on their own part.

        Fortunately for us, the tea baggs are full of gaffes and keep 'em coming.

        The sad part is, though, they may look crazy to us, but they are evil dying-to-win crazy.  They'll stop at nothing to win. Nothing. Lies. Schemes. Voter suppression.  And they never, ever compromise with themselves before negotiating.

        So, they have some natural advantages over people who are supposed to be reality-based. Fanatics often seem attractive because they are so sure of themselves.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Thu Mar 21, 2013 at 08:50:31 PM PDT

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  •  Suggested step between 9 and 10 (0+ / 0-)

    9 (A)    The day after the election loss issue an official denial regarding steps 1-8 above.

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