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Watching the Government shutdown saga, I can't help but think (hope?) that we are watching the death throes of the Republican party as we know it.  Like a failing regime, they cannot yet face their fate and they cannot accomplishment any policy goals, but they still wield enough residual power to inflict widespread damage on the population, which they do mainly to reassure themselves that they are still a politically relevant force.  Eventually, there will be realignment into two politically viable coalitions, but until then I think we should expect a very bumpy ride.

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  •  What do you think will become of the Tea Party? (0+ / 0-)

    Clearly they're not going anywhere. I see them either succeeding in highjacking the entire Republican party or breaking loose and forming a third party.

    Either way it's hard to see them being any part of a politically viable coalition.

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    by smileycreek on Wed Oct 09, 2013 at 12:28:51 PM PDT

    •  Tea Party (1+ / 0-)
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      I think the Tea Party folks have always been part of the Republican coalition, but I think their current ascendant status is a symptom of the Republican party decline, not the cause.  Likewise, I don't think they will go away, but, when the Republicans recast itself as a politically viable entity (or is replaced), as it must inevitably do under the pressures of our two party winner-take-all system, they'll likely be marginalized.  Purely my opinion, not much to do but watch with mixed horror and fascination.

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