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Friday grab-bag today! Hey, nobody really wants to work after two weeks of shutdown that ends with coming back to work on a Thursday. Do you really think anything's getting done today?

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Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  good morning! (4+ / 0-)

    today I'm reading:

    Given this institutional setting, the reason we ended up in such a mess over the last few weeks is not because the tea party is extreme.  And it’s not because of anything Speaker John Boehner did or did not do.   None of this would have happened if more moderate Republicans had not caved to extreme pressures within their party and instead had exercised their procedural rights to force a more centrist outcome in the House.

    Al Hoffman, a mega-donor and former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, said conservative activists have delivered an unmistakable message to donors and business leaders who warned about a potential default on the debt: “We don’t care.”

    “So many in the House are hard-right reactionary tea party,” he told POLITICO during the shutdown. “And those Republicans, it appears, are ready to self-immolate, and are willing to risk the destruction of the party by risking the destruction of the economy, by risking a default.”
    He added, “I am desperate to get the Republicans moving again … in my view we’re becoming a party of irrelevancy."


    But tea-party-fueled primary challenges have backfired in recent election cycles by knocking out Republican candidates who might have won a general election in favor of fringe figures who had no chance.

    This time, the establishment has vowed not to let that happen. Crossroads GPS, an independent group co-founded by Gillespie and GOP strategist Karl Rove, has quietly focused more of its resources on what one official described as “thorough candidate vetting.


    More common, however, was a resigned sense that America’s politics no longer works.

    “The whole system is rigged,” said Thomas Crye, 69, a real estate appraiser sitting at a regular breakfast gathering at the Old Fort Restaurant here in Tennessee. “It’s not just one party.”

    In Colorado Springs, a deeply conservative town that is home to the Air Force Academy and Fort Carson, a sprawling Army base, the last two weeks presented a tough contest between philosophy and tactics, between national priorities and local realities.

    Mr. Elliott, 26, a cabdriver whose girlfriend is in the Army National Guard, said the decision of his congressman, Doug Lamborn, a Republican, to vote against ending the shutdown was understandable. But while no fan of President Obama, Mr. Elliott said the Republican approach over the past two weeks was shortsighted.

    “It’s stupid that you shut down the economy just to get Obamacare off the list,” he said, adding, “Get Obama out of there, and get your candidate in there.”

    but in VA

    The positions reflected each man’s personal beliefs but also the Democratic Party’s reluctance to antagonize culturally conservative rural voters. Now Warner and Kaine join McAuliffe in supporting gay marriage, universal background checks, and a pathway to citizenship. That evolution suggests Virginia Democrats have increasingly decided that failing to motivate their “coalition of the ascendant” is a greater electoral risk than alienating right-leaning whites. With that conclusion, they are following the precedent set by Obama in his reelection campaign when he aggressively leaned left on social issues.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!" — Upton Sinclair

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Oct 18, 2013 at 05:33:42 AM PDT

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