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U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney share a laugh before addressing the Republican National Committee State Chairman's National Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona Apri
Haven't we seen this playbook before?
The New York Times takes a look at how Republican insiders are trying to stop—sometimes successfully—right-wing lunatics from winning primaries in 2014:
The Republican Party establishment, chastened by the realization that a string of unpredictable and unseasoned candidates cost them seats in Congress two elections in a row, is trying to head off potential political hazards wherever it can this year.

In House and Senate races across the country, many of the traditional and influential centers of power within the party are taking sides in primaries, overwhelming challengers on the right with television ads and, in some cases, retaliating against those who are helping the insurgents.

There's some fun stuff in there, including a hilarious quote from the head of one conservative grift organization accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of having "essentially joined the I.R.S. in targeting conservative groups," which is absurd because (a) the I.R.S. hasn't targeted conservative groups and (b) conservative groups are targeting Mitch McConnell.

Please read more on this story below the fold.

But the thing that really leaps out is what wasn't said: Sure, Republicans politicos might be trying to turn down the volume on some of their crazier voices, but that's just about spin and appearances. As far as policy goes, the GOP is still way outside the mainstream. We're still only a few months removed from Republicans shutting down the government—and Republicans are still hewing to a far-right agenda.

So far this year, they've voted on yet another bill to restrict legal abortion, promised to hold even more Obamacare repeal votes, repeatedly refused to restore emergency unemployment benefits that they killed last year, blocked immigration reform while claiming to support it, and continue to drag out debt limit uncertainty even though everybody knows they will ultimately cave.

What the GOP establishment's primary pushback shows us is that they know their party is out of step with the country, but instead of actually trying to move back toward the mainstream in a substantive way, they just want candidates that are more clever and effective in cloaking their extremism. But as John McCain and Mitt Romney proved in 2008 (Sarah Palin) and 2012 (47 percent), while the Republican establishment may succeed in pushing "moderates" over the top in primaries, it really doesn't matter, because at its core, today's GOP is fundamentally a hard-line right-wing party.

The GOP establishment may want to soften the Republican Party's image, but they haven't shown any interest in changing what the party actually is.

Update: Steve Singiser has an excellent post on why Republicans are so desperate to avoid nominating freaks in 2014—and why they might not succeed. But whether or not they succeed, the price they pay for stopping candidates who wear their extremism on their sleeve is that the party as a whole moves to the right. In other words, to stop those that they fear, on a substantive level, Republicans become what they are claiming to stop.

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  •  All this will accomplish... (11+ / 0-)

    is to inspire yet another conspiracy theory on the part of the Teabaggers and make them yell even louder.

  •  Tpers don't understand they are members of (8+ / 0-)

    the Gangster's Old Party, or they would very likely adhere to Gangster Principles #1 & #2, namely, never talk about the real business outside the family, and NEVER admit to ANYthing.

    To My Colonoscopist

    I think that I shall never see
    so far up you as you up me.

    by shieldvulf on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 10:57:29 AM PST

  •  But they've got the problem that the lunatics (18+ / 0-)

    are still running. And when they do they force the "mainstream" (quoted because honestly no Republican is actually mainstream -- even the moderate ones are corporate whores, racists and misogynists) to be even more extreme. So the damage is done during the primary. It fatally wounded Romney in 2012 with things like his claim of being "extremely conservative governor" impossible to dodge from when he tried to pivot back from it in the general. What they really want is back room deals to pick the candidates but they're afraid if they do that the truly loony contingent in the Tea Party will formally split with them.

    Pass the popcorn.

    Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

    by ontheleftcoast on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 10:59:58 AM PST

  •  That is a feature not a bug (13+ / 0-)
    The GOP establishment may want to soften the Republican Party's image, but they haven't shown any interest in changing what the party actually is.
    The Kochs and their ilk have worked very hard for a long long long long time for that. And on the way they have carved out "think tanks" that pump out their message daily, tax cuts for themselves and their wealthy buddies and they have used their money to purchase media time to make sure that the minions that we are believe all their crap.

    ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

    by glitterscale on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:00:05 AM PST

  •  There's an article in today's Az Daily Star (10+ / 0-)

    ( (sorry, no link, I'm on my I-pad)
    that says Republicans that supported the Medicaid expansion are out raising those that opposed it. The insurance companies seem to be pro, at least that part of the ACA.

    I'll tell you right out, I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk. - Kasper Gutman

    by rasbobbo on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:00:14 AM PST

    •  Insurance and ACA (3+ / 0-)
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      bananapouch1, mikejay611, rasbobbo

      The insurance companies are PRO-ACA for one reason, more customers with government support! Meaning more income and more profits.

      That is the ONLY reason the insurance companies support the ACA, especially since the ACA forces reduction in "administrative" costs to no more than 20% of revenue. United Health Care (for example) had over 30% of revenue in administrative costs prior to the ACA.

      Da boss man getting smaller pay check!

      •  Yeah, plus the people who were not able to pay (0+ / 0-)

        - this is Medicaid, remember - & had basically passed the expense on, are now being covered by the state. Hospitals like it, too. Getting paid, that is.

        I'll tell you right out, I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk. - Kasper Gutman

        by rasbobbo on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:26:42 PM PST

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  •  The Tea Party/GOP has mutated. (9+ / 0-)

    They can only produce mutant offspring.

    I am watching this video by one of their "intellectuals" (loved by our friends at Redstate).

    Bottom line we are all communists and the only way out is war (violet war since we are part of a communist conspiracy to take over America).

    I recommend watching the video to understand their perspective.  Scary.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:00:47 AM PST

  •  more lunatics, please. GOTV is calling /nt (5+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:01:15 AM PST

  •  Until they change who is likely to... (5+ / 0-) up for their nominating events, this is going to be much harder than the sitting Establishment imagines. Especially since there is a considerably well funded Insurgent Establishment that is making sure that the current demographic who shows up for nomination events remains as dependably static as possible for the foreseeable future.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:01:26 AM PST

    •  Considering the "sitting Establishment" (3+ / 0-)
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      blue aardvark, Egalitare, bryduck

      still votes with the loonies in both the House and Senate, what does it matter if the loonies run in or win primaries?  I know it freaks out the establishment, but they don't seem to be doing anything to oppose the real crazies, or even slow them down.  The Republican establishment could win more votes by calling out the true nutcases in their party than by pandering to them I betcha.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:47:55 AM PST

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  •  This effort started last year. (7+ / 0-)

    When Steve King (IA-04) was considering running for the open Senate seat in Iowa (due to Tom Harkin's retirement), he was discourage from running by Karl Rove, and probably others. Polls showed that King could easily win a Republican primary, but would be defeated by Bruce Braley in the general election. Gov. Branstad wanted Tom Latham (IA-03) to run instead. Latham is low key and less unpopular than King with most Iowans. In the end, the both declined. Latham is retiring, and King is running for re-election in his safe red district.

  •  Probably Do (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, blue aardvark
    The GOP establishment may want to soften the Republican Party's image, but they haven't shown any interest in changing what the party actually is.
    But they can't change their votes and the yoututbes we all can access of their diatribe against the needs of their people and rights during such hard times and at such peril, rained down on them under their very own watch (yes along with the DEM labeled ones too, acknowledged)

    And they can't change the obvious strategy to hold the peoples need back in order to defeat the opposing party, for political sakes...

    oh the sport of politic

  •  This is brilliant! Reince has done it again.Here's (6+ / 0-)

    a glimpse of their strategery session:
    GOP consultant: Okay. How about we move on immigration reform, get on board with raising the minimum wage, appeal to our governors to accept madicaid, ease off on vaginal probe and anti-choice laws. We'll take away those "Democrat" campaign talking points?

    Reince: No can do. Our voting stalwarts (you know, TPers and Co.) won't vote if we go way left to get to center right.

    All: Okay then. We use our billionaire and CoC buddies to stop TPers in the primaries, keep spinning Obamacare as evil until November, get control of the senate and House and then...Mwaaaa! Impeachment redux. Good times for all.

  •  Should we hope that GOP strategy works? (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, JeffW, stevemb, blue aardvark

    Of course, by "strategy works" I mean only that it stops lunatics from winning their primaries, not that the candidates the GOP runs win in the general election.

    If they run less crazy candidates, they'll probably pick up more moderate votes in the general election.  But it's possible this effort to hide the lunatics will alienate a lot of support from the lunatic grass roots.  That could cost them some votes, and perhaps more important, a lot of energetic campaign volunteers.
    How badly does the GOP need campaign volunteers?  Can Koch money replace them?  If folks like Rush Limbaugh get mad at the tactics the GOP establishment uses, could it lead to a split in the party?

    So pass the popcorn, for sure, but which side should we root for?

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:05:45 AM PST

    •  Can you say "third party"? (3+ / 0-)
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      TofG, Gordon20024, david78209

      I knew you could! You're very good!

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

      by JeffW on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:15:39 AM PST

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    •  Koch money doesn't need to replace them. (2+ / 0-)
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      david78209, Odysseus

      They can pay them.  People can be convinced to compromise their self-inflicted lunacy for money.  The biggest problem, I think, is that the Koch brothers don't want to do anything to dial back the crazy.  The crazies are the cover for their economic priorities - I don't think for a minute the brothers give a damn about women's rights, voter rights or human rights.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 12:06:54 PM PST

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    •  I don't think it would change things-- (2+ / 0-)
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      david78209, Kanscott

      this would only mean a reversion to the GOP of 1996-2004, really. Not something to wish for . . . There is something to be said for not being able to put the genie back into the bottle, but without a complete meltdown of the Republican Party, I can't see these voters pulling the lever for anyone but an "R." They voted less crazy in the past, why would they change now?

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 01:25:19 PM PST

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      •  Can we hope some of them would get so disgusted (1+ / 0-)
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        they'd stay home and not vote?
        I suppose Democrats are more prone to do that.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:24:39 PM PST

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        •  Hope springs eternal . . . (1+ / 0-)
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          I suppose there must be some Rs that get disillusioned and stop voting, but one thing we know is that the ones who have done so so far have been far outweighed by those who haven't. It's not as if the Rs have all of a sudden stopped promising their disparate factions the moon and not delivered. The religious right has been waiting for Roe to be repealed for decades and are still as devout to the Party as ever . . .

          "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

          by bryduck on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:39:04 PM PST

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  •  All hands on deck (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Remediator

    Between gazillions in PAC $ and a compliant corporate media and their 24-7 propaganda network and the echo-chamber on the 'Net and assorted 'think-tanks'..

    Maybe - They might be able to keep a few lunatic losers from winning primaries.


    Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies, We were roaring drunk on petroleum -Kurt Vonnegut

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:05:45 AM PST

  •  Stop lunatics? GOP reaping what they sewed.... (5+ / 0-)
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    TofG, JeffW, HugoDog, a2nite, Emerson

    But GOPers let them in so easily...…and they were so happy to do so!

    Remember the first few Teabaggers protests near the Capitol where Boehner and other Republicans wore huge smiles at the sight? A Republican even straightened a "Don't thread on me" flag that was about to fall…

    For the GOP, it was all self inflicted and they are simply reaping what they sewed.

  •  "Stop lunatics from winning primaries" (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, JeffW, Caelian, a2nite

    Well, good luck with that, because their fellow wackadoodles turn out for the primaries and then (if our base turns out) they'll get swamped in the general.

    So this West Virginian walks into a bar and says, "Fix me a Green River."

    by Omir the Storyteller on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:06:55 AM PST

  •  Last time I checked (3+ / 0-)

    they were all lunatics.Some have a little more self control.

    “He talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans.” James Carville

    by Mokislab on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:07:06 AM PST

  •  Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. (6+ / 0-)

    Welcome to the realization that this is your base. Your plan is never going to work.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:08:38 AM PST

  •  FreedomWorks director Matt Kibbe (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, TofG, a2nite

    is already whining about it.  As long as they are all tone deaf nothing with change.  SSDD.

  •  That's going to be ROUGH (6+ / 0-)

    I mean go to almost any non democratic internet forum or political site.  You don't have to even go to a "republican" site.  Go to a farming forum or a hunting or gun forum that has a politics section.

    The average GOP voter is to the right of the craziest candidate running for office.

    For years the republicans, bankrupt of ideas have won elections by character assassination or fear and paranoia because if it was issues alone the dems won.

    Now they have created a crazy right wing zombie electorate that has broken out of the lab and gone national.

    •  They thought they could keep their GMOpublicans (0+ / 0-)

      in a controlled escape-proof environment, doing their bidding.

      The Hive has accidentally unleashed the deadly and mutating T-virus, killing all of its employees.

      To contain the leak, the governing supercomputer, Red Queen, has sealed all entrances and exits. Now a team of highly-trained super commandos including Rain (Michelle Rodriguez - The Fast and the Furious, Girlfight), Alice (MillaJovovich - The Fifth Element) and Matt (Eric Mabius - Cruel Intentions) must race to penetrate The Hive in order to isolate the T-virus before it overwhelms humanity. To do so, they must get past the Red Queen's deadly defenses, face the flesh-eating undead employees, fight killer mutant dogs and battle The Licker, a genetically mutated savage beast whose strength increases with each of its slain victims.

      ~Resident Evil

      ...wispy longings for a time before Elvis and the Beatles, back when "a girl could cook and still would". You know before the troubles.~Hunter.

      by denig on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 12:05:09 PM PST

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  •  If they think that'll work, they're dim, Jed! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, blue aardvark

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

    by JeffW on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:10:30 AM PST

  •  Har! (3+ / 0-)

    Where is this "Republican Party Establishment" referenced by the New York Times? They don't exist any longer. The "Grey Beards" are nothing more than discrete globs grunting impotent gibberish as they float untethered through an All Against All Dystopic Goo masquerading as a political party. What a dangerous fucking mess they've become.

    Is that a real poncho, or is that a Sears' poncho? - Frank Zappa

    by JoesGarage on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:10:37 AM PST

  •  We need more (3+ / 0-)
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    Capt Crunch, TofG, blue aardvark

    I like the idea of running adverts that "candidate X is too conservative for red state Y" to goad GOP primary voters into nominating obvious lunatics.  This worked quite well for Sen Claire McCaskill's reelection campaign in 2012.

    Better to hide your tax returns and be thought a crook than to release them and remove all doubt. [Adapted from Abraham Lincoln]

    by Caelian on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:12:06 AM PST

  •  Talking Point For The Rightwinger In Your Life (4+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, drmah, Caelian, blue aardvark

    "Are you gonna let those RINOs keep the real patriots down?" For extreme cases "It's about time the real patriots to start their own party and tell those RINOs to kiss my ass!"

    On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

    by stevemb on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:16:37 AM PST

  •  On Policy? (1+ / 0-)
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    If GOP policy is so far outside the mainstream, why do "pragmatic centrist" Dems put such a premium on having policy indistinguishable from Republicans, and characterize everything that isn't as "naive fringe purity"?

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." ~Frederick Douglass

    by ActivistGuy on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:19:17 AM PST

  •  This is what happens, (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, blue aardvark, Emerson

    When you pander to the crazies.  The Republicans have been doing this since Nixon's "Southern Strategy" of selling the party to racists, religious fundamentalists, anti-abortionists, anti-gays, bigots, and more right-wing whackjobs that I can imagine.  Toss in another 25-plus years of "hate news" and commentary from Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, along with constant GOP scorched earth policies of no compromising with Democrats on legislation while demonizing the Democrats at every moment, what do you expect?

    The Republicans have been promising the crazies their extremist positions for years on the social issues of abortion, intelligent design, school prayer, marriage, and immigration, while bowing to their real corporate and billionaire masters on the economic issues, jobs, tax cuts for the rich, off shoring workers, union busting, privatized schools, and other policies to hollow out the poor, working, and middle class wealth to the corporations and one percenters, all while shifting the blame for their policies on the Democrats or whoever scapegoat they can conjure up.  

    It is no wonder that the crazies are rising up against the Republican insiders with running their own lunatic fringe candidates.  The Republican Party has been selling this brand of hatred, fear, demonization, scorched earth no compromised policies for decades to their voters, while not showing the results to satisfy their voters.   Now the lunatic fringe is running their own lunatic candidates.  

    The Republicans created the Frankenstein monster.  

  •  Keep Dreaming (5+ / 0-)
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    drmah, Caelian, devis1, blue aardvark, Emerson

    The Lunatics and Wingnuts ARE the GOP.

    It's Just  like Inciting a MOB and then Crying when It's
    YOUR House that gets Torched.

    They CREATED It.    They FED It.    They OWN It.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:20:46 AM PST

  •  Todd Aiken was the establishment in 2012 (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Caelian, blue aardvark

    Todd Aiken was a member of the House of Representatives and had held office since 2001. He was not "unseasoned". In fact, his top opponent in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Missouri was the "unseasoned" businessman, John Brunner, who had never held office.

  •  If they succeed (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, blue aardvark, Odysseus

    then that will be all the more reason for the Democrats to draw a sharp line of distinction between a Democratic candidate and a Republican candidate.

    Republican Lite will not do the job.

    One example of how to do this is by none other than Charlie Crist in Florida.

    To quote from Egerto's diary:

    Charlie Crist came out swinging. Chuck Todd in his every move apparent appeasement of the Right, attempted to give Governor Rick Scott credit for Florida’s unemployment rate drop. Charlie Crist would have none of it. He boomeranged Rick Scott Obama embrace attack by embracing it. Christ said categorically that the improvement was a result of President Obama’s stimulus. He even said he was grateful to the President during the interview.
    But it would get better. Charlie Crist channeled Congressman Alan Grayson. "About a million of my fellow Floridians are not getting health care today.” Charlie Crist said. “And I am told by friends at SIEU that means that six people in Florida die every day as a result of that. Every day." When Chuck Todd came to the defense of Rick Scott by claiming that factual statement was a “tough allegation,” Charlie Crist did not back down.

    “That’s right,” Charlie Crist said. "If people are sick, and they aren't getting health care, what happens? They usually get sicker, or they die. … In addition to it, it is economically stupid."

  •  Birth of the Tea Party (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, a2nite, blue aardvark

    One of the many things that gave rise to the "caricature of itself" Tea Party is that many GOoPers, and allegedly a handful of Dems and Independents got tired of the Republican Party establishment anointing candidates in back-room deals, mostly because those candidates had been 1) good soldiers, 2) generous bundlers, 3) supposedly could deliver voting blocks.  There was a growing feeling that these establishment GOoPers were too satisfied with the status quo and were too willing to reach across the aisle in order to keep their jobs year after year.  Tea Party candidates successfully challenged such establishment stalwarts as Robert Bennett, and rather unsuccessfully went down in flames (Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell) for example.  But if 2014 is business as usual, and the likes of Reince Priebus and Karl Rove rule the roost, Teabaggers will be back with a vengeance, albeit an astroturf vengeance.

    In loyalty to their kind, they cannot tolerate our minds. In loyalty to our kind, We cannot tolerate their obstruction.

    by mojave mike on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:27:44 AM PST

  •  Where are they going to find enough "non-lunatics" (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, a2nite, blue aardvark, Remediator

    to run?  Winger-Lunatics predominate the possible people who might run.

  •  From Politico today (1+ / 0-)
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    "For the first time since 2008, it appears possible no Republican incumbent will be toppled in a primary or convention. But bloody primaries could still take a toll on the eventual nominees in some races, draining war chests heading into tough general election contests…"

    Are they serious?  It was followed by a mention that tea party groups don't necessarily feel the same way.  There is so much cat fud this year, and the Kansas senate race just came on to the map, it will need a little time to fester, but, it will also be lots of fun to watch.  

    The GOP seems to be pushing the story this year.  Hopefully we'll look less defensive as the year unfolds.  I don't know why Tennant in West Virginia isn't riding the polluted water into a Senate seat.  I know a lot of the statewide Dems are acting ridiculous in this whole thing, but, the opportunity is there for someone with good environmental credentials to really take a stand.  I mean, if you can't trust the drinking water, it doesn't get any more primal. Even the most non-political types must be raging over this mess.  

  •  MSM: One of the two mainstream political parties (1+ / 0-)
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    is saying these things; therefore, these are mainstream opinions.

    The. mind. boggles.

    I'm on a mission! Testing the new site rules.

    by blue aardvark on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:46:10 AM PST

  •  The Fawlty Party (0+ / 0-)

    "Don't mention the war" on women.

    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 Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:48:01 AM PST

  •  Lunatics are taking over the Lunatic Party? Whoa, (0+ / 0-)

    now that's news!!

    Do they want a red anvil or a blue anvil. Toss !!

    I think that Republicanism is revealing itself as a personality disorder, not so much an ideology." -- Naomi Klein

    by AllanTBG on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 11:56:51 AM PST

  •  All there's left are lunatics... n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "Daddy, every time a bell rings, a Randian Libertaria­n picks up his Pan Am tickets for the Libertaria­n Paradise of West Dakota!"

    by unclebucky on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 12:57:11 PM PST

  •  Me again with the negative thing. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's all well and good to hope and pray for the most batshit crazy wingnut to win the GOP primary in any given congressional district, but what about when that candidate wins the general?  There are districts, and I think I live in one of them, that the "fringe" is actually the mainstream, and that person is going to Congress.  We have a guy that's going to run for Steve Daines' House seat from Montana (Daines is running for Baucus' Senate seat and will probably win it), who routinely refers to Hillary Clinton as the Antichrist to thunderous applause...

    •  For the House, sure. (1+ / 0-)
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      You're going to get some serious loons there, and there's little we can do about that. For any office more expansive though, the likelihood lessens dramatically. Who's the craziest Senator? Now compare him/her to the craziest member of the House . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 01:28:37 PM PST

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  •  Is this a Mission Impossible episode? (0+ / 0-)

    I suspect that no one has told the GOP primary voters about this new strategy.

  •  Sounds like the GOP needs a Ramulen Cloaking (1+ / 0-)
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    , but instead of actually trying to move back toward the mainstream in a substantive way, they just want candidates that are more clever and effective in cloaking their extremism.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 02:04:20 PM PST

  •  "Unpredictable and unseasoned" (0+ / 0-)

    Hm. Not necessarily the two words I would've chosen.

    "These are not candidates. These are the empty stand-ins for lobbyists' policies to be legislated later." - Chimpy, 9/24/10

    by NWTerriD on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 03:38:39 PM PST

  •  Dem "extremists" should reverse this playbook: (0+ / 0-)

    Learning from this Republican playbook:

    the price they pay for stopping candidates who wear their extremism on their sleeve is that the party as a whole moves to the right.
    Reversed version, if more Progressives run for office, and receive more support from Kossacks and other "extremists", would be:
    the price [Barack/Hillary/Rahm/S.Israel] pay for stopping candidates [Warren/Sanders/Wyden/Bellows] is that the [Democratic] party as a whole moves to the [left].

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