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Monday, January 11, 2010

Lesson for the GOP: The Batsh*t Crazy Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend


Everybody is talking about how the 10 Democrats in congress that are retiring (including Dodd, Dorgan and Ritter) are far more important than the 14 Republicans that are retiring from congress.

I am thinking that what might be far more important for the upcoming elections is for there to be some kind of a reconciliation between the Republican party establishment crowd and the Tea Party Movement, or the ensuing cannibalism in their elections is going to look like the Republican Dede Scozzafava/Doug kerfuffle in the 2009 special election for New York's 23rd congressional district.

There is going to have to be some kind of an unholy alliance drawn between the lying liars of the GOP and the batsh*t crazy Teabaggers before they can make any real progress with the voters.

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At Mon Jan 11, 09:38:00 PM, Blogger Liberality said...

Thanks for cheering me up :~)

At Mon Jan 11, 09:57:00 PM, Blogger Teresita said...

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At Mon Jan 11, 09:58:00 PM, Blogger Teresita said...

It goes like this: The guy who came in second in the GOP primary becomes the nominee four or eight years later. In 1976, Reagan was beaten by Ford, and became the nominee in 1980. Pappy Bush was beaten by the Gipper in 80, became the nominee in 88. Dole was beaten by Pappy in 88, became the nominee in 96. McCain was beaten by Bush in 2000, became the nominee in 2008.

So Sarah Palin won't be the GOP nominee, it will be the guy who came in second in 2008: Mitt Romney. And he will ask her to run for VP to lock up the Teabaggers. If she accepts, then Obama is a one-termer. If she declines, then O gets another four.

At Tue Jan 12, 08:45:00 AM, Blogger Kulkuri said...

Palin's only in it for the money. She quit as governor to make more money doing whatever it is she is doing (rabble-rousing maybe).

If she is on the ticket in 2012, she'll be the cause of the largest Democratic turnout in recent history. While there may be millions that love her, there are even more millions that can't stand her and even more millions that don't think she is qualified to be dog-catcher. YOU BETCHA!!!

At Tue Jan 12, 05:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"And he will ask her to run for VP to lock up the Teabaggers."

We can lock up the Teabaggers? Really? Awesome.

At Tue Jan 12, 07:47:00 PM, Blogger JustJoeP said...

The tea baggers are far over rated. Loud mouths, guano, far too much media coverage by me-too media outlets.

Palin has a core of supporters who will never abandon her, no matter what she does or says, ever. But they are less than 25% of the US voter base. There's another 20 or 30% who are ambivalent to her, and then there's the thinking, rational, science based, sentient voters who cannot stand her or her rhetoric, or her ardent, irrational, quick creationist, fundamentalist, fanatical, pseudo-feminist cheerleaders. That constitutes at least 50% of the US electorate who will NEVER vote for ANY ticket that has the quitter, partial term, ex-governor.

Romney is also part of the largest accepted cult in the US, the LDS church. Mainstream US voters and the right wing fundamentalists will not accept this cult, outside of the Mountain and Western time zones.

What breaks Teresita's theorem, is the polarization of the US electorate and political environment. Until Bush II, VERY FEW Americans were online regularly, had cable, or were able to get in-touch with throngs of others who thought like themselves, believed in similar theories like themselves, comforted each other by shared ideals. The intertubes & high speed access to it, and propagation of cable and dish network and XM radio and AM radio take-over by Clear Channel changed all that. YES, people WERE On the internet in the 90s... I was occasionally... but do you REMEMBER how long it took on dial up? how slow it was? There was no MSNBC, and Fox was not ubiquitous. The radicals on both left and right were isolated to large urban centers... and thus had little effect, minor exposure, and minor coverage on national issues.

Today, there's nothing separating your Uncle who forwards the conspiracy emails from birthers and the bloggers who reinforce the false efficacy of said theories.

I hypothesize that the 2012 election will see a schism of Conservatives and Main Stream Republicans, who will partially consume themselves, with purity tests, loyalty oaths, and litmus tests. If the milk toast left and the radical left dont fracture, they'll sweep national and state elections. If they do fracture, then it'll be a 4 way free-for-all, and the Palinites may prevail. Il faut voir - we shall see.

At Wed Jan 13, 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Melvin The Barbarian said...

Your Sarah Palin art is consistently hilarious, Dr Z! How about putting her, Mary Kay LaTourneau and Tonya Harding together in one picture? I'm not sure what the caption would be, but it just seems like a natural grouping to me.

At Fri Jan 15, 09:35:00 PM, Blogger sunshine said...

Sarah looks so happy to see me!!!!


At Wed Jan 20, 06:59:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Liberality: Cool! Thanks, Liberality! ;o)

Teresita: What happens if the ground hog sees his shadow? ;o)

Kulkuri: I agree! She inspires more hatred than adulation, that's for sure! ;o)

The Ardent Thread: Lock up the Teabaggers? I don't think we can do that! It's not like they are Democrats during the Bush administration. ;o)

JustJoeP: Whew! That was quite a mouthful... I feel that there is going to be some kind of a reconciliation between the Republican party establishment crowd and the Tea Party Movement for the Republicans to have any kind of real effect on the electorate, though. ;o)

Melvin The Barbarian: Ack! I'll have to think about hat one! It's a good idea. ;o)

sunshine: Indeed! It must be a paying gig. ;o)


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