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(Washington Post)   Republicans, can't win with their base alone, they also can't win without it   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 101
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2013-06-19 09:44:26 AM  
Religious conservatives, for example, are the single largest constituency within the GOP, and compose about a quarter of the entire electorate.

Good luck with that.
 
2013-06-19 09:47:05 AM  

hinten: Religious conservatives, for example, are the single largest constituency within the GOP, and compose about a quarter of the entire electorate.

Good luck with that.


Someone needs to post that George McGovern quote again
 
2013-06-19 09:47:42 AM  

SurfaceTension: hinten: Religious conservatives, for example, are the single largest constituency within the GOP, and compose about a quarter of the entire electorate.

Good luck with that.

Someone needs to post that George McGovern Barry Goldwater quote again


/FTFM
//Always get the two confused for some reason
 
2013-06-19 09:56:28 AM  
Because if a GOP candidate doesn't take a harder right than Dale at Daytona for the primary the base is going to say "That there John Smith didn't scream the pledge loud enough OR promise that he's going to create a Secretary of Jesus in his cabinet. That's it! This fall I'm writing in Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn!"
 
2013-06-19 10:02:02 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Because if a GOP candidate doesn't take a harder right than Dale at Daytona for the primary the base is going to say "That there John Smith didn't scream the pledge loud enough OR promise that he's going to create a Secretary of Jesus in his cabinet. That's it! This fall I'm writing in Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn!"


I don't think it's that radical of a reaction. I think it's that the people who used to give money to the GOP will now just volunteer, the volunteers will just vote, and those that used to vote will stay home or cast protest votes. Everyone bumps down a notch unless you can keep everyone fired up.
 
2013-06-19 10:11:15 AM  

SurfaceTension: Someone needs to post that George McGovern Barry Goldwater quote again

/FTFM
//Always get the two confused for some reason


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2013-06-19 10:30:57 AM  
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2013-06-19 10:32:00 AM  

hinten: Religious conservatives, for example, are the single largest constituency within the GOP, and compose about a quarter of the entire electorate.

Good luck with that.


That means the evangelicals are just the right size to destroy the GOP. Can't win elections, can't get rid of them either.

This I like. Please continue GOP!
 
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2013-06-19 10:33:01 AM  
Goldwater was right.  I can understand why Boehner cries a lot.
 
2013-06-19 10:38:52 AM  
When in doubt, throw a comma wherever the fark you want.
 
2013-06-19 10:40:11 AM  
This was one of Bush's main advisors, right?
 
2013-06-19 10:45:17 AM  
Republicans, can't win

I fixed the headline  : )
 
2013-06-19 10:53:46 AM  
But...I thought the republicans were gonna keep the House and the Dems were gonna have a lost decade??
 
2013-06-19 11:11:22 AM  
Good. The GOP doesn't deserve to win elections or have any power or influence in Government.

The less power the party of willfully ignorant, regressive ideologues, bigots, and plutocrats has the better, in my opinion.

No Republican will ever get a vote from me again, at any rate.
 
2013-06-19 11:19:32 AM  
Which could also be said of any political party
 
2013-06-19 11:20:35 AM  
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2013-06-19 11:21:53 AM  
Goldwater was occasionally a little weird, but he was dead on about the preacher-creatures.
 
2013-06-19 11:28:04 AM  

Sybarite: [img.fark.net image 500x288]


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2013-06-19 12:34:46 PM  

I sound fat: Which could also be said of any political party


So vote Republican?
 
2013-06-19 12:35:11 PM  

FlashHarry: SurfaceTension: Someone needs to post that George McGovern Barry Goldwater quote again

/FTFM
//Always get the two confused for some reason

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From Jackie Robinson's autobiography:

Early in 1964 I wrote a Speaking Out piece for The Saturday Evening Post.A Barry Goldwater victory would insure that the GOP would be completely the white man's party.What happened at San Francisco when Senator Goldwater became the Republican standard-bearer confirmed my prediction.

I wasn't altogether caught of guard by the victory of the reactionary forces in the Republican party, but I was appalled by the tactics they used to stifle their liberal opposition.I was a special delegate to the convention through an arrangement made by the Rockefeller office. That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life. The hatred I saw was unique to me because it was hatred directed against a white man.It embodied a revulsion for all he stood for, including his enlightened attitude toward black people.


A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP.As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler's Germany.


The same high-handed methods had been there.


The same belief in the superiority of one religious or racial group over another was here.Liberals who fought so hard and so vainly were afraid not only of what would happen to the GOP but of what would happen to America.The Goldwaterites were afraid - afraid not to hew strictly to the line they had been spoon-fed, afraid to listen to logic and reason if it was not in their script.


http://www.framinghamdems.org/JackRob.html

/The Bible Belt started voting for Republicans when Goldwater was their nominee.  Mostly, it was a move away from the national Democrats (Johnson got 0 votes in Alabama, because the local Democrats wouldn't allow his name on the ballot); they still voted for Democrats in the House and the Senate.  But the GOP's Southern gains (which included the Fundamentalists) wouldn't have occurred if Goldwater hadn't advised them to "go hunting where the ducks are."
 
2013-06-19 12:41:40 PM  
Republicans.  Can't live with them... The End.
 
2013-06-19 12:44:23 PM  

I sound fat: Which could also be said of any political party


Not if you read the article.
 
2013-06-19 12:45:04 PM  
That's what happens when you realize that your base and the insane are the same group of people.
 
2013-06-19 12:45:25 PM  
The GOP is a zombie party. It's platform is that government doesn't work, so vote GOP and they won't govern to prove it to you. "GOP" itself is a brand that some Americans find comforting and traditional, like wearing Levi's jeans or drinking Coca-Cola.
 
2013-06-19 12:45:50 PM  

HeartBurnKid: Republicans.  Can't live with them... The End Pass the beer nuts.

 
2013-06-19 12:48:26 PM  

kregh99: That's what happens when you realize that your base and the insane are the same group of people.


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2013-06-19 12:48:42 PM  
Don't listen to them, GOP.  You can win, you just need to double-down on conservatism. We all know how 0bama won that election.

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Stay the course, and we'll save our country from that filthy Canadian Catholic Kenyan Muslim usurper.
 
2013-06-19 12:49:06 PM  
Republicans, given your doubling down on policies that all but a tiny minority of Americans (and a bunch of corporations) favor, let me say:

ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO US. MAKE YOUR TIME.

It doesn't really matter since our democratic process is about as legitimate (and conducted very much like) a pro-wrestling script.
 
2013-06-19 12:51:03 PM  

hinten: Religious conservatives, for example, are the single largest constituency within the GOP, and compose about a quarter of the entire electorate.

Good luck with that.


They were warned about this 15 years ago by a conservative writer for the Weekly Standard.

SINCE the 1960s Republican gains at the national level have been built on two trends. One is regional -- the capture of more and more southern seats. The other is sociological -- the tendency of suburbanites to vote Republican. The party's 1994 majority came thanks to a gain of nineteen seats in the South. In 1996 Republicans picked up another six seats in the Old Confederacy. But that only makes their repudiation in the rest of the country the more dramatic. The party has been all but obliterated in its historical bastion of New England, where it now holds just four of twenty-three congressional seats. The Democrats, in fact, dominate virtually the entire Northeast. The Republicans lost seats in 1996 all over the upper Midwest -- Michigan, Wisconsin (two seats), Iowa, and Ohio (two seats). Fatally, they lost seats in all the states on the West Coast. Their justifiable optimism about the South aside, in 1996 it became clear that the Democratic Party was acquiring regional strongholds of equal or greater strength.
...

In this sense, conservative Christians are to the Republican Party what blacks were to the Democrats in the 1970s: its most loyal troops, the source of its most talented activists, its moral core. For that reason they are also the main source of radicalization and overreach.

http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/98jun/gop.htm
 
2013-06-19 12:53:00 PM  

Sybarite: [img.fark.net image 500x288]


I can never remember which one is Scylla and which one is Charybdis.
 
2013-06-19 12:54:48 PM  

SurfaceTension: Someone needs to post that George McGovern Barry Goldwater quote again

/FTFM
//Always get the two confused for some reason


McGovern confused with Goldwater? You must be the only person in the world with that problem.
 
2013-06-19 12:55:27 PM  

kregh99: That's what happens when you realize that your base and the insane are the same group of people.


Why else would the NRA's suggestion of a national list of crazy people didn't go anywhere in Congress?
 
2013-06-19 12:55:45 PM  

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Incidit in Scyllam cupiens vitare Charybdim.
 
2013-06-19 12:56:30 PM  
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"People regard fundamentalists and conservatives as obnoxious buttholes"
 
2013-06-19 12:58:54 PM  
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am I doin it right?
 
2013-06-19 12:59:20 PM  

nmrsnr: Sybarite: [img.fark.net image 500x288]

I can never remember which one is Scylla and which one is Charybdis.


Scylla confused with Charybdis? You must be... Oh wait no, that one makes sense.
 
2013-06-19 01:00:10 PM  
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Why so buttmad, Barry? You created these extremist asshats!
 
2013-06-19 01:01:42 PM  
They can win the House with its gerrymandering with just the base, but they can't win the Senate or Presidency.
 
2013-06-19 01:01:57 PM  

devilEther: [img.fark.net image 320x311]

am I doin it right?


Both the moderate wing and the conservative wing of the GOP are bad, so vote Republican!
 
2013-06-19 01:02:23 PM  
What's troubling is if the GOP does collapse, then the Democrats are going to do what they did in the 60s and 70s: get corrupt, complacent, alienate the public, and lose in another epic beatdown for a generation, just like they did in the 80s.

The GOP deserves to have a stake put through its vile heart, but given that we are a two party system, we need a second party to keep the Democrats in check.
 
2013-06-19 01:05:23 PM  

12349876: They can win the House with its gerrymandering with just the base, but they can't win the Senate or Presidency.


Don't forget voter suppression... helps them keep a few extra governors in power.
 
2013-06-19 01:07:13 PM  

Sybarite: [img.fark.net image 500x288]


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Do you know WHO ELSE was caught between Scylla and Charybdis?
 
2013-06-19 01:07:47 PM  

12349876: They can win the House with its gerrymandering with just the base, but they can't win the Senate or Presidency.


Admittedly, some of the "gerrymandering" is natural; IE, large, dense cities are really, really, really Democratic, while the rest of many states are mildly Republican.

Of course, a lot is actual gerrymandering.  The two also feed on each other, in the sense if you have a small majority due to the first, it's easier to force a gerrymandered district map through, making that small majority a large one.
 
2013-06-19 01:09:25 PM  

Lackofname: What's troubling is if the GOP does collapse, then the Democrats are going to do what they did in the 60s and 70s: get corrupt, complacent, alienate the public, and lose in another epic beatdown for a generation, just like they did in the 80s.

The GOP deserves to have a stake put through its vile heart, but given that we are a two party system, we need a second party to keep the Democrats in check.


Then like what has always happened in American history, a new party will arise to challenge the established one. We've never had one-party rule in this country. Ever. That will not change.
 
2013-06-19 01:12:25 PM  
Well lets just ask their base... Oh. Hold on... Well, we'll have to wait a minute, their base is picking up a prescription.

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2013-06-19 01:12:58 PM  
Good thing they can win with a healthy dose of gerrymandering.
 
2013-06-19 01:13:13 PM  

verbaltoxin: Lackofname: What's troubling is if the GOP does collapse, then the Democrats are going to do what they did in the 60s and 70s: get corrupt, complacent, alienate the public, and lose in another epic beatdown for a generation, just like they did in the 80s.

The GOP deserves to have a stake put through its vile heart, but given that we are a two party system, we need a second party to keep the Democrats in check.

Then like what has always happened in American history, a new party will arise to challenge the established one. We've never had one-party rule in this country. Ever. That will not change.


Look at what happened in the 60s/70s with the Republicans. As a party they lost themselves and had to rediscover it, they didn't fall apart and a new party rise up. A new party may not very well rise up all that quickly, it may shuffle along as a vestige of a 2nd party.
 
2013-06-19 01:15:33 PM  

Skyrmion: SurfaceTension: Someone needs to post that George McGovern Barry Goldwater quote again

/FTFM
//Always get the two confused for some reason

McGovern confused with Goldwater? You must be the only person in the world with that problem.


That's just the way I roll
 
2013-06-19 01:17:46 PM  

Sybarite: [img.fark.net image 500x288]



+1 literary reference
 
2013-06-19 01:18:21 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Because if a GOP candidate doesn't take a harder right than Dale at Daytona for the primary the base is going to say "That there John Smith didn't scream the pledge loud enough OR promise that he's going to create a Secretary of Jesus in his cabinet. That's it! This fall I'm writing in Barbra Streisand and Sean Penn!"


You.

Magnificent.

BASTARD.
 
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