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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:31 AM

Just what does the GOP do when they fully realize they're saddled with a loser? Possibilities????

Remember, they just went through this four years ago with McCain.

I can imagine several possibilities if they find themselves in such a position (or even worse position) again. Anything from:

1. Taking the loss and preparing for 2016 (while trying to inoculate as many national and statewide GOP candidates as they can).

2. Cheating in the election (from purging voters to rigging electronic voting machines).

3. Asking Romney to pledge his primary delegates to a better candidate. (Who?)

And I can imagine some even darker possibilities, but if Romney's handling of his returns is ham-fisted (or if the returns themselves are incredible damaging, as recently speculated) I'm guessing it will be #3.

On edit: I just realized that this is what Sarah Palin may be waiting for. As McCain's VP candidate she may have heard about the trouble with Romney as a possible VP candidate (something like: his tax returns ruled him out."), and is waiting for the issue of the returns to blow up in his face, then step in with her energized base, and . . . (Geez!) I don't know if it's possible, but it's very possible that she is thinking along such lines.

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Reply Just what does the GOP do when they fully realize they're saddled with a loser? Possibilities???? (Original post)
skip fox Aug 2012 OP
redgreenandblue Aug 2012 #1
JaneyVee Aug 2012 #2
Bluenorthwest Aug 2012 #3
Cracklin Charlie Aug 2012 #5
Ganja Ninja Aug 2012 #4
B Calm Aug 2012 #6
yellowcanine Aug 2012 #7
randome Aug 2012 #8
The Second Stone Aug 2012 #9
skip fox Aug 2012 #10
Proud Liberal Dem Aug 2012 #11
GoCubsGo Aug 2012 #18
NightWatcher Aug 2012 #12
Cognitive_Resonance Aug 2012 #13
librechik Aug 2012 #14
Populist_Prole Aug 2012 #15
librechik Aug 2012 #17
annabanana Aug 2012 #16
GoCubsGo Aug 2012 #19
Quantess Aug 2012 #20
skip fox Aug 2012 #21
Orsino Aug 2012 #22
LynneSin Aug 2012 #23
Xolodno Aug 2012 #24

Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:34 AM

1. They'll fight to win.

They'll sling dirt, cheat and bribe as hard as they can. As usual.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:36 AM

2. They don't care about Romney, nor do they vote with their brains. They want power by any means.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:41 AM

3. This is not a hard question. What did they do in 08,when they knew they had a loser and one

they did not really care for? They fell to pieces. Then they lost. There is nothing that they do that they don't always do. And just like 08, they will not only lose, but they will bleed credibility all the way to election day.
This is just 08, repeated.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:00 PM

5. Playing out right now


I don't think the Republican establishment is spending much to promote their candidate right now. I think in the 2008 election the pieces, that they fell to, were a little larger. The pieces that they have broken into this year seem much, much smaller.

Will the pieces be harder to put back together after this year's contest? I certainly hope so.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:42 AM

4. Threaten revolution/secession, whine, hold their breath till they pass out, go back to watching ..

Glenn Beck.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:03 PM

6. I'm looking for fireworks at their convention!

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:11 PM

7. They will switch their cash to backing key Senate and House races.

And let Mitt twist in the wind.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:18 PM

8. I don't know why anyone wants to push the meme that the GOP is organized enough to do ANYTHING.

The Sun is setting on the conservative mindset. No one is in charge at the GOP. No one was in charge during the Palin disaster. No one was in charge when Romney stepped into the spotlight.

More and more companies and organizations are promoting gay rights while the Tea Party continues to fracture the GOP from within. I am more optimistic than ever before that a new Progressive era is about to replace the Conservative nightmare of the past 3 decades.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:29 PM

9. Romeny will not bow to pressure to give up

anything that he views as his own. It is not in his nature, nor in the nature of most politicians. He will expect the tax return thing to blow over as the false SEC filings have largely blown over.

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Response to The Second Stone (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:35 PM

10. He will not release the returns if he is either stupid or "guilty" of paying little or none or worse

The public will see that and the pressure will increase because of the Reid contention that he may have paind no taxes for ten years.


He may be in a no-win situation.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:38 PM

11. Double down

They might think they'll get lucky? Their tendency towards delusions and magical thinking is limitless.

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Response to Proud Liberal Dem (Reply #11)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:37 PM

18. Yep...

They'll just get Sheldon Addled-son, the Koch Brothers, the Ricketts, etc. to kick in another several hundred million dollars, and just carpet-bomb the country with negative, deceitful ads. People will either buy into them, or they'll get so disgusted, they'll just stay home on election day. That's on top of all of the voter purging, voter ID bullshit, voting machine tampering... Quite frankly, I believe this is what we are in for already.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:39 PM

12. they'll lose their WH bid, but keep obstructing, bitching, and moaning in Congress

More teabaggers will be elected to replace the repukes and they'll become even more nutty. then the republicans will wonder why they never win anything again.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:41 PM

13. They know he's a loser as were the other clowns who ran. Their focus is holding the House and maybe

gaining control of the Senate. As long as Romney doesn't melt-down they'll ride this one out.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:09 PM

14. pretend he's a winner and we're all nutz for thinking otherwise. As usual.

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Response to librechik (Reply #14)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:14 PM

15. Took the words right out of my mouth

He'll do exactly that, as all bubble residing conservatives do, though they'll get much nastier as they see how small in numbers they really are. They'll go down; but they'll go down swinging.

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Response to Populist_Prole (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:27 PM

17. yep--arrogance and authoritarianism sort of eliminates living in reality

like the rest of us.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:19 PM

16. I vote for: "2. Cheating in the election, from purging voters to rigging electronic voting machines.

They have shown, SINCE 2000 that they are capable of this. The machinery is largely owned by partisan Republican corporations and operated with PROPRIETARY SOFTWARE that we the people are not allowed access to.

They have been going full speed ahead in the new Jim Crow voter ID laws.

They long ago lost the policy arguments. All they have left is cheating.

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Response to annabanana (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:39 PM

19. Yes, cheating and buying.

They have lots of billionaires with deep pockets for buying lots and lots and lots of dirty, negative ads. I think we can pretty much count on that.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:41 PM

20. Pardon me, but John McCain looks stellar compared to Mitt Romney.

Their 2012 candidate is worse than their 2008 candidate by a sizeable amount.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:44 PM

21. This is beginning to dawn even on the typical deluded Republican.

But it may have been long obvious to Rove and the Koch brothers &.

I wonder if anything is going on in the background to replace Romney as candidate?

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:48 PM

22. Same thing they've done every election. Buy it for him. n/t

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:49 PM

23. I think the GOP cares more about winning the US Senate than they do winning the Pres

They can survive another 4 years with Obama in the WH especially if they have the GOP running both congress and the senate.

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Response to skip fox (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:55 PM

24. Do what everyone least expects...

...take it on the chin.

Then bellow how Romney was the perfect candidate to beat Obama. But because of the hard right (Tea Party) refusing to vote for him/hijacking the party platform/forcing Mitt to move right instead of center to keep the independent vote/etc. they will say they lost.

Then they will hold a gun to the Tea Party and tell them form their own political party as they will no longer use their infrastructure, cash, etc. or fall in line.

Most will know that the jig is up and fall in line. The rest will actually form a party...and given that the system is set up to keep a two party system....it falters and goes into obscurity...and they return to voting Republican.

It will be the whole "Ross Perot" episode all over again.

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