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Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:04 AM

Who wins a GOP civil war? The Democrats do

... In an op-ed back in December in the Wall Street Journal, Karl Rove in effect begged Barack Obama to save the GOP from a civil war with itself, warning the president that Republican infighting could cause “significant collateral damage” to his second term.

...it’s darkly humorous to see a take-no-prisoner political warrior such as Rove try to make the case for mercy. That is perhaps the most telling measure of the GOP’s predicament.

http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/01/10/who-wins-a-gop-civil-war-the-democrats-do/

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Response to wyldwolf (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:07 AM

1. for the repubs, Jeb Bush (who employs Karl Rove) is the big winner

 

he becomes the adult to the tea party-moderate split and easily wins the nomination in 2016
but he can't win the general, none of them can.

The tea party is already a sliver of what it was
and by 2016, the NRA will IMHO be dead.

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Response to wyldwolf (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 08:22 AM

2. Renewable energy is another policy that divides Republicans

We could divide them and turn electricity generation to fuel-free sources in a few decades.

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Response to wyldwolf (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:26 PM

3. I would hope so, but I think we'll probably end up going thru one more Gopper POTUS.....

And most likely in 2016, before the GOP's breakup really does begin in earnest. I'd be watching for Kirsten Gillibrand or Julian Castro in 2020.....because if a guy like Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, or, god forbid, Rand Paul, wins, and does something really stupid, like invades Iran or lets the bankers crash the economy all over again(likely to be the latter, TBH, because it's easier to get away with), then I'd fully expect a Democratic landslide with a really good candidate like these two.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:06 PM

5. Good analysis. DU needs a 'time capsule' forum to store predictions in...

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Response to wyldwolf (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 10:49 PM

4. The Country. nt

 

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Response to wyldwolf (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 04:07 PM

6. without the GOP as a plausible boogie man, conservative Dems have no reason to exist

and they would no longer be able to claim they were being coerced into agreeing with Republicans.

If the GOP really does come apart at the seams, progressive Democrats could win, at least until conservative Dems assimilated the semi-sane among the ranks of former Republicans and formed a new corporate party.

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