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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:17 PM

Maddowblog - "When the GOP loses the Koch brothers..."

I think one of the problems the GOP has is that while many establishment Republicans will recite crazy RW talking points in order to appeal to the folks who are reality challenged and plugged into Fox News many of the electeds themselves live in this right wing bubble where climate change does not exist, it is okay for people to build arms stockpiles to take on the government, and women never get pregnant during a "legitimate" rape. Thus, you have the puppet masters sometimes getting a bit concerned that their electeds have actually drank too deep from the crazy Kool Aid.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/01/16/16545294-when-the-gop-loses-the-koch-brothers?lite

How far off the rails has the Republican debt-ceiling hostage strategy gone? The Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity wants the GOP to change direction. The Financial Times reported yesterday:


A conservative activist group backed by the industrialist Koch brothers is urging Republicans to show restraint during US debt ceiling negotiations, representing a shift in position by the usually hardline Americans for Prosperity.

The move by the influential group underscores concern that a political stand-off over extending the US's borrowing limit, which many Republicans are pushing for at the end of February, would diminish public support for sharp cuts in government spending, AFP's stated goal.


Tim Phillips, president of AFP, said the debt-ceiling crisis causes a "messaging" problem for conservatives -- if there's too much emphasis on debt-reduction, Phillips argued, it "becomes easier for liberals" to push a combination of spending cuts and new revenue. (The AFP doesn't care about the debt; it cares about shrinking government and slashing public investments.)

Phillips added that Republicans ought to avoid being labeled "hostage takers," which is made easier by the current GOP strategy.

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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:54 AM

1. Name What To Cut Or STFU - should be the answer to all weaselly fiscal preachers.

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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 02:55 AM

2. these new republicans should change their name to the "Americans for Prosperity party"

be honest for once whos your daddy nutters.

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Thu Jan 17, 2013, 04:41 AM

3. This should get interesting.

When the average brain dead tea party voter begins to realize that he/she is just cannon fodder in the movement's war and the real power lies with the greedy billionaires that have funded the movement, they will realize just how unimportant they are in the big picture.

The "no compromise" mantra will start to sound less shrill when the financial backers begin to understand that it could cost them real money. It will be interesting to see how they sell this change of ideas to the idiot foot soldiers.

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