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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:46 AM

129. Lindsey Graham

said they don't produce enough angry white guys to be relevant. The demographic shift hasn't registered yet and they're still playing by the same rules they did 20 years ago. They got away with taking the house in 2010 because midterm elections are poorly attended. By getting their base fully engaged with a concentrated well funded fear campaign the Republicans were able to hold sway over the House with that strategy.
Recall how they had well planned disruptions at congressional town hall meetings.
Frum mentioned the cowards who won't stand up to the radical fringe as a source of their failure. He also cites their entertainment (really propaganda) wing as a source for failure.
The dupes who came out in costume to town hall meetings, some packing heat, were lied to and didn't have the critical and conceptional thinking skills to understand they were being used. Fear mongering works best on the weak minded and easily swayed.
The old model isn't working because the general election gets Democrats more active than the midterms.
The Republicans have more zealots, hence the midterm success, but in general, the Democrats have a clear majority.
The real trick for the Democrats will be to energize the base for the midterms in 2014, so as to run a sword through the minority party and cause long term damage.
Karl Rove is weakened and ready to be dispatched. But the son of a bitch is like a vampire that can only be stopped by a wooden stake through the heart. Anyone willing to commit treason for political revenge should always be considered dangerous. Davis Frum better watch his ass.

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