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Fri May 7, 2021, 10:04 PM

We need an Independent Republican Party

I had a thought, although I'm aware it will never actually happen, about what sane Republicans in the House and Senate should do in their current predicament. There are people like Kinzinger, Cheney, Romney, Murkowski, Upton, and really anyone who was sane enough to see that Trump and the MAGA crowd are incredibly dangerous. They are obviously getting hammered by the rest of the GOP for daring to oppose a fascist coup attempt. They are obviously in the minority within the current Republican Party and the prospects that this group will change the GOP into some more sane is very unlikely. At least not for many many years. All the while they have a (hopefully) metaphorical target on their backs. Instead of trying to change the Republican Party right now or waiting for their inevitable purging from the party, why don't they form their own party? Or at the very least their own caucus in the House and Senate. People like Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney are never going to switch parties and become Democrats. While I certainly respect elected Republicans who stood up to Trump and the MAGA crowd, to some extent, I think we can all agree we don't want them in the Democratic Party and I'm sure they don't want that either. But there is a third option between Republican and Democrat...well, a third party of sorts. If they banded together became "Independent Republicans" they could be as conservative as they want but make it far, far harder for the Republican Party to become the majority party in the House or Senate. On the 2nd impeachment, there are 10 Republicans who voted in favor in the House and 7 in the Senate. Instead of being relegated to pariahs in the minority party, they could have a significant impact on policy and legislation, and could prevent the broader Republican Party from being the majority party until they stop acting so batshit.

I think a temporary "Independent Republican Party" could actually solve quite a few big problems that we are dealing with right now in this country.

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Dr. Jack May 2021 OP
drray23 May 2021 #1
Progressive Jones May 2021 #6
Poiuyt May 2021 #2
JHB May 2021 #3
Dr. Jack May 2021 #4
Blue Owl May 2021 #5
Captain Zero May 2021 #7

Response to Dr. Jack (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 10:43 PM

1. it might work for a senator who just got reelected and has six years

Not so much for the house members. The 2 yr cycle all but guarantees they would be primaried and defeated. This is how the Trumpers hold a grip on the gop. They have enough crazy voters that they can primary dissenters.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #1)

Sat May 8, 2021, 02:44 AM

6. Chaotic turnover in the GOP. All the better. nt

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Response to Dr. Jack (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 10:50 PM

2. I was thinking that the Trumpists should break away to form the Trump Party

Trump, with his ego, would love to have his name on an American political party. Then the Republican Party could keep their own traditions and platforms, while the newly formed Trump Party could stand for racism, xenophobia, and fascism.

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Response to Dr. Jack (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 11:05 PM

3. +1. This is what they should (but won't) do.

Still call themselves some version of "Republican", but formally cut themselves away from the Raving Monster Loony Party. Break the GQP's block of votes and deny them the ability to obstruct.

The only way they're getting their party back is to torpedo it.

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Response to JHB (Reply #3)

Fri May 7, 2021, 11:26 PM

4. Great point!

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Response to Dr. Jack (Original post)

Fri May 7, 2021, 11:41 PM

5. Split that turd into two smaller turds

which will hopefully flush easier

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Response to Blue Owl (Reply #5)

Sat May 8, 2021, 02:51 AM

7. The Indie Republican Caucus

then they can join dems on some things and reps on others?
Might keep the nutburgers in a minority on key issues.

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