Thu Jan 17, 2013, 12:17 AM
TomCADem (10,461 posts)
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.
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:
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.
3 replies, 1442 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Maddowblog - "When the GOP loses the Koch brothers..." (Original post)
Response to TomCADem (Original post)
Thu Jan 17, 2013, 05:41 AM
pennylane100 (3,029 posts)
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.