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Sun Feb 19, 2023, 10:42 AM Feb 2023

The GOP have a structural problem. It became chronic with the rise of Tea Party. [View all]

Today, when Republicans running for office debate any issue they do this. They try to one up each other by being more extreme on the issue. The most extreme often win their primary. They did this with abortion. It works well in their primaries. It hurts them badly in the general elections. It looks like the Republicans are going to run on education in 2024. They will try to out do each other with extremism.

I first noticed this in the 2012 when Romney ran for president. During the Republican primary debate Romney, who is a moderate was not doing well in the polls. Many people were running that year. After every debate, whoever was the most extreme in the debate took the lead in the polls. Remember, NINE, NINE NINE. He actually took the lead in the polls

Romney had to become more and more extreme and then he took the lead in the polls. The GOP created this structural problem by spending many years radicalizing their voters. They did that through Fox News and the internet. Now people like Moscow Mitch are trying to correct this problem. The problem is they don't know how to do it.

Of course this is good news for the Democrats in 2024.

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