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Well, heck, Shapley, I'm far left of where you like your Republicans to be.
The fact of it is, that if the republicans want to win in '08 they must moderate some of their far right agenda.
Shapley wrote:The Republicans win when they run on the right side of the issues.
The Republicans lost the last election because they had abandoned their base - they did not legislate 'on the right' during the past two years, and they did not run 'on the right' in the elections, with few exceptions.
I wouldn't get too comfortable that the elections are 'fixed until 2012'. That is utter hogwash. If the Democrats deliver what their base is looking for, they will continue to win elections. If the Republicans get their act together and reunite with their base, they have a chance of regaining power.
Two years ago everyone thought the elections were 'fixed' for the Republicans - and they got lazy. The mood of the country seemed to favour conservative politics. The Republicans thought all they had to do was throw a few bones to the party base and coast their way to victory - and they were wrong.
The Democrats did not run on their usual issues. They ran against President Bush, and nothing else. Their platform was "vote for us, we're not them". It worked for the election, but now that they are in power they have to stand for something - and their having a hard time figuring out what that is. Most of the incoming freshemen ran on fairly conservative tickets. Some of the oldtimers remember that the people through them out when they stood too strongly on liberal issues. However, the senior leadership remains mired in the liberal policies the people rejected in 1992, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. They have a very fine line to walk if they are to keep their citizens happy.
Shapley wrote:very similar method that was successfully employed by the Congress of the '70s to bring about the shameful end to the Vietnam War and destruction of the South Vietnamese government.
jamiebk wrote:Shap, I REALLY don't think that congress is purposely torpedo-ing winning the war just to gain power. What you suggest is heinous.
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