GOP becoming small enough to drown in a bucket

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    This is just too funny for words.
    Michigan GOP official cancels Huntsman event in protest - Salt Lake Tribune
     
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    Drown in a bucket? :eusa_eh: Unfortunate choice of words there , Ravi.

    Sounds like torture. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    too bad they are shrinking, they're the only ones with balls big enough to fight terrorism.
     
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    There's more than one way to umm.....skin a cat. :D
     
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    :lol: It's an old saying.

    Anywho...by next year only the rabid torturers and bible thumpers will be left, I'm thinking.
     
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    It may not.

    If people get increasingly mad at Congress I could see the GOP gaining ground there. I think Obama is likely to be re-elected, and then after that much will rest on the respective candidates chosen by the parties.
     
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    Fixed. :cool:
     
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    No one is buying that Wiwwow.

    In fact, read this article from 2006 when your party first started falling apart. Experts 3 years ago debunked your myth that your war on terrorism was keeping us safe:

    Time Mag Pronounces Republican Party “Dead” | Sweetness & Light

    To win votes back home, lawmakers in session have been spending like sailors on leave, producing the biggest budget deficits in history. The party's approach to national security has taken the country into a war that most Americans now believe was a mistake and that the government's own intelligence experts say has shaped "a new generation of terrorist leaders and operatives."

    The current crisis arrived with a sex scandal that has muddied one of the GOP's few remaining patches of moral high ground — their defense of family values and personal accountability.

    Though Hastert and other Republican leaders say they heard last fall about the "over-friendly" approaches of a not-so-secretly gay congressman to a 16-year-old former page, they insist they never imagined anything like the more graphic instant messages that subsequently came to light.

    But shouldn't they have gotten chills at learning that a 52-year-old man had sent a teenager a creepy e-mail asking for a "pic of you"? Certainly, the page understood what the emails meant, which is why he forwarded it in August 2005 to the office of Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander, who had sponsored him for the page program.

    "This freaked me out," the teenager wrote. "Sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick."

    The House response — John Shimkus, the Illinois congressman who oversees the page program, appears to have done nothing more than give Foley a private warning; he wasn't even stripped of his co-chairmanship of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children — suggests that Republican leaders were motivated more by fear of electoral fallout than by concern for the young pages in their care.

    And if they were worried the revelation would hurt their chances of holding onto the House, they turned out to be right. In the latest TIME poll, nearly 80 percent of respondents said they were aware of the scandal, and two-thirds of them were convinced that Republican leaders had tried to cover it up.

    Among the registered voters who were polled, 54 percent said they would be more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate for Congress, compared with 39 percent who favored the Republican.

    Hastert's job seems secure for the moment, barring any big new revelations, in part because the House Speaker is not merely a party leader but a role established under the Constitution. It would be difficult to replace him without summoning Congress back into town from the campaign trail. Nor would an ugly fight over who would succeed him be good for the party's prospects in November.

    Meanwhile, GOP leaders are so desperate to find someone else to blame that they have been reduced — with no indication that they see the irony — to blaming a vast left-wing conspiracy.

    "The people who want to see this thing blow up," Hastert told the Chicago Tribune, "are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros," the liberal financier who has become a bogeyman of the right. Hastert went on to suggest, without producing any proof, that the revelation was the work of Bill Clinton's operatives."
     

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