Republican Presidential Candidates: First the smoke and mirrors?

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    Republicans may have formulated a coherent strategy for taking the Presidency in 2012 and it might just work. Hopefully, Democrats are at least "think tanking" this..because if they are not..it's going to be a very tough slog.

    Republicans are good at this as well. After the dismal presidency of GW Bush, everyone basically thought they were done. They weren't. They did a masterful job of re-inventing themselves as "Tea Party Patriots" and got a good deal of the public to forget who really was responsible for the financial mess. And they did this by both appealing to and embracing a very far right ideology. But this may have cost them And it might have been a bridge to far.

    My personal opinion is either they've realized this..or that they are completely lost. I don't think it's the latter.

    Generally, at this point, Republicans have firmed up who they are going to run. That hasn't happened yet. And what they may be doing is this:
    -Put up ridiculous candidates to attack President Obama on nonsense issues.
    -Let the "Tea Party" types burn themselves out.
    -Reinvent themselves as a more "moderate" party.
    -Finally run a moderate, business Friendly candidate like Romney (Although he did a very hard right swing and may be damaged goods), Christie or Daniels.

    This works on many levels.
    1. It continues to damage parts of the health care reform package. IMHO, HMOs want the mandate without the other provisions. And that's why a "moderate" might work out.
    2. Burn out the social issues. Republicans can say, "We tried" without the political damage. This accomplishes the "raw meat" for the far right..and looks reasonable to independents.
    3. It allows attacks on Obama by "candidates" that aren't going to run anyway. Appealing to both the far right..without hurting independent support.

    I seriously hope people are paying attention.
     
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    Add in the other part of this strategy was the smash the Unions. I posted a thread on this earlier in the year. It was going pretty well until Governor Walker came on the stage.

    This was part of a very deliberate plan to:
    1. Rid the nation of campaign finance reform.
    2. Smash the fund raising engine of Democrats.

    And hopefully they wake up to this.
     
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    You laid out a pretty good agenda for republicans fuzz face, why do you still think the dismal political slogan of "hope and change" still works? Obama is on the ropes. Everything he stood for has been found out to be just Chicago criminal politics on a grand scale. What happened to the new communist manifesto of "green jobs" headed by Van Jones, the former leader of a looting and arson rampage? Cash for Clunkers? Don't make me laugh. Now we are mired in a new conflict in Libya and lefties seem dazed and confused by the turnaround.
     
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    Well..that's why I think they want to burn them out. Let them rage and go nuts for the rest of the year. I am thinking that prior to this..something will break and they will be able to distance themselves from the nuttier component of the party.

    It's either that..or they really are collapsing. And that was not the case in the midterms. They had a definite strategy.
     
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    Well that's not what this thread really is about.

    But thanks for playing, there are door prizes. Please follow the pretty woman with the flowers.
     
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    They don't..but look at what they did with the Birchers. And the Bichers didn't go away..
     
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    if you think george bush alone was responsible for the blow up, well, you get what you deserve.

    "birchers"...comedy gold that is...thx.:lol:
     
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    Alone? Absolutely not. He surrounded himself with a bunch of "business first, regulation no" Friedman acolytes. And to some extent there was Democratic enabling. But it was defintely one of the pillars of his agenda to institute some really dodgy economic policy. With the expected results playing out.

    And Birchers? What comedy gold?
     
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    The John Bircher society was an ultra right conservative movement. They were committed to dismantling new deal policies, "outting" communists and getting rid of the fed. They called Kennedy a communist catholic beholden to the pope. A really neat trick. Goldwater basically dismissed them entirely..
     
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    to "some extent", yes I see. what amounts to an "extent"?
     

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