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It May Be Hard to Believe, But GOP Will Become Even More Extreme, Respected Political Forecasters Say


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: tea party, republicans, dishonesty, ethics, democrats, congress, obama, politics, news, usa )

Cal
- 323 days ago - alternet.org
Focus groups find the GOP in a battle for its political survival.



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Jason S. (57)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 5:44 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 11:22 pm
I didn't know that more than half of the Republican Party consisted of Evangelicals and tea partiers. That would explain the bigotry, the refusal to accept scientific reality, and the unwillingness to allow women to make reproductive decisions.

From the article:

"The notion that their corner of American life—described by a Virginian as “a little bubble”—is under attack extends to feeling “invaded” by immigrants, and taking offense that they have to tell their phones to talk to them in English, not Spanish. “Don’t come here and make me speak your language,” another man said."

I wonder if they have any empathy for Native Americans? There was a time when our ancestors were the "invading immigrants."
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:39 am
God help us all if they get more extreme they will end up parading up and down the corridors of power wearing black uniforms and swastika arm bands.
 

Danuta Watola (1196)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:57 am
noted
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:23 am
The GOP is the new Nazi party.
 

Gloria picchetti (286)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 4:25 am
The GOP is the new Nazi party.
 

Jaime A. (32)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:12 am
noted.
 

cecily w. (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:16 am
The tea-partiers and their evangelical second string represent another danger--and a significant one. 2007 produced the highest number of U.S. births ever recorded (4,316,233). This was a statistical fluke. In 2008 and each year thereafter, births began to decline again to more reasonable levels (although they haven't declined far enough). BUT the rabid elements of the Republican Party are now trying to convince people that "births are declining so we must have more children". (No matter what they say publicly, they generally mean white births since they also fear a minority takeover.)

They are crazy.
 

. (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:33 am
Very strange. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:43 am
Standard issue black uniforms with lightning bolts and jack boots?
 

Carlene V. (203)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 6:50 am
Every time I think they can't get more crazy they do something even more extreme. Look at the latest Gallup Polls on the GOP - 28% approval rating, the lowest since Gallup has been doing polls yet they'll push forward with their bat-shit views. The Tea Party has almost ruined the Republican Party and with all the new members voted into office that are backed by the TP, don't expect any changes. As for the Evangelicals, they are almost as whacked out as they can be. They are for the most part pretend Christians as they don't do or say many things that are Christian like.
 

tasunka m. (334)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:03 am
Well, they don't have the conscience to admit that they were wrong, so they get more extreme as a defense stupid begets more stupid when mixed with stubborn
Thanks Cal
 

David B. (28)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:53 am
Wake up America... You have got to get rid of these clowns... How extreme can extreme be, beyond destroying the global economy?
 

jess b (24)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 10:59 am
It might be overlooked, somewhat, but there are plenty of people that believe in theses clowns and all the junk they have been fed for so long.
I heard it just yesterday from an elderly gentleman; it's hard to teach old dogs, new tricks- but a lot easier than trying to teach people with outmoded thinking anything.

They live in the minds of their past.
 

jess b (24)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:01 am
I like this new send green star thing BTW.
Thks for sharing, and all comments.
 

David B. (28)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 11:10 am
"there are plenty of people that believe in theSes clowns". :) .. We should get rid of them too... In an overpopulated world they are just a waste of space.
 

Pat A. (117)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 12:32 pm
The rest of the world and a sizable proportion of America already think there is something in the Kool-Aid they drink to make them so crazy - if they go any further Right that will prove it! Other commenters are correct - if the GOP/TP go any further Right they will end up wearing armbands and black uniforms!
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:09 pm
It wouldn't surprise me to see the GOP become more extreme.
 

Jason R. (60)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:13 pm
As they are losing respect? Only the out of touch. I don't think they'll get more people, just more respect from the know nothings.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:37 pm
Religious and political extremists, narrow minded bigots!
 

Jamie Clemons (280)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:41 pm
GOP conservatives and tea partiers, you are obsolute go home and reboot your brain. You are no longer relevant. You are not a part of the solution. You are a part of the problem.
 

Esther Z. (101)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 1:50 pm
Noted.
As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party, making up 20% of the GOP, is already giving the Taliban a run for their money. Teabaggers are as incoherent, fanatical and destructive as the Taliban is to Islam; they will ultimately self-destruct, but hopefully without taking the rest of the country off the economic cliff.
 

Robert B. (57)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:41 pm
The Brown shirts are in their death throws. Put them out of their misery on election day.
 

Joanne Dixon (38)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:50 pm
I've been expecting them to keep getting more and more extreme, and just because they are doing so does not mean they can't win elections. In fact, unless every Democrat in America commits to voting in 2014, I expect them to pick up seats in both houses. Democrats are VERY bad at voting in non-Presidential years. This is one of the factors which got us to this point in the first place.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 2:52 pm
Break out the the straight jackets and rubber rooms!
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 3:08 pm
Noted. Well, as they become more extreme, their numbers will shrink. The old will die off, and there won't be enough youngsters to fill those spots.....because as the article says, "I can't sell kids on this party." The GOP has been successful in this "divide and conquer" tactic for decades now. But, as info becomes so easily available and facts are fairly easy to find now, it's harder for them to find new breeding ground for their manipulations. Yes, there are still those "stuck in the mud," but I believe the media has blown this out of proportion and fostered this to gain viewers.
I'd like to hope this is just one final big "blowout" for this segment of the GOP.....last gasps of breath, but we need to make sure we have the opposing views firmly set in our members of Congress to fight them. We actually only have a few that are steadfast and not corrupted by the political-money process ordained by SCOTUS. It has worried me for awhile that while the GOP continues to make their demands, we Progressives don't really have any demands. Even Pres. Obama has now put up the chained CPI for discussion, which is a blatant "slap in the face" to his base. If we can't get a Progressive majority in the next Congress, I'm worried that any "hope for change" will be dead.
 

Philip Heinlein (471)
Thursday October 10, 2013, 5:16 pm
The GOP is going to have to decide whether it's one party or two. The Tea Party is pulling it further and further to the right.
 

Ken O. (56)
Friday October 11, 2013, 4:07 am
I've seen, posted elsewhere, the possibility that there exists within the "Patriot" act legal justification to arrest and incarcerate individuals that are determined to destroy our economy. Wouldn't that be a hoot.
 

Louise D. (38)
Friday October 11, 2013, 4:20 am
Not is not difficult given that Eisenhower's 1956 campaign would be considered to be a liberal agenda these days. Shows how far the GOP has devolved. The current crop are a disgrace to be called politicians with their amateur antics, dishonest behavior combined by their revisionist ignorance America has had dysfunctional government for the past four years. Judging by the new rising stars and the gross incompetence of Mittens in 2012 the GOP may be extinct in a few years time.
 

Sherry D. (47)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:38 pm

Ten days ago, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives shut down the federal government.

Two days ago, a pollster identified things that now are more popular than Congress. Here are some of them: Dog poop. Zombies. Witches. Hemorrhoids.

Yesterday, another pollster measured the GOP approval rating. Answer: 28%. No major political party has ever seen an approval rating this low.
 

Sherry D. (47)
Friday October 11, 2013, 1:39 pm
Ten days ago, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives shut down the federal government.

Two days ago, a pollster identified things that now are more popular than Congress. Here are some of them: Dog poop. Zombies. Witches. Hemorrhoids.

Yesterday, another pollster measured the GOP approval rating. Answer: 28%. No major political party has ever seen an approval rating this low.
 

Robert K. (31)
Friday October 11, 2013, 5:19 pm
Every time they get less popular they say it's because they're not conservative enough. Right on brothers and sisters, get more conservative. When their popularity hits low single digits maybe they'll do the world a favor and all commit seppuku. A world without conservatives would be Utopia.
 

John S. (300)
Saturday October 12, 2013, 3:48 am
You really don't think that the numbers will recover in 6 months? The greatest problem if you tries to get these people to agree to what the change would look like....
 
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