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House retirements…The continued exit of the Moderates…

While this has been the march of the Republicans as the Tea party picks off moderate GOPer’s…..

The last two announced departures are Democrats…..

And this is just cementing the dynamic in the House of separation of the parties politics.

Bipartisanship is going to continue to have rough time in the nations Congress…..

Moderates are a dying breed on Capitol Hill. It’s a reality that bodes poorly for the prospect of easing the gridlock that has seized Congress in recent years.

The Republican Party isn’t the only one losing its moderates. The ranks of moderate Democrats in Congress have shrunk considerably in recent years, too. The result of whittling from both sides is a dwindling middle that could intensify political polarization that is already on the rise.

Rep. Mike McIntyre, (D-N.C.) celebrates with family members and supporters gathered at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as election results come in Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Mike Spencer/AP)

Rep. Mike McIntyre, (D-N.C.) celebrates with family members and supporters gathered at the Hilton Riverside in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as election results come in Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (Mike Spencer/AP)

The first session of the 113th Congress was historically unproductive, continuing a trend in recent years of more logjams and fewer bills being passed. A large part of the story has to do with an often unruly House GOP Conference with few moderates and many conservatives who have refused to budge from their positions in legislative showdown after legislative showdown.

At the same time, moderate Democrats have been running for the exits during the last two cycles. The latest to step down is Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), who announced Wednesday that he would retire after nine terms.

McIntyre is a Blue Dog Democrat who often broke ranks with his party, most notably on the federal health-care law, which he opposed in 2010. He sits in the third most conservative district held by a Democrat and survived the 2012 election by the skin of his teeth, outpacing Republican David Rouzer by a slimmer margin (about 700 votes) than any other incumbent that year….



The GOP will probably get the North Carolina McIntyre House seat and COULD snatch the Long Island , New York House seat also….

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The Tea Party gets Higher Negative Poll Numbers…..

These Poll numbers aren’t gonna stop the group from STILL going after President Obama and his policies……

Tea Party’s Image Turns More Negative

A new Pew Research survey finds the Tea Party “is less popular than ever, with even many Republicans now viewing the movement negatively. Overall, 49% of the public has an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party, while 30% have a favorable opinion.”

“The Tea Party’s favorability rating has fallen across most groups since June, but the decline has been particularly dramatic among moderate and liberal Republicans. In the current survey, just 27% of moderate and liberal Republicans have a favorable impression of the Tea Party, down from 46% in June.”



Liberal Republicans?

People here do NOT believe in Moderate Republicans….

Liberal ones?

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The GOP infighting isn’t gonna stop for the Convention….

There IS a problem with Romney and the parties ringwing nuts that ISN’T gonna go away even in 70 days….

In an email to supporters Thursday advertising a contest offering a lucky donor the chance to watch his Tampa speech in person, Mitt Romney laid out the stakes for the Republican convention as clearly as anyone could.

“It’s time to put an end to President Obama’s campaign of frustration and division by coming together as a unified party,” Romney wrote.

Unfortunately for the man who’s just days from finally sealing the deal and becoming the Republican presidential nominee, the Republican Party’s frayed edges are on full display here even as delegates wait for the actual convention to start.


The come-together moment follows a week that ripped open the wounds of the Republican primary that were supposed to be fully healed in time for Romney’s big party.

Just eight days ago, Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, derailed Romney’s focus on Medicare and welfare with his comments about “legitimate rape” and female biology.

The week of ensuing fallout have made it more difficult for Romney to use the convention to reset the race with a unified GOP behind him. Instead, it has inflamed existing party rifts on social issues, immigration and Akin himself.

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What to do? What to do?….What’s GOP Conservatism these days?

by  @Wahtever Works…..

This story is of course everywhere, but it still bears repeating.

After a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Jeb Bush also recoiled: “I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective.”

The establishment is taking to their fainting couches again.

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It looks good for the Repeal of Don’t Ask next week….Senator Snowe is on board….

Report: Olympia Snowe Ready To Vote For Cloture On DADT Repeal

If this report is true, you can count on the military’s ban on openly gay servicemembers to be repealed by the end of this year, barring no major complications. CNN is reporting Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) will vote for cloture on Saturday, bringing the total number of pro-repeal votes over the magic 60 mark — even without the waffling Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), who voted to move repeal to a full vote last week but is so far unwilling to say he’d do it again.

In addition to Snowe, Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Scott Brown (MA) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) have committed to voting for cloture on the standalone DADT repeal bill passed by the House this week. With their votes added to the vast majority of Democratic caucus (minus Joe Manchin [D-WV] and maybe Conrad), the total vote for repeal is now above the 60 vote mark needed to deny opponents of repeal the chance to filibuster.

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Could be ANOTHER win for the President despite all the bullshit from John McCain….

I’m glad that the moderate Republicans are working with the President…

And that the just vote “NO’ stuff doesn’t apply to everyone in the GOP…..

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How many types of Democrats and Republicans are there?…..More Added…

Liberal Democrats – Blue Dog Democrats – Main Stream Democrats – Southern Democrats – Moderate Democrats


Republicans – Moderate Republicans – Tea party Republicans – Conservative Republicans

Damn….That’s a lot of parties!
And we have progressive democrats – and neo-conservative republicans as well. And establishment republicans – and grassrots republicans, and independent republicans and independent democrats.. heartland republicans and left-coast democrats.. northeast democrats.. and kansas republicans hehe..i’ll stop there.
Loyal Democrats and Yellow dog Democrats

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It will be up to the GOP Moderate Senators to pass the Defense Bill…

Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are shown in a composite. | AP Photos

[ Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe complained Monday that Republicans were being shut out of the debate. | AP Photos ]

The Democrats have added two amendments to that bill for legislation they want….

‘Don’t Ask….Don’t Tell” …which would allow gays to serve openly in the military ……

and ….

The Dream Act …..which would  grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and later enrolled in college or the military…..

In order to get the 60 votes needed to Past the original  base bill….

The Defense Authorization bill……WITH thesed amendments…..

They will have to get several moderate Republicans to vote with them…

This is right before the November 2nd elections and in the face of the GOP campaign to deny the Democrats ANY substantive legislation…

Which is why Democrats attached the Bills to the Defense money authorization…

Backers of the bill held out slightly more hope for the measure Monday than late last week, when many viewed the legislation as a lost cause — but Democrats made clear they didn’t know how the vote would turn out.

“I don’t know whether we have the votes or not,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin of Michigan told reporters. “I haven’t done a whip check. I just don’t know if the votes are there.”

The stakes for the Democrats are high, with key provisions on the table for two important constituencies ahead of midterm elections, in which they’re already in danger of losing the House and conceivably even the Senate.

Even before the vote, gay rights activists, in particular, made it clear that there would be recriminations against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama if the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal doesn’t go forward — a pledge Obama made throughout his 2008 campaign. And immigration-rights activists say they’re watching how both parties handle Tuesday’s vote as well.

“This is kind of like the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Democrats and Republicans are all kind of at the fence trying to figure out who’s going to shoot first,” said Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum. His group supports efforts by Reid to use the bill as a vehicle to pass the DREAM Act, a measure that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as minors and later enrolled in college or the military.

On the surface, the dispute Monday centered less on the substance of the bill and more on a procedural question about how many amendments Republicans would be able to offer to the massive defense spending bill.

Two key senators thought to be open to repealing the ban on openly gay soldiers serving in the military — Maine Republicans Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe — complained Monday that Republicans were being shut out of the debate.


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Lindsey Graham thinks the Tea Party will ‘die out’…..and the GOP’s internal fight…..

Lindsey Graham speaks at a podium. | Reuters Photo

[ Lindsey Graham says that the GOP has shifted so far that Ronald Reagan would have trouble getting elected in today’s party. ]
Yea…. Lindsey…..

You and the other Republicans hope and pray, huh?

First these people spit on you guys….

Then they actually win some primaries and send regular GOPer’s packing….

Now they come back knocking on the parties doors for campaign money…

Disavowing their primary rhetoric…..


You guys sure do hope they go away…..


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says in a forthcoming article that the tea party movement is “unsustainable” and will “die out” because it lacks vision.

Graham made the comments to The New York Times as part of a profile in Sunday’s magazine written by Robert Draper.

Graham argues throughout the story that the Republican Party will eventually move away from the fringe and join him closer to the political middle but that, for now, it has shifted too far to the right.

“Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the tea party movement’s at,” Graham says. “The problem with the tea party, I think, is it’s just unsustainable because they can never come up with a coherent vision for governing the country. It will die out.”

Graham later says that the GOP has shifted so far that Ronald Reagan would have trouble getting elected in today’s party.


Graham is a moderate Republican who has no trouble working with the Democrats to get things done….

This has been a BIG thorn in the side of Conservative Republican’s since Obama won the presidency….

I expect Daniel to ‘pop in’ and denounce Graham and his statements……

His statements are part of the ideological tug-of-war going on in the Republican party…..

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GOP Litmus test?……What Litmus Test?

From PolticalWire…….

Republicans Dismiss “Purity Resolution”

“The RNC avoided a potentially embarrassing resolution that would have given the party an ability to impose sanctions on candidates who do not follow key elements of the GOP platform, a move that would have shone a spotlight on some of the party’s best recruits,” according to The Hotline.

“GOPers meeting in Honolulu this week unanimously said the party is in good shape to make big electoral gains this year, but many worried that the proposed resolution could highlight differences between conservatives and several more moderate contenders.”

Note.…..He, he, he…..

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Despite Governorship wins…the GOP has to still define what it stands for….

The Grand Old Party has the same problems the Democrats do…How do you deal with the left and the right …and how do they get them to row together on their boat?

Solving that issue will be the key for both parties ability to get votes from the independents that are critical factor in winning elections…….

If the GOP turns to a right leaning party only in general elections (all republican go to the right in primaries, that’s given) they run the risk of duplicating the NY-23 outcome where voters track to the moderate inspire of the party registration numbers……right now cooler heads are going to have to look forward within that party…and local races are still more influenced by local issues more than national issues…

The truth is…we are still dealing with the after effects of President Obama’s ground breaking election……

In both parties….…

Democrats thought Obama voters would still rally to their side….they didn’t…

Republican’s are still dealing with the shock of their lackluster presidential campaign, and George Bush’s policy’s……

And both aprties are dealing with the drumbeat of the economy and unemployment, eventhough the econmy may be starting to turn around (people don’t feel that turn)…..

It is a brave new world out there……how does the GOP deal with it?

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