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    A rare Republican moderate decides to walk away from Congress

    A rare Republican moderate decides to walk away from Congress

    There are really only a handful of GOP lawmakers who deserve the "moderate" label -- Dent, Florida's Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Washington's Dave Reichert -- but they have something important in common: they've all been marginalized in their radicalized party and they're all calling it quits, stepping down at the end of this Congress.
    By January 2019, the number of GOP voices on Capitol Hill, making a genuine effort to drag their party towards the mainstream, will be vanishingly small.
    I think this is the biggest challenge the GOP has ever gone through.

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    I think this is the biggest challenge the GOP has ever gone through.
    In the Trump administration, it's rather hard to identify who is a "moderate" Republican. They ALL are, as best I can tell, compared to trump.

    I suspect there will be a mass exodus by GOP Congresspeople, "retiring" rather than be humiliated at the polls next fall.

    Whatever your political affiliations, it is not good that we are thinning the herd in Congress by eliminating some of the more experienced, grown up, moderate people there today. That serves no one interests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    In the Trump administration, it's rather hard to identify who is a "moderate" Republican. They ALL are, as best I can tell, compared to trump.

    I suspect there will be a mass exodus by GOP Congresspeople, "retiring" rather than be humiliated at the polls next fall.

    Whatever your political affiliations, it is not good that we are thinning the herd in Congress by eliminating some of the more experienced, grown up, moderate people there today. That serves no one interests.
    I agree that marginalizing moderation is a bad thing, but considering you are a big fan of Bernie, your comment seems...inconsistent...to me.

    It's also strange to me that you seem to support moderate Republicans, but you bash moderate Democrats all the time. Most of what you don't like about Clinton, for example, appears to be areas where she agrees with or gains support from traditionally Republican power centers.

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    The sad thing is that these socalled moderates are still right of where the party was just 20 years ago. The radicalization of the GOP began with Rush, Newt made it into a war and then right wing media made our politics into a profit center. Unfortunately, the product of this madness is the current GOP. I remain deeply incensed at the namby pamby response by liberals and Democrats to this evolution, our leaders kept playing nice when they could have stopped this cold long ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    In the Trump administration, it's rather hard to identify who is a "moderate" Republican. They ALL are, as best I can tell, compared to trump.

    I suspect there will be a mass exodus by GOP Congresspeople, "retiring" rather than be humiliated at the polls next fall.

    Whatever your political affiliations, it is not good that we are thinning the herd in Congress by eliminating some of the more experienced, grown up, moderate people there today. That serves no one interests.
    Predicting the imminent death of the opposition party has been a bi-annual practice for the last couple of decades.

    Both parties are pretty fucked up at the moment. But they tend to make adjustments and accommodations to assure their continued existence.


    Not unlike cockroaches.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmatic View Post
    Predicting the imminent death of the opposition party has been a bi-annual practice for the last couple of decades.

    Both parties are pretty fucked up at the moment. But they tend to make adjustments and accommodations to assure their continued existence.


    Not unlike cockroaches.....
    Like the nation they serve, American politicians usually do the right thing--after they've tried everything els.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief View Post
    A rare Republican moderate decides to walk away from Congress



    I think this is the biggest challenge the GOP has ever gone through.
    They seem to be doing fine to me.

    They keep winning seats.

    Its the democrats that can't get any moderates which is the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudius the God View Post
    The sad thing is that these socalled moderates are still right of where the party was just 20 years ago. The radicalization of the GOP began with Rush, Newt made it into a war and then right wing media made our politics into a profit center. Unfortunately, the product of this madness is the current GOP. I remain deeply incensed at the namby pamby response by liberals and Democrats to this evolution, our leaders kept playing nice when they could have stopped this cold long ago.
    Newt actually worked very well with the other side.

    So much so that he was ousted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudius the God View Post
    The sad thing is that these socalled moderates are still right of where the party was just 20 years ago. The radicalization of the GOP began with Rush, Newt made it into a war and then right wing media made our politics into a profit center. Unfortunately, the product of this madness is the current GOP. I remain deeply incensed at the namby pamby response by liberals and Democrats to this evolution, our leaders kept playing nice when they could have stopped this cold long ago.
    Claudius, have you read Jeff Flake's book? It is an eye opener about Gingrich, DeLay and the gang who started this hate fest in his party.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookycolt View Post
    Newt actually worked very well with the other side.

    So much so that he was ousted.
    Newt only worked with Clinton on welfare reform. The rest of the time they tried to impeach him.mealy mouthed Scarborough was a leader in that crowd.

    Now,he kisses Clinton's butt to try and get him on his show. I thought he and Mika were going to fall all over themselves the one time he was on at some kind of meeting.
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