AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
beaver cleaver would probably just say "being mean"
my reasons are the same as the seventy percent of dems and 100% of republicans in congress
it's pretty obvious
why do some of our forums members more prone to personalities sometimes beg the opinions of people they don't like or respect?
that's most unpleasant, if not downright weird
And considering popular attitudes vis-a-vis the Tea Party at this moment in time, I doubt the "shellacking" in question would have occured today.
And this trend would certainly have precluded my use of your example in support of a post.
I was referring to the plummeting acceptance of this season's Republican "messaging".
I posit it is a consequence of the Armitage/Koch attempt at astroturfing existing Tea Party groups. They planned to use them to make noise in opposition to healthcare reform.
They DID NOT, imho, intend for the Tea Party to seize the reins and turn the whole thing into a real movement.
As a result, what the PR industry refers to as a "crisis management response" was developed and implemented prior to the last election to prevent this unexpected complication from possibly costing the Republicans seats.
The problem lies in having to go "off-message" in mid stream.
First, they had to determine what planks of the platform the two subsets still held in common, and what they did not.
Then they had to craft new "memes", or spin, or whatever you choose to call manufactured ideas. Ones that would resonate enough with both mainstream Reps. and Tea Party Reps. to hold them together through the election, without alienating independents.
They obviously managed to put enough super glue and duct tape on that mess to hold it together through the election, but its unravelling now.
Too much was cobbled together at the last minute, and the whole "messaging" structure that has been laid down over the past 30 years has been compromised as a result.
THAT'S why both sides of the normally undivided Republican Party are looking at each other like they're crazy.
Because cognitive dissonance makes one a little crazy.
At least that's how I see it.
The road to Hell and the road to Jahannam is the same damn road.
I became a conservative by being around liberals. I became a libertarian by being around conservatives. ~ Greg Gutfeld.
Are there loopholes or whatever that could be exploited to pad ballot boxes?
Certainly. Every state has their own rules and procedures, and people are great at figuring how to get around rules.
But the "turn in fake applications for absentee ballots and thus steal an election" simply couldn't have happened as a result of the increased difficulty in obtaining the necessary identitification to do it.
Here in Cali anyway.
So unless the groups you mention are engaging in some other method to commit voter fraud, I still have to disagree with your premise.