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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
She consistently worked her (extremely) little butt off to ensure that conservatives were PO'd and unwilling to vote for Republicans in the general election, and thus ensured the election of Democrats, and she did this solely to boost her sales.

First of all, I'd guess that the "Internet gaming" ban probably had more to do with Republicans' losses than Ann Coulter. So would you accuse the ban's sponsors of treason?

Secondly, Ms. Coulter's statements tied in with a paradoxical conundrum illustrated by The Maltese Falcon. The villain is threatening to kill Humphrey Bogart's character if he doesn't tell them where the Falcon is. Bogey points out that if he dies, so does the secret of the Falcon. The villain suggests to Bogey that while that's true, he doesn't always behave rationally (and thus the threat is still real).

Conservatives want their congresscritters to actually behave like conservatives. They threaten to withhold support if they don't. The congresscritters contemptuously threaten that if they're unelected the conservatives will suffer, so it would be irrational for the conservatives to carry through with that threat; they thus feel they can ignore the conservatives.

What would be nice would be if we could show the Republicans that we were willing to withhold support if they go too far left, without our actually having do so. Unfortunately, that isn't possible. Our apparent unwillingness in the past to act against left-leaning Republicans has made them oblivious to any such threats.

IMHO, the major goal of many people stirring up conservative discontent was to try to convince Republicans in Congress that they needed to acknowledge their base. Had the Republicans done so, conservatives would have rewarded them with support and everyone on the right would have benefited.

Oh well--too late now.

35 posted on 11/08/2006 4:48:25 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: supercat
IMHO, the major goal of many people stirring up conservative discontent was to try to convince Republicans in Congress that they needed to acknowledge their base.

No, it was to sell magazines and newspapers. Hope she doesn't spend her 6-10 Sieverts all in one place.

40 posted on 11/08/2006 4:51:32 PM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse (I dare call it treason.)
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To: supercat

BINGO!

I have yet to hear anyone put it so well!

Kuuudos!


120 posted on 11/08/2006 6:24:59 PM PST by eeevil conservative (Dems win....Republicans blame conservatives? That will help..Keep attacking your base...BRILLIANT!)
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To: supercat
First of all, I'd guess that the "Internet gaming" ban probably had more to do with Republicans' losses than Ann Coulter.

Hastert's cozying up to William Jefferson, D-LA, had a lot more to do with it.

188 posted on 11/09/2006 10:45:53 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: supercat

What would be nice would be if we could show the "Republicans that we were willing to withhold support if they go too far left, without our actually having do so. Unfortunately, that isn't possible. Our apparent unwillingness in the past to act against left-leaning Republicans has made them oblivious to any such threats.

IMHO, the major goal of many people stirring up conservative discontent was to try to convince Republicans in Congress that they needed to acknowledge their base. Had the Republicans done so, conservatives would have rewarded them with support and everyone on the right would have benefited."

That all may be true. But what you're telling me is that some conservatives put their personal pet issues ahead of national security. Nice! What a way to claim the mantle of patriotism.


205 posted on 11/10/2006 4:38:42 AM PST by soccermom
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