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Brian Ross

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Is the conservative movement at a point of historic realignment that will dump or marginalize the Republican Party?

My contention, which I put forth at my blog (truth-2-power.com) is that elitist America, from the Federalists to the Whigs to the Republicans goes through cycles that align with swings in their political power that create the kind of pro-wealth policies that lead to overheating one or more sectors of the economy, its ultimate melt-down, and re-assumption of control by the populists of whatever monicker that the day calls them.

Well before the mainstream media got there, I have documented the sources who fund major political movements in the GOP, and the very un-Civil War inside the party.

The problem for the GOP is that both factions are extremist. The Necons represent the military-industrial sub-class of American fascism and the Libertarian/Koch/Norquist faction are the Taft "robber-baron" fascists straight out of the 19th century, or, as we refer to them, the "Dead Billionaires Club".

The moderates are purged in the primaries. Sen. Dick Lugar (R-In) is the latest example. They do this even when it undermines the mainstream connections to the electorate.

Historically this is with precedent. Hard-liners in the GOP will rationalize 2010 and their true belief in the message and not move much. Which leaves everyone from Chris Christie to purgees like Charlie Crist looking at 32-35% of the electorate that is fiscally conservative but not socially so, and thinking there is a win in disavowing the power structures of the GOP.

They won't go quietly into the night, ergo a high likelihood that a new conservative party will emerge and send the extremist GOP into the history books.

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    Nov 22 2012: The conservative movement has certainly changed a lot since conservative Barry Goldwater ran for president. It is not even recognizable as the same movement.

    Today, conservative tends to be seen as belligerent, christian, white, & exclusionary. That wasn't always the case. Goldwater had the courage to stand up to the theocrat christians - but then he lost. I think he lost because of the commercial that is memorable even for today's viewers. (Young child and atom bomb). Today, the arch-conservative of his time would be called a blue-dog Democrat. (Fiscal conservative, social liberal)

    For as long as there is something to fear, fear-mongers will stir up the radical right. The more they do that, the less power they have. The Tea Party cost Republicans the electon. I will be curious to see how they come to terms with that.

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