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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

 
Huckleberry's revolution

by digby

In his quest to be seen as a True Blue Wingnut, Huckleberry Graham is waving the flag of Republican Revolution Part II:
A faction of Republicans including Sen. Lindsey Graham is agitating for party leaders to unveil a policy manifesto in the midterm elections, detailing for voters what the GOP would attempt with a Senate majority its members are increasingly confident they’ll achieve. 
Advocates of the strategy, which has triggered a closed-door debate in recent weeks among the party’s current 45 senators, say it would serve as a firm rejoinder to Democrats casting the GOP as the “party of no.” They say voters should know what they’d be getting by pulling the lever for Republicans in November.
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The policy agenda would be modeled after the “Contract with America,” the 10-bill document that Republicans campaigned on en route to a historic takeover of the House in 1994. 
“I think it’s a strategic mistake for our party leadership not to come up with a document that has four or five action items,” Graham (R-S.C.), a member of the House class of 1994, said in an interview. “I’ve tried to allow those in leadership to do this. If they don’t move forward soon, there will be a rebellion among the rank and file.”
I'm going to guess this is really just a way of standardizing the language of the far right agenda so that the Tea Partiers and "establishment" have something to rally around together. Not hat they aren't already on the same page. It's that they need to nip the "internal fighting" theme that's developing in the bus so that the rubes don't get it in their heads that they aren't really running things.

It's actually quite a good idea for them.  The Contract on America was an exceptional political document that failed to produce anything at all once the Republicans took power.  If that's not a shining example for the Party of No, I don't know what is.

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