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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

 
ACORN stole the election, we want to secede, and we control the Republican primary

by David Atkins

PPP does a poll, Tom Jensen reports:

PPP's first post election national poll finds that Republicans are taking the results pretty hard...and also declining in numbers.

49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn't exist anymore.

Some GOP voters are so unhappy with the outcome that they no longer care to be a part of the United States. 25% of Republicans say they would like their state to secede from the union compared to 56% who want to stay and 19% who aren't sure.

One reason that such a high percentage of Republicans are holding what could be seen as extreme views is that their numbers are declining. Our final poll before the election, which hit the final outcome almost on the head, found 39% of voters identifying themselves as Democrats and 37% as Republicans. Since the election we've seen a 5 point increase in Democratic identification to 44%, and a 5 point decrease in Republican identification to 32%.
And yet we're supposed to believe that a chastened Republican Party will tack to the center to solve its demographic problem and become competitive in 2016? Hardly. Their base is filled with voters who still believe it's 1976 and they have a "silent majority" that is only being disenfranchised because of millions of fraudulent inner city votes. A great many of these older white exurban and rural voters haven't even seen the inside of a big city in years, and have no idea what 18-35 year olds really think except for their wayward liberal grandchildren and that weird hippie with purple hair who works at the neighborhood grocery store.

Their leaders will bank on total gridlock and dysfunction leading to electoral apathy in 2014 to keep their House majority and pick up Senate seats, becoming even more extreme in their gerrymandered pockets of the country. Then they'll nominate one of the more radical conservatives they can find, or force one of their more "acceptable" candidates to tack so far right to win the primary that like Mitt Romney they'll be hard pressed to win the general election.

This GOP isn't coming back to reality land anytime soon.

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