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October 16, 2013

PARKER: Does anyone have a plan here?

(Continued)

Unless, that is, the hard-right suicide flame throwers can be neutralized or converted. The latter isn’t likely when the echo chamber cheers them on. And while organizations such as Heritage Action are grading legislators on their “conservative” performance. The threat of facing a primary challenge in their districts from someone even loonier keeps many in lockstep with Sonny.

Thus, the only alternative is a systematic, strategic purge of the GOP’s Sonny side. (Sonny Side Down?) Rational conservatives who understand that governing requires compromise, not just “winning,” need to form their own groups to first protect their reasonable legislators and then actively recruit and elect strong, likable candidates who can win general elections. They need to create their own scorecards to grade the obstructionists.

If Republicans can pull this off, then they can (maybe) keep the House and (just maybe) take the Senate.

Storming the barricades may be fine at times, but it’s helpful to also have a plan. Remember the day after shock and awe?

Now what?

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