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It does not require major political math to figure out that the stark raving lunacy of the GOP base is bound to eventually backfire in a presidential election when American voters are faced with a choice between even a Barack Obama they are extremely “meh” about and some hollering Republican promising to personally bludgeon uninsured workers to death, but this very basic calculation appears to now be filtering down to even dank gutter rats like Pat Robertson, who has belatedly figured out that his lifetime of hateful crowing may in fact be alienating to mass quantities of ordinary voters.

From the video, via Right Wing Watch:

I believe it was Lyndon Johnson that said, ‘Don’t these people realize if they push me over to an extreme position I’ll lose the election? And I’m the one who will be supporting what they want but they’re going to make it so I can’t win.’ Those people in the Republican primary have got to lay off of this stuff. They’re forcing their leaders, the frontrunners, into positions that will mean they lose the general election. Now whether this did it to Cain I don’t know, but nevertheless, you appeal to the narrow base and they’ll applaud the daylights out of what you’re saying and then you hit the general election and they say ‘no way’ and then the Democrat, whoever it is, is going to just play these statements to the hilt. They’ve got to stop this! It’s just so counterproductive!

Eh, probably it’s because the Black Guy is leading the current GOP field, which is against Jesus and racism, but whatever, sure, Pat Robertson. [Right Wing Watch]

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