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Top-down blowback; The GOP Discovers that the Grassroots Bites Back

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That doesn't seem to be happening with the Republican party today. It may be because the forces of wildness-- Limbaugh, Beck, Palin and their imitators-- have become more powerful than any of the top-down leaders, like Michael Steele, who in some ways, has echoed the sentiments and messages that have emerged from the grassroots teapartiers.

What happens when the bottom causes the top to adopt its ideas and issues? Sometimes craziness, but sometimes democracy, and maybe even elected officials actually representing the true interests and concerns of their constituents. Or those elected officials could just represent the loudest voices. That's also a bottom up consideration. Squeaky wheels will always get the grease.

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Rob Kall's article in which he states that Republi... by Richard Hirschhorn on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009 at 2:34:56 PM
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