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A Setback, Not a Catastrophe
Weekly Standard, by Fred Barnes

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/10/2012 4:49:04 AM

The last thing Republicans need is an identity crisis. The losses in the 2012 election shouldn’t be sugarcoated. President Obama’s reelection does mean Obamacare will go into effect, and another shot at capturing the Senate was squandered. But the election was a setback, not a catastrophe. Contrary to the media’s narrative, Republicans aren’t tumbling into any abyss of permanent minority status. No soul-searching is required. Republicans retain the advantages and strengths they’ve had for decades. The biggest advantage: America is a center-right country. The election reflected a slight tilt to the center,

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I don´t think America is a center-right country any more. But, I agree that this election was about Obama and the Dems won´t have that head-start next time.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 11/10/2012 5:30:29 AM     (No. 9004463)

No, this is in fact the biggest national catastrophe since 9/11, if not Pearl Harbor. The only difference is that the attack on November 6 was internal. A majority of Americans choose decline, failure, weakness, and the shredding of the Constitution. Avoiding facing that unpleasant reality does not change it.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 11/10/2012 5:43:11 AM     (No. 9004474)

Ditto, #1. America is not center-right. It is leftist-wrong.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: locarno, 11/10/2012 5:57:28 AM     (No. 9004486)

So, basically, Fred is saying that once we get rid of Obama, things will go back like it was in 2004? Does he think Obama´s ´coattails´ carried all the Senate seats they won? No, this argument is too simplistic. This was a catastrophe on many different levels. Not only for the GOP, but for the country as well. If we´re a ´center-right´ country, Why did 5 million GOP voters stay home? If the economy is so dreadful and a plurality disapprove of Obamacare, why did they still vote for the architect of both?

Too many unanswered questions and things don´t look any more promising for 2016 either.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: sanchin, 11/10/2012 6:26:27 AM     (No. 9004511)

Wow, exactly what do the Washington cocktail set drink?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dotty, 11/10/2012 6:50:56 AM     (No. 9004536)

This is dishonest. Not one of these writers is talking about the fact that the nation has been divided into regions and that soon all legislative action is null and void. NY has been divided into ten regions by Cuoma and our tax dollars are being handed out to cronies who will control all housing and industry. They told us that within twelve years they will cut back on fossil fuels by eighty per cent. They are intentionally zoning people off their single family parcels which they call the greatest threat to man made global warming.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: thelmalou, 11/10/2012 6:55:58 AM     (No. 9004549)

Oh, Fred, you are so cute. You just go right on believing that.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: Moritz55, 11/10/2012 7:15:57 AM     (No. 9004581)

One thing I agree with him on: after Obamacare goes into effect, the will be a huge negative reaction. What that will mean remains to be seen, but as one who has seen socialized medicine up close and personal, I am certain the buyers´ remorse will come.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FunOne, 11/10/2012 7:36:11 AM     (No. 9004618)

Fred. A center-right America does not embrace socialism.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: suziesuburbanite, 11/10/2012 8:02:32 AM     (No. 9004644)

This article assumes we are a center right country - I don´t think that is true anymore

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Westie64, 11/10/2012 8:11:12 AM     (No. 9004657)

I am convinced that voting machines were tampered with. Until we have true reform with paper ballots our votes mean nothing.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 4freedom, 11/10/2012 8:19:00 AM     (No. 9004675)

It IS a catastrophe wait till Barry or whatever his name is, gets more communist whack jobs on the Supreme court, then your going to see some real interesting things happen, you can kiss the second amendment goodbye, and a probably modified first amendment, abolish the 22nd amendment (term limits) and God knows what else. The toaster is set on burnt.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Catherine, 11/10/2012 8:21:37 AM     (No. 9004683)

The beltway GOP is filled with fools. I can promise you I have held my nose and voted R for the last time. If they don´t ´get it´ by now, they never will.

I, personally, think Romney really won but too many criminals and too much money fixed it so that he never really had a chance. I still think the media was complicit in calling the winner for the 10 o´clock news and everyone going home afterward. Half the states hadn´t even been counted. Either grow up GOP, admit the Tea Party and people who listen to Rush are worthy of notice, or close up shop and go home.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 11/10/2012 8:32:00 AM     (No. 9004708)

Nope. No catastophe for you, Fred. You never leave the DC beltway. Politics is sports for smart people. Right, Fred?

Any scandal bigger than a sexy broad sitting on a Senator´s lap is too complex for your curiosity. And rehashing exit poll findings in order to make a vaccuous statement like, "we are a center-right nation" as if you were the first to say it is a lot easier than doing some real digging. Pffft.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: LouD, 11/10/2012 9:01:31 AM     (No. 9004775)

Too many people like #11, who didn´t vote for Romney, have brought this upon us. Like him or not, he still would be a thousand times better than what we have. So please, #11, and all those like you, don´t complain when things are not to your liking, especially new or higher taxes and government control of almost every facet of your lives. You asked for it and you got it.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: cym rhondda, 11/10/2012 9:17:25 AM     (No. 9004814)


"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour.
I believe it is peace for our time...
Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."

(Statement by Neville Chamberlain from #10 Downing Street. Informing the British people that war with Germany had been averted.)

Fred Barnes is drinking the wrong Kool Aid.

The re-election of Obama is a catastrophe of International Marxist proportions but,not to worry, just "Go home and get a nice quiet sleep."



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Reply 16 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/10/2012 9:35:12 AM     (No. 9004857)

#16 like your words, "a catastrophe of International Marxist proportions". If only Fred B. had a clue about what real people think of this catastrophe. Silly bubble head DCite thinks it is just politics as usual.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Poliskeptic, 11/10/2012 9:36:42 AM     (No. 9004862)

Fred, you are so naive....I´m not listening to or reading you anymore. You assured us Americans would be voting for optimism, and Romney would win. They are not focused on long term reality and simply voted for government handouts.

#4 asks the key question.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: cgood, 11/10/2012 11:42:12 AM     (No. 9005187)

I agree that Obama´s re-election is a catastrophe for the country. I don´t, however, believe that the lesson we take from it is that conservatives are doomed by demographics and should abandon all principle to increase our appeal. It seems that Barnes is suggesting the same.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/10/2012 1:23:58 PM     (No. 9005364)

#11, please give factual examples of Republicans " gay bashing". Bet you can´t come up with a single one. And defending traditional marriage doesn´t count so don´t try to go there.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 11/10/2012 4:59:14 PM     (No. 9005745)

No, Fred, it is a catastrophe. The election was this week. We lost. Shame on us.

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