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The Nasty GOP?
National Review Online, by Jim Geraghty

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/20/2012 2:31:34 PM

‘The Republican brand is deeply damaged” was a painfully common assessment after the election. A lot of Republicans were eager to blame the party’s thoroughly lousy performance on the presidential nominee, but there is considerable evidence that the unpopularity goes well beyond that: Romney won more votes than GOP Senate candidates in almost all of the swing states — and in some fairly red states, including Arizona, Montana, Nebraska, and North Dakota. Conservative ideas, though, won in distinctly Democratic-leaning states once the word “Republican” was no longer associated with them. In Michigan, where Obama won handily,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: supersid, 11/20/2012 2:45:14 PM     (No. 9026026)

A good cataloguing of all the wrong things going on.

FTA: Now, think about how this argument sounds to any gay or lesbian or to anyone who loves them — to their mothers, fathers, brothers, and friends. It takes a consensual relationship that more and more Americans see practiced by their friends, neighbors, and relatives and equates it with criminal acts, among the most reviled in our society.

Only way for GOP to win national elections in the future is to appeal to all Americans. No Palinesque classification into ´real´ Americans and not real ones.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/20/2012 2:49:01 PM     (No. 9026032)

[high fiving #1]

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lakerman1, 11/20/2012 2:49:04 PM     (No. 9026033)

The republican senate candidates in Indiana and Missouri were just plain stupid. It is not necessary to have an opinion about everything, and even if you do, there are times when one should shut up.
Most of us learn that as teenagers. The two candidates mentioned, did not.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: harleynyc, 11/20/2012 2:55:07 PM     (No. 9026045)

Voter fraud is the ONLY reasom the GOP isn´t winning the white house. All these articles are worthless. In local races, the GOP gained seats....where obama commies didn´t deploy their illegal activities.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Flipper3, 11/20/2012 2:57:39 PM     (No. 9026047)

I agree with #4.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bkt23, 11/20/2012 3:25:30 PM     (No. 9026101)

I´d vote for a GOP candidate if s/he wasn´t a leftist along the lines of McCain or Romney. You know, someone who actually understood the issues and respected the rule of law. If the constitution is passe and individual freedom a chimera of the past and everyone else in the nation believes this, then at least have the stones to repeal our founding documents and start anew.

I´m not sure where those of us who understand why property rights are the foundation of all rights will go or what we´ll do. But we´ll manage.

On the other hand, if the bulk of Republicans actually do, honestly, believe in rugged individualism then the solution is not to make the GOP indistinguishable from the Democrat party (it´s nearly to that point as it is) but instead to truly embrace what we know works: sound social, economic and foreign policies.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: caddyjak, 11/20/2012 3:27:18 PM     (No. 9026103)

At least 17 GOP States must invoke their 12 Amendment rights regardless of any potential national chaos. It is the only sane hope for America and the world.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 11/20/2012 3:52:27 PM     (No. 9026147)

Sorry Jim, after you got done with Romney’s “47%” remark you kinda went off the rails. The reason why literally all of these “issues” were big is because the Democrats and media made them. None of these are accurate portrayals of GOP positions, which is why they were news. In order for this assessment to be true, it would also HAVE TO BE TRUE that the majority of Americans are far left, ignorant and uninformed. Jury’s out.

Opposition to state forced un-defining of marriage is not hateful.
Opposition to taxpayer funded abortion of any kind for any reason is not hateful.
Opposition to taxpayer funded contraception is not hateful.

The “magic negro” comment originated from a liberal columnist at the LA Times, Jim. Why didn’t you mention that?

One of the worst analyses I’ve seen yet.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 11/20/2012 4:11:17 PM     (No. 9026172)

Can’t resist:
FTA: “Put another way, if some jerk in a bar came up and compared your relationship to your spouse to bestiality, you would probably be sorely tempted to knock his teeth out.”

So you’re saying the GOP is composed of drunken jerks who hang out in bars and make stupid remarks about men’s wives? And the proponent of un-defining marriage is calmly sitting at a table minding his own business?

What a lame a** illustration. Anyone who thinks that’s even a remotely accurate analogy to the marriage debate is too stupid to vote. But it is a perfect example of how the narrative is skewed to make the wrong party look like the one causing a fight.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: janjan, 11/20/2012 4:20:43 PM     (No. 9026184)

Jim if you want to drink the koolaid because you think somehow turning into liberal-lite will win votes from committed socialists, leave me out. We need less spineless RINO´s who haven´t won an election decisively since Reagan won one for you to sit down and shut up. Don´t lecture me about how conservatism doesn´t work. It does work when we actually nominate one.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TexaTucky, 11/20/2012 4:25:18 PM     (No. 9026193)

Interestingly, #1, Romney said nary a word about gaydom. Yet he lost anyway. Hunh.

´Only way for GOP to win national elections in the future is to appeal to´ . . . American citizens. Period. AND to fix our broken ballot system. Locking arms, singing kumbaya, and becoming Liberal Lite won´t win anything because the Democrat Party will always one-up Republicans with even better door prizes.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Burger, 11/20/2012 4:35:36 PM     (No. 9026223)

This article neatly outlines how the GOP´s shift to a more moderate left wing party has absolutely destroyed the GOP´s national election chances.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/20/2012 4:40:21 PM     (No. 9026233)

Jim, as long as the Democrat lites continue to slam conservatives, the Republican brand will remain a big fat loser. Basically, this was a round about article telling conservatives to shut up and join their wishy washy stand for nothing.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ivehadit, 11/20/2012 4:47:45 PM     (No. 9026247)

The media is going to spin, spin, spin no matter what. The conservative candidate must be likeable above all else because of this, like it or not.

Now as to this past election, anyone who is trying to extrapolate ANYTHING from that election with its busloads of Somali´s who can´t speak english being brought into many, many counties to vote, etc, is NUTS. You can´t extrapolate anything from that. Or the others who don´t even know what they are voting for...sheeze.

Bottom line: WE MUST GET OUR PEOPLE OUT TO VOTE. PERIOD. no more orca-size failures (intentional or not) please.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: starboard, 11/20/2012 5:35:29 PM     (No. 9026316)

"The Republican brand is deeply damaged." Oh really, to who, the media, the Dems?

Okay, so we lost a presidential election to the first Black President. Even though he was the worse president in recent memory, he was the incumbent and he ran a dirty campaign with he media covering for him.

So who´s the Nasty Party? The GOP needs to stop talking about this election. It´s over. They need to get dialed in and learn a thing or two and next time have a winning strategy.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Coach Springer, 11/20/2012 5:59:38 PM     (No. 9026374)

If only the GOP would behave perfectly and praise liberal shibboleths so that Geraghty didn´t have to buy the Demagogy. Did he blame the tea party for spitting on black congresspersons and calling them the n word over Obamacare too?

Yeah, if only Romney and the GOP base weren´t so badly outclased by Obama and the Dem base in 2012, we´d have won by 20 points. And Benghazi was the fault of that vile tea party video. s/o If we had to do 2012 over again, I´d go Atwater for a change. Romney bent over backward doing Geraghty and lost because the other side really was nasty.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Hamrman, 11/20/2012 5:59:59 PM     (No. 9026375)

Massive voter fraud...and a supermega database?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: WIBadger, 11/20/2012 6:08:45 PM     (No. 9026386)

Jim Geraghty´s brand is damaged (permanently)

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Starlady, 11/20/2012 7:42:57 PM     (No. 9026547)

I live in VA . After the election I was watching DVR´d shows and saw one of the ads Zero had placed locally. During the campaign I just fast forwarded through any campaign ads. This Zero ad was a definite scare ad toward people in nursing homes or families who might have a loved one in nursing homes. My eyes were opened to the lies Zero told during the campaign to possibly receive the majority of the vote in my state. I still think voter fraud gave him the win here.

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