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Republicans Need to Talk
Wall Street Journal, by Peggy Noonan

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/14/2012 9:59:27 AM

Viewed a certain way, the 2012 election can be seen as a gift to Republicans wrapped in ugly paper. The wrapping looked like a hostage note with a message scrawled in crayon: "We hate you." But inside was a gift, and the gift was time. The party was given the opportunity, when it is still strong, to hold the kind of fresh, open-the-windows debate it would have been forced to have in 2016 anyway, and in less favorable conditions. If Mitt Romney had won this year he would have had a very tough presidency, with the left revived and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 12/14/2012 10:10:37 AM     (No. 9065124)

No, Peggy, Obama´s 8 year reign is a dark cloud with no silver linings whatsoever. None.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/14/2012 10:12:31 AM     (No. 9065127)

One too often has to wade through Noonan´s critiques of a speech to find out what her point is. She bogs down into whose phrasing was bad and whose wording was muddy. The implication is that a Peggy Noonan could have written a better speech. She´s hammered us with it so frequently that it´s getting tiresome to see if, this time, she can get beyond sniping at the speechwriter to analyze the content.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/14/2012 10:33:00 AM     (No. 9065171)

Dear, sweet Margaret means well.

Sadly, a great deal of effort is expended to make sure that Conservatives seldom get near the microphone.

As the Right has become more moderate and more willing to be flexible the left has become more strident and headstrong.

The defenders of truth and justice and real fairness are sorely disadvantaged when playing against Communist Terrorists who play very well, very dirty and play for keeps.

Surprise !

The nice people lose again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: hotrod, 12/14/2012 10:34:37 AM     (No. 9065175)

Meanwhile, while we await 2016, we will grow the debt, taxes, unemployment, the government and entitlement spending. At the same time, we will reduce military capability, standard of living, freedom and available medical care.

That´s great Peggy. We will be so happy for this gift!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: WAN2, 12/14/2012 10:39:14 AM     (No. 9065181)

Politicians now know STUFF win elections. Further, Michelle will coast to victory in 2016 after she successfully targets profiteers as the cause of the Depression just as the Germans blamed the Jews.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 12/14/2012 11:07:53 AM     (No. 9065244)

Sorry, Peggy. The Pubs had their opportunity in 2012 - and blew it.

They need a whole lot more than talk. They need to clean up internal corruption. Pat Caddell nailed it on the "Political Insiders" 12/10/12 foxnews.com webcast http://video.foxnews.com/v/2026524793001/political-insiders-121012/ That show was an eye-opener for me, and explained a lot of what went wrong.

This kind of corruption is not unique to the GOP - it is a DC problem, but is relevant when pondering the 2012 defeat.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Sheepfarmer, 12/14/2012 11:11:46 AM     (No. 9065255)

I haven´t really gotten past her swooning over Obama in 2008.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: pizzaman, 12/14/2012 11:31:38 AM     (No. 9065281)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: sunsong, 12/14/2012 11:44:01 AM     (No. 9065309)

Talking is good. Listening is better. I wonder if the GOP knows America anymore?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Marzon, 12/14/2012 1:09:29 PM     (No. 9065524)

Republicans lost the "ground game". Zippy and his cadre of leftist activists used very sophisticated polling and data mining tools to determine exactly how many more votes they needed in each swing state as the election approached and where they could get them. And they had the resources and organization needed to contact these people and get the to vote. More traditional "Get Out Vote" techniques cannot beat the new high tech model. Unless and until the Republicans develop a similar model they will never win another election. But are they smart enough to realize this?



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Reply 11 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/14/2012 1:20:56 PM     (No. 9065551)

Noonan, if Republicans "need to talk," you need to shut up. Just go away and shut up.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: eorsc, 12/14/2012 1:38:59 PM     (No. 9065597)

Yes Peggy--just - go - a - way!

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