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Republicans Deserved to Lose
National Review Online, by Thomas Sowell

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Posted By:tocsin, 1/1/2013 7:31:53 AM

The beginning of a new year is often a time to look forward and look back. The way the future looks, I prefer to look back — and depend on my advanced age to spare me from having to deal with too much of the future. If there are any awards to be given to anyone for what they did in 2012, one of those rewards should be for prophecy, if only because prophecies that turn out to be right are so rare. With that in mind, my choice for the prediction of the year award goes to Bret Stephens

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Dr Sowell, always the smartest man in the room imparts wisdom with which most Ldotters will agree.
Democrat-Lite has not/ does not work for the Pubbies and, more importantly, for The USA.
Happy New Year, all

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/1/2013 7:42:20 AM     (No. 9092734)

One again, Dr. Sowell is correct.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Sfacheem, 1/1/2013 7:58:17 AM     (No. 9092749)

This is exactly correct, and exactly why I have refused to give my money to the RNC for over 20 years now.

I´m tired of their stiff, canned, blown-dry candidates and their robotic incantations of talking points. George W. Bush, while not my ideal president, was elected twice because he was real.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 1/1/2013 8:03:11 AM     (No. 9092756)

Why aren´t we taking credit for electing the second female Speaker of the House?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 1/1/2013 8:04:19 AM     (No. 9092757)

FTA: "...[T]o this day, the Republican establishment still goes for pragmatic moderates who feed pablum to the public, instead of treating them like adults...

...It is not just Republican presidential candidates who cannot be bothered to articulate a coherent argument, instead of ad hoc talking points. Have you yet heard House Speaker John Boehner take the time to spell out why Barack Obama’s argument for taxing “millionaires and billionaires” is wrong?...

...Some people may take solace from the fact that there are some articulate Republicans like Marco Rubio who may come forward in 2016. But with Iran going nuclear and North Korea developing missiles that can hit California, it may be too late by then."

Comment: America´s greatness came through great leadership. We need more of it now.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: neanderthal, 1/1/2013 8:10:28 AM     (No. 9092765)

Too late. Too late. The members of the congress and the executive and getting wealthy at such a rate that they don´t dare change anything and with half the country on some sort of welfare, there´s no way conservatives can ever get a firm foothold again.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Passion, 1/1/2013 8:25:00 AM     (No. 9092780)

Everything Dr. Sowell said is true, but I don´t like the headline. The Republicans Deserve to Lose indicates that this is about the Republicans, as in the Republican Party. It is NOT about them. It is about US, and WE are the ones who suffer when the Republicans lose, and we do not deserve it!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 1/1/2013 8:30:54 AM     (No. 9092793)

BINGO!!!! EXACTO MUNDO!!! Now let´s all get behind ANYONE in DC who can articulate this as simply as the good doctor!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Judith, 1/1/2013 8:48:26 AM     (No. 9092818)

As long as you can vote to take someone else´s money, you will until it runs out. And the dems/pubbies all seem to operate on this now.
I´d be interested to know how many people have changed their voter´s designation in the last four years. And how many changed in November 2012. Yet the republicans state their big plan is to be more like the dems. Go figure.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Immanuel Goldstein, 1/1/2013 8:50:22 AM     (No. 9092821)

The Republicans lost because they reverted back to their Rockefeller, Country Club Republican roots, and froze out the Tea Party. After all, who needs all those scruffy, smelly working class louts in their small time jobs, and mom and pop businesses who are trying to make it on their own without a handout from Uncle Sam. All the welfare recipients are going to vote for Obama anyway, and besides, The Tea Party types are all a bunch of racist rednecks. Isn´t that what the Democrats told us? And as for Sarah Palin, don´t even go there.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: hamrman, 1/1/2013 9:20:22 AM     (No. 9092860)

Well said Dr. Sowell...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Grambo, 1/1/2013 9:24:28 AM     (No. 9092869)

Winning slogan: I´m going use a rich guy´s money to buy you an Obamaphone.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/1/2013 9:41:11 AM     (No. 9092899)

A very wise and honest man.

A very dire and important warning.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bogeegolf, 1/1/2013 9:45:57 AM     (No. 9092909)

Oh I´m sure the pols had enough time to slam a few last night and backslap each other thinking they saved the world again. I am also with Sowell as to being bothered by the fact that a simple coherent message wasn´t forthcoming from the pubs explaining our real fiscal problems. Two months from now we get spending cuts. Oh goodie.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: strike3, 1/1/2013 10:50:50 AM     (No. 9093024)

If only we could replace just one of the so-called leaders in congress with a brilliant man like Dr. Sowell... Our only non-violent choice at this point is to keep throwing the incumbents out until we finally get some real courage and intelligence in there such as that of Paul Ryan. Problem is, the hourglass is nearing the bottom for America.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: richwill, 1/1/2013 11:15:56 AM     (No. 9093073)

I agree with many of the posters´ and Thomas Sowell is a bright light in a sea of darkness.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: zoidberg, 1/1/2013 12:02:06 PM     (No. 9093142)

For the Republicans to win, they have to start employing Alinsky´s Rules for Radicals. No more Mr. Nice Guy.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: noproblems, 1/1/2013 1:04:16 PM     (No. 9093279)

Thanks for saying what needs to bed said. Given what the Repugs just did in the Senate, it will fall on deaf ears.

What can you say about COngress when they agree to spending cuts to raise the debt ceiling, but when time comes to implement the spending cuts, they then agree to not do the spending cuts.

We are suppose to believe that the next debt ceiling agreement will mean something?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: noproblems, 1/1/2013 1:07:16 PM     (No. 9093285)

and by the way #6, how many times do you need to be disappointed by Repugs before you will see a pattern of deception?

Fool me once, shame on you, for me twice (a thousand actually), shame on me.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: absalom, 1/1/2013 1:09:19 PM     (No. 9093286)

Sowell is correct. And a larger point overlooked is that any party that nominates for POTUS the likes of Alf Landon, Wendell Wilkie, Dewey, Sassen, Eisenhower, Nixon, Dole, the Bush Buffoons, McCain and Doofus Romney; is most emphatically NOT a conservative party.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDConservative, 1/1/2013 1:12:12 PM     (No. 9093292)

...advised not to answer Democrat wild accusations because those false accusations would discredit themselves... that is the neverending fatal error. Half the people in this country have less-than-average intelligence. They´ll believe anything; the more outrageous, the more believable. The proper response these days is not to refute nonsense with facts, but with even more outrageous nonsense. THAT they´ll believe!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: roger h. cook,MD, 1/1/2013 1:21:12 PM     (No. 9093307)

I don´t like the word "deserved",I lost because many voters stayed home, why? The "e" CHRISTENS wouldn´t vote for a Mormon.Others shot themselves in the foot voting agaist something not for something or some one.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Hammock, 1/1/2013 2:21:24 PM     (No. 9093352)

I don´t think the establishment of the Republican party has been making the same mistake for years. At some point one begins to suspect deliberation and capture.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: cgood, 1/1/2013 2:55:08 PM     (No. 9093391)

I liked Romney and disagree that he is ´hollow´. If anyone represents a hollow man it is Obama and, evidently, plenty of hollow-headed citizens are okay with that.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: steelbreeze, 1/1/2013 3:56:47 PM     (No. 9093451)

GOP must learn that the American voter is an ass.We must fight fire with fire and stop the Mr.Nice Guy stuff.Our Country is damn near gone because we are trying to fight by the rules when the demos never even knew there were rules.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/1/2013 4:04:07 PM     (No. 9093463)

One could almost be excused for suggesting that they actually wanted to lose the presidency in order to retain their own seats...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/1/2013 4:50:16 PM     (No. 9093507)

People started to get involved and fight back in 2010, but then we all got complacent again. We saw that some other people began to take the reins and began to fight, so we all went back to our little routine lives again. Then when the left started calling the TEA Parties bad names, more people gave up and so the few that were left began to go off in different directions and lost site of the people´s goals. Some let their heads get big with power, others started pushing other agendas, like social issues...and the focus was lost. Now we still sit on the sidelines once again and let the left think they defeated us, when in truth we defeated ourselves and we LET them win again. Yes, Romney´s campaign screwed up but we could have done more ourselves too. We can do more now...but I don´t see it happening. I think people are just accepting the mess we´re in and don´t care enough to change it.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: beamer, 1/2/2013 4:38:14 AM     (No. 9094133)

Hopefully, Marco Rubio, who voted against the Republican debacle, will take what he has learned and apply it to his successful election in 2016. We should all be so fed up with the RINOS and Democrats that we will see the light of conservative action.

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