Many are arguing these days that President Obama has forged a new majority coalition of women, minorities, young people and upscale cultural liberals so large and durable that he can do what no president has done before—pursue a very liberal agenda without serious opposition or defections from his own party. Demography is destiny, this argument holds, and it is irrevocably on the side of Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party. (Snip)Start with the obvious: If demographics were determinative, then Republicans shouldn´t have gained 63 seats in the House of Representatives in 2010—the largest midterm shift since 1938—while also
We have to completely negate the media /punditry created belief that your vote only matters if you live in Ohio. If I had a dollar for every time I heard ´´it all comes down to Ohio´´.... How many voters stayed home because their local races were boring and they´d been told by their betters their vote for POTUS wouldn´t make a difference?
Local GOP has made big strides in blue States. If you don´t bother to ask for people´s votes you surely won´t get them. We have fifty States. Make your case in every one.
Plus the vote, er, enhancers can focus like laser beam on a state or two.
Every time a party wins the White House for a second term, there are tons of articles about the long-term impeding doom of the opposition party. I´ve been reading them since I was a high school kid in 1972 and 1973.
And guess what? The other party comes back, maybe because the new "kings" over-reach, they screw up the economy one more time, or whatever. Admittedly, the Democrats have a few more opportunities to blame the Republicans because the refs (media) are in the RAT´s pocket -- and currently I´m not sure it´s a back pocket, but let´s move on.
The GOP -- or a new conservative party if the GOP elite doesn´t realize there is a change in tactics, especially by the RAT media and academia -- will rise again. And I think the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential race could be the proof.
That bulbous, balloon head of Rove´s is so full of methane gas that it can blow any moment. I can´t stand this blabber mouth. I´ve put him into the same category with Peggy Noonan - the category of not worth reading or listening to any longer. Shut up Karl and just go away. (The only other Karl that I know of that spelled his name with a K was Karl Marx.)
Rove, How did your backing of RINOs work for you in the 2012 Election-----being a liberal Republican wasn´t exactly a pathway to election. I believe you are irrelevant and your endorsement wasn´t worth ´snot´. Did I hear your comment correctly when you said this about Gov. Palin-----who was the boot strap holder of the 3 new Senators elected to Congress in 2012. Yep, one was Ted Cruz who put your pretty boy "go along to get along RINO" Dewhurst in the back seat, right?
Personally, the only guy that makes me happy lately is the new Congressman from Texas. Cruz is the only guy I´ve heard stand up for what he said and refuse to apologize for having an opinion outside what the press considers proper. I don´t care what any others say right now. I only want to hear a man who means what he says and is truly Conservative.
We don´t like Karl Rove. Mrs. Palin is stupid. Rick Perry is on drugs. Chris Christie is fat. Newt is over. No more Bush. Haley Barbour talks funny. McCain is a RINO. Lindsay Graham is a RINO. Heck, anybody I disagree with is a RINO...
The Republicans have a "messaging" problem within their own party. That´s why so many "Republicans" stayed home and let BO win a second term. Personally I don´t get it, the worst Republican was far better than BO but they did it anyway. So what´s up with that? Are some demanding absolute compliance with hard lined Conservatism? Good luck with that. You will never win an election or have an effective voice. Issues like immigration are not going to be concluded by kicking all illegals out of the Country. Not going to happen. I would love to see Social Security become a private account but I doubt I will ever see it. Maybe the IRA system could be enhanced. But I know I have to "settle" for less than my desires. So what can we "live with" and what "must" get done?
#18, I agree you, but you may not have been here when some of the loudest posters were telling us that any Democrat is better than a "RINO", thus the cheering when Republican senators were defeated at the polls by the ones with a D behind the name. There was even cheering for Granny Warren over our own Scott Brown, because Brown didn´t fit the template. I will never comprehend the logic of preferring any Democrat over a Republican incumbent. The numbers matter. Obviously, I wasn´t a fan of some of the R´s, either, but there´s no way I´m cheering for a Democrat to defeat one of our own.
I keep hearing about the millions of conservatives that stayed home and didn´t vote. Can someone prove that? I never heard a word about Romney being a Mormon or that anyone wouldn´t vote for him. Early on I heard he was not a true conservative but if he were the candidate, they would vote for him. If someone was truly a conservative, I can´t believe they didn´t go to the polls and vote for Romney because even if he had 3 eyes, he would have been better than the other guy. If that many conservatives did truly not vote, then I guess we deserve what we got. But I´d like to see proof. Saying it doesn´t make it so.
True Conservatives are tired of being sucked in. We find ourselves unable to trust either party. Both lie to us, both think more highly of themselves than they do of our Country. That is what angers us and that is we seem to be eating our own at times. Our own have become too much like d´rats. All Conservatves ask is that we nominate a True Conservative, we stand behind that person as a group and we work to elect that person. IF the GOP were to find that Right person, then and only then would there be no problem. No degree needed to figure that out.
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