The Republican Party did not lose last Tuesday´s election. It was obliterated, crushed, slaughtered, massacred, squashed, annihilated — and, let’s hope, extinguished. For the party of Lincoln, it’s been a week of sifting through the carnage: What went wrong? How could a party that just a decade ago controlled all of government have been so completely nullified that an incumbent Democrat who was quite possibly the worst president in a century handily defeated the Republican nominee? The soul searching followed the standard stages of grief: There was denial.
Umm, Joseph, you´re talking about things that aren´t enshrined in the constitution, they´re discovered in emanations from the penumbra of the constitution. Not the same thing at all. And communists cheating to win an election isn´t the same as failing to sell a message. The turn-out showed people understood; those who counted the votes decided to vaporize votes for Romney and pad the votes for Capt Zippy, it´s that simple and blatant.
In an article I posted yesterday, I stated that there are many issues [abortion, feminism, gay rights, illegal immigration and race] that we have allowed the dRATS to smoke-screen their dumb-down their voters in every election I can remember. The real issues of the economy, murder of Ambassador Stevens and three others and immediate disinformation from the White House about them in Benghazi, Iran and their nuclear quest, EU folding under weight of socialism, debt and high unemployment, Supreme Court picks, Al Qaeda resurgence, etc.
I am a ´´Hispanic´´ GOP voter who assimilated since birth and yet people I tried to speak to turned their head away from any discussion prior to election about it. Especially minorities. I see the same lack of community in the Catholic Church, unless you follow their actions and try not to ´´lead.´´
I follow certain basic beliefs, after years of Church-going and soul-searching: One is that we are all blessed by the treasure of Love by God giving each of US Life. And, it´s how we share that Love with others along the journey of Life that we will meet final Judgment.
If you think ´´sex & politics´´ should not be done in conversations, how would you discuss the current affairs of General Petraeus and his betrayal in Benghazi and ultimately the American people? Oh, get rid of the dRATS issues and maybe we can final face the ´´real´´ ones.
The Rebublican party should reform itself not by currying favor with every Tom, Dick and Juarez, but by promulgating the unvarnished truth.
It must systematiclly debunk the leftist garbage coming from the media and academia, and be sure that everyone knows the peril we (and all of Western Civilization) face if we don´t take painful but effective action to balance the budget.
I´ve grown tired of this kind of hysterical over-reaction.
For God´s sake, it was one election. Suck it up and win the next one. Just two years ago I was reading about the "demise of American liberalism". Now we have to destroy the Republican Party and remake it again? No. We need to increase our voice and presence through the grass roots ala the Tea Party and run it better, that´s all.
@#2: The RNC ignored Michele Bachmann also. She barely squeaked by this election cycle. She may not be so lucky in 2014.
It is shameful how the GOP treats its membership. Supposedly 3 million republicans stayed home on Nov. 6th. Personally, I don`t think they care. They seem to be content living in 2nd place. Even when they win they act like losers.
Time for new political parties. Republicans and Democrats got us to $16 trillion in debt and cultural rot.
I still think this is past election may be similar to the election of 1856; hopefully without civil war on the horizon. The election of 1860 was the first election that a republican won. The election of 2016 should be the election of a Tea PArty president.
The opportunity to convert the other side is right before us. Are we up to the challenge? There is an economic, security and cultural disaster looming (actually blooming). We should never let a disaster to waste either. I´ve begun my own little listening tour with co-workers and neighbors. I work in hospitality, so lots of Hispanics, Asians and black associates. Starting out slow, they are still on a sugar high, so to speak, from last week, but I figure as we approach Christmas the scales may begin to fall from their eyes.
What a pile of steaming excrement by a writer who should know better. 10 million fewer voters came to the polls this last election. The number of college age students who were actively ccourted by the left was a major determinent in the final result. The GOP didn´t lose because it had the wrong message, it lost because the democrats ran a better ground game and the Republicans are still learning how.
While the GOP should and will try to extend its message to Hispanic, Black, Asian Americans and the new voters, it won´t change its vision of America at the cost of losing the values which differentiate it from the democrats. Candidates like Rubio, Jindal, West, and Martinez will help diversify the GOP base without having to dilute the message.
It is time for the failed leaders to be put out of the party. Where is Trump when we need him? Rove? You are fired. Limbaugh: you are fired. Hannity: you are fired. All the Romney handlers: you are fired. No more campaigns for you.
But the entrenched chattering class of Pubbies will cling to power, as was true in the 1970s. Better to be in office as a minority than to yield to a new generation.
Those in control of the party in 2012 failed. Whether it was the failure to coalesce after Romney cinched the nomination, defend Romney from the scurrilous lies of Obama, insist on precinct workers in every precinct, insist on lawyers to be available when said precinct workers were ejected, organize car pools for voters, guarantee our rights as voters by Voter ID laws (I was disenfranchised by fraud), or fail to find a compromise with the tea party, the leaders failed.
Such failure must be rewarded with expulsion. If they can´t do the job, hire someone else.
Our elections are no longer fair. Cheating is rampant, and will not be investigated. There is no fix short of a new party.
Yeah, it was a painful loss, but Romney got 48% of the popular vote. Do you really want to throw that all away? Republicans made some mistakes but it wasn´t a massacre. Learn from your mistakes and carry on to fight another day.
I disagree with those who think the ´rats are going to continue to win. Even David Plouffe when asked about his get out of the vote organization and will work in 2016? said NO, we had the right candidate for this to work. It won´t be as effective with another candidate other than Obama! i.e. Biden.
Republicans have stronger, younger, more charismatic candidates and Mr. Obama unless I´m severely mistaken can never run again!
Anyway by the time 2014 roll around the Dems will be owning this terrible economy..and these young people, young women and Latinos don´t vote in off year elections, we will take the Senate and we will win in 2016!
20 - you are overlooking the number of voters (and participants) the GOP has lost this election. The "hold your nose, ABDem meme" has lost its effectiveness.. And the GOP is going to struggle mightily (if it can overcome it) to get folks like me to EVER support the Republican candidate or work for them again. I will invest and work for specific candidates or a different party, but am done with GOP, and know many like me, If You are going to represent me by acting like a Democrat, I might as well just vote for the Democrat.
This is absurd. The election was close. A few changes in a few key states and it goes the other way. Obama failed, but the media let him get away with it and his ads denied the truth, and it worked. The answer isn´t giving in, it´s getting even. Now, more than ever, the GOP needs to stick to principles and remain a very vocal opposition.
I am sick of being told by those on the left that we have to change. By that they mean go left and become a permanent second place party.
I vote Reublican because their candidates come the closest to my views. I still believe abortion for convenience is murder and am damned well not going to change because it might get more votes or it´s the ´with it´ and progressive view.
I have heard all this ´magnanimous´ advice from the leftists before but the Republican Party has never won and never will win trying to be a lesser version of the Democrats. I´ll stick with what I believe, thanks, or go down with the ship if that´s the way it has to be.
Second, gay marriage. On this, simply — who cares? America 2012 has enormous problems. Is this really an issue that matters to — anyone? Christians, two men getting married doesn’t affect your marriage in any way. Get over it.
First, if the author thinks that I, and a vast number of Christian voters will support anyone who openly advocates gay marriage, he is delusional. This is a moral issue - a character issue.
Second, is the author actually believes that there is no fiscal impact from destroying our moral infrastructure, he is more than delusional. The further degradation of the sanctity of marriage will continue to destroy families. Marriage will become a matter of temporal convenience. Divorce rates will accelerate, and the cost of divorce will add to our social burden. Further, policies that economically favor marriage will have to be rescinded because so many will marry solely for economic benefit.
Finally, abortion must be recognized as a critical boundary, a redoubt demarking our resistance to the devaluation of human life that threatens to become the hallmark of the ´managed society´. People like Holdren, who believe that animals and humans are equivalent and should be equally ´humanely´ treated, will fall to Peter Singer´s philosophy of the humane allocation of resources. Human life will be weighed according to measures established by ´death panels´ and extinguished or allowed to continue accordingly. All of this begins with our attitude toward abortion. Once we accept abortion, our slide down this slippery slope will inevitably accelerate.
Either there are real differences between Liberals and Conservatives, or members of each party are interchangeable parts and it doesn´t matter which one the public chooses.
Sounds like some of the Republican pundits are suggesting that the Republican Party needs to become "Democrat-lite" to win more voters. That only succeeds if the Conservatives in the Republican Party are prepared to sacrifice the core values of conservatism.
Conservatives need to clearly define their core principles which make them different from liberals in BOTH PARTIES. Making that case that the conservative approach is better for everybody needs to be the focus when discussing the issues every day and with each election.
Conservatives also need to recognize that some people will never accept these principles, and that the Conservatives will lose elections because of this. Better to lose while true to your conservative principles than to win by sacrificing your principles on the liberal altar of convenience.
Nonsense. The purpose of the Republican Party is to oppose the evil Democratic Party. It ain´t brain surgery; whoever they put up to run the country, you vote for the other guy. I would have voted for Jo-Jo the dog-faced boy before letting Obama win.
Heaven preserve us from know nothings, and do nothings and feeble whiners.
In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called "Exit, Voice and Loyalty." It explored how people respond when a private firm´s or a government agency´s performance is deteriorating. Some people choose to leave, buying another product or service or leaving the government´s jurisdiction. Others use voice, complaining about defects or lobbying for change. Hirschman tended to deplore exit and exalt voice, and urged firms and governments to nurture loyalty so consumers and citizens would stick around and improve things. There´s obviously some relevance here to a current government program now performing far below even its detractors´ expectations: Obamacare.
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If life under ObamaCare is as wonderful as supporters tell us, how come Harry Reid is keeping his staffers from enjoying it? As part of the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress and their office staffers are required to purchase their health insurance through the new ObamaCare exchanges. But Reid is the Senate majority leader. And he has just taken advantage of a loophole in the law that allows leaders in Congress to exempt their committee or leadership staffs. It makes for an illuminating contrast.
WASHINGTON—It is now apparent that our President has lied to us. He lied when he crooned soothingly about improving the healthcare of millions of Americans through vast changes in health policy that would actually lower their costs. Those costs are now going up, and they are going up for almost everyone. They will not come down. He lied when he said we could keep our present healthcare policy. Those policies are rapidly disappearing. He lied again when he said we could keep our doctors. He lied when he said his plan would not involve rationing. I could go on, but
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Hardly a week goes by without Hillary Clinton receiving another award. Last month she was named a “Global Champion” by the International Medical Corps, received the American Patriot Award at the National Defense University Foundation and the Hermandad Award from the Mexican American Leadership Initiative. [Snip] At this rate, if a bunch of elderly left-wing Swedes toss her the Nobel Peace Prize early on, the way they did to Obama, it will barely rate mention among all the other glittering trophies that have been bestowed on a woman whose only actual accomplishment was being married to a crooked governor with
Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”
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In February, the Bush family’s personal emails were hacked by Guccifer, a hacker who uncovered photographs of former President George H. W. Bush in a hospital bed and George W. Bush’s oil paintings in the process. It seems Guccifer has struck again, this time targeting former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Library. The hacker has reportedly uncovered doodles of Clinton drawing on what were, at the time, classified documents. Among the doodles is apparently a picture of a penis. The document uncovered is a briefing of the strategic measures the United States could take prior Clinton’s decision to intervene in
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WASHINGTON — Without Nelson Mandela, there might never have been a President Obama. That is the strong impression conveyed from Mr. Obama, whose political and personal bonds to Mr. Mandela, the former South African president, transcended their single face-to-face meeting, which took place at a hotel here in 2005. It was the fight for racial justice in South Africa by Mr. Mandela that first inspired a young Barack Obama to public service, the American president recalled on Thursday evening after hearing that Mr. Mandela, the 95-year-old world icon, had died. Mr. Obama delivered his first public speech, in 1979, at