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The GOP´s Empathy Challenge
American Spectator, by Daniel Allott

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/29/2012 6:14:42 AM

There has been a lot of discussion since Election Day about what went wrong for Republicans, and what they need to do to win again in the future. In my view, Republicans´ challenge is captured in one word: empathy, the act of understanding and being sensitive to the feelings and experiences of others. While Republicans are not necessarily less empathetic than Democrats, they are perceived that way by voters. And in politics, perception is reality. Mitt Romney brought many qualities to the campaign. He exuded competence and had a keen grasp

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We say what we mean to say. The Dems fog it up and get credit. We have to learn to fog.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: plumnellie, 11/29/2012 7:45:00 AM     (No. 9038933)

Many of us knew Romney was not adept at the kind of tough fighting needed. But, we were pooh poohed by the moderates who said he was the only one who could win. Where are you big talkers now? You hate Palin because she is a fighter. And, you love the losers. Republicans can kiss any donations or votes from me or my family away. I do not think the establishment Republicans want to change. They are happy with Obama. It is their power they want to keep. That is why they hate tea party types and Palin. Republicans are dooming themselves by clinging to the country club elite propaganda. The enemy is both parties. I remember well how much scorn certain posters heaped upon anyone not toe-ing the elite party line. What do you have to say now? I imagine you are still pushing the same garbage and calling it roses. Repubs are like that Fabreeze commercial. They are sitting in garbage and pretending it smells good.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/29/2012 8:19:38 AM     (No. 9038988)

Oh, stop. Nobody "hate"s Palin. She´s a non-factor these days and apparently enjoys being out of a spotlight. As for Romney not winning, which of our other candidates do you believe could have come within fewer than three points?

I will agree that the long-time, professional Republicans distrust the tea party movement, and yes, it has to do with power.

We tried, we lost, we have to do better next time.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Haskell, 11/29/2012 8:20:08 AM     (No. 9038989)

Fact is, time and again throughout Mitt Romney´s life he demonstrated empathy in his acts of kindness and charity toward others.
It´s a shame that examples of this only came to light in the 11th hour of the campaign. Unlike Obama, Romney is not a narcissist and didn´t toot his own horn.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40, 11/29/2012 8:24:55 AM     (No. 9038999)

The key question we need to ask is "Was Ronald Reagan viewed (by the majority - this is important) as an aloof, uncaring, selfish excluder"? Why then are subsequent candidates with policies, exemplary life stories that are similar, consistently victims to this kind of caricature? The real tragedy is that the uncaring, selfish part fits some of the inner circle RINO hacks but is is applied and sticks to grass root Tea Party types.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rakasha, 11/29/2012 9:20:23 AM     (No. 9039093)

~ ...which of our other candidates do you believe could have come within fewer than three points? ~

Any of them that we were all forced to get behind - the way we were for Romney. Unless those who insisted that not voting for Romney was the same thing as voting for Obama would have withheld their votes for the sake of ´purity´.

If we truly believe that Romney lost because a few million conservatives could not bring themselves to vote for him then we have to acknowledge that running a more conservative candidate would have brought in those votes. If the moderates in the Republican Party are unwilling to cast their vote for a more conservative candidate then they have no business chastising anyone else.

And before anyone suggests that running a more conservative candidate would have cost the votes of the middleroaders and undecideds, we should realize by now that we cannot appeal to both branches of that dichotomy. The Republican Party is going to have to decide which fork of the road it is going to walk down, but it should be relatively simple. All we have to do is determine which group will bring in more votes. It is only about winning after all.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: enuf8, 11/29/2012 9:28:12 AM     (No. 9039109)

# 2 - "She was a non-factor. Same mantra and attitude prior to the election even before Mitt bought the right to be the Republican contender. It seems the "establishment/elites/Romney" wing of the Republican party is what allowed obama, along with voting fraud to remain in office. Gov. Palin backed 3 new Senators going to Congress in 2013 in opposition to the Romney/Rove clans. How many they endorsed are on their way to DC? NONE!
Yes, hatred for Gov. Palin shows through and through. Like it or not, Gov. Palin is a FACTOR and will continue to be so. Yes, I held my nose again and voted for Romney, but he certainly was not my choice---being a weak-spined candidate. Heck, he wasn´t the First choice of the Elitist and Establishment as they tried to get Christ, Portman, Jeb Bush and a whole slew of others to run in the primary.
Had Romney applied the same tactics to defeating obama as he did against his peers in the primary.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Axeman, 11/29/2012 9:34:40 AM     (No. 9039128)

Empathy is not groupthink. I see the belief that groups should have empathy as a problem. Individuals can be empathetic and a group of individuals can be similarly empathetic but the group should not be. This is not just semantics. Your group may state a cause that sounds empathetic but have members that act opposite and then the whole group has a problem, unless it´s liberal/progressive/marxist/etc., they get a pass. That is the "challenge" in the article.
I realize that expecting people or groups to be judged by what they do, rather than what they say they want to do, is unrealistic in these times.
Christians have enormous empathy for others yet Dem/libs are trying to ban and eliminate them from all society.
Dem/lib forced empathy and compassion breeds contempt and resentment. But it also gets them dependents. A dependent voter is a dependable voter. Is that what the GOP should do?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: MissMolly, 11/29/2012 9:49:36 AM     (No. 9039153)

"If we truly believe that Romney lost because a few million conservatives could not bring themselves to vote for him then we have to acknowledge that running a more conservative candidate would have brought in those votes."

But, that isn´t what happened. If, as you say, a "few million conservatives" didn´t vote for Romney, then they obviously preferred Barack Obama. And they got him.

Our side lost because we scared the bejeebers out of anybody who has used or thinks they may ever need some kind of financial help. And, we made good, legal, law-abiding Hispanics and Asians believe we don´t want them here and don´t think they belong.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lamerican, 11/29/2012 10:06:15 AM     (No. 9039183)

This reminds me of the moment in "Oh Brother Where Art Thou" when Pappy O´Daniel´s son suggests they get their own midget with a broom to mimic the increasing success of their opponents.

The RNC is failing because they are visibly failing to deliver to their own faithful constituents when they get power, and they are failing to produce, AND SELL, strategic goals for the nation and globe.

Empathy isn´t going to save our nation from the death spiral the Democrats have us in.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: tomishere, 11/29/2012 11:10:36 AM     (No. 9039344)

#1 Romney was not as conservative as I would have liked. But Gingrich and Perry, went after Romney for making money, how much more liberal could they get. Santorum could never win because of his unhealthy obsession with sex. To another poster many conservatives did stay home for their own stupid reasons. The difference between liberals and conservatives, is that liberals want to win, where conservative will stay home, suck there thumb and sulk.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Rakasha, 11/29/2012 1:51:14 PM     (No. 9039674)

#8, If that isn´t what happened then some of the posters to these threads have been badly misinformed because I have seen several tirades over the last three weeks against stupid, ideological conservatives who sat out the election. Now, personally, every conservative I know understands what has happened to our country over the past four years and did their best to prevent it from continuing. But there are those who have claimed otherwise.

So which is it? Did conservatives not vote? Did the Democrats flat out steal the election out from under us? Are people really to stupid to draw a distinction between those who follow the laws or need a little help and those who disregard the laws or make careers out of gaming those programs designed to help? Because we can´t have a reasonable discussion on how to fix the problem if the underlying reason for the problem can´t be defined or agreed upon.



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