If present trends continue, the Republicans will likely soon fall out of political viability; and the Grand Old Party will be the Grand Defunct Party. They are well on their way to becoming the 21st Century incarnation of the Whigs.Let’s consider: At the national level, Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential elections; if one measures the popular vote, they have lost five of the last six. Indeed, over the last six elections, the GOP has averaged approximately 44.8 percent of the popular vote, whereas the Democrats have won 48.8 percent.
Comments: Establishmentarians: "pooh-pooh" this at your own political peril.
Pat is right about the Whig Party analogy, but generally wrong about why. It has nothing to do with Iraq/Iran policy or social issues. Pat lives in the Media/Washington bubble so his analysis is not perfect.
Deficit spending and the lack of courageous leaders with integrity is why the Repugs have such a bad image.
If you lose TWICE to 0bama then you do not have what it takes to lead in the 21st century.
The founding papers of this party state their purposes. One is the uplifting of the black race...or words to that effect. Freeing same is mentioned, so that uplifitng can occur. Well folks, thosse folks´ve been free since the 13th amendment was ratified. Time to go. This time , if we get a chance , it will be ourselves we free.
The Republican Party will never go out of existence...public financing and automatic ballot access will keep even a decayed carcass alive. The Whigs had neither of those to cement their continued existence. So, the change must come from within...which is doubtful because the current party has shown itself unfaithful to its Reaganist "triad" of small government, low taxes, and strong national security, since Bush41 moved his lips, and the younger, more minority national electorate unwilling to consider an alternative to Julia´s wonderful life. Caddell is absolutely right when he cites the Bush43 administration as a turn in the wrong direction for Republicanism. Imagine had Obama federalized local schools with "No Child", created TSA and DHS for our "security", or even just expanded Medicare. Where´d all that come from? And we almost got "real immigration reform." Nice man, wonderful family, and an awful president with whom his own policies of easy money caught up weeks before he was to leave office. So, now what? Another 60 years in the wilderness? Looks like it to me, certainly at the national level. Today´s Republican "brand" is the political "New Coke."
I am totally disgusted with the Pubbies! They have open primaries the oppositions subverts. We keep nominating the dumbest of the dumb candidates. Nope- I´m all for either dramatically changing the party or replacing it with a new, stronger, more determined party.
I love the way that ever since the election everyone´s talking about the GOP instead of what Bam´s going to do to us now.
That said, one the most important things for the GOP to do is to stop letting the elite talk radio Establishment push awful candidates like our Senate candidates in Missouri & Indiana (and Delaware & Nevada last time).
Republicans have made a lot of mistakes but the party´s extinction sounds more like wishful thinking. At the state and local level the party is doing well in many parts of the country. Not to minimize Romney´s loss, but Reagan is the only Republican to defeat an incumbent Democrat in more than 100 years. And Obama´s re-election was one of the narrowest for a second term in US history.
" deeply discredited in the eyes of the rest of the country, and so the Democrats--the party tied to the South--lost nine of the 11 presidential elections from 1868 to 1908"
Pat fails to mention that most Southerners were not allowed to vote during the decade after the civil war. Anyone who supported the Confederacy (judged by whether they supported the Union) was not allowed to vote. They were also not allowed to run for office. That means only Republicans (e.g. Union army generals) were elected for a long time.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Breitbart News that Republicans in Washington are scared to fight the Democrats and President Obama on efforts to defund Obamacare (snip) "If we can get 41 Republicans in the Senate to stand together, or if we can get 218 Republicans in the House to stand together, we can win this fight," he claimed. "The dirty little secret is an awful lot of Republicans are terrified of this fight. They’re very, very happy to cast symbolic votes against Obamacare so they can go to their constituents and point to how terribly, terribly opposed to Obamacare
Sen. John McCain spent the weekend negotiating with Majority Leader Harry Reid on a deal to avert Reid´s threatened use of the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to eliminate filibusters on Presidential nominations. Through his efforts, McCain was able to secure a complete GOP capitulation on 7 pending nominations. Reid secured all the benefits of exercising the "nuclear option" without the political cost of actually using it. Under the McCain deal, the GOP will provide enough votes to secure the 60 votes needed for cloture and proceed to final consideration of the 7 nominees. In exchange, Reid agreed
On the afternoon of July 1, 1863 – the first day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg – a Northern soldier propped his rifle against a tree and took careful aim at a tall, bearded Southern officer who was leading his troops forward through the woods. The Northern soldier was Sergeant Charles H. McConnell of the 24th Michigan Infantry, whose regiment and the Iron Brigade to which it belonged had been forced to retreat from McPherson’s Ridge on the west side of Gettysburg. As the blue-uniformed troops around him fell back, McConnell paused to fire his last round
As Americans gather to celebrate the anniversary of our nation´s freedom, we contemplate, on the one hand, the revolution in Egypt, where people crying out for freedom could only appeal to the military, having lost any power of self-government; and, on the other, the slow imposition of Obamacare in the United States, delayed only so that it might never be defeated, creeping gradually into every aspect of life, administered by agencies already shown to be hostile to freedom. We have much for which to be grateful--and much about which to be warned. The words of Alexis de Tocqueville in Book
Mr. Drudge discussed the Internet, dubbing it “the people’s media,” and talked about the ways in which news that is not reported in the mainstream media can be generated and reported on the Internet. He focused on the investigations of President Clinton and his reasons for creating the Drudge Report. Following his prepared remarks, Mr. Drudge answered questions from the audience. After the luncheon, he also answered questions from the media
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is fed up with Tea Party conservatives and wants Republicans to get rid of them to make life easier for Democrats in the Senate. According to the Las Vegas Sun, Reid, in an interview with "To the Point" that will air on Saturday, "said the key to solving what he has labeled as Republican obstruction is for the party to rid itself of so-called Tea Party Republicans." Tea Party Republicans in the Senate ..(snip).. have not only frustrated old bulls on the left like Reid but also institutional Republicans like Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Andrew came a-courting one day. He had been introduced to my daughter, Susie by my son Max, her brother. Max and Andrew were best friends. Just out of college, Max worked as a busboy at a high-end restaurant called 72 Market Street. Andrew was a waiter (higher status) at a nearby diner called Hal´s. Susie brought him home to seek her father’s approval. My wife, the actress Alley Mills, and I had them to dinner. Andrew sat at the table in front of a window. Holding forth, he waved his arms to emphasize some point or other, leaned back ...
During a Google+ Hangout responding to a question about immigration, President Barack Obama made a stunning remark: "This is something I’ve struggled with throughout my presidency," said Obama. "The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed."
The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun. On one side is the Tea Party. On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that the “biggest donors in the Republican Party” have joined forces with Karl Rove and Steven J. Law, president of American Crossroads, to create the Conservative Victory Project. The Times reports that this new group will dedicate itself to “recruit seasoned candidates and protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts ..
I was having a really good day yesterday when it call came crashing down when I read a post on a friend and colleague’s Facebook page. We had lost a mutual friend and colleague. Lee Rodgers died early yesterday morning after many long hours of heart surgery and attempts to save his life. I immediately began to shake and then the tears flowed and flowed as I buried my face in my hands. He was not only a friend of mine and a former co-worker. Lee was instrumental in my pursuit of talk radio as a career.
I really don´t want to write about this, I don´t want to think about this, and I don´t want it to be true. Lee Rodgers, friend and mentor, is dead. (snip) Lee and I worked together at KSFO radio on the "Lee Rodgers and Melanie Morgan Show, with Officer Vic" (and Sheri Yee) for 14 years, but it was always the Lee Rodgers show, and we got to go along for the ride. Lee was demanding, brilliant, perfectionistic, generous, very very loyal and HUGELY entertaining. I learned my conservative principles from him. He helped mold and shape my politics and
Any hope that Jon Hammar, the Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a disputed gun charge, might be freed in time for Christmas has apparently been dashed by a terse letter a top Mexican diplomat sent to Hammar’s congresswoman.(Snip) "As you know well, Mexico has had very stringent gun-control laws in place for many years, and have reinforced their application as a result of the flow of weapons illicitly purchased in the U.S. and then trafficked into Mexico and into the hands of transnational criminal organizations," Sarukhan wrote. Headline resplit and Snip added by staff.
White House insiders say President Barack Obama is in “a funk” about what he sees as increasing stagnation and failures surrounding his second term and some worry that the President is becoming more distant and distracted. “He’s not the same Obama that came to the Oval Office after the 2008 elections,” a senior White House aided confided to friends in an email recently. “I’m worried.” Chicago Mayor and former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel tells friends that the Presidency has changed his longtime friend Obama and many of those changes are “not good.”
In warning about possible al Qaeda attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials may have provided too much detail about intercepted chatter and the source of the information, and that may make it more difficult to get such tips next time, former and current intelligence officials say.On Friday, the U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for Americans, citing an unspecified al Qaeda threat. The bulletin said that the highest threat levels are the Middle East and North Africa, “and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arab Peninsula.”
In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State´s sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell´s besmirching of the Republican Party´s "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Cretu
Washington - President Barack Obama´s top national security advisers met at the White House on Saturday to discuss the potential threat of terrorist attacks that caused Washington and its allies to issue travel warnings and close embassies throughout the Middle East. The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday (Snip) Obama is spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat after playing golf earlier on Saturday. His birthday is Sunday. The White House said Obama had received regular briefings about the potential threat and U.S. preparedness measures all week.
[Video] Rapper Jay Z appearing on HBO´s "Real Time" with Bill Maher says that the black community wants upward economic mobility rather than a stronger police presence. In a conversation with former Congressman Barney Frank about police tactics such as stop-and-frisk, Jay Z suggests the stagnant economy and wealth inequality could cause widespread social unrest: "The real problem is there´s no middle class, right? So the gap between the have and have-nots is getting wider and wider... It´s gonna be a problem that no amount of police can solve, because once you have that sort of oppression
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes
Several skills that every kid once learned in school are going the way of the dodo in a hurry. Diagramming sentences is practically an extinct art, for example. Cursive handwriting and memorized multiplication tables look to be swiftly headed that way. Apparently, the next thing that kids will no longer need to learn is spelling and grammar. Sugata Mitra, a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University in northeast England, announced that traditional language rules are out of fashion, reports the Daily Mail. Kids don’t need to waste time on those things, see. State-of-the-art computers and mobile phones can make
Common sense tells me that cops don´t need a Taser or a shotgun to subdue a 95-year-old man. When John Wrana was a young man, fit and strong and fighting in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps, did he ever think he´d end this way? Just a few weeks shy of his 96th birthday, in need of a walker to move about, cops coming through the door of his retirement home with a Taser and a shotgun.
Not only should President Obama cancel a bilateral summit with "schoolyard bully" Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday on "Face the Nation," but considering the country granted asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, U.S. allies should try to move next month´s G-20 gathering from St. Petersburg. "President Putin´s behaving like a schoolyard bully, and in my experience, I´ve learned, unless you stand up to that bully, they ask for more and more and more," Schumer said. "He´s always going out of his way, President Putin is, to seem to poke us in
You don´t have to be gay or even Russian to feel the wrath of the Russian government´s homophobia. You could go to jail if you are "pro-gay," whatever that means. And that´s under just one of a growing number of hate-infused bills becoming law at a time when, as it happens, Russia is preparing to host the world in the next Winter Olympics. The perverse anti-gay legislation is inflaming an atmosphere of persistent intimidation and at times deadly violence against Russian gays and lesbians. The question now is: What should the rest of the world do?
I have a suggestion. How about an exhibit on Tawana Brawley? If the purpose of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian is to remember racial controversies, as the proposed Trayvon exhibit seems to confirm, then how about an honest look at the phenomenon of hate crime hoaxes? Particular attention should be paid to the role of the media in both the Trayvon and Tawana materials. Unquestionably, the media stirred up racial animus, and these incidents both contributed to raising racial tensions.
Police shot and killed an armed teen in the South Bronx early today after the suspect opened fire and refused to drop his gun, police said. Two rookie cops heard shots fired near East 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue around 3 a.m. and ran in the direction of fire, police said. The uniformed officers saw Shaaliver Douse, 14, of the South Bronx, chasing another person through the streets, according to cops. Douse, who was arrested in May on attempted murder charges for shooting a 15-year-old, fired at the man running on East 151st Street this morning, police said.