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A Not-So-Doomed GOP
Tribune Media Services, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/1/2013 5:44:43 AM

The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point. That’s the basic consensus in places like New York City; Washington, D.C.; and other citadels of blue America. And let’s be fair, liberals have every reason to gloat — a little. The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media, and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: olcap, 2/1/2013 6:02:06 AM     (No. 9151808)

Thing is, the broader conservative movement is not part of the Republican Party. Not any longer.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/1/2013 6:07:44 AM     (No. 9151811)

Demographics is way overblown as a reason we´re losing and we´ll continue to lose if we buy into this crap. There´s no question that hispanics are inching their way up population wise but there´s more than enough white voters left to win elections.

There´s at least 10 million voters or more we´re not reaching or motivating to the polls. There´s a lot of voter apathy among white voters who don´t see a difference between the parties. If we got a substantial seperation of what republicans stand for,we could rally the troops. Instead establishment republicans think we need to blend in with the left to win.This is a huge mistake.

Liberals are motivated to the polls by financial rewards,we can´t offer that other than growing the economy to improve jobs. The problem there is people don´t care about jobs any more.

Obama has killed millions of jobs with more on the way putting more tax stress on the remaining workers.
Every person who loses a tax paying job means we have to borrow more to replace that loss. That never occurs to Obama who only goal is to destroy his political enemies.

It wouldn´t be that hard to make the case Obama is insane.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tulipwood, 2/1/2013 6:30:11 AM     (No. 9151820)

The first GOP candidate to realize that its Ruling Class against Country Class and run with it, will win. The problem is that today´s GOP is too emeshed in the Ruling Class to be able to see the forest for the trees.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: dotty, 2/1/2013 6:49:04 AM     (No. 9151836)

I hope the Republican Party dies. It birthed Progressivism with Teddy Roosevelt. It birthed the New World Order vie Bush the elder. It birthed the Patriot Act that destroyed the forth amendment under George Bush. It never fought the Federal Reserve, it defined patriotism as an absurd and genocidal call to war, it calls men like Orrin Hatch one of its own. Die Republican Party, you are evil.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Toledo, 2/1/2013 7:35:53 AM     (No. 9151887)

It sounds like someone is on the wrong site.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mindyourbubble, 2/1/2013 7:57:20 AM     (No. 9151917)

I am a Conservative. I quit the Republican Party in 2005. My guess is that most of the so called republicans in congress are all RINOS. I saw the RNC as useless and wasted in their own egos. I keep getting these renew you membership envelopes with a request for $´s. I am tired of wasting my $´s on a group that drowns those who do not comply with their lousy planning, tactics, and still operating in the 18 century style of cigars and huff and puff.
Why? In PA the RNC supported Specter instead of Santorum and Toomey in the primaries. Specter did a 180 and cast the winning vote in the senate for Obamacare.
Instead of grooming candidates for POTUS over the last 4 years and cultivating voters in the blue states, the RNC sat on its backside and did little more than nod their heads asleep in the dens hidden in antiquity.
It is time for a change in the RNC and a time to clean house in the RNC.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/1/2013 8:20:38 AM     (No. 9151961)

I am a conservative Republican, and I will remain a conservative Republican. I haven´t seen anything in any of the multitude of third/fourth/fifth and to infinity parties that suit me better. Those who dream of something else better get started on it because talk is easy, but forming a viable alternative party is a long, hard, expensive and rarely successful challenge. Why not use all that energy to begin today to fix whatever you believe is wrong inside the party we´ve got? Something more is required than just pointing fingers. If there are party figures you like and want to encourage, send money, letters, help them. All control isn´t in DC. There is lots of improvement to be made locally and in your state. Get started on it. Just look what we did in 2010. Let´s do it again in 2014. And, by the way, the national committees won´t be able to locate, encourage and succeed with new and good candidates if we don´t support them with donations. Stop lamenting our failures and begin thinking of successes in the future. No more whining, friends.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: tangles, 2/1/2013 8:38:44 AM     (No. 9152008)

The Republican one issue voters that stayed home gave us Obama. How´s that working out for you?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judith, 2/1/2013 8:57:21 AM     (No. 9152038)

For years I stuck with the republican party because I could not imagine ever voting for a dem. Since the republican´s have transformed themselves into very liberal dems, I can´t imagine ever voting again. The corrupt politicians have won and do not represent me or the country I remember. As for the nonsense about one issue voters? Don´t be ridiculous. The election was investigated and found that the conservatives voted for romney. One issue voters is an ignorant argument.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dotty, 2/1/2013 8:57:36 AM     (No. 9152039)

Maybe many of you aren´t aware of Agenda 21 or what the elder George Bush called the New World Order. However, if you live in water rich areas like the Catskill or the Ozarks you have seen NGO´s taking over land and water rights so that the corporations like AIG and Goldman can globally control water and land. Via "Scenic Byway, "Master" and "local "Comprehensive" plans, land use is being federalized an confiscated daily. I am stunned that anyone who has read The Constitution can see the Republican Party as anything but a tool of Global Corporate imprisonment - just like the Democratic Party. These guys eat drink and golf together, just like two divorce attorneys pretending they aren´t pals.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nonsense, 2/1/2013 8:57:39 AM     (No. 9152040)

Still waiting for the Demonrat party to run out of Other People´s Money. Until they do, they will continue to buy votes and send thank you notes to the Fed.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: comstock, 2/1/2013 9:36:45 AM     (No. 9152127)

I´m coming around to the notion that the only way to defeat the Progressives and Liberals is to hit them where they live - in the gutter. They killed us over some stupid comments by a couple of obscure congressional candidates, go after Menendez the sleazebag.

Toss softballs at Hillary? What a bunch of schlubs. Panetta has now agreed to testify - go after him. Pin this administration on Bengazi. Tell the truth about the economy, Quit pandering to the Illegal Aliens - call them what they are and don´t let the opposition sign up 15 million new sheeple voters.

Get tough, get dirty. Get in MSNBC´s face. Call CNN´s bluff. Call them out for what they are - mouthpieces for the administration, the Unions, The leeches. Throw decorum out the window, they did a long time ago.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 2/1/2013 9:48:59 AM     (No. 9152161)

#7 is a very wise person and should be listened for many reasons. Many good, Conservative Republicans were elected in 2010 and 2012. They need a little time to get control of the party. It took a long time to evolve to RINO status, so to get back to Reagan status will take some patience. Little by little we are ridding ourselves of the RINOs. IMHO we need better PR people. Those who held the PR power in both the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections cannot be allowed to handle our candidate in 2016 - we need fresh faces with strong conservative credentials.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 2/1/2013 11:54:52 AM     (No. 9152502)

This is a very good column from Jonah. One of his best in a long time.

I would add that this "magic thinking" about the feds occurs because there is a disconnect between the federal government and the average voter, since that voter doesn´t interact with the feds in a meaningful way on a daily basis.

That same voter sees the tangible results of state and local governments every time they drive on local streets & roads, each day they send their kids to school, and every time they wait in line at the DMV to renew their driver´s license or car tags. So naturally they´re going to vote in a more aggressive way on these issues.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: hot coffee, 2/1/2013 12:54:07 PM     (No. 9152612)

Very well written article. One addition point for the GOP (or actually, its voters)--please stop nominating the likes of Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Christine O´Donnell.

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