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In GOP Civil War,
No Easy Answers

Roll Call, by Stuart Rothenberg

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Posted By:StormCnter, 2/19/2013 5:08:05 AM

Republicans continue to argue about whether the party needs to take steps to prevent the next Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, Todd Akin and Ken Buck, as well as how it might do so. Those inept and seriously flawed candidates lost races that other Republicans would have won easily. Now, American Crossroads, the brainchild of Karl Rove and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, has created a new organization, the Conservative Victory Project, to focus on getting more electable candidates through primaries against uncompromising, tea-party-type conservatives who successfully tap anti-establishment feelings in the GOP grass roots.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/19/2013 5:23:30 AM     (No. 9184286)

Whenever a liberal loses an election,they blame it on being outspent,not that they were a lousy candidate. When a republican loses it´s because they´re wacky or out of the mainstream.

Despite what Rove says,he´s not going to find winning candidates unless the candidate expresses the same criteria as a tea party person,just without the label.

Everybody is missing the disappearance of moderate democrats who often get targeted by groups like MoveON. But it´s fine for the left to run people out of the mainstream.

Is somebody going to tell me Alan Grayson is a mainstream person?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Janjan, 2/19/2013 6:38:48 AM     (No. 9184327)

The answer is easier than they think. Grass roots conservatives are abandoning the Republican Party in droves thanks to politicians like McCain who will outright admit he is willing to confirm a traitor to be Secretary of Defense rather than put his political neck on the line and be pooh poohed by the liberal media drones. All the PAC money in the world is not going to pretty that up. There isn´t much difference between Democrats and Republicans. They are all self-promoting power hungry liars.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rinktum, 2/19/2013 6:40:03 AM     (No. 9184330)

Close the darn primaries and you will get better candidates. When democrats choose our candidates it makes winning that much harder. Also, once the candidate is chosen, how about the wizards of smart getting behind them and giving them some support and advice instead of undermining them. Seems to me proving your point by dissing the ones you don´t care for, is counter productive. Why not try and bring them along? Cutting them off at the knees is not winning any seats unless retaining the power to be a kingmaker is what that is important to you.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/19/2013 7:14:46 AM     (No. 9184364)

#4, there are states, including my own Texas, where voters don´t register by party.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: plumnellie, 2/19/2013 7:32:59 AM     (No. 9184383)

I agree with Poster 4. We have closed primaries in Ms. and this usually means we nominate a fairly conservative to very conservative candidate. Sometimes Dems cross over because in our state the Dem is usually just a token candidate and sure to lose. So many states are open which gives the Dems plenty of ways to get a poor candidate for Repubs..a la Akin.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Freeloader, 2/19/2013 7:40:49 AM     (No. 9184398)

FTA: "Again, plenty of ´establishment conservative´ candidates have run mediocre campaigns.......and lost."

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu, born in 604 B.C., tells us..." A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step."

Step One For The GOP: Court-martial Torpedoman´s Mate 3rd Class Tokyo Rove and have him confined to the brig until after November, 2016.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Gretchen, 2/19/2013 8:18:25 AM     (No. 9184452)

The article is falsely soothing, a little feeler out to ´mollify´ conservatives. Let´s spank Rove and then get back to business. Skin crawler stuff.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BarryNo, 2/19/2013 8:19:46 AM     (No. 9184456)

I see some easy answers. New Party is one. Kick the Faux Republicans out is two.

We don´t need an opposition Party that is identical to the traitors who are driving us off a cliff. Just because the guy that has been driving the car claims to be your friend doesn´t mean you don´t object - or act - if he does so.

The answers are easy. The excuses are mearly window-dressing for sabotage.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judith, 2/19/2013 8:26:48 AM     (No. 9184462)

Let´s skip to the end of the story. Republicans embrace the "RINO", run down the path to extreme left politics and merge with the dems. If we look back at history, the path the republicans are taking, and the moderate voters are demanding, is the same path the dems of today took. Why have two democrat parties? And the crooks in the present day dem party perform so well, why would anyone stay in the moderate and incompetent, republican party? Moderate republican party = SLIGHTLY higher taxes, SLIGHTLY larger government, SLIGHTLY more regs, until you arrive at the end of the road and merge with the powerful dem party.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Grace Veritas, 2/19/2013 8:28:25 AM     (No. 9184468)

Ever notice that its always about preventing the next Angle, O´Donnell, or Akin, but never about preventing the next Dole, McCain, Romney, Specter, or Crist?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 2/19/2013 8:42:02 AM     (No. 9184489)

Let´s try to be at least a little careful about who it is we are lumping together. Angle and O´Donnell were Tea Party candidates; Akin was not. And to be fair to the Pubbies, they asked him to resign, but he refused...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: enuf8, 2/19/2013 8:48:32 AM     (No. 9184498)

Some one needs to ask Rove exactly how many he endorsed of the 10-12 Senate Candidates made it to the Senate. NONE! For Rove, IMO, a lot of his problem is that he did not have the success of Gov. Palin´s endorsements. The only NEW Senators she endorsed and campaigned for in person----this was After Rove stated on national TV that "her endorsement is not worth Snot." But, as we see, it was ´Turdblossom´ who missed the mark and whose endorsements weren´t worth Snot. Gillespie is not the vocal one and let´s Rove do the yapping. Why???????

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 2/19/2013 10:31:23 AM     (No. 9184707)

#14, we can refight 2012 from now on or we can get ready to fight for 2014. I know which boat I´m climbing into.

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