The Republicans need to ditch their “anti-Obama” attacks and offer positive solutions if they want to win back the White House in 2016, especially against potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told GOP members today as they huddled in the Hub. “I don’t think we beat Hillary Clinton in a personality fight because the media will prop her up,” Gingrich told his fellow members in a welcome luncheon for the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting slated to run through Saturday in Boston. “I think we have a chance next year and in ‘16 to
I think the Newt´s flat out wrong and just looking for attention, as usual. The Republican Party is fractured right now. Numerous RINOs are demanding the passage of the Gang of 8 immigration bill. That means they want to destroy the Republican Party as a conservative party. If all the illegal aliens become citizens they sure aren´t going to vote conservative. Why would they? They will have been rewarded for breaking the law. These same RINOs also demand everyone cave to Obama, raise the debt ceiling, and fund ObamaCare. That would be terrible for the country and its finances. Again, how is that different than being a liberal? The Newt is irrelevant.
The Republican Party has offered a vision. It is the same vision they have had for the past 50 years- The vision is they are happy to keep their seats in Congress, work with the Democrats, beg the media to love to them but to actually come up with solutions to any problems they will let the Democrats try to do that and take the lead. With the exception of Pres. Ronald Reagan, who was undermined by the Republican establishment by being forced to take on Bush as his VP, can anyone really say the Republican Party has been a success?
We get excited about all the promises and lip service the GOP offers at election time but at the end of the day they have been ineffective.
I have always been a Republican and truly disagree with nearly everything the Democrats support and stand for. I make the above comments not to insult anyone BUT to bring forth the fact that the GOP as it stands today is not going to save America from its rapid decline. At this point the band is simply playing while the ship sinks.
1. Larger point: we need -- desperately -- good people focused on the right principles. Smaller gov´t, lower taxes, follow the Constitution [the real one, written by the Founders], individual liberty [that´s liberty, not license] -- simple, sellable, critical. Easy for consistency-of-message across the country,across any ballot.
2. Smaller point: seems to me Newt is buying into one of the Dems most-useful "squirrels." Some R´s may well be small enough, petty enough, to oppose Obama "because he´s Obama." If so, they´re part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Im sorry to see Newt buying into the ineffective establishment GOP thinking.
We need CONTRAST dammit! Enough with the milk toast republican ´leadership´. Please.
Too bad... the current GOP ´leadership is soo used to playing 2nd fiddle that it has become the ´norm´ for them. They really dont care about the country. Not as much as they want to just hold onto power. Even if they are the permanent minority. They really are that self absorbed and that blind.
Boehner, McConnell, Kyl and Cantor must all be primaried out asap. They simply refuse to represent us anymore.
4-1/2 years to appeal or defund 0bamacare. 4-1/2 years and what do they have to show for it? Oh yes. Lets dare not speak about what a lawless and corrupt administration that is rotting this government and our society and our culture from the top down. No. We wouldnt want to make the democrat media mad at us now, would we?
Does anybody else see how out of kilt the current GOP priorities are?
Gingrich´s presence ensures democrats will remain in control. That´s why the RNC has him around. The GOP isn´t anti-Obama, they love Obama. He saved them from the Tea Party in 2012 and they owe him big time. The win gave Boehner cover to banish conservatives and do O´s bidding. In any case, the GOP likes the same big gov. things dems. like. The RNC simply wants democrat voters to be their voters. Gingrich should´ve left the public stage many years ago. Instead he´s front and center crowding out new voices. He´s never been far from a microphone for decades yet did nothing to stop the destruction of the GOP and this country, the handover to the radical left, open borders with Mexico, and GOP House refusal to bring the ObamaCare defunding measure to the floor where they have 100% ability to defund.
I need an alternative health care plan like I need an alternative lifestyle. Give me free markets. Whatever is done, it should be to facilitate free market competition and reduce government intervention.
The Dems have given the Repubs massive gifts in which to distinguish themselves and the Repubs are either blind, stupid or lazy.
If I were advising for 2014 & 2016, I would select the most eloquent and articulate reps of the Repub party and delegate a specific theme = message for them to raise in every speech they make. Domestic policy: economy, taxes, debt, oil independence and curb spending. Foreign policy: national security and the securing of our military and defense in light of China and Russia, securing our borders, withdrawal from ME and foreign aid and improving our ties with our allies.
These are the major issues every one is concerned about right now, and in which BO has failed miserably in every respect.
The GOP doesn´t need any new ideas,we know what works in this country.To disclaim that Obama is the real problem,ignores reality.The economy is in freeze mode do to Obama and nothing else. If you had a free market president who would lift regulations and mandates on things like homebuilding,the economy would fix itself without any grand plans.
Tort reform is an old idea that would greatly help but Obama´s trial lawyer buddies would never allow it.Try suing China for a product made there and see how far you get,that´s one of the reasons companies relocate there.
I seriously dobtt you have sassy workers in China who take sick days for hangovers,so the Asian work ethic is also stealing jobs.
Make small business loans to serious people,not the social justice crowd who are coached on how to file a business bankruptcy without their personal assets being touched.They blow the loan money on SUV´s and stuff and walk away harmless fromthe debt,sticking taxpayers.
I think Newt Gingrich is wrong. He seems to imply that we are anti-Obama. Rush has elaborated on this many times and we are anti-policies.
I love the USA and Obama reminds me of what he is doing to this lovely country. I won´t get beyond that.
The GOP is not fractured but we have people (Obama, Democrats and liberals) who want to spread that idea. Even people on this website try to persuade that idea. All of the blame is placed on Republicans and I´m not buying it. I think that blame can be placed many places. Even on the voters! How many voters stayed out of politics and never became involved?
Keep buying that Republicans are fractured. It will make me think you are a Democrat lite.
Until someone does something drastic about the voter fraud issue, the only thing the pubbies are going to win are the ones the dims GIVE them so they will still play the game. I am only against Zippy because of his policies and his published aim to tear down this country.
Even "no alternative" is an alternative. If that is what the candidate proposes in place of Obamacare, then they should explain that. But the voters are unbelievably ignorant (including me in some respects), and who´s going to educate them if not the candidates? How do you expect people to vote for your candidate if they don´t know any better?
Also - it´s easy to say, "no alternative - leave it to the markets" if you´ve done well and are affluent. But what if it´s someone you know, and what if, according to the markets, your friend´s child has cancer and will not be able to get the treatment and will die of cancer because of not being able to afford the treatments, whereas the child of someone with a little bit more money can survive. I keep asking this question and not receiving an answer. I realize I am sounding like a socialist in this regard, but regardless of labels, I wish someone would respond. Because this is the situation of friends of mine in Britain.
No matter the system [free market, communism, barter, whatever], it will never be the case that all will receive equally. Sometimes unequal results will be the result of right and honest actions. Sometimes the unequal results will come from corruption. The more centralized the power, the more likely that corruption will determine the what result will be.
In the medical field, as in other advanced technological fields, the few [people, companies, or nations] with the greatest discretionary resources will have the latest, soonest. In part, it happens that way because those entities choose to make it happen.
But, what that means is that advances do come. They are proved possible. Only then can they be refined and made both better and more economical. That kind of advancement occurs in a free market system, because free markets are the mechanism that provides discretionary resources.
Every effort to provide "the same to all" has pushed the average down, not pulled it up. What lesson of history has been clearer, except perhaps man´s inhumanity to man? The dangers of concentrated power to life and liberty?
Yes, the best comes first for some, not all. But -- the best does come. First to some, then to more, then to all. That deserves praise, not being painted as a flaw. No?
The most popular giant panda in U.S.-China relations finally was given an identity Sunday as the Smithsonian´s National Zoo named its female 100-day-old cub Bao Bao (bow-BOW) after receiving more than 123,000 votes online from the public. Bao Bao, which means "treasure" or "precious," is only the second surviving cub born at the National Zoo since the first pandas arrived in 1972 to commemorate President Richard Nixon´s historic visit to China. Pandas have remained a happy symbol of diplomacy between the two countries. Panda mother Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) has been caring for her cub in the panda den since she
HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — THIS fall Google announced that it would venture into territory far removed from Internet search. Through a new company, Calico, it will be “tackling” the “challenge” of aging. The announcement, though, was vague about what exactly the challenge is and how exactly Google means to tackle it. Calico may, with the aid of Big Data, simply intensify present efforts to treat the usual chronic diseases that afflict the elderly, like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. But there is a more ambitious possibility: to “treat” the aging process itself, in an attempt to slow it. Of course, the
As has so often been the case since Barack Obama took office in 2009, the editorialists at a major national business newspaper are reporting facts that the wire services and broadcast networks should have relayed to the American people weeks or months ago. In this case, it´s the Wall Street Journal. A Friday evening editorial published in Saturday´s print edition directly refutes the Obama administration´s key Obamacare memes involving affordability, choice, and the nature of the once-free health insurance market (bolds are mine): ObamaCare´s Plans Are Worse -How the Affordable Care Act raises prices and limits medical choices.... the public
An education official at a Texas high school is under fire after telling some female students they have been dressing like ‘hoes.’ According to KRIV Fox 26, School Support Officer Dr. Tameca Richardson made the remark to female students at Jack Yates High School in Houston during an assembly on campus. A spokesperson for the Houston Independent School District confirmed the language used by Richardson, the station reported. Some parents expressed anger over Richardson’s terminology, saying the Ph.D.-level educator should have used language that was less offensive. "That was out of line and she should be disciplined for that,"
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Lifesitenews.com reports: Authorities say an abortionist with a history of tax evasion, botched abortions, and unusual disposal of aborted babies has died. Police found the body of Dr. Joseph Booker Jr., 69, at his home Thursday night after relatives complained they could not reach him. Investigators said Booker suffered a stroke and drowned in his shower in his Madison, Mississippi, home. Tanya Britten of Pro-Life Mississippi said, “From a Christian perspective, I pray that he repented on the lives that he has taken, and that God is merciful.” In 1999, Booker served time in prison for tax evasion. Later in the
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The post may not come open for a while, but the next generation of Republican leaders is waiting for the day that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decides he’s had enough of a job he’s famously compared to “a hole in the head.” Boehner has said he intends to remain Speaker in 2015 if Republicans hold the House majority, but the political battering he has endured for nearly three years has many in Washington wondering whether he will retire when his term ends next year. Yet the Ohio Republican emerged from last month’s government shutdown with a stronger hand internally, defusing,
WASHINGTON- The errors are fewer, the pages load faster, and more people can log on at the same time to the government´s troubled health care website, according to Obama administration officials. Yet, like doctors overseeing a sick patient, they caution that more rehab lies ahead. Amid all the problems with HealthCare.gov, President Barack Obama set a deadline for Saturday for several significant problems to be resolved. The administration planned a conference call with reporters Sunday morning to give a status report. The White House is hoping for a fresh start once the website is operating more smoothly and can accommodate up
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A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead. Ford O´Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain´s (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." Rule #1 of the political analyst´s newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it." Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president´s legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials. "The Reagan fixation is a drag
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The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom. The cliché, advanced by the media and the now infamous HBO TV show "Game Change," was that Palin helped to cost McCain the election because of her "controversial" personality. In fact, typical of most vice presidential running mates, Palin had a marginal but largely positive effect on McCain´s standing with the voters. She certainly did not drive away independents and moderates, who along
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
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The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country´s highest office is bad for the United States, a university professor argued this week. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York University, says deciding whether a president deserves a third, fourth or more terms should be left to the American people, not the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on the position. As background, here´s an excerpt from the amendment, ratified in