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Conservatives, Get a Grip on Reality!
National Journal, by Charlie Cook

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Posted By:congaree53, 10/19/2013 8:29:50 AM

Here’s a question for conservatives and Republicans: Going into the 2012 Election Day, or even in the last few days before Election Day, did you think Mitt Romney was going to win? A couple of months ago, did you think the strategy of threatening to shut down the government or prevent raising the debt ceiling, to force the outright repeal or defunding of Obamacare, would really work? Romney lost by 4,967,508 votes, 126 Electoral College votes, and 3.85 percentage points. That’s not very close. Obamacare isn’t going to be repealed this year, and it’s not going to be defunded. So the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: StormCnter, 10/19/2013 8:34:21 AM     (No. 9572272)

I dunno, that´s a pretty harsh assessment. Yes, I thought/hoped/wished/prayed for a Romney victory. Yes, I thought the defund tactic was going to be a disaster. Yes, I absolutely disdained Bill Clinton, but "hatred" is too strong. Mr. Cook´s analysis goes a bit astray when he dumps all of us into the same pot and thinks he´s cooking up something brilliant.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: JAN, 10/19/2013 8:46:02 AM     (No. 9572289)

The republicans were NOT threatening to shut down the government.

They were trying to save America from bankruptcy.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: simple simon, 10/19/2013 8:49:21 AM     (No. 9572297)

Aha - so Charlie didn´t deny or even address that Obama is/could be a lizard-alien.

His analogy about a kid throwing a vase against a wall is misleading. What he left out was his mother was physically and sexually abusing the child and the child threw the closest object at hand to catch the attention of an unaware passerby.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: stencil, 10/19/2013 8:50:00 AM     (No. 9572300)

Right on, #3.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: hamrman, 10/19/2013 9:01:48 AM     (No. 9572317)

Reality...Barry, Reid, and the Dims shutdown the government, so quit whee wheeing down our backs and then trying to convince us that it is raining out!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 10/19/2013 9:02:39 AM     (No. 9572318)

What the "moderates" are doing isn´t working. See McCain/Romney candidacies.

At least a Palin and a Cruz get people engaged and people want to listen to them.

Conservatives have a grip, it´s the rest of the fools that keep doing the same thing over and over that doesn´t work.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Passion, 10/19/2013 9:07:04 AM     (No. 9572327)

Keep in mind Charlie Cook is hopelessly a prisoner of conventional wisdom inside the beltway, and gets a ton of stuff wrong....especially when it comes to seeing the mood of the bigger picture.

Romney and McCain are exactly the kind of candidates he said the GOP must nominate...and now he´s blaming conservatives? What an idiot..a__.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ruready?, 10/19/2013 9:08:10 AM     (No. 9572328)

Here is a dose of reality, Charlie. I am a free man and I will fight tyranny at every juncture. Win or lose. Take your polls and then read your Bible and get a grip on the reality that with God, all things are possible.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/19/2013 9:12:10 AM     (No. 9572336)

Right down to the bitter end I asked for Romney to step aside and let a better candidate win.

Although there´s this crowd who thinks that you go out and attract voters, the better approach is to get your people registered and get them to the polls to vote for candidates they like.

Then, run candidates who give pause to the other side´s supporters ~ that is, run somebody who will discourage the other side from organizing and getting out their own vote.

Romney did little about getting out Republican voters ~ he spent virtually all of his campaign raising money from a handful of Republican donors ~ although we might well ask why Romney was inviting key Democrat donors to those meetings.

At the same time, to some degree, he was able to convince about 3 million of Obama´s 2008 voters to stay home. That still left him 6 million votes behind even with 100% of Republicans voting!

Still, worse, Romeny discouraged another 4 million newly registered Democrats from voting at all!

Those were the newly registered Democrats to make up for the death of 1 million Democrats from 2008 to 2012. Yes, Democrats do eventually die.

So Romney had a net gain of getting 7 million Democrats to NOT SHOW UP. He still got all the Republicans.

And yet, he wasn´t a good candidate for us. If he had been he´d been pushing voter registration back in 2011 and early 2012 ~ we needed another 5.3 million voters on our side. We had at least 3 Conservatives who could have done that ~ gotten enough new Republicans to vote and to discourage Democrats.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: mikkins2, 10/19/2013 9:24:07 AM     (No. 9572353)

I love the "back up plan" meme. As if the Establishment Republicans would have all of a sudden had a come to Jesus moment and assisted him in enacting it.

Cruz´s plan was easy and simple but the reality is that the Republican Establishment doesn´t want to cut spending or stop Obamacare. So they did everything they could to not make it work.

Ted Cruz and conservatives are the only people willing to look reality in the face and try to do something about it.

Got Tea?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: congaree53, 10/19/2013 9:27:54 AM     (No. 9572359)

#10 raises some interesting and provocative points.
1. ´Yes, Democrats do eventually die.´ Smile.
Unfortunately the present demographic of the GOP, older and white, suggests that Republicans die faster.
2. Conservatives (I assume he/she means Gingrich and Santorum since they were the last standing) would have done better than Romney.
As someone who enjoys a wager now and then, I find it amusing when someone predicts something that can never be tested,e.g. Secretariat would have beat Man O´ War.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: jglas, 10/19/2013 9:40:02 AM     (No. 9572377)

From a nearby article: The United States is a giant bus that is rushing toward an economic precipice. A few more years of Mr. Obama’s borrow-and-spend policies and America will crash upon the rocks of fiscal reality and national insolvency. The Democrats are keeping their foot on the gas pedal, full speed ahead. The Republican establishment thinks we may need to slow down — at least a little. The bus, however, will still go off the cliff. Only the Tea Party is saying — in fact, yelling — to hit the brakes. They’re right, and they will be vindicated. The only question is this: Will Americans wake up before it’s too late?

That is a really nice analogy that perfectly captures the situation we are in, a situation of which I think most people are obliviously unaware. You Charlie appear to be a passenger on that bus complaining that the passengers who are disturbed by the careening bus ride aren´t playing the license plate game properly or they´re missing their round of "Row Row Row Your Boat" or are singing off key. You are oblivious to the blinding speed with which the bus is approaching the cliff. We need all the Ted Cruz´s we can find to scream STOP! Somebody has to get the driver´s attention or push him out of the driver´s seat. We really don´t need people to tell those who are shouting the warning to shut up, sit down and get a grip on reality. You are the one who doesn´t see the reality.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: brianod1, 10/19/2013 9:40:53 AM     (No. 9572380)

Mr. Cook is right about self-delusion. I think that too often we of a more conservative bent choose to dwell in an echo chamber. I knew that I hoped Romney would win, and we all looked for signs that we were right. I thought he would win until the week before the election, when the Real Clear Politics poll averages in the swing states were fairly clear. I still hoped, but I didn´t expect a Romney win (something the nation should still rue.)

An issue going forward with which we must grapple, is that we can win the states where population is relatively low, and the democrat party, by virtue of the fact it wins big in densely populated areas (whether by hook or by crook is a discussion for another day) will continue to remain competitive and, more often than not I´m afraid, victorious.

Of course the national debt is the iceberg some of us see, and once the ship of state unequivocally encounters that behemoth, hearts and minds will be open to our ideas. (Nautical reference an homage to Bill Ayers.)

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Reply 14 - Posted by: clw54, 10/19/2013 9:41:08 AM     (No. 9572381)

Republicans need to point out that Obamacare was passed completely by the democrat party, and do it every time they´re near a microphone.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: dman, 10/19/2013 9:46:48 AM     (No. 9572393)

Just a gentle reminder:

* Prohibition was once the law of the land
* Prohibition was ratified as 18th Amendment to the Constitution in 1919
* Prohibition was a disaster
* Prohibition was repealed by 21st Amendment to the Constitution in 1933

Even at the Constitutional level, disastrous laws can and have been repealed. Conservatives are positioned to repeat history - when the time comes.

That is reality!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: On fire, 10/19/2013 9:48:53 AM     (No. 9572396)

Agree with #13. Only conservatives are going to force a change- dragging, kicking & screaming may be involved but at least the media & lo-info voters are going to get exposed to truth.

Blacks are stuck on the liberal plantation, conservatives need to get off the GOP plantation.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bpl40, 10/19/2013 10:09:42 AM     (No. 9572429)

The future of over 240 years achievements of the Judeo/Christian work ethic was tottering on the brink. Out of 155 million white voters only 90 million showed up and 57 million voted for the Republican nominee. This is political bankruptcy on steroids. RINO infested and controlled Republican Party is no match for the Left.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: yuban, 10/19/2013 10:16:39 AM     (No. 9572445)

Ho hum, another bash the Conservatives article. You Moderates really have nothing to worry about. You and the Left are still in control and own what is happening to America. Once you completely ruin this Country, we will still be around trying to fix your mess. You keep saying the GOP must pick it´s fights. Too bad you decided to fight us and not them.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: spahrkl, 10/19/2013 10:23:15 AM     (No. 9572466)

People who use scare tactics and names, who claim to have a handle on a situation reveal more about themselves than what they attack.

Three years are ahead of us. Young people are just beginning to know what is expected of them to make this Obama care function. We are in the me, myself, and I generation. How well do you think paying out insurance in the amounts required is going to play with these folks? The Dems are very worried.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 10/19/2013 10:27:27 AM     (No. 9572473)

You know, Cook had me thinking seriously about the politics of the GOP right up until he printed this:

And don’t get me started on the “birthers.” It’s one thing to dislike or disapprove of Obama, but to get obsessed over birth certificates—really?

At this point, Mr. Cook showed that his grasp of the importance of the rule of law established by the United States Constitution is extremely weak. Constitutional requirements are not requests or suggestions. There was plenty of evidence, or lack thereof, to support questioning of the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama. Only intellectually lazy people poo poo the requirements. And if they do not like them, then change them by amending the Constitution. But do not diminish their concerns by the Alinsky system of destruction.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mermer, 10/19/2013 10:35:32 AM     (No. 9572487)

[[[Obviously, not every Republican or conservative thought, up until the end, that Romney would win or that the anti-Obamacare strategies would work. But this increasingly widespread tone deafness should concern party leaders, particularly when it leads to self-destructive decisions, as we are witnessing these days. In politics, it isn’t uncommon to see judgment clouded by emotion, but when hate and contempt predominate, truly awful decisions often result.]]]

Worth repeating and really thinking about. If we can´t tell ourselves the truth - we aren´t fit to lead, imo. Ted Cruz is the head of the adolescent wing of the GOP - ´freedom without responsibility´. I want to do whatever "I" want to do no matter who it harms. Shutting down the government was harmful and stupid...adolescent.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mws50, 10/19/2013 11:02:52 AM     (No. 9572538)

Ted Cruz is fighting for the American people, not the DC establishment. Erroneously thinking he is juvenile is denying reality. He is a seasoned veteran of the Supreme Court wars, and he is doing EXACTLY what Texans want him to do.


And thinking the defeat of obamacare is a chess game is totally absurd. obamacare is the worst government takeover of private industry in the lifetime of our Nation. It is NOT a chess "game"; it is a full-on fight against an abusive government.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 10/19/2013 11:09:35 AM     (No. 9572544)

#24, even a "full-on fight" requires planning and strategy with a goal of victory. Much as in a chess game. The leaders of the defund fight now tell their followers that they knew it would not succeed. So, nothing was accomplished except publicity for those leaders. The rest of us lost out because of the focus being taken off of the Obamacare rollout.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: stablemoney, 10/19/2013 11:15:04 AM     (No. 9572554)

Charlie, how is the country going to work without a constitution that is followed?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 10/19/2013 11:17:23 AM     (No. 9572556)

It´s not a game. It´s about doing the right thing. Sometimes you don´t concede. Sometimes you don´t cooperate. Sometimes you don´t collaborate. Sometimes you just stand athwart history yelling "Stop!"

This is one of those times.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/19/2013 11:43:48 AM     (No. 9572597)

Thank you #7!! And it is really sad how many people here today still don´t understand what Ted Cruz was/is trying to do. They just want to hold on to the same failed moderate policies that have gotten us where we are today.

Mr. Cook needs to sit in the corner and just be quiet. His grasp on reality and the Constitution is the one that is loose, not Conservatives.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/19/2013 11:49:40 AM     (No. 9572613)

Meanwhile, has anyone heard of a republican voter drive lately?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: mustang flyer, 10/19/2013 12:48:11 PM     (No. 9572703)

The party in power is on a roll...no doubt about it. They offer ´a chicken in every pot´ and a lot of people go for the fowl and feathers so for now they are happy...reality will take a little longer... But remember the old saying ´you can fool some of the people some of the time...etc´, that too will come to pass just like Prohibition, Slavery, the funding for the Vietnam War...the appeal dims and they are gone. Truth is this very, very bad idea will also fall into place just like Obama´s place in history for the lack of truth in his entire administration. Sad but this too will pass.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Keep_Right, 10/19/2013 1:10:55 PM     (No. 9572738)

Perhaps many of us that label ourselves as conservatives are less concerned with strategies and more concerned with our future and our kids future.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/19/2013 1:22:23 PM     (No. 9572747)

Funny. All the folks who say Ted Cruz is the "adolescent wing" (how ... civil) of the party and those who hatefully obsess over every article written about Sarah Palin are the same ones who push candidates that don´t win. All they ever seem to push for is giving dems what they want and stabbing those who fight in the back. The media can always find a "moderate Republican" to bash the person fighting.

"Here, let me throw salt in his eyes for you!"

We lose ground every time someone tries to fight because the dems know they can always count on a percentage of the Republican party to stab the fighter in the back. Because plan B ... which wouldn´t be necessary if the GOP had the fighter´s back. Obama would have caved had McCain and King (and the wonderful folks in places like Power Line) not scr3w3d the pooch for their own benefit.

Don´t expect the support of conservatives in the future. Good luck to ya.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/19/2013 1:46:27 PM     (No. 9572773)

#12 ~ the way this work is the Baby Boomers are entering those years where their average death rate skyrockets.

Given the fairly even division of society into Republicans and Democrats, with an unregistered hinterland of people who don´t care to participate, we have about 1 million Republican baby boomers die per year, and about 1 million Democrats, and probably 1.5 million non registered die per year. (90 million adults are not voters)

The Democrats saw this coming a bit earlier than the Republicans.

As you recall we got to 64 million voters in 2004, and the Democrats barely made 66 million voters 8 years later in 2012!

Two major voter registration drives bring those numbers so close together ~

(1) The ACORN campaign. They got at least 13 million new voters over 4 years ~ truly commendable, and also a number that explains why we see ´scandal´ ~ when you do that much you do tend to pile up some cr*p and that always comes out.

(2) The TEAParty phenomenon. They got at least 5 million new voters in one year ~ again truly commendable. That´s one of the reasons TEAParty partisans think they´ve taken over Republican politics (or that they should) and why people who´ve been Republican all along (55 million of them) don´t always agree.

It´s all about the voters. You have to line them up first long before the nominations. You must make sure to have candidates available that your voters will vote for.

The Democrats have been failing in the legislatures and the House because their state candidates are idiots. We´ve failed for the Senate and the Presidency because our national candidates are equally idiots.



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Reply 32 - Posted by: MissMolly, 10/19/2013 1:55:41 PM     (No. 9572783)

"Obama would have caved..."

#32, you can not seriously believe Barack Obama and the Democrats would have said well, ok, Senator Cruz, we´re going to just help you bring down our single achievement because you sound so fierce.

You know that bridge? I´ve got one for you.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Bohallx, 10/19/2013 1:59:55 PM     (No. 9572789)

#12 almost forgot the ´conclusion´. The GOP got 64 mil in 2004, but the TEA Party had nothing to do with that. They weren´t around AS the TEA Party at that time. However, their voter drive in 2010 kept us in the range of 60 voters. We need more obviously.

However, the Democrats DROPPED in 2012 ~ 3 million didn´t show up. I think that´s more a consequence of ceasing voter registration drives than lack of interest. The Dems continue to die and they have to be replaced.

The point I´m trying to make is that you can´t sit there and wait on voters to show up, or imagine you can send out a darling candidate and he or she will attract new voters.

YOU HAVE TO GO GET THE VOTERS first ~ with voter registration drives. Then you give them candidates they like. If they´re attractive people so much the better, but Tricky Dick definitely won races where he was far from attractive! He played to his Republican base though ~ and won! Bill Clinton played to his base as well.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/19/2013 2:02:12 PM     (No. 9572791)

#34: if the Republicans would have backed Cruz the dems would have blinked. We might not have gotten rid of Obamacare, but we would have gotten something. And if the Dems wouldn´t have blinked then what? Why don´t we find out? Can´t! The GOP is too scared of the fight. Thank goodness they weren´t around for the Revolution (although with McCain that´s debatable).

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Reply 35 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua, 10/20/2013 4:19:49 PM     (No. 9574148)

Factors that gave Obama the presidency in 2012:

- A megadose of media manipulation all in favor of Obama. The MSM is full of liberal bias.

- The Dem party is more organized. Plenty of dirty tricks too.

- The Republicans were disorganized. Did anyone bother to register new voters for 2012? I saw some Republican fundraisers sit on their hands during 2012. Did some Republican fundraisers prefer Obama over Romney because it would give the Conservatives less power? The Republicans came out flat in 2012. I doubt many Conservatives stayed home because they could not stand Obama. I saw more moderate Republicans switching to Obama because they like big government. Great opportunity for the Tea Party and other conservative groups to fill the void left by Republicans.

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On Tuesday, I mocked the Hurricane Katrina/Obamacare comparisons. Hurricane Katrina, after all, killed more than 1,800 people. Obamacare´s Web site isn´t working well yet. Ron Fournier, among others, defends the comparison, arguing that of course the crises themselves aren´t similar. The analogy is really about "the ways that Bush and Obama handled their crises, and [how] those actions changed the public´s view of their presidencies." But that´s precisely the point: The political fallout is driven by the nature of the crises. Or, to put it more starkly, reality drives politics — politics doesn´t drive reality. Start with the basic premise of

Healthcare plan enrollment surges
in some states after rocky rollout
Los Angeles Times, by Noam N. Levey    Original Article
Posted By: congaree53- 11/19/2013 11:45:18 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government´s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama´s health law. A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials. "What we are seeing is incredible momentum," said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation´s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California —



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Daily Mail (U.K.), by Jessica Jerreat    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/19/2014 7:12:10 PM     Post Reply
For Hillary Clinton, having her own baby grandchild to kiss on the campaign trail, could be one of the biggest boosts to her possible presidential election campaign. Although the former Secretary of State and First Lady has not said if she will run in 2016, the arrival of her first grandchild will soften her image, analysts have said. While Chelsea only revealed her pregnancy on Thursday, supporters of her mother have already started cooing over a possible baby in the White House. With the Clintons having a near-royal status in the U.S., the announcement of a new arrival due this fall has sent

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American Thinker, by J. Paul Masko    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/19/2014 7:48:36 AM     Post Reply
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Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

White House asks American parents to
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Daily Caller, by Eric Owens    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:50:04 PM     Post Reply
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New York Times, by Bill Pennington    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/19/2014 10:48:33 AM     Post Reply
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Harry Reid calls dissident Nevada ranchers
´domestic terrorists´ following show of
force against the federal government

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/19/2014 9:29:17 AM     Post Reply
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that a family of dissident ranchers and their supporters in his home state of Nevada are ´domestic terrorists,´ citing this week´s standoff with the federal government´s Bureau of Land Management. Cliven Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for land where his hundreds of cattle roam every day. The land is owned by the federal government, which says he owes more than $1 million. Bundy, however, insists that since his family has been using the land since the 1870s, Uncle Sam can´t collect the grazing fees. A tense standoff developed this week after

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Investor´s Business Daily, by Andrew Malcolm    Original Article
Posted By: SurferLad- 4/19/2014 9:16:36 AM     Post Reply
Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning. Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their re-tellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression. And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season. These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our

Ted Cruz, Invoking Reagan,
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Wall Street Journal, by Monica Langley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:09:17 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON--Rushing to an afternoon vote last month, Sen. Ted Cruz hopped the underground tram to the U.S. Capitol from his office across the street. The Texan planted his black ostrich cowboy boots in the middle of the small subway car without getting so much as a nod from the other senators--Republican or Democrat--amiably chatting or huddled in their seats. Mr. Cruz finds himself standing alone a lot these days. His response to the cold shoulders: "The establishment despised Ronald Reagan" before he became president, "but the people loved him." For the 43-year-old Republican, the Reagan name illuminates his political life´s

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:40:56 AM     Post Reply
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Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/19/2014 8:32:52 AM     Post Reply
The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist


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