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The Betrayal of Ken Cuccinelli
National Review Online, by Maggie Gallagher

Original Article

Posted By:Dreadnought, 11/6/2013 7:26:31 AM

They said he was “unelectable.” The RNC put only $3 million into this race. Ken was outspent by a margin of something between 4:1 and 10:1, if you believe the Associated Press. The Democrats poured everything into trying to lie to voters and portray Cuccinelli as an extremist — and they barely pulled this one out. Would another $3 million have swung 50,000 votes? The Republicans, starting with Bill Bolling, who undercut Cuccinelli as unelectable have egg all over their faces. This was a winnable election. How did we give this away to Terry McAuliffe? Some serious soul-searching should be

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 11/6/2013 7:30:31 AM     (No. 9600839)

The Republican Party has not only betrayed Mr. Cuccinelli, but all the rest of us, as well...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 11/6/2013 7:35:05 AM     (No. 9600845)

Anyone who gives another penny to the RNC betrays us all. They are as dangerous to this country as the Dems.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: beca, 11/6/2013 7:35:11 AM     (No. 9600846)

this is inexcusable.................this makes me mad but you know....if virginia is that dumb...let them have this criminal....the state has zero for brains

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Reply 4 - Posted by: reformationmama, 11/6/2013 7:36:30 AM     (No. 9600849)

I´m a life-long registered Republican. If someone asks, I tell them I´m a constitutional conservative. That´s not an option with the state board of elections, but I´m sayin´ it anyway. The RNC is as corrupt as the DNC. Make way.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Leopardtwo, 11/6/2013 7:39:28 AM     (No. 9600857)

The Democrat war on Virginia begins.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/6/2013 7:40:37 AM     (No. 9600859)

Why did they fire Micheal Steele after the 2010 shellacking? This idiot Prince Reibus is a joke and a limp wristed republican at best but he´s the type the rubber kneed party bosses wants as their face.The RNC idiots are more interested in beating tea party people than the dems.

On top of that you had the dems emptying their bag of dirty tricks ,including planting a stooge 3rd party creep.They used to do this using pro life candidates for a 3rd arty to steal elections. And how many illegals voted in this?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: faith_and_reason, 11/6/2013 7:53:02 AM     (No. 9600877)

So Cuccinelli failed the RNC purity test, because he didn´t believe in pure accomodationism to the liberalagenda. The token $3 million was intended to silence the Tea Party, while still keeping Ken out of office. The RNC were afraid a Cuccinelli win would empower the Tea Party nationwide.

Both establishment parties are breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning.

We in the Tea Party are angrier than ever. We can and will apply a purity test of our own! No money to RINOs!!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/6/2013 7:54:58 AM     (No. 9600885)

The Cuccinelli campaign limped along for quite a while but he got much better toward the end. McAuliffe should have been beatable, but a combination of a lack of enthusiasm for Cuccinelli from GOP voters, the vicious, dishonest attacks from the McAuliffe/Clinton machine, the McConnell problems, the Libertarian candidate all helped in a Cuccinelli loss. Yes, more money might have helped, but maybe not. I hope Cuccinelli remains in politics. He has something to offer.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 11/6/2013 7:55:34 AM     (No. 9600887)

In 2009, the RNC spent $9 million to elect Bob McDonnell. You want to tell me the RNC hasn´t declared war on its own base?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 11/6/2013 8:04:36 AM     (No. 9600911)

Let´s not call them RINOs for the issue goes deeper than that. I now call them Neo-Whigs, for they are more interested in behind the scenes process issues and media image than in any open and substantive debates on the course of the nation. Like the original Whigs they keep foolishly hoping all the tough issues will solve themselves. For these reason whenever the Democrats mention race or women´s issues and the Neo-Whigs always fold- just like the original Whigs did whenever slavery was mentioned.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 11/6/2013 8:07:05 AM     (No. 9600914)

The RNC and the R establishment has shown very clearly that they care less about us out here in the hustings and more about their own power and cash flow. The sad truth is that the establishment R party is every bit as progressive as the Dems are - the country finally needs a third party. Call it Constitutional Conservative.

The money wars are in full swing in DC - and have nothing to do with our best interests...

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/6/2013 8:07:56 AM     (No. 9600918)

#2 I am a Tea Party Republican. As for name calling, I am tired of being called, among other things, a terrorist, a radical, an extremist, a tea bagger, a racist, a bomb-thrower, and a knuckle dragger of dubious intelligence. All these names were given to me by so-called moderates in my own party.

By comparison, RINO seems mild and almost lovingly kind. Stop complaining.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 11/6/2013 8:09:33 AM     (No. 9600923)

The big city leeches that survive on govt. handouts are what gave this to The Punk. Until we do something about all the freebies, they will rule. I am sick to think America has come to this, but look who´s leading the decline.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 11/6/2013 8:12:40 AM     (No. 9600927)

Why don´t all of you start yelling at we Conservatives now for the losses the GOP will suffer in 2014 and 2016. What I k ow is that with a Republican Congressman, my quality of life has continued to decline. My pay is less, my costs are higher, and my Congressman votes against my interests on a regular basis. So the difference between him and a Democrat would be...?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MissMolly, 11/6/2013 8:13:21 AM     (No. 9600929)

There is nothing "lovingly kind" about "RINO". #2 is right.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: uno_thatguy, 11/6/2013 8:18:13 AM     (No. 9600936)

In the 2004 US Senate election, Obama pulled so much dirt from two candidate´s locked files that they both dropped out. The RNC recruited Dr. Allen Keyes to run against Obama. He clearly whipped Obama in the debates, but the RNC wouldn´t give Keyes any funds for his campaign and thus being out gunned, heaped with phony dirt and lies, he lost.

Again in the 2008 campaign, Dr. Keyes filed a writ of mandamus against Obama requesting that the SCOTUS demand that Obama´s background be vetted. Scalia agreed to hear the case then mysteriously it was tabled and the rest is history because of the party is not standing together.

United we stand, divided we fall!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Wakeupcall, 11/6/2013 8:18:46 AM     (No. 9600940)

Why did the Republican leadership give this election away to the Marxist Democrats?

Simply because both parties leadership are in the same bed. Pushing America as hard as they can into Marxist communism control under The New World Order.

Just read all the quotes by both parties supporting this agenda against the freedom loving people of the entire world, even supported by most religious groups skipping over Gods´ Word just as the people of Babylon thought they could build a tower and reach heaven to gain their own salvation without God.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Susannah, 11/6/2013 8:23:33 AM     (No. 9600946)

#7, You ask a question about Michael Steele. LDotters were rejoicing when he was fired, because he was regarded (by most people commenting here) as weak-kneed, spineless, and incompetent, much as Priebus is regarded today.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/6/2013 8:32:29 AM     (No. 9600963)

#2, you claim Republicans are writing "purity tests". I´m assuming you are directing that at Conservatives. Problem is, it´s the Establishment Republicans who are not interested in building a coalition. They have declared open season on the Tea Party and are joining Democrats in mocking them.

The only "coalition" the RNC is interested in building is the same old crony network that has been running DC all of my life.

I don´t believe for a minute that any true Conservative stayed home because of the "RINO/TEA Feud", but what I can be sure of was that the RNC did indeed not only betray Cuccinelli, but all of the Conservative voters in VA.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 11/6/2013 8:35:29 AM     (No. 9600967)

Cuccinelli was betrayed because the GOP/RNC, et al --the "establishment wing" has no interest in smaller government. Smaller Government would mean that their gold plated feather bed is might come to a screeching halt. That´s why the GOP/RNC is so eager to throw the Taxed Enough Already faction under the bus. If it means never seeing another Conservative elected to any office, then the GOP/RNC will throw in with the Marxist Democrats ever time, and to hell with America.

When´s the last time you saw as Establishment Republican step up and say, "0bama is a damned lair"? When´s the first time? At just what time have you seen an Establishment Republican fight back against the Mulatto Marxist?

That tells you everything you need to know about the GOP/RNC Establishment.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/6/2013 8:41:18 AM     (No. 9600973)

What makes me really sick is how Priebus tried to jump on the bandwagon in the last week once Cuccinelli started closing. The Republican party needs leaders who aren´t ashamed of their platform instead of miletoast bandwagon jumpers.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: caddyjak, 11/6/2013 9:03:04 AM     (No. 9601012)

Enter another Bill Clinton swindler,er bundler. An early Christmas gift from the RNC.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: laotzu, 11/6/2013 9:03:25 AM     (No. 9601013)

Vichy RNC a/k/a VRNC.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 11/6/2013 9:10:57 AM     (No. 9601026)

My fellow Constitutional Conservative L.Dot friends: We are badly outnumbered. The VA debacle proves, once again, that the massed, organized forces of the following groups will thrash us at will if we do not generate some passion:

1) Democrats (of course)
2) Co-opted media (most main media sources)
3) Establishment Republicans (I´ll not call them RINOs for fear of offending some of my fellow L.Dotters (e.g., #´s 2, 16 here))

We who care more about our country are badly outnumbered by the politicians who subscribe to FDR´s dictum: "So you play the game the way it has been played over the years, and you play to win." Passion, my friends.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Lone Star Csar, 11/6/2013 9:19:44 AM     (No. 9601032)

The Republican Party is dead, unless conservatives can take control now. The next primary season will determine its fate. If Progressive Republicans win, the party is dead. We need no-compromise Conservative fighters. Why? Because anything less will suffocate liberty in this country. We´ve followed the road of compromise already and look where it´s taken us. It is fighting Conservatives, or over the cliff we go.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: donnaclaire, 11/6/2013 9:20:15 AM     (No. 9601033)

Will never forget the time I was a young female volunteer at our local "Gerald Ford" election office in Tx. As I was struggling to carry two folding chairs through the front door, nearby stood four local Republican big shots in their suits and ties, in a conversation. They glanced my way and saw my struggle, but totally disregarded any thought I needed help with the heavy outside door. I´ve never forgotten this.

And now this article regarding these snooty, haughty establishment Republicans who decided Cuccinelli was not worthy of their help or support suggests to me they´re the same kind of people - totally useless and certainly not worthy of our support or respect - or votes.



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Reply 27 - Posted by: Joe vann, 11/6/2013 9:27:01 AM     (No. 9601042)

I Agee with # 13.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/6/2013 9:37:27 AM     (No. 9601063)

#2 ~ it´s not that Democrats are any better at coalition building than the Republicans ~ they simply have more Democrat voters registered.

Remember, both of our major parties (which are actually over 100 parties own at the state and local levels in this country) are necessarily coalitions in and of themselves.

They seek only to get at least 50% of the vote plus just 1 more vote to win. They don´t need more than that and advice to suck up to this or that potential coalition partner are frequently wrong because bringing in ´those guys" will drive off "these other guys".

The problem with the GOP-e is they imagine they actually run the party. In reality they are only one coalition partner among many, but have a lock on the Republican version of LoFo people ~ rich doufouses whose understanding of politics and life in America is only a thin film, and devoted to no better good than making more money ~ which is OK in and of itself, but most of the voters are usually concerned with making ENOUGH money, not just MORE. Gives the potential Republican voter a different perspective than the leadership elite.

The GOP-e and their would-be successors haven´t quite caught on to the idea of voter registration drives among potential Republican voters. These are the folks we don´t have to sell Republicanism to ~ but a good 40% of them are NOT REGISTERED!

We´re short about 5 million of them at the national level, and a good 50,000 of them in Virginia.

It´s time to go get them!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: yuban, 11/6/2013 9:37:29 AM     (No. 9601064)

#2 needs to stop spitting against the wind and look in the mirror. So you are offended by the word RINO? Stop posting like one and maybe you will only be called a Moderate. Your friends running the GOP lost this election and still you blame Conservatives. You are lucky you are not called a lot worse than a RINO.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: stopevhillary, 11/6/2013 9:40:52 AM     (No. 9601069)

RNC/GOP = Neo-Statists

...and provided a token $3mil to "support" a Conservative candidate when there was not a single other election running in the country needing funds. The entire warchest was available and they managed to throw a few coins in to the race.

The RNC/GOP/Neo-Statists have demonstrated (AGAIN) they prefer the Statists over the Constitutional Conservative Free Market Small Government Candidate.




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Reply 31 - Posted by: Tlyons1, 11/6/2013 9:53:54 AM     (No. 9601095)

#21..... Thank you! Couldn´t be said better!!

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Reply 32 - Posted by: VAPMAN, 11/6/2013 9:57:38 AM     (No. 9601105)

It is obvious from the above posts that the Republican party needs new leadership or it really risks being torn apart and a new party will form. The lack of support for the Va race is the final straw for the current leadership. While there will always be factions in a large party, for the current leadership to blow off the more conservative faction is suicide. As a long time Republican I say it is now time for the Cruz part to take over and the more liberal side to accept that as far better then the Democrats socialists. With new conservative leadership in place we could begin to rebuild for the 2014 election.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 11/6/2013 10:13:48 AM     (No. 9601137)

You still have the face of statism in the Republican party. The moderate Left, republicans, want the same as the democrat communist. They might be a softer veiled version of the hard swinging leftist.
I know if the RNC chooses the ´pufferfish´ meatloaf from New Jersey I´m not getting out of my recliner to vote. I´m old and tried to do my part but not anymore.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: altoona, 11/6/2013 10:14:59 AM     (No. 9601138)

#27 provides a window to the soul--or rather the soulessness of the GOP establishment. The smug suits don´t care about the grunts, and finally the grunts have had enough. My family donated to McCain and ever more generously donated to Romney, along with my son volunteering many hours on the phones for him. None of us expected a cabinet post; all we asked was a little fighting spirit on important issues like Benghazi and Obamacare. But, no, all the fight in the establishment is directed at us, the great unwashed. I have no illusions about being missed. The bigwigs have corporate money. They have their insider deals in DC. They will soon have their illegal immigrant nation to counterbalance any influence we might have left.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 11/6/2013 10:29:16 AM     (No. 9601175)

Let me make one point, speaking to the RINO label: it´s wrong. The ones we refer to as RINO --the McCains and Grahams of the party [better known as the Surrender Caucus], truly are Republicans, or better put, what the Republicans have become.

The Republican part of Ronald Reagan --a party of Conservatives, is dead and gone.

If anyone had doubts about it, those doubts would have been washed away when we heard McCain break the First Rule and slander Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, et al: Wacko Birds McCain called them.

The Republican Party truly is the Surrender Party; the Where´s My Pork Party; the Never Speak Ill Of Any Democrat But Slander Republicans Party.

Those who wish to continue to worship at that altar can have at it, but for me, I am a part of the Taxed Enough Already Party and shall remain so.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 11/6/2013 10:40:53 AM     (No. 9601185)

This is exactly why when the Republican money grubbing groups call me for a donation, they hear things that make them wish they never called.

I´ll send my money directly to my preferred candidate, to hell with those Republican elitists.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: mathman, 11/6/2013 10:50:20 AM     (No. 9601207)

Of course Cucinelli got no support.
He does not belong to the "to get along, you have to go along" caucus.
He does not believe in endless pork.
He refuses to appease Rove, McLame, Grahamnesty, and all the other RINOS.
The RINO non-ruling class wants to get rid of the tea party. To a RINO, we can never be taxed enough. There are always more good things to buy votes with.
And if you play your cards right, after 20 or 30 years in a safe seat, you will segue into a lobbyist role and continue to get rich.
The National Republican Party does not exist.
It is just a shadow of what once was.

Remember: Ronald Reagan was also unelectable.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: OhMy, 11/6/2013 10:50:28 AM     (No. 9601208)

Party unity is not a one way street #2. Cuccinelli got the nomination so the party should have supported him. Don´t flog the tea party for staying home when the establishment gets their nominee. This time it was the establishment on strike against a tea party nominee. We can´t have a big tent with only RINO´s in the leadership. This was supposed to prove that only moderates chosen by the establishment could win but it didn´t prove that at all. The RINO establishment wants the tea party voting blindly for the GOP but getting no support for any of their priorities. This game cannot continue and the longer it lasts the more Rat victories we will have. Do you ever see Obama oppose the interests of 40% of his base? No Never! That is why destructive policies continue to be implemented while the constructive policies advocated by the Tea Party are left leaderless!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Howard Adams, 11/6/2013 10:54:41 AM     (No. 9601214)

And after reading the other reports of the VA election, I surmise that there is no room for Constitional Conservatives in Christie´s Republican big tent.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: MirJoy, 11/6/2013 11:03:07 AM     (No. 9601227)

Going over today to Town Hall to change my registration to independent. Criminitaly, McAuliffe outspent Cuccinelli ten to one; all their Big Guns (the two Clintons and Barack) came to campaign for him, the straw man Libertarian was throw in as part of the mix and still McAuliffe barely won this thing. Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that twenty years from now, our country will be just one big DEE-TROIT, because the fix is always in and the Rove camp just stands on the sides and does nothing when a conservative is on the ballot. Mayhaps they can put up gigantic statue of Karl Rove in the public square some day to acknowledge how much he contributed to the detroitization of our country.

I´m thinking, Hillary will get in for eight years, and then it will be pay-back time to Christie who will win the next eight years, and then the final election in the U.S. of Dee-troit will be just one party with Chelsea running as presidential candidate and Megan McCain running as v.p. TheEnd

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Reply 41 - Posted by: judy, 11/6/2013 11:12:27 AM     (No. 9601241)

I will never give another Penney to the liberal RNC. They did Cuccinelli really dirty.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/6/2013 12:51:26 PM     (No. 9601429)

My vote is the only thing I have to make my voice heard, besides my comments on these threads. My vote is not owned by people who spend 24/7 trashing conservatives. In my opinion, these mockers helped Obama get elected by their malicious insults and total disinterest in winning the conservative vote. They run a liberal candidate, then they trash conservatives, then they get nastier when they find they couldn´t bully conservatives into voting for their liberal candidate who would have been "better" than Obama. Really? I´m not sure of that at all.

When I saw how Palin was treated and allowed to be treated during the last two election cycles, it was clear the Republican leadership are very much lacking in integrity and courage. I voted my conscience last election and dialed in Palin´s name. I have voted in lockstep for the establishment Republicans my entire life, never, ever voting for a Democrat (and never will) or Independent, because I believed the Republican party stood for:

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Reply 43 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/6/2013 12:52:33 PM     (No. 9601431)

(cont, sorry 2nd post)

honesty, truth, straightforwardness, optimism, love of God, country and respect for all people and our soldiers and veterans, excellent financial stewardship of the public´s tax dollars, respect for life, sacredness of marriage and family, courage to stand with the oppressed and abused and powerless, and very importantly, respect for those lowly ordinary people with no political, financial, or social connections whatsoever who work hard from the ground up and are humble and sacrifice themselves for others.

This is the way Christ came to us and he is King and Lord. A paradox we need to remember when we see people who call themselves Republicans demean and mock people like Ted Cruz and his father, Dr. Benjamin Carson, and Sarah Palin and her family. Do I agree with every single thing they say? No. But I respect them and I will defend them because they have more integrity than the critics who mock them.

My eyes were opened the last few years when I saw people I had admired...GHW Bush, Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, Peggy Noonan, David Frum, James Taranto, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, Dana Perino, Mitt Romney, John McCain, staffers of Romney and McCain, Chris Christie and others...attack and casually demean and mock conservatives in a nasty, personal fashion that showed a bizarre malice and lazy ignorance of basic facts of those conservatives´ good characters and records and accomplishments. The cowardly silence of Republicans while liberals attacked and destroyed our good people surprised and repulsed me.

Last election, my conscience would not allow me to vote for the establishment candidate, whose policy positions are all over the place depending on his audience. We also know now that he assaulted an unpopular boy at school with the purpose of humiliating him. This episode gives an insight into the person and explains why his public persona doesn´t quite ring true.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: Ramona, 11/6/2013 2:35:08 PM     (No. 9601566)

Dear Poster#43/44: You write so eloquently and with the heart of so many of us here. You set forth clearly the betrayal we have felt from a party we once were happy to support. It truly has been with disbelief that we have watched, over and over and over and over, how the Establishment Elites have used and abused and abandoned lovely Conservative candidates - not always the most sophisticated - but then they can´t even accept Ted Cruz who is sophisticated grace in motion.

Your post brought me to tears - we are not alone and we must continue to support each other and point out the deceit of the RINO´s whenever we see it spouted here.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 45 - Posted by: TXknitter, 11/6/2013 2:54:04 PM     (No. 9601599)

Bravo 43, 44. Then, hat tip to 45 for the perfect response on behalf of so many of us this disappointing post-Election Day. I stand with both of you. I sense a new confidence, a new can-do spirit and yes, a new determination to never vote again for a party perfectly happy to be #2. As long as they draw a government paycheck and keep their Congressional seats for 3 decades or more, many Republicans don´t care if a Dem is in the WH or not. They seem settled, fat and happy taking scraps from the Democrats´ table.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/6/2013 5:16:07 PM     (No. 9601817)

Thank you for your lovely and encouraging words, #45 and #46. I also like reading both of your all´s posts on these threads and have for a long time, kindred spirits both of you.



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Reply 47 - Posted by: Hazymac, 11/6/2013 5:29:35 PM     (No. 9601836)

If the GOP had unapolosoundly getically gotten behind Cuccinelli, he´d have beaten McAuliffe. For the future health of this Republic, the politically sterile, intellectually apologetic upper ranks of the Republican Party need to be cleaned out now.

Bravo to #43/44 and #45! Let me repeat what I have written here several times before: The Tea Party must stage a hostile takeover of the Republican Party and relegate the ideologically alabaster demi-leftist squishes to the sideline where they belong. A handful of them might officially cross the aisle, and good riddance to them. But most will stay. Where else can they go?

I understand and accept that in some parts of the country (New Jersey and New England especially), moderate Republicans are probably the best we can expect for now, but these people should not control the national Party, and should not receive any more presidential nominations. The statist juggernaut must be put into reverse, not merely slowed down.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: Hazymac, 11/6/2013 5:32:09 PM     (No. 9601840)

My machine is really acting up. That first sentence should read: "If the GOP had unapologetically gotten behind Cuccinelli, he´d have beaten McAuliffe soundly."

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Coy860, 11/6/2013 5:51:34 PM     (No. 9601862)

Time to face reality, all progressives are NOT just in the demoocrat party.
As for Congress, most Republicans don´t care if they are the majority or minority..they just want to stay in office,keep their power and draw their salary and perks and make no waves.
And they HATE people who question them or expect action from them.

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