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Congressional Republicans
are focused on calming
their divided ranks

Washington Post, by Robert Costa

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/17/2014 10:02:46 PM

After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within the GOP and shelving any big-ticket legislation for the rest of the year. Comprehensive immigration reform, tax reform, tweaks to the federal health-care law — bipartisan deals on each are probably dead in the water for the rest of this Congress. “We don’t have 218 votes in the House for the big issues, so what else are we going to do?” said Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), an ally

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: CleanhouseinDC, 2/17/2014 10:20:02 PM     (No. 9736469)

The real question is whether the Republican elites will be able to swing enough independents to make up for the Conservative voters they have permanently turned off and away.

I think not.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Mildred, 2/17/2014 10:25:29 PM     (No. 9736478)

When the only news we hear about Republicans comes from the liberal press, why should we believe what they say. Yes, we have differences but the differences appear to be the process of getting from point A to point B, not what the end should be. If we didn´t have differences we would never be able to find the best way to get things done. We all know with the liberals in charge of 2 out of 3 parts of the government, changes will not happen. Let´s stop fighting among ourselves in the media and start fighting the lies by the media.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: brownshoepogue, 2/17/2014 10:49:20 PM     (No. 9736493)

Sounds like the old RINO razzale dazzale. We know the drill, say whatever they need to say to get conservatives to support their preferred "RINO in conservative sheep´s clothes" candidates. Once the elections are over, they, the RINO RE then distances themselves from the Conservatives. Kind of like the Lucy/Charlie Brown ballet.
I think there is a fundamental flaw with that game this cycle though. Many Conservatives now know the game. Many Do Not Trust republican "leadership."
How about we play this game RINOs... sincerely re-embrace conservatism or...if you choose, remain the minority party. It is not a tough decision. It just takes a little courage.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: thomthomp, 2/17/2014 10:57:49 PM     (No. 9736500)

For #2: It is an unproven assumption that all Republicans have the same goals in mind. It is often said of President Obama, "Don´t listen to what he says, look at what he does." I suggest the same warning applies to the Republican establishment.

The last time Republicans controlled the Congress and the White House (and before there was a Tea Party) did government get smaller, was spending cut significantly, were any government programs cut, agencies closed?

When Tea Party turnout gave the Republicans the House in 2010 did establishment Republicans rush to embrace them and form a coalition for smaller, more responsible government?



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Reply 5 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/17/2014 11:02:38 PM     (No. 9736506)

I got a call from the RNC this morning asking for money. I gave them a piece of my mind about their recent actions instead, then told them to "leave me alone," and hung up.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 2/18/2014 2:38:27 AM     (No. 9736566)

Let´s assume for the sake of argument that the Washington Post is not lying. It´s a stretch, but try. If true, that means the RINO establishment is beginning to hear the drumbeat of doom. Because they are "moderates", they have no principles, and always want to cut a deal, but of course, you can´t deal with people who have no principles. Try dealing with a Democrat. Now is the time to push even harder on the RINOs.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ladychatalie, 2/18/2014 5:01:44 AM     (No. 9736596)

The GOP elites have decimated the party and failed at every turn. They need to retire. McConnell claimed his job was to protect the country, but he confuses party and big government with the country.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Malia2012, 2/18/2014 8:47:29 AM     (No. 9736776)

Just wondering who decides who the "elites" are in the Republican party. From the looks of it, it´s the "msm" and a lot of disgruntled "conservatives" jump on the bandwagon to agree. May as well say Buh Bye to the Election in November, since some "conservatives" seem to prefer to win the "battle" and LOSE the "war" by staying home because they can´t bring themselves to vote for an "elite rino". BTW, while we´re at it, may as well say Hello to Speaker-Nancy Pelosi! Wow!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: StormCnter, 2/18/2014 9:03:42 AM     (No. 9736799)

#8, the criteria for "elite" and "RINO" and "moderate" depends on the label applier´s disgruntledness with any particular politician.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/18/2014 1:23:01 PM     (No. 9737227)

You can´t calm anyone by stomping on their heads...

I´m convinced the GOP is run by Leftist spies!

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