The Republican Party did not lose last Tuesday´s election. It was obliterated, crushed, slaughtered, massacred, squashed, annihilated — and, let’s hope, extinguished. For the party of Lincoln, it’s been a week of sifting through the carnage: What went wrong? How could a party that just a decade ago controlled all of government have been so completely nullified that an incumbent Democrat who was quite possibly the worst president in a century handily defeated the Republican nominee? The soul searching followed the standard stages of grief: There was denial.
Umm, Joseph, you´re talking about things that aren´t enshrined in the constitution, they´re discovered in emanations from the penumbra of the constitution. Not the same thing at all. And communists cheating to win an election isn´t the same as failing to sell a message. The turn-out showed people understood; those who counted the votes decided to vaporize votes for Romney and pad the votes for Capt Zippy, it´s that simple and blatant.
In an article I posted yesterday, I stated that there are many issues [abortion, feminism, gay rights, illegal immigration and race] that we have allowed the dRATS to smoke-screen their dumb-down their voters in every election I can remember. The real issues of the economy, murder of Ambassador Stevens and three others and immediate disinformation from the White House about them in Benghazi, Iran and their nuclear quest, EU folding under weight of socialism, debt and high unemployment, Supreme Court picks, Al Qaeda resurgence, etc.
I am a ´´Hispanic´´ GOP voter who assimilated since birth and yet people I tried to speak to turned their head away from any discussion prior to election about it. Especially minorities. I see the same lack of community in the Catholic Church, unless you follow their actions and try not to ´´lead.´´
I follow certain basic beliefs, after years of Church-going and soul-searching: One is that we are all blessed by the treasure of Love by God giving each of US Life. And, it´s how we share that Love with others along the journey of Life that we will meet final Judgment.
If you think ´´sex & politics´´ should not be done in conversations, how would you discuss the current affairs of General Petraeus and his betrayal in Benghazi and ultimately the American people? Oh, get rid of the dRATS issues and maybe we can final face the ´´real´´ ones.
The Rebublican party should reform itself not by currying favor with every Tom, Dick and Juarez, but by promulgating the unvarnished truth.
It must systematiclly debunk the leftist garbage coming from the media and academia, and be sure that everyone knows the peril we (and all of Western Civilization) face if we don´t take painful but effective action to balance the budget.
I´ve grown tired of this kind of hysterical over-reaction.
For God´s sake, it was one election. Suck it up and win the next one. Just two years ago I was reading about the "demise of American liberalism". Now we have to destroy the Republican Party and remake it again? No. We need to increase our voice and presence through the grass roots ala the Tea Party and run it better, that´s all.
@#2: The RNC ignored Michele Bachmann also. She barely squeaked by this election cycle. She may not be so lucky in 2014.
It is shameful how the GOP treats its membership. Supposedly 3 million republicans stayed home on Nov. 6th. Personally, I don`t think they care. They seem to be content living in 2nd place. Even when they win they act like losers.
Time for new political parties. Republicans and Democrats got us to $16 trillion in debt and cultural rot.
I still think this is past election may be similar to the election of 1856; hopefully without civil war on the horizon. The election of 1860 was the first election that a republican won. The election of 2016 should be the election of a Tea PArty president.
The opportunity to convert the other side is right before us. Are we up to the challenge? There is an economic, security and cultural disaster looming (actually blooming). We should never let a disaster to waste either. I´ve begun my own little listening tour with co-workers and neighbors. I work in hospitality, so lots of Hispanics, Asians and black associates. Starting out slow, they are still on a sugar high, so to speak, from last week, but I figure as we approach Christmas the scales may begin to fall from their eyes.
What a pile of steaming excrement by a writer who should know better. 10 million fewer voters came to the polls this last election. The number of college age students who were actively ccourted by the left was a major determinent in the final result. The GOP didn´t lose because it had the wrong message, it lost because the democrats ran a better ground game and the Republicans are still learning how.
While the GOP should and will try to extend its message to Hispanic, Black, Asian Americans and the new voters, it won´t change its vision of America at the cost of losing the values which differentiate it from the democrats. Candidates like Rubio, Jindal, West, and Martinez will help diversify the GOP base without having to dilute the message.
It is time for the failed leaders to be put out of the party. Where is Trump when we need him? Rove? You are fired. Limbaugh: you are fired. Hannity: you are fired. All the Romney handlers: you are fired. No more campaigns for you.
But the entrenched chattering class of Pubbies will cling to power, as was true in the 1970s. Better to be in office as a minority than to yield to a new generation.
Those in control of the party in 2012 failed. Whether it was the failure to coalesce after Romney cinched the nomination, defend Romney from the scurrilous lies of Obama, insist on precinct workers in every precinct, insist on lawyers to be available when said precinct workers were ejected, organize car pools for voters, guarantee our rights as voters by Voter ID laws (I was disenfranchised by fraud), or fail to find a compromise with the tea party, the leaders failed.
Such failure must be rewarded with expulsion. If they can´t do the job, hire someone else.
Our elections are no longer fair. Cheating is rampant, and will not be investigated. There is no fix short of a new party.
Yeah, it was a painful loss, but Romney got 48% of the popular vote. Do you really want to throw that all away? Republicans made some mistakes but it wasn´t a massacre. Learn from your mistakes and carry on to fight another day.
I disagree with those who think the ´rats are going to continue to win. Even David Plouffe when asked about his get out of the vote organization and will work in 2016? said NO, we had the right candidate for this to work. It won´t be as effective with another candidate other than Obama! i.e. Biden.
Republicans have stronger, younger, more charismatic candidates and Mr. Obama unless I´m severely mistaken can never run again!
Anyway by the time 2014 roll around the Dems will be owning this terrible economy..and these young people, young women and Latinos don´t vote in off year elections, we will take the Senate and we will win in 2016!
20 - you are overlooking the number of voters (and participants) the GOP has lost this election. The "hold your nose, ABDem meme" has lost its effectiveness.. And the GOP is going to struggle mightily (if it can overcome it) to get folks like me to EVER support the Republican candidate or work for them again. I will invest and work for specific candidates or a different party, but am done with GOP, and know many like me, If You are going to represent me by acting like a Democrat, I might as well just vote for the Democrat.
This is absurd. The election was close. A few changes in a few key states and it goes the other way. Obama failed, but the media let him get away with it and his ads denied the truth, and it worked. The answer isn´t giving in, it´s getting even. Now, more than ever, the GOP needs to stick to principles and remain a very vocal opposition.
I am sick of being told by those on the left that we have to change. By that they mean go left and become a permanent second place party.
I vote Reublican because their candidates come the closest to my views. I still believe abortion for convenience is murder and am damned well not going to change because it might get more votes or it´s the ´with it´ and progressive view.
I have heard all this ´magnanimous´ advice from the leftists before but the Republican Party has never won and never will win trying to be a lesser version of the Democrats. I´ll stick with what I believe, thanks, or go down with the ship if that´s the way it has to be.
Second, gay marriage. On this, simply — who cares? America 2012 has enormous problems. Is this really an issue that matters to — anyone? Christians, two men getting married doesn’t affect your marriage in any way. Get over it.
First, if the author thinks that I, and a vast number of Christian voters will support anyone who openly advocates gay marriage, he is delusional. This is a moral issue - a character issue.
Second, is the author actually believes that there is no fiscal impact from destroying our moral infrastructure, he is more than delusional. The further degradation of the sanctity of marriage will continue to destroy families. Marriage will become a matter of temporal convenience. Divorce rates will accelerate, and the cost of divorce will add to our social burden. Further, policies that economically favor marriage will have to be rescinded because so many will marry solely for economic benefit.
Finally, abortion must be recognized as a critical boundary, a redoubt demarking our resistance to the devaluation of human life that threatens to become the hallmark of the ´managed society´. People like Holdren, who believe that animals and humans are equivalent and should be equally ´humanely´ treated, will fall to Peter Singer´s philosophy of the humane allocation of resources. Human life will be weighed according to measures established by ´death panels´ and extinguished or allowed to continue accordingly. All of this begins with our attitude toward abortion. Once we accept abortion, our slide down this slippery slope will inevitably accelerate.
Either there are real differences between Liberals and Conservatives, or members of each party are interchangeable parts and it doesn´t matter which one the public chooses.
Sounds like some of the Republican pundits are suggesting that the Republican Party needs to become "Democrat-lite" to win more voters. That only succeeds if the Conservatives in the Republican Party are prepared to sacrifice the core values of conservatism.
Conservatives need to clearly define their core principles which make them different from liberals in BOTH PARTIES. Making that case that the conservative approach is better for everybody needs to be the focus when discussing the issues every day and with each election.
Conservatives also need to recognize that some people will never accept these principles, and that the Conservatives will lose elections because of this. Better to lose while true to your conservative principles than to win by sacrificing your principles on the liberal altar of convenience.
Nonsense. The purpose of the Republican Party is to oppose the evil Democratic Party. It ain´t brain surgery; whoever they put up to run the country, you vote for the other guy. I would have voted for Jo-Jo the dog-faced boy before letting Obama win.
Heaven preserve us from know nothings, and do nothings and feeble whiners.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called the proposed budget deal by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., woefully inadequate, but did not specifically call on lawmakers to flat-out reject the bill. In a statement Wednesday, Trumka said the deal "provides temporary relief from sequestration budget cuts over the next two years, but does not represent the clean break from budget austerity that our economy so urgently needs." He cited a litany of complaints with the proposal, beginning with its lack of an extension of unemployment benefits. He also criticized it for requiring federal workers to "pay more out of pocket
“[T]he entire concept of realignments/permanent alignments, which underlay much of the misbegotten analysis of the 2008 elections, is bankrupt and should be abandoned.” So wrote RealClearPolitics´ Sean Trende in his 2012 book, The Lost Majority. One of the book´s main theses was that “the permanent majority” -- that great white whale hunted and claimed by both parties over the last decade (and long before that) -- is an unsustainable illusion in the long run. Few pundits heeded Trende´s warning after the 2012 election. The editors of The Week made an argument typical of the moment when they wrote that Obama´s coalition of
I´m annoyed that so many Hollywood celebrities hate the system that made them rich. Actor/comedian Russell Brand told the BBC he wants "a socialist, egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth." Director George Lucas got rich not just from movies but also by selling Star Wars merchandise. Yet he says he believes in democracy but "not capitalist democracy." Actor Martin Sheen says, "That´s where the problem lies ... It´s corporate America." And so on. On my TV show, actor/author Kevin Sorbo pointed out that such sentiments make little sense coming from entertainers. "It´s a very entrepreneurial business.
We´ve all seen selfies taken in questionable places. During a school lockdown. In front of a man attempting suicide. At Auschwitz. Now, some people are adding President Obama to the list of people with poor selfie judgment after the leader of the free world posed with British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service Tuesday in South Africa. It appears from photos of the incident that Obama was not the instigator (that distinction goes to Thorning-Schmidt). But he seems to have participated happily, though First Lady Michelle Obama seemed unimpressed by the whole spectacle.
In Texas, we say this:"Just because a chicken has wings doesn´t mean it can fly." The translation is that "appearances are deceptive." In other words, you can call it affordable but that does not mean that it is affordable. According to The NY Times, there is a little screaming going on when people check out the affordability of the Affordable Health Care Act: "Until now, it was almost impossible for people using the federal health care website to see the deductible amounts, which consumers pay before coverage kicks in. But federal officials finally relented last week and added a "window shopping" feature
Health insurance enrollment in at least one state appears to be picking up. Colorado’s state-based insurance exchange Connect for Colorado announced on Monday that more than 5,000 new customers have purchased private insurance since November 30, increasing the state’s total enrollment numbers in private plans by more than 50 percent. (Snip)But if current trends continue, the exchange may have an age problem. Demographic information released at the end of November shows the makeup of the exchange so far skews much older than federal officials have targeted.
With all the many lies and obfuscations perpetrated by this White House the one about whether the president knew or had met his “Uncle Omar” was a relatively minor one. Still it speaks volumes about how this administration — which obsesses in public about “transparency” — really operates. Onyango Obama had been living in Massachusetts illegally since the 1970s (a judge granted him legal resident status just last week). When he was arrested in 2011 for DUI and told police “I think I will call the White House,” media outlets asked the White House if the two men had ever met.
I owe Mitt Romney an apology. During the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, I repeatedly criticized Romney — and personally challenged him during his editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner — for promising that if elected, on day one of his presidency, he would grant Obamacare waivers to all 50 states. As I reported, under the text of the law, the ability to offer waivers to states was subject to many restrictions and wouldn’t even be an option until 2017, four years after his hypothetical swearing in. Though I still believe I was right about what the statute said,
One interesting, but not always precisely reliable, measure of partisan preference is what pollsters call the generic vote -- which party´s candidates people would vote for in elections to the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, responses have tended to underpredict Republicans´ performance in subsequent elections, though that was the case more in 1992-2002 than recently. The last two months have seen sharp shifts in the generic vote, as National Journal´s Charlie Cook notes, with Democrats peaking during the government shutdown in the first half of October and then a sharp swing to Republicans after the spotlight shifted
In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called "Exit, Voice and Loyalty." It explored how people respond when a private firm´s or a government agency´s performance is deteriorating. Some people choose to leave, buying another product or service or leaving the government´s jurisdiction. Others use voice, complaining about defects or lobbying for change. Hirschman tended to deplore exit and exalt voice, and urged firms and governments to nurture loyalty so consumers and citizens would stick around and improve things. There´s obviously some relevance here to a current government program now performing far below even its detractors´ expectations: Obamacare.
One striking thing about the new White House Obamacare promotion campaign is that so far it hasn´t had much to say about the central focus of Obamacare, which is helping Americans buy affordable health insurance. Look at the cases President Obama has highlighted. There are young people who say they have benefited from being allowed to stay on their parents´ health policies until age 26. There are people suffering from serious illnesses who say they are thankful there will no longer be lifetime caps on insurance benefits. There are stories of people with pre-existing conditions who will be able to purchase
If life under ObamaCare is as wonderful as supporters tell us, how come Harry Reid is keeping his staffers from enjoying it? As part of the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress and their office staffers are required to purchase their health insurance through the new ObamaCare exchanges. But Reid is the Senate majority leader. And he has just taken advantage of a loophole in the law that allows leaders in Congress to exempt their committee or leadership staffs. It makes for an illuminating contrast.
New York — The anchor who might beat Bill O’Reilly gets her eyelash extensions applied one at a time, with tweezers and dabs of glue, about 90 minutes before showtime, right after a motorized gun sprays foundation over her face, neck, shoulders, collarbone and sternum, wiping out a galaxy of light freckles that spreads across her — Let me stop you right there. Photos of the day Uruguay legalizes marijuana, Kiev police pull back from protesters, aging U.S. prison population and more. Tuesday´s Photos of the day Would you write this way about a man? About O’Reilly himself? At least that’s what Megyn Kelly might ask at
In August 2013 I became very sick with what I thought was a cold. After a few days I lost vision in my left eye and I checked into the hospital. I soon found out that what I thought was a summer cold was actually Strep bacteria poisoning my blood stream. The bacteria blinded my left eye, ate a hole through my heart, caused five strokes on both sides of my brain and forced the removal of my prosthetic left knee. Dr. Lee was the surgeon assigned to perform open heart surgery. What was originally scheduled to last four hours ended
When I was a kid, I knew two different Santa Clauses. The first had a fat belly, rosy cheeks, a long white beard, and skin as pink as bubble gum. He was omnipresent, visiting my pre-school and the local mall, visible in all of my favorite Christmas specials. Then there was the Santa in my family’s household, in the form of ornaments, cards, and holiday figurines. A near-carbon copy of the first one—big belly, rosy cheeks, long white beard: check, check, check. But his skin was as dark as mine. Seeing two different Santas was bewildering. Eventually I asked my father what
Johannesburg - A man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela´s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake," the national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa said on Tuesday. Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa´s government said it was preparing a statement. Three sign language experts said the man was not signing in South African or American sign languages. South African sign language covers all of the country´s 11 official languages, according to the federation. It wasn´t immediately clear if the unidentified man was using a
The health director who approved the release of President Obama’s birth certificate has died in a plane crash, Hawaiian officials said Thursday. Loretta Fuddy died after the Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft she was travelling on went down shortly after leaving Kalaupapa Airport at around 3:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. ET) on Wednesday. The other eight people on board were rescued, Richard Schuman, president of Makani Kai Air, told NBC News early Thursday, adding that that there was no indication as to why the plane had crashed. Fuddy hit the headlines two years ago when she approved a waiver request allowing Obama to
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) snapped at conservative groups that have come out in opposition to the budget deal reached Wednesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). "They´re using the American people for their own purposes. This is ridiculous," Boehner said at a press conference with other members of House Republican leadership on Wednesday. Over the past few days, a number of conservative groups have blasted the deal because it sets discretionary spending levels in the budget higher than previous levels under sequestration. In the past three days, the influential Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Americans
Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington. Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling about it during its rise in 2010. Also in a first, a majority of Americans had an unfavorable view of the tea party, at 51 percent. Similar numbers of respondents described themselves as proponents or opponents of the tea party: Twenty-two percent identified themselves as tea party supporters, while 24 percent said they
Looks like this president can’t get away with flirting in front of his wife… It appears that first lady Michelle Obama was none too pleased with the way that President Barack Obama was acting toward Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt during a ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela, and before too long, they switched seats. This lmao! Michelle Obama vs Prime Minister of Denmark at Mandela´s ceremony. pic.twitter.com/Rq4uF9fTaZ — Stun (@TheBlogPirate) December 10, 2013
The sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela´s memorial yesterday "made up his own signs," according to South Africa´s deaf federation. "He´s a complete fraud," Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, said according to ITV News. "He wasn´t even doing anything, There was not one sign there. Nothing. He was literally flapping his arms around." Delphin Hlungwane, an official South African sign language interpreter at DeafSA, told Reuters:
THE Internet has been abuzz over the spectacle of President Obama and the prime ministers of Britain and Denmark snapping a photo of themselves — a “selfie,” to use the mot du jour — with a smartphone at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday. Leaving aside whether it was appropriate, the moment captured the democratization of image making that is a hallmark of our gadget-filled, technologically rich era. Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried
If you go down on the ice today you´re sure of a big surprise - a rare glimpse of 20 polar bears gorging on a bloody midnight feast. These photographs show a rare cluster of males, females and cubs all dining out on the remains of a whale carcass. They spent a night and a day stripping every last morsel from the mammoth sea creature. Usually Polar bears are solitary and would never tolerate being so close to each other. But with food in plentiful supply and bellies dragging on the floor they seem too lethargic to fight.Wildlife photographer Michal