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The Party’s Problem
National Review Online, by Ramesh Ponnuru

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/14/2012 5:20:36 AM

The first thing conservatives should understand about the electoral catastrophe that just befell us — and it was a catastrophe — is that any explanation of it that centers on Mitt Romney is mistaken. Much of the discussion of the race among conservatives has made the opposite assumption. (Snip)Romney was not a drag on the Republican party. The Republican party was a drag on him. Aaron Blake pointed out in the Washington Post that Romney ran ahead of most of the Republican Senate candidates:

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: harleynyc, 11/14/2012 5:23:38 AM     (No. 9012946)

blah blah blah.
it was voter fraud that the democrats have been using for years.
they stole the election.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/14/2012 5:41:00 AM     (No. 9012950)

Yeah,never mind that the left has co-opted virtually all of computer home page news stories which always favor the left,so people know knowing about Obama´s failures.Never mind that 375,000 people are losing their jobs a week,it was better than the previous week and proof we´re headed in the right direction.

Never mind that the unemployment rate goes down because the gov´t simply kicks people out of the workforce.7.9% just happened to show up a month before the election so the media cheers about it being under 8%.

The biggest problem is the republicans are up against the machine that produces voter ignorance.Every time something bad happens,Obama was kept in the dark about it.

On the other hand it was Bush´s fault if you had a rainy day because he wasn´t doing enough to stop global warming.We should be building windmills,not machine guns.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: get er done, 11/14/2012 6:11:45 AM     (No. 9012974)

Let the Party´s problem become the lib´s problem. Republican Governors -- fully investigate the voter fraud in your homes states and call for new elections, after you take a sledge hammer to the bogus electronic voting machines and put their progammes in prison.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Janjan, 11/14/2012 6:17:51 AM     (No. 9012981)

I am sick already of being lectured to about what is wrong with the party. They are what is wrong with the party. All of them. Mealy mouthed politicians and oh so smart political pundits who are all terrified to stand up for conservatism lest Chris Matthews or some other liberal loudmouth attack them. Romney is a moderate and we all knew it. The GOP has lost us yet another election by sticking to the idea that liberal lite wins. It doesn´t.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Malia2012, 11/14/2012 6:36:48 AM     (No. 9013002)

What #1, #2 and #3 said. The so-called "electoral catastrophe" was caused by VOTER FRAUD, in the "swing" states, NOT by the "party". Frankly, I am past caring what arm-chair-quarterback-talking-head-pundits say about anything! If they are so brilliant, let THEM run for office.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: noproblems, 11/14/2012 6:53:51 AM     (No. 9013038)

#4 has it right. The Tea Party should not continue to support the Republican party.

History has passed by the Republican Party. Time to start our own party that does not people like Romney to buy his nomination, and nominate folks like the Bushes, Dole, McCain, and Romney; do nothing to stop the $16 trillion debt, and at the same time dont invite Sarah Palin to the convention.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 11/14/2012 6:55:22 AM     (No. 9013041)

Not the easiest read, but it makes a point, Republicans need to teach the electorate how their positions on regulation, taxes immigration etc. benefit them. Start selling the public on the party via "educational ads" during the off years, then run ads for candidates during the election cycles that tie to the positions stated during the off year ads.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Tucker, 11/14/2012 7:29:54 AM     (No. 9013097)

Stop it. Good grief. The "party" is not the reason...Mitt Romney is not the reason. The reason is the voter fraud, the reason is that there are certain blocks of society that have been taught, by government and the media, that they are owed "free stuff." And they will believe it until there is no more "free stuff" available. My guess is it´s not too far down the road either.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Judith, 11/14/2012 7:44:27 AM     (No. 9013142)

I live in MA, the home of Mayor Curley, who, due to the LARGE turnout of people with graveyard addresses (here in MA when we cheat, we do it openly)was elected while serving time in a prison. There was no cheating in this state. They are actually that stupid and morally corrupt. What used to be banned in Boston is now on public display for everyone to see and possibly participate in. Free stuff? They would slit their mother´s throats for free stuff. As for the destruction of a country they openly despise? Why not vote for that is their reasoning. On 9/11 OUR politicians more or less told us it was just our chickens coming home to roost and they were amazed that it had taken our enemies that long to attack. Obama winning was a foregone and tragic conclusion.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Crosscut, 11/14/2012 8:16:48 AM     (No. 9013228)

The ONLY issue for most African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims and other minorities is that the Republican party and the conservative movement is dominated by white folks. They don´t care about or are even aware of other issues other than getting back at whitey. Period.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: M2, 11/14/2012 9:45:05 AM     (No. 9013480)

#1, I agree. That explanation is being ignored by too many people as being conspiratorial, which it is. But it´s not a conspiracy if it really happened.

Since no one has the stomach or the means to investigate the massive voter fraud that took place, especially in the "swing" States and those with the most electoral votes, good people like Ponnuru will continue to look elsewhere to explain our loss.

It is my opinion that there was a team put in place back in ´08 when O was elected. It´s sole function was to see to it that there was no way he could lose in ´12 -- and that means working non-stop at the voter fraud machinery.

Machines that flipped Romney votes to Obama votes unnoticed by the voter were everywhere from big cities to small towns in key States.

Dead people voted, illegals voted, made-up people voted, some voted multiple times and unqualified voters voted. This was all constantly being perfected over the last 4 years, yet people didn´t believe it. Many still don´t. I do.

I don´t blame the GOP or Romney´s game. I blame the perpetrators. Did ACORN really just suddenly go away? Does anyone believe that, given the stakes, Democrats didn´t cheat their way to the White House again?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/14/2012 10:52:56 AM     (No. 9013716)

In Allen West´s district here in Florida more votes weer cast than there are voters. And West is fighting.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: privateer, 11/14/2012 11:06:28 AM     (No. 9013754)

I am becoming convinced that Allen West is the only real man left in a Republican position of power. The rest are just poseurs (Boehner), seat warmers or ineffectual wonks (Ryan). It really is time to fold up the tent show. If the TEA Party were to merge with the Libertarians, the Constitutional Party and disaffected former Reps, you might just have something.

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