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How the GOP can avoid
the next Todd Akin

Kansas City Star, by Chris Chocola

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Posted By:mikkins2, 11/21/2012 7:21:48 PM

As Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran takes the reins of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is dedicated to electing a Republican Senate, Republicans are reflecting on what went wrong in the 2012 elections. In the wake of some missed opportunities to pick up seats in the U.S. Senate over the last few cycles, one tactical change floated by the GOP establishment is that the party apparatus and its affiliated Super PACs should play a more influential role in primaries to make sure that more “electable” candidates are nominated.

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Well thought out reasoned advice. Surely the GOP/RNC Establishment will ignore it at all cost.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jsanders, 11/21/2012 7:30:18 PM     (No. 9028377)

It´s very simple. Closed primaries. Stop letting demoncrats and "independants" choose the republican candidate.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: god of irony, 11/21/2012 7:50:42 PM     (No. 9028408)

How about instead of going all Simon on our candidates we fight the media that is smearing them instead.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: jerseyden, 11/21/2012 7:53:16 PM     (No. 9028411)

Until the RNC gets it thru the candidates heads that the MSM will take anything the least bit controversial and blow it out of proportion they are giving the dems a victory. They should take the dems playbook and not offer opinions about anything other than what will get them elected

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fritzilou, 11/21/2012 7:59:46 PM     (No. 9028420)

Akin and Mourdock may have lost for their unfortunate statements, but it was the overwhelming negative reaction from Republicans in fear of the press response.

If you will note the moderate and well spoken candidates for Senate lost too. I think there were for of them that were perfectly suitable candidates. The analysis is all wrong.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: gagolfer, 11/21/2012 8:00:51 PM     (No. 9028424)

The problem is that candidates like Akin don´t realize that some of the things they believe and therefore say will stop them from getting elected. They don´t get it.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Michaelus, 11/21/2012 8:03:00 PM     (No. 9028429)

Easy - make free abortions, free birth control, free vibrators and free copies of "50 Shades of Grey" the new Republican platform.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: janylou, 11/21/2012 8:11:49 PM     (No. 9028443)

The RATS are already beating up on Rubio trying to delegitimize him. I liked two things Rush said today. When these pressitute gnats ask questions to try and entrap our guys, they should respond with, "I believe the same as Obama". He also proposed having a confab with our guys before elections to tell them how to avoid these traps.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: stencil, 11/21/2012 8:12:37 PM     (No. 9028444)

No, promote (and support) candidates possessed of both heart and mental acumen. Our weak spot with these cats has been the latter virtue.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 11/21/2012 8:16:11 PM     (No. 9028452)

Oh, Snap!!! We need to clean out the old guard of establishment Republicans who have stuck their elegant noses in the air and decided the Tea Party is not who they want in the congress...Forgetting, of course, the only part of the government controlled by Republicans is the House of Representatives won by the Tea Party candidates with the largest margin since the 1940s. Pretty impressive I´d say.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 11/21/2012 8:17:24 PM     (No. 9028454)

The Akin problem (known at the time of the primary - which is why the Dems aided his campaign) could have been side-stepped with a simple mechanism for a run off. Akin got only 36% of the primary vote.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 11/21/2012 8:21:58 PM     (No. 9028459)

The GOP is dead. The Tea Party is the future. We will build it despite the Won.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 11/21/2012 8:31:54 PM     (No. 9028472)

Akin had a choice; give up the race and be thought honorable if stupid or stay in the race and be branded a dishonorable loser. He unwisely chose the latter.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: sunsong, 11/21/2012 8:32:01 PM     (No. 9028474)

Sometimes you have to reassess. The GOP lost for a number of reasons. Bad senate candidates was a big one. The idea that women will tolerate the kind of things that Akin and Mourdock said (and others believe) is so utterly stupid that the GOP really earned the title - the stupid party.

Freedom on all levels - matters. If you don´t understand that liberty - personal liberty, matters - you deserve to lose!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lavalette, 11/21/2012 9:43:17 PM     (No. 9028565)

Akin and Mourdock said some inelegant things, but the substance of what they said was that a baby conceived by rape is still a human being. How is that indefensible? If I was Romney I would have come to their defense and made the story about the sanctity of life and the lying media instead of accepting the lying media/Democrat axis story that these guys said rape was OK.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: chillijilli, 11/21/2012 10:14:09 PM     (No. 9028600)

Wouldn´t it be great if we could all just find common ground within our own party and quit this bickering? We can iron out our differences behind closed doors, like the Demos do... but we MUST learn to present a united front if we intend to ever win any major political office again.
I have given up on Limbaugh and others like him. I´ll bet his ratings have tanked since the elections. I am sick enough of BHO class warfare everywhere I turn in this country. Who needs Rush´s unhelpful attempts to turn Pubbies against each other by branding anyone who doesn´t agree 100% with him as "elitist." IntraGOP warfare is just plain childish and stoopid. Why alienate your closest friends?

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