It is a mark of how entirely bereft of ideas the 2012 contest was that the post-election analysis has come to center not on what Barack Obama will do in his second term—which is really the only thing that matters now—but rather on the condition and fate of the Republican Party. Obama won a historic victory in some respects: If you had said two years ago that the president could win reelection with an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and 4 million fewer people in the workforce than when he was elected, most analysts would have called you crazy.
People just don´t update their brains to current circumstances. To view this election on historic data is a perfect example.Elections are no longer about issues or problem solving but the Utopian world you stand for or oppose.
When they say no president ever been re-elected with unemployment over 8%,Obama just magically drops the rate to 7.9% and the problem is solved. Not that anybody got jobs but to brainwash people into thinking the economy is getting better.
They always accuse the Pentagon of fighting the last war.Instead of republicans coming up with new ways to fight the war,they´re deciding to become more like the enemy to blend in.Guess what republican switcheys,the left will never vote for a substitute liberal when a real liberal is available.
When the WH says they feared Huntsman the most,what they were really saying is if republicans want to win,they have to run RINOs.
If the left has a foolproof way of stealing elections,we´re going to need an overwhelming conservative in order to win. Elections in this country have always ran in cycles and people throw the other party out when they´re sick of them.
Right now every left wing moonbat is out of their cages running amok but sooner or later their policies will fail because liberalism,communism etc.have never worked.
Research after research says the latino vote is not about immigration,yet the right is willing to cave on it instead of defending the rule of law.I´ll bet right now the left is spreading "new citizens" around for the 2014 midterms to get House seats back.
After all the discussion of what the republicans are planning for a comeback strategy (be JUST like the dems), I am relieved that I changed my voter registration from republican to undeclared. I will NEVER vote for a dem but now that the republicans have decided to turn themselves into what I consider a thoroughly corrupt, immoral, USA-destroying clone of the dem party, I probably will never vote republican either. As the pubbies have made clear, there really is no place in their party for me.
"It is true that 47 percent of Americans pay no federal income taxes and take more from government than they put in. But this is a many-faceted phenomenon, and the issue is not primarily or simply one of the corrupting power of government handouts. Rather, the issue is one of incentives. Just as Mitt Romney follows the rules of the tax code to lower his own burden to the lowest legal level—through incentives to do so provided by the tax code—so do all other Americans. If their tax burden is lowered to zero, they pay no taxes. That is simple common sense. It is not a snare, not a seduction, not a corruption. It may have grave long-term consequences for the country, but that is a policymaking crisis, not a black stain on the American character."
This is analogous to the Dims fomenting the housing crisis through, eg, the community reinvestment act. Criticizing the 47% is no way to win their vote. It is a request to the 53% to change tax policy, but not a way to win the 47%´s vote.
"To such people Romney had nothing to say; he stuck instead to those generalities about America being a nation of entrepreneurship that celebrates success and rewards hard work and dreaming. That’s all well and good, but many people work hard without dreaming; and it is a violation of the central conservative idea of the dignity of the individual to confuse the idea of “success” in life with purely financial success as a result of risk-taking."
This is an excellent point. You don´t have to start your own business to be a conservative. Such people may be our "heroes" and the the economy builders of the nation, but other conservatives deserve to be addressed as well. Conservatives meaning people who don´t necessarily identify themselves as conservatives but whose basic sensibilities are conservative.
"The United States will now undergo a four-year stress test of American liberalism, as Obama will get his tax hike and ObamaCare will be implemented. Those who think Obama cared about people like them will now experience the full extent of his caring. Conservatism will explain to them what is happening as it happens, and in the process, reveal how there is another, better, more effective, and more compassionate way forward."
Bingo! Teleprompter´s from the government and he´s here to help. Enjoy it you libs. Of course you´ll be told it´s delicious and you´ll eat it up.
This whole article is full of crap. What is grotesquely obvious is that he was ignoring the most salient reason that Romney lost: VOTER FRAUD! Romney lost because the election was STOLEN FROM HIM using computer fraud. Obama won nothing! What really pisses me off however is how GUTLESS the Repubs were and are. Only Allen West demanded and got a recount. He can live with himself. Romney/Ryan quit and then began making excuses while cry-baby Boner kissed Obama´s ass and said ok to tax raises and infinite "stimulus" that only stimulates unemployment. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DEAD, it has no brains, no balls, and no future. The Demoncraps own the country until we get a new party that is reliably conservative.
There are just enough America hating progressives, politically clueless welfare recipients and votes being stolen/fabricated that this country is OVER!
Ronald Reagan was right. We WERE the last bastion of hope and opportunity on this planet. That is most definitively no longer the case.
When Most Americans, Myself included, did not even realize that there was a battle for the very soul of America..... Progressives were behind the scenes... plotting..... Conniving.....planning how to bring down America.
I was just over at The Connection, and clicked on Dan Miller´s first article, and listened to The Man of La Mancha theme.
My "Impossible Dream" would be that, on the grounds of Benghazi or unconstitutional Executive Orders or violating his Oath of Office to protect and enforce the Constitution, 0bama is impeached while under investigation.
Then, on Monday, December 17, when the Electoral College meets, they decide to follow their consciences and vote to elect a man of decency and character, Mitt Romney.
This is a superb article. Thanks for posting. For those who think that the election was stolen rather than lost, consider how that thinking helped the Democrats take back the White House in 2004. If electoral fraud explains the 2012 loss, the solution is simple: More poll watchers and Romney-Ryan 2016. Any takers?
Conservatives win because conservatism works and liberalism doesn´t. The most damaging thing we do is run candidates who claim to be conservative but implement liberal policies. This not only distorts what a conservative is; it also saddles conservatism with liberal failures. Let liberals own what they have unbuilt.
The rule of law has been replaced in Washington by "yes we can." The events we witnessed Thursday in the Senate, that is Majority Leader Harry Reid´s success at invoking the so-called ´nuclear option,´ stripping the minority party of its primary power to block nominations, have become a stunning capstone to what has been already a steady erosion of a government of laws down to a sort of semi-political banana republic. We are now living in a republic in which politicians do what they want without regard to tradition or the best interests of our country. The rule of more than 200
Today´s Democrats have grown up in the Saul Alinsky tradition, and on Thursday they proved it with a partisan vote to break the Senate filibuster rule for confirming judges and executive-branch nominees. The new rules will empower the party´s liberals for as long as they control the White House and Senate, but they will also set a precedent for conservatives to exploit in the future. Majority Leader Harry Reid broke a GOP filibuster of a judicial nominee on a 52-48 vote. He was prodded by the Democratic Senate classes of 2006-2012, younger liberals in a hurry like Al Franken (Minnesota), Jeff
It would seem to be a rather unfortunate time for Democrats in Washington to make a naked power grab. Americans already don’t trust them with the powers they have amid the ObamaCare crash and nobody likes to see politicians do anything naked. At all. Whatever one thinks about the Republican habit of blockading President Obama’s judicial nominees – an unremarkable continuation of bipartisan blocking tactics or pure Copperheaded obstructionism – the moment doesn’t seem quite right for the unpopular party in power to start throwing its weight around. After all, the last time the procedural antics of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
The Senate´s decision to invoke the "nuclear option" and limit Republican opportunities to use the filibuster had the side-effect of blowing up work on the annual Pentagon policy legislation the body was considering Thursday. Senators debated the defense bill into the evening on Wednesday, but the work came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning when Democrats moved to change the rules of the Senate. The move puts into doubt the fate of the National Defense Authorization Act, the one piece of legislation that has been signed by the president for 51 consecutive years. "This [nuclear option] blew it up," said
I noted earlier today that many politicians, pundits and newspapers have been hypocrites on the filibuster, favoring it when their party is in the minority and opposing it when their party controls the Senate. But of all the hypocrites, the most shameless must be the editorial board of the New York Times. Have they forgotten that Google exists? Are they unaware that anyone can search their web site and see what they wrote about an issue when the shoe was on the other foot? Or are they so resigned to being known as partisan hacks that they just don’t care? Patterico
WASHINGTON — Joe Miller spent Thursday on Capitol Hill trying to woo prominent national conservatives to his side as he prepares to launch a new campaign for the U.S. Senate in Alaska. The Republican lawyer and tea party favorite made a pilgrimage to D.C. to meet with a number of top conservative legislators in the House and Senate about the Alaska contest, which is expected to be one of the hottest races in 2014. “Obviously, we’re looking for their support in our race,” Miller said in a Thursday afternoon interview with The Daily Caller. He declined to reveal publicly which
Ocean Grove, N.J. When Sandy swept across the Jersey shore in October 2012, the coastal town of Ocean Grove was spared the worst. Sure, half the town’s boardwalk was destroyed and its pier was swept out to sea. And yes, sand, trees, and concrete benches were carried two blocks inland, while entire buildings were picked up and moved across town. But Ocean Grove’s crown jewel, an ornate and beautiful 6,250-seat auditorium, built in 1894, survived. It only had a third of its roof torn off. The auditorium’s foundation was intact and, most important, its 11,561-pipe organ was unscathed by the wind
What happens when the stars of a reality TV show wrap their arms around an unknown political candidate predicted to lose his race for Congress? He wins, of course. At first this may not seem unusual—who isn’t starting in at least one reality television show these days?—until you look at what happened in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District last week. Neil Riser, a two-term state senator, was projected to win without breaking a sweat. The seat was left open by another Republican taking a cabinet position in Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration. Riser had the blessing of Jindal and outspent his opponent by
In Vancouver, the humble doorknob is being phased out. Kind of. Effective in March, new housing will be required to install levers on doors and faucets, instead of the good-ol´ round knobs of our forefathers. Cue: libertarian cries of government overreach and nanny-state-ism and evil G-men in suits entering homes and stealing all of our doorknobs despite our constitutional right to them. Fine. But anyone against the idea might feel differently when they´re pushing 80. The idea behind Vancouver´s decision is that, despite being of a more vintage grade than levers, doorknobs kind of suck. Ergonomics studies investigating different types of water-dispersing
Representatives of most of the world´s poor countries have walked out of increasingly fractious climate negotiations after the EU, Australia, the US and other developed countries insisted that the question of who should pay compensation for extreme climate events be discussed only after 2015. The orchestrated move by the G77 and China bloc of 132 countries came during talks about "loss and damage" – how countries should respond to climate impacts that are difficult or impossible to adapt to, such as typhoon Haiyan. Saleemul Huq, the scientist whose work on loss and damage helped put the issue of recompense on the conference
Many Americans have experienced the ill effects of Obamacare. That’s because the President’s broken promises are piling up. He promised that if you like your health care plan you can keep it. But for millions of Americans, that’s not true. He said that the law would make health insurance more affordable. But across the country, Americans are seeing their premiums go up, not down. And when launching Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration said that the website was safe, secure and open for business. We now know that isn’t true, either. The data obtained by Healthcare.gov is one of the largest collections of personal
A panel of IT experts had one answer for Congress when asked if Americans should use the Obamacare exchanges on Healthcare.gov in light of its security concerns: “No.” A quartet of experts testifying before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology cited numerous security flaws within Healthcare.gov. They attributed the risks to the complexity of its 500 million lines of code and a rushed rollout that failed to properly test the website. David Kennedy, the founder of TrustedSec, an online security firm, said that the risks were easy to ascertain. “Just by looking at the website we can see that there is
It´s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she´s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That´s now toast. Palin has now canceled Lauer´s scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It´s not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the "Today" show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir. In fact, Palin once sat
´´Knockout´´ attacks have been reported in several states around the country and now investigators believe three people have been attacked in our area. Police in Lower Merion are investigating two attacks in the area, and Philadelphia detectives are investigating an attack in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s a violent crime that in other parts of the country has proven fatal. Videos from cities around the country show people being punched and beaten at random.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on a conference call organized by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization for large donors and their advisers on Oct. 30 that the Tea Party movement, in his view, is a “nothing but a bunch of bullies” that he plans to “punch … in the nose.” On the call, according to a donor who was on it, McConnell personally named Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Tea Party conservatives he views as problematic for him. “The bulk of it was an attack on the Tea Party in general, Cruz in particular,” the source, a
A teen playing the "Knockout Game" in Lansing, Michigan unwittingly targeted a concealed carry permit holder and was shot twice. He survived and is now in jail. As Breitbart News previously reported, the "Knockout Game" thrives in areas where victims are unarmed. In the "game," teens approach a stranger on the sidewalk or in an alley and punch the stranger in an attempt to knock him or her out. A punch that results in a knockout scores one point. WILX in Lansing reported that teenager Marvell Weaver, who is black, tried to knock out a father who was standing at
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid´s finger is hovering over the big red button that will launch the Democrats´ nuclear attack against the United States Senate. By which we mean that, having secured 51 votes, Reid reportedly plans to advance a change to the body´s voting rules that would facilitate the approval of presidential nominees. KABOOM. That rules change, the much-discussed "nuclear option," is not an insignificant move for Reid. It´s not as bad as what happened in, say, Hiroshima in 1945, but it upends a long-standing tradition in the chamber. The problem in the Democrats´ view, as we´ve noted before,
WASHINGTON -- Democrats quickly enjoyed the first fruits of a milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama´s nominations: They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial selections and prepared to do the same for two others. Over the longer term, they might regret what they did and how they did it, Republicans and others are warning. When Democrats muscled the changes through Thursday over the opposition of every GOP senator, it helped heighten Congress´ already high level of partisan animosity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used a process that
Today, President Obama and the Democrats are faced with the opportunity to take a timeout – a timeout from ObamaCare. I believe that they should delay ObamaCare for six months to a year. America’s health care system isn’t something that can be pieced together on an ad-hoc basis amidst failing websites, party infighting, bickering insurers and a confused American public. Since the website launched last month, it has become increasingly clear that the policy – and indeed the mechanics – weren’t ready yet. And while I, along with the rest of the American people, would’ve preferred that it had worked
Joining the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle on Friday, legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw previewed a special on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination that will air on MSNBC that night. Recounting his experiences from that day, he said that the reaction to JFK’s assassination, “mostly in conservative states,” was encapsulated by his interaction with one man who expressed satisfaction over the president’s killing. “This was unusual but it was not unheard of,” Brokaw told the MSNBC hosts, prefacing a conservative’s reaction to JFK’s killing. “As I came running out of the announce booth, the chief engineer,
To the average American, ObamaCare is part web site disaster, part shattered campaign promise writ very, very large. Millions of Americans have already been forced out of their existing health care policies, a number that may skyrocket in the new year. Russell Simmons sees it differently. The hip-hop mogul says ObamaCare is already so successful it´s saved thousands, if not millions of lives. Yes, we initially wanted single payer, and we had to compromise back in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act. But, it is a damn good piece of legislation that has already saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. So,
Appearing shell-shocked by the Harry Reid’s abrupt move to pass the “nuclear option” through the Senate, Republicans there issued ominous warnings to reporters outside the chamber. “When you start, it’s like wars — there’s no end to this. I don’t know where it goes,” says Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “In my view this is the most important and most dangerous restructuring of Senate rules since Thomas Jefferson wrote them at the beginning of our country,” Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says. Democrats have been open about wanting the change so President Obama’s regulations, executive actions and other unilateral decisions enjoy a
“Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789. If Congress wasn’t broken before, it certainly is now. What Reid (Nev.) and his fellow Democrats effectively did was take the chamber of Congress that still functioned at a modest level and turn it into a clone of the other chamber, which functions not at all. They turned the Senate into the House. Democrats were fully justified in stripping Republicans of their right to filibuster President Obama’s nominees — yet they will
For the White House, November has been the cruelest month, with increasing worry among Democrats that a year from now could mean another midterm electoral disaster, similar to the results in 2010 when Republicans picked up over 60 House seats to gain control and netted six Senate seats as well. Each day produces a new poll with terrible numbers for the president and his policies. The Obama approval level has dipped below 40% in several surveys in recent days, and yesterday hit an all-time low of 37% in a CBS poll — a survey that in the past has often