The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point. That’s the basic consensus in places like New York City; Washington, D.C.; and other citadels of blue America. And let’s be fair, liberals have every reason to gloat — a little. The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media, and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement.
Demographics is way overblown as a reason we´re losing and we´ll continue to lose if we buy into this crap. There´s no question that hispanics are inching their way up population wise but there´s more than enough white voters left to win elections.
There´s at least 10 million voters or more we´re not reaching or motivating to the polls. There´s a lot of voter apathy among white voters who don´t see a difference between the parties. If we got a substantial seperation of what republicans stand for,we could rally the troops. Instead establishment republicans think we need to blend in with the left to win.This is a huge mistake.
Liberals are motivated to the polls by financial rewards,we can´t offer that other than growing the economy to improve jobs. The problem there is people don´t care about jobs any more.
Obama has killed millions of jobs with more on the way putting more tax stress on the remaining workers. Every person who loses a tax paying job means we have to borrow more to replace that loss. That never occurs to Obama who only goal is to destroy his political enemies.
It wouldn´t be that hard to make the case Obama is insane.
The first GOP candidate to realize that its Ruling Class against Country Class and run with it, will win. The problem is that today´s GOP is too emeshed in the Ruling Class to be able to see the forest for the trees.
I hope the Republican Party dies. It birthed Progressivism with Teddy Roosevelt. It birthed the New World Order vie Bush the elder. It birthed the Patriot Act that destroyed the forth amendment under George Bush. It never fought the Federal Reserve, it defined patriotism as an absurd and genocidal call to war, it calls men like Orrin Hatch one of its own. Die Republican Party, you are evil.
I am a Conservative. I quit the Republican Party in 2005. My guess is that most of the so called republicans in congress are all RINOS. I saw the RNC as useless and wasted in their own egos. I keep getting these renew you membership envelopes with a request for $´s. I am tired of wasting my $´s on a group that drowns those who do not comply with their lousy planning, tactics, and still operating in the 18 century style of cigars and huff and puff. Why? In PA the RNC supported Specter instead of Santorum and Toomey in the primaries. Specter did a 180 and cast the winning vote in the senate for Obamacare. Instead of grooming candidates for POTUS over the last 4 years and cultivating voters in the blue states, the RNC sat on its backside and did little more than nod their heads asleep in the dens hidden in antiquity. It is time for a change in the RNC and a time to clean house in the RNC.
I am a conservative Republican, and I will remain a conservative Republican. I haven´t seen anything in any of the multitude of third/fourth/fifth and to infinity parties that suit me better. Those who dream of something else better get started on it because talk is easy, but forming a viable alternative party is a long, hard, expensive and rarely successful challenge. Why not use all that energy to begin today to fix whatever you believe is wrong inside the party we´ve got? Something more is required than just pointing fingers. If there are party figures you like and want to encourage, send money, letters, help them. All control isn´t in DC. There is lots of improvement to be made locally and in your state. Get started on it. Just look what we did in 2010. Let´s do it again in 2014. And, by the way, the national committees won´t be able to locate, encourage and succeed with new and good candidates if we don´t support them with donations. Stop lamenting our failures and begin thinking of successes in the future. No more whining, friends.
For years I stuck with the republican party because I could not imagine ever voting for a dem. Since the republican´s have transformed themselves into very liberal dems, I can´t imagine ever voting again. The corrupt politicians have won and do not represent me or the country I remember. As for the nonsense about one issue voters? Don´t be ridiculous. The election was investigated and found that the conservatives voted for romney. One issue voters is an ignorant argument.
Maybe many of you aren´t aware of Agenda 21 or what the elder George Bush called the New World Order. However, if you live in water rich areas like the Catskill or the Ozarks you have seen NGO´s taking over land and water rights so that the corporations like AIG and Goldman can globally control water and land. Via "Scenic Byway, "Master" and "local "Comprehensive" plans, land use is being federalized an confiscated daily. I am stunned that anyone who has read The Constitution can see the Republican Party as anything but a tool of Global Corporate imprisonment - just like the Democratic Party. These guys eat drink and golf together, just like two divorce attorneys pretending they aren´t pals.
I´m coming around to the notion that the only way to defeat the Progressives and Liberals is to hit them where they live - in the gutter. They killed us over some stupid comments by a couple of obscure congressional candidates, go after Menendez the sleazebag.
Toss softballs at Hillary? What a bunch of schlubs. Panetta has now agreed to testify - go after him. Pin this administration on Bengazi. Tell the truth about the economy, Quit pandering to the Illegal Aliens - call them what they are and don´t let the opposition sign up 15 million new sheeple voters.
Get tough, get dirty. Get in MSNBC´s face. Call CNN´s bluff. Call them out for what they are - mouthpieces for the administration, the Unions, The leeches. Throw decorum out the window, they did a long time ago.
#7 is a very wise person and should be listened for many reasons. Many good, Conservative Republicans were elected in 2010 and 2012. They need a little time to get control of the party. It took a long time to evolve to RINO status, so to get back to Reagan status will take some patience. Little by little we are ridding ourselves of the RINOs. IMHO we need better PR people. Those who held the PR power in both the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections cannot be allowed to handle our candidate in 2016 - we need fresh faces with strong conservative credentials.
This is a very good column from Jonah. One of his best in a long time.
I would add that this "magic thinking" about the feds occurs because there is a disconnect between the federal government and the average voter, since that voter doesn´t interact with the feds in a meaningful way on a daily basis.
That same voter sees the tangible results of state and local governments every time they drive on local streets & roads, each day they send their kids to school, and every time they wait in line at the DMV to renew their driver´s license or car tags. So naturally they´re going to vote in a more aggressive way on these issues.
The “reality-based community” isn’t what it used to be. Progressives spent much of the George W. Bush years deriding the right for disdaining reality itself and waging an associated “war on science,” such was its purported hostility to evidence. The meme arose from a high-handed blind quote from a Bush senior adviser to journalist Ron Suskind; the adviser said that people in the “reality-based community” underestimated how the United States could alter the state of things through the exercise of its power. The left happily adopted the appellation “reality-based community.” (You can still find T-shirts and bumper stickers online.) It congratulated
Congressman Tom Rice of South Carolina, a Republican, is sponsoring a resolution in the House of Representatives that would, if adopted, direct the legislative body "to bring a civil action for declaratory or injunctive relief to challenge certain policies and actions taken by the executive branch." In other words, Rep. Rice wants to take President Obama to court for not faithfully executing the laws. "President Obama has adopted a practice of picking and choosing which laws he wants to enforce. In most cases, his laws of choice conveniently coincide with his Administration’s political agenda. Our Founding Fathers created the Executive
A frustrated press corps sounded off Thursday against White House press secretary Jay Carney over lack of access to President Barack Obama. Carney said the White House “is working” to address the concerns, noting that the administration has been meeting with the White House Correspondents’ Association. He did not, however, give further details about what steps are being taken to expand access. “I can commit to you that we are working and have been working on expanding access where we can,” Carney said. “Let me be clear, that is the view from the very top.” The issue of access has long been
WASHINGTON -- After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama´s Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans. The modest package passed by the House on Thursday would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. Supporters of the measure easily beat back attacks on it from conservative organizations that sometimes raise money by stoking conflict within the Republican Party. At the same time, Democrats who were
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I haven’t completely made up my mind about it. So I’m just going to think out-loud for a moment. As Christmas presents go, it’s certainly closer to a really sturdy pair of socks than it is to a new bike. And that raises the first point I think people should keep in mind: If you’re of a mind to oppose it, fine. If you’re inclined to support it, fine. But can we please dispense with the overheated rhetoric about it? It is neither a triumph nor an abject surrender. Attempts to turn it into the Defining Issue of Our Generation (until the next one at least), do not help the GOP or the cause in any meaningful way I can see.
Let me add a word to my comments from Tuesday night supporting the budget deal. I continue to believe that, as a matter of policy, the defense increase—which at least begins to undo the very considerable damage from a wildly and disproportionately anti-defense sequester—swamps in importance everything else in the deal. Everything else is basically a wash. The defense increase is a real plus. I continue to believe that, as a matter of politics, the deal is very good for Republicans. If passed, it takes another government shutdown off the table, and allows Republicans to focus on fighting President Obama rather
It was a short sound bite but it was replayed endlessly yesterday, angering some conservatives and leaving liberals chortling. When House Speaker John Boehner was asked during a press conference with other Republican leaders about criticisms from conservative activist groups of the budget deal struck by Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan, he exploded: REPORTER: Mr. Speaking, most major conservative groups have put out statements blasting this deal. Are you – BOEHNER: You mean the groups that came out and opposed it before they ever saw it? REPORTER: Are you worried – BOEHNER: They are using our members and they are using the American people
MISSOULA, Mont. - A Montana woman on trial for killing her newlywed husband at Glacier National Park told the FBI "I pushed him and I took off." The statement by 22-year-old Jordan Graham was heard on Wednesday, the third day of her trial. She is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25. Flathead County Deputy Coroner Richard Sine testified that Johnson had an 8-inch fracture on his forehead and was not wearing a wedding ring when his body was found. Jordan Graham´s statement was in a recoding made by an FBI
Planned Parenthood’s 2012-2013 annual report is out, and a pro-life group has already found that the pro-abortion group received nearly $1.5 million a day in government funding over the year. “We are the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate, with more than 700 health centers across the country that will see nearly three million patients this year,” reads the report’s introductory message from Planned Parenthood chair, Alexis McGIll Johnson and president Cecile Richards. The report looks at Planned Parenthood’s impact, health services and financial situation.
I’m in a tough spot. Paul Ryan is one of the brightest stars in the Republican Party. He is a true fiscal (and social) conservative, and I cheered when Mitt Romney selected him as his running mate (although I wished Ryan rather than Romney were the presidential candidate, and I still hope he will be in the future). Ryan towers, literally and figuratively, over his Democratic opposition-turned-collaborators.(Snip)Some are arguing that no deal would be better than this deal; it is a refrain that you will hear from both the right and the left in coming hours and days. And in a
Following the release of the budget deal Paul Ryan agreed to with Patty Murray, there will be talk of a shift in Ryan’s political principles. The deal is being framed by its authors as a model of pragmatism, which is a good indication that it will conform to the belief that a fair deal is one from which both sides come away equally unhappy.(Snip)The truth is, most of Ryan’s career suggests he wants the gavel, not the veto pen. Such a career path, by definition, requires staying put. So the clearest evidence of Ryan’s aspirations was when he passed on
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
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
Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white. On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .” The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it´s racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids
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
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
The Sexiest Man Alive is being enlisted to spice up Obamacare. Pop singer Adam Levine, who won the designation from People magazine last month, is among the celebrities who’ll be promoting enrollment in online health insurance exchanges as part of a social media campaign kicking off tomorrow. With enrollment totals behind administration projections after the botched start-up of the federal exchange, 17 state exchanges joined by an advocacy group are drawing on Obama administration allies in entertainment and sports to promote sign-ups, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Reprising a tactic President Barack Obama successfully employed in his 2012 re-election, organizers
Mike Huckabee today ended his daily radio show heard on 200 stations across the nation, the first obvious sign that he is considering another presidential bid in what is shaping up to be a jammed 2016 GOP primary. He has hosted the “Mike Huckabee Show” on Cumulus Media since April 2012, but said that it takes up to nine hours a day to prepare. “As for the new endeavors, at this time, it would best for me to say, ?Stay tuned!´" he wrote on his Facebook page. Supporters won´t have to wait long. On Friday, he is participating in a “Pastors and
He’s running out of superlatives, but Borough President Marty Markowitz managed to come up with one more Tuesday: Brooklyn is the “lesbian capital” of the Northeast. The borough’s bubbly chief cheerleader gave the unusual shout-out during a radio interview on WNYC. “We remain the lesbian capital of New York City and the Northeast,” Markowitz proclaimed. “In other words, we have a much larger lesbian population in Brooklyn. New York City is fortunate to have a large LBGT community, but in Brooklyn in particular, the lesbian community, there’s no question it’s the capital of the Northeast. “They’ve made unbelievable contributions to the quality of life
A South African government minister has said that "a mistake happened" in the hiring of a sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating nonsense during the Nelson Mandela memorial service. Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said that officials have tried to track down the company that provided Thamsanqa Jantjie but that the owners "have vanished into thin air". Earlier on Thursday Jantjie claimed he is qualified but was hallucinating and hearing voices and said he is receiving treatment for schizophrenia. Millions of TV viewers saw Jantjie interpreting speeches by Barack Obama and other global leaders at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg. His gestures baffled and angered deaf