Republicans have happened upon a felicitous new strategy for reviving their party from its depressed state: They need only think happy thoughts. At a retreat for Republican leaders last month, former House speaker Newt Gingrich told them to “learn to be a happy party” and a “cheerful” one, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said they should be a party “that smiles.” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told his fellow Republicans to talk about “just how incredibly bright America’s future can be.” In other words, Republicans will win elections if only they can stop being so dour, dammit.
After 50 years, today I dropped my registration as a Republican. Listening to this inane drivel from party leaders was the proverbial straw for me. “Making life work for more people”. Are you kidding me? Free at last.
Take a shot at a union, sucker. Silicon Valley hates unions. Inner city parents hate unions. Taxpayers hate unions. Quit the go along to get along. Take on the liberal cowards and expose them for the nation killers they are. Oh, and ridicule the fool at the top. This is not beanbag.
FTA: "Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Sunday that voters ´don’t understand the conservative message.´”
And : "Paul Ryan, the former vice presidential candidate, said Republicans need only ´do a better job of applying our principles.´”
Sigh. The conservative message is supposed to start with conservative principles, and then move to how they would be applied. If voters don´t understand the message it is because NO ONE tries to communicate it. And it now strains credulity when "conservative" Republicans are trumpeting their eagerness to sell their principles for hoped for votes from people who either never voted for them in their lives, or are not allowed to legally vote in the first place. The rest of us be damned.
In the words of Dylan: "they say ´sing while you slave´ and I just get bored."
It does become similar to the egg & chicken arguement when Dana Milbank´s empty head tries to describe someone else´s empty happy talk. I do hope that they pay this mental midget in monopoly money. If so, he´s likely happy with that.
I don´t trust Milbank, but even if it is partially true, this isn´t as dumb as it sounds. Yes, there are specific policy things that need to be done. But the truth is that attitude makes a HUGE difference between winning and losing....being successful and always failing. I do think the GOP needs to work on keeping a positive attitude. Right now they are practically despondent and not even trying because they believe the false perception that people want what Obama and the Dems are giving us. That couldn´t be further from the truth, though. They need to get their fight back and their confidence. That starts with positive thinking. Don´t believe me? Compare successful people to losers...it´s true.
When the left loses an election,they blame it on not getting their message out. Now here comes Cantor,Boehner and Ryan doing the same thing. It´s not a matter of messaging but taking action people agree with.
Rolling over for Obama to get favorable ratings from the public is a totally asinine approach.These morons are sacrificing teir base at the altar of tring to pick up another 3-4% of the neutral type voters.
Hispanics would have more respect for you if you treated them as simple humans rather than kow tow to the racial aspect.You wouldn´t even have a immigration problem is not for the easy to get welfare benefits.People need food and shelter to survive on and not much else when it comes down to it.
Mexico actually has a robust economy and lots of manufacturing jobs,thanks to Nafta,so why are they leaving to come here for a better life on simple welfare benefits?
Anchor baby mommas need to be sent back to their country as soon as they´re let out of the hospital.Send them $500 bucks a month or whatever back to their home country.
There´s an old article in the Wall Street Journal, Death of the Duopoly (speaking of the two political parties), by By Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch that´s worth looking up and reading again. (Ignore the awful pictures if you can.) They wrote, ´´The Nobel Prize-winning economist John Forbes Nash (the subject of the book and movie ´A Beautiful Mind´) was all about duopolies. He showed that two powerful competitors frequently end up locked in a stable, mutually beneficial dance ... —they collude, in short, to carve up a captive market. Economists have paid less attention to the chief vulnerability of duopolies: How collusion against the interests of customers produces an inevitable revolt, sweeping one or both dominant players into the dustbin of history.´´
Yes, be happy and smile. That works. Just like the liberals do.
No. Ridicule, demonize, use emotional themes (even if manufactured), get mad to show your passion ( even if feigned),. THAT IS WHAT WORKS! Accept that many voters are either ignorant, gullible or stupid. If they see people passionate about what they believe then they assume they are right. Could it be that 2010 routed the Democrats because the stupid and uninformed people saw conservatives in the street and shouting down the liberal politicians showing passion about what they believed in? Isn´t that what the liberals do? Demonstrate, shout down speakers, protest?
But dumb Republicans look at what Democrats do to win then plan to do the opposite. Unbelievable! They need to read David Horowitz´s recent essay. THAT is how you win!
If you want to squeeze off a few rounds from a .905-caliber rifle, you´ll need two things: muscles and cash. An Ohio-based gun company has developed the world´s first .905-caliber rifle that - at .905 - is the highest-caliber rifle in the world. And with bullets that cost more than $40 a piece, you´ll probably think twice before pulling the trigger. ´It´s a little scary,´ one user said of the gun in a Youtube video that demonstrates just how powerful the weapon can be. The rifle is the creation of SSK Industries and is essentially a shoulder-mounted cannon,
President Obama on Thursday nominated John Koskinen to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. Koskinen oversaw the government’s preparations for the year 2000 and helped lead Freddie Mac out of its financial crisis. If confirmed by the Senate, part of Koskinen’s task will be to restore confidence in the IRS, which is recovering from recent scandals involving inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants and lavish spending on a conference in Anaheim, Calif. “John is an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform,” Obama said Thursday. “I am confident that John will do whatever it takes to restore
A marine who gallantly dropped back in a race to help a nine-year-old boy finish has become an internet sensation. Lance Corporal Myles Kerr was competing in the annual run while home on leave in Charlevoix, Michigan when he spotted Boden Fuchs struggling to keep up. The boy reportedly asked 19-year-old Kerr: ´Sir, will you please run with me?´, after losing the group he was running with. The race results show that after allowing his fellow marines to run off at full speed in the race along the shore of Lake Michigan, Kerr finished five seconds behind Fuchs
A sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair has leaked, during which the former White House intern is heard planning a secret sexual rendezvous with the president and declaring she is “too cute and adorable” to be ignored. On the audio tape obtained by The National Enquirer, Lewinsky at one point tries to seduce the commander in chief: “I could take my clothes off and start… well… I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I hope you will follow my script and do what
Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi will divorce tomorrow - just weeks after the multi-millionaire was pictured choking his estranged wife. Nigella, 53, is the applicant in the case at London´s High Court to be heard before District Judge Aitken, MailOnline can reveal. The ´quickie divorce´ will be heard at 10.30am - and means the couple´s 10-year-marriage could be over in a matter of minutes. (Snip) Their marriage ended after Mr Saatchi, 70, was pictured choking his wife, who has made her fortune as TV´s Domestic Goddess, at their favourite London haunt, Scott´s restaurant, last month.
The federal government has responded with near adequate conviction, the pressure by Western countries to impose the perverted culture of legalising homosexual lifestyles in Nigeria. The two arms of the National Assembly have taken uncompromising stands, making a law prescribing a fourteen-year jail term for people caught, tried and sentenced for practising homosexual acts in Nigeria. Our President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has also made it clear that he would align with the feelings of the Nigerian people and its supreme legislature in ensuring that the law is implemented. (Snip) Our rejection of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) nonsense
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has warned that new oil discoveries across various countries pose threats to the nation´s revenue. (Snip) “US Energy Information Agency (EIA) forecasts the US oil imports to 6mbpd, roughly a third of what it uses, by 2014 as the country moves closer to oil dependence by 2035,” he said. In his words, “Over the fifteen-month period to July 2012, US crude oil imports from Nigeria dropped to about 333,000 bpd from over 1.1mbpd, displacing West African oil from the US market. This will probably put downward pressure on price
Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), excluding Iran, recorded about $982 billion, or five per cent increase in net oil export revenue in 2012, according to recent estimates of the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA). The Western energy watchdog noted that the amount was estimated to be the largest level over the 1975—2012 period. In its newly-released revenue fact sheet, the EIA estimated that Saudi Arabia earned the largest share of these earnings, $311 billion in 2012, or approximately 32 per cent of total OPEC revenues. OPEC members are Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Iran,
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), a proponent of tenets of the “Dream Act” for young illegal immigrants spoke before attendees at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York on Saturday. Cantor and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) were the only two Republicans at the event, which was organized by the Faith & Politics Institute. The stop at the temple was part of a bipartisan tour of New York City over the weekend in which members of Congress supporting comprehensive immigration reform participated. Other lawmakers at the Jewish Center in Jackson Heights were Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Carolyn
Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, who filled her husband´s seat in the House of Representatives after his plane disappeared and went on to serve 18 years as a tireless advocate for women and minorities, died today at the age of 97. "She was remarkable in every way," ABC´s Cokie Roberts, one of Boggs´s three children, said. "She was able to accomplish a great deal for a great many people around the country and around the world, but doing it in an always gracious, always pleasant way that would serve as a great lesson for folks of today
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to face trial on pimping charges, French prosecutors say. Investigating magistrates have decided he should be tried in connection with an alleged prostitution ring at a hotel in Lille. The former presidential hopeful has admitted attending sex parties there, but says he did not know that some of the women were paid prostitutes. The case is the last of the sex-related allegations faced by Mr Strauss-Kahn. A series of lurid claims have been made about the high profile French figure since he was arrested in New York in May 2011 after a hotel maid
Five Russians and a Ukrainian face federal criminal charges of hacking into the computers of major payment processors, retailers and financial institutions, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, federal authorities said in unsealing indictments Thursday in Newark, N.J., and Manhattan. Victimized firms ranged from 7-Eleven, Wet Seal and JetBlue to Visa Jordan, Diners Singapore and the Nasdaq stock market, authorities said. Three corporate victims alone lost more than $300 million, and the alleged scheme caused
Colin Powell has admitted to exchanging ´very personal´ emails with a Romanian diplomat but denies having an affair with the much younger woman after a hacker threatened to release their intimate messages. The 76-year-old retired general told the Smoking Gun that he met Corina Cretu, 45, roughly 10 years ago when she was working as an assistant to the president of Romania. She is now a member of the European Parliament. ´After I left the Department of State in January 2005 we stayed in touch via email,´ he told TSG.
CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack. Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya. Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret. CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy
Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s wife partly blamed herself last year when her horndog husband confessed to her that he was at it again. Friends and family told People magazine that Huma Abedin was kicking herself at the time for bailing out of couples counseling and focusing more on their newborn baby boy. But, thanks to a new round of joint therapy that continues even now, the couple was able to put the relapse behind them. “They really became a unit, and she feels much closer to Anthony now,” a relative told the magazine. That’s a long way from how Abedin
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
In preparation for the release of Oscar-bait film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and director Lee Daniels (Precious) sat down with Parade magazine. The film chronicles a butler (Whitaker) who works in the White House through seven administrations. Winfrey plays the butler’s wife. In the interview, Winfrey explained her sadness that so few Americans know about the history of the civil rights movement: “They don’t know diddly-squat. Diddly-squat.” She then said of the historic use of the n-word, “I always think of the millions of people who heard that as their last
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
[Video] Ouch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turned down an offer by Sen. Rand Paul to join him for a beer and bury the hatchet in their ongoing -- and very public -- feud. "I´m running for re-election in New Jersey. I don´t really have time for that at the moment," Christie said in an interview on a local radio station. The New Jersey governor said if he finds himself in Washington, "I´ll certainly look him up." But he added: "I don´t suspect I´ll be there anytime soon. I´ve got work to do here."
Oprah Winfrey said Americans by and large know “diddly-squat” about the history of the civil rights movement. The talk show queen and media mogul made her comments during the promotion of her new film, “The Butler,” about a black man who serves in that capacity through seven administrations at the White House. “They don’t know diddly-squat,” she said in a recent interview with Parade magazine. “Diddly-squat.” Ms. Winfrey also said that when she hears the N-word, she thinks of the “millions of people who heard that as their last word as they were hanging from a tree.”
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
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Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused