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Eric Cantor’s empty happy talk
Washington Post, by Dana Milbank

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Posted By:BuckeyeRon, 2/5/2013 10:15:48 PM

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.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/5/2013 10:39:40 PM     (No. 9160820)

Hey Eric forget the happy crap. Liberals don´t do happy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fiddle ed, 2/5/2013 11:12:32 PM     (No. 9160855)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: dvc, 2/5/2013 11:21:51 PM     (No. 9160862)

Sorry Dana is WAY too pointless a fool for me to waste even a minute on.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: reilly, 2/5/2013 11:22:16 PM     (No. 9160863)


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.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: trapper, 2/5/2013 11:22:36 PM     (No. 9160865)

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."

Rage against the Republicans:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmceSj07_fs

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Reply 6 - Posted by: thelmalou, 2/5/2013 11:31:54 PM     (No. 9160873)

GOP strategery:

1) Get rid of those damn Tea Partiers once and for all!

2) Talk about being happy!

3) Bask in the glory of all the elections when we win in the future!

Riiiiiiiiiight. Yeah, that´s the ticket.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: stablemoney, 2/5/2013 11:46:35 PM     (No. 9160886)

A Dana Milbank story. Not likely to be true.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: binthere_dunthat, 2/6/2013 1:32:52 AM     (No. 9160937)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 4Justice, 2/6/2013 2:26:08 AM     (No. 9160956)

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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/6/2013 3:39:01 AM     (No. 9160976)

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.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Melody, 2/6/2013 5:09:04 AM     (No. 9161006)

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.´´

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Reply 12 - Posted by: artman1746, 2/6/2013 7:14:39 AM     (No. 9161090)

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!

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