I pointed out the other day that President Obama has unquestionably been hurt by the government shutdown, but Republicans have been hurt more. How bad is it for the GOP? The most recent Gallup poll shows the GOP is viewed favorably by 28 percent of Americans–down 10 points since September and the lowest number for either party since Gallup began asking the question in 1992. “The Republican Party is clearly taking a bigger political hit from Americans thus far in the unfolding saga,” according to the Gallup analysis. Then there’s a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which (as Rod Dreher helpfully summarizes)
Comments: This doesn´t have anything to do with how to define "conservative", it has to do with whether anything was gained to offset the increasingly obvious damage to the conservative causes and issues.
Of course with the unending 24/7 barrage of anti-republican propaganda from the dems and their captive MSM, you would not expect the republicans from polling well especially when the same liberal biased media is conducting the polling. To compound it we have heard nothing from the republican leadership either defending or explaining their position. I blame the republican leadership which has been mainly silent or inarticulate. I seriously doubt the tea party, grass root conservative or most thinking independents have changed their positions on Obamacare, runaway government spending or debt.
Ted Cruz has been the only one to articulate an understandable conservative position. Of course the dems and establishment republicans are going to revile him. Out here in small town Texas, we still love and believe in Ted.
FTA:"Only 24 percent of those polled have a positive view of the GOP. Fifty-three percent have a negative view–a differential of 29 percent." Has it occurred to anyone that among the 53% who hold a negative view of Republicans may be CONSERVATIVES who are disgusted by the Republican Establishment and their gutless actions? I certainly am, and that´s how I would have answered the question. I to stand behind Cruz and Lee.
From a Texan´s point of view: the Defenders of the Alamo did not negotiate with Santa Anna. It is more worthy and honorable to go down fighting for a righteous cause, than to capitulate. Stand firm Ted, hold the line and Remember the Alamo.
The attacks on Cruz have suffered from a severe lack of specifics. It´s like the Democrats have written up a one-size-fits-all form, at Democratic Headquarters, to discredit the opposition without having to fill the blanks as to why. Merely fill in the name of the opponent, and send it off to the AP and NYT, and the media branch of the Democratic Party goes to work.
Da polls.....let´s see. We´ll get a random sampling of the populace so long as they are black, females, college kids and registered Democrats otherwise. That is the unbiased objectivity in these samplings.
The so-called mainstream Repubs are worthless. Their agenda has been tried before and failed miserably. Someone needs to emerge as the Repub voice, perhaps Cruz, and articulate simply, clearly and succinctly the Repub strategy, plan and agenda...no wavering....and let the folks decide. With the current state of the Repubs, the Presidency is out of reach and will be lucky to hang onto the House. Fresh blood is needed and a clear plan.
This La-Tex-Cajun lady voted for Ted and I will again. Ted, you make us proud. You make the defenders of freedom proud, from Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill, to the Battle of New Orleans, to the Alamo, to all the battles since then. Never give in.
The writer is another brainwashed "weiner" who still believes in the inevitability of America succumbing to the demands of a third world dictator. Obamacare is dying without anybody´s help. Any more money thrown its way will follow the other billions down the rathole, so the republicans are right in standing fast. The longer this shutdown goes on, the worse Obama looks, so, as far as I´m concerned, they can all go home for the Christmas holiday today.
The poll claims that this is the opinion of "Americans." It all depends on how they define "Americans." People on the permanent dole who think others should pay for their food, shelter and healthcare don´t even deserve to be in this country.
The reason the GOP is being hurt is because they do not act more like Ted Cruz and, in fact, they undermine him and his efforts at every turn. We need to purge these losers. McCain and his ilk HAVE GOT TO GO.
Tokyo Roves Gangrene Girl Gang continue to feed their CDS, especially here on this forum. These Social Progressive/Liberals do everything they can to assist their Brothers in Arms in the DemocRat Party and DemocRat Media Complex by getting the latest venomous talking points and parroting them in concert in order to smear the Social Conservatives. Let them continue to blabber like the irrelevant shadows that they be. The Neville Chamberlain Branch of the G.O.P. continue to subversively give support to Hussein 0baMugabe Amin.
Commentary is an R establishment rag, staffed by the likes of Rubin, Gerson, Tobin, Wehner; who collectively haven´t had an original thought since birth. Just liberal mouthpieces of the banal and trite, for the so called "R leadership". Guess who posted this pedantry?
Kudos to Ted Cruz for standing up for rational conservative principles. Other Republicans seem scared of their shadows and have let the liberals drive the country off a cliff with barely a murmur of protest. Sorry, just voting "no" on something bad is NOT enough. You need to stand up and make a strong case against it, even if you can´t win. Why? Because some people are listening and a few might get it. If all they hear from the opposition is silence they think the liberals are right. They need to hear the Conservative alternatives, over and over.
The Rove Republicans have a fine calculus that says that they shouldn´t bother to fight for things they cannot win. But when you have current arrangement in Washington, winning is an occasional, pale,and fleeting thing. The country sees the Republicans as silent, bereft of ideas, and cast as the liberals wish them to be seen. Republicans should have spent the past 5 years with a carefully crafted message that assaults the failures of liberalism, not just an occasional groaning about the way things are.
Wehner should get out of the kitchen if he can´t take the heat.
In fact, it is the dems´ monotone media which has been exposed and discredited by its obvious politically biased statist agenda, 24/7, day in day out. The MSM is out of touch & thus disconnected from reality.
What would be the conservative items damaged by Senator Cruz poster? You seldom are specific in your comments. I take issue with Peter Wehner diatribes against real conservatives and the other part of your comment is false. It has everything to do with how you define a conservative.
I recently returned to Texas and Sen. Cruz has at least ONE Lifelong supporter. Glad to say I straddle two of the BEST Conservative Congressman´s from Districts in SE Texas Congressmen Brady and Stockman I will be glad to support them as well.
"brinksmanship, ill-considered, imprudent, selfish, and harmful to his party and the conservative cause."
Well, well, well, another hit piece on Ted Cruz, and a desperate one at that. Discredited? Seriously?? But it´s sure to please any and all French Republicans and the Rovettes. And I know who´s going to have the last laugh. Hehehe.
After watching Podhoretz verbally abuse someone at a meeting, I now addPeter Wehner to those who have discredited themselves with me. I´m sure these two writers for Commentary have chosen their favorite for 2016 Presidential nominee and see Ted Cruz as a threat. They are no better than the Democrats who slander Republicans. They and Karl Rove are truly annoying, to say the least.
One of the major reasons we always lose is that these type of people always chose the candidates. They didn´t chose Cruz and we got the first winner in a long time. Mike Lee is another sterling person and all they get for being bold and correct is slander.
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