A party in crisis

Republicans must look hard to find the problem and fix it

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In sports, they say that winning can sometimes serve only to cover up a team’s shortcomings.



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The same might be true for a political party or even a nation.

In losing the election Tuesday, the Republican Party has had its considerable flaws exposed.

The depth of the loss wasn’t breathtaking, but the breadth of it was sweeping. Few expected a battered and reeling president who is presiding over the worst economy in generations to win in an electoral landslide.

By that measure, the outcome was, as Mr. Obama once described his 2010 midterm rebuke, a “shellacking.”

One cannot discount the media’s role in it. They gave the president a pass on innumerable problems, from the lies over Libya, to Fast and Furious, to billions in losses on Democrat-crony green energy clunkers, to his handling of the economy, and even to a dismal response to Hurricane Sandy – although history will record the storm as a net plus for the president, based essentially on fleeting images of him strolling the devastation with a Republican governor.

“I’m so glad we had that storm last week,” a jubilant Obama-cheering Chris Matthews of MSNBC even said after the election. He later apologized.

All the while, the working press smiled blithely as President Obama bypassed them to campaign on safe, friendly, nurturing talk shows.

America re-elected him based mostly on how he makes his supporters feel – and how his campaign was able to make them feel about Mitt Romney. Republicans tried to win on the issues. We see, now, which approach wins presidential elections.

In addition, liberal Democratic policies of bloated social programs – even as Medicare and Social Security and the rest of the federal government are headed for insolvency – attract large constituencies that are all-too-happy to wallow in the short-term security of big government. Never mind the cost to future generations!

Conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh concluded Wednesday, “Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus.”

He’s right and he’s wrong. It is hard to beat a guy giving out free stuff. But he’s wrong about conservatism. It lost on Tuesday. Any conservative who tells himself otherwise is whistling past the graveyard, and only putting off conservatism’s necessary soul-searching.

Conservatives – this page among them – believe our principles of self-reliance, individual responsibility, liberty, thrift, morality and more are what made America great, and are what’s needed to make us great in the future. But on Tuesday – the one day in our lifetimes that a conservative message should have prevailed – it was rejected.

Wake up! Either the message or the messenger needs changing.

Moreover, liberal crowing since Tuesday that Republicans have problems connecting with minorities, women and youths is absolutely indisputable.

The Republican Party is in crisis.

It had better figure out what’s wrong with the conservative message or how it’s being put forth. At the same time, the party had better figure out how to appeal more to African-Americans, Latinos, women and youths.

Meanwhile, Democrats also should be mindful of the “winning covers up shortcomings” adage. They need to be careful not to overstate their mandate from Tuesday; a media darling was re-elected amid an unprecedented (in this country) cult of hero worship. The jury is still out on its overall judgment of liberal orthodoxy – though why it is, heaven knows: It’s been in full bloom in major American cities for decades of Democratic rule. How’s that working out?

And will the media ever tell that story?

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TParty
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TParty 11/12/12 - 09:48 am
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Just wondering why you have

Just wondering why you have no problem when the right does it, Humble A. At least you don't VOICE that opinion if you do have it.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/12/12 - 10:15 am
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Stop with the kool-aid if you

Stop with the kool-aid if you are going to present a strawman of the GOP least then you have to accept the antithetical garbage that Obama is black muslim Kenyan communist. Y'all are being ridiculous, ignorant, or misleading. I would hope the average american is mad as heck at the media for selling out to any ideology-be it progressive or conservative. Journalism is the last bastion to maintain freedom and it should not be a Pravda propaganda machine for any particular group. Sorry to say Fox is the most watch program so it must be watched by all political persuasions. I would hope people watch Fox, CNN, and MSNBC to follow the spin meisters. The listen to NPR for reality.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/12/12 - 10:19 am
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There are no liberals left

There are no liberals left except for libertarians. The GOP in run by fiscal conservative and fundamentalist christians, and the DEM run by progressives and fundamentalist radicals. The GOP holds on to govt and fiscal liberalism, and the Dems social liberalis, but neither are liberal parties supporting small transparent govt. free-market capitalism, and freedom of religion, gay marriage, legal pot,etc. let freedom ring baby! I hope both are defeated soundly so moderates and independents can rule for awhile.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/12/12 - 10:22 am
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Get use to the Alinsly

Get use to the Alinsly strategy of demeaning an opponent-apparently everyone has read Rules for Radicals.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 10:28 am
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ACES are funny!
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re-elected because he was able to make them feel bad about Romney. Hey, that's Rove's line for Obama suppressin the vote, and Rove wating millions of Super Pac donor money! And, ACES, f you keep relying on Rush for your news opinions, we will have to start qualifying your editorials with "for enterainment purposes only." You know, like FOX had to do in court.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 10:31 am
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Riverman
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I agree, the Republican party should just continue doing what they are doing. Why mess with success? Just keep ignoring immigration, Latino's and African Americans and we can expect the same results.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 10:33 am
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ACES,
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next thing we know you will be quoting SNL news skits for your editorials. Is this really your analysis of the Republican Party post election? Come on, even I have higher standards for you than this.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/12/12 - 10:33 am
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Actually according to

Actually according to non-partisan (there are none in reality) fact-checkers Obama lied more than Romney during the debates and election campaign.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 10:41 am
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This just in:
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FOX News is reporting there will be an investigation concerning Obama's campaign tactic of trying to make Romney look bad. A FOX spokesperson was quoted as saying, "That radical Muslim, Socialist, Kenyan, has no right to try to associate Romney with an uncaring Venture Capital group, whose sole purpose is to make poor people feel good." This Muslim Radical for Prsident needs to learn how to play nice." More breaking news at 9:00p.m.- "Karl Rove has an exclusive of Obama actually telling Latino's that Romney does not support immigration reform. Even thought his is true, he has no right to suppress voters by educating them on such. More fair and balanced after this break."

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 10:46 am
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I actually recorded
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the FOX News election coverage, and have to play it over and over just to see the look on Rove's face. He actually beleived and sold, that Romney was going to win a landslide. Maybe that's why the ACES are so confused: they believed Rove as well.

faithson
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faithson 11/12/12 - 10:56 am
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Nationalism as religion...

Until the conservatives shift their message to include ALL Americans, not just the saved believers, they will continue to marginalize their message. The effectiveness of Fox and Am radio to polarize good people of faith is exemplary of this tribal message that OUR's is better than YOUR's.

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Jon Lester 11/12/12 - 11:09 am
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Here's a thought: stop lying to the people,
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and get rid of those in conservative media who are stupid enough to actually believe the crap they say. Most American media outlets belong to corporate conglomerates that are motivated by profit, so to call the entire industry "liberal" just makes you look foolish.

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allhans 11/12/12 - 11:12 am
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When I saw that immigration

When I saw that immigration reform would be in the works on a bi-partisan basis I thought "Hooray..no more using immigration against Conservatives. But then........I see that the most necessary part, that of securing the border is not in the Democrat plan...so it's far from being over. The Dems hold the power and have total control.

Thank goodness the Repubs picked up more governorships...Has to be more than one way to skin a cat. The local, state level government is looking better and better.
The Supreme Court will take up the voter ID law, some justices voiced the opinion that ALL states must be treated fairly and it is past time to take the unnecessary burden off the southern states.

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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 11:34 am
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"......get rid of those in
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"......get rid of those in conservative media who are stupid enough to actually believe the crap they say."

That's right.. we must ONLY get rid of the conservative media people! Silence them and them alone! The liberal one's are loved and adored...we must hear MORE from them.

This attitude makes it easier to understand how people can continue to vote for someone with such a history of failed policies and lies. They don't even care that Obama won 108% of the vote in this Ohio county.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/dgreenfield/voter-fraud-obama-won-8-of-regi...

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 11:30 am
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What conservative media?
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the only thing I hear is entertainment television by FOX, and the "laughing all the way to the bank," right-wing radio hosts. Again, watching he Bush Disaster Architect Rove go into delusional denial last week was priceless. Actually, the best conservative media is the WSJ, and even they let Rove write his column explaining how Obama won bysuppressing the vote by making Romney look bad. Sorry Karl, I don't think those billionaire donors will buy that one. You sold them a guarantee. Priceless.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 11:31 am
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I guess we could consider ACES media
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unless they keep quoting Rush.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 11:33 am
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Also
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2 thumbs up to the Jesuits for denying Coulter an audience for hate spewing.

burninater
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burninater 11/12/12 - 12:21 pm
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CEO's like John Schnatter at

CEO's like John Schnatter at Papa John's have only themselves to blame for Obamacare. According to Mr. Schnatter, the healthcare provisions will cost 10 to 14 CENTS per pizza. Rather than treating employees like pieces of meat whose sole function in life is to contribute to that great moral mandate of increasing shareholder value whatever the human cost, a nominal restructuring of pricing would have provided employees the dignity of affordable healthcare.

Howard Schultz at Starbucks took the long view, developing a business model that incorporated healthcare coverage for all employees that worked 20 hours a week or more. People predicted this was unsustainable, and they were dead wrong. Starbucks has one of the lowest employee turnover rates in their sector, meaning that they have highly skilled workers providing excellent customer satisfaction and high retention of training investment costs.

Extending the Starbucks model to the rest of America, where we invest in human well-being as a means towards developing a healthier and more highly skilled workforce, will benefit the entire economy. It is not the fault of the gov't that business leaders like Schnatter need to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Their 19th century industrial model, working their employee meat sacks until they need to be thrown on the rubbish heap and replaced by a new meat sack fresh off the boat, is dead. RIP.

faithson
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faithson 11/12/12 - 12:32 pm
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Actual vote count in Wood County, OH

"They don't even care that Obama won 108% of the vote in this Ohio county." In fact checking this statement, here are the FACTS:
31,596-D + 28,997-R + 896-I equals 61,489. Only 57.87% of the 106,258 registered voters in Wood County, OH actually voted! (http://www.google.com/elections/ed/us/results) This example of miss information given to those who want to HEAR it a perfect example. think a retraction is in order ! How about some 'humble pie'.

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burninater 11/12/12 - 12:30 pm
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Humble, when you click on

Humble, when you click on your breaking news story of Ohio voter fraud, the following message appears:

"The page you are looking for no longer exists."

(Not that I think you are frustrated by things that don't actually exist) ...

faithson
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faithson 11/12/12 - 12:37 pm
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Burn

I got the page 10 minutes ago, was especially impressed with the website, one of those Obama is a closet Muslim sites and did due diligence to see why a good journalist would not pick up on a story like this. Obviously the site read the Daily Kos article which debunked the story in totality.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 12:49 pm
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Republicans should listen to Saxby Chambliss. A man of reason and real concern for his country. He will be vilified by the posters on this blog.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 11/12/12 - 01:45 pm
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"Hey Humble, your only
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"Hey Humble, your only arguments today seem to be "libs do it too, but worse!" More indirection."

Actually no... here's a fact that YOU seem to be avoiding. You have not posted any evidence of Romney lying. Neither has anyone else. Contrary to the opinion of liberals, there is a difference between being wrong, changing position, or even flip-flopping. But when you say that 4 American's were murdered because of a protest that got out of hand, when you were watching on live video that no such protest even existed, THAT is a lie.....it's not a flip-flop....and it resulted in people losing their life. But liberals seem to have no problem with that...they elected the liar anyway.

faithson
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faithson 11/12/12 - 02:28 pm
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blog rules...

when caught red handed, a major rule for keeping one's creditably is acknowledging that a mistake was made. As to who lied during the run-up to the election, please... its called politics, nasty politics at that. Anyone who takes many of the statements made as being personally lied to needs to grow some thicker skin.

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justthefacts 11/12/12 - 03:06 pm
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Starbucks?

Probably not such a good example. Starbucks, starting in 2009, has closed 600 stores and laid off 12,000 employees due to poor profit attainment. The trend has improved lately.

faithson
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faithson 11/12/12 - 02:57 pm
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dichotomy

you do realize that had the republicans listened to your last paragraph on your 12.06 post, mittens would be running things and with a lot of support from many a moderate democrat.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 03:06 pm
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More Republican Problems
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By 2017 the US will be the top oil producer in the world. By 2035, we will be totally energy independent. I know this is very bad news for Republicans, but hey, it is for the good of the country!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 11/12/12 - 03:12 pm
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So are you saying a personal

So are you saying a personal blog like the DailyKOS that admits paying for partisan opinions trumps Fox news. Well I've heard it all.

KSL
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KSL 11/12/12 - 03:28 pm
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Way back to seenit on page 1

How about paying for birth control but the mothers and fathers are responsible for the children, period. They didn't starve before LBJ. They won't starve today.

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 03:35 pm
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KSL
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They were starving before LBJ. Primarily in Appalachia. But who cares, really.

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