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.

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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fedex227
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fedex227 11/12/12 - 02:12 am
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“They gave the President a pass on innumerable problems ...”
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Is blaming the so-called mainstream media any different than right wing accusations that those on the left were blaming President George Bush for everything that contributed to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Not really. One prediction though. If Republicans follow the path outlined in this editorial they will lose in 2016, they will lose in 2020, and 2024.

The Chronicle’s quote from their god Rush Limbaugh that … “Conservatism, in my humble opinion, did not lose last night. It’s just very difficult to beat Santa Claus.” Is hard to counter unless you consider that millions of children in this country can now benefit from what the right touts as the greatest healthcare system in the world – not because they can afford it. But because it’s 'the law of the land' and not to mention, the right thing to do. And maybe, just maybe, that's not such a bad thing after all.

specsta
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specsta 11/12/12 - 03:49 am
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21st Century Appeal

ACES wrote: "At the same time, the party had better figure out how to appeal more to African-Americans, Latinos, women and youths."

Hmmm...perhaps "the party" should stop being bigoted, sexist, homophobic, greedy, Bible-thumping, rich-worshiping and thinking that we are still living in the 1950's.

Maybe changes like that would appeal to more people.

carcraft
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carcraft 11/12/12 - 04:12 am
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Well this is going to be fun

Well this is going to be fun and I am excited. I read that Obama is getting a bunch of new regulations together that will further hinder the economy. There have been over 16,000 layoff notices given already because of Obama care. Papa Johns is going to part time hire as is Red Lobster and Olive Garden and I predict many other companies will also. EPA regulation on coal and coal fired electricity production plants are going to drive the cost of electricity up. I doubt gas will ever get below $2.50/ gallon again and will probably stay above $3.00. So go ahead and gloat..Obama supporters get to own it! If Joe Biden thinks the middle class has been squeezed and buried he hasn't seen anything yet! The other fun thing is the fact that Obama got millions less votes this time than he did last. If Obama got as many votes as he did this time last time McCain would be President!

carcraft
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carcraft 11/12/12 - 04:14 am
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Bigoted and sexist? Because

Bigoted and sexist? Because I want you to work for a living and pay for your own birth control? MY MY!

carcraft
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carcraft 11/12/12 - 04:20 am
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The other fun thing of note

The other fun thing of note while I'm at it is the fact that Obama has embraced so many of Bush's olicies Bush should have been at the Democratic convention! Lets see, Gitmo still open, check! Attacking countries that are not a threat to the US, Check! Record deficits,Check! Patriot act,Check! Rendition,Check! Failed immigration reform,Check! High unemployment, check! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

carcraft
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carcraft 11/12/12 - 04:42 am
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How do you become more like

How do you become more like people that would elect an 8 time felon to public office? Those are the folks I want to emulate! The moocher class has won and that is about it. I'm stacking arms and going home. Who cares about monitized debt, trillion dollar deficits, we can elect an eight time felon to public office!

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 06:50 am
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Blame it on the media, blame

Blame it on the media, blame it on Hurricane Sandy, blame it on the rain, but by all means, don't blame it on yourselves. The AC says the GOP has to, "better figure out how to appeal more to African-Americans, Latinos, women and youths." There's part of your problem in a nurshell. The GOP looks at minorities, women, youth, etc. as focus groups. The truth is they're all Americans and the percentage of minority and youth vote is doing nothing but increasing. The GOP is locked in the bubble of Faux News and Am radio talking points. That may have worked when there were only 3 networks, but now people have numerous resources to find out that Faux, Rush, Beck, Hannnity and crew are feeding them a constant dose of bull manure. The right wing media has its market locked it and it's shrinking. Most of America doesn't want a continuous ranting of hate, fear, racism, etc., and those that keep their tv's and radios locked on these channels is shrinking. The old white folks are dying off (and they tend to vote GOP, why do you think they made sure they weren't effected by Ryan's Medicare scam)and other than the dumbed down masses of the old Confedracy, there' no one else to fill their shoes. If it wasn't for some high tech gerrymandering, the GOP wouldn't have even held on to the House. Even Michele Bachmann barely won her seat even though she spent 12x as much as her challenger. There's another problem with the GOP. America is tired of the major dose of crazy thrown at them. From "legitimate rape" to "lies straight from the pits of hell", they've had enough. Anti science, anti education, anti reality doesn't cut it with those outside of the fringe that's taken over the GOP. Either God didn't tell multiple candidate they should be President, or there's more than one God. Take your pick. Most folks don't like having someone else's religious beliefs thrown and them and dang sure don't want it codified into law. Maybe everyone who voted for the GOP should have to carry around the shaming wand from an ultrasound machine. It would be a good reminder of why they lost.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 07:03 am
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Now that is a mouthfull...

America re-elected him based mostly on how he makes his supporters feel

ACES probably didn't even think about it either.....the same reason a man runs around on his mrs....the way the other woman made him feel....
I tried to tellya....you didn't listen....
Get out of a womans body
Stop talking about rape...zip it-(you will never get it right anyway)
Get rid of extreme thinkers...
I love Clint Eastwood but leave him at home next time..
Bring some new blood & young faces into the club
Show some compassion to the poor
Talk about JOBS & decent pay for work
Bring some latinos in to the mix
When a female is refused her birth control from ANY druggist MAKE A STINK about this....because it is insane ...betcha would if he refused your viagra pills....just saying...

My 2 cents.....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/12/12 - 09:28 am
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Conservatism Will Return

The Republican Party should not move toward liberalism which is what you are saying when you say start appealing to Latinos, blacks, women and youth . It would be a mistake to start favoring illegal immigration, dependency on government, demanding Catholic employers pay for birth control and forgiving student loans which would put the country in a huge financial crisis.

Instead, I would look at the international picture of socialism v. conservatism and see the outcome. Socialistic policies cannot sustain themselves. In every example, socialism ruins the economy and a no-nonsense fiscally austere government has to be formed eventually to pick up the pieces. Almost half the country firmly understands what happens with liberal progression.

What IS GOING TO HAPPEN is Obama’s liberal policies are going to quickly begin to show detrimental consequences and the country is going to have to turn back to conservative Republican economic principles…I hope they still exist and haven’t been given up in a misguided, ephemeral attempt to win an election.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 07:14 am
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They lost the female vote

More than 60% of the single female vote went to Obama.....that matters....they have to get that vote again.....
Birth control is important to FEMALES....we think about it just like men think about sex....ALL THE TIME....
Crazy talk will run the females away....next time there will be even more young women in the voting booth....guess what ....they will be black & latino voters.....whites just aren't producing ....look around you.....I see this everyday ..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 07:19 am
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Middle of the road

The Rep will never have the whole pie again....you are day dreaming about that....they will have to meet in the middle of the road....i think our Rep leaders see that....I sure hope they do....some in congress need to go..on both sides...

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 07:43 am
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Please keep going farther to

Please keep going farther to the right. Throw a Michele Bachmann/Allen West ticket at the country and see how the votes fall.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 07:51 am
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I hate to disagree with River but I gotta

Paying for birth control will not break the bank....we are paying through the nose for all the kiddies they produce....right now...school---food-housing--on & on...it NEVER stops..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 07:53 am
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yeh techfan

We could run ole Rush on the ticket...I bet that would make you giddy..:)

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/12/12 - 07:57 am
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Please Keep Going Farther to the Left

I don't have to tell them this, Democrats will continue going farther to the left. Nominate Debbie Washerman Schultz and Nancy Pelosi the next time. Let's hurry up the process.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/12/12 - 08:02 am
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SeenIt, if the government is

SeenIt, if the government is going to pay for medical care for all, then I have no problem with birth control for women. However, to order the Catholic church to fund it is wrong. That goes against their beliefs. We Southern Baptists would rather make the congregation drink moonshine than buy them booze. We even use Kool-aid in place of wine. But I learned having a couple of drinks before church makes it easier. I saw the Holy Spirit one time up in the ceiling when I did that.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 08:04 am
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Lindsay Graham

I saw ole Lindsay on the talk shows yesterday...you could tell he was disgusted with the election....he has some good ideas about immigration & also wants the Libya affair investigated fully....he was very plain spoken & his face said a lot.... he says Petraeus will have to testify....

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/12/12 - 08:03 am
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Being the pragmatist I am, I

Being the pragmatist I am, I favor free family planning for the poor. Otherwise, we will be overrun with a class of people who vote to take your money for their purposes.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 08:07 am
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anotherday

You hit it....bullseye my friend....

River...drinking moonshine comes in handy....B4 & after church....

loblolly
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loblolly 11/12/12 - 08:08 am
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Republicans lost
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because they do not have a message. Is Rush Limbaugh the political pundit you really want to base your editorials on ACES? You know he is just an entertainer, right? Right?

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 11/12/12 - 06:46 pm
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Seenit

I've heard Lindsey called a RINO many times, so by extension, I must be too because I like him. I would trade either of my two senators for him in a heartbeat.
I don't always agree 100% with him, but I think he is a statesman who understands the give and take required to get the business of the country done.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/12/12 - 08:16 am
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Moonshiners and Government Regulation

I watch that show Moonshiners on the A&E Channel. That's a good example of the gov't interfering with the rights of the people. There have been rebellions in this country over the right to make moonshine. This is the libertarian in me.

Same with growing marijuana. The reason it's not legalized is there's no way to tax someone growing a few plants in his yard. Maybe I've hit upon how the Republican Party can regain control. Emphasize libertarian principles. Moonshine and Pot Party.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 08:22 am
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anotherday..I agree

I think he is a statesman who understands the give and take required to get the business of the country done.

THAT is what they have to move toward....give & take.....maybe they will now......I get so sick of hearing some say we have to get rid of so & so....it ain't working so MOVE ON & get the dang job done.....

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 08:22 am
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More likely a choice.combo of

More likely a choice.combo of Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Cory Booker.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 11/12/12 - 08:25 am
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Rebel

At your next gathering you can have a Moonshine and Pot Party along with your butts.

TParty
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TParty 11/12/12 - 08:25 am
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"Few expected a battered and

"Few expected a battered and reeling president who is presiding over the worst economy in generations to win in an electoral landslide."

Instead of Few, it should be replaces by "People who only watch Fox News"

This is why ACES and the GOP of today won't win, and are in the minority. They not only listen to Rush Limbaugh, but they let his conclusion sink in which they agree with.

Conservatism is good- and still around. However it's been muted by the fringe that is very loud. The problem stems from many different issues. First, Romney was a liberal, who made the wrong decision to lie and pretend the be severely conservative. And because of his lies and lack of principles, he was rejected. I said this earlier in the year- should have picked Jon Huntsman.

The reason he was not picked exposes another problem with the loud fringe GOP. Compromise. Huntsman worked with Obama as a diplomat. Before Libya, when the death of American's could be used for political points and fodder, to be a diplomat for the Obama admin meant that person could not represent "real America". Only the part of America that "wants stuff". Also, Huntsman sided with scientists- which is another downfall of today's loud Christian Taliban GOP folks.

Science. In our own back yard we have a Representative who thinks science comes from the pits of hell. But he's not alone. Many GOP folks go on tv and spew unfounded ideas, like how women's bodies work- and then try to make policy based on that. The hatred of science, especially when it goes against their religion, is a huge problem with GOP of today. American's don't want free stuff, we want to move forward and advance.

I could go on with why the GOP was beaten in the elections, however if ACES and others who have been indoctrinated by Rush Limbaugh and continue listening to him- there's nothing that anyone can say to open their eyes. However they will continue to lose elections, and instead of looking inward- I'm sure you'll keep finding fault in other people, blaming your lose on the majority of American's that just want stuff.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 08:25 am
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The church doesn't have to

The church doesn't have to buy contraception. When they go into business and have employees, they have to follow the same regs as everyone else for those employees.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/12/12 - 08:27 am
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Susan Rice

I wish you could have seen Grahams face when THAT name came up....hahah...complete disgust...he would fight tooth & nail to keep her from any top office....her lying about the Libya deal has probably sealed her future...heck i could even tell she was lying.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 08:30 am
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That's why Faux, Rush,

That's why Faux, Rush, Hannity, Beck, etc. are so popular with the right wing. They're not giving them news, or accurate information, they're giving them what they want to hear and spin that enforces their already preconceived notions. Up is down, down is up. If that's what you believe, and it makes them money, that's what they'll tell you.

Techfan
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Techfan 11/12/12 - 08:33 am
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I don't know. Romney came

I don't know. Romney came close and pretty much everything that came out of his mouth was a lie.

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