GOP must win nation back

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A recent poll from the Pew Research Center finds Republicans split over the direction of the party, with 54 percent of respondents believing a more conservative agenda is necessary, while 40 percent believe the party should move in a more moderate tone.

As an independent who fears the left way more than the right, I must say this is a disappointing finding.

What this finding suggests is that members of the party are content with run-of-the-mill strategies that obviously have failed to move the country toward a conservative direction. What the Republican Party needs right now is to come to the center – but not for the reasons you may think. Taking a more moderate tone will attract more independent voters. However, the greatest gain in voters will be seen as a result of the often-forgotten sphere of government: actual governing.

Right now, the party is a party of obstruction. While strategists and congressmen claim this is to protect the country from toxic policy, all they are doing is painting a picture of a bullheaded party bent on impeding the democratic process. This is a good thing on Hannity and O’Reilly, but it is not a good thing in local precincts.

This is where a strategy of compromise comes into play. Let’s first establish the groundwork. The GOP needs to retain its current supporters and gain new voters. Republicans will never gain voters based on social issues, so those need to be brushed aside for now. Second, what baffled so many during the 2012 election was how popular the president was despite such a weak economy. If the old saying is true – that people “vote with their wallets” – then the incumbents should have been defeated; this was not the case.

So what drew so many people away from the Republican Party? They were the villains; the party of “no,” of obstruction, the party of anti-Obama. This clearly turned off many swing voters, and negative messages like this always will turn off swing voters.

What’s the solution? Be positive, compromise on the issues, sweep aside political disagreements and, most importantly, govern to govern. There always will be another election, so why not just focus on doing your jobs for the little breaks between the elections?

If the GOP wants to regain its standing with the American people, it needs to show the American people that it doesn’t want to stop government. It needs to show the people that it wants to lead the government.

Tom Mudrak

Evans

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KSL
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KSL 08/10/13 - 12:55 am
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I have not noticed any

I have not noticed any willingness on the part of the dems to compromise.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/10/13 - 03:07 am
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Not Your Grandma's Middle

The problem is the middle ground is an influenced target that has been moved left by Democrats going to the end of the scale. Being in the middle is not what it once was. If Republicans accept THAT middle they are making a big mistake.

It’s a much more honest and wise goal to move the Democrats back to where previous political centers have been. Our job is to make independents and moderate Democrats see that the Democratic Party has slipped into socialism as never before seen in American history. Bring them to us, not the other way around.

soldout
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soldout 08/10/13 - 03:50 am
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Amen Riverman

Republicans need to stand for something rather than doing the same sins as the democrats but not being as proud of it. Morals issues are the key because without morals freedom cannot exist. If a leader can't figure out killing unborn babies is wrong and homosexual sex isn't normal or good for anyone then they aren't smart enough to lead anything. A ten year old could figure that out. Without Godly leaders you are led by fools.

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Bodhisattva 08/10/13 - 05:58 am
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The American Taliban. They

The American Taliban. They won't be happy until they've made their religion the law of the land and force us all to live under the holy roller conservative christian version of Shariah Law. Wake up people.

soldout
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soldout 08/10/13 - 06:55 am
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who is the American Taliban?

Don't understand this term and haven't heard them blamed for anything. The laws of the land were based on the Bible and some areas of the founding documents are almost exact wording from the Bible. You talk about freedom; there is absolutely nothing with more freedom than the spirit-filled Christian life where God leads you into all truth, prosperity and peace. People need to try Christianity and having a relationship with Christ; if it doesn't work out the devil will always take you back.

pearlthesquirrel
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pearlthesquirrel 08/10/13 - 07:19 am
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DUH!
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What do you think is going to happen to a country (the U.S.) that thinks politicians such as Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Ric Perry, Mike Huckabee, and Christine O'Donnell (is that her name, the "witch - lady") are the "future?" WOW!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/10/13 - 07:26 am
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warm feeling

Reading the posts here by KSL, Riverman1, and soldout give me a really warm feeling, reassurance that right wingers will continue to reject calls for moderation and compromise from Republicans like Mudrak. You intransigent conservatives are the best weapon the left has to insure no Republican will be elected president in the foreseeable future. You will use Republican primaries to choose the most ideologically conservative candidate possible, with views on social issues that alone will guarantee defeat. You will continue to elect right-wing Congress members whose unwillingness to compromise on anything will reinforce the growing national consensus that the ideological right is mostly responsible for the gridlock in Washington. I am really excited about the prospects of Georgia's far right securing the 2014 Senate candidacy for Paul Broun, and watching him lose one of the state's Republican Senate seats to Democrat Michelle Nunn. Paul Broun for U.S. Senate!!!!

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localguy55 08/10/13 - 07:33 am
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Bodhisattva......Seriously.....

Bodhisattva is always posting comments that emanate from some uninformed void. It is well known that our country has a Judeo-Christian foundation. The problem with it is that there are people such as Bodhisattva who wishes it were not true. They hate the good that Christianity has done, so they associate Christianity to all the bad, while disregarding the good. By vilifying Christianity and tying the faith and the followers to slavery, racism, sexism, homophobia, greed, and all the other negativisms, it makes their version of how our society should be structured more palatable. If allowed, their version would be tantamount to a Marxist Sodom and Gomorrah.

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crkgrdn 08/10/13 - 07:44 am
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Move further Left?

The GOP is already Left of Center and cannot find its standard.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/10/13 - 07:45 am
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Oh Lordy

As much a sI hate to say this...eel is right...with this..
the best weapon the left has to insure no Republican will be elected president in the foreseeable future.

Please pull away from social issues & try to get a moderate candidate..this is NOT the ole world we knew in the past.....or we won't see a Rep President again!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/10/13 - 08:27 am
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Quote from LTE

"GOP must win nation back"

THE DEMOCRATS and The Tea Party NEED to take this letter's advice as well !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/10/13 - 08:29 am
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As for winning the White House

I am sure all of the robot minded Republicans will do EVERYTHING they can to see that Obamacare is a flop !! In my opinion, this will be THE PERFECT way to gain the White House back.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/10/13 - 08:32 am
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Both parties have their own
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Both parties have their own problems- at least the democrats are for the people. The republicans have been against most social programs and look at gays, minorities, women as the problems with today's society. Meanwhile, they treat big oil companies, banks, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and churches like THEY as a whole are the real citizens of this country. They set their watches counter-clock-wise and think that is progress. In my opinion, the republican party is too broken to fix. Perhaps it's time that it just fades away and let independents and democrats merge to bring us a little closer to the center.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/10/13 - 08:36 am
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KSL @ 1:55 AM

"I have not noticed any willingness on the part of the dems to compromise."

AND the Republicans are just an abundance of compromize ( NOT ) !!

I believe if we voters would just open our minds and eyes, "We would see THAT BOTH PARTIES are not compromizing to get things done for WE THE PEOPLE !!"

Fiscally, we need some big compromize at LOWERING the amount spent on THE WARRING MACHINE defence and defence contractors !!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 08/10/13 - 08:40 am
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seenitB4 @ 8:45

"Please pull away from social issues & try to get a moderate candidate..this is NOT the ole world we knew in the past.....or we won't see a Rep President again!"

WELL SAID !! All 3 parties NEED to take this advice.

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myfather15 08/10/13 - 09:02 am
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EEL

Obama, was indeed the democrat "savior". He is likeable, charismatic, funny and good looking. He has the "It" factor!! Whatever IT is, he's got it!! VERY popular; the man could make you laugh if your mother just passed away 2 minutes ago.

But don't fool yourself, if Hillary Clinton is the best you guys got in 2016, YOU WILL NOT HOLD OFFICE.

Hillary Clinton is NONE of those things listed above. She is certainly not likable, she isn't charismatic, funny and certainly not good looking!! So you better be preparing another candidate!! She would lose to numerous republicans. BUT, my favorite is Dr. Ben Carson, who I believe will run and he has my vote!! He's never been a politician and that is a plus for me. He is also charismatic, likeable, funny and not bad looking (kinda plain looking).

You had better not over look Dr. Ben Carson!! He could be the republican's "savior" in 2016!! If I were the dems, I would start worrying about this guy!!

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fishman960 08/10/13 - 09:04 am
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Parties

We do have several parties to vote for. IMO, third party candidates are not strong enough right now to win the Presidency. No way near enough votes. So that leaves us with Dem or Rep, like it or not. The Rep's are a basket case right now, so no viable candidate has risen (as opposed to Hillary). With that in mind, our nation is also becoming a nation of 'I want my rights' for nearly every faction out there and the Dems don't mind giving it to them. The Republicans have already lost the next election and it hasn't even started yet. The Dems are here to stay for a while. Sadly...

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myfather15 08/10/13 - 09:06 am
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There is only one thing

There is only one thing liberals hate more than a black conservative, and that is a charismatic, likeable, funny black conservative!! THAT, is their worst nightmare coming true!!! If he won, their claim of being the "party of the minorities" would quite fit so well. Their claim that right winger's are racist, would be laughable!!

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rmwhitley 08/10/13 - 09:25 am
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I'm so far
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to the right that I make John Birchers look like lefties. Until we stop criminals (11,000,000 to 20,000,000 illegal aliens who VOTE and VOTE lefty) from crossing our borders and sucking the life from our tax base, we are doomed. Many left leaners are not productive and live off of the backs of those who have real jobs. Just some of those who never worked a day in their lives and need a REAL job: obama, holder, jealous, jacksons, rangel, blumenthal, reid, pelosi, waxman, clintons, kennedys, sharpton, diane sawyer, georgy stephenopolous, georgy schwarz ( george soros), chris matthews, rachel maddow, a-rod, ryan braun, trumka, booker, deval, kilpatrick, michelle obama, bruce springsteen, jon bon "jovi", jay-z, beyonce' and all da hood members. Every one of you are about as useless as teats on a boar hog.

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GiantsAllDay 08/10/13 - 09:39 am
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MF15, Dr Carson and I agree

MF15, Dr Carson and I agree on several things, politically that is. The election is a long time away but the point of the LTE is for GOP to get away from the social issues and bring this country back fiscally. I'm inclined to agree with Bill Maher. Here's how he described Carson only a few days ago:
Bill Maher unloaded on Dr. Ben Carson on Friday, calling him “half brilliant brain surgeon, half Tea Party dumba--.”

“Dr. Ben Carson is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins and the first doctor to separate conjoined twins at the head,” Maher said on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” “And he believes the Earth is 6,000 years old, and that homosexuality is akin to bestiality, and that the Bible calls for a flat fax. He’s half brilliant brain surgeon, half Tea Party dumba--. He doesn’t just operate on conjoined twins, he is one.”

“He’s also someone who many Republicans are encouraging to run for president in 2016, and why not?” he continued. “There’s no more attractive figure in the Republican Party these days than an anti-intellectual with an advanced degree. People like Antonin Scalia, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal who are accomplished scholars on the outside, and on the inside a creamy layer of Michele Bachmann.”

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/10/13 - 09:41 am
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Polls

Mrs. Clinton is far away the leading Democrat candidate. In the latest presidential polls she trails Republican, Chris Christie. So if anyone should be feeling good, it's the Republicans.

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allhans 08/10/13 - 09:47 am
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It does my heart good to see

It does my heart good to see liberals so concerned abut Republicans.
Life is so good on the liberal side until they have nothing to worry about...so they have all kinds of free time to worry about us conservatives...
As said on tv..
Happy!Happy!Happy!

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/10/13 - 09:47 am
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Dr. Ben....

To add to Bill Maher's list (all of whose attributions to Carson have been undeniably documented), Carson also disputes the theory of evolution and is a Seventh-day Adventist. At least Mormon Mitt Romney believed Sunday was the Sabbath!!! Ben Carson is Herman Cain with a scalpel.

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Riverman1 08/10/13 - 09:53 am
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Those Types

When I see the name Michelle Nunn, I say bring it on. Democrat Michelle Nunn is a vegan, Che Guevara T-shirt wearing, Marxist, LGBT supporting, boot wearing and unattractive candidate. Her father looked better. Karen Handel would be the best candidate to get her back to the reality of Southern politics.

allhans
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allhans 08/10/13 - 09:54 am
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On the seventh day he

On the seventh day he rested....

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 08/10/13 - 09:54 am
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Until the GOP expels the

Until the GOP expels the likes of Bachman, Perry, Palin, etal, they CAN'T win!! I am a fiscal conservative and would truly like to see them succeed.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/10/13 - 09:54 am
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TMI

EEL said, "Reading the posts here by KSL, Riverman1, and soldout give me a really warm feeling..."

TMI

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Bizkit 08/10/13 - 09:56 am
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Obama has all the traits of a

Obama has all the traits of a prez but unfortunately lacks a functioning brain. A critical trait- that and knowing the truth if it bit him on the buttocks.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 08/10/13 - 10:00 am
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Believe me Hilary won't give

Believe me Hilary won't give news commentators nor the public those shivers down the legs. The GOP has a chance to regroup and move to the middle. But I don'see that happening.

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dichotomy 08/10/13 - 10:01 am
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The best thing the

The best thing the Republicans could do is let the Democrats implement all of their policies, especially ALL of Obamacare. AFTER a few years of seeing the results, there will not be another Democrat administration for decades.

And yes, the Republican party needs to learn that much of the public fears the right wing religious social agenda more than it does the left wing economic socialists. No matter who you vote for, they cannot supersede the courts....so you might as well quit basing your platform and your nominees on religious social issues.

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