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Why Obama Won and What Conservatives Must Do
PJ Media ^ | 6 Nov 2012 | Ron Radosh

Posted on 11/07/2012 5:00:56 AM PST by Jay777

So what should conservatives do, now that the nation has elected Barack Obama to a second term? The popular vote is fairly split evenly, and we are still a divided nation. Politically, there is nothing ahead but continued stalemate in Congress. The president will attempt to move ahead via executive branch fiat, thereby bypassing Congress.

In this atmosphere, it is foolhardy to give the nation evidence that failure to try and solve problems that are confronting us is the fault of Republicans and conservatives. Those opposed to the direction Obama favors should provide serious and meaningful alternatives of their own, and present them to the nation. They should do everything possible to reveal to the nation that it is the White House, and not the defeated Republicans, that is failing to deal with the coming crisis of a growing entitlement state.

In foreign policy, which is the most dangerous of the coming crises that will face the Obama administration, conservatives should relentlessly forge ahead on issues like the failure of the White House in the murders of our diplomats at Benghazi, which candidate Romney foolishly failed to deal with in the last days of the campaign, and to see to it that there is a change in direction from the failed policies of the past four years. It also means a continuing effort to raise the issue of the danger to the world of the growing radical Islamic movements abroad, to attack their ideology, and to make it clear that although Bin Laden is dead, his death did not put an end to a regrouped al-Qaeda.

Finally, it is essential...

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1 posted on 11/07/2012 5:00:58 AM PST by Jay777
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To: Jay777

Finally, it is essential that conservative intellectuals do not abandon the effort to change the culture, and to, in Gramscian terms (as the late Gene Genovese often put it), wage a war of position on the cultural front and to do all possible to challenge the ascension of a failed intellectual liberal ideology, whether it be in the form of Progressivism, liberalism or socialism. Whether it is called “the blue model” as Walter Russell Mead calls is, or something else, the intellectual fight against its assertions must begin with all the strength we can muster.

So we all have our work cut out for us. Let us hope our nation gets through the next four years, and that the president takes Lanny Davis’ call to heed, and does not act as I fear he will.


2 posted on 11/07/2012 5:01:29 AM PST by Jay777 (My personal blog: www.stoptheaclu.com)
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To: Jay777

Do WHAT??? We did the best we could in this election. We actually got a candidate who could actually fix the economy, and over half of America rejected him. Now we’re in to four more years of devastation, despair, and total, complete, utter stupidity. Barack Hussein Obama is our president, John Boehner will chain-smoke and cry while he spinelessly acquieses to him, and America will slowly fade into nothing.


3 posted on 11/07/2012 5:04:03 AM PST by MuttTheHoople (Pray for Joe Biden- Proverbs 29:9)
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To: Jay777

Want to fight Obama? Don’t send your kids to public school and don’t send them to a liberal college. No more Hollywood entertainment.


4 posted on 11/07/2012 5:06:55 AM PST by ari-freedom
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To: MuttTheHoople

There is not a thing Republicans can do until the youth are not being indoctrinated in our shools and colleges to have a liberal mind.


5 posted on 11/07/2012 5:07:07 AM PST by YukonGreen
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To: MuttTheHoople

There is not a thing Republicans can do until the youth are not being indoctrinated in our shools and colleges to have a liberal mind.


6 posted on 11/07/2012 5:07:27 AM PST by YukonGreen
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To: MuttTheHoople

There is not a thing Republicans can do until the youth are not being indoctrinated in our shools and colleges to have a liberal mind.


7 posted on 11/07/2012 5:07:51 AM PST by YukonGreen
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To: Jay777

This is crap advice.

Our ideas are out there for all to see. The MSM refuses to consider these ideas as alternatives, but as obstructionism.

The MSM covered foreign policy fairly well with Benghazi. Exit polls show Obama is trusted more on foreign policy than Romney.

We need to stop listening to Free Republic, Fox News and Conservative Radio as if everyone else listens to these outlets. They don’t.

Finally, getting out our cultural ideas is what sunk Romney. Look at the women’s vote that he was supposedly winning? He lost on abortion and contraception because more women are single due to divorce or a rejection of marriage and family.


8 posted on 11/07/2012 5:08:19 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: Jay777

Who is John Galt?

(A.S. For Dummies - Starve the Rats, or they will be eating you!)


9 posted on 11/07/2012 5:08:26 AM PST by Empire_of_Liberty
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To: Jay777

The faithful better return to God and Prayer, because the levers of power in this Republic have been turned over to Satan.

There is no earthly mechanism to overcome the fraud and secularism now in control of this country.


10 posted on 11/07/2012 5:08:36 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Jay777

The gutless Republicans are too feeble to pursue the Benghazi thing as they won’t want to upset the Democrats. We have a weenie RNC and our Washington leadership is a joke. Republicans are constantly stepped on by Democrats and they act as if they love it.


11 posted on 11/07/2012 5:09:09 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: Jay777
Unforunately, it has become apparent that there is simply no way to overcome the monumental ignorance of most of the electorate, caused by the complicit media, and massive illegal immigration and voting.

America is over. At least, the America that most of us knew.

Let's face it: the portion of the citizenry comprised of ignoramouses (well-meaning though they may be), and flat-out lazy takers, who have no shame and see nothing wrong with taking from their neighbors, has finally passed the tipping point. The roller coaster has reached the top of the hill, and it's all downhill from here.

12 posted on 11/07/2012 5:10:14 AM PST by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: Sicon

Well said, my friend...


13 posted on 11/07/2012 5:14:09 AM PST by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: G Larry

do not forget repentance... that must come first.

but yes returning to the Lord is the only way ....

pray for God’s mercy for the righteous


14 posted on 11/07/2012 5:15:16 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Jay777
So what should conservatives do, now that the nation has elected Barack Obama to a second term?

Promise more entitlements, gay marriage, amnesty, taxpayer paid abortion, ban guns..........

15 posted on 11/07/2012 5:17:10 AM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: Jay777
In this atmosphere, it is foolhardy to give the nation evidence that failure to try and solve problems that are confronting us is the fault of Republicans and conservatives.

And yet that is exactly the message that the dems used to win this election.

16 posted on 11/07/2012 5:17:35 AM PST by MortMan (Liberty has no place in a society bult around "fairness".)
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To: Jay777

Well orchestrated Fraud.
Conservatives refusing to vote for Romney.
Liberal “Catholics” upset about the instruction not to vote for Obama, sat out, rather than vote Romney.

What we must do?

PRAY!
REPENT!

Quit playing the game of “my way or the highway” conservatism.
This country didn’t fall off of the cliff in one election cycle, and we won’t scale back to the top in one cycle, either!


17 posted on 11/07/2012 5:19:26 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Erik Latranyi
Finally, getting out our cultural ideas is what sunk Romney.

Unfortunately, I think you are right about this.

It seems there are many, many people who actually get it when it comes to economics (they are tired of supporting those who choose not to work), but won't vote Republican because of the social issues.

To win, we need to focus on economics and personal freedom (which as small government advocates we tend toward anyway). I think that is a message that people will buy into.

I say this, and I am as pro-life as they come. I think even Rush says that battle needs to be fought in the hearts and minds of people, not legislatively.

18 posted on 11/07/2012 5:22:41 AM PST by ConservativeLawyer (America needs God's blessings)
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To: Jay777; All

Just counting down until announcements for the new massive layoffs begin flooding in. The myriads of small and intermiediate businesses who warned their employees of what would happen to them and their businesses they were working for must have been taken as a bluff by the Barry voters. These owners were not bluffing!

“Barry” Xmas to all and have a rapaciously taxable New Year!


19 posted on 11/07/2012 5:23:00 AM PST by mdmathis6 ("Barry" Xmas to all and have a rapaciously taxable New Year!)
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To: Empire_of_Liberty

Exactly. We are going to go from sending the feds slightly over 100,000.00 per year contributions to draining 30,000.00 from their coffers not counting our medicare drain on them. The sooner this beast can be driven into the ditch the better.

There will be no more money for Bamma phones, flat panel TVs, free food. The money tank will run empty. The free stuff society will run out of free stuff then they will get hungry and it will get nasty.

But alas, the talented and their money will be gone to other more opportune locations.


20 posted on 11/07/2012 5:23:05 AM PST by biff (WAS)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Do WHAT??? We did the best we could in this election. We actually got a candidate who could actually fix the economy, and over half of America rejected him.

Romney ran a better campaign than I expected but let's face it, in reality the base wanted anybody but Romney. We put every other candidate before Romney only to have them destroyed. The base could not have screamed no more if they had tried at the GOP leadership and were ignored.

You can not win without an excited base. You have to get them first and get them excited and instead the GOP just flipped them off. If you do not learn from history of your own party you are just plain stupid.

Rinos do not win...McCain, Dole and Bush I, but hey let's force another one on the base. North Eastern Liberals are not trusted by the South and Mid West but let's ignore history come on we have plenty Republican North Eastern Liberal Presidents...right. That stupid Christian part of our base that do all that ground work let's make sure to not listen to them.

Sorry but as good a job as Romney did with what he had the GOP forgot the most important things in winning....their base and their history but like usual the leadership knows best.

21 posted on 11/07/2012 5:23:17 AM PST by Lady Heron
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To: G Larry

it is compromising of conservative values that got us this mess
which “my way or the highway values would you compromise on?”

sodomy?
abortion?
a balanced budget?
a strong national defense?

its not the “liberal” catholics who refused to vote...oh no they voted for obama and therein lies the part of the problem


22 posted on 11/07/2012 5:26:59 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: Jay777
"[A]bout half of voters still blame President George W. Bush more than President Barack Obama for the country’s economic problems and most cite the economy as their top issue in the election."

What president has EVER had the employees of the press rush to his aid with excuse after excuse after excuse?

The skid marks on Journalism's shorts are doing their part to help The One!

Exit polls 2012: Voters blame George W. Bush

More to come:

Headlines:
It not just the poor economy
Public Blames Bush For Benghazi
57 percent say it's Bush's fault

It not just Benghazi
Public Blames Bush For Fast and Furious
57 percent say it's Bush's fault

It not just Fast and Furious
Public Blames Bush For Six-Dollar-A-Gallon Gasoline
57 percent say it's Bush's fault

It not just high energy costs
America on Wrong Track, Majority Blame Bush
57 percent say it's Bush's fault

. . . .

23 posted on 11/07/2012 5:30:18 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Jay777

“So what should conservatives do, now that the nation has elected Barack Obama to a second term?”
1) Get involved with church, get the spiritual house in order.

2) Get involved with alternative media (websites like FR), Facebook, twitter, talk radio: Share information on what’s going on with a particular issue, tell other folks what’s going on. Get info from other than the MSN. Ramp it UP!

3) Get involved with pollwatching and know how to counter any attempts at cheating (such as was seen when Democrat workers wouldn’t let legit Republicans into the polling place Tuesday morning) Report it to the police and election officials.

4) Get prepared for natural or man-made disasters and try to get self sufficient as much as possible. Move away from overcrowded areas.

5) Do their best to get out of debt; if it means three generations under one roof, do it (time was, this was the norm). Pare expenses to the BONE/ as much as possible.


24 posted on 11/07/2012 5:30:22 AM PST by WildHighlander57 ((WildHighlander57 returning after lurking since 2000))
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To: Jay777

I’d say we must begin today to be a vigorous, vocal and visible opposition, not fading away like the Tea Party movement after 2010. We need to make it clear for the next four years that we are here and that we count.


25 posted on 11/07/2012 5:31:58 AM PST by mak5
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To: ConservativeLawyer

The social issues include stuff like free contraceptives. If it were only social issues holding back the GOP, then why isn’t Gary Johnson President elect today? When values like personal responsibility disappear, pretty muc everything we see a conservatism disappears with it.


26 posted on 11/07/2012 5:32:15 AM PST by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Yeah, it’s funny, that all of the articles that have tried to explain why the GOP, conservatives, and really, the United States, lost, rest on the argument that the electorate naturally would agree with the conservative position on issues if only the conservatives, spoke louder, or more clearly, or with fewer syllables. “To understand us is to agree with us; if you disagree with us, it is only because you don’t understand us!”

No, I think Thomas Sowell and Mark Steyn have it right, and have been saying so since 2008:

The electorate understands perfectly well what conservatives are saying. THEY REJECT IT. They don’t reject it because the packaging is uninteresting (or “lacks charisma”, as these pundits are writing); they reject it because they LIKE dependency and DISLIKE self-reliance. I know that’s hard to accept because it signifies a truly deep sea change in the “American character” or “sense of life.” But I think it’s here.

In response to the question, “What kind of government have you given us?” Benjamin Franklin famously replied “A republic — if you can keep it!”

Sad day. I believe just over 50% of the American people have finally voted not to keep their republic.


27 posted on 11/07/2012 5:33:56 AM PST by GoodDay
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To: WildHighlander57

Don’t ever watch the MSM ever again. They do not report the truth. Find another way to get the news!


28 posted on 11/07/2012 5:34:48 AM PST by FreedBird
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To: Sicon
Let's face it: the portion of the citizenry comprised of ignoramouses (well-meaning though they may be), and flat-out lazy takers, who have no shame and see nothing wrong with taking from their neighbors, has finally passed the tipping point. The roller coaster has reached the top of the hill, and it's all downhill from here.

You are 100% correct. We are now the nation of EBT, not the USA. There is little to do but attempt to manage your own affairs and personal finances while the country rots.

Morally, tax avoidance becomes an imperative.

29 posted on 11/07/2012 5:37:09 AM PST by RugerMini14
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To: Erik Latranyi
We need to stop listening to Free Republic, Fox News and Conservative Radio as if everyone else listens to these outlets. They don’t.

Rush Limbaugh likes to brag about his 20 million listeners. That leaves 280 million who don't listen to Rush. Like Dick Morris, Rush's prognostications were a load of crap. The pollsters were pretty darned close after all.

I'm just frustrated that I started to believe the predictions of those in conservative media. We just got a reality check.

30 posted on 11/07/2012 5:38:23 AM PST by CASchack
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To: Jay777
November 6th is going to be the challenge for your future. A permanently entitled dependent class now controls the political process and every election that follows. That group is the people of densely populated cities. The tipping point has occurred and those people now control the political future of this country. They are hungry and they are growing...exponentially! The democrats know that and they depend on that demographic for their power.

Take a look at the map. Even the deepest blue states are only blue in certain compacted areas but those compacted areas rule the process. Take a hard look at those areas and see if you can figure out how to breaks the chains that they are now under and become fiscally responsible law abiding citizens. Until then, the trend of November 6th will continue and grow even faster.

It's a tough challenge but, it's your future.

God help you in your endeavor.

31 posted on 11/07/2012 5:39:45 AM PST by Tula Git
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To: longfellowsmuse

I’m not talking about compromising conservative values.
I teach class in Catholic Apologetics on the Non-Negotiables.
I’ve also spent 41 years in the Defense business.

In the path back to the America we want, you will never have 33 Senate candidates, 435 House candidates, and a President who meet all of those criteria.

That means that on the road to recovery, you will faced with the responsibility to discern which candidate “Does the least harm”.


32 posted on 11/07/2012 5:40:32 AM PST by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: MuttTheHoople
We actually got a candidate who could actually fix the economy, and over half of America rejected him. Now we’re in to four more years of devastation, despair, and total, complete, utter stupidity.

The people re-elected this jerk and are going to have to suffer him another four years. They will get what they deserve. I just don't think there are enough of us conservatives on a national scale.

33 posted on 11/07/2012 5:48:28 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Jay777

Good luck with all that. I’m done. I’m tired of politics. I don’t care anymore. The republican party cannot win. They cannot convince blacks and hispanics to jump on board - all they want are freebies, and women want to feel better about killing their babies. We could not get rid of Obama with the record he had, there is not much else that can be done.


34 posted on 11/07/2012 5:49:43 AM PST by texaschick
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To: WildHighlander57

The way I see it we must first gain control of the mainstream media the general public has completely bought into the Socialist/Marxist mindset.

It’s sad to admit but the general public get their beliefs from what that see in the media. Joseph Goebbels was right “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”


35 posted on 11/07/2012 5:56:55 AM PST by JohnR2443
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To: Jay777

We lost based on an image liberals have been able to paint of conservatives. They’ve been able to scare minorities and women into thinking we’ll take away all their freedoms. Most people still want a small government and less taxes.


36 posted on 11/07/2012 6:04:21 AM PST by PACAP1
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To: YukonGreen
I think you are right!

I work at a University. We actually have professors walking around with ‘Obama’ tee shirts on!

The deck is stacked and has been for a very long time.

37 posted on 11/07/2012 6:10:13 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: G Larry

Mitt Romney was that candidate...

lets not pretend he was a staunch conservative... he was and is a MA moderate and was fully prepared to compromise with the left

the republican party has put up two moderate candidates and lost both times
we have an immoral majority in this country who has no desire or need for moral law

you cannot leave morality in class and expect society to be moral... God’s laws are not to be left in class but to be lived fully each day...anything less will lead to decay


38 posted on 11/07/2012 6:21:16 AM PST by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: texaschick
Good luck with all that. I’m done. I’m tired of politics. I don’t care anymore. The republican party cannot win. They cannot convince blacks and hispanics to jump on board - all they want are freebies, and women want to feel better about killing their babies. We could not get rid of Obama with the record he had, there is not much else that can be done.

Sure there is...Dump the Republican Party...I did long ago...

Yes, I voted for this loser even knowing he couldn't win...He couldn't even beat McCain, who couldn't beat Obama...What person in their right mind thought he could beat Obama???

Why would anyone pick a known loser to run against an incumbent and expect to win???

I'll bet there's at least a few that ran in the primary that could've beaten Obama but apparently they weren't 'Republican' enough...

39 posted on 11/07/2012 6:23:49 AM PST by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Jay777

The problem is not the lack of a Ronald Reagan to lead the GOP, but the lack of the electorate who elected Reagan.


40 posted on 11/07/2012 6:39:02 AM PST by ConservativeLawyer (America needs God's blessings)
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To: MuttTheHoople

Now I know what it must have been like when the Nazis marched into France. Four dark years of starvation and race politics, few jobs and and one party politics—The GOP is dead. Only wise leftists are left to rule as tyrants. They played it right. The MSM, Unions, Hollywood power brokers, and minorities will always win—Elections are done. From this point on—Why Vote? Only Democrats will ever win—No Republican will ever sleep in the White House from this point on.


41 posted on 11/07/2012 6:41:51 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Empire_of_Liberty
Who is John Galt? (A.S. For Dummies - Starve the Rats, or they will be eating you!)

I agree.

42 posted on 11/07/2012 6:43:19 AM PST by 09Patriot (your freedom to be you, includes my freedom to be from you.--Wilkow)
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To: CASchack
I'm just frustrated that I started to believe the predictions of those in conservative media...

It's now clear the conservative media aren't any more honest than the liberal biased MSM. They'll say whatever they think we want to hear, just to keep us tuning in day after day. We shouldn't ever forget their true customers are their advertisers, NOT their audiences.

43 posted on 11/07/2012 7:13:55 AM PST by Hepsabeth
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