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The Initial Aftershocks
Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2012 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Posted on 11/08/2012 4:57:05 AM PST by Kaslin

Nobody likes to lose. But defeats can prove advantageous if used as a learning tool. Newt Gingrich lost his first two congressional campaigns, but won his third. Twenty years after his first defeat, he changed the nation with the Contract With America.

Those who may be disheartened and dismayed over Tuesday's election results might want to consider this: Our nation is strong and resilient, and the results must be used as an opportunity to learn rather than an opportunity to lay blame.

President Obama won. A sitting president always has an advantage, but with a listing economy, high unemployment and Obama's debilitating debate performance, Republican nominee Mitt Romany looked as if he had a real chance -- and he did.

Two short campaign takeaways:

Liberals' feelings beat conservative facts.

Obama's emotional appeal that he cares about people trumps conservative facts. Obama says he cares, and people believe.

Republicans can talk about the 23 million people who are underemployed or unemployed, about the 60 percent rise in debt since Obama took office, about the regulations that are strangling business, but if voters do not believe they are cared about, they can't listen.

Takeaway: If people don't believe you care about them, they can't listen to you and process facts. To test, try this with people you love: Tell them you don't care about them, and then try to have a facts-based conversation. They will focus not on the facts but on why you don't love them.

Republicans are terrible communicators. They busily compile facts but forget to reach out to women and minorities. Then they wonder why those groups won't listen to or accept their facts.

Republicans should include women and minorities in their policy discussions and then ask them how best to communicate to their communities that they do care. Only after that would it help to point out how Republican policies would benefit those groups.

Takeaway: Inclusion is the solution.

Where are we after the elections?

Obama managed to grind out a re-election victory.

The House of Representatives has remained in solid Republican control and will be led by Speaker John Boehner.

The Democrats have retained the Senate and will be led by Majority Leader Harry Reid. Our national government remains split between Republicans and Democrats. This means that, to make progress, the two parties must work with one another.

We have shown as recently as last week that we can do it: The American people responded to Hurricane Sandy by working together and helping people. Our country is more important than either party.

The American people want their political leaders to work together for the good of our nation.

Boehner has control of the House schedule for bills. He has the opportunity to set the tone and agenda. Boehner should schedule a series of small, incremental, nondivisive bills that Republicans and Democrats would both want to vote for. They could be about anything: The color of the carpet on the floor of the House, a special thanks our troops. The purpose of the bills would be to create an environment where Republicans and Democrats would work together to pass bills that help America.

The passage of these bills should include photo ops for both sides that tout Americans working together for our future.

Boehner would then be able to go to Obama as a speaker who is willing to work with Democrats. This would force Obama to begin to work with Republicans.

The public would become used to a Congress working together, and would wonder why the Senate and president were not able to place our country first.

With a narrow victory this election, Obama does not have a mandate, but hehas an opportunity to carry out the high ideals of his victory speech.

"You elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours," Obama said Tuesday night. "And in the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. Reducing our deficit. Reforming our tax code. Fixing our immigration system. Freeing ourselves from foreign oil. We've got more work to do."

Work to do indeed. With a slim win this election, Obama has the opportunity to go beyond flowery rhetoric. He can return to Washington, reach out to Boehner and begin the real work of putting country


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1 posted on 11/08/2012 4:57:08 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Just two years ago we had big wins.

The primaries are killing us. Social issues hurt us with hint voters and single women. Demographics are shifting.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 5:04:51 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: Kaslin

“Boehner would then be able to go to Obama as a speaker who is willing to work with Democrats. This would force Obama to begin to work with Republicans.”

Put down the crack pipe. Whoever wrote this is out of touch with reality.


3 posted on 11/08/2012 5:07:47 AM PST by Jim Noble (Diseases desperate grown are by desperate appliance relieved or not at all.)
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To: Kaslin
Democrats...."TAKE CARE OF US, WE'RE TOO STUPID TO DO IT OURSELVES".

.Republicans....."LEAVE US ALONE, WE CAN DO IT BY OURSELVES".

Hey Jackie....what is more CARING than telling people you can get them JOBS???????

4 posted on 11/08/2012 5:09:53 AM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Kaslin

“Boehner would then be able to go to Obama as a speaker who is willing to work with Democrats. This would force Obama to begin to work with Republicans.”

This is hysterical. Boehner is already talking about raising taxes to appease “The Won”.


5 posted on 11/08/2012 5:10:32 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Kaslin
If people don't believe you care about them...

The GOP/RNC republican party does not CARE about conservatives, so we say GFY GOP! They've LOST 5 out of 6 times.

What has to happen for rinos to understand they are LOSERS nationally?

6 posted on 11/08/2012 5:14:13 AM PST by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: Kaslin
The Country is on fire and Jackie Gingrich Cushman wants to plant flowers.
7 posted on 11/08/2012 5:15:42 AM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Kaslin
It doesn't matter what Boehner and the ‘Pubs do or don't do. Obama and the media will stab them in the back. Why don't they get this? If you're going to get stabbed in the back anyway, you might as well go down fighting for what you believe in, rather than some warmed-over re-hash of “bipartisanship”.
8 posted on 11/08/2012 5:16:08 AM PST by chimera
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To: Kaslin

In other words, we are increasingly a population of overgrown children who do not care about anything but our personal feelings, needs, and egos. I have said again and again: liberals do not reach full adulthood psychologically. Indeed many people don’t unless there is someone to set an example and show the way. It used to be that there was a great deal of literature out there for the young to absorb that gave them this guidance. Children’s books were about how to attain a certain level of virtue. They aren’t about that anymore. The Age of Reason is OVER. We are now in the Age of Emotion.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 5:20:10 AM PST by A_perfect_lady
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To: Kaslin
Republicans are terrible communicators. They busily compile facts but forget to reach out to women and minorities. Then they wonder why those groups won't listen to or accept their facts.

I don't agree with this. Republicans have done PLENTY of outreach to women and minorities, particularly Hispanics. It didn't help them.

10 posted on 11/08/2012 5:20:47 AM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: TigerClaws

Then, the problem is not with the Republicans.

It is with the populace at large.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 5:25:50 AM PST by sauropod (For Barack so loved the poor, he created millions more of them.)
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To: Kaslin

Be more inclusive to minorities and women you say.
What was Condoleeza Rice? a white male?
What was Gonzalez?
Marco Rubio?
Clarence Thomas?
The people who spoke at the Republican convention?

What is the definition of inclusion of women?
Paying for birth control and abortion on demand?
This isn’t going to work. 94% of blacks voted for Obama.
88% of Blacks voted for Kerry. Does that mean those percentages of blacks are liberal? It sounds like it is true. Republicans should stop feeling guilty about CONSERVATISM. Start explaining conservatism and trying to challenge both Hispanics and Blacks about the way they vote and the consequences. Both groups will suffer more and longer under the Democcrats.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 5:28:05 AM PST by DOGHEAD
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To: Ann Archy

it’s how the message is conveyed. We’ve lost the media wars — conservatives among blacks, asians, hispanics who share our social values are being misled to believeing the GOP is a milder version of the KKK. We need to tell the truth


13 posted on 11/08/2012 5:28:05 AM PST by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Kaslin
This means that, to make progress, the two parties must work with one another.

Define 'progress.

If it's the kind of progress we've had during Zero's first term, I'll take gridlock.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 5:29:19 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (You are not now, and will never be my President, Mr. Obama.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

I know it sounds harsh but I will NEVER willingly send money to help people who live in democrat strongholds. Let their fellow “compassionate” liberals help out.

Unless you are a struggling conservative, don’t be knocking on my door for help.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 5:58:11 AM PST by Josa
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To: TigerClaws

I felt a little better after seeing who is up for reelection in the Senate in 2014....wow. repubs could do quite well if the conservatives in those states decide who they want their candidate to be and the elites in dc stay far away. Plus I think a lot of those up in 2016 r going to b hesitant to go along with anything to radical.


16 posted on 11/08/2012 6:07:05 AM PST by yellowdoghunter
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To: Jim Noble

” Put down the crack pipe. Whoever wrote this is out of touch with reality.”

Beware women with three names.

Now, if she were suggesting we take the lemon we were handed and make lemon daiquiris...heavy on the rum...she might have a point. Don’t worry, be happy.


17 posted on 11/08/2012 6:31:53 AM PST by moovova
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To: chimera
It doesn't matter what Boehner and the ‘Pubs do or don't do. Obama and the media will stab them in the back. Why don't they get this? If you're going to get stabbed in the back anyway, you might as well go down fighting for what you believe in, rather than some warmed-over re-hash of “bipartisanship”.

BTTT

18 posted on 11/08/2012 8:29:54 AM PST by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: TigerClaws

[Just two years ago we had big wins.]

Two years from now we will have big wins.


19 posted on 11/08/2012 12:08:49 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP keeps running non conservative RINOs and they wonder what happened. Bizarre.


20 posted on 11/09/2012 1:16:12 AM PST by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Kaslin
The writer of this article is under the false impression that Democrats care about this nation.

They only care about power.

What we can hope for is gridlock.

21 posted on 11/09/2012 3:36:34 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Brad from Tennessee
Two years from now we will have big wins.

No we won't.

Read this for why I say that.

22 posted on 11/09/2012 3:44:36 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: wastoute

The GOP’s been trying to marginalize conservatives within the party for decades now, blaming their woes and losses on us. Wasn’t long ago that McCain was on the Senate floor railing against the “Hobbits” holding back progress.

I really think Romney was supposed to prove that the GOP no longer needs the conservative vote as he’d appeal to enough moderates and independents to win and conservatives could FINALLY be marginalized once and for all.

Didn’t work that way and no doubt they’ll blame it on us again, despite most of us sucking it up and heading to the polls for yet another RINO.

Well, no matter now. It’s done and all that’s left to do is live the consequences of our actions.


23 posted on 11/09/2012 3:52:40 AM PST by Nickname
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To: moovova

This sentence displays a TOTAL lack of reality based thought,”The purpose of the bills would be to create an environment where Republicans and Democrats would work together to pass bills that help America.”

Just where are these bills that help America? If they really exist the Democrats will refuse to vote for them, they only vote for the destruction of America.


24 posted on 11/09/2012 5:09:41 AM PST by RipSawyer (Free healthcare is worth FAR LESS than it costs.)
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To: Lazamataz

Thanks for link.


25 posted on 11/09/2012 12:16:31 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin

There is a nugget here I’ll agree with, and that’s in our messaging. We see the cold, hard facts and react to them, but for most people, they’re just numbers with no meaning. We, as a group, need to personalize the issues — not pander or change our positions, but instead explain them in a way that connects on an emotional level as well as a logical one.

It does no good to talk about “23 million people who are underemployed or unemployed” or the size of the debt to most people. It’s an abstraction, nothing concrete to them, despite being actual fact. Talk to them about how they and their neighbors are struggling to make ends meet, how college grads can’t find jobs, how all the government borrowing makes every item they buy more expensive.

Be ready to back things up with facts. But the appeal needs to be on the visceral level.


26 posted on 11/09/2012 12:23:01 PM PST by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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