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GOP Turns Sure Victory into Defeat
Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2011 | Michael Reagan

Posted on 11/08/2012 7:03:34 AM PST by Kaslin

Wait until next year -- 2016, that is.

That’s what disappointed Republican spinners kept saying Tuesday night as they watched Mitt Romney’s hopes crash and burn in swing state after swing state.

How many times did I hear a Republican talk about how their party’s deep bench of future all-stars will return it to power in Washington in four years?

But all the Ryans, Rubios, Bushes, Haleys and Christies in America can’t put the GOP -- or the country -- back together again.

The GOP is a wreck -- and not just in California, where the party’s registration is now below 30 percent.

Look how easily the Republican Party managed to turn what should have been a sure victory over an incompetent and dangerous incumbent into an embarrassing defeat.

First they tore each other to shreds in a bitter primary, smearing their eventual nominee in debates as a rich, uncaring profiteer who put working people out on the street and shipped their jobs overseas.

Then, while Obama’s ads in the battleground states reinforced the Republican-made caricature of Mitt, the Romney campaign did just about everything wrong.

It squandered the GOP convention and tried to make their candidate into “Mitt the Moderate.” Team Romney also shunned their natural allies in talk radio and didn’t reach out for help from conservatives like me.

I would have been glad to help the Romney campaign in Ohio or Pennsylvania, where I worked for my father in 1980. I offered, but the phone never rang. It didn’t ring for Bill O’Reilly or for the other major radio and TV talk shows, either.

But Team Romney’s biggest mistake was playing prevent defense after his big victory in the first debate. It was a terrible, fatal blunder.

Instead of hammering away at the horror of Obamacare, the cover-up in Benghazi and President Eye-Candy’s four years of failure, Romney ran the last five weeks hoping the clock would run out before Obama could recover.

But you don’t play prevent defense when you are running in second place in Ohio, Virginia, Florida -- and Tuesday’s results proved it.

Hurricane Sandy struck Mitt a final blow, giving Obama the chance to look presidential and making Mitt disappear from the media for four days.

But give credit to Obama’s Chicago Gang. They ran a much better campaign -- on the ground and in the air. They got out the vote and Obama got out his message of class envy and federal entitlements for all, without any trouble from his toadies in the media.

Now bigger deficits, higher taxes and a stagnant economy lie ahead for as far as the eye can see. And socialized medicine -- which my father warned was coming to America 50 years ago -- is going to soon become a reality via Obamacare.

Team Romney blew an easy win because it had a poor game plan. But it also lost because the Republican Party is all talk and no guts when it comes to fighting for real conservatism -- Ronald Reagan conservatism.

GOP bigwigs constantly praise my father. For years they’ve used him to suck true conservatives into the party, but they’ve never really embraced Reaganism or its ideals.

They didn’t in the 1980s and they still don’t today. They only talk about him. The party bosses don’t really think like him.

Most of those Republican candidates who lost Tuesday played the same game of pretend. “I’m like Ronald Reagan!” “No, I’m like Ronald Reagan!”

But most of them aren’t like my father. They weren’t waving the “bold colors” of real conservatism he talked about in 1975. The banners of the losers -- like Mitt’s -- were colored in “pale pastels.”

The GOP needs a new playbook. Unless it starts embracing my father’s conservative ideals instead of just paying lip service to them, the so-called “Party of Ronald Reagan” may never win another national election.


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1 posted on 11/08/2012 7:03:37 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Pretty much that and then some. As I said twice today ~ when you focus your campaign on the non-existent undecided moderate middle, you lose the attention of Republican voters, and you lose.

The campaign is not the time to go for votes ~ that's the time to get your own people prepped and interested in voting.

You line them up with a lot of hard work over the years preceding the election ~ you find them, register them, and keep them informed.

You then avoid insulting them, or telling certain factions you don't need them.

It's good to see Romney out of the election circuit. Now to get rid of his feckless advisors.

2 posted on 11/08/2012 7:09:51 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Kaslin

Rondald Reagan got 54% of white voted and won in a landslide.

Romney got 60% of the white vote and lost by a couple million.

Latinos were 10% of all votes abs voted 71% for Obama (amnesty).

Single women voted for Obama, especially single mothers. 40% of all births are now out of wedlock in the U. S.

California used to be solid Republican. Now Dems have a super majority. What changed? Demographics. Look at the projections for the next 50 years. We’re on the way to Whig party status.


3 posted on 11/08/2012 7:10:03 AM PST by TigerClaws
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To: Kaslin

The GOP needs to clean out the Democrats it has in it.

First things first.

Get rid of Boehner and Mitch McConnell and find someone with a pair of balls. Make Newt Gingrich head of the RNC.


4 posted on 11/08/2012 7:11:14 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Kaslin
The GOP needs a new playbook. Unless it starts embracing my father’s conservative ideals instead of just paying lip service to them, the so-called “Party of Ronald Reagan” may never win another national election.

Well said. Was talking to a fellow Republican co-worker this morning about the loss. Question I asked him was, "What GOP candidate since Reagan has even tried to make the argument in favor of conservatism?"

Answer: None of them.

5 posted on 11/08/2012 7:12:40 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Kaslin
He's right. I want a choice other than Democrat and Democrat-Lite.

And next time, don't let the media choose the candidate. Please!

6 posted on 11/08/2012 7:13:54 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Kaslin

I still believe what Miit Romney said is true, we are becoming a nation of takers not makers. I don’t know if 47percent is accurate but it probably is close. There are too many who want their lives to be controlled by the government today. How can any conservative win against that philosophy? Now eventually money is going to run out. We will be like Europe. Then those who are takers will be rioting when they are truly hungry. The makers just need to be sure to safeguard whatever they are able.


7 posted on 11/08/2012 7:14:56 AM PST by HangingTuff
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To: Kaslin

What all these analyses miss is what I think really cost Romney. Mitt would repeatedly say “The president has tried, but it isn’t working, time for a change”. Totally inept tactic. That legitimized Obama as ‘making the effort’ to correct Bush’s ‘mistakes’. That helped the voters buy into the meme that Obama just hadn’t had enough time.


8 posted on 11/08/2012 7:15:14 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: Kaslin

Hate to say it, but its Mr. Reagan’s father that opened the door to our current troubles. He is the one who basically stopped patrolling our Southern border and granted amnesty to illegals back in 1986. Back then, the GOP was more concerned about getting “cheap labor” to business than the long term political implications of flood our country with illegals.

Let’s face the ugly truth: we have lost control. The inmates are running the asylum and they will gain incrementally more control every year. Only a total crash of the System will change the equation. I actually think that’s inevitable, but it will be very painful for everyone.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 7:15:35 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Kaslin

I like Michael Reagan but I don’t think he is right here. Republicans governors now account for 2/3 of the governorships. Republicans are making gains at state levels. The GOP convention showed the Republicans have a very good bench.


10 posted on 11/08/2012 7:17:46 AM PST by zt1053
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To: TigerClaws

100% correct. We CAN’T win. Factor in the fact that nearly half of us are in the welfare wagon, AND HALF THE PEOPLE PULLING THE WAGON, ARE HAPPY DOING SO, AND WANT EVEN MORE PEOPLE IN THE WAGON, and we are FINISHED!


11 posted on 11/08/2012 7:18:38 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Kaslin
As terrible as it is to have to lose to a bum like Odouchebag, as big or bigger disappointment were the Senate races. We threw away to gimme Senate seats (MO and IN) because of bonehead candidates who couldn't keep their stupid mouths shut when it came to a "gotcha" issue (rape and abortion). Yes, I know they were Tea Party favorites, but the truth is the truth, and these candidates were politically stupid to say the things they said in the way that they said them.

Then there were the "sure pickups" in ND and MT. We lost them both. We couldn't beat that idiot Stabenow in MI. Tommy Thompson lost in WI. Basically all the Senate races that were within our grasp slipped away. That is a facet of this disaster of an election that hasn't got much attention.

12 posted on 11/08/2012 7:18:38 AM PST by chimera
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To: TigerClaws

"Rondald Reagan got 54% of white voted and won in a landslide. Romney got 60% of the white vote and lost by a couple million. Latinos were 10% of all votes.... What changed? Demographics."

Nope. What Major Demographic Shift?

Romney lost on his GOTV effort.

13 posted on 11/08/2012 7:19:28 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Kaslin

Republicans are eons behind Democrats in getting the vote out via social media, etc. Republicans worry more about upsetting Democrats and Republican strategy has been to play defense. Republicans have failed miserably to teach minorities how Democrats have kept them as substandard citizens through 40 years of welfare, treating people only as pawns to who deliver votes in return to things like Obamaphones and welfare checks. Democrats fought the civil right movement yet Republicans would never tell you that. Democrats use tax money to create social programs that never offer minorities a chance to better themselves or the future of their families but Republicans don’t tell you that. It’s time to get nads and get tough.


14 posted on 11/08/2012 7:20:07 AM PST by From The Deer Stand
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To: TigerClaws

I agree with every word you said. Unfortunately, supporting amnesty (which Latinos want) will only hasten the transition to a Socalist state. Too many of the new arrivals want free stuff, not Capitalism or liberty. We will not get a two party System—we will get Mexico...or worse South Africa.

Unfortunately, I have no idea what a peaceful solution might be. There may be none.


15 posted on 11/08/2012 7:20:33 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Thane_Banquo
Was talking to a fellow Republican co-worker this morning about the loss. Question I asked him was, "What GOP candidate since Reagan has even tried to make the argument in favor of conservatism?"

Answer: None of them.

Are you referring the Republican fields of candidates competing in primaries, or only those who made it as the Party nominee to the general election? Because the former offered several true conservatives, the latter, not so much.

16 posted on 11/08/2012 7:21:21 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Kaslin

Sure haven’t heard much out of Reice Pubis. Where’s he hiding?


17 posted on 11/08/2012 7:22:22 AM PST by Mashood
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To: rbg81
Not so President Reagan made a deal to agree to amnesty in exchange for closing the border Democrats reneged on their part of the agreement!!!
18 posted on 11/08/2012 7:23:47 AM PST by ontap
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To: Kaslin

If the Republicans can’t win against an incumbent who has 8% (really 20%) unemployment, 2% GDP (really <1%) growth, foreign policy is shambles (Benghazi, Iran nukes, Al-Queda on the rise), illegal immigrants pouring over the borders, drug kingpins dumping TONS of drugs into our nation(And the F&F scandal on top of that!) and crime rates rising for the first time in 20 years, then they don’t want to win, they want the status quo in perpetuity.

They quibbled over Big Bird, name calling, and anything else except the real record of the incompetent incumbent.....


19 posted on 11/08/2012 7:23:47 AM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: rbg81

It was unfortunate, that President Reagan was under continous pressure from the Rockefellor-Bush camp to satisfy their urges.


20 posted on 11/08/2012 7:25:26 AM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: chimera

Look the day that a WHITE, SUCCESSFUL, WEALTHY, UNHIP GUY gets elected might be around never... people vote today in a POP CULTURE SOCIAL MEDIA kind of way. The Liberals and Democrats are so much better at that game and build so many coalitions through that structure. Here in California the GOP is gone. I can find few outside my Orange County town of Newport and it is just NOT in VOGUE here to even say Republican.

The Demographic face of America has changed and you either change with it accordingly or it leaves you.


21 posted on 11/08/2012 7:28:50 AM PST by Republic Rocker
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To: rbg81
Unfortunately, I have no idea what a peaceful solution might be. There may be none.

When I suggested that America may need a Pinochet person to run this country, I was met with derision that was even of a sexual nature. I still think I am correct and more so during these days.

And there is no right for people who want stuff to take it from the rich and the middle class. From each according to his ability to each according to his needs may be written down in the "Communist Manifesto," but what is a written is history where 100 million people were killed by Communism and they may even be counted as the lucky ones who no longer had to suffer through that horrid system.

22 posted on 11/08/2012 7:29:03 AM PST by Stepan12
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To: fwdude

I was referring to the eventual nominee. To be sure, several candidates this time in the primary advanced a conservative agenda, but Romney ended up slandering all of them, so we ended up with the Massachusetts moderate.


23 posted on 11/08/2012 7:30:11 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Kaslin

Michael Reagan blames the victim for the crime.

Stolen votes and fraudulent votes are the problem.


24 posted on 11/08/2012 7:32:57 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: ontap

Not so President Reagan made a deal to agree to amnesty in exchange for closing the border Democrats reneged on their part of the agreement!!!


What I recall is that in the early 80s, as part of budget reductions, Reagan slashed the border patrol.

As as far as the Democrats reneging—give me a break. Reagan was President and CINC. He could have taken steps, including executive orders and veto threats, to ensure the border was secured. He didn’t do it because he didn’t care.


25 posted on 11/08/2012 7:34:47 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Qbert

EXACTLY!!!!

Obama won because he got more of his drones to vote. It is simple “blocking and tackling”. We are getting beat on the ground.

We also need RUBIO and CRUZ to start becoming more visible in the Latino community. We must get 50% of the Latino vote.

The good news is the 2014 election cycle. If things go as poorly as expected and knowing a lot of Obama voters don’t participate, we need to elect more conservatives to the House. There are 20 Democrat Senators and 13 Republicans on the ballot. We need to start organizing to win +5 or +6 seats. Winnin back the Senate and getting rid of the evil Harry Reid is a MUST. Alaska, NC, and South Dakota should be an easy 3. We need Montana, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, Iowa, and Colorado.

GET GOOD CANDIDATES NOW!!!!! START ATTACKING THE INCUMBENTS NOW till election day. Best money we can spend.


26 posted on 11/08/2012 7:37:22 AM PST by LeonardFMason
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To: TigerClaws
Rondald Reagan got 54% of white voted and won in a landslide.

Romney got 60% of the white vote and lost by a couple million.

Lots of people are posting that comparison, but does it really mean anything? Do you think Reagan was a better campaigner than Romnney? Do you think maybe he could have won more votes in 2012 than Romney?

And you failed to say that Regan got 43% of the Latino vote.

I'd bet he could have gotten 65% - 70% of the white vote this year and motivated a few million more to go to the polls and vote.

27 posted on 11/08/2012 7:38:33 AM PST by Will88
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To: Kaslin

I do agree on parts of this analysis, but I will also blame the American people’s short term memory. Just two years ago, FISCAL SANITY and FISCAL SANITY ONLY saved the day. A TEA Party sweep! Two fast years later and we cannot bring that same enthusiasm? We cannot even match the popular vote of the pathetic John McCain? And then in the waning hours of the campaign, in comes an idiot like Mourdock and his insane RAPE comment. The support from undecided women was trending heavily toward Romney until that comment. And so once again, an election that should have been focused on our FISCAL cliff was transformed into a social policies war. And guess what. We lost that war again!


28 posted on 11/08/2012 7:40:42 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: Kaslin
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Kaslin ...


"Thanks" for taking the time to post this, and other great articles, at Free Republic ...


Patton@Bastogne



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29 posted on 11/08/2012 7:41:09 AM PST by Patton@Bastogne (Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin will DEFEAT the Obama-Romney Socialist Gay-Marriage Axis of Evil)
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To: rbg81
He didn’t do it because he didn’t care.

One of the stupidest comments I have read!!!

30 posted on 11/08/2012 7:41:59 AM PST by ontap
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To: TigerClaws
Reagan got 54% of white voted and won in a landslide

What's your source? This source disagrees:

Roper Center - How Groups Voted in 1980

Roper Center - How Groups Voted in 1984

31 posted on 11/08/2012 7:43:47 AM PST by willieroe
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To: LeonardFMason

Brown skinned Hispanics are not going to vote for a white Hispanic and add Republican,who reminds them of the Oligarchs that ruled over them in many Latin countries.


32 posted on 11/08/2012 7:46:14 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Stepan12

If it becomes impossible for us to stop the marxists at the polls, that is exactly what the choice will come down to, because everyone will realize that Conservatism can’t win in that situation. There is only one other system that can stop marxists once elections fail, and so that will be the only alternative left. Nobody is going to be happy in that situation, but the left will have brought it upon themselves by undermining our Republic.


33 posted on 11/08/2012 7:48:12 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: HangingTuff
Unfortunately, Romney shamed a lot of people who know they are "on the take" from big gov't, yet they would like very much to *NOT BE.*

They became angry about their being positioned by Romney, onto the national stage and spotlight --- where their embarrassment over their difficulties that are not of their own making nor wishes --- was made subject to apparent ridicule by the very brand of bad management who was *the type* whose failed business leadership resulted in these people's economic straights, yet the same "type" was trying to become President.

Obama's high-tech intel-research sensed that as a big problem for Romney, and Obama's ads succeeded in placing Romney as *the cause of these people's unemployment and need* in addition to opening the wound caused by Romney's "47 percent" comment.

These people --- particularly the Reagan Democrats among them --- showed up to vote, but did not vote for either candidate for President, though some bit their tongues and voted for Romney for only one reason: an attempt to protect their right to keep and bear Arms.

34 posted on 11/08/2012 7:50:49 AM PST by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: HangingTuff

Yes and no.

We have been exporting American jobs now for a full generation.

China now has an unemployment rate like we used to.

China is now growing and taking over.

Yes. Taking over. We need to stop sending jobs to China, and bring jobs back to America.

Now.

How did we as a party become blind to this??

The Dems or the GOP need to do something about this, or we need a new party.

The problem has gone (way) beyond critical.


35 posted on 11/08/2012 7:50:51 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (America doesn't need any new laws. America needs freedom!)
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To: HangingTuff
Then those who are takers will be rioting when they are truly hungry. The makers just need to be sure to safeguard whatever they are able.

It boils down to; We are headed for The Cliff. We will go over. Civil war is coming and those without guns will die.

36 posted on 11/08/2012 7:59:14 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 1)
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To: Boogieman
Keep in mind that Obama's mentor, Bill Ayers, wrote a book called "Prairie Fire," That book (dedicated to Sirhan Sirhan amongst others) called for the murder of 75 million Americans who cannot be re educated.

During his initial four years, Hitler did not really kill en masse. It was after those four years that the bloody ball got rolling; e.g., kristalnacht, WWII, the holocaust; etc.

Obama and the Democrats are capable of anything and no scrap of paper written by dead white men, some of whom were slaveholders, is going to stop him.

37 posted on 11/08/2012 8:00:35 AM PST by Stepan12
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To: zt1053
The GOP convention showed the Republicans have a very good bench.

And yet:

Virginia - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Ohio - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Pennsylvania - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Nevada - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
New Mexico - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Iowa - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Wisconsin - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
New Jersey - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Florida - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama
Maine - GOP Governor, state goes for Obama

Kentucky - Dem Governor, state goes for Romney
West Virginia - Dem Governor, state goes for Romney
Missouri - Dem Governor, state goes for Romney
Arkansas - Dem Governor, state goes for Romney
38 posted on 11/08/2012 8:02:53 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (We the People are coming!!)
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To: TigerClaws

As long as our party is anti-immigrant we will lose national elections by increasing margins.


39 posted on 11/08/2012 8:03:45 AM PST by babble-on
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To: ontap

One of the stupidest comments I have read!!!


Yeah, whatever. You are obviously in denial.

In many ways, Reagan was a great President. But he totally dropped the ball on his responsibility to secure our borders. And the proof is that we’re living with the demographic consequences today.


40 posted on 11/08/2012 8:03:46 AM PST by rbg81
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To: Kaslin

By 2016 there may not be anything left to save!


41 posted on 11/08/2012 8:06:42 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: babble-on

Obama did not win by a 49 state Reagan landslide. It was 51-49. That is hardly a supper majority. I think everyone here needs to check this article out.
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/what_major_demographic_shift_comments.html#disqus_thread


42 posted on 11/08/2012 8:08:12 AM PST by zt1053
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To: zt1053

So an article purportedly about Demographics does not once mention Demographics. Thanks for sharing.


43 posted on 11/08/2012 8:10:28 AM PST by babble-on
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To: Kaslin

The Republican Party and Republican contenders agreeing to that CNN Republican Presidential debate series was utter stupidity. The Republican candidates tore each other apart like gladiators; the job of finding the potential week spots in all the Republican candidates was done as a freebee for the Democratic Party by the Republican Party and its candidates even before the Republican candidate was selected.


44 posted on 11/08/2012 8:15:01 AM PST by Best and Brightest (Will the tainted main stream media cover the Benghazi fiasco now?)
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To: Red Badger

Remember too, that Obama didn’t face major scrutiny from the MSM.

It’s a truism, but worth repeating. The Democrat runs against the Republican. The Republican has to run against both the Democrat and the media.


45 posted on 11/08/2012 8:18:21 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: Venturer

The Republican party is finished! The Tea Party Conservatives must raise up and seize control—OR leave the party to for a new Nationalist Party—NOW. Sarah Palin lead us! Trump, put your money where your mouth is! Newt step forward to strike the blow for freedom. We need a party not filled with Cravens! We bit our tongues and supported Mitt, the Mormon, Flip Flopper and see where it took us? NO MORE RINOS! No truck with traitors (Like Gov. Christe — let him hug his way into the Democrat Party).


46 posted on 11/08/2012 8:19:40 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Thane_Banquo
...we ended up with the Massachusetts moderate.

Moderate from Massachusetts = raving liberal in most other states.

47 posted on 11/08/2012 8:20:27 AM PST by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: babble-on

I would take issue with your implying that the GOP is “anti-immigrant”. The GOP is against illegal immigration. We have a system of laws and policies dealing with those who come here legally.

Unfortunately the media and liberals take the stand against ILLEGAL immigration and say that the GOP is against all immigrants.

But you have a good point, that if the liberals and the media are able to push the narrative that the GOP is racist, xenophobic, bigoted, etc. then we will lose elections.


48 posted on 11/08/2012 8:24:20 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego ('s)
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To: chimera

Akin WAS NOT a Tea Party candidate. In fact, His opponents Brunner and Steelman both had Tea Party support during the primary while Akin DID NOT!


49 posted on 11/08/2012 8:30:43 AM PST by KansasGirl ("If you have a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."--B. Hussein Obama)
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To: ontap

Not so President Reagan made a deal to agree to amnesty in exchange for closing the border Democrats reneged on their part of the agreement!!!

Well then at the very least he was naive.


50 posted on 11/08/2012 8:31:11 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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