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G.O.P.s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming
The New York Times ^ | October 12, 2013 | JEREMY W. PETERS

Posted on 10/13/2013 5:01:16 PM PDT by Kenny

WASHINGTON — Next year was supposed to be a prime opportunity for Republicans to retake the Senate. And for a while, everything seemed to be breaking their way: a wave of Democratic retirements, a fluke in the electoral map that put a large number of races in states that President Obama lost, a strong farm team of conservative Senate hopefuls from the House.

Then the government shut down. Now, instead of sharpening their attacks on Democrats, Republicans on Capitol Hill are being forced to explain why they are not to blame and why Americans should trust them to govern both houses of Congress when the one they do run is in such disarray. Complicating the prospects, the grass-roots political force that has provided so much of the energy for conservative victories over the last four years — the Tea Party — is aggressively working against Republicans it considers not conservative enough.

As a result, many Republicans are openly worrying that the fallout from the fiscal battles paralyzing the capital will hit hardest not in the House, which seems safely in Republican hands thanks to carefully redrawn districts, but in the Senate. Republican infighting, they say, has given Democrats the cover they need to deflect blame and keep their majority.

“The Tea Party benefits when the energy is focused on the Democratic Party and their agenda,” said Brian Walsh, a Republican consultant and former strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “What’s concerning is a select few groups trying to turn that fire inward on the Republican Party. And that is not helpful.”

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1 posted on 10/13/2013 5:01:16 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Kenny
Aww isn't that sweet, the times is concerned about our welfare again.

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2 posted on 10/13/2013 5:02:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kenny

Well, if the Times says it, it must be true. /s


3 posted on 10/13/2013 5:02:42 PM PDT by jospehm20
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As if the slimes and conventional wisdom are ever correct!?


4 posted on 10/13/2013 5:03:39 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: jospehm20

They keep saying Palin is a has-been.


5 posted on 10/13/2013 5:04:04 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Kenny
The New York Slime: all the news that fits its agenda. How convenient.
6 posted on 10/13/2013 5:05:30 PM PDT by Fungi
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If there is any organization with more experience with “dimming” than the New York Slimes, I am at a loss to name it.


7 posted on 10/13/2013 5:05:50 PM PDT by John Valentine (Deep in the Heart of Texas)
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To: Kenny
All Senate Politics are local.

That's apparently why McConnell has been maintaining a low profile while apparently saturating the KY airwaves claimed to be to the right of Reagan.

It ain't over till it's over.

Not only defund 0bamaDontCare, pick one of two other 'Rat favorite programs for defunding.

8 posted on 10/13/2013 5:06:08 PM PDT by Paladin2
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“The Tea Party benefits when the energy is focused on the Democratic Party and their agenda,” said Brian Walsh, a Republican consultant and former strategist for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “What’s concerning is a select few groups trying to turn that fire inward on the Republican Party. And that is not helpful.”

Hey Brian, was that your effort in 12'? you know the one that many of us sent a great deal of money to give President Romney a Conservative Senate, cause if it was, in the words of Donald Trump, Your Fired. because it sucked and failed, and we are firing inward because those inward have been firing volleys at us since you tried to take out Palin in 08' and we have ****ing had it with you and your dang Party!

I feel better now...

9 posted on 10/13/2013 5:06:39 PM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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The leftist toads were spewing this crap before the 2012 election also. It’s BS. As long as those who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living, the Senate will always be ruled by the DemocRATS and their commie lib RINO toadies.


10 posted on 10/13/2013 5:07:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Constitution is obsolete only if you see Mein Kampf or the Communist Manifesto as a replacement.)
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G.O.P.’s Hopes to Take Senate Are Dimming

Uh... oh....
The New York Times columnist is inferring here that the GOP needs to cave, and cave fast, if they want to improve their poll numbers. Yessirree, caving is just what will attract new voters top the GOP.

11 posted on 10/13/2013 5:08:29 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: cripplecreek

....send Linda Graham home....


12 posted on 10/13/2013 5:08:55 PM PDT by ptsal (Repubicans swallowing more kool-aide from Rove & Kristol)
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Well, McConnell, McCain, and Graham sure ain’t helping the GOP brand.


13 posted on 10/13/2013 5:09:13 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Refuse; Resist; Rebel; Revolt!)
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It’s nice to know the NYT is concerned about the GOP’s electoral success.


14 posted on 10/13/2013 5:09:21 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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If their hopes are dimming its because of phonies like McCain, and poltroons like McConnell.

The Tea Party is showing them the way to succeed, but they are either too stupid or too cowardly to listen.

15 posted on 10/13/2013 5:09:24 PM PDT by skeeter
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Not only defund 0bamaDontCare, pick one of two other 'Rat favorite programs for defunding.

As I told some whiney liberal tonight who was screeching about Obamacare being "THE LAW OF THE LAND". Not only are we going to overturn Obamacare, we're taking a chainsaw to the base of the whole liberal ivory tower and they'll have to go all the way if they hope to have any chance of stopping us.
16 posted on 10/13/2013 5:10:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kenny

Any republican who listens to the NYT advise isn’t a republican. They are a dem-lite and worthless as a bucket of warm spit. Go Tea Party and constitutional conservatives! Take back America!


17 posted on 10/13/2013 5:11:04 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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Now, instead of sharpening their attacks on Democrats, Republicans on Capitol Hill are being forced to explain why they are not to blame

Explain it to who? The democrats? Independents and republicans don't need an explanation. We elected these people to prevent government from spending our money foolishly. Finally, they are starting to do their job. No explanation necessary.


18 posted on 10/13/2013 5:11:13 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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Boy, they are really pouring on the propaganda.
Republicans split.
Republicans angry with Tea party.
Senate republicans tell House to surrender.
Republicans in Chaos.
Republicans to lose Senate AGAIN.
Republicans to lose House.
Republicans to be in reeducation camps before end of
Obama’s third term...


19 posted on 10/13/2013 5:12:57 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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The New York Slimes...also known as the Onion NY.


20 posted on 10/13/2013 5:14:01 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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