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GOP strategist: Reagan is dead; move on
The Hill ^ | 1 Dec 13 | Molly K. Hooper

Posted on 12/01/2013 6:01:24 AM PST by SkyPilot

A Republican strategist is reminding his party that President Reagan is dead.

ADVERTISEMENT Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder."

Rule #1 of the political analyst's newly released book, "Hail Mary: The 10-Step Playbook for Republican Recovery," is: "Ronald Reagan is dead. Accept it."

Such a sentiment is sure to be tough to digest for a party insistent on using the 40th president's legacy as a GOP litmus test to prove conservative credentials.

"The Reagan fixation is a drag on the future success of the GOP at the national level. It undermines the candidates because it becomes a crutch for their inability to articulate an actual agenda or a forward-looking vision," he writes.

In an interview with The Hill, O'Connell says he combines his "two loves: politics and football" into his work “Hail Mary,” a sort-of political manual for presidential hopefuls.

The native Texan contends that he is "not pushing a personal agenda" in his blunt "playbook."

He says it is aimed squarely at the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, whom he handicaps in a chapter entitled “2016 Republican Presidential Scouting Report."

"This was an honest attempt to say, 'Hey, if you want to win the White House, you've got to understand the obstacles and what it's going to take to get 270 electoral votes, regardless of who the nominee is," O'Connell explains.

The book is geared toward political success at the national level, not the 2014 midterm congressional elections, a point he makes in Rule #9 "The Preseason Doesn't Win You the Super Bowl."

O'Connell says that Republicans failed to capitalize on the 2010 midterm election success when the GOP regained control...

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


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Among the book's 10 rules or "winning plays": "Stop Giving a S--t About Obama's Birthplace," "Hug the Gays (No, Really)" and "Kill Immigration Reform, Kill the GOP."

Wow. Just wow.

Remember, this is who the GOP leadership is paying big bucks. This is who the GOP leadership is listening to after they have had a few drinks.

Truth cannot be violated - the Law of Non-contradiction basically says that that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.

Reagan chose the correct course on issues (economic, military, social) because he was dealing with God given Truth. It drove his politics.

The "new" GOP is whispering in our ear that we must abandon all that is right, just, and true - because maybe (just maybe) we might get 270 Electoral Votes in 2016.

Here is how I would answer them on just a few issues:

- Amnesty is wrong: you do NOT reward millions of invading law breakers with citizenship, Food Stamps, TANF Welfare, and "free" medical care, instead, you make those who broke your laws pay the consequences

- The US global economic and political strength is directly tied to our military might, break the neck of the latter (as we are doing at warp speed), and the former two pillars will collapse

- You cannot separate "social conservatism" from "economic conservatism" because God will not reward a nation that murders it's unborn, applauds sexual filth, and spits in the face of the Almighty

Today, our GOP leaders are gutting the military, refusing to take a stand on Biblical Truth, and are flirting with Amnesty.

1 posted on 12/01/2013 6:01:24 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
A Karl Rove, Juan MeCain, Mitt Romney candidate?

Yeah! ..that's been working well for ya!

2 posted on 12/01/2013 6:04:06 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: SkyPilot

Sorry, Mr. Consultant, but for a good 80 percent of those who call themselves Republicans, this is the Party of Reagan, not of either Bush, or of Ford, or of McCain or of Dole. We remember a leader who stood for something, whom a recent poll named as the Best President of the past 100 years, who brought prosperity, employment, low/no inflation and an end to the Soviet Union, and whether some liked it or not, made Americans respected, if not liked, overseas. Sure, he had his faults and errors (he was human, as are we), including Lebanon and Iran-contra, but overall the Republican presidential alternatives are VERY pale pastels.


3 posted on 12/01/2013 6:06:06 AM PST by laconic
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To: SkyPilot
The GOPe is the walking dead.

Ditch Mitch to send a serious message.

4 posted on 12/01/2013 6:06:16 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SkyPilot

I agree that it’s time to move on from Reagan.

He only STARTED what we have to FINISH.


5 posted on 12/01/2013 6:06:20 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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bump


6 posted on 12/01/2013 6:07:05 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: SkyPilot
I'm with you. Reagan is dead (sadly), but that doesn't mean freedom is dead too. The Constitution means what it says, and anyone who does not support freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, protections against unreasonable search and seizure, a limited role for the federal government, or any other essential aspect of our Constitution is unacceptable.

I'm flexible in some areas, but not in the area of essential freedoms. If that is unrealistic, then so is the assumption that we can continue peaceably as one country.

7 posted on 12/01/2013 6:07:05 AM PST by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: SkyPilot

Worked on McCain’s campaign did he?
And how did that work out for him?

I have a better message.
McCain’s style of Republicanism is deader than dico as far as ever winning again at the National level...


8 posted on 12/01/2013 6:07:18 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: SkyPilot

This bunch is dead but don’t yet know it.

Reagan is timeless.


9 posted on 12/01/2013 6:07:25 AM PST by txrangerette ("...hold to the truth; speak without fear." (Glenn Beck))
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To: SkyPilot

This idiot is the “Republican” twin of Valerie Jarrett.


10 posted on 12/01/2013 6:07:30 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: SkyPilot
Ford O'Connell, John McNuts, Lindsey Grahamnesty, etc. is what is WRONG with the GOP!

Ted Cruz & Mike Lee are what it RIGHT with the GOP...

11 posted on 12/01/2013 6:11:02 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SkyPilot

The man may be dead but his ideas are certainly not.

Screw you O’Connell!


12 posted on 12/01/2013 6:11:14 AM PST by traderrob6
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To: SkyPilot
GOP strategist: Reagan is dead; move on

Newsflash, so are Hitler, Stalin and Lenin. FO...

13 posted on 12/01/2013 6:11:57 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Paladin2

I’ll agree to ditch Mitch as long as it doesn’t end up getting a democrat elected. Then the idea is foolish.


14 posted on 12/01/2013 6:12:32 AM PST by irish guard
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To: SkyPilot
"The evidence is overwhelming that O'Connell's ideas, in general, will fail. Becoming a liberal to defeat liberals has failed over and over and over and over again. But, like the liberals that are the Republican establishment, never learn from failure. Just double down and do the same thing again. "

The GOP obviously needs a better strategery than this drivel (Ford's kr@p).

15 posted on 12/01/2013 6:12:40 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: irish guard

Mitch needs to go, one way or the other.


16 posted on 12/01/2013 6:13:26 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: SkyPilot

“have you driven a ford lately”

Ford O’Connell??

Not this ford. Likely this Ford would be pushing president Ford instead of Reagan. Please leave the party and join the other side. That would help us. If not? SHUT UP AND GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!


17 posted on 12/01/2013 6:13:41 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SkyPilot

Let me guess: he wants yes to nominate Christie


18 posted on 12/01/2013 6:13:54 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: SkyPilot
I think we should double down on Reagan's principles and challenges.

Ronald Reagan 1980 Republican National Convention Acceptance Address
19 posted on 12/01/2013 6:16:26 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SkyPilot
Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign,

I don't need any advice from this guy. He sounds like Bob Bechel being an expert on political matters, while Fat Bobby waits by the phone expecting Walter Mondale to call looking for campaign advice.

20 posted on 12/01/2013 6:16:53 AM PST by Bernard (The Road To Hell is not paved with good results.)
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To: SkyPilot
A lot of us are moving on, from the Republican Party. It talks a good game in conservative areas during elections, then reverts to being the self-appointed conscience of Democrats the rest of the time. That's not what we want, it's why Reagan has been so lionized. They act as if it's all just a cult of personality.
21 posted on 12/01/2013 6:16:56 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SkyPilot

“Kill immigration reform kill the gop”. right there I had enough of this traitor.


22 posted on 12/01/2013 6:17:42 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: SkyPilot

Karl Marx is dead. Move on.


23 posted on 12/01/2013 6:19:14 AM PST by LachlanMinnesota
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To: SkyPilot

Oh yeah, because we all want to pay money to buy a book written by the guy who lost about how to win. LOLOLOLOLOL


24 posted on 12/01/2013 6:20:50 AM PST by McGavin999
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To: SkyPilot
Whenever any "expert" urges the faithful to move on from Reagan, what they really mean is they want us to learn how to take orders from Dems and be the Dem-lite party. Instead of getting rid of the welfare state, learn how to manage it better. Then you might be able to go to lib cocktail parties and tell them what a wonderful person you are.

My own advice is to run screaming from these "experts." To move on from Reagan means to desert basic conservative principles. That we cannot do.

25 posted on 12/01/2013 6:22:41 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Bernard

Ford Courtlandt O’Connell has FIVE degrees: Swarthmore College (BA), Duke University (MPP), University of Virginia (JD), University of Mississippi (MA), and Northwestern University (MSJ). It appears that other than go to school, the only thing Mr. O’Connell has ever done is “work” as a political analyst and writer. Anyone who would take advice from this guy deserves what he/she gets.


26 posted on 12/01/2013 6:23:37 AM PST by Zebra
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To: Caipirabob

So is FDR but the Democrats still are trying (and succeeding) in implementing his policies. Why would anyone listen to someone who thinks McCain & Romney were good candidates??


27 posted on 12/01/2013 6:23:46 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SkyPilot

Yes, Reagan is dead and the GOP has to evolve. But a big part of why the GOP is in the sorry state that it is is due to compromises and bad deals they made over the years—especially during the Reagan/Bush years. Motor Voter and the 1986 Amnesty (under Reagan) come to mind. I think border enforcement was probably better under Carter than Reagan.


28 posted on 12/01/2013 6:23:58 AM PST by rbg81
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To: SkyPilot
GOP strategist: Reagan is dead; move on

Let me guess: he doesn't want us peons to move on to Cruz.

29 posted on 12/01/2013 6:24:14 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: Zebra

Ford Courtlandt? Oh, Buela, peel me a grape!


30 posted on 12/01/2013 6:24:53 AM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SkyPilot
"if Republicans want to win lose the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder." their voter base of conservatives.
31 posted on 12/01/2013 6:25:08 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The only thing the Left has learned from the failures of socialism is not to call it that)
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To: Paladin2

That’s a good start.


32 posted on 12/01/2013 6:25:40 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Bushbacker1

Looks like GOP was slooowly infiltrated with progressives, and is being manipulated in the commie direction.
That would ‘splain the “eagerness” of going after Kenyan and his push for destroying US and fueling Caliphate domination.
Time to dump the RINO RATS and rejuvenate the GOP with Reaganite patriots.
GO SARAH!


33 posted on 12/01/2013 6:25:44 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: SkyPilot

Call this pig...

Ford O’connell \
2400 M St NW
Washington, DC 20037 (202) 758-2360


34 posted on 12/01/2013 6:26:00 AM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: SkyPilot
Ford O'Connell, who worked on Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, says if Republicans want to win the White House in 2016, they need to break free of the "obsessive Reagan disorder."

Oh! Well! A successful campaign worker of a solid Conservative candidate like McCain! And on a stellar year for us, 2008!

Well shucky darn, I better listen to EVERYTHING *this* expert has to say!

LOL!

35 posted on 12/01/2013 6:26:46 AM PST by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Jim Noble

Well, I’ve been told that a significant number of Alabama fans and alumni annually visit the grave site of Bear Bryant to see if he has resurrected. And, I’m guessing that after yesterday, that number will jump up a bunch, lol !


36 posted on 12/01/2013 6:27:04 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: Leo Carpathian; RKBA Democrat; who knows what evil?; onyx

Uniparty Ping!


37 posted on 12/01/2013 6:28:06 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: SkyPilot

Ford O’Connell parrots the same old, same old, tired rhetoric and failed thinking of Tokyo Rove. And it is completely wrong ... as McQueeg and Mitt proved.


38 posted on 12/01/2013 6:31:18 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: SkyPilot

I Like IKE, but I Loved Ronnie! What scares some people is they know Ronald Reagan stood for America and Loved America. Those people that hate Ronald Reagan also hate America. The truth is not difficult to understand. Thus those that say move on actually mean join them and be a hater of Freedom, Honor and Truth; everything President Ronald Reagan stood for. I’ll stand with President Ronald Reagan.


39 posted on 12/01/2013 6:31:36 AM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SkyPilot

What would be the advantage of electing a Republican that is Democrat-light?
And what pray tell would be the advantage of electing the Son of Satan rather than Satan himself?


40 posted on 12/01/2013 6:31:39 AM PST by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningful to say)
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To: SkyPilot

I never heard of this Ford O’Connell loser.

Who the hell is he to give advice to the GOP? He advised a losing presidential campaign. He’s an example of what NOT to do.

The physical body of Ronald Reagan is deceased, but the spirit he embodied lives on in all of us who aspire to freedom and liberty.

This Reagan spirit, in the present day, continues forward, primarily in the TEA Party.

O’Connell can go join hands with Karl Rove, Steve Schmidt, John McCain and all the rest of the clueless crew members on board that political Titanic known as the GOPe.


41 posted on 12/01/2013 6:32:55 AM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (The Second Amendment makes all the other amendments possible)
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To: Leo Carpathian
Looks like GOP was slooowly infiltrated with progressives, and is being manipulated in the commie direction.

I've noticed they've started to ooze back into FR as well. They hide behind long past signup dates but only post with coming elections. They talk conservatism but always end with protecting the party at any cost which means the most "moderate" candidates they can find.
42 posted on 12/01/2013 6:33:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SkyPilot

And apparently the GOPe wants the party to die with him.


43 posted on 12/01/2013 6:34:15 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Paladin2
The GOPe is the walking dead.

They are Zombies! The polls say 20% liberals and 40% conservatives. The GOOP wants to dump 40% of the voters? They are too blind by their liberal Utopia.

44 posted on 12/01/2013 6:35:59 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Yes, he worked on the 2008 McCain campaign, with their wonderful record of blaming Sarah Palin (she was the only one who brought a spark to the mess). Mr. Consultant is a perfect example of the old axiom - “Those who CAN’T, Teach”. Reagan won 94 of 100 states in two presidential elections - how many did McCain win in his one election? Actually, you should add those won by Bush, Sr. in 1988 when he ran on the Reagan Third Term, and from his Inaugural Address onward, governed like a “moderate” Democrat.


45 posted on 12/01/2013 6:37:27 AM PST by laconic
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To: SkyPilot

Caving to Satan is NOT a solution.

Fight the enemy at every step and don’t spend too much time worry about the criticism from the media.

Stand for something and don’t waste your time trying to be better socialists than the Dems.


46 posted on 12/01/2013 6:38:21 AM PST by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: SkyPilot

So this guy worked on the mccain campaign. I guess he’s drawing on his past record of “success” to show the gop the way to victory? Because john mccain came soooo close to winning?

In any case, I’m actually kind of glad to see gop cronies like this spout off: just makes it that much easier to make the case that there is no substantive difference between the gop wing of the uniparty and the ‘rat wing.


47 posted on 12/01/2013 6:38:28 AM PST by RKBA Democrat ( There is no worst president but owebama, and valerie jarrett is his prophet.)
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To: SkyPilot

The GOP jerkwads boldly say Reagan is dead; move on.

What they also believe, but don’t have the guts to say yet, is the Constitution is dead; move on. If they did not already believe it, they would be defending it tooth & nail.


48 posted on 12/01/2013 6:38:35 AM PST by redfreedom (All it takes for evil to win is for good people to do nothing - that's how the left took over.)
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To: SkyPilot

**** him.


49 posted on 12/01/2013 6:40:18 AM PST by OKSooner ("Like, cosmic, man.")
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To: SkyPilot

Martin Luther King is dead, too.

Trybon Martin is dead, too.


50 posted on 12/01/2013 6:41:01 AM PST by Right Wing Assault
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