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I BELONG TO THE STUPID PARTY
boblonsberry.com ^ | 08/17/13 | Bob Lonsberry

Posted on 08/19/2013 6:42:52 AM PDT by shortstop

I belong to the stupid party.

I’m a Republican.

We specialize in self-destruction.

The latest example is the recent decision by the Republican National Committee to ban CNN and NBC from covering any debates during the next GOP presidential primaries.

Somehow, in head-up-your-butt land, that makes sense. But out here, in the real world, it’s insane.

And petty, and one more sign that the people running this party are, in scientific terms, frigging idiots.

Here’s the story.

Apparently there is this she-devil named Hillary Clinton who wants to run for president. She’s the one who said we didn’t need more security in Benghazi. She’s the secretary of State who oversaw the greatest reversals of American influence abroad in modern history.

And she’s running for whatever you call a woman president.

And CNN and NBC want to do documentaries or movies or something about her.

They being the liberal media and she being their god, it’s pretty likely the documentaries and movies will be fawning propaganda pieces.

And this has ticked off the morons-in-chief atop my party. So they’ve decided to cut off their nose to spite their face.

They’ve forbad these two networks to cover our presidential primary debates.

Holy mother of what the hell are they thinking.

Let’s take this step by step.

CNN and NBC want to make documentaries and movies about Hillary. I think that’s called freedom of the press. The documentaries and movies will be slanted to make Hillary look good, because of the political bias of CNN and NBS. I still think that’s called freedom of the press.

To me, it is incomprehensible that a party so committed to the Constitution should get its panties in such a bunch because someone else exercises constitutional liberties.

Further, who actually cares what kind of puff piece somebody does on an opposing candidate? Don’t you win elections by having a candidate and a philosophy of your own which are preferred by the people? And in the course of a campaign aren’t there a lot of media products and opinions going every which way?

Isn’t that part of living in, uh, America?

And isn’t it kind of embarrassing to get worked up over it? Doesn’t that bespeak a certain shrillness and immaturity?

Conclusion 1: The Republican Party should ignore the programming decisions of NBC and CNN.

Now, to the debates.

Why do you have debates?

To expose your candidates and principles to the electorate.

How do you expose your candidates and principles to the electorate?

By putting them on TV.

What is it NBC and CNN do again?

Put things on TV.

And you told them they couldn’t put your candidates and principles on TV? And you did this to punish THEM?

Conclusion 2: I belong to the stupid party.

Put another way, how much does a one-minute political commercial cost? In rough terms, it’s about a gazillion dollars. In a televised debate, networks are giving you a couple of hours of free time. Multiply 120 by a gazillion and you get an idea of the value of that.

And the RNC just said it doesn’t want that.

To punish the commie-lib networks.

How do networks make money? By selling advertisements. How many advertisements are there in a televised debate. None. How much money does a network make off a debate. None. If you ban them from the debate, what will they broadcast? Something with commercials, which will make them a lot of money.

So, if you ban NBC and CNN from covering your debate, you lose airtime and they make money.

And you think this punishes them.

Probably, they’ll run their Hillary shows opposite your debate and draw a bigger audience.

Or you might find that in swatting two networks you have angered them all. Let’s say at their next socialist conspiracy meeting all the other alphabet networks decide to stand in solidarity with CNN and NBC. Say they call it journalistic integrity and declare that if all reporters aren’t welcome, no reporters will come. That if one networks is banned, all networks will boycott.

At that point, you are officially screwed.

And by “you,” I mean America.

Because as stupid as the people in charge of the Republican Party are, the principles of the Republican Party are this country’s only chance. This isn’t about winning elections, it’s about saving the country.

And you can’t do that if you let yourself be drawn into asinine fights over who broadcasts what.

Preach liberty, accountability and small government. Campaign for freedom and against the EBT. Stand for America and its founding documents. Raise Liberty’s torch high again.

And try not to be a frigging idiot.


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I would prefer less Candy Crowley and more Mark Steyn or Megan Kelly.
1 posted on 08/19/2013 6:42:52 AM PDT by shortstop
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To: shortstop
Um, Bob. Yes, the GOP IS the stupid party. But when they do something right, like OWNING their primaries rather than letting the DNC-run media owning them, don't call them stupid for that! Who's head is where?
2 posted on 08/19/2013 6:47:18 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: shortstop
I belong to the stupid party.

If so, you are certainly in the right place.


3 posted on 08/19/2013 6:47:26 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: shortstop

Bob is one HUNDRED percent BUCK-ASS WRONG here.


4 posted on 08/19/2013 6:47:41 AM PDT 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: shortstop

Practice what you preach Bob. And take your own ass kissing head out.


5 posted on 08/19/2013 6:47:57 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: shortstop

This couldn’t be more wrong. This is probably the best move I’ve ever seen the RNC make. We play our entire primary and the general election by our opponents rules and in sports analogies, essentially give them the ball at our 20 yard line. We use only left-wing debate moderators and let their side set the rules. When it is a primary debate, our guys are playing defensively because of the questions. In the general, it is like our candidate is on trial. I love this move, and hope to see more of it.


6 posted on 08/19/2013 6:52:08 AM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: shortstop

Well old bob here is a charter member of the gop/e... stupidity division.

LLS


7 posted on 08/19/2013 6:54:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: shortstop

Was CNN and NBC any worse than the rest of them? Like ABC?

I recall Chris Wallace asking a row of candidates ‘yes’ or ‘no’ if as POTUS they would accept 10$ in spending cuts for 1$ in tax increases and they all said no, which told the audience that none of them would ever cut spending, or cared about the deficit. Just a bunch of GWBs.


8 posted on 08/19/2013 6:54:49 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: shortstop
This essay is idiotic.

What does Bob propose? More of the same?

But, yes, the GOP is the stupid party. Shunning these debates happens to be one of the very rare correct steps they happen to make.

9 posted on 08/19/2013 6:55:14 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: shortstop

This guy is a closet liberal.

And - as such - let’s shove him back in the closet and throw away the key.

We conservatives either start playing hardball like the lib-O-crats, or just give up.


10 posted on 08/19/2013 6:56:30 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: shortstop

The last Republican primaries were what was dumb. A circular suicide/assassination spectacle in several rounds. The Republican candidates were happy to kill each other by the time the election took place. The whole format and setting and moderators and everything about these debates was in the interests of the Democratic Party and not the Republican Party. The Republican Party needs a whole new set of leaders.


11 posted on 08/19/2013 6:56:32 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: ilgipper

Hopefully the talk show /columnist types will blow their leftist was early this time. So far so good.

These are the people who make it OK for people to keep voting RINO, calling it ‘conservative’ and then thinking it eas while America burns.


12 posted on 08/19/2013 6:56:33 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: shortstop

This guy is a closet liberal.

And - as such - let’s shove him back in the closet and throw away the key.

We conservatives either start playing hardball like the lib-O-crats, or just give up.


13 posted on 08/19/2013 6:56:58 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Norm Lenhart

“Then thinking it WAS OK while America burns”.


14 posted on 08/19/2013 6:57:52 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: shortstop

Actually Bob, not only is Prince Rebus correct about this, the next step would be to make the all primaries closed except to Republicans. NO MORE OPEN PRIMARIES.


15 posted on 08/19/2013 6:58:13 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Lazamataz

Bob, if you believe this why are you still a party member?
Personally, I don’t think wanting to play in a crooked
game is much of a starter for me. I watched the last
series and was disgusted through every one.

Wake up and turn the tables bob.


16 posted on 08/19/2013 6:59:13 AM 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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To: central_va

Someone explain how a party with an open primary “IS” a party.

I wanna see it in detail.


17 posted on 08/19/2013 7:00:05 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: shortstop
Obama has picked up on that concept -- the party of stupid.

This morning the newsies are running a clip of Obama blaming the Republicans for all the problems and delays with -- Obamacare.

So what if not one Republican voted for that monstrosity.

So what if Pelosi had to get it passed before she could even read it to find out what was in it.

So what if Obama has been delaying parts of Obamacare unilaterally, and possibly illegally, without Congressional approval.

Response from the GOP leadership: {crickets chirping}

By the end of the day the LIV will 'know' that the Republicans are to blame for all the Obamacare ills -- and higher premiums, etc.

Not to worry, Rove and the other Elites and advisors still get their paychecks.

Not to worry, Congress gets its exemption from Obamacare.

Not to worry, "God's in his heaven; all's right with the world," from Pippa's Song by Robert Browning.
18 posted on 08/19/2013 7:02:28 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: shortstop
To me, it is incomprehensible that a party so committed to the Constitution should get its panties in such a bunch because someone else exercises constitutional liberties.

This is where Lonsberry is wrong. The Republican Party is a private organization and not a governmental agency.

It can protest whatever the heck it feels like, and if it protests fawning media siding with socialist politicians, then it's their business.

Priebus might be wrong lots of times, but his slamming the media for their absolute bias toward Hillary is not one of those times.

And after so many "moderators" have boldly undercut his candidates in THE MIDDLE OF debates (Candy Crawley the most recent), then he is right to disinvite them.

And someone who wants to watch a debate will watch it on the channel showing it.

19 posted on 08/19/2013 7:02:30 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Ok... then we’ll just start calling them the gutless party.


20 posted on 08/19/2013 7:02:38 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: shortstop

Yea, because playing by the left’s rules in their ballpark on their schedule has worked out so well...


21 posted on 08/19/2013 7:03:42 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: shortstop

I am no longer a Republican.

I am now a proud member of the Monarchist Party and intend to run as King.

ALL Democrats will either be humanely executed or sentenced to life at hard labor making pebbles out of large rocks. Homosexuals will be exiled to one of the remote Hawaiian Islands (I think there’s one with rampant leprosy).

The Federal Reserve will be emptied out and burned. Those found in the building will be sent off to Alcatraz which will be, of necessity, reopened with no changes being made in the facilities.

Homosexuality, abortion, pornography, ‘gentlemens’ Clubs be closed. The DOE, along with many other useless socialist government follies, will be eliminated and Christian Churches and Jewish Synagogues will be charged with educating the youth of America.

All Muslim nests of ‘worship’ will be closed and their adherents will be assigned numbers that denote the place they’ll hold in the deportation lines.

The southern border will be closed permanently and mined, but after we’ve driven the unwashed horde back over that border.

Only embassies in the few friendly nations will be open. All the rest boarded up or sold.

There will be no foreign aid.

There will be no pensions for Congressmen. The Supreme Court will be dissolved until I can select replacements: no lesbians and no homosexuals. Congressmen will be selected by popular vote in each state while Senators will be selected by their respective state legislatures.

The IRS will be permanently closed and all laws pertaining to the confiscation of funds by that agency will be halted until we find a better way.

Jesse Jackson, Sharpton and all race hustlers and pimps will be imprisoned along with the NAALCP.

The military will lose all political, brown-nosing generals. Exemplary lower rated officers will be moved up into positions of authority. Women will be moved back into administrative positions and all homosexual or lesbians will be summarily discharged.

All tasks performed by the central government, with the exception of defense will be transferred to the states.

All federal lands and parks will be returned to the states in which that facility is located.

There are a lot more things I’ll be doing, but this is, after all, only my first day on the job.

Oh. One more thing. The current occupant of the disgraced White Hut along with his immediate family and all his evil lieutenants will be sent off to that remote Hawaiian Island. The one’s with the biggest hands will eat best because the only dish served will be poi.


22 posted on 08/19/2013 7:05:59 AM PDT by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: shortstop
Sorry Bob, but patronizing the communists NBC and CNN was the most foolish thing the Republican Party did. Lets kick ass with honest debate with someone like Megan Kelly.
23 posted on 08/19/2013 7:08:18 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: shortstop
Campaign for freedom and against the EBT.

You can't beat Santa Claus...................

24 posted on 08/19/2013 7:08:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: shortstop

WRONGO, BOBBO!

Letting the same people beat you over the head with bats, the exact same way, ALL THE TIME, now THAT’S idiotic.

Fact is, who the hell needs CNNNBC any damn way, any damn how, any damn more?

Hold your debates on FOX, and only FOX, you think people WON’T tune in?

Truth is there are lots of other venues than the obsolete network news.


25 posted on 08/19/2013 7:08:40 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: shortstop

Mr. Lonsberry is wrong.

It is absolutely proper for the RNC to threaten partisan media expulsion from its primary debates. More, the RNC should take back the party by making all it primaries closed primaries. And it should absolutely insist on true moderators and neutral venues for any debates.

This one small correct step by the RNC in insisting that it will not tolerate the partisan media’s glorification of Hitlery should be applauded, not deplored.


26 posted on 08/19/2013 7:11:39 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: sickoflibs
Was CNN and NBC any worse than the rest of them? Like ABC?

ABC is still in the running and their George Stephanopoulos blindsided Romney by asking what his stand was on states banning contraception. That question had no basis, as Romney replied, because no state was even considering a ban on contraception.

Of course, the candidates' muddled responses to that nonsensical question and concept opened the Pubbies to being blamed for having a War on Women.

==


27 posted on 08/19/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: tet68

Wrote this on his blog:

8/19/13 10:06 AM by Larry Mayo - Atlanta, GA (former Rochester resident)
“I belong to the stupid party.”

Well then, you’ll fit in nicely.

This is the closest thing to a GOOD move I have seen RNC PRBS make since he assumed power.

About time the RNC started calling a few shots, or at least pulling out of ‘DNC called shots’. Why would you willingly walk into a rigged card game? About time they did something about the insane dearth of fairness and total lack of impartiality in the debates.


28 posted on 08/19/2013 7:12:58 AM PDT 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: shortstop

Why would any party go to any debates moderated by their opposition who do not ask questions but accuse?
Oh, yea the ‘stupid party’........they are correct on this.

Who is the guy that wrote this?


29 posted on 08/19/2013 7:13:05 AM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: shortstop

Mr. Lonsberry is wrong.

It is absolutely proper for the RNC to threaten partisan media expulsion from its primary debates. More, the RNC should take back the party by making all it primaries closed primaries. And it should absolutely insist on true moderators and neutral venues for any debates.

This one small correct step by the RNC in insisting that it will not tolerate the partisan media’s glorification of Hitlery should be applauded, not deplored.


30 posted on 08/19/2013 7:13:33 AM PDT by DakotaGator (Weep for the lost Republic! And keep your powder dry!!)
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To: shortstop

Um... Bob?

You don’t take your team into someone else’s stadium, to play by their rules, with their ball, and in front of their fan-base... And expect to win.

The GOP has issues. It’s wandered far from the path of Constitutionally limited governance, but owning their debates and Primaries is a good thing.


31 posted on 08/19/2013 7:13:54 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: sickoflibs

accept $10 in spending cuts for $1 in tax increases...

I’ll never forget that moment. Herman Cain was that last to accept after seeing all the others had. I’d take that deal in a heartbeat.


32 posted on 08/19/2013 7:14:15 AM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Java4Jay

accept $10 in spending cuts for $1 in tax increases...

They all refused the deal


33 posted on 08/19/2013 7:15:42 AM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: shortstop

The GOP is stupid to have liberals moderate their debates.


34 posted on 08/19/2013 7:17:42 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Lazamataz

Bob is wrong simply because he presupposes the “viewing audience” utilizes the TV for “information”; Network TV schedules “entertainment”.

The debates are viewed in the same manner as American Idol. If the condidates don’t sing, dance or tell jokes the viewers will not watch, critically.


35 posted on 08/19/2013 7:17:54 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: shortstop
It's all explained in this brochure:
The Tao of Republican Orthodoxy
[Direct Link]
36 posted on 08/19/2013 7:18:48 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: shortstop

So the R. party gets reamed by conservatives for allowing debates to be moderated by libtards and then when they try to do something about that, they get reamed by other conservatives. Just can’t win.

So the author thinks big media as a propaganda arm of one party is perfectly fine? The low info voters believe the lies and vote accordingly.


37 posted on 08/19/2013 7:19:25 AM PDT by barefoot_hiker
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To: Lazamataz

Dang, I thought youse wuz daid!
http://www.tributes.com/show/Larry-Mayo-96036409


38 posted on 08/19/2013 7:20:33 AM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: shortstop
I know what you mean. This whole hissy fit from Rinse n Repeatus has a piss anty feel to it.

What about in the meantime? Are RINOs going to continue to appear on CNN and NBC "news" shows?

Everybody knows when it comes down to where the rubber hits the road, The RNC will cave.

39 posted on 08/19/2013 7:20:49 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: shortstop
I know what you mean. This whole hissy fit from Rinse n Repeatus has a piss anty feel to it.

What about in the meantime? Are RINOs going to continue to appear on CNN and NBC "news" shows?

Everybody knows when it comes down to where the rubber hits the road, The RNC will cave.

40 posted on 08/19/2013 7:21:09 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Lazamataz

One can hardly call them “debates” any longer, just
gaggle interviews.

Pick a topic/question and debate the issue, damn it.
I want Mark Levin for moderator.

I don’t belong to the stupid party, I’m a Constitutional
conservative.


41 posted on 08/19/2013 7:21:56 AM 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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To: Java4Jay; TomGuy
RE :”I’ll never forget that moment. Herman Cain was that last to accept after seeing all the others had. I’d take that deal in a heartbeat.”

Bizarre moments like these in the GOP primary convinced me that in that imaginary world that they were playing in Obama had already lost the election and it was just a matter of the GOP picking the POTUS. Ahh, yes, the country was all ditto-heads in that world.

And in fact that was the tripe that Rush had been preaching, on and off.

With disastrous results. Then lib Romney who out-righted the rest gets to general election and duhhh has nothing to run on and boom 47% video fills the vacuum.

42 posted on 08/19/2013 7:23:33 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: shortstop

Here’s the trick, Bob. To allow the networks to put what is thinly veiled propaganda out on their candidate of choice, is NOT freedom of the press, unless the other side (that would be us) has the exact same opportunity.

And, Bob, you know that’ll never happen in a million years.


43 posted on 08/19/2013 7:23:41 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: shortstop

I rarely disagree with Lonsberry, but in this case I do.

The GOP should have stopped ANY working relationship with the Commie News Network long ago, and just stop talking to them completey.

They exist to make the GOP look bad. Every interview or debate is geared to make the GOP look bad. Why give them help?

AND!!! (here is an important point) by playing their propaganda piece on HilLIARy, the GOP could claim it is a free political advertisement, and demand equal time AND demand that the HilLIARy campaign be held to account for the equivalent amount of money that these commercials would cost at market value.


44 posted on 08/19/2013 7:27:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: TomGuy; Java4Jay
RE :”ABC is still in the running and their George Stephanopoulos blindsided Romney by asking what his stand was on states banning contraception. That question had no basis, as Romney replied, because no state was even considering a ban on contraception. “

Another trap the GOP jumped right into.

Obama rolling out the free contraception mandate on employers had to be one of his most popular give-aways and HE KNEW the ‘we already won the election’ party of fools jumps for it like mice jumping on that cheese in the mouse traps. (Rush was very helpful in this too with his pour gas on the fire)

But they were defending the ‘Catholic Church’ rights you say?

A few days later some Bishops come out attack the GOP on immigration and proposed budget cuts.
So much for that. GOP stands alone again and get snothing for it.

45 posted on 08/19/2013 7:31:11 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: shortstop
It doesn't matter what the GOP says. The lamestream media will do one of two things:
1. Make a HUGE story out of the GOP banning MSNBC and NBC
or
2. MAKE UP a story.

Either way, the GOP will come out on the short end of the stick.

THAT is why places like this and the rare conservative talk and T.V. shows are so vital to the American mind.

46 posted on 08/19/2013 7:31:37 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Java4Jay; TomGuy

Its like in the GOP 2013 debates they were interviewing candidates to be a Rush substitute host when he takes off, not seriously looking to be elected POTUS.


47 posted on 08/19/2013 7:34:43 AM PDT by sickoflibs (To GOP : Any path to US Citizenship IS putting them ahead in line. Stop lying about your position.)
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To: IbJensen

“Homosexuals will be exiled to one of the remote Hawaiian Islands (I think there’s one with rampant leprosy).”

I would like to suggest to your majesty. An exception must be made here. You need to divide by sex, so you will need to two islands. Therefore no possibility of reproduction.


48 posted on 08/19/2013 7:40:27 AM PDT by bobo1 (the KDE plasma desktop is awesome!)
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To: shortstop

Can anyone give advice on how to quit membership in the Stupid Party?

I used to contribute faithfully, but I don’t any longer and have no intention to do so in the foreseeable future.

But in the meantime I get bombarded with mailed “Surveys” (requests for money) which I ignore and phone calls. I used to answer the phone but no longer do as I have caller ID.

Is there a form that I can fill out to tell the Gutless Old Party to take my name of their membership list?


49 posted on 08/19/2013 7:42:16 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I do not say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: shortstop
I belong to the stupid party.

The men that run the GOP are not stupid. They know EXACTLY what they are doing. This 'Republican Party is the Stupid Party' meme is providing them cover. The Republican Party is there to dissipate, misdirect, and subvert conservative political energies and it does a supreme job.

50 posted on 08/19/2013 7:46:07 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto
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