Can Obama Be Stopped?


There’s nothing like losing a war to destroy morale. The Republican defeats in 2008 and 2012 have convinced much of its leadership that the future lies with the left. They are not debating whether to concede defeat, but which territories of principle to surrender.

These political Darwins are frantically rooting through the Democratic trash cans in search of new evolutionary pathways. Amnesty is being railroaded through in the middle of the night. Some call for abandoning social conservatism. Others call for abandoning fiscal conservatism. If both sides get their way, the Republican Party will end up evolving into the Democratic Party.

The big mistake of the last election was assuming that public dissatisfaction with Obama would be enough to remove him. Reagan’s defeat of Carter was frequently invoked without understanding that Reagan’s victory lay in his ability to communicate to the public why they were worse off now and why they would be better off with a change of government, not in some abstract national sense, but in a way that would directly impact their wallets. Reagan focused on inflation. What did Romney focus on?

Believing in historical inevitability is usually a leftist fallacy, but this time around it was the Republicans who approached an election from the standpoint of historical inevitability. While Romney talked about the big national issues, Obama turned his entire campaign into a targeted voter turnout operation. The messiah of 2008 morphed back into the community organizer in 2012.

Obama’s worldview did not win. Not in 2008 or 2012. His tactics did. The Republican Party does not have to evolve or devolve into the Democratic Party. What it must do is learn to connect with voters.

The seeds of defeat in 2012 were planted after the midterm election. After his midterm defeat, Obama Inc.’s goal was to make the new Republican Congress appear useless and irrelevant. For the next two years, Obama Inc. portrayed Republicans as useless wranglers who were not interested in actually getting anything done that would benefit people. That portrayal was sent up from the think-tanks, passed through the political leadership and marinated in the media.

During the first debate, the public briefly saw a Romney who did not fit that profile, but it was too little too late. What they had seen for the last two years was futile argument. And that is still what they are seeing now.

Obama understands that the ability to set the agenda is what counts. He does not view the battle as procedural and cares very little for process even when it is enshrined in the Constitution. As a former community organizer, he understands that it is the power to set the agenda in the mind of the public that counts and that once that is done, legal procedures become a formality that can be swept aside. So long as he can determine what the urgent task that needs doing now is, all else becomes irrelevant.

The Republican Congress of 1994 understood that setting the public agenda mattered more than anything else. They were eventually outmaneuvered by Clinton, but only at the cost of making their agenda his. Our Republican Congress is determined to pull off the opposite maneuver; adopting Obama’s agenda and then trying to claim credit for it. Not only are their odds of getting centrist credit for amnesty or higher taxes utterly hopeless, but  wanting credit for either one is not a brilliant political maneuver; it’s a symptom of political decline.

Can Obama be stopped? He can, but it requires taking control of the public agenda. In the current media environment that is extremely difficult, but not impossible. The Tea Party won the argument on ObamaCare by concentrating on populist protests and hammering home the personal economic issues. The left eventually figured out how to clumsily duplicate that effort with Occupy Wall Street.

The Republican Congress failed to define a public agenda that the public would actually care about. While they briefly made Obama nervous about the national debt, spending alone was not an issue that connected with the public. And unlike Reagan, they failed to link it to family finances in a compelling way.

Obama has a very simple playbook. 1. Create anxiety about an issue. 2. Demand action on it. 3. Hammer the Republicans for their inaction. Every morning the news stories are largely a reflection of one of the three phases of that strategy.

In this game, Republicans can either take the initiative or defend their lack of action on the Obama agenda. What we are seeing lately is a Republican Party that is constantly on the defensive, trying to explain why they haven’t yet done what Obama wants them to do and how they would have done it already if he didn’t keep on interrupting them.

The Republican Party does need to “evolve.” It needs to evolve into becoming a predator, instead of its prey. What it doesn’t need to do is adopt a Democratic agenda. That way lies one defeat after another as every game becomes an away game played by rules that make winning all but impossible.

The very act of “evolving” on a position is an admission of defeat. It concedes that the other side is setting the policy priorities and the best you can do is try to jump on their bandwagon. If you find yourself having to evolve on a position, then you’re allowing yourself to be drawn into the wrong argument.

Winning an argument against Obama is not impossible, but it begins with the basics. People respond best to their own dollar-and-cent issues. Reagan understood that vision has to be grounded in daily life. The votes that count begin not with the big issues, but the little ones. The politicians who can connect to the little issues are seen as caring. Those who cannot may have the right answers and the better vision, but they also have the uphill battle in any election.

When Bush I faced off against Clinton, he couldn’t handle a ridiculous question about how the national debt had affected him personally that Reagan would have finessed and that Clinton did fineness with his infamous, “I feel your pain” line. It was a shameless moment, but Republicans who can’t handle that question have no business even trying out for the top spot.

Obama can be stopped and his policy agenda can be slowed down, but doing that will require not just talking about small government, but thinking in small government terms. Too many of the politicians who preach small government, talk and think like big government. Small government doesn’t begin with big plans, but with small ones. It begins with helping people by taking on an issue that they care about.

With a Democratic Senate and a Democrat in the White House, the House of Representatives may be crippled, but it can still forcefully advance an agenda.  Its greatest challenge is not choosing where to evolve, but how to become relevant to a country that is searching for someone to fight for them. If it learns to pick the right fights, then the game can still change.

If the Republican Party wants to put its own stamp on the next two years, it will have to pick a gut issue and turn that into the centerpiece of an economic agenda.  If it doesn’t, then Obama Inc. will go on depicting it as useless and irrelevant.

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  • UCSPanther

    Those who are truly committed to the future of both conservatism and the Republican party should take a page from Canada's old Reform party, which was founded out of disappointment with the failing Progressive Conservative Party at the time. They built their strength in Western Canada and despite being mocked by the leftist elites in the east, they entered the federal stage with a vengeance, absorbed what little was left of Progressive Conservatives, and now, they are our current government.

    • blissdesignz72

      Yep a new party & total bailout of all conservatives from the sinking ship is what many seem to be hoping for. I think it's time for them to go the way of Whig myself!
      And your current gov't there is doing an amazing job! Canada's growth was WAY up the last I'd looked & you were shooting right up to the top of the economic freedom index.
      The thing that gives me the most hope for our nation's future is seeing other nations like yours (that we always assumed were populations that were hopelessly socialist / leftist) elect their most conservative governments ever. Been happening a lot lately! (Israel & Japan are the latest to have done it!)
      Makes it clear that common sense always comes back after the destructive left tears through. After the "wild party" & resulting hangover people seem to return to the common sense & restoration of conservatism. :-)

      • Mary Sue

        that's because we don't have idiotic banking and lending laws. And we don't force banks to loan to people who cannot pay it back in order to incur fairness in home ownership.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "that's because we don't have idiotic banking and lending laws. And we don't force banks to loan to people who cannot pay it back in order to incur fairness in home ownership."

          Few people realize that the USA does impose this on our banks in the name of "fairness." Because fairness is not about equal opportunity and or even equal results for equivalent effort, it's about equal results for class victims no matter how little effort they muster.

          Even fewer people realize this was the root cause of the banking crisis that revealed itself fully in the late Bush years.

          No no no, we need to regulate derivatives. What's a derivative? I don't know, but surely regulating them will fix everything. The talking heads said so…I think.

    • mlcblog

      Wow!! I did not know this. Had seen a conservative Canadian something pass my view and hoped it might mean this very thing…hooray! Where can we read about this? Certainly not in our news, certainly not the Fox/Rove news which would certainly not be amused by this turn of events so close to home!!

    • mlcblog

      Reflecting, dear Panther, I hope you will not mind when I repeat this info from you far and wide. I think it is an idea worth pursuing and broadcasting. Let's see, where to start? Canada's Reform party, will there be much on Wiki? maybe something.

      The beauty of it that they made a clean break with the old corrupt and increasingly ineffective machine.

  • Nancy

    The Republican party should read their own party's planks from their last convention. The Republicans are supposedly about smaller government, local control, less spending, a strong military, and traditional values.
    With the leadership in the House I'm not sure what they stand for now. It seems like the leadership is trying to be Democrat lite. The tea party groups broke records in 2010, maybe the leadership should look at that and learn. I would like to see the House to actually fight back, not just pretend like they are. The House controls the purse that should be a big deal, but they act like it's not.

    • blissdesignz72

      Amen Nancy!
      I am really praying for the leadership Dr Carson can bring. Only an incredible character like his can save the GOP at this point I'm afraid & none even close exist in our political class. For one thing we have far too many lawyers in politics. Lawyers are professional liars what the hell are we thinking with that?!
      Wouldn't it be great to have a doctor for once? Someone that actually brings life & healing to the world?. He's such an inspirational person & seems to have what we desperately need as a country right now. Perhaps God has him on this path for a reason? (I hope I hope!)
      Other than that one person however, the GOP is a sorry sight.

      • figment

        I don’t think Dr. Carson’s desirability stems from his being a doctor.It stems from Dr. Caron’s true conservative values.
        Look at Dr’s Ron Paul and Rand Paul. I was getting a little hopeful over Rand Paul until he voted yes on Hagel. Big disappointment.

        The Rep party is a giant disappointment, because they will not address the whole big government out of control. Getting Bigger is not solving the problem it IS the problem.

        • Ar'nun

          The Pauls are ore widely accepted in the Alex Jones right, not the mainstream. And as most know, this is the anti-Israel right where Hagel once belonged.

      • Burlington

        The Republicans are going to have to read Alinsky and fight with the same tools. Dr Ben Carson would be an amazing candidate in 2016 but it is doubtful a machine can be constructed to nominate him even if he made his decision soon. Ron Paul and Rubio already have the Presidential Fever for which there is only two cures, victory or death.
        Who killed Bland and Young? Why was the press excluded from the long weekend with Reggie Love?
        Why a pass on this issue?
        There is a good possibility that the economy will tank during this term. The commies think they will come out on top when chaos reins. Take away the guns and they probably will.

        • Rostislav

          To fight radicals with Alinski tools?! Can't agree with you, Sir! It would be the same as to fight Nazi with the Mein Kampf rules – Devil's tools are forged for Devil himself only. Did your worthy Dr.Carson win his battle against Obama with the accursed Alinski book? No, his mighty victorious tool was Holy Bible! And there is another mighty tool with the same eternal inspiration in your armory: the US Constitution! I think that there is absolutely no need to search for some new tools to fight Communism even in such a tragic situation as now – but there is a very urgent need to use the tools you already have! Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

        • Reason_For_Life

          Alinsky is the wrong tool. Alinksy's stuff works if you want to destroy someone, but not if you want to build something. The Democrats know that the Republicans stand for nothing that allows the Dems to win by default. It becomes a matter of who can lie better. Who really would protect Social Security? Who really will protect Medicare? etc.

          For Republicans to win they have to take chances and attack some of the sacred cows of the welfare state. That takes guts, knowledgeable arguments and dedication. The Republicans have none of these.

    • bramble

      Yes! Read the Party Platform, and Do it! For years now, Conservatives have written the Republican party platform. Then whoever we send off to represent us, "compromises". Quit it. Make our representatives stick to their own party's platform.

  • Reason_For_Life

    The author says that the Republicans have to change the way that they present ideas and make those ideas more personal. Horsepuckey! You'll note that the author never mentioned what those ideas are beyond small government.

    The Republicans didn't lose because the Democrats successfully sold "progressive" ideas. They lost because they held the very same ideas. Obama supported the TARP. So did Romney. Obama supported Walls Street bailouts. So did Romney. Obama supported compulsory medical insurance (ObamaCare). So did Romney (RomneyCare the blueprint for ObamaCare). Obama's "Science Czar" John Holdren was Romney's former science adviser. Romney's top economic adviser was Greg Mankiw, a thorough going Keynesian just like Christine Romer and Austan Goolsbee, Obama's advisers.

    When a Republican says he believes in small government people laugh. Not one Republican candidate since Reagan ever did anything to make government smaller.

    The Democrats didn't win because the country accepted Progressivism. They won because the Republicans accepted Progressivism.

    • JacksonPearson

      For those very reasons that you mentioned, the Pubs can't ever compromise with Progressivism, because it always works out to be a lose, lose situation in the end. The Tea Party Movement, who are conservative, have the right ideas, but the Republicans don't want to listen, bend or are even open to suggestions from them, of which I believe, is the wrong approach.

    • Ar'nun

      He addressed that in the article if you read the whole thing.

      "Obama can be stopped and his policy agenda can be slowed down, but doing that will require not just talking about small government, but thinking in small government terms. Too many of the politicians who preach small government, talk and think like big government. Small government doesn’t begin with big plans, but with small ones. It begins with helping people by taking on an issue that they care about."

      "What it doesn’t need to do is adopt a Democratic agenda. That way lies one defeat after another as every game becomes an away game played by rules that make winning all but impossible."

    • Charles Wenzel

      Greenfield may have addressed your point but your specifics 'brought it home'. Nice job.

    • EarlyBird

      As painful as TARP was, it's why we're not currently in the depths of a destabilizing global depression. If the banks had been allowed to fail in the name of "small government," everything shuts down, everything.

      Republicans didn't demand reform of Wall Street to prevent such calamaties, but robotically demanded "less regulations!" and so watered down the Dodd-Frank bill that it's worse than useless.

      The answer to attempts to lower health care costs that hurt growth and destroy families' savings is not "Death panels!" It's serious alternatives, which the GOP have never offered.

      "Global Warming is a hoax!" and Creationism is not science.

      "…Not one Republican candidate since Reagan ever did anything to make government smaller."

      Reagan made government smaller in some meaningful ways, but he exploded the debt.

      The Dems won by default, because the Republicans aren't even dealing with reality. It will continue that way until the conservative movement purges the fanatics and idiots who've finally taken it over.

      • NAHALKIDES

        You couldn't be more wrong. The banks should have been allowed to fail. Regulations should have been reduced, not increased, and while credit might have momentarily frozen up, the fallen banks would in time have been replaced by better ones. By this time, we would have a sounder, more free banking system instead of one afraid to move because nobody can guess which arbitrary rule or regulation in the name of "reform" will threaten them next.

        "Reagan" exploded the debt because he was saddled with a Democratic Congress. No Democratic Congress will ever cut social spending – they'll just go on until we collapse under the weight of the accumulated debt and the businesses that aren't there because they taxed all the capital away.

        On health care costs, you have a point. The Republicans should have been pushing free-market solutions all through the Bush years, and getting them through Congress on a party-line vote if necessary. Instead they allowed the government controls to increase, leaving us all vulnerable to the usual Democratic demagoguery on how evil insurance companies are.

        And global warming is a hoax, by the way – just so you're not surprised when the Atlantic Ocean doesn't cover New York City in the next 20 years.

        • EarlyBird

          Already, the economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month (!) at its worst due to the banking system not keeping lines of credit open for businesses. The time it would have taken to restructure would have killed us. It was literally a crisis which was getting exponentially worse day to day. Read Paulson's book about the crisis. It's terrifying how close to the brink we came.

          The reforms Dems were stupid and typical, AND didn't even fix the problem. But the GOP just refused to accept the need for reform at all. In the instance of mortgage implosion, it was a LACK of rules and oversight that allowed it, not too much government.

          Yes on healthcare. There are all sorts of free market things that can be done to reduce health costs, but the GOP just refuses to even propose them.

          We must understand that the Reagan Revolution is dead. It is an unserious, totally ideological party which therefore has nothing relevant to offer. Until they figure it out voters will continue to default to the Dems.

          • Reason_For_Life

            Paulson was clueless. He said he needed 700 billion dollars to prevent immediate economic collapse. No one believed him and the proof is twofold.

            One, Paulson said that economic collapse was a matter of days away yet Congress took two weeks to act and added 140 billion dollars in pork to the bill. The country should have perished if Paulson was right. Fortunately, Paulson was utterly incompetent. That's not just my opinion, it's the opinion of David Stockman.

            Two, the money was supposedly needed to purchase "toxic assets" yet not a single toxic asset was purchased. The money went to bail out AIG and protect Goldman Sachs. Then the money was used to preserve the corpse of General Motors and buy union votes by giving them an auto company.

            There never was a crisis, it was all contrived to protect incompetent bankers. Had they been allowed to go broke and their assets sold to people who knew what to do with them the recession would have been over in 18 months. The length of a recession or depression is directly proportional to the amount of government spending and regulation. If you want a fast recovery, cut the spending and deregulate.

      • Reason_For_Life

        "Republicans didn't demand reform of Wall Street to prevent such calamaties, but robotically demanded "less regulations!" and so watered down the Dodd-Frank bill that it's worse than useless. "

        What you fail to understand is that deregulation is the cure for the banking problems, not the cause. Banks are the most heavily regulated industry in America and the regulations are designed to restrict competition by placing expensive compliance costs on smaller banks. The government also provides cheap insurance for depositors so that banks never have to worry about what to do if they screw up and lose vast sums of money in bad investments.

        Read John Allison's book on the problems with banks: "The Banking Crisis and the Free Market Cure". He covers it in great detail.

        • EarlyBird

          I totally disagree with you on the problem with over-regulation of the banks. But my preference is to break up the banks between real banks and investment banks, and let them do their things. If the investors go bankrupt, let 'em, but they won't bring everyone else down with them.

          I'll look up the Allison book. Sounds interesting. I agree too that we should have let GM go bankrupt and restructure, but it is hard to complain about how their rescue has worked out, except for that other big corps will not get the lesson.

          Here is an article you'll find interesting: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Polici

          • Mary Sue

            the banks are not nor were they "deregulated". They were wrongly regulated with stupid rules, the wrong kind of rules. Look to Canada for correct banking regulations. Breaking up the real banks and investment banks is the stupidest thing USA ever did. Canada never did this. We didn't need to.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "The answer to attempts to lower health care costs that hurt growth and destroy families' savings is not "Death panels!" It's serious alternatives, which the GOP have never offered. "

        Capitalism works. Interference usually mitigates success. There are exceptions but at this point the regulations are for the most part the root of the problems. I didn't say "all regulations." But the bank crisis was caused by regulations that forced banks to take on risk they should not have. The derivatives market was an attempt to spread that risk that was created by the US government. So now you blame free enterprise?

        Again, you think you know what you're talking about because you read leftist talking points and your heart bleeds for their narratives. So does mine because a lot of people got hurt but that doesn't change reality.

        We already have disclosure and bad faith laws with many additional specific laws intended to make sure people don't do horrible manipulative things. In the case of the banking crisis you refer to, it was the fault of the US government. Further regulation of derivatives would have simply changed the nature of the crash. The crash was caused by making many thousands of people think they could afford houses that they could not in fact afford.

        OTOH, many fewer people would have had that problem if the US government had been more aggressive at getting domestic oil production going because many of those people with marginal chances to keep those homes might have been able to if their gas bills hadn't doubled.

        Thank Greenpeace and leftists for all of this. Thank the Republicans for failing to articulate the case for free enterprise when it's easier to give in and trade pork.

        • EarlyBird

          Moron, I don't blame "free enterprise," nor am I against it. But we need smart regulations to preserve genuine free enterprise and open markets. We can "break up the banks" by ensuring that real banking is separate from investment banking. If the latter should take on risks that don't work, fine, that's life and their right, but they won't take down the entire economy with them. That's the problem. One of the reasons we have so many regulations, and stupid ones, is that we don't keep the two types of banks separate.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "I don't blame "free enterprise," nor am I against it. But we need smart regulations…"

            Aha. Exactly. Next you need to recognize you're not smart enough to judge which regulations are the "smart" ones and which caused the problems.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "We can "break up the banks" by ensuring that real banking is separate from investment banking."

            Because consumers aren't smart enough to know what products and services they sign up for, we must regulate and limit those who offer these products.

            How much do we spend on educating people in this country, yet we impose stupid regulations on industries rather than teaching consumers how to understand what they sign up for? And it's not like these continuous experiments ever cause in problems of their own.

            The banking crisis was caused by the wrong regulations. As I said before, regulations should ensure fraud and deception and other examples of bad faith are discouraged and punished. But if we don't educate our children on how to engage in financial transactions and contracts without getting lost, then we can't regulate our way out of that problem.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "One of the reasons we have so many regulations, and stupid ones, is that we don't keep the two types of banks separate."

            That's not a new theory. Separating them limits profits which in theory drives costs up for the consumer. Why don't you pass more laws to keep fools from going nuts with credit card debt that they don't understand? Why don't you regulate how much debt a consumer can take on depending on what they buy? That would be a lot more helpful, but not the kind of authoritarianism that leftists accept. You'd rather tell "corporations" what to do to protect stupidity. The more you "protect" stupid people, the dumber they get.

            That's your plan, which I can understand on one level because you're just another one of the confused.

            The answer is to revamp our education.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        ""Global Warming is a hoax!" and Creationism is not science."

        But there are scientific findings that can support those positions, even if not everyone is well-versed enough to present the respective cases. Without question both Darwinism and global warming adherents use incredible amounts of junk science and the burden of proof is on them. The valid science that is used to support Darwinism is circular. It doesn't prove what they say it proves unless they shoehorn junk science in to the analysis.

        • EarlyBird

          No. Global warming is a legitimate scientific theory. It can and should be questioned scientifically, and adjusted if need be. But simply ranting that "libruls!" are out to take over the world in the name of the environment is political fantacism, not science at all.

          Creationism is not science in any way, shape or form. It is not another legitimate scientific theory that needs to be taught "along side" evolution. Creationism is a religious allegory of how God made the world, not a scientific description.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Me: "Without question both Darwinism and global warming adherents use incredible amounts of junk science and the burden of proof is on them."

            You: "No."

            No to what?

            "Global warming is a legitimate scientific theory."

            I agree it's a legitimate theory for research, not influencing regulations until they prove their case with sufficient evidence.

            "It can and should be questioned scientifically, and adjusted if need be. But simply ranting that "libruls!" are out to take over the world in the name of the environment is political fantacism, not science at all."

            Nobody said that was science. That's political rhetoric. Positions are tested with science. The positions themselves are not required to be "the science." The problem is that you are a troll that only reads the rhetoric without testing who is right. That's your problem that you blame on others. You're typical of the left in that regard. That's one of the distinguishing characteristics of the left.

            "Creationism is not science in any way, shape or form."

            It depends on how you define "creationism." There's a lot of strong science that destroys Darwinism on the basis of earth age, showing evidence for the global flood and virtually ever major position staked out by Darwin supporters. Your ignorance proves nothing. I suppose you do your own research and you do it by reading "progressive" blogs. You have to follow the evidence chain, not the mere claims to see if they have footnotes. Challenge the footnotes.

            Darwinsm is a huge sophisticated theory developed to answer the question, "Given we know that God does not exist, how do we explain the world as we find it?"

            Do you see the flaw? Louis Pasteur destroyed Darwin's theory but nobody paid attention to that. They simply kept going and took decades to work around the evidence Pasteur provided. Given that life comes from life, you can see just how much faith is required to believe in Darwinistic theory. Once you have that absolute faith, finding out "the most plausible way" to determine that evolution explains all life is just a matter of effort. Darwinism is the most popular theory supported by the cultural elites. They're the ones that hand out the most research funds.

            But political considerations can't possibly influence the outcome of research findings. No way. Can't happen.

            "Creationism is not science in any way, shape or form. It is not another legitimate scientific theory that needs to be taught "along side" evolution."

            The problem is that there are more "faith based" creation theories than those relying purely on science. If you ignore the science you can pretend it doesn't exist. Good for you. So we discover that Coo coo birds also behave like ostriches.

            "Creationism is a religious allegory of how God made the world, not a scientific description."

            Both exist. You pretend the science doesn't when it does. Your inability to find something is not evidence.

    • http://twitter.com/Bridges_SM @Bridges_SM

      Very well put.

    • Jacobite

      The Leftists are constantly screaming at the GOP as the party of white people. Well, whites still cast over 60% of votes in the US. But the GOP acts like the Dems are levelling an accusation, rather than stating what ought to be a fact. Since the Dems are unarguably the party of every non-white in the US and anyplace else on the planet (especially Mexico), it seems logical that the GOP ought to be the white peoples' party by default. But the GOP managed to snatch another electoral defeat by rejecting any possiblity of considering whites' interests, and bending over backwards to pander to Hispanics who are destroying white neighborhoods and jjob opportunities every day. Having no champion in the lists, many whites decided to stay home, or maybe go to a gun show, instead of voting. Representing whites' interests will be the impetus for a third party.

      • David Howard

        Not a bad idea. The GOP doesn't really represent me. They don't address my core concerns. Romney refused to go on any talk radio show, they kicked the Paul people out of the convention. And they got 10 million fewer votes than McCain, the world's most famous moderate, did.

  • the young vet

    rrepublicans are useless bigot extremists, can't wait for the gop to go away

    • Mary Sue

      oh, so you welcome your new Marxist overlords. Have fun not being able to have freedom.

    • JacksonPearson

      Exactly, what is bigoted and extreme about the GOP?
      Who would you want to replace them with?

    • Charles Wenzel

      I bet you have a functioning brain. You should use rather than misuse, it; for when you fail to do so you ADD nothing but 'noise' to the conversation.

    • http://twitter.com/Bridges_SM @Bridges_SM

      Funny. I feel the same way about libs

    • JayB

      So you'd like to see one of the parties in a two party system go away – sounds like you're quite the little dictator Adolf.

    • UCSPanther

      That's how our leftists were trying to paint the old Reform Party of Canada,and they sure would up eating crow.

      You just wait, chump.

    • Mary Sue

      you're 18 years old, you don't know feces about feces, pull up your pants!

  • nor cal guy

    Gop is the party of "no" so they wount change they'll just go extinct and well all be better of as a nation

    • Mary Sue

      do you know what happens to children who are never told "no"?

      They turn into spoiled brats, who evolve into terrible adults.

      • davarino

        Who always want something free from the government

        • JacksonPearson

          Especially free cell phones, extra large HD flat screen TV, and EBT/Food Stamps. /Sarc

    • Lan Astaslem

      this from a guy living in a state that's bankrupt! That's what liberal policies get ya dude

      • trickyblain

        No, it's not. In fact, it generates more revenue than any other state in the nation and unlike the vast majority of red states, receives fewer federal dollars than it pays out.

        • reader

          Yes, it is. California is bankrupt and is depopulating.

        • Mary Sue

          California has terrible policies that are causing its liberal residents to flee to other jurisdictions, but like the clueless sheep they are, they vote for the same kind of garbage that caused the mess they fled, to be implemented where they resettled.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "No, it's not. In fact, it generates more revenue than any other state in the nation and unlike the vast majority of red states, receives fewer federal dollars than it pays out."

          So the size of California's economy is evidence that leftists haven't ruined it? It's not completely destroyed, you're correct there. It's not very comforting given the actual circumstances.

    • Ar'nun

      LOL, they have been saying that since Nixon. I guess they don't teach that in your High School History class, do they Kiddo?

    • Charles Wenzel

      Hey, Chris Matthews. Is that you?

    • http://twitter.com/Bridges_SM @Bridges_SM

      They aren't saying NO loud enough! That's the problem. Most of the Republican base is cluing into the fact that Republicans in Congress no longer represent them.

      Conservatism, however, is far from dead. I laugh every time I hear a liberal talk about the shillacking we got in the last election. What shillacking?

      You got you little "president" back in the White House.

      You maintained your majority in the Senate.

      You are still the minority in the House and

      you lost governorships!

      Your prized government money-laundering operation called unions took a beating in Michigan AFTER the election.

      You're losing the abortion debate. Even Time Magazine wrote about it.

      And you are out to lunch on gun control!

      So exactly what shillacking are you liberals referring to?

    • NAHALKIDES

      If you want to know what the country will look like should the GOP fall (and not be replaced by a true party of freedom), take a look at California and Illinois in a few years, or Detroit and Cuba today. That's your future under the rule of the Left, you fool.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Gop is the party of "no" so they wount change they'll just go extinct and well all be better of as a nation"

      Just say "yes" to Utopia! Forward! Unicorns for everyone!

      Don't forget to visualize world peace and no-cost zero-carbon energy.

  • blissdesignz72

    Please everyone check out the video & info here then forward it to your rep ASAP with a letter stating you will not support them confirming this dangerous character & that if they do so they'll be putting this nation at great risk! This is extremely critical & evidently the confirmation is supposed to be tomorrow!? (Didn't think it was that soon but that's what their report says)!
    National Security Experts Warn: Reject Brennan:
    http://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2013/02/27

  • Arlie

    The Republican party is DEAD. They have NO principles or values any more. The have a signed Consent Decree which will not allow them to challenge VOTE FRAUD. That is why 0 won.
    Massive voter fraud
    Hagel's software on 80% of voting machines, SEIU involved
    Media Fraud/Complicit in Propaganda
    40+ Years of school indoctrination into Socialism…capitalism is evil BS=anti-american youth voters

    Join the Constitution Party – There needs to be a 2nd party! The Rs & Ds have become ONE.
    Republicans Cannot win nationally – they are the same Progressive globalists
    as the Progressive big government Democrates and the Communist Democrates keep pulling the Republicans more left… Republicans have stabbed their base in the back…Both Big Government Globalists

    • JayB

      Hard to join a theoretical party,

  • Mary Sue

    Just so that I know, it's unprecedented for a President NEVER to have submitted a budget, right?

    • Anonymous

      It is required by law that a president submit a budget on the first Monday in February. Obama submitted a budget in February 2009 (for the year 2010), and that budget passed. So Obama met the deadline once in 5 years. So, Feb. 2013 was the fourth time in five years — Obama did not meet the deadline (did not submit a budget).

      • tagalog

        Put the failure to submit the Constitutionally-mandated budget together with releasing incarcerated illegal aliens awaiting their due process hearings on deportation and now we know of at least TWO "high crimes and misdemeanors" that would justify impeachment.

        I know impeachment will not happen as long as the Senate is dominated by Democrats, but a fellow can dream, a fellow can dream…

        • Mary Sue

          I anticipate massive voter fraud in the next off year elections.

      • Mary Sue

        but still, no other president has pulled crap like that, right?

  • Icarus

    The article conspicuously leaves out one important point. That is the public perceives, and aguably correctly perceives, that the Republican Party, at the top, is run by private sector elites not shy about ruthlessly milking the welfare state to further fatten its already obese profits margins. Not that the Democrats are any better in this all important area, but the Republican track record is legendary, at least in the mind of the public. The Democrats are probably just as bad, only better at concealing it and selling a different and false image to the public. It would seem that what we need going forward is balance and responsibility between private and public power. Of course Obama Inc. care nothing about this as the debt continues to skyrocket and it goes about implementing its truly socialist agenda that will lead to terrible places.

    • EarlyBird

      Well said, Icarus.

  • WildJew

    'There’s nothing like losing a war to destroy morale'. Indeed. In my view, wars are won or lost because God is either with you or against you. If your 'side' is not sufficiently "with" the Almighty," then the war will be a protracted one. I was reminded the other day of this verse from 2 Chronicles, chapter 15 when thinking of the Republican party (my party) and what has become of it. Azaria spoke to King Asa after he and Judah returned from a successful battle (see chapter 14).

    "Now the Spirit of God came on Azariah the son of Oded,

    and he went out to meet (King) Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.

    "For many days Israel was without the true God and without a teaching priest and without law.

    "But in their distress they turned to the LORD God of Israel, and they sought Him, and He let them find Him.

    "In those times there was no peace to him who went out or to him who came in, for many disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands.

    "Nation was crushed by nation, and city by city, for God troubled them with every kind of distress.

    "But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work."

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Our government reflects the character of our people, just what Americans will tolerate and
    how a besoted populace with entertainment and gimmie, gimmie, gimmie a work free life fails.
    Bainwashing does not happen in a closed room under a bright light tied to a chair, it happens
    in school rooms, over TV and the internet and out of the Hollywood sewer. You get what you
    deserve though you may not deserve what you get. Pain and want will move the voter, no
    income, closed stores, unaffordable health care, elites living the high life, thiink on it
    it's not our usual normal and government has to go, clean sweep, third party maybe but
    to survive, all of the lying blood suckers have to be put out……………………….William

    • WildJew

      'The people get the government they deserve' is what you are saying. Sometimes a leader arises in spite of the people. We can only hope.

  • davarino

    The repubs opposed Reagan then and they would oppose him today, cause their in it for themselves. We need to make a deal where the repubs have term limits and the dems can do what ever. Cant we do that on our own? We can have term limits on "our" own party. I put our in quotes because I am still holding out hope in case the republican party decides to do the right thing and become conservatives/constitutionalists.

  • liz

    The reason why America is in trouble is not because of Obama or The Republicans, it's because 30k people showed up to see Romney and 3k to see Obama in Ohio, and even after this obvious fact, not one intelligent person here has done anything to acknowledge, research, demand, protest or eeven mention the fact that federal grants paid for Hugo Chavez smartmatic, sequoia, as well as Es and S diebold machines to be sent to every state in th union. We are not in control of the voting anymore, they cheated. In corrupt no voter ID states they cheated, in Illinois we worked night and day, we won, they refused to count military votes, and dems voted multiple times, in addition to the machines. Articles telling me what to GOP has done wrong are bull crap, but the comments terrify me. Wake up and get rid of the pac man voting machines!

    • LibertarianToo

      EXACTLY. I am so tired of all the Republican mea culpas. That thug STOLE the election. He did not win any state that required definite ID. The list of precints where he got more votes that the number of registered voters is long. The new black panthers intimidated whites out of voting in Philadelphia. Busloads of Chicago residents were sent elsewhere to vote. Obama supporters have bragged about voting multiple times -some as many as eight times. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence of machines changing Romney votes to Obama votes. A cargo plane carrying absentee votes from active duty military goes down, and the lamestream media yawn. Etc., etc., ad nauseum.

      There is no point in knocking ourselves out winning votes if we are going to let them be stolen at the polls.

      • D-Boy

        I think voter fraud is the only reason Obummer won.

      • EarlyBird

        I'm actually embarrassed for you.

    • EarlyBird

      Wow. The depths of the right wing rump end of the once great conservative movement's delusions have no bottom.

      He stole the election! The media! A fix was in! Umm…Communists!

      Yeah, keep on howling. Remaining, serious conservatives will start rebuilding the party and first start by purging the idiots. I have written a letter to Jindal to suggest that he start with his own Sister Souljah moment, which would be to verbally b**ch slap the next idiot who says "Obama is a Kenyan Islamist Marxist who hates America!" or other hallucinations.

      • Kenneth

        I sure would like to see the proof that Obama is not a "Communist". He is controlling the banks, energy, Wallstreet, cars, and health care. Tell me how this isn't Socialism or communism.

        • EarlyBird

          Kenneth, please just read some fairly recent US history to discover that Obama is a very mild form of Big Government liberal. He been a very common, all-American Big Government liberal, but he's not "controlling" or taken over any thing.

          Nixon was far more intrusive than Obama by any day, as just one example.

          We don't have to like his policies, but being so over the top in characterizations of it just makes Republicans look hysterical and weird.

          • Mary Sue

            Nixon was what he was, but that doesn't excuse Obama. Obama is a narcissist who wants power but with no responsibility, all while trying to implement marxist platitudes (which is whence Obamacare comes from and Obamaphones).

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Kenneth, please just read some fairly recent US history to discover that Obama is a very mild form of Big Government liberal. He been a very common, all-American Big Government liberal, but he's not "controlling" or taken over any thing. "

            Frank Marshall Davis
            Bill Ayers
            B 0'Bama I

            All communists.

            Google: obama communist connections

            It's true there are some weak claims to find, but that doesn't negate the hard evidence.

            Google this: 47544

            "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."

            He's a globalist who doesn't represent the best interests of the USA even if we discount his connections to communists and Sunni jihadi organizations.

            "We don't have to like his policies, but being so over the top in characterizations of it just makes Republicans look hysterical and weird."

            Your subjective analysis matters why?

      • Mary Sue

        Obama was spawned by communists, raised by communists, educated by communists, and hangs out with communists. There's NO way he's not a communist.

    • tim

      I disagree. I'm from a usually republican suburb in Chicago and at a neighborhood gathering (bears packers game) before the election, out of 10 white adults, 2 of us were for Romney, 1 had never voted in his life, 1 was not going to vote this time and the rest for Obama. 6 votes to 2 – we didn't have the numbers. Most felt he deserved more time to enact his economic plans, they like him as a green pres or want the wars over. They all parroted popular lies about the corporate candidate Romney. He was not the candidate to pull the victory off. Bottom line.

      Also, my daughter voted this time and all her friends think Obama is so cool. No facts about him are needed or known. He's cool.

      Sad, but true.

  • MARTIN

    how about making sure the republicans dont live like overpaid buffoons the republicans can show an example by saying we will work for the ordinary american answer phone calls take a pay cut anything that shows there not big fat cows with gold plated pensions

  • Loyal Achates

    How can the Republicans win if you portray 90% of Americans as mooching God-hating Jewish homosexual Communist pornographers?

    • EarlyBird

      Thanks. Funny, but my sister, who is a very devout Catholic, and who I expected would want to support Santorum, put it this way: "He seems to hate about 80% of the American people."

      The entire Republican Party comes off as basically considering at least half of the American people the problem with the country, a problem which must be fought like a war, to be purged. It is so apparent on websites like this one.

      GOP: "We love our misremembered nostalgia about how America used to be. But we hate it now and will 'take it back!'"

      • Mary Sue

        Which marxist professor was she listening to when she made her mind up about Santorum?

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Which marxist professor was she listening to when she made her mind up about Santorum?"

          We all know how supporters of the left are all independent critical thinkers just like early bird.

          • EarlyBird

            Actually we're both registered Republicans and quite conservative voters. Try again, fools.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Actually we're both registered Republicans and quite conservative voters. Try again, fools."

            Every word you utter is the result of leftist indoctrination.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Which marxist professor was she listening to when she made her mind up about Santorum?"

          She probably listened to every Marxist professor she ever met, just like her brother.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Thanks. Funny, but my sister, who is a very devout Catholic, and who I expected would want to support Santorum, put it this way: "He seems to hate about 80% of the American people.""

        I meant to ask you, do they ever offer you any flavor other than grape?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        GOP: "We love our misremembered nostalgia about how America used to be. But we hate it now and will 'take it back!'"

        Yeah, clearly defined support for free speech laws, being able to defend ourselves against foreign enemies all that BS never existed before. Being able to work towards success without being accused of fraud or theft was never a part of the past. Being able to decline an invitation to marry or condone th marriage of two or more people based on successful tradition, that's all thinking based on false memories.

  • Gislef

    "The Tea Party won the argument on ObamaCare " But they lost the war: we have Obamacare and it's likely not going away. So how did winning the argument help?

    • EarlyBird

      But the Tea Party didn't win that argument. Their position was if there was not a problem with healthcare costs at all.

      Healthcare costs are the biggest reason would-be entrepreneurs don't open up a business, either because they can't afford their own single person coverage, or couldn't afford it for employees. It's one of the biggest reasons US business go abroad, to find cheaper labor. It's one of the biggest reasons elderly people go broke in their Golden Years.

      What was the Tea Party's answer? Not a smart proposal to fix it, but denial and "death panels!'

      • Maxie

        Wake up. Healthcare is a business and responds to supply and demand as does every business. With FedGov running the show demand will go WAY up as for Obama phones; inefficiencies will skyrocket, as will half-a$$ed – and RATIONED – care. Many MD's will quit the red tape and bureaucrats remotely second-guessing diagnoses. The DMV with stethoscopes. Take a number; we'll get to you somewhere betwee July and Christmas. Take 150 aspirin and call us again around Thanksgiving. Next!

        • objectivefactsmatter

          But entrepreneurs won't open up new businesses until we've achieved wider success in social justice. That's what's hurting the economy and only 0'Bama can heal the wounds of the past and lead us to the perfect society.

          • EarlyBird

            Wow. How out of your depth on this subject are you, dolt?

        • EarlyBird

          Maxie, I've been in the health care business for over 20 years. It is not like just any other business where supply and demand are key. We don't get sales on appendix operations, for instance. The fact is, health care is ALREADY rationed and fully subsidized by you, me and everyone who pays insurance. Those who can't afford insurance and end up in the ER with a toothache are paid for by you and me. It is a very, very warped system and it is designed for doctors to charge as much as possible for every single procedure.

          But you confirm my point: right wingers don't want to do anything about it because it's a business and therefore a holy relic, and cuz of "death panels!"

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Healthcare costs are the biggest reason would-be entrepreneurs don't open up a business,"

        Citation please. Did you receive that message with your foil hat on? Or did "the force" inform you?
        http://retail.about.com/od/startingaretailbusines

        I'm not saying they're the last word on the topic but I know you're full of BS.

        • EarlyBird

          Do your own f**king research, you lazy sumbeach!

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Do your own f**king research, you lazy sumbeach!"

            OMG that is so funny. I guess "the force" really is "with you."

            In the research I did perform in good faith, the only people who support you are those who claim that people are afraid of 0'Bama-care. So maybe in the current climate the argument can be made subjectively. Is that the point you are trying to make, that 0'Bama-care is causing fear among productive people? You have a strange way of trying to make your points.

            See, I thought you presented 0'Bama-care as the answer, not the problem. Maybe I misunderstood you.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "But the Tea Party didn't win that argument. Their position was if there was not a problem with healthcare costs at all."

        Their position was and is that the federal government doesn't have the answer.

  • TruckinMack

    Can Obama be stopped? Only if the Media, Congress and the Courts decide to do so. I ahd an epiphany a few years back: America was doomed at the outset. We thought we could hire people to look out for our interests. In reality, people always look out for their own interests first. (This is not a condemnation, but an acceptance.) The three branches of government, plus the media – the fourth estate of government, are all working in collusion, not for the betterment of our country, but to feather the nests of all involved parties. I do not see a way out.

  • lehnne

    The historical record dispels any merit to the assertion that republicans are not promoters and advocates for the power and magnitude of the State. Remember they are the ruling class and your not. The “distinction” between the two parties is something to entertain the peasants while centralization goes ahead unimpeded

  • patron

    Obama started his political machine by suing banks to create more sub prime loans, and working for ACORN who gave legal advice to pimps and prostitutes.

    The next conservative leader should start by moving into the Democratic ghettos of Detroit and Chicago where they are stopping police coverage and clearing out the criminals and dirtbag junkies. They may have a high body count, but they are coward who like roaches run away when you shine a light on them.

    Spending can easily be reduced from the bottom up more than the top down. Local DAs and governors can take action against welfare fraud like food stamp cheats and medicare thieves. Drug addicts and obese gluttons can be whipped into shape before they overburden our hospitals with quarter of a million dollar cardiac surgeries and cancer treatments and gunshot wounds.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Obama started his political machine by suing banks to create more sub prime loans, and working for ACORN who gave legal advice to pimps and prostitutes."

      That was his direct contribution to the banking crisis. I forgot to thank him for that one.

      Oh no, if we just regulate the derivatives markets it won't matter when people go bankrupt. Universal insurance for all risks! Woohoo! Utopia here we come!

  • cynthia curran

    The Republicans need a better way of presenting their ideas, energy prodcution could have lead to keeping the taxes low since it generates income. Republcians are too obsessed with Obama and need to present their ideas better.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Republcians are too obsessed with Obama"

      Republicans are too impressed with 0'Bama's power in controlling the discourse. They need to go on the offensive.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    The Republicans cannot run a rich man for President; since the election of Andrew Jackson the lesson was obvious. This country is mostly populist. But education should be a front for activism. America IS exceptional, but how many of the electorate know why? I laid out an outline on how we could tell the American story that would counter Democratic and communist propaganda. See http://clarespark.com/2013/02/27/american-excepti…. "American exceptionalism, retold."

    • Mary Sue

      they just need to change the constitution already so I can run ;) (But not just for ANY foreigners, JUST Canadians).

  • Mach1Duck

    If the Republicans want to become relevant, they need to start attacking the corruption and unconsititutional behavior of the President and his party…Fast and Furious…Benghazi….Libya…Egypt and now I understand assistance to Syrian rebels…

  • BLJ

    Obama has never been properly vetted by anyone. The MSM is his armpiece. The GOP is too scared of being called racist to really go after this tool.

    The fact that Obama is "black" and a muslim has benefitted him enormously in his rise to the top. Far too many people have bought into all of the political correctness crap. Obama and the Left know this.

    If you really want to take down a bully you have to punch him right in the nose. A bully is nothing but a coward hiding behind some bluster. Obama is a poltical bully who needs to be punched.

    The GOP establishment needs to go away and let in some people who would really go after this clown while reshaping the debate about how big government is just a roadmap to tyranny. Fight fire with fire.

  • Moliminous

    Can Obama be stopped? Yes. It's a lot simpler than most think. But the larger problem is all the enslaved, abused masses that support him only for cultic affectations. You'll probably remember that when, in the course of the so-called presidential debates prior to the 2012 elections, Obama was shut down with a reasoned, principled debate sans teleprompters. If the stage had not been loaded in his favor with acquiescing moderators and duped media, he would have been blown off the stage and out of office. But pathological narcissism cannot be controlled by reason, logic or morality. His lying is pathological, not just political. His management is non-existent, he only knows how to campaign. He doesn't know how to lead save for duplicity and force. He wouldn't survive two weeks working at Walmart as a bag boy or even greeter.

    Can Obama be stopped. You betcha.

  • EarlyBird

    Wrong. Right wing fanaticism cost Romney the election:

    - Romney et al., were required to pledge to refuse to raise taxes by $1 dollar, even if said raise was linked to $10 in spending cuts. Even the Fox "debate" moderator couldn't believe it.

    - A refusal to acknowledge that getting out of debt requires tax increases as well as spending cuts.

    - Romney's pledge to RAISE military spending, one of the three main pillars of debt, in the midst of this great crisis.

    - Refusing to explain where he would cut.

    - Pretending we can physically deport 11 million illegals, and not ultimately have to enact some type of amnesty once we fixed the border.

    - Trickle down economics rhetoric that hasn't changed one iota since the '80s, as if they are encased in amber.

    - Refusing to denounce Bush's neconservative foreign policy, and demanding further unnecessary aggression in the Middle East.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.

    No, the lunatics have run the GOP asylum long enough, and the adults are ready to take it back.

    • pierce

      You sir are the lunatic.

      • reader

        He's a drone mooching on a college campus in California, which is pretty much an equivalent of asylum. Echo chamber of 60s' rethreads.

    • Mary Sue

      Romney is anything but right wing OR fanatical. He's actually a very moderate moderate.

      Trickle down actually WORKED, birdie. The US treasury revenue doubled. The problem was the Democrat led congress went on a spending spree that overcame that. And don't forget the old House Bank Scandal, where demo congress people kited checks for free money at the House Post Office.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Trickle down actually WORKED"

        If he has any idea what that means, he thinks its a fraudulent idea where the government gives to the rich people instead of giving to the poor people. That's what leftist think the choices are. Because you know, you didn't build that and the government needs to decide how to distribute all the wealth it creates. Otherwise, "We gonna start a riot."

        • EarlyBird

          No, it's the theory that super low tax rates spurs growth and raises all boats, while producing enough revenue to cover the cost of running the government. It's wrong. We've been doing that for 30+ years. If it worked our middle class would be the king of the world economy, and we're not. And it has nothing to do with Obamamarxistcommunistislamistterroristkenyan… you infant.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "No, it's the theory that super low tax rates spurs growth and raises all boats"

            You're not 100% wrong so I'll let it go for now.

            "while producing enough revenue to cover the cost of running the government"

            Nope. It doesn't assume you can spend indefinitely. The point is that taxes have dynamic effects and that if you choke off cash flow with taxes, that money is in the hands of the government and is therefore being less productive rather than flowing through the private sector (where it is always more productive). The reason people refer to these theories as "trickle down" is the recognition that successful people and businesses hire others in the lower income realms and that it benefits everyone even when "the rich" are not taxed according to superficial notions of "fairness" according to the views of unsuccessful people.

            "It's wrong."

            Wow, straw is flying all over the place. We're so impressed.

            "We've been doing that for 30+ years."

            It works when we do it. Leftists always interfere though and want "progress' so your "failure" is "insufficient progress" according to the delusional standards of the left. That means paying for everyone to be happy and "feel successful" even when they don't go to class enough to graduate high school.

            Welcome to Shangrila. I'm your host and I'll show you how to be the first one to get the worm.

            "If it worked our middle class would be the king of the world economy, and we're not. And it has nothing to do with Obamamarxistcommunistislamistterroristkenyan… you infant."

            When I grow up I'll better understand social justice and the wisdom of the leftist fantasies, no doubt.

      • EarlyBird

        Mary Sue, it wasn't Romney who was the right wing fanatic. He was a pragmatic, problem solving moderate who was too good for the nuts who controlled the nomination. He had to pander to you right wing children like YOU, for months. When he got the nomination he swung back to the middle and looked plastic.

        Trickle down economics did not work to increase the middle class, or make the US more competitive. Dear God, the check kiting scandal is now why we're in a mess today!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      - "Romney et al., were required to pledge to refuse to raise taxes by $1 dollar, even if said raise was linked to $10 in spending cuts. Even the Fox "debate" moderator couldn't believe it."

      Shocking.

      "A refusal to acknowledge that getting out of debt requires tax increases as well as spending cuts."

      I'm supposed to believe you're smarter than Romney and every accountant that I know.

      "Romney's pledge to RAISE military spending, one of the three main pillars of debt, in the midst of this great crisis."

      There's only one crisis right? The real crisis is the red-green commu-sharia-nist in the Whitehouse.

      "Refusing to explain where he would cut."

      I understood his plan. He planned to grow the economy and increase tax revenues without increasing tax rates.

      "Refusing to denounce Bush's neconservative foreign policy, and demanding further unnecessary aggression in the Middle East."

      That will piss off the leftists for sure.

      "No, the lunatics have run the GOP asylum long enough, and the adults are ready to take it back."

      It's cute to see you invert reality so consistently. The lunatics are the ones who compromise with leftists like you.

      • EarlyBird

        "Shocking."

        Yep, it's a shocking admission that the current GOP does not take governance seriously.

        "I'm supposed to believe you're smarter than Romney and every accountant that I know."

        Not smarter, but more honest.

        "There's only one crisis right? The real crisis is the red-green commu-sharia-nist in the Whitehouse."

        Sure, idiot, if that helps.

        "I understood his plan. He planned to grow the economy and increase tax revenues without increasing tax rates."

        Yes, the magic of Trickle Down economics, which we've been doing for 30+ years. It's "we can have everything!" nonsense. But you don't know where he'd cut spending, because he refused to answer that question.

        "That will piss off the leftists for sure."

        It would have announced that he was a serious man, not a Front Page magaziner.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Yep, it's a shocking admission that the current GOP does not take governance seriously."

          Virtually all politicians are too obsessed with power which means they are subject to the requirements of success in this environment where leftists control all of the cultural choke points. However, Republicans rely on ideologies that are based on reality rather than fantasy. That alone means you must be insane to support the Democratic Party over the Republicans.

          The Republicans sell out too often but Democrats are delusional psychotics with no chance of success. What little successes they seem to enjoy are due to the too few battles put up by Republicans with integrity.

          "Not smarter, but more honest."

          Are you as smart as the CPAs and economists that I know? Because you'd have to be to say that you're more honest than people who contradict you. You must consider yourself a genius and for no reason I can discern. You're honest to your own heart and that's all that matters. You learned that from Hollywood, domain of the left.

          "Sure, idiot, if that helps."

          It's not helpful at all. I thought you were the voice or reason, wisdom and honesty so we need some answers from you. Nice bluff though. I'm sure all the leftists are cheering you on, if that helps your spirits.

          "Yes, the magic of Trickle Down economics, which we've been doing for 30+ years. It's "we can have everything!" nonsense."

          Your statement makes no sense. "Trickle down" has nothing to do with "having it all."

          "But you don't know where he'd cut spending, because he refused to answer that question."

          I don't think he wanted to cut spending until after the economy recovered if at all. He promised he had a more successful business record that 0'Bama and understood the dynamics of the economy. He understood trickle down theory and that growing the economy was far more effective at raising revenue.

          I never claimed he was a savior, but he was right in what he said. He deserved a chance to try while 0'Bama already proved what a failure he would be. Why would Romney make up stories about cuts when he wasn't even planning any yet? His narrative was that economic growth must come first. You just don't understand.

          That's why revamping education is the only long term fix. Too many ignorant citizens. Thanks for helping me prove this point.

  • EarlyBird

    Romney was too good for the Tea Party-run GOP.

    He was a pragmatic, sane and responsible problem solver in Massachusetts. You'll notice he barely even mentioned his time as governor in Massachusetts, because he enacted an Obamacare-like medical system, made compromises with the Democrats to get things done, and didn't use the governorship like a Southern Baptist pulpit. In other words, he was sane and that doesn't sit well with the Tea Baggers.

    He had to contort himself into a "severe conservative" just to get nominated by these lunatics. By the time he got it and ran for the general election, he could be himself, but ironically by then looked plastic.

    And Danny's answer is that the Republican party isn't right wing ENOUGH. Wow. It's becomes so utterly ideological as to be irrelevant to reality.

    • Jim_C

      Well, I don't know about "too good." But I'm fairly certain no Republican could have beaten Obama this time out and also certain Romney was the best candidate this time around, by miles. Maybe Huntsman, who had no chance in the primaries, might have had a chance in the general.

      The two best things Romney's ever done: Massachusetts health care, and saving failing companies–instead of playing these two qualifications up, he had to play them down–the first one for the fools in the GOP base; the second for fools who call themselves "independent." He spent an entire campaign cycle pretending to be something he was not.

      P.S. Are you Early Bird from Slate's old Fray?

      • EarlyBird

        "But I'm fairly certain no Republican could have beaten Obama this time out and also certain Romney was the best candidate this time around, by miles. Maybe Huntsman, who had no chance in the primaries, might have had a chance in the general."

        I completely agree with this statement. The GOP had painted itself into a corner by the time the election came around, and thanks to the Tea Party look absolutely maniacal.

        Yes, in fact, I am EarlyBird from the old Fray. Was your handle Jim C there too?

        • Jim_C

          Nope, "hellzapoppin." Great to see you, again! You were one of my favorite posters.

          • EarlyBird

            Hah! Same here!

  • EarlyBird

    By confusing specific conservative POLICIES with conservative VALUES, the GOP is becoming irrelevant to our current problems.

    No, but the answer to every single economic circumstance is not "Lower taxes and regulations, higher defense spending, cut everything else." But that's become orthodoxy since 1980.

    We're in the midst of a major debt crisis. Spending is way too high, while income tax rates on the wealthy are extremely low by historic standards. Our military eclipses every competitors' under the sun. But the GOP's answer is, "Lower taxes and regulations, higher defense spending, cut everything else."

    That is not serious policy, it's religion. It's a mantra that is spoken by people regardless of what's actually happening in reality.

    We need to raise taxes on certain individuals, AND cut spending, including on Defense.

    By not living in reality, a terribly imperfect Democratic Party is just winning by default. Put it this way, do you vote for a guy who is a lunatic, or a guy you generally disagree with but who at least is sane?

    • Mary Sue

      raising taxes has NEVER worked.

      • EarlyBird

        Wrong again, Mary Sue.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “Theoretically, there is nothing that can stop the government from taxing 100% of income,” Mr. Obama wrote, “so long as the people get benefits from the government commensurate with their income which is taxed.”

          And also in theory, since you didn't build that, you already get your "commensurate" value. We can tax you up to 100% of your income. That ought to work great. It's called "communism."

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Wrong again, Mary Sue."

          I can't wait for you to accuse others of repeating empty arguments…again.

  • Ben

    Ayn Rand predicted the current events in 60th.The rethorics-demagogy of the welfare state that is habitual for the Republicans too is the trap that is always used by active leftists as Obama. This trap is "social justice".
    So the conservative capitalists like Romney feel a little guilty and have to justificate himself for his money.
    The conservatives with their values have moral difficulties to attack leftists.

  • pierce

    Here it is 4:45PM on Thursday Feb. 28, and I just watched Neil Cavuto of Fox News interviewing a Democrat from MD, Van Holland, and Van holland is till echoing Obama, what I call fear-mongering. I swear to god and that that is holy, that is what the Democrats are all about. It is pathetic, they just don't want to bite the bullet, because they don't know how. This whole thing is UNBELIEVABLE.
    And EarlyBird, you must be one of those Democratic nitwits. Bring on the SEQUESTER, we need to be taught a lesson.

    • EarlyBird

      Pierce, you do know it cuts both ways, right? The sequester includes both drastic cuts and drastic tax increases.

      • Mary Sue

        drastic cuts equivalent to a NICKEL. Boo hoo.

        • EarlyBird

          Silly girl, it's possible this sequester will do what is needed, by forcing the major cuts and raising taxes, to get us to solvency. But you'll be squealing, because government isn't just for illegal alien moochers, or whatever insane fantasy you tell yourself.

  • pierce

    I think the Democrats really are trying to blame the Republicans when it is really their fault. They are unwilling to admit culpability.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I think the Democrats really are trying to blame the Republicans when it is really their fault. They are unwilling to admit culpability."

      That's one of the "iron laws" of the left: Blame the right for everything.

  • Betsy

    The republicans lost, and will continue to lose for two reasons. 1. The majority of Americans believe in a women's right to choose to have an abortion. 2. The majority of Americans think the the gay population should have the same rights as everyone else.
    Until they come to grips with their minority status on social issues they will continue to lose. And that my friends, is a fact.
    The sad thing is, there are a lot of Democrats like myself that are fiscally conservative. If you would put up a Republican who didn't feel compelled to cowtow to the ultra right, he/she would get our vote. Case in point, Arne Carlson, Govenor of Minnesota

    • Jim_C

      Betsy, I agree with most of what you say, though I don't think gay rights, while I agree with them, is an election winner.

      I would add that there are a lot of democrats, like myself, who find a lot of what Republicans criticize about Democrats to be true. There are some boneheaded policies toward business and endless laws that serve no real purpose other than to showboat something for some politicians. The Democratic stranglehold on education and several other areas, to me, is damnable. Now I understand that Republican neglect is largely to blame for Democrats' ascendancy in many of these areas, so it's complicated. Point is, I agree: I would vote for the right Republican candidate should that candidate come along.

    • reader

      Betsy, I will rephrase this. Democrats are winning because we have idiots like you multiplied by the atrocious educational system and the media dumbing down the population. You see, Romney was certainly not a social conservative by a long shot, and the reason he lost lies in the simple count: he fell about 3 million votes short of that compared to McCain 4 years earlier (Obama was down by about 8). In other words, Romney miserably failed to excite Republican base.

      • EarlyBird

        Hey, so Obama didn't "steal!" the election? You may be coming around, Reader.

    • Mary Sue

      1. no, they don't. The numbers are actually slightly more in the OTHER direction
      2. That's irrelevant to Gay Marriage, which is a farce. It's impossible to have two husbands or two wives. It just doesn't work that way.

      Oh, so you're basically a "single-issue voter" (or in this case 2-issue)? You're willing to sacrifice the entire economy just so you and your friends can go murder their fetuses? WOW, just wow. Priorities, please and just move to Canada okthxbai.

    • DebbieOhio912

      What a lame argument. I guess if we started thinking like you, we would call ourselves liberals. You identify yourself as a fiscal conservative, yet you find it more important to protect abortion and gay rights while the country can't pay it's bills and is rapidly going down the drain. Your priorities disgust me.

    • EarlyBird

      You're definitely right that Americans feel that way about these two social issues, especially gay marriage, but that's not what cost Romney the election. The unserious, orthodox extremism witnessed daily on this psychotic website iis what cost him the election.

      The American people want a serious problem solver, not a person who has turned politics into a religion. Romney could not be himself during the nomination process, due to the insane right wing fringe which has taken over the GOP.

  • Len_Powder

    An army consisting mainly of cowards and whimps is not likely to win many battles, or any wars, even if some of its soldiers are heroes. The Republican army is such an army. General Obama has inflicted mortifying defeats on it time and again and is now preparing to inflict the final defeat. The Republican army is not like the 300 Spartans at Thermopalye who held hundreds of thousand of Persians at bay for days. It is more like the Trojans who allowed a regiment of Greek warriors to enter its gates before being slaughtered or the Vichy regime in France which allowed the Nazis to march into Paris unopposed.

    • mlcblog

      This is why I like Panther's note above. The Repubs cave all the time and are apparently unable to stand on principle and especially will not support new talent. I am still very unhappy with Rove and his buddies in impeding our new stars.

      • Mary Sue

        they cave because they don't wanna be seen as racist. Buncha cowards.

  • truebearing

    "Reagan’s defeat of Carter was frequently invoked without understanding that Reagan’s victory lay in his ability to communicate to the public why they were worse off now and why they would be better off with a change of government, not in some abstract national sense, but in a way that would directly impact their wallets."

    Republicans need an ideological "translator" that can put into simple terms the benefits of things like: less taxes and smaller government. It needs to be done in a way that each person hearing it feels that it applies to him/her. Republicans continue to assume that everyone understands the benefits of conservatism, without distilling their ideological message into a formula that anyone can understand and relate to.

    I believe this is a problem caused by self righteousness and arrogance. The Republican Party needs leadership that humbly, perceptibly listens to the voters and shows a capacity for empathy.The Left always portrays the Right as heartless, and usually succeeds at it, but they failed with Reagan because he so clearly projected deep empathy.

  • http://alwaysonwatch3.blogspot.com/ alwaysonwatch

    Mr. Greenfield,
    Spot on!

    Linked: http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/2013/03/obamas-

  • Mike in VA

    The biggest problem with the Republican party right now is that it is not even engaged in the War of Ideas. It needs to identify the core principles that conservatives stand for – individual freedom and responsibility, free enterprise, fiscally responsible limited government and adherence to the Constitution and the rule of written law. Having identified those core principles, Republicans must make a public commitment to uphold them, and then finally, they need to get out there and promote and fight for those principles.

    Another thing Republicans need to do is to stop listening to Leftists and most particularly the Leftists in the media.

    • mlcblog

      It seems to me there is no Repub party in fact. See Panther's ideas above.

      • Mike in VA

        In many respects, that's a valid observation, mb.
        One of the reasons the GOP isn't engaged in the War of Ideas is because it's in total disarray and going through an identity crisis right now. Panther's idea/suggestion is relevant here because there are elements on the Right – TEA Partiers, Libertarians, et al – who do stand for the principles I mentioned and are poised to transform or take over the GOP in a manner that is not altogether dissimilar than the "progressive" takeover of the Democratic party. As with the progs, this won't happen overnight, but I think it's already begun.

  • mlcblog

    OK. Here it is, Jeremy Bird (see recent DTN) of Battleground Texas. This is him being interviewed by the quite funny S. Colbert. Read about this on DTN.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/colbert-

    This smart campaigning is why I don't think the Dems can easily be stopped, ALTHOUGH I did go door-to-door for McGovern in my younger and foolish days, which was a milder version of what JB is doing with BT, and it didn't help George much. Hopefully the Texans will see them coming and BT will get an awakening (that is, be overturned in Texas). PLUS I have been getting 5-7 emails a week from O's people, still coming on strong, seems like almost a daily basis. I signed up out of curiosity. They appear to be relentless in their quest to do away with our Constitution and our free enterprise system, not to mention our wonderful medical system and our families and businesses.

    I love what Panther said above, which I am repeating here.
    "Those who are truly committed to the future of both conservatism and the Republican party should take a page from Canada's old Reform party, which was founded out of disappointment with the failing Progressive Conservative Party at the time. They built their strength in Western Canada and despite being mocked by the leftist elites in the east, they entered the federal stage with a vengeance, absorbed what little was left of Progressive Conservatives, and now, they are our current government."

    IF WE KEEP BRAINSTORMING, WE CAN DO IT…..just know, we are up against a formidable foe.

    • Mike in VA

      Pardon me for flogging the point to the bone and sinew, but I think the key to success against the Democrats and the Left is engaging in the War of Ideas. It's little wonder the Right is getting pushed around right now – it's not even putting up a fight. As Margaret Thatcher wisely spoke "First you win the argument, then you win the vote." Right now, the GOP and many conservatives are putting the cart before the horse trying to win the vote before winning the argument. Obviously, that isn't working. Perhaps, the first thing we all need to do is follow the Iron Lady's recipe for success and then work out from there.

      I think if we return to the values and virtues of the Founders and Framers, which are the core values and virtues of conservatism in this country, we can win the War of Ideas. While handouts are a powerful inducement to vote Democrat, I don't see how their ideas and agenda can compete against our own. It's our ideas and agenda that made this country great, and it's their ideas and agenda that are taking us down the road to decline and ruin.

      I agree with you, mb – we can do it. It won't be easy and it won't happen quickly, but we can look to the electoral success of 2010 to see what we're capable of if we put our minds and backs into it.

      • mlcblog

        It's OK with me, Mike. I have been known to flog a point now and then myself.

        I hope to find time to read your contributions and possibly respond (if I have anything to say). Hard to find time to blog when we are working a busy schedule.

        Best!

  • mlcblog

    Oh, great! Early Bird has landed, and is now in touch with his old blog pal, Jim C. I dread the upcoming contributions (which I basically skim or do not read).

    • reader

      What's a board without a troll?

      • mlcblog

        Or two.

        Thank you. Somehow your comment eases my irritation. Like all's right with the world after all.

        I mean, we can stand up to them and recognize them, right? Seriously, I am concerned….but must Let it go!! so I don't melt down in a puddle.

      • Mary Sue

        IMO birdie is more trollier than Jim_C. Jim_C actually manages to make sense (in spite of himself?) every now and then.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          Giving Jim the benefit of the doubt, I'd say that while Jim drinks the same Kool Aid and has a tendency to believe delusional lunatics, EB IS a delusional lunatic full stop.

        • mlcblog

          That's the devil's deal, Lies mixed with truth. Confusing to many.

    • EarlyBird

      Yeah, everyone who disagrees with you is a "troll." That's got to be comforting living in this little right wing bubble.

      • mlcblog

        Remarks like this make anyone's stomach or something hurt…

        Caustic, spiteful.

  • Jack T

    The article made some good points, but still did not address how to deal with the liberal media. No matter what a conservative candidate does or says, he/she will be demonized by the news media. Most Americans lack a guiding set of principles by which they judge a candidate. Hence the "swing voters" – the poison of our country.

  • dannyjeffrey44

    I am convinced that Obama is winning the hearts, minds, and wallets of America while the GOP chooses to do nothing to oppose him or in many cases lend a helping hand to his purposes. Those purposes are destroying this nation. The media is complicit, the GOP plays politics as usual and conservative Americans prepare for war. Not a good future to behold. There is however another way, one that can finally wake America up. http://www.freedomrings1776.com/2013/03/a-few-goo

  • Jeff Ludwig

    Obama is well positiioned to do a lot of damage to a lot of people who should be treated with respect instead of vilified. A darkness has settled over the land, and sadly I would say the worst is yet to come. However, my faith in Almighty God remains strong. He and he alone can reverse this tide. Remember, Nixon won by a landslide but only a short time later had to resign from office. Who would have thought that to be possible? Thus, if the darkness is allowed to flow unabated for four years, we can be sure that God, in His infinite wisdom, has allowed it. Likewise, if the plans of the present administration and its backers (millions of folks) are to be stymied, it can only happen through divine intervention. Some of you may see such a statement as superstition, not faith. However, I shall remain in prayer with millions of other faithful believers…in prayer that the country will be rescued from the consequences of its grave mistake made in November.

  • Maxie

    There's nothing new here. The GOP has always come across as boring scolds who lecture the public on the virtues of brushing their teeth, keeping your shoes tied, save for a rainy day and look both ways before crossing the street. B-o-o-r-i-n-g ! With the Dem's its always been: Let's Party! Turn-up the music! Rock n' Roll! That message now comes thru amped-up by the MarxStreamMedia 24-7-365. Plus, the GOP is disorganized, un-focused, and a schizoid RINO vs. Conservative train wreck while the MarxOcrats are fixated on establishing an authoritarian Collectivist dictatorship. Both parties have turned the Congress into a brokerage firm selling legislative favors to Lobbiests willing to pay heavily for those favors. It will take another Ronald Reagan or two to right the ship of state if it isn't already too late.

  • Maxie

    "Your comment must be approved by the site admins before it will appear publicaly"
    Oh, of course! I may have put in bad words like 'Mark$i$t' or 'Fa$ch!$t, or 'trayt0r' or mentioned someone's name like 'Raygun' orcommitted some other verbal blunder that the Word Police send people to the Gulag or the torture chambers of the Lubyanka for. Bu!! $h!t!