Party endorsements aren't the problem

  • Article by: ESSKOERT
  • Updated: November 16, 2012 - 7:50 PM

As a Republican and a Ron Paul delegate to the state GOP convention last May, I was not surprised at the attempt by the party establishment to call for an end to the caucus system of endorsement ("Endorsements muck it up for the parties," Nov. 12).

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hawkeye56379Nov. 16, 12 7:55 PM

This article says that Senator Klobuchar was so popular because she let war and Wall Street "run unabated". What nonsense! Just the opposite, she voted to end the war in Iraq and she voted to regulate Wall Street in the Dodd-Frank legislation. The fact is that she is so popular that none of the top Republicans would run against her. That's why we ended up with such a mismatch.

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truthtimeNov. 16, 1210:28 PM

In my home area, I've watched the local county Republican Party be taken over by the people who were formerly Libertarians who tired of finishing dead last and figured out they could use the caucus system to hijack the county GOP. As a result, longtime, loyal GOP legislators were either denied endorsement in favor of Kool Aid drinking Tea Partiers who led the party to disaster two weeks ago, or they retired rather than face the ire of people who aren't really Republicans ousting them.

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martiankingNov. 16, 1211:03 PM

How many centrist Repubs said the heck with trying to run again because the extremists have hijacked the Party, knowing they would lose the primary because they dare be bold and chart independent paths? Many longtime Repubs were ousted because they refused to adhere to the Party line when voting. I hope the Repubs don't learn from this and keep thinking that they need to be run like a troop of goose-stepping soldiers instead. They will become nothing but a bunch of lunatics, living in the woods with guns and their Bibles, fearing that the "man" is coming to take their freedoms. Go Bachmann!! Run in 2016!

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Jakein08Nov. 17, 12 4:36 AM

The GOP is starting to go the way of the WHIG party......

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tmrichardsonNov. 17, 1210:11 AM

Give me a break--tea party influence not the problem? The one that refuses to allow the party to even consider a restoration of tax rates to those of the Reagan years on the very rich? The one that insists all government is evil and every government program should be dramatically cut or abolished? Not the problem? Delusion, that's the word for it. Look in the mirror!

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Mippy1Nov. 17, 1210:46 AM

This is a great idea! Let the interesting folks who pack GOP caucuses pick all of the candidates. That will ensure the GOP has the same amount of representation in Government as the Green Party. Or maybe the Independence Party at most.

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LakeliverNov. 17, 1211:05 AM

The Republican Party doesn't have to focus on the economy. They've had the same failed bromides for it since Herbert Hoover was telling Americans to just wait and starve while the Great Depression raged unabated. Yes, the war had much to do with energizing the economy but at least FDR refused to allow thousands of Americans to starve to death.

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traderbillNov. 17, 12 2:19 PM

As a newcomer to Minnesota, I didn't even know when the caucuses were, received nothing in the mail either. How does this let them represent the people? Times have changed and it is high time to wrest the primaries away from the two parties. First, they must be OPEN, second the two parties should not control the debates thus insuring that only their two candidates participate. No Ross Perot's or Ralph Nader's. Turn them back over to the League of Women Voters a true non-partisan organization. Without these we may as well not vote and just turn over Congress to the two parties. After all they insist on a 100% vote along party lines now...think of the money we could save? Memo to the GOP: dump Grover Norquist and Ralph Reed...please!

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scottyhomerNov. 17, 12 3:12 PM

While I agree with some of what this opinion has to say, I must strongly disagree with his/her position about Klobuchar.

Klobuchar has such a crowd pleasing record that she got twice the number of votes that Bills did. That's by not being controversial like the Republican's favorite, Bachmann, who barely squeaked by in a heavily conservative district. Mary Poppins senator (Amy Klobuchar) has a long history of being a consumer advocate, with the consumers being people like you and me. I wish Republicans had candidates who were more concerned about individuals, as Ron Paul supporters almost are. The people we vote for are, after all, supposed to work for us, not the big money suppliers.

I agree with the author about how they heard the traditional candidates time and again say, "We must focus like a laser beam on the economy." Then, in the next breath, they'd start talking about gay marriage and voter ID and everything but the economy. Based on comments made by others over the past few months, I'm not alone on that.

But please stop blaming "wishy-washy Democrats" for the internal problems of the Republican Party. If you don't like being part of a Party that changes the rules to avoid having delegates for candidates it doesn't like then you need to start your own political party. As it stands now, there doesn't seem to be a lot of overlap between Republicans and Libertarians positions.

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