GOP regroups, looking for way back to majority

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 6, 2013 - 10:44 PM

Republicans vow to draw stark lines with DFL on budget, marriage.

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dmcnevinJan. 6, 13 8:54 PM

"philosophically, we don't think our ideas are wrong." Republicans' task, he said, is doing "a better job of communicating those ideas." And that is why the Republicans lost the elections. We understand your ideas perfectly well. Hate to break it to you, but we just don't like them.

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waitforitJan. 6, 13 9:08 PM

Stop acting like Democrats and cut government. Entire departments. Now.

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dlhoff16Jan. 6, 13 9:14 PM

So early voting would allow the Democrats to start their get-out-the-vote machine two weeks early? Wouldn't the Republicans also be able to start up their own get-out-the-vote operation earlier? If they truly feel that they have superior ideas that the public will embrace, the Republcans should welcome the idea of early voting.

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rjr2205Jan. 6, 13 9:19 PM

As an independant voter over the years, I often voted for Repubs if they were the best candidate. However when they let the rightwing nuts like Michelle Bachman take over the party they pushed me to the Dems. When one looks at the Repubs, the family values party the fiscally responsible party, the keep government out of contolling our life party, the NRA party, etc and then take a realistic look at their record on morality, fiscal responsibility, the marriage amendment, etc. how can they hope to get me to seriously consider voting Repubican??!! Then to read their comment that they have the right message but poor delivery of said message-WOW!! Semms they really don't want my vote!!

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sgjsdadJan. 6, 13 9:19 PM

Start by dropping the social issues, especially when you run your campaigns on a platform of 'jobs, jobs, jobs'. Next, at least at the state level, quit borrowing and stealing $ from education. Next, don't ever shut down the state government again until or unless you have a better reason than 'we can'. Finally...the state constitution is not a dumping ground for your failed legislation. Get it, got it, good. And as dmcnevin wrote, we understand your ideas and we don't like them.

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hotdigitydogJan. 6, 13 9:34 PM

“The minute the Republican party becomes the anti-science party, we have a huge problem. ... When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 out of 100 climate scientists from what the National Academy of Scientists said on what is causing climate change, and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science and in a losing position.” -- Jon Huntsman (one of the few rational people left in the GOP)

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aviendhaJan. 6, 13 9:34 PM

Amen. As long as the GOP insists I need to obey their discriminatory moral code, then they're not getting my vote. America is not just for people who believe a certain religion, make a certain amount of money, marry certain people or look a certain way. America is for everyone. Start there and get back to us when you guys actually understand that. It would also be nice if the GOP realized that elections are not the alpha and omega of political office. There's a whole country to run, and the job doesn't start and end on Election Day. Stop worrying about your "message" and "getting votes" and taking back the majority. Stop campaigning! Shockingly enough, that isn't your job. Governing is your job. Do some of that for a change. And when you actually do start governing, refer to my first point.

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arspartzJan. 6, 13 9:45 PM

Next, don't ever shut down the state government again until or unless you have a better reason than 'we can'. Finally...the state constitution is not a dumping ground for your failed legislation

Blame for both of these lies equally with a intransigent governor. It takes two to shut down the government. A governor willing to even LISTEN to the issues of voter fraud could have prevented the amendment, instead of favoring a system that would actually make fraud easier.

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roymercerJan. 6, 13 9:56 PM

The biggest problem the GOP faces is that the Dayton-Kardashian-HoneyBooBoo demographic is very well served by the DFL. Until the GOP can hand out more free stuff to low information voters than the DFL does, there will be no changing of the guard.

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vortex100Jan. 6, 1310:05 PM

The GOP is once again delusional if it thinks for one second its ideas and ideology are just fine and they just need to improve their communication. It is like believing those GOP polls before the elections saying Romney was going to win, and in a landslide no less. We hate your ideas and ideology, GOP, and no amount of communicating is going to change that. Stop the bigotry, stop the racism, stop catering to the wealthy and big business, stop the anti-science talk, and start looking out for us little people, then you can expect us to change our votes.

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