Political halftime for the GOP?

  • Article by: Lawrence R. Jacobs
  • Updated: December 28, 2013 - 4:08 PM

The Tea Party and ‘Liberty movement’ have upended the Republican Party. Can members of the GOP establishment turn THINGS right side up (as they see it) in 2014?

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goferfanzDec. 28, 13 4:34 PM

Hint to Mr Jacobs--->The GOP is the lesser of the "two" problems. The GOP actually won big in 2010 when it ran on the economic meltdown and conservative policies. The fact that a Sen Klobuchar won a huge reelection really says it all about an out-of-touch America. She swept into power with the Dem midterm surge of 11/2006, near the peak of the last economic boom. What is her record? Down a net 4 million jobs. Almost 10 Trillion in new federal debt. A Great recession and housing meltdown. Funded two war surges. NSA. IRS,etc. I personally wouldnt elect her for city dog catcher, but that's me. I do realize we now live in an America where many people almost seem to prefer being on welfare, SSD, or part-time jobs vs than hard work AND raising a family. Oh well......somehow I think China and Russia are smiling about the future.

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windigolakeDec. 28, 13 4:35 PM

"Establishment Republicans hunger for leaders in the mold of Ronald Reagan, who struck compromises with Democrats that advanced conservative principles. He was ferocious in cutting spending and taxes..." The funniest part of the entire article. Ronald Reagan was ferocious in raising taxes (11 times) and spending (the national debt quadrupled during his Administration). If his policies represent establishment Republicans today, the White House will remain Democratic hands for a long time. Democrats are the fiscal conservatives compared to Reagan and Bush.

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dakmarknetDec. 28, 13 5:09 PM

The GOP just needs to get back to their roots - giving big tax breaks to the wealthy, allow businesses to operate unabated with no concerns for their employees or the environment, and bilk the middle class and the poor and immigrants. They need to admit their platform is against women and everyone but the wealthy and then things will get back to normal - they need to accept the truth about their party.

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ontherecordDec. 28, 13 5:23 PM

goferfanz: "What is her record? Down a net 4 million jobs. Almost 10 Trillion in new federal debt. A Great recession and housing meltdown. Funded two war surges." It is amusing that you blame Klobuchar for all the failures of the GOP and the Bush Administration. Their policies and lies led to the loss of over 5 million jobs between August of 2008 and June of 2009, when the Obama Administration has barely begun repairing the damage. The two wars? Who started those and pushed through the Iraqi surge? Bush and Cheeny. The debt in the last 10 years is largely due to the Bush Depression, the Bush unfunded wars, the Bush unfunded tax cuts and the Bush unfunded Medicare Part D. But you think that one Senator is responsible. That's rich.

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wcentralDec. 28, 13 5:23 PM

That influential Republican hit the nail on the head. Intellectual laziness is rampant from Michelle Bachmann to Tim Pawlenty to Tom Emmer and on and on. Intellectual laziness and bullying are admired. Now it's derailing the country unfortunately, but the large corporations and business like the Koch Bros are swimming in cash, spending hundreds of millions vilifying anything that smacks of common sense and good for the average citizen.

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jhaldrichDec. 28, 13 5:38 PM

The Republicans need to just use an economic message. Pro-life and Pro-Gun is good and all, but it doesn't help someone in small business (Unless they sell guns). The first thing they need to do on both the Federal and State level is GET RID OF Baseline budgeting. It's pure evil. Don't give any department an automatic raise just because. Review every program every ten years (10% a year). Make it that a cut is an actual cut. This includes the military. Hire some decent accountants. Then, take the message back. Don't let the media define you. Define yourself. Also, think before you speak, because youtube is out to get you. Become the party of optimism. Obama won because of hope. Reagan won because of Morning in America. McCain was and is negative. Romney was positive, but nobody believed him. Tell all people that America's best is in the future, and rail against the Obama-inspired "new Normal" - That's just grading on a worthless curve. Make people believe again in responsibility - and yes, this is a tough sell. Government can only help you survive, you got to do it yourself to thrive. It can be done, just need to find the right candidates.

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jjsbrwDec. 28, 13 6:05 PM

Dear Republicans: Please, pretty please, nominate the farthest right, most dogmatically pure, most rigid and inflexible candidates you can find. The more hard-line, the better. Nominate candidates who state openly that they will refuse to work with anyone across the aisle, ever, on anything. Do not let any persuade you that "bipartisanship" is anything other than selling out. Nominate candidates who are frank and forthright in their feelings about abortion, birth control, and sex education, and everything else they think women should or should not be allowed to do. The more open and forthright, the better.

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Guppy35Dec. 28, 13 6:05 PM

At some point you'd think the Right wing ideologues would recognize that the country is made up of all kinds of people, not just their small group of extremists. To suggest compromise isn't an option is ridiculous yet that seems to be the basis for how they see the future. Liberty isn't 'screw your neighbor'. It isn't just about making money.

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potter101Dec. 28, 13 6:21 PM

goferfanzDec. 28, 13 4:34 PM Hint to Mr Jacobs--->The GOP is the lesser of the "two" problems. The GOP actually won big in 2010 when it ran on the economic meltdown and conservative policies. The fact that a Sen Klobuchar won a huge reelection really says it all about an out-of-touch America. She swept into power with the Dem midterm surge of 11/2006, near the peak of the last economic boom. What is her record? Down a net 4 million jobs. Almost 10 Trillion in new federal debt. A Great recession and housing meltdown. Funded two war surges. NSA. IRS,etc. I personally wouldnt elect her for city dog catcher, but that's me. I do realize we now live in an America where many people almost seem to prefer being on welfare, SSD, or part-time jobs vs than hard work AND raising a family. Oh well......somehow I think China and Russia are smiling about the future.****************************There are so few facts in this comment that it isn't worth wasting your time on. A prerequisite to be a regressive is this sky is falling attitude. The party of the rich got us into this mess now their Fox controlled right comes up with this blarney .

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tooty123Dec. 28, 13 6:22 PM

Remember the last Tea/GOP legislature! They campaigned on jobs, jobs, jobs. Then they switched to true agenda---voter "fraud" suppression, abortion, birth control pills, gay marriage amendment, stand your ground gun laws, cuts to education, human services and any other "social" law ALEC would come up with for their members. Oh, I forgot about how morality is their concern. Then, we find the affair in the legislature AND the shutting down of our government in the state. Don't believe a word they campaign about because it isn't what they do when elected. Jobs were not increasing during their time. It wasn't about people's livelihood but their always true agenda, Gays, Guns and God. But they added women and illegal "aliens." Supposedly we have "aliens" from outer space living here. ha

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