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Cohen: Republicans adrift (Grab a pail)
The Daily News ^ | January 2, 2012 | Richard Cohen

Posted on 01/02/2013 2:10:49 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On Nov. 11, a mere five days after the presidential election, the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam pushed off from Fort Lauderdale for a Caribbean jaunt. Aboard were nearly 600 emotionally tattered Republicans, most of whom had been expecting a Republican victory of Rovian proportions — surely they had all read Karl’s prediction in The Wall Street Journal — and now were about to cruise 750 miles to nowhere, just like the party they so adored. The Nieuw Amsterdam was 86,000 tons of painful metaphor.

The cruise was sponsored by National Review, the magazine founded by William F. Buckley and for years the most important and probably the most readable journal in all of American conservatism. As with other such magazines a group of columnists and other well-known movement types get piped aboard so that along with the flambeed everything comes a dessert of political instruction, faux insider stuff and the usual warnings that civilization (as we know it) is coming to an end.

The difference between this cruise and others like it was the (paying) presence of Joe Hagan, a writer for New York magazine. To his considerable credit, Hagan abstained from shooting these particular fish in their barrel and instead portrayed them as dismayed and somewhat disoriented refugees from an America that used to be. Not only had they been unprepared for Mitt Romney’s loss, but it was dawning on them that their tribe — mostly affluent, elder whites — had lost the election as well as the demographic battle that had preceded it.

“Minorities came out like crazy,” Kevin Hassett, a former Romney economic adviser, told them. “White people didn’t get to the polls. There are far more African-Americans voting than they expected.” Imagine!

Who “they” might be is not exactly clear....

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TOPICS: Alaska; Campaign News; Parties; Polls
KEYWORDS: karlrove; obama; palin; romney

1 posted on 01/02/2013 2:10:57 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, you can cheer America's defeat, Richard Cohen. But your children and grandchildren will not enjoy their enslavement.

Perhaps fortunately for you, they won't be taught that it was your Treason that gave it to them.

2 posted on 01/02/2013 2:54:59 AM PST by eCSMaster (2012 elections: American Coup d'etat!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another lib scribbler who claims conservatism is indefensible without providing a shred of proof for his claim. He says when he first started reading NR many years ago, it was bursting with ideas. Having occasionally read NR many years ago, the same ideas that propelled conservatism and NR then i.e. small government, strong defense, and free-market capitalism, are the same things that propel it now.

Cohen sees some clear cut ideological victory for unrestrained liberalism and the total defeat of conservatism when the Republicans won 47% of the vote in the last prez election. He refuses to acknowledge that many minority voters vote for Dems simply to steal the wealth of their fellow citizens with the help of the Dem Party. Cohen is simply another lib ignoramus who worships big government and strong leftist presidents who have a dictatorial bent. He probably agrees with that legal "expert" Seidman who said the constitution has outlived its purpose.

3 posted on 01/02/2013 2:59:58 AM PST by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, after spectacularly losing the presidential election, the GOP-E decides to take a Caribbean cruise?

4 posted on 01/02/2013 3:14:09 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Many of those magazines (both right and left) do an annual cruise to raise money for continuing operations, as they’re not exactly cash cows.

6 posted on 01/02/2013 3:34:09 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here’s what I don’t get:

Approximately 50% of eligible voters don’t vote. These Americans have as much a right to vote as you and I.

Obama was smart enough to go after a sliver of them in order to boost turnout. He did that through tactics - feet on the ground and non-traditional electronic campaigning.

Republicans did not implement tactics that would increase their share of this 50%.

Obama was a brilliant campaigner, Republicans were stupid. If the electorate is increasingly hispanic, black and single white women, why is everyone criticizing the demise of increasingly irrelevant, old, white Republicans? Got nothing to offer the “new” voters?

7 posted on 01/02/2013 3:54:49 AM PST by gotribe
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To: Old Sarge
"liberal Jew"

so a liberal Jew is different from a liberal Catholic or Protestant?

8 posted on 01/02/2013 4:20:25 AM PST by driftless2
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To: driftless2

If anything conservatism has been too generous and tolerant to avoid being labeled racists. The Kenyan’s communists considered it weakness.

Time to go on strike and get mean.

9 posted on 01/02/2013 8:59:42 AM PST by y6162
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To: y6162
"get mean"

Yeah, lets get after those dirty Jews, right?

10 posted on 01/02/2013 2:06:23 PM PST by driftless2
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To: gotribe
During this past election cycle, I repeatedly mentioned that Romney alienated the conservative wing of the Republican Party, the footsoldiers of the Party, who go out
into neighborhoods and do the work that bring in voters.

If Romney had been smart politically, he would have met with Sarah Palin and courted the Tea Party folks. They would have brought in the voters. But Romney isn't politically mature and conservatives stayed home.

Keep in mind that over 60% of American voters are very or somewhat conservative. Romney had it in his reach and wouldn't make the moves.

Were Republicans stupid? No. I believe treachery came from within the GOP-e.

11 posted on 01/04/2013 4:16:40 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: Timber Rattler

You obviously don’t understand bookings of cruise ships...

12 posted on 01/04/2013 4:22:32 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: SatinDoll

Pretty good post....

13 posted on 01/04/2013 4:52:28 PM PST by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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