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We All Need Moderate Republicans
RealClearPolitics ^ | August 27, 2013 | Froma Harrop

Posted on 08/27/2013 5:43:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Moderate Republicans are, were, good things. I use the past tense "were" because as they became rarities, the centrists' chief function was preserving majorities in Congress for their radicalized party.

New England used to send lots of moderate Republicans to Washington. No more, and it's not because there aren't attractive Republican candidates. It's because the ones representing liberal-to-moderate regions became scapegoats at which party extremists directed their primal screams.

There arose the stupid "RINO (Republican in name only) Hunters Club," courtesy of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. In 2005, Rush Limbaugh pounded away at Republican "traitors" in the Senate, adding that "they all happen to be from the Northeast, and they all happen to be moderates. They all happen to be liberals."

And now they all happen to be gone, except for a few exceptions. Thus, the Senate has a Democratic majority.

Defenders of the older, more marketable Republican brand are trying to curb the party's more feverish elements. In 2012, the enraged ones purged Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana, a revered statesman virtually assured of winning the general election. Instead, they chose a nominee expounding bizarrely on rape, and he lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly. And in 2010, similarly flawed Republican candidates saved the hides of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada and Sen. Michael Bennet in Colorado.

Wily Democrats have fueled the self-destruction by piping money into the campaigns of the most unelectable Republicans, also known as Tea Party favorites. During the primary, American Bridge and other Democratic groups ran ads noting that Lugar had agreed to raise the debt ceiling, the only responsible stance but one right-wingers reviled....

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TOPICS: Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: 2014; 2016; democrats; fromaharrop; gop; republicans; rinos; teaparty; teapartyrebellion
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I think if we just do the exact opposite of whatever she says, we'll be fine.
1 posted on 08/27/2013 5:43:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isnt is the chick who bashed palin for not getting an abortion?


2 posted on 08/27/2013 5:47:43 PM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '16)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“And now they all happen to be gone, except for a few exceptions. Thus, the Senate has a Democratic majority. “

Not for long, hag. Funny you never mentioned Congress.


3 posted on 08/27/2013 5:49:25 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We don’t need ANY moderate Republicans, what we need are CONSERVATIVES who are willing to go medieval on the liberal pricks driving America into immorality and economic ruin. We need people who are proud of America and it’s history and traditions, not pussies who want to apologize for America and diminish it. In other words we need a truck load of Ronald Reagan’s!


4 posted on 08/27/2013 5:49:31 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Notice we don’t hear about the need to retain “moderate Democrats”? Moderate Dems like Senators Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson have been purged, and no Lib cries over them.


5 posted on 08/27/2013 5:49:33 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moderate “Republican” = Liberal

Any questions?


6 posted on 08/27/2013 5:49:49 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. No mention of ‘safe’ moderates like Tommy Thompson, George Allen or Connie Mack losing lackluster campaigns.


7 posted on 08/27/2013 5:50:18 PM PDT by ilgipper (Obama is proving that very bad ideas can be wrapped up in pretty words)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

MODERATE POLITICIANS don’t stand for anything.


8 posted on 08/27/2013 5:50:25 PM PDT by stars & stripes forever
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Only if the Soylent Green factory is running low on feedstock.


9 posted on 08/27/2013 5:50:27 PM PDT by 867V309 (Stupidity is ordained; Ignorance is a choice.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Moderate Republicans are, were, good things. I use the past tense "were" because as they became rarities, the centrists' chief function was preserving majorities in Congress for their radicalized party.

Yeah, it was that centrist Tea Party that gained control of the House back for the GOP after the RINOs ruined the GOP brand in 2006 and 2008.

10 posted on 08/27/2013 5:50:28 PM PDT by dirtboy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moderates are lying manipulative bottom feeding scum.

If you’ve ever wondered who would become a Kapo in a nazi America, look no further than the nearest moderate republican. He’ll be easy to spot because he’s the one shoulder deep in a liberal ass.


11 posted on 08/27/2013 5:50:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody know any moderate Democrats? I thought not.


12 posted on 08/27/2013 5:52:27 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Funny how nobody ever laments the loss of “moderate” democrats.


13 posted on 08/27/2013 5:53:05 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Getting rid of RINOs in the more conservative states is a good thing.

I'll put the Lugar purge down as a Good Thing.

Reid is a powerful incumbent.

Colorado is Lost.

14 posted on 08/27/2013 5:53:12 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

Froma is probably the dumbist of the dumb. Meaning she can’t even get a gig on MSNBC


15 posted on 08/27/2013 5:54:51 PM PDT by Wooly
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To: cripplecreek
froma's been smoking too many harrops.

I personally want a wild man, cut throat fighter.

I'm REALLY tired of not being able to pick a fight ..... 'cause I can't win.

16 posted on 08/27/2013 5:56:03 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Paladin2

“Getting rid of RINOs.... is a good thing. “

Fixed it.


17 posted on 08/27/2013 5:56:06 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: stars & stripes forever

That’s why liberal Democrats love them so and are their biggest fans.


18 posted on 08/27/2013 5:56:16 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Can we change the title of this thread to "What she really meant was, 'We All Need Moderate Whigs'"??
19 posted on 08/27/2013 5:57:43 PM PDT by Up Yours Marxists
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Democrats only want “moderate” Republicans around so when the crap the Dems pass in Congress goes in the shitter (which is inevitable) they can point to those “moderates” who “went along with it” and say: It wasn’t just us! It was bi-partisan! The Republicans were for it, too!


20 posted on 08/27/2013 5:58:32 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well I’m all for a whole bunch of Republican extremists.

The only question I have, is what is “extreme”.

For me, it is a bunch of Americans opening American companies, and hiring Americans.

But then you talk to others on this board, and you hear the exact opposite.

I don’t think either position is one of moderation.

We just believe in the opposite point of view.

:D


21 posted on 08/27/2013 5:58:45 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: Paladin2

Gonna be a purge in Michigan after the senate voted for the medicaid expansion by a 19/18 vote tonight.


22 posted on 08/27/2013 5:58:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We All Need Moderate Republicans

Can't imagine why. I got food. I got firewood. Can't imagine what I'd use them for.

I use the past tense "were" because as they became rarities, the centrists' chief function was preserving majorities in Congress for their radicalized party.

What's most depressing about statements like this is that a lot of liberals, this isn't a political talking point, they actually BELIEVE this to be true. [facepalm]

23 posted on 08/27/2013 5:59:12 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Guerrilla free marketeer is my way.


24 posted on 08/27/2013 6:00:01 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why?
So we will remember what idiots look like?
25 posted on 08/27/2013 6:00:05 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good ol’ Froma. The same rational, enlightened advice giver than called the Tea Party “Economic Terrorists.”

I will say, there is a (probably unintentional) kernel of wisdom in the story. Not that we need centrists, but that we need to scrutinize the conservative alternatives a little better. We’ve gotten burned more than once when it comes to Senate races. Angle and Akin were both unmitigated disasters.


26 posted on 08/27/2013 6:02:15 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
what we really need is MODERATE democrats....they're all far leftist now...

used to be rats would try to protect jobs, have a strong military, protect freedom of speech and of press....

and now, we have yes men doing the bidding of the elite bankers and their ilk....

27 posted on 08/27/2013 6:02:24 PM PDT by cherry
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, well.... A female douchebag....


28 posted on 08/27/2013 6:02:33 PM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: YHAOS

Can’t imagine how that would be a problem — there’d still be Demonrats.


29 posted on 08/27/2013 6:02:43 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: YHAOS

Nah, just check threads like this. you’ll see ‘conservatives’ pining for them. Same idiocy.


30 posted on 08/27/2013 6:02:58 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: ought-six

Indeed. I know a Democrat who was complaining that “Gingrich was burning down the Republican party!” To which I responded that whe as a Democrat and that should make him happy but it didn’t and I’m sure it’s for the reason you articulated(though he would deny it vehemently).


31 posted on 08/27/2013 6:03:13 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We All Need Moderate Republicans . . . to quit running for office.


32 posted on 08/27/2013 6:06:50 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Froma Harrop is an idiot Progressive/Socialist. She really doesn’t want to so ANY Republicans, Moderate or not. The fact she writes this tells you that all is not well in Democrat circles. She sees the writing on the wall. Democrat fundraising is down sharply from this same stage of the 2014 cycle compared to the 2010 cycle of mid terms. The Democrat Senators are defending in a lot of Red States that even a RINO like Romney carried. And they have little to no chance to win the House back with Obama’s popularity plummeting.

So she’s apparently throwing in the towel already. And wants to make sure we have a lot more Republican Obama Lovers like McCain and Christie. As Rush always said - the Left Media wants to pick their opposition candidates. She’s such a moron that she evidently thinks we can’t see through her ridiculous ploy. Even more to the point, if she and all her other Marxist Leftist Media cabal truly thought candidates like Cruz, Palin, and other true Conservatives were the electoral disaster she’s trying to convince Republican voters they are, then she should be promoting them! Why on earth would a Leftist like Harrop EVER want a Republican of any strip to take the seat that a Progressive could win? If they thought real Conservatives were destined to lose, idiots like Harrop would be championing them at every turn. That she writes this drivel tells you how scared they are.


33 posted on 08/27/2013 6:07:26 PM PDT by antonico
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To: Still Thinking; Norm Lenhart

Ya think? LOL!


34 posted on 08/27/2013 6:07:50 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We need people of principle and conviction.

Luke warm “moderates” are to be vomited out!


35 posted on 08/27/2013 6:09:03 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: YHAOS

I do ;)


36 posted on 08/27/2013 6:09:28 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Wooly
Froma is probably the dumbist of the dumb. Meaning she can’t even get a gig on MSNBC

I take your point, but if you're going to be throwing around insults about the intelligence of other people, I suggest you check your spelling before hitting the "post" button.

That is, unless you meant to suggest that Froma is a follower of the philosophy of Dumbism, in which case carry on. Although do watch your capitalization.

37 posted on 08/27/2013 6:13:18 PM PDT by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

JFK and MLK would have been moderate Republicans if they were born 40 years later.

The statism bar has been lowered.


38 posted on 08/27/2013 6:16:01 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer to drink a bunch of them. Stay thirsty my FRiends)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
every moderate republican should get honest and re register in either the democrap or communist party!!!
39 posted on 08/27/2013 6:16:08 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We All Need Moderate Republicans

If it wasn't for Moderate Republicans the democrats would have to find something else to wipe their feet on!

40 posted on 08/27/2013 6:17:35 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

They’re like that team the Harlem Globetrotters “play” against.


41 posted on 08/27/2013 6:19:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Actually, MLK WAS a Republican till JFK made him a deal that included him switching. Don’t forget, R’s were the party of Lincoln, and of civil rights. It wasn’t till the 60’s that evil totalitarian wannabe Dems stole that mantle, and they claim it dishonestly to this day.


42 posted on 08/27/2013 6:21:32 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anybody want a moderately competent surgeon? How about a moderately faithful spouse? Do you want a moderately honest bookkeeper for your business? A moderately fresh piece of fish?

Moderation is not always a good thing.


43 posted on 08/27/2013 6:23:49 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Maceman
It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word. - Andrew Jackson.

/johnny

44 posted on 08/27/2013 6:36:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Today’s moderate Republican is yesterdays’s democrat.
Today’s democrat is yesterday’s communist.


45 posted on 08/27/2013 6:41:31 PM PDT by clearcarbon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
New England used to send lots of moderate Republicans to Washington. No more, and it's not because there aren't attractive Republican candidates. It's because the ones representing liberal-to-moderate regions became scapegoats at which party extremists directed their primal screams.

No, they're not elected anymore, because they run as Democrat Lite candidates, and since the Democrat is usually the one with seniority, voters don't feel the need to change, if both candidates are virtually the same.

46 posted on 08/27/2013 6:45:12 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ

I do not see the appeal of liberal Republicans. We don’t like them for obvious reasons but why would a liberal vote for them when they could vote for a Democrat instead?


47 posted on 08/27/2013 7:02:27 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Eric Blair 2084

JFK sound well to the right of Mitt Romney here-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdXrfIMdiU


48 posted on 08/27/2013 7:04:27 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What good is a majority if they do NOTHING to repeal the hundreds of liberal programs? All they do is delay socialism or walk it a litter slower.


49 posted on 08/27/2013 7:12:52 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: Mastador1

There are some of us out here, it is just hard to get noticed and funding against a 20yr incumbent that talks a great story but votes about 50% Conservative by several published scorecards.

By the way, I am up against a deadline of 30 Sept for fundraising in order to “qualify” for endorsement by several conservative groups. I’m working very hard to have a good 3rd Quarter FEC filing.


50 posted on 08/27/2013 7:38:51 PM PDT by LTC.Ret (You'd think I would know better than to volunteer!!! www.sendmetocongress.us)
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