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Republicans Need a Great Communicator
SeaMax news ^ | 11/16/2006 | Fr. Michael Reilly

Posted on 11/16/2006 12:45:52 PM PST by Milltownmalbay

For a change it’s the Republicans who have some soul-searching to do after the elections.

There is no doubt that the Republicans failed to control spending, failed to control illegal immigration, and failed to reform social security. Nevertheless, the biggest failure of the Republican Party has been communication with the American people.

Ronald Reagan was the Great Communicator. George Bush can’t connect subject and predicate . Bill Frist looks like a doctor telling his patient that she has cancer and Denny Hastert just looks like he wants directions to the local pub.

In spite of the proverbial six year itch, Republicans should have been able to increase their margins in both the House and the Senate and set the stage for 2008.

The economy is stronger than ever and it’s clearly due to the Bush tax cuts. How many commercials did we see touting the economy during this election cycle?

Terrible blunders on the part of the Clinton Administration culminated in the worst attack on American soil in our history and Bush met the challenge head-on.

Bush successfully struck at the Taliban in Afghanistan and passed the Patriot Act, which repaired many of the flawed policies of previous administrations.

Republicans blamed individual Democrats for voting against the Patriot Act, but Republicans never explained the Patriot Act. Why didn’t the Republicans run a national ad campaign on national security? Why didn’t they explain the parts of the Patriot Act to the American people and show us specifically how the Patriot Act has kept us safe?

Ask a question in a poll about the Patriot Act and you may get a mixed result. Ask people if they favor giving captured terrorists the same rights as American citizens and the result would be quite different. The Republicans never made that case.

The United States has not been attacked since September 11. Was that just a coincidence, or did the new policies of the Bush Administration keep us safer? If they did, the Republicans never told us how.

By simply charging that the Democrats want to cut and run in Iraq, the Republicans allowed them to turn the election into a national referendum on Iraq at a time when the war is unpopular.

Now we get to spend at least two years in the Twilight Zone of Democratic leadership. If we do not find a standard bearer who can communicate for 2008, it might be even longer.


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; frist; hastert; republicans; seamonkeynews
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1 posted on 11/16/2006 12:45:54 PM PST by Milltownmalbay
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To: Milltownmalbay
Bill Frist looks like a doctor telling his patient that she has cancer and Denny Hastert just looks like he wants directions to the local pub.

lol! Brilliant line!

2 posted on 11/16/2006 12:47:19 PM PST by The Blitherer (In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.)
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To: Milltownmalbay

The best options are Newt and Rush. If an actor can be President, why not a radio commentator?


3 posted on 11/16/2006 12:48:35 PM PST by AZLiberty (In Hillary's view they're not Illegal immigrants and convicted felons, but disenfranchised Democrats)
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To: Milltownmalbay

I think Newt Gingrich is an amazing speaker, too bad about those ethics violations which are ammunition for opponents.


4 posted on 11/16/2006 12:52:27 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: AZLiberty

Rush wouldn't take the pay cut!..........


5 posted on 11/16/2006 12:52:30 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Milltownmalbay

Of all the likely contenders, Rudy is the most effective communicator.


6 posted on 11/16/2006 12:53:52 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Milltownmalbay

A great communicator would be nice, but I'd settle for an authentic conservative.

Actually, with Newt we could have both -- but, he's far too principled to make it through the primary seine.


7 posted on 11/16/2006 12:54:00 PM PST by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: Teflonic
I think Newt Gingrich is an amazing speaker, too bad about those ethics violations which are ammunition for opponents.

Remind us again just what those were.

8 posted on 11/16/2006 12:54:46 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (This tagline has been suspended or banned.)
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To: Milltownmalbay

This is the factor that intrigues me about Romney, but I'm not sold on him otherwise.


9 posted on 11/16/2006 12:54:59 PM PST by garv
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To: Milltownmalbay

Alan Keyes for President!


10 posted on 11/16/2006 12:55:04 PM PST by ichabod1 ("For make benefit of Our Glorious Socializt Revolution")
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To: Teflonic

What ethics violations?


11 posted on 11/16/2006 12:55:36 PM PST by ichabod1 ("For make benefit of Our Glorious Socializt Revolution")
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To: ichabod1

Alan Keyes is fantastic, but he'd never get elected. The Liberal Press would eat him alive.


12 posted on 11/16/2006 12:56:24 PM PST by The Blitherer (In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is.)
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To: Milltownmalbay

If s/he can get over the wailing of the DSM, lower education brainwashers, socialist hacks pretending to be scientists/scholars, empty headed celebrities, and the traitor Demoncr@ps, then the next elections will be pure pwnage.


13 posted on 11/16/2006 12:56:26 PM PST by Killborn (Pres. Bush isn't Pres. Reagan. Then again, Pres. Regan isn't Pres. Washington. God bless them all.)
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To: Milltownmalbay
The news media has never been as shrill and coordinated in my memory.

It is futile to only look at a messenger when the entire traditional news establishment is a tool of one of the political parties.

It is the giant elephant in the living room that nobody is noticing.

14 posted on 11/16/2006 12:57:31 PM PST by lormand (Weinerism is a mental disorder)
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To: Milltownmalbay

It's very Frustrating out of 300 million Americans we don't have a collection of Conservative minded candidates who are great leaders.

If we do, I never hear about them.


15 posted on 11/16/2006 12:57:36 PM PST by ryan71 (You can hear it on the coconut telegraph...)
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To: Uncledave
Of all the likely contenders, Rudy is the most effective communicator.

I agree with that, however Mitt is no slouch either. I've seen him operate in a few press conferences, and he gives as well as he takes.
16 posted on 11/16/2006 12:58:56 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: AZLiberty
The best options are Newt and Rush. If an actor can be President, why not a radio commentator?

Saa-a-a-ay, now that's a winning ticket....probably would sweep the entire country no matter whom the Dims put up to run against them!

17 posted on 11/16/2006 12:58:57 PM PST by meandog (These are the times that try men's souls!)
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To: Milltownmalbay

http://www.newt.org/multimedia/default.asp?mi=261


18 posted on 11/16/2006 12:59:56 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: Milltownmalbay

I'd settle for a passable communicator.


19 posted on 11/16/2006 1:00:50 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: AZLiberty
The best options are Newt and Rush. If an actor can be President, why not a radio commentator?

Rush wouldn't do it in a million years and both he and Newt would get shredded about their personal lives. But I really think that Sean Hannity or Tony Snow could do it.

20 posted on 11/16/2006 1:01:14 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: ichabod1
What ethics violations?

If it's a republican it doesnt matter. If there are none, the media will invent them. :)

21 posted on 11/16/2006 1:01:33 PM PST by MaineVoter2002 (www.cafenetamerica.com)
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To: July 4th

Not only THAT.....but Mitt's also a good lookin' and charismatic fellow.


22 posted on 11/16/2006 1:02:18 PM PST by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment...cut in half during the Clinton years....Nec Aspera Terrent!!!)
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To: Milltownmalbay
Republicans need more than just a communicator.
They need a spine.


23 posted on 11/16/2006 1:04:02 PM PST by StoneGiant (Power without morality is disaster. Morality without power is useless.)
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To: AZLiberty

Rush would cause liberal heads to explode. However his chances may be as good as Ollie's were. He got my vote and so would Rush.

Kicking Ass & Taking Names.


24 posted on 11/16/2006 1:04:33 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: July 4th

Yes, Mitt is also very impressive but I'd give Rudy the yellow jersey on this.


25 posted on 11/16/2006 1:05:14 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Jeff Chandler
"Remind us again just what those were."

He cheated on his wife and accepted an advance on a book. Things that would get him extra support among Dim's, but get him sent permanently to his room by the perennially suicidal Republicans.
26 posted on 11/16/2006 1:05:26 PM PST by vetsvette (Bring Him Back)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

Ain't nobody gonna out-communicate this duo....a dream ticket.
27 posted on 11/16/2006 1:05:38 PM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: Milltownmalbay

I couldn't agree more with this article, I have been saying the same thing for years. Bush simply has zero charisma, making him an easy target that the MSM has had a hay day with.
Personally, I think we should draft Fred Thompson, who comes across as someone who is authoritative and speaks very well.


28 posted on 11/16/2006 1:05:39 PM PST by Greystoke (The future doesn’t belong to the faint-hearted; it belongs to the brave - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Uncledave

Pro-death candidate. I kind of like kids.


29 posted on 11/16/2006 1:06:11 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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Maybe Tony Snow could just run for President then...not now, but he has some cache to run for Senate or something.


30 posted on 11/16/2006 1:06:47 PM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: ichabod1

Another lose.


31 posted on 11/16/2006 1:06:54 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: lormand
It is futile to only look at a messenger when the entire traditional news establishment is a tool of one of the political parties.

All true what you say, but it is what it is. And we can still beat them. Reagan did it, speaking over their heads directly to Americans. And there was no alternative media. Bush had his victories and can not communicate like Reagan.

32 posted on 11/16/2006 1:07:44 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Milltownmalbay

Until a few months ago I thought this person might be George Allen. Then I got to see him debate the heckler. Scratch George off the list.


33 posted on 11/16/2006 1:07:56 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Jeff Chandler
I would love to see Newt Gingrich as the next president but he had been relentlessly attacked for his effectiveness as Speaker in the late nineties and some of those attacks still cling to him today. If he can somehow find a way to purge himself of his baggage he could win over America like no president has since Roosevelt IMO.

Here is some of the ammo I mentioned that would be used against him all over again pulled from Wikipedia:

"Gingrich was accused of hypocrisy and unethical behavior when he accepted a $4.5 million advance as part of a book deal, in light of his previous role in the investigation of Jim Wright. Following the accusations, Gingrich returned the advance."

"Including charges related to the book deal, Democrats filed 84 ethics charges against Speaker Gingrich during his term, including claiming tax-exempt status for a college course run for political purposes and using the GOPAC political action committee as a slush fund. All charges were eventually dropped following an investigation by the Republican-led House Ethics Committee. However, Gingrich admitted to "unintentionally" giving inaccurate information to the House Ethics Committee during the course of the investigation. The committee did not indict him on charges of intentional perjury.[9] The matter was settled when he agreed to reimburse the Committee $300,000 for the cost of prolonging the investigation. The payment was described as a "cost assessment" and not a fine by the Committee.[10] He also agreed to not "spin" the story in the media, but admit publicly to his transgressions."

34 posted on 11/16/2006 1:07:57 PM PST by Teflonic
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To: Milltownmalbay
Sounds a lot like the Donks when they were out in the cold, "all we need to do is get our message out".

We need more than a good communicator folks. We need to get back to doing the things worth talking about, without doing the things we don't wanna talk about.
35 posted on 11/16/2006 1:08:26 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: ErnBatavia

Lynne also kicks MSM as. Got my vote on that ticket.


36 posted on 11/16/2006 1:08:53 PM PST by gathersnomoss
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To: Milltownmalbay
What the GOP needs is a coherent, principled message. Reagan was a great communicator because he believed in and acted upon his message.

Conversely, Clinton was a good communicator, but his only core value was his own power, and eventually people caught on that he was just spewing nonsense and the Dems declined as a result.

Likewise, the GOP wasted their power as a complete majority over their pursuit of the other white meat. It's hard for people to take you seriously when you say you are for limited government but massively increase spending and raise earmarks to an art form.

And it's even harder to be taken seriously when you re-select Trent Lott for a leadership position after getting spanked into the minority.

37 posted on 11/16/2006 1:10:18 PM PST by dirtboy (Objects in tagline are closer than they appear)
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To: Teflonic

Newt is about as smart as any of them until he's in front of a rolling camera. The idiot light comes on and he starts acting like a fool.


38 posted on 11/16/2006 1:11:43 PM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: GoLightly

Good post


39 posted on 11/16/2006 1:13:26 PM PST by Uncledave
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To: Milltownmalbay

Closely connected with need for a communicator is the failure, in recent times, to understand what leadership even IS in the politcal realm. Instead of trying to 'appeal' to moderates / centrists / independents, we ought to be converting them. State conservative principles over and over again in strong, simple terms. Make people see that they are RIGHT, not that they are merely closer to whatever they already want or think.


40 posted on 11/16/2006 1:16:42 PM PST by Sloth (The GOP is to DemonRats in politics as Michael Jackson is to Jeffrey Dahmer in babysitting.)
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To: The Blitherer; ichabod1
I've voted for Keyes here in Illinois in a presidential primary and for senator
(maybe I should quit voting for him, maybe he'd win)

IMHO, he's the most prinipled man in politics today, probably one of the most in the last 60-70 years. And that is exactly why the media would eat him alive, and all the Dems would scream. Because thats all they could do, because they couldn't match Keyes in a debate on issues.

Lastly, he wouldn't get elected because there would still be some whites who wouldn't vote for a black man. I doubt if very many women would find him very "charming" or "good looking" like Bill Clinton. Too many blacks call him an Uncle Tom, or that he's too whiteyized. His principles go against the lack of principles of the gay community and their enablers.

Basically, the only ones that would vote for him are the ones that believe character, integrity, and virtue are the most important asspects for a POTUS.

41 posted on 11/16/2006 1:16:43 PM PST by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: wagglebee

Hannity isn't nearly smart enough.


42 posted on 11/16/2006 1:18:11 PM PST by Sloth (The GOP is to DemonRats in politics as Michael Jackson is to Jeffrey Dahmer in babysitting.)
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To: Milltownmalbay

The Republicans need a great communticator, but they also need a message to communicate. They need some guiding principles.


43 posted on 11/16/2006 1:20:02 PM PST by Sam Cree (don't mix alcopops and ufo's - absolute reality)
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To: Crimson Elephant

Sending anyone to the senate screws them up. Besides, I'm looking for support for my Snow/Pace '08 ticket.


44 posted on 11/16/2006 1:20:12 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: Sloth

Possibly not, Tony Snow is though.


45 posted on 11/16/2006 1:20:38 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Red Badger

It would be better for the country if Rush kept up with his radio show as President.


46 posted on 11/16/2006 1:22:47 PM PST by AZLiberty (In Hillary's view they're not Illegal immigrants and convicted felons, but disenfranchised Democrats)
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To: AZLiberty

The Dems would demand = time.........


47 posted on 11/16/2006 1:23:51 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

They've got it -- it's called Air America.


48 posted on 11/16/2006 1:27:18 PM PST by AZLiberty (In Hillary's view they're not Illegal immigrants and convicted felons, but disenfranchised Democrats)
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To: Red Badger

And wouldn't I love to see a Presidential debate between Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken!


49 posted on 11/16/2006 1:28:59 PM PST by AZLiberty (In Hillary's view they're not Illegal immigrants and convicted felons, but disenfranchised Democrats)
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To: July 4th
I agree with that, however Mitt is no slouch either.

Romney is the GOP possibility I'm most interested in learning about right now, along with Guiliani. I don't know what these guys think about foreign policy, the military or what their views on Islamism and the WOT are. McCain I admire in many ways, but McCain-Feingold is a monstrosity which is hard to forgive.
50 posted on 11/16/2006 1:30:18 PM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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