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Lessons From '92 Offer Hope to GOP [within two years it had roared back.....]
Wall Street Journal ^

Posted on 12/25/2008 5:05:50 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Lessons From '92 Offer Hope to GOP

By GERALD F. SEIB

A young and popular Democratic president is preparing to take over the White House, while a lame-duck Republican named Bush heads for the exits. Slumping Republicans are in despair; they've seen Democrats win majorities of almost 80 seats in the House and 15 in the Senate.

A snapshot of today's political landscape? Yes. But it's also a precise description of the predicament Republicans faced at the end of 1992, when Bill Clinton, not Barack Obama, was preparing to take over the presidency.

As low as the GOP was after that 1992 election, within two years it had roared back to take control of the House for the first time in half a century. The point is simple: Tattered as Republicans look today, it's easy to forget that they've been here before, and not so long ago, and recovered fairly quickly.

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One who remembers it well is Haley Barbour, the current governor of Mississippi, who had either the great fortune or misfortune (it wasn't clear at the time which it was) of taking over as Republican National Committee chairman at the dawn of the Clinton presidency.

Having seen this play before, Gov. Barbour knows it needn't have an unhappy ending for his party. The script he followed at the time, in fact, may be illuminating for his party today.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; 1992; bho2008; gop; obama; obamatransitionfile
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To: Jim Noble
If the GOP can't win over Hispanic voters then we are done as a party. Just take a look at the demographics.

How is reaching out to Hispanic voters anti-white?
41 posted on 12/27/2008 2:13:13 PM PST by Momma Republican (God bless President George W. Bush and the Republican Party)
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To: Grunthor

Then that is the price we will just have to pay.


42 posted on 12/27/2008 2:15:39 PM PST by Momma Republican (God bless President George W. Bush and the Republican Party)
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To: Momma Republican
How is reaching out to Hispanic voters anti-white?

Because the defeat and occupation of white America is their most heartfelt desire.

Why do Hispanics vote with blacks, whom they hate? Because they hate whites more.

Why did Hispanics not vote for their BEST FRIEND EVER in US politics, John McCain?

Because he's white.

This is foolishness. More Hispanics = more Democrats = less freedom = less America.

It's really very simple.

43 posted on 12/27/2008 3:48:53 PM PST by Jim Noble (Long May Our Land Be Bright With Freedom's Holy Light)
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To: Clemenza

Figure out what you believe in and run on those principles. If you win the right to serve, GOVERN on those principles. Foreign concepts to the Republican Party, I know.


44 posted on 12/27/2008 5:56:02 PM PST by Grunthor (Democracy: Theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard)
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To: Momma Republican

“Then that is the price we will just have to pay.”

So you are willing to lose your nation in your quest for power. Got it.


45 posted on 12/27/2008 5:56:45 PM PST by Grunthor (Democracy: Theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard)
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To: Jim Noble
"Because the defeat and occupation of white America is their most heartfelt desire."

And your evidence for this is...?

"Why do Hispanics vote with blacks, whom they hate? Because they hate whites more."

Or, like blacks, they see the GOP as a party for whites only. Why would they think any differently considering comments like yours and those on the "Magic Negro" thread.

"Why did Hispanics not vote for their BEST FRIEND EVER in US politics, John McCain?

Because he's white."

Or because many within his own party have done everything within their power to alienate them. Guilt by association.

"This is foolishness. More Hispanics = more Democrats = less freedom = less America.

It's really very simple."

Yes, it is very simple. Either Republicans bring any new voters like Hispanics or we will never see any real power again in this country. Period.
46 posted on 12/27/2008 11:40:00 PM PST by Momma Republican (God bless President George W. Bush and the Republican Party)
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To: Grunthor

Our nation was founded on ideas not race.


47 posted on 12/27/2008 11:41:06 PM PST by Momma Republican (God bless President George W. Bush and the Republican Party)
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To: Momma Republican

“Our nation was founded on ideas not race.”

Many ways to answer that, so I will.

1. One of those ideas was slavery, did that have anything to do with race?

2. “Illegal Alien” is NOT A RACE.


48 posted on 12/28/2008 9:17:12 AM PST by Grunthor (Democracy: Theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard)
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