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GOP Chief: Republicans 'Screwed Up' After Reagan
AP / The New York Times ^ | 2010-01-05

Posted on 01/05/2010 6:00:06 AM PST by rabscuttle385

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele offers a simple explanation for why the GOP all too often lost touch with typical Americans since the Ronald Reagan era: "We screwed up," he claims in a new book offering a blueprint for the party's resurgence.

That "we" includes the last two Republican presidents and the most recent Republican candidate for president.

In "Right Now: A 12-Step Program for Defeating the Obama Agenda," released Monday by Regnery Publishing, Steele says the GOP should acknowledge where "we most glaringly compromised our principles" in the past decade and hold its elected officials accountable.

"We must support Republican officials who assert these principles," he writes. "When elected Republicans vote against Republican principles, the voters must withhold their support -- withhold it vigorously and consistently."

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; dole; gop; gopfailure; mccain; steele

1 posted on 01/05/2010 6:00:08 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

Is Michael Steele finally getting some religion?


2 posted on 01/05/2010 6:02:42 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Well, he is half right about total screwup, Newt and the Fellas were good up until maybe 1999 or so, but they did pass the tax relief measures.

GWB did fight the WoT with vigor, the problem was instead of attracting people with consistency, they drove the base away via inconsistency and the bones they tossed to moderates were not enough to make them Republicans, add in demographic killing Globalism and the R’s alienated pretty much everyone.


3 posted on 01/05/2010 6:03:30 AM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: rabscuttle385

He is not incorrect.

Bush 41 screwed up by raising taxes, playing the “get along” game with Dems. His son, sadly, did not learn from that experience.

Bush 41 and Bush 43 were both correct in foreign policy—pushing away foreign menaces.

Bush 43 was right on the tax issue and his SCOTUS appointments, something Bush 41 was only partially successful (Souter was bad, Thomas was good).

What REALLY REALLY REALLY screwed the conservative movement was the forgetfulness of the class of 1994...they were elected in a response to the abuses of a generation of Democrat rule—and quickly thought they would be there for a generation, too.

The next time Rs get a chance to govern, they’d best do it right.


4 posted on 01/05/2010 6:07:00 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper

Great analysis.


5 posted on 01/05/2010 6:08:32 AM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Incorrigible

Hardly. He told Hannity that he didn’t think Republicans could take the house in the fall. Maybe they can’t. But that’s not what your head cheerleader should be saying.

http://bearingdrift.com/2010/01/05/steele-surrenders-before-the-battle-begins/


6 posted on 01/05/2010 6:09:48 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (ONE season. ONE reason.)
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To: rabscuttle385

DUUH! I think we need to send the RNC out for remedial education!
We’ve had nothing but a choice of lesser evils since Reagan.


7 posted on 01/05/2010 6:10:46 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Incorrigible
Is Michael Steele finally getting some religion?

Trust but verify.

8 posted on 01/05/2010 6:17:07 AM PST by Tarpon ( ...)
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To: Corin Stormhands

I wish we had Ken Blackwell doing this job. Blackwell may lack Steele’s speaking ability, but it would be easier to send Blackwell to Toastmasters for training than to teach Steele Ken Blackwell’s character.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 6:17:37 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Nothing in Michael Steele’s policy statements nor the selection of candidates to support indicates to me that his actions support the basis of this book.....

hh


10 posted on 01/05/2010 6:17:43 AM PST by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: rabscuttle385

Love him or hate him, Steele is a bright guy and I think he is largely on-target here. GHWB and his consummate elitist insiders game really set them off the rails.


11 posted on 01/05/2010 6:18:51 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SoFloFreeper

Add the nominations of Bob Dole and John McCain to the list of screw ups. They don’t represent the views of most Reps.


12 posted on 01/05/2010 6:20:24 AM PST by kabar
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To: SoFloFreeper

Bush 41 was a DISASTER, from day one he was at work undoing the Reagan Revolution (with his DemWit buddies)!!! 43 wasn’t much better!

Reagan was a TRUE bipartisan, he told the DemWits “go along with my plan, and share credit for the success!” Of course the DemWit left amd media HATED him!!! But it didn’t matter, the people loved him! Winning 49 states is the very definition of “bipartisan” (Note: ole Mondull won Minnesota by less than 4,000 votes). Instead of compromising your core beliefs, you convince the folks your way is better! But the recent GOP’s “core beliefs” have just been “LibLight”.

Brings back the great question of our times... What in DC (water, air, money?) robs DemWits of their minds... and Repubs of their spines??? God help us!!!


13 posted on 01/05/2010 6:26:14 AM PST by FiddlePig (truth is hard... lies are easy - http://redneckoblogger.blogspot.com)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

What makes him a bright guy?

The ability to state the obvious?

I have yet to hear him saying anything unique, impressive or insightful.


14 posted on 01/05/2010 6:28:45 AM PST by edcoil (If I had 1 cent for every dollar the government saved, Bill Gates and I would be friends.)
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To: Vigilanteman
I wish we had Ken Blackwell doing this job. Blackwell may lack Steele’s speaking ability, but it would be easier to send Blackwell to Toastmasters for training than to teach Steele Ken Blackwell’s character.

You are so right.

15 posted on 01/05/2010 6:35:31 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemy of freedom. Sarah Palin is our Esther.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Bush 43 was right on the tax issue and his SCOTUS appointments,

He did have good SCOTUS appointments, especially if you throw out the Harriet Miers fiasco. But on taxes, he ended being very bad, favoring demand side tax rebates, which are highly ineffective, thus giving tax cuts a bad reputation.

16 posted on 01/05/2010 6:40:00 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Michael Steele is merely the “leader” of the already-defeated and ready-to-be-defeated-again RINO wing of the Republican Party, and a very large wing it is ,indeed.
He is less concerned with winning, than with “competing”, and he’s said so in those very words. Right now he and the RNC are stuck on the horns of a dilemma: they know they can’t win ANY ELECTION without the grassroots Tea Party conservatives (who in many ways are Independents also), so he must court them and come up with his own vetting process for candidates, namely, this “FIRST PRINCIPLES” statement, and assure this group that he’s got their interests at heart, and will do all the careful and proper screening and make all the right decisions: he won’t and can’t. He represents the Establishment RINOs. THey NEVER take a chance. The last time one of them (amazingly) took a chance it was to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate, and from that moment forward their biggest task was to neutralize her. By herself, she grew into something naturally and spontaneously that far overshadowed anything they could artificially contrive for themselves.
It is WE who instead should be vetting the candidates Steele wants to vet, and WE who should be making it clear we have our own “first principles” that we expect OUR candidates to respect-—he’s already getting too much play in the Media, and I know why-—he’s the new RINO of the moment, one the MSM can count on to be ever-so-grateful to be given a moment in the sun.


17 posted on 01/05/2010 6:40:28 AM PST by supremedoctrine
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To: FiddlePig

Reagan gave the needle to the Democrats in almost every speech he made. Something you would never see a Bush do. Reagan also frequently appealed to the people to contact their representatives in order to get his agenda passed.


18 posted on 01/05/2010 6:43:42 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: SoFloFreeper
The next time Rs get a chance to govern, they’d best do it right.

Good luck with that.

19 posted on 01/05/2010 6:44:12 AM PST by 03A3
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To: kabar
Add the nominations of Bob Dole and John McCain to the list of screw ups. They don’t represent the views of most Reps.

Politicians like the Bushes, Doles, and McCain represent what Republicans were before Reagan came along. Reagan was the aberration.

20 posted on 01/05/2010 6:46:09 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Moonman62

Along with Goldwater. The conservative movement did not start with Reagan.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 6:47:55 AM PST by kabar
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To: rabscuttle385
If Steele doesn't get behind Brown now, in Massachusetts, this book is pure BS.
22 posted on 01/05/2010 6:49:32 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The Democrats were the Slave Party then; they are the Slave Party now.)
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To: rabscuttle385

21 year duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......


23 posted on 01/05/2010 6:52:25 AM PST by joethedrummer
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To: SoFloFreeper

You are so right, I keep thinking of this year and the great opportunity we have, and then I picture the R’s screwing up again. Keeps me awake at night.


24 posted on 01/05/2010 6:55:01 AM PST by ohiogrammy (12)
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To: rabscuttle385
Ding, ding, ding, .......

We have a winner. It started with Bush Sr. breaking his promise of not raising taxes. Also it was with the Republicans when they controlled Congress that they decided to shun freedom with laws like the Real ID Act, The Patriot Act which were normal democrat items and not fighting like h3!! to keep taxes down by compromising on the sunset dates instead of making the tax cuts permanent. It was RINO's like McCain and one DeWine of Ohio who refused vote in favor of tax reductions.
25 posted on 01/05/2010 6:59:30 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: rabscuttle385; All

Sooooooo, the RNC is gittin religion, is it? BS! I don’t care what they SAY, only what they have done, are CURRENTLY doing, and based upon this, what they are likely to do. So far I give
the GOP an F. What has the GOP done to reign in Graham and McCain?

Nothing.

The GOP is still promoting RINO candidates.

The GOP has refused to fund Scott Brown, the man who has a real shot at replacing Ted Kennedy in the Senate. They had plenty of money for Romney though.

GOP you PROVE it, and they will come.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 7:04:13 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: rabscuttle385
"We must support Republican officials who assert these principles," he writes. "When elected Republicans vote against Republican principles, the voters must withhold their support -- withhold it vigorously and consistently."

What a liar! He supported the rino Wayne Gilcrest for congress in Maryland when every other major republican (including Steeles old partner former Governor Bob Ehrlich) abandoned this incumbent and supported the conservative challenger Andy Harris. Gilcrest lost in the the primary and then pulled a "Scuzzyfava" and supported the dem in the general. Steele is a liar and a hypocrite. He feels the wind blowing and instead of leading he writes a book to cash in on the "conservative" sentiment. I guess the speaking fees he's been charging are not enough to satisfy him.

27 posted on 01/05/2010 7:07:02 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

You are correct. The RNC is in it for itself which is made up of RINOs. Steele sees the outrage by the public manifested by the Tea Party groups, and is adjusting his message accordingly. He is still a RINO representing RINOs.


28 posted on 01/05/2010 7:10:04 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: manic4organic; All

STARVE THE BEAST


29 posted on 01/05/2010 7:19:39 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINO's!)
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To: Incorrigible

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Michael.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 7:23:03 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: rabscuttle385
Interesting statements from this guy.

One thing I've long believed is that the GOP found it much harder to govern in power than it was to serve as the opposition on the sidelines. I despised Bill Clinton as much as anyone, but I have to admit that the period between the 1992 election and the 1994 GOP sweep of Congress made for some of the most entertaining media stories of my life. The whole U.S. government was basically a farce, and life was a lot of fun when I didn't feel any obligation to take it seriously.

31 posted on 01/05/2010 7:27:37 AM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: padre35

Well said!
The Bushes screwed up by trying to be Dems on odd numbered days and Repubs on even numbered days.

Dem voters still voted Dem, but Repub voters (and campaign contributors) stopped giving enthusiastic support.

Look at Calif’s Republican Governor, Arnold Wimponator. He recently announced he gave Dear Leader’s performance as Prez thus far an “A”.

With Repubs like that, who needs enemies?


32 posted on 01/05/2010 7:28:11 AM PST by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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To: hoosier hick

Of course, Steele’s past statements were less than “Reagan-ish”. Some more like “Rino-ish”, so did Steele write that book or was it ghost written? And did he mean those words and is he a true conservative? Or just an “election year conservative”?


33 posted on 01/05/2010 7:30:39 AM PST by OldArmy52 (Christmas 2009: Democrats give us Obama Cr*pCare, the t*rd that keeps on stinking.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Nice that he’s finding religion, but it’s too late for that. We don’t have time to find out if he really means it or if he’s still trying to bail out the sinking lifeboat.

Dump Steele — who supports only RINOs and wants to play the losing “big tent” game with Dems — and put a REAL conservative at the helm of the GOP. Is this a war of ideas or a just a parsing of minor differences between two similar parties? Time to draw a line in the sand.

One week of statements from a real conservative GOP boss and we’ll know if the GOP can be saved or if a third party is required. And if a third party is needed to say what we want said, then forget about 2012. And 2016, too.

Put up or shut up, Mr. Steele.


34 posted on 01/05/2010 7:31:22 AM PST by DNME (Remember, we are still under a state of national emergency for H1N1! Remain vigilant!)
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To: rabscuttle385

I guess he got the memo that WE AREN’T DONATING TO THE NATIONAL GOP UNTIL THEY START FOLLOWING OUR PRINCIPLES AGAIN.

The PARTY doesn’t run things, WE DO.

They serve us and represent OUR wishes, and when they stray from that, BLAMO, no funding for you. It’s just that simple.

The last time the National party contacted me, I told them the same. I get the feeling that the poor guy had heard it a lot, because he hung up with out saying goodbye even. Golly, isn’t THAT a great way to help bring the party faithful back into the fold... not.


35 posted on 01/05/2010 7:36:54 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Has he finally seen the handwriting on the wall?
The Repubs that love Reagan saw it all squandered by the like of Newt,McCain etc etc.
When the people gave them the power, they used it to their own greater desire to become members of the Washington Club.

BIG mistake.


36 posted on 01/05/2010 7:39:57 AM PST by Marty62 (former Marty60)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is the republican party’s affirmative action appointee just figuring this out??!!


37 posted on 01/05/2010 7:42:11 AM PST by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Incorrigible
Is Michael Steele finally getting some religion?

No. Michael Steele is trying to sell his book.
38 posted on 01/05/2010 7:42:22 AM PST by dmartin (Not the 'Change' you were 'Hoping' for?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Which is why I voted for Duncan Hunter in the primary, who didn’t need any conversions throughout his career.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 7:43:02 AM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: Tarpon

Verify before trusting is what I say.


40 posted on 01/05/2010 7:44:41 AM PST by wastedyears (If I'm going out, I'm going out like Major Kong.)
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To: Marty62
Are there any small government Republicans? I think they are all pretenders. If Newt had been pro small government, he wouldn’t have caved to Clinton on the government shutdown, no matter what. If you actually believe in small government, who cares if they ever had funding?
41 posted on 01/05/2010 7:46:18 AM PST by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: rabscuttle385
"We screwed up,"

You betch'ya.

42 posted on 01/05/2010 7:51:04 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SoFloFreeper
What REALLY REALLY REALLY screwed the conservative movement was the forgetfulness of the class of 1994...they were elected in a response to the abuses of a generation of Democrat rule—and quickly thought they would be there for a generation, too.

Not one wasteful social program was eliminated. Half the country is still feeding off the public teat. Schools are still indoctrination centers, and today they're worse than ever.

If the Republican party goes back to it's conservative roots and regains power, it has a LOT of cleaning up to do. Will they have the guts to do the right thing this time?

43 posted on 01/05/2010 7:56:50 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: rabscuttle385
We Screwed Up!!!

and Michael Steele is a prime example of that screw-up....

44 posted on 01/05/2010 7:57:37 AM PST by Vaquero (BHO....'The Pretenda from Kenya')
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To: OldArmy52

Look at Calif’s Republican Governor, Arnold Wimponator. He recently announced he gave Dear Leader’s performance as Prez thus far an “A”.

With Repubs like that, who needs enemies?

Yup.

Saw it this morning on loca news - The state of California is getting 50 Billion stimulus dollars sooooo..

The bigger problem tho is the gUb has been furloughing folks that process requests for stimulus funding.. so the money may languish around and not get spread around anytime soon.

and now, he faces actually having to layoff and reduce pay for workers. good luck, Ca GoP.


45 posted on 01/05/2010 10:09:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. May yur bandwidth exceed your girth)
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To: rabscuttle385

Proof’s in the pudding. We’ll have to see what the GOP does in this election cycle, and what candidates they choose to support.


46 posted on 01/05/2010 7:59:43 PM PST by SuziQ
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