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Republican Party needs new playbook (Tom Tancredo)
World Net Daily ^ | 2010-04-14 | Tom Tancredo

Posted on 04/14/2010 8:45:22 PM PDT by rabscuttle385

I am more of a baseball fan than a football fan, and I think it is because baseball is more like real life. Baseball players must play both offense and defense, unlike football, where there are two separate teams for offense and defense. Unfortunately, politics is more like football, which leads me to wonder why Republicans play only defense and never play offense.

Republicans are against "big government," but have no plan for getting to "small government." Maybe political parties should give up their old-fashioned baseball way of life and adopt rules and strategies more akin to football.

Under new football rules, a political party would field two teams, one team to fight and win elections, and then another to actually run the government. Under the existing baseball rules, Republicans can win elections but not govern. That is because they are good only at defense – stopping bad things from happening, but have no game plan or playbook for scoring touchdowns. Republicans never move the football into enemy territory, never get to the "red zone."

Alas, Republicans labor under the illusion that politics is about winning elections. When they win an election, they celebrate, and then they go home. But Democrats understand that winning elections is but a means to an end – exercising power and governing the country. The Democratic Party is the party of government, whereas the Republican Party is the party of opposition to government. So, when Republicans do win an election, they are ill prepared to use their powers to make government smaller.

Republicans often lose even when they win, because they have no plan for actually governing in a manner consistent with their platform and principles, which is to say, a plan for restoring constitutional government.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: constitution; elections; gop; tancredo; taxes

1 posted on 04/14/2010 8:45:22 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
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Interesting reading.


2 posted on 04/14/2010 8:48:06 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385
Republicans are against "big government,"

Conservatives are against big gov't. Some of them belong to Republican party.

3 posted on 04/14/2010 8:49:44 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: rabscuttle385
The Republican Party already has a grassroots-written playbook.
One that the country-clubbers detest and try very hard to ignore.

It is called the Republican Party Platform.

4 posted on 04/14/2010 8:55:07 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: rabscuttle385

To take the football analogy further, when the republicans “win”, they immediately punt the ball back to the democrats on first down.


5 posted on 04/14/2010 9:08:11 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Slyfox
It is called the Republican Party Platform. CONSTITUTION

There. I fixed it for you.

6 posted on 04/14/2010 9:11:05 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (Alright, tighten your shorts, Pilgrim, & sing like the Duke!)
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To: rabscuttle385

The GOP ought to change its symbol from an elephant to a jellyfish.

The way Holder was let off the hook today was instructive as to what’s wrong with the Republican leadership.


7 posted on 04/14/2010 9:13:33 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: rabscuttle385; ChrisInAR

We have the best playbook ever devised...The Constitution of the United States...but for some reason, we stopped reading it.


8 posted on 04/14/2010 9:17:25 PM PDT by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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December 21, 2007

Tom Tancredo pulled out of the presidential race yesterday and endorsed Mitt Romney


9 posted on 04/14/2010 9:24:11 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: boop
To take the football analogy further, when the republicans “win”, they immediately punt the ball back to the democrats on first down.

Take this one - The corrupt "Two-Party Cartel" is owned by the elites & they determine what will be the outcome. ( It sure won't be in favor of the taxpayers)

10 posted on 04/14/2010 9:28:31 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: ChrisInAR
I have had a hand in writing the Texas Party Platform, line by line, letter by letter, including punctuation. And I have studied the Constitution correctly in a college which honors it. The Republican Party Platform is a modern day version of the Constitution. It is a strong defense of everything our Founding Fathers laboriously worked on over two centuries ago.

So, we do have a playbook, one that I helped to write -- as a citizen.

Bob Dole was asked just after the 1996 Republican Convention if he was going to read the platform. He turned up his nose and said, "Who reads a platform?" And, he promptly lost the election.

Good conservatives should make a bigger deal out of what they have written. Because it is all there. The Playbook of the Grassroots which defines the Constitution as it was written by our Founders, properly updated.

11 posted on 04/14/2010 9:28:47 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: rabscuttle385
Republicans are against "big government," but have no plan for getting to "small government."

THAT, in a nutshell, is the reason I don't trust Republicans anymore.

They have been "reaching across the aisle" for so long being essentially Democrat-Lite that they have forgotten they are an opposition party, and need to clearly articulate an ALTERNATIVE to the "progressive" tax and control aspects of the Democrats.

12 posted on 04/14/2010 9:47:27 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: SoCalPol

Tancredo also screwed up the first attempt at immigration reform, if memory serves.


13 posted on 04/14/2010 10:41:31 PM PDT by TheThinker (Communists: taking over the world one kooky doomsday scenerio at a time.)
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To: Slyfox
Bob Dole was asked just after the 1996 Republican Convention if he was going to read the platform. He turned up his nose and said, "Who reads a platform?"

I have NO idea if this is true, but I read over the net that President Bush said "The Constitution is a G-D piece of paper". Is this correct? Do you, or does anyone else know?

Considering the fact that Bob Dole made the above comment that you said he did, given the fact the Juan McCain was the GOP's nominee in 2008, & that, IF true, President Bush's comment about the Constitution, doesn't that say something about the direction in which the GOP is or has headed?

I voted for Harry Browne in 1996 & 2000, & after watching & listening to him on C-SPAN during those elections, I knew good & well that he was a committed pro-life patriot who believed in the Originalist view of the Constitution, as opposed to the Progressive view that the Republocrats have used for the last 80 years. I'll never vote GOP again until they start to respect candidates who believe in the strict interpretation espoused by the Founding Fathers...& STOP insulting the few that do!

14 posted on 04/14/2010 10:46:03 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (Alright, tighten your shorts, Pilgrim, & sing like the Duke!)
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To: TheThinker

Tom also liked to take credit for work Duncan Hunter did


15 posted on 04/14/2010 11:27:15 PM PDT by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: rabscuttle385

Advice from Tank. lol.


16 posted on 04/14/2010 11:31:10 PM PDT by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican for Palin)
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To: rabscuttle385
I could have done with a few less sports metaphors ....
17 posted on 04/15/2010 2:25:13 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: ChrisInAR
...President Bush said ....

Which one, Poppy or Arbusto?

18 posted on 04/15/2010 2:28:13 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: rabscuttle385

“Republican Party needs new playbook”

The first step would be select conservatives to run for office.


19 posted on 04/15/2010 3:49:31 AM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: rabscuttle385

Not the usual RINO suspects dissing Tancredo down thread ;-)


20 posted on 04/15/2010 5:10:08 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: lentulusgracchus

“I could have done with a few less sports metaphors ....”

That’s for your article when you write one. When Tom writes an article, he gets to use any metaphors he wants to use, just like anybody else.


21 posted on 04/15/2010 5:12:22 AM PDT by RoadTest (Religion is a substitute for the relationship God wants with you.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Arbusto Jorge Jr.


22 posted on 04/15/2010 7:57:07 AM PDT by ChrisInAR (Alright, tighten your shorts, Pilgrim, & sing like the Duke!)
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To: ChrisInAR

LOL!!


23 posted on 04/15/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Thanks for the ping. That was well thought out. You don’t hear that addressed much, but I like the way he did it, and it is critical to us getting our nation back on the right track.

It is true, we never repeal liberal instituted programs. It’s time to take out the meat cleaver and go to work.


24 posted on 04/15/2010 9:54:38 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Be still & kneel before the know-nothing Omnipotent One, Il Douche' Jr., may fleas be upon him.)
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