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Will GOP Follow Lindsey Graham Model -- Or Die?
CQ Politics ^ | 4/29/2010 | Mort Kondracke

Posted on 05/01/2010 7:45:41 AM PDT by FTJM

While the Republican party is on track to score big victories in 2010, it's in grave danger of committing long-term suicide unless it's rescued from right-wing madness.

Riding a wave of anger at Democrats for spending too much and failing to solve the nation's economic crisis -- yet -- Republicans may even capture control of the House this year.

But consistent -- sometimes ugly -- opposition to immigration overhaul, resistance to climate change remedies, hostility toward gay rights, incendiary language at tea party rallies and waging primaries as ideological purification rituals all represent long-term threats to the party.

So does the perception -- opportunistically spread by Democrats -- that the GOP is merely the "party of no" without constructive ideas for solving national problems.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is not going to be the party's savior -- that has to be its 2012 presidential nominee -- but the more the party follows his advice and example, the better off it will be.

Graham insisted to me in an interview last week, "I want the most conservative guys and gals (as candidates), too."

However, Graham said the GOP will never be a national party until it changes course on immigration and improves its relationship with young people, who voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama.

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1 posted on 05/01/2010 7:45:41 AM PDT by FTJM
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To: FTJM

Liberal flop sweat.


2 posted on 05/01/2010 7:46:02 AM PDT by FTJM
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To: FTJM
While the Republican party is on track to score big victories in 2010, it's in grave danger of committing long-term suicide unless it's rescued from right-wing madness.

No I didn't read the rest of the article. I just had to stop right there and laugh out loud.
3 posted on 05/01/2010 7:47:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FTJM

Now Mor-ton!!


4 posted on 05/01/2010 7:47:39 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops....and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: FTJM

Implied barf alert on this one?


5 posted on 05/01/2010 7:47:41 AM PDT by Disambiguator (Progressivism, Socialism, Marxism, Communism - it's all shades of black.)
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To: FTJM

Serious punditry from Perfumed Gent Quarterly.


6 posted on 05/01/2010 7:48:28 AM PDT by dr_who
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To: cripplecreek

The old commie should be happy as a toad in a puddle. But he just projects his anger and viciousness onto everything in sight.


7 posted on 05/01/2010 7:48:36 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: FTJM

...Mort’s sounding like a RINO in this column...now is not the time to play nice....now is the time to play hardball.


8 posted on 05/01/2010 7:48:48 AM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: cripplecreek

The country is the entity in danger of committing long-term suicide. The GOP has to decide if it wants to join the Kool-Aid party or serve up something better.


9 posted on 05/01/2010 7:49:16 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Disambiguator

Yes.


10 posted on 05/01/2010 7:49:30 AM PDT by FTJM
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To: Disambiguator

Barf is Mort’s middle name.


11 posted on 05/01/2010 7:49:59 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: FTJM

sigh..mort..there is already a democratic party..we don’t need two..thank you...


12 posted on 05/01/2010 7:49:59 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: FTJM

Mort Kondracke’s advice to the GOP: just be democrats, and you can win big.

My thoughts: No thank you. I’ll go with being patriotic Americans.


13 posted on 05/01/2010 7:50:01 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: dr_who

Funny thing is that Tinkie Winkie Graham is desperately trying to appear infected with right wing madness.

(I’m gonna have to make up a poster for that)


14 posted on 05/01/2010 7:50:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FTJM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is not going to be the party’s savior — that has to be its 2012 presidential nominee — but the more the party follows his advice and example, the better off it will be.

This will color my interpretation of EVERYTHING that comes out of this man’s mouth from now on. He is the enemy and even when he says something reasonable you need to look for the ulterior motive.


15 posted on 05/01/2010 7:50:58 AM PDT by DManA
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To: FTJM

A great question answered over 200 years ago:

“Give me liberty or give me death.”


16 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:02 AM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: FTJM

Mort needs to lay off the illegal drugs - his brain is fried. The positions this Marxist described are simply all positions of the National DemonRAT Socialists Party. If Pubbies continue to be RAT lite, what is the point of having two parties with the same positions?

I still say, the US is a lost cause and it is time for a divorce. Pick your reason: infidelity, irreconcilable differences, spousal abuse, etc.


17 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:16 AM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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However, Graham said the GOP will never be a national party until it changes course on immigration

Yeah, let's naturalize a natural Dem constituency. Pandering to the Hispanic vote didn't work for McCain, and he's running from that record to try and win in Arizona - a very Hispanic state.

and improves its relationship with young people, who voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama.

The trick is to let the Dem agenda turn young people into conservatives. That and taxes taken out of a paycheck tend to do the job.

18 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:38 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: FTJM
Mort Kondrake -- more backward reasoning from the commie RINOs.

The Lindsay Graham wing of the party is responsible, with their Democrat comrades, of the current sad state of the nation.

When the GOP runs conservatives, the GOP wins, and the whole nation wins.

19 posted on 05/01/2010 7:51:53 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: FTJM

but the more the party follows his advice and example, the better off it will be.
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Excuse me; what ever happened to doing what would make the country “better off”? But then, since when do politicians care about anything except what benefits their interests.


20 posted on 05/01/2010 7:52:45 AM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: FTJM

Please Mort..get a grip.


21 posted on 05/01/2010 7:53:30 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: meadsjn
When the GOP runs conservatives, the GOP wins, and the whole nation wins.

I just thought that was worth repeating.
22 posted on 05/01/2010 7:54:23 AM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: STONEWALLS

I’ve watched and read Mort for years. He’s not a RINO, that would be too kind. Everyone sees that he’s really a moderate Liberal..he always tilts to the left and tries to convince people that he’s a “reasonable” republican.

Nothing could be farther from the truth..so his article is inline with his feelings.


23 posted on 05/01/2010 7:54:29 AM PDT by PCRit
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To: FTJM

One thing about Graham, you never know where he’s coming from on any subject until he sees where the subject is heading. He doesn’t deserve to be in Washington. You can’t rely on him. As for catering to the young, how about catering to the illegals, how about catering to the gays? Never mind catering to the majority of this country that is sick and tired of the BS in Washington and the crooked politicians.


24 posted on 05/01/2010 7:54:51 AM PDT by RC2
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To: STONEWALLS

Mort Kondracke has been a RINO for years.


25 posted on 05/01/2010 7:55:27 AM PDT by no dems (Palin / Rubio 2012)
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To: FTJM

oh, Mort... put a sock in it.


26 posted on 05/01/2010 7:55:46 AM PDT by EDINVA (Ihttp://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2503873%2C89#help)
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To: FTJM

Mort, have ya lost your frikking mind??


27 posted on 05/01/2010 7:56:30 AM PDT by riri
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is not going to be the party’s savior —...

Probably the smartest thing Kondrake has ever said.

Graham is such an enigma...half of his pronouncements are insane,
the other half laudable (especially his public b-tchslaps of Holder
and Napolitano).
If Jed Clampett was still around, he’d say “I need to have a talk
with that boy”.


28 posted on 05/01/2010 7:57:22 AM PDT by VOA
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To: no dems

Is Mort even far enough to the right to be considered a RINO? Isn’t he just a flat out lib who actually catches a whiff of reason once in a blue moon?


29 posted on 05/01/2010 7:58:28 AM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: FTJM

Someone misspelled his name with a “t” in it and it must have stuck.


30 posted on 05/01/2010 7:59:20 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: FTJM

But consistent — sometimes ugly — opposition to immigration overhaul, resistance to climate change remedies, hostility toward gay rights, incendiary language at tea party rallies and waging primaries as ideological purification rituals all represent long-term threats to the party.

So says Mort. Isn’t that french for something?


31 posted on 05/01/2010 8:00:52 AM PDT by wita
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Been a long time since I heard from Kondracke. He is still the RINO he has always been.


32 posted on 05/01/2010 8:01:00 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: FTJM
But consistent -- sometimes ugly -- opposition to immigration overhaul, resistance to climate change remedies, hostility toward gay rights, incendiary language at tea party rallies and waging primaries as ideological purification rituals all represent long-term threats to the party.

Oh they wish!

33 posted on 05/01/2010 8:01:27 AM PDT by beckysueb (January 20, 2013. When Obama becomes just a skidmark on the panties of American history.)
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I always look forward to getting advice from RAT “journalists”.It's surely always given in the spirit of bi-partisanship and a desire to ensure a healthy two-party system.
34 posted on 05/01/2010 8:03:01 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: FTJM

Mort, go find an eel to play with.


35 posted on 05/01/2010 8:03:05 AM PDT by JPG (Mr. Gore, we have a warrant for your arrest...put your hands behind your back.)
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Wow. Thanks for the advice, Mort. I’m sure it’s purely to help the Republican party and not to advance your personal politics.


36 posted on 05/01/2010 8:08:28 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Stuck with a RINO? Donate $$$ to a different district.)
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FU mort... I'd rather be dead... but you try to kill me mort... I have wanted a piece of you for a long time you skeletor looking faggot... come get sum you pos!

LLS

37 posted on 05/01/2010 8:16:24 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: FTJM
right-wing madness*.

* +700,000 Socialista talking points.

38 posted on 05/01/2010 8:16:27 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Money in the hands of light complected individuals is racist)
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bwahahahaha ... that’s right! We need more John McCains! look at how well he did.


39 posted on 05/01/2010 8:16:54 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The real death threat is their legislation" Rush Limbaugh, 3/25/10)
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However, Graham said the GOP will never be a national party ...

What does that even mean? As far as I know the GOP has been a national party for about 150 years. If he means that it should broaden its appeal to please everybody, then he's suggesting that it stand for nothing. That, of course, fits since Mort identifies himself as a 'moderate.'

40 posted on 05/01/2010 8:17:02 AM PDT by GenXFreedomFighter
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Why don't you Die Morte!

Where is the BARF Alert for this ignorant liberal drivel?

41 posted on 05/01/2010 8:18:12 AM PDT by ohioman
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42 posted on 05/01/2010 8:18:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FTJM; All

So, what do you call dropping Mort and all the pseudo conservative pundits who belabor us with their opinionating into the Marianas Trench?

“A good start...”


43 posted on 05/01/2010 8:19:18 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an Old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the trakball into America's Twilight...)
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To: no dems

mort is a dim... always has been... always will be... his new wife is a party hack paid big money for her marxist works.

LLS


44 posted on 05/01/2010 8:19:56 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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But consistent -- sometimes ugly -- opposition to immigration overhaul, resistance to climate change remedies, hostility toward gay rights, incendiary language at tea party rallies and waging primaries as ideological purification rituals all represent long-term threats to the party.

Mort hasn't seen ugly yet.

When half of the people in this country figure out that they have no representation in government, there just may be blood in the streets.

Democrat party one vs. Democrat party two leads to no representation for half the population.

When and where have I heard no taxation without representation before? Lexington and Concord weren't far behind.

45 posted on 05/01/2010 8:20:01 AM PDT by seowulf ("If you write a whole line of zeroes, it's still---nothing"...Kira Alexandrovna Argounova)
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Mort Kondracke makes me puke! He has all the penetrating insight of a retarded ant!
46 posted on 05/01/2010 8:23:31 AM PDT by J Edgar
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To: LibLieSlayer

Kondracke has always been a Dem. He’s Eleanor Clift without the pig face.


47 posted on 05/01/2010 8:23:46 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: FTJM

Go join the democrap party you queer bastard!


48 posted on 05/01/2010 8:26:58 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: FTJM

Bwahaha!!!


49 posted on 05/01/2010 8:28:19 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: FTJM
[The GOP is] in grave danger of committing long-term suicide unless it's rescued from right-wing madness.

"Right-wing madness" like advocating secure borders and the enforcement of federal and state laws? Oh, the horror.

50 posted on 05/01/2010 8:31:13 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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