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The Midterms: Lessons Learned and the Way Forward
NRO ^ | November 4, 2010 | Sarah Palin

Posted on 11/04/2010 9:00:38 AM PDT by Al B.

Now that the dust has settled on the 2010 midterm elections, it’s slowly becoming clear just how monumental the results really are. We saw an extreme left-wing agenda suffer a crushing defeat. At the ballot box, voters took Obamacare and the stimulus and wrapped them right around the necks of those same House members and senators who had arrogantly dismissed the concerns voiced in countless town halls and Tea Party rallies up and down the country. Voters sent commonsense conservatives a clear mandate to hold the line against the Obama agenda.

Does that mean Republican candidates can look forward with greater confidence to the 2012 elections? Yes and no. Yes, objectively speaking the next electoral cycle should be even more favorable than the one that just ended. A large number of red-state Democratic senators will have to defend their seats; and since Obama will be at the top of the ballot that year, they won’t be able to hide from the fact that their party leader is a detached liberal with a destructive tax-and-spend agenda. Whether Republicans will do as well as they did in this cycle depends on whether they learn the lessons from the 2010 election.

The first lesson is simple: Set the narrative. This year it wasn’t too difficult to tell the story of the election: It was about stopping an out-of-control Congress and an out-of-touch White House. In races across the country, Republican candidates ran on the message that the Left was bankrupting America with budget-busting spending bills that mortgage our children’s future, burden the private sector with uncertainty, and cripple our much-needed job growth.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012midterms; election2010; gopcomeback; lessons; palin; sarahpalin

1 posted on 11/04/2010 9:00:46 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: onyx; Brices Crossroads; Virginia Ridgerunner; Clyde5445

ping


2 posted on 11/04/2010 9:02:09 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: afnamvet; mick; pj_627; sauropod; ColdOne; the lastbestlady; BattleHymn; xzins; chickpundit; ...
In the next two years, if all we end up doing is adopting some tax hikes here, some Obama-agenda compromises there, and a thousand little measures that do nothing to get us out of the economic mess we’re in, the same voters that put the GOP in office will vote them out in the next election. If that happens, the story of 2012 may well be that of the GOP going the way of the Whigs.


3 posted on 11/04/2010 9:15:56 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Al B.

Impressive. Has she ever written something this good before?


5 posted on 11/04/2010 9:27:49 AM PDT by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Al B.
I think the Gipper is smiling down on us today waving the Gadsden Flag.

Yes Ma'am! Forward with Confidence to winning in 2012!

6 posted on 11/04/2010 9:36:26 AM PDT by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: Al B.

That’s some pic Al!


7 posted on 11/04/2010 9:38:17 AM PDT by sarah fan UK
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To: Al B.

New. Computer. Wallpaper.


8 posted on 11/04/2010 9:40:04 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (The Republic of the United States of America)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101104/ap_on_re_us/us_bipartisan_challenge

Election doesn’t end major discord for GOP, Obama
By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Barely an hour after President Barack Obama invited congressional Republicans to post-election talks to work together on major issues, the Senate’s GOP leader had a blunt message: His party’s main goal is denying Obama re-election.

In a sign that combat and the 2012 elections rather than compromise could mark the next two years, Sen. Mitch McConnell on Thursday called for Senate votes to repeal or erode Obama’s signature health care law, to cut spending and to shrink government.

“The only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things,” McConnell said in a speech to the conservative Heritage Foundation.

The Senate Republican leader’s confrontational tone was in sharp contrast to the posture Obama took Wednesday in the face of a new GOP-controlled House and Republican gains in the Senate. Obama followed up Thursday morning by inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on Nov. 18 and challenging his own Cabinet to make Washington work better.

“I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people’s agenda forward,” Obama said of the upcoming meeting with lawmakers. “It’s not just going to be a photo op.”


9 posted on 11/04/2010 10:50:53 AM PDT by hattend (Like a termite to wood, Obama only wants to destroy - Mark Levin)
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To: sarah fan UK; Al B.

Amazing photo. I think I’ll save it. *wink*


10 posted on 11/04/2010 10:51:40 AM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Yep, my new desktop photo as well.


11 posted on 11/04/2010 10:54:01 AM PDT by hattend (Like a termite to wood, Obama only wants to destroy - Mark Levin)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"Another important lesson is that we will need the mother of all GOTV efforts if we wish to win in 2012. Sending donations isn’t enough when push comes to shove. Millions of boots on the ground are needed, and voter-fraud prevention must be addressed before election eve."

IMO, the dimocreeps are going to ratchet up the voter fraud unless we stop them and legally shackle them to the point where our elections are free and honest again. Many of the dims are in office because someone "found" some ballots somewhere when the dim was losing. Or, as in San Francisco when I was living in Benicia, someone found a huge box of Republican ballots floating in the Bay after the election was certified.

12 posted on 11/04/2010 10:57:00 AM PDT by TheOldLady (The only way to run our country is conservatively.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
"Certainly we can and should back sensible center-right candidates in bluer states, but I see no point in backing someone who supports cap-and-tax, Obamacare, bailouts, taxes, and more useless stimulus packages. If you think such a candidate will be with us when it comes time to vote down an Obama Supreme Court nominee, you’re living on a unicorn ranch in fantasy land."
13 posted on 11/04/2010 11:22:14 AM PDT by Josh Painter ("May we always be happy, and may our enemies know it." - Sarah Palin)
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To: kenavi
Has she ever written something this good before?

Not that I've read, and I have read her book. This is astute analysis regardless of whose pen it came from. It appears that some of her self-admitted rough spots with respect to public communication are being polished. And she had a very good election.

This is, after all, a private citizen with a Facebook account, and she's practicing some very artful politics at the moment. Fun to watch even if you're not one of her fans.

14 posted on 11/04/2010 11:33:38 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: hattend
Obama followed up Thursday morning by inviting Republican and Democratic congressional leaders for talks on Nov. 18 and challenging his own Cabinet to make Washington work better.

Boehner and McConnell should take Joe Wilson along with them and sit him squarely across the table from Obama.

15 posted on 11/04/2010 11:41:50 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Josh Painter

She does have a way with words doesn’t she?


16 posted on 11/04/2010 11:43:21 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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It seems some of you don’t read any of her Facebook Notes if you think this is unusual writing.

For that matter, did you read her earlier NRO piece about energy?

Or her WSJ OpEd on Cap & Tax that took out John Kerry with a single swat?


17 posted on 11/04/2010 1:12:11 PM PDT by hrh40
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist; onyx

Yeah! I need a collection of Sarah pics to use as a screensaver so I can headplode liberals who pass by my monitor.

I’ll have to get ‘onyx’ real soon before the holidays;^)


18 posted on 11/04/2010 1:26:18 PM PDT by budwiesest (It's that girl from Alaska, again.)
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To: budwiesest

I have an arsenal and I continue to reload...LOL.


19 posted on 11/04/2010 2:12:39 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Billthedrill
It appears that some of her self-admitted rough spots with respect to public communication are being polished.

She won't be the only diamond in the rough leader who finds and can accept polishing. Props to her and to her mentor(s).
21 posted on 11/04/2010 2:35:21 PM PDT by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: Al B.

Here is this article on digg.com Stop by and digg it up.

Digg is a somewhat liberal site, and I like to promote conservative articles.

http://digg.com/news/politics/the_midterms_lessons_learned_and_the_way_forward_national_review_online_2

If you think such a RINO will be with us when it comes time to vote down an Obama Supreme Court nominee, you’re living on a unicorn ranch in fantasy land.


22 posted on 11/04/2010 4:57:45 PM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (If you think a RINO will be with us . . . youÂ’re living on a unicorn ranch in fantasy land.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Our new Speaker stated they would be doing things which have not been done by either party. So we shall have to see just what he meant. I am hopeful.

On the other hand we all know the condition of our country... Bo and his thug gang still have two months to jerk things around. I do not believe Bos is going to change anything at all...he'll just use different colors to paint his agenda...and of course play the blame game.

What I do know it's going to take a whole lot to get us out of this mess but at least we might be able to stop the leaks...but inflation is coming and it will hit many hard.

I am just so very happy we have people now with the upper hand and pray they will know how to use it on our behalf. The democrat's are not going to take this lying down.

23 posted on 11/04/2010 5:14:52 PM PDT by caww
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To: caww

“The democrat’s are not going to take this lying down.”

If that ain’t the truth. If the Democrats were the center-conservative political party in the U.S. rather than the GOP, we’d have a one party system.

The GOP’s incompetence is the stuff of legend. They could lose a poker game while holding a straight flush.


24 posted on 11/05/2010 4:42:34 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics, and victors study demographics.)
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To: Al B.

I continue to be impressed by this woman. She really and truly gets it. One of the few in a relative position of power where that could be said.

This quote alone was worth the read: “Another important lesson is that we will need the mother of all GOTV efforts if we wish to win in 2012. Sending donations isn’t enough when push comes to shove. Millions of boots on the ground are needed, and voter-fraud prevention must be addressed before election eve.”


25 posted on 11/05/2010 4:45:02 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics, and victors study demographics.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I see Pelosi’s going to opt for the miniority Leader, to head their caucas. She didn’t die and go away as thought...rather she is still kicking. Pelosi’s degree of arrogance is only a tad lower than O’s. As I said, they will not take this lying down...expect some huge fights ahead.


26 posted on 11/05/2010 2:51:42 PM PDT by caww
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