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Republicans' hard line since winning House could backfire (MSM Spin Alert)
Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/12/2010 | Mark Z. Barabak

Posted on 11/12/2010 1:54:40 AM PST by goldstategop

No bargaining, no deals, no compromise — that's the hard-line stance that Republicans have staked in the days since seizing control of the House.

Their prescription for the sluggish economy — lower taxes, huge spending cuts, less regulation, and repeal of the sweeping healthcare law just taking effect — excites the party's conservative base. But a long and ugly fight with President Obama and Senate Democrats, starting with next week's lame-duck session, could end up alienating the large number of Americans more interested in jobs than ideological battles.

The midterm vote was "an expression of anger and impatience," said James Thurber, an American University congressional expert. It was not, he said, a sudden burst of affection for the GOP.

In fact, exit polls showed Republicans and Democrats were almost equally disliked, with 53% of voters viewing Republicans unfavorably and 52% unhappy with Democrats.

That contempt for the two major parties, along with anxiety over the economy, fear for the future and a sense that most politicians aren't really listening, could explain why so many voters have so little patience with Washington these days.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
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MSM spin. It wants us to think voters don't really want spending cuts, a repeal of Obamacare and an extension of the Bush tax cuts.

Which begs the question: if voters are really that disgusted with the GOP, why did they elect the largest GOP majority since 1946? This "news analysis" doesn't address it.

1 posted on 11/12/2010 1:54:49 AM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

I don’t think it works this way in this situation. The Republicans in the House are the ones that will make the bills. The Senate and President will be the ones who will say “NO”. The Democrats will be the party of “NO” with the House being Republican.


2 posted on 11/12/2010 1:57:21 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: goldstategop

An easy budget cut for families would be TV and News propaganda. All one needs now is an AM Radio.


3 posted on 11/12/2010 1:58:11 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: napscoordinator

Exactly. House conservatives should put forth as many reforms as they can and force the Senate and White House to say no.


4 posted on 11/12/2010 1:59:24 AM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: goldstategop
Of course, "we won" is not a hard-line stance. Republicans can sit in the back of the bus doesn't signal a hard-line stance.
5 posted on 11/12/2010 2:03:29 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: screaminsunshine

There may be a general pox on your houses attitude towards Washington politicians but this election wasn’t a repudiation of the notion America is a center-right country.

Or wasn’t the Times’ reporter paying attention to the election results last week?

There is no silver lining in it for the Democrats for at least the next two years.


6 posted on 11/12/2010 2:04:08 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

“seizing control”

Seizing? Makes it sound as if the Repubs did something illegal .

Little words like this are part of the tricks the MSM uses every day to make us look bad in print. The way to combat it is to be aware.


7 posted on 11/12/2010 2:06:02 AM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Steely Tom

Its only Republicans who get accused of having a “hard line” when they win a majority. When Democrats do it, its called being “inclusive” and bringing about “hope and change.”

MSM, we’re onto you!


8 posted on 11/12/2010 2:06:10 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Steely Tom

The problem for Republicans traditionally is that when they win elections they buy into all this establishment/media bs that voters weren’t really saying much of anything. When Democrats win elections they take the ball and run with it!


10 posted on 11/12/2010 2:07:45 AM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: eCSMaster

They make it sound like the Republicans rode into Washington on the back of the tanks. Next they’ll say John Boehner is the second coming of Augusto Pinochet.

I know these people like the back of my hand. They never change.


11 posted on 11/12/2010 2:09:12 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: trappedincanuckistan

Yup. Its the artillery offensive to soften up the GOP and make it amenable to compromise on the Democrats’ terms. Expect to see more along these lines in the coming weeks and months.

We can only hope the GOP doesn’t fall for it.


12 posted on 11/12/2010 2:11:15 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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I’m sure the MSM is going to start pounding with daily interviews of folks saying how they thought the Reps were taking away too many goodies. The old “killing grandma by making her eat dogfood” game.


13 posted on 11/12/2010 2:12:48 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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That, too. They will do everything they can to make sure when its all over people are itching to toss the GOP out on its rear end in 2012. The MSM is hoping the Republican Party plays according to their script again.


14 posted on 11/12/2010 2:14:53 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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“We can only hope the GOP doesn’t fall for it.”

Watching politics a long time......they always do :(


15 posted on 11/12/2010 2:16:02 AM PST by trappedincanuckistan (livefreeordietryin)
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To: napscoordinator; All

Being the party of NO didn’t seem to hurt conservatives in this election, so who is to say it would hurt the Dems if they become the party of NO.


16 posted on 11/12/2010 2:18:10 AM PST by gleeaikin
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“The MSM is hoping the Rep. Party plays according to their script again.”

Given that the GOP and the Tea Party are playing from rather different scripts, The MSM will probably get their wish.


17 posted on 11/12/2010 2:22:29 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: goldstategop
No bargaining, no deals, no compromise —

Sounds like the Democrats last two years in office when they shut out the Republicans from every legislative process and chanted "We won". Now the shoe is somewhat on the other foot. Poor babies...

18 posted on 11/12/2010 2:26:29 AM PST by HarleyD
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To: goldstategop

The LA Time is lying about the poll numbers. It really was 53% unfavorable to Dems and 52% unfavorable to Republicans...just a point, but it makes the point that the LAT doesn’t tell the truth.
One thing we are certain of: The Republicans will not bail CA out, so the LAT should be worrying about how the Democrats that they’ve elected will keep their bankrupt state going.


19 posted on 11/12/2010 2:26:44 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: goldstategop

First, consider the source - the LSM, Obama’s cheerleaders.

So if they say Republicans are on the wrong path by being aggressive, it must mean exactly the opposite.

Carry on, and ignore the (attempted) BigMedia intimidation. Sounds like the Democrats are finally running scared.


20 posted on 11/12/2010 2:27:52 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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