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George Will: Take Congress, not White House
Politico ^ | 3/2/2012 | Tim Mak

Posted on 03/02/2012 6:28:27 AM PST by KansasGirl

Columnist George Will says the 2012 presidential looks like it might be a lost cause for Republicans and believes that the primary goal of conservatives should be to retain control of the House and win the Senate so Congress can restrain President Barack Obama while the GOP grooms its talent for 2016.

“Romney and Rick Santorum… are conservatives, although of strikingly different stripes. Neither, however, seems likely to be elected… If either is nominated, conservatives should vote for him,” Will writes in his upcoming Sunday column, obtained in advance by POLITICO.

However, Will argues, that control of both house of Congress is more attainable and more important.

“[T]here would come a point when… conservatives turn their energies to a goal much more attainable than… electing Romney or Santorum president. It is the goal of retaining control of the House and winning control of the Senate.. [C]onservatives this year should have as their primary goal making sure Republicans wield all the gavels in Congress in 2013,” writes Will.

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Thanks Romney and GOP-E. No doubt they would rather see Obama re-elected than a conservative.
1 posted on 03/02/2012 6:28:33 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

The German General Staff thought the same thing. It’s a matter of historical record. They thought that they could control Hitler. Didn’t turn out that way though.


2 posted on 03/02/2012 6:31:42 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: KansasGirl

If Republicans keep control of the House and win the senate, they will take the WH also....Has it ever happened where a party takes over a chamber in a presidential year and not win the white house?


3 posted on 03/02/2012 6:31:52 AM PST by scbison
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To: KansasGirl
What good is controlling Congress when Obama goes around them using his czars and federal agencies while Congress sits by doing nothing about it?
4 posted on 03/02/2012 6:33:00 AM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: KansasGirl

Obama MUST be defeated, as he’s demonstrated his contempt of Congress and the Constitution, by means of his various end runs, edicts, and czar appointments, which flout the will of Congress and the Constitution.


5 posted on 03/02/2012 6:33:46 AM PST by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: ryan71

Exactly... we need to ignore this “we can’t win” propaganda and take the WH!!! This is desperately important and certainly doable.


6 posted on 03/02/2012 6:34:43 AM PST by myrabach
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To: KansasGirl
Please, another beltway dewfus wanting more Lobster Tail at the K-Street Spreads. We need new Leadership George! What Flippin' good is keeping the House and Senate with the Majority Leaders we have now? Pahleeesssee...
7 posted on 03/02/2012 6:35:06 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: KansasGirl

If Obama actually respected the Constitutional separation of powers, this argument would be valid. As it is, he’s already shown he will happily run roughshod over it and the Republicans don’t have the backbone to stop him.

}:-)4


8 posted on 03/02/2012 6:35:39 AM PST by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: KansasGirl
They got the House in 2010. How’d that debt ceiling thing go? How about that stupid payroll tax cut? How about...I know it's only one half of one third, blah, blah, blah.
10 posted on 03/02/2012 6:40:28 AM PST by throwback ( The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: KansasGirl

Because that idiot Will sits on George Stephanop’s lap all day.


11 posted on 03/02/2012 6:40:47 AM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: KansasGirl

RINO surrender monkey


12 posted on 03/02/2012 6:40:52 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: KansasGirl
The truth is, Will doesn't want our kind of conservative in the White House. To a Beltway Republican, the thought of some rube like Santorum as President leaves them in shivers.

Fortunately, the great mass of Americans will ignore this defeatist screed.

13 posted on 03/02/2012 6:41:05 AM PST by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: scbison

Yes, but nothing is normal this year.


14 posted on 03/02/2012 6:41:16 AM PST by SuzyQue
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To: KansasGirl

I’m just glad this nonsense was written by a guy who lost his credibility years ago.


15 posted on 03/02/2012 6:41:37 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: myrabach
Here is one way:


16 posted on 03/02/2012 6:42:58 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: KansasGirl

Will wants MCCONNELL and BOEHNER to control Obama?!?!?!?!

They AGREE with Obama!


17 posted on 03/02/2012 6:43:51 AM PST by Mr Rogers ("they found themselves made strangers in their own country")
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To: KansasGirl

Has George never heard of down ticket voting? If he truly believes nobody would show up to vote for a president, well they won’t be there to vote for their congressman either.


18 posted on 03/02/2012 6:45:22 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: KansasGirl

Its looking increasingly likely that I’ll go to the polls to vote in the downticket races only.


19 posted on 03/02/2012 6:45:45 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: myrabach

If we win, what have we won?

Romney is almost as bad as Obama.
The Republicans will do the same thing they did the last time we had a majority. They will screw it up.

Yeah I know cynicism is a terrible thing, but we don’t have a lot to work with here. Republicans may slow the downward slide, but they won’t stop it. Our only real chance is with Gingrich, and he isn’t going to be President.


20 posted on 03/02/2012 6:47:26 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Mr Rogers

George Will:

RINO RINO RINOALLTHE WAY!!

(Shut up, you!!, make way for your Betters!)


21 posted on 03/02/2012 6:47:42 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for ALL VOTING. Let our dead rest in peace.)
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To: KansasGirl

Please go away, George. A real conservative at the top of the ticket could sweep both bodies.


22 posted on 03/02/2012 6:48:38 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cripplecreek

Wrong - vote for someone for President ... even if you have to cast a write-in vote for Noneof Theabove.


23 posted on 03/02/2012 6:49:34 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: cripplecreek
Its looking increasingly likely that I’ll go to the polls to vote in the downticket races only.

Yeah! Helping Obama to a second term is a great idea!

Maybe you could also hold your breath until you turn blue.

24 posted on 03/02/2012 6:50:20 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: KansasGirl

Didn’t Michael Steele two years ago say there was no reasonable expectation of taking the House, either?


25 posted on 03/02/2012 6:50:38 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: KansasGirl
Believing in yourself is a huge part of winning. The mindset should be a bit Muhammad Ali-like. Predict a big win and act extremely confident. If you don't win, you deal with it, but it doesn't help even a little to play the ‘defeated pragmatist’ card.

These are the same pundits who thought Hillary and Giuliani would be pitted against each other in the 2008 race. We haven't had a blow-out presidential election in quite a while. This will be no different. A few percentage points on either side will make the difference, and it is way too early to make the kind of comments Will is making.

26 posted on 03/02/2012 6:51:00 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: KansasGirl

many polls have shown Obama losing different candidates, and gas prices are just rising. What’s he thinking?


27 posted on 03/02/2012 6:51:24 AM PST by MNDude
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To: cotton1706

[ A real conservative at the top of the ticket could sweep both bodies. ]

That is what’ makes it so frustrating!


28 posted on 03/02/2012 6:51:43 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

I haven’t been able to figure out where Will is coming from for some time. He was a big backer of Gov. Daniels who decided not to run. He was also an early backer of Gov. Pawlenty. His wife worked on the campaign of the Gov. of Texas (And we saw how that worked out). He doesn’t seem to like any of the current candidates, so I guess he has just thrown in the towel.


29 posted on 03/02/2012 6:52:01 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: KansasGirl

George will is so busy trying to sound smarter than everyone else that he has turned into an idiot.


30 posted on 03/02/2012 6:52:08 AM PST by CMAC51
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

[ Believing in yourself is a huge part of winning ]

Which explains Politico gleefully reporting this, but why is Will saying it?


31 posted on 03/02/2012 6:53:32 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl

One again...Rush is right...
he has said that this has been the “elite Pubbie” plan all along because they KNOW nominating Romney will be McCain all over again...true conservatives will sit the election out...


32 posted on 03/02/2012 6:54:14 AM PST by matginzac
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To: don-o
Yeah! Helping Obama to a second term is a great idea!

"Obama's driving us towards the cliff at 100 mph" is not a good reason to vote for someone who will only drive us towards the cliff at 80 mph.

My vote goes to the person who will lock-up the brakes, if I can find one.

33 posted on 03/02/2012 6:54:57 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: KansasGirl

“DEMOCRAT columnist george will”

They could at least start the lie with the truth.

LLS


34 posted on 03/02/2012 6:55:19 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: KansasGirl

SOME ADDITIONAL PROOF THAT RUSH LIMBAUGH IS RIGHT ONCE AGAIN which he is 99.87% of the time.

Don’t RINOS such as Will care that the Manchurian President Obama would have 4 more years to stock our judiciary with lifelong appointment Progressive, Anti-Constitutionalist appointees to rule over our lives?

George Will is a miserable DEFEATIST at best and, very likely, a progressive himself posing as a conservative.


35 posted on 03/02/2012 6:55:55 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: don-o
Maybe you could also hold your breath until you turn blue.

And you can vote for Romney like a mewling slave begging on your knees.
36 posted on 03/02/2012 6:56:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: DuncanWaring

Lotsa luck with that search. I’m with Levin - I will vote for an orange juice can over Obama.


37 posted on 03/02/2012 6:57:43 AM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: KansasGirl

The problem with this is that Obama does not recognize any REAL legitimacy beyond The Revolution.

He can work with Congress when Congress does what he wants. When Congress does not, he wars on the opposition and does what he wants by other means.

George Will (and Mitt Romney, +/- Rick Santorum) do not recognize the dangerous person who calls himself “Obama”. The intrinsic power of his office, plus his loyalty to non-American and anti-American forces, make it very very unlikely that any Congress can exercise any power to counter The Revolution, aside from removal - which, if Obama has just been reelected, will not occur.

November 6 is a real now or never moment.


38 posted on 03/02/2012 6:58:08 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: KansasGirl
If gas prices continue rising, I don't see how Obama keeps the White House. Yesterday, I noticed that the prices jumped in my area. About 10 cents in a week to an average of about $3.85 for regular. However, I did find one station that sold gas for $3.73 and counted my "blessings" although that price is about 50 cents more than in December. Hopefully I will soon get some coupons soon that will allow me to score FREE gas like I did last autumn. Man, that felt good. About an entire month of driving around with a full tank of FREE gas.

Anyway, if gas hits $5 per gallon in a few months as they predict, Obama will have extreme trouble remaining in office. Too many people get pissed off about the price of gas.

39 posted on 03/02/2012 6:58:44 AM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: KansasGirl

If the DC GOP bumbles the easiest White House victory in 30 years, we either remove the leadership entirely and replace it with conservative activists, or we leave and go third party. The fact that they might not even win the White House against one of the greatest human disasters in the western hemisphere in a hundred years is absurd.

I have always stuck with the party, and we must stick together to remove Obama, but the fact that so many beltway insiders are constantly of the mindset that we just ‘let Obama’ win is despicable.


40 posted on 03/02/2012 6:59:45 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: KansasGirl

There is a point to be made that it just never works out well for the USA when one Party has all the enchiladas. Politicians need to face checks and balances.


41 posted on 03/02/2012 7:01:14 AM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: KansasGirl

Obama will merely bypass congress and they will let him. He needs to be defeated now.


42 posted on 03/02/2012 7:01:14 AM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: DuncanWaring

Agreed, I would never leave the slot blank but I sure as hell won’t be voting for Romney. After all, a vote for Romney is hardly better than voting for Obama outright.

In fact, maybe we should get started now on encouraging people to write in Gingrich and Santorum if Romney is the nominee. They won’t win but maybe the voice will be loud enough to rattle the GOPe


43 posted on 03/02/2012 7:01:47 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: KansasGirl

we really need to do both, take the congress and the white house.
Obummer has already demonstrated he can and will circumvent the congress to achieve his goals.


44 posted on 03/02/2012 7:04:29 AM PST by WorkerbeeCitizen (I STAND WITH ISRAEL)
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To: DuncanWaring
"Obama's driving us towards the cliff at 100 mph" is not a good reason to vote for someone who will only drive us towards the cliff at 80 mph.

Someone is going to take the oath of office next January, and it sure as hell can't be Obama. Sitting out or going 3rd party places Obama in there. Any one on our side will be light years better. Of the one's left standing, we have to vote for the best one. Four years of Obama means Kagan will be one of the moderates on the court and more endless executive branch trampling of the constitution with no recourse for four more years.

We have elected some great House members and conservative Senators and we'll need to keep the pressure on them to fight for the people that put them there, and not crack to the pressure of the party poo-bahs. There work is meaningless with a marxist megalomaniac in the White House.

45 posted on 03/02/2012 7:05:47 AM PST by ilgipper (Everything you get from the government was taken from someone else)
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To: KansasGirl
to retain control of the House and win the Senate so Congress can restrain President Barack Obama while the GOP grooms its talent for 2016.

With the POS still in the WH, all will remain ops normal. Obama will still get his nominees onto the courts and his legislation will still move forward... and forget any hope of Obamacare repeal. The GOP is simply too timid to face him head-on.

46 posted on 03/02/2012 7:08:19 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: cripplecreek

I won’t vote for Romney either - I’m with you. The country needs Gingrich right now. Pray for a miracle.


47 posted on 03/02/2012 7:10:13 AM PST by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: KansasGirl
“why is Will saying it”

Who knows? He's a columnist, and has to write opinions for a living. He predicted last year that either Pawlenty or Daniels would be the nominee. In my view, if any of these people were that accurate they could have made lots of money betting on the outcomes. I highly doubt any of them would bet significant money on their predictions.

48 posted on 03/02/2012 7:11:50 AM PST by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: PJ-Comix
If gas prices continue rising, I don't see how Obama keeps the White House.

Too much is being placed on the impact of gas prices. Obama's already pushing for higher taxation on the oil companies. With the mood of the country morphing into class envy, he'll exploit it into an "us-vs.-them" mindset vs. "Big Oil." Also, a well-timed, albeit token, drilling approval, along with an SPR release will drop those prices significantly enough to fool the sheep.

Remember... American voters as a whole are not critical thinkers. They act based on what they see at face value.

49 posted on 03/02/2012 7:13:53 AM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: KansasGirl
George Will is hopelessly out of contact with the real America.

Just yesterday it was reported that EMPLOYMENT among Youth was at 54%.

That's where we win.

That's Greece levels of unemployment in this country for a major demographic. That's Obama kicking his former supporters in the teeth.

They will never forgive him!

50 posted on 03/02/2012 7:15:40 AM PST by muawiyah
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