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Dale Carnegie, Where Are You? ^ | November 11, 2012 | Paul Jacob

Posted on 11/11/2012 5:51:57 AM PST by Kaslin

November 11, 2012

What should the Republican Party do now?

That’s the post-election question. Yet, not being a Republican, I figure I can only answer this question: What should the Republican Party not do?

Before the election, I would have answered, “Talk about ‘legitimate rape.’” Even now I suggest a short course for GOP candidates about rape, with perhaps a refresher on basic biology.

I’m serious. And I’m pro-life.

Now, after the election, an object lesson in what not to do rears its ugly head in the last place one would expect a problem: Arkansas.

Last Tuesday, Arkansas Republicans gained solid control of the State Senate and probably a one-vote majority in the House of Representatives as well (one district contest still being recounted has the Republican 44 votes ahead). Until now, the Natural State was the only state in the union that hadn’t seen Republicans in control of either legislative chamber since Reconstruction.

One would imagine Arkansas GOPers were partying like it was 1994!

But not so much. Instead, one Republican state representative, Nate Bell of Mena, found time to declare a new political enemy and launch a drone attack.

“I’m very tired of Presidential politics,” Bell wrote on his Facebook page, “but there is one thing that needs to be said and Y’all know me. I’m not gonna be quiet.”

You can almost see the referee reaching for his penalty flag, eh?

Rep. Bell then assessed the blame for Mitt Romney’s loss: “The negative effects of Gary Johnson’s effort to suppress GOP turnout and his big lie that there was no difference between Romney and Obama directly and indirectly contributed to president Obama’s re-election.”

If you don’t even know who Gary Johnson is, you should. He was a very successful two-term governor of New Mexico, a state in which other Republicans haven’t had much luck. Johnson ran for president — as a Republican, first — but was ignored and blocked from participation in all but one or two GOP presidential debates. (The explanation was that Gov. Johnson failed to garner high enough poll support to participate in more debates, but of course, he couldn’t have garnered enough support since his name wasn’t actually part of those polls.)

After being so ingloriously dismissed, Johnson ran for and won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. While Johnson garnered more than a million votes nationally and 2 percent of the presidential ballots cast in Arkansas, his vote total was simply not greater than the margin of difference between Romney and Obama in Arkansas — or in any state, for that matter.

Still, it’s the doctrinaire demonization, not the lack of factual foundation, which is most perplexing. Rather than recognizing 2 percent of the vote that might be won back by way of persuasion, Bell, an elected official, busies himself with the endless public listing of enemies.

Robespierre Republicanism ought not be the next wave.

“Gary Johnson and his followers efforts to aid and abet the President’s re-election qualify them as enemies of freedom, liberty and the Constitution IMHO,” alleges Rep. Bell. “I swore an oath to defend that Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and I will do so.”

Politics is about relationships (news flash: so is business and just about everything else). Win friends and influence people, Dale Carnegie would advise.

Like many Libertarians, I find the Democrats abysmal on virtually every issue, and Republicans . . . at least, better — slightly. And also because when the holder of an office performs as badly as Mr. Obama has performed, one should support his ouster, I would have preferred Mitt Romney.

What should Republicans do now? Stop bad-mouthing voters and win their trust. Find candidates who can run on issues that motivate freedom-loving Americans to come out and vote Republican.

Candidates who can also avoid being supremely obnoxious jerks.

Doesn’t sound so tough, really. And with the Democrats as the main competition, you could be a contender. [references]

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial

1 posted on 11/11/2012 5:52:01 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Stop bad-mouthing voters and win their trust

And stop bad mouthing our standard bearers. Mitt Romney is not our eemy. He got a raw deal.

2 posted on 11/11/2012 5:57:58 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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It seems the main thrust of this article is to stop alienating Libertarians, something many on this site do on a consistent basis just because we don’t think in lock step on every issue.

3 posted on 11/11/2012 6:19:22 AM PST by gjones77
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Speaking just for myself, I have not bad-mouthed Romney in many months. I think it is good advice for voters to refrain from bad-mouthing the GOP standard-bearers.

By the same token, it sure would be nice if politicians, pundits, and highly-paid Republican strategists were to refrain from bad-mouthing real conservatives like Sarah Palin.

But that won't happen. The GOP-e will continue to run against the party base. And then be disappointed at the lukewarm support given to the party.

4 posted on 11/11/2012 6:36:43 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: gjones77
Libertarians are 75% Liberal and perhaps 25% Conservative. I'll bad-mouth them any chance I get. I have only rarely met a Libertarian who would choose Fiscal Conservatism over Social Liberalism. Ideally, they want both of those things. If forced to choose one over the other, they will almost over push for Socially Liberal positions, and allow the Fiscally Conservative stuff to "wait for another day".

I reject the Libertarian streak within the GOP. Completely.

5 posted on 11/11/2012 6:39:39 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Global Warming is a religion, and I don't want to be taxed to pay for a faith that is not mine.)
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To: Kaslin

The Republicans should do exactly what they are doing, conspiring with the Dems to squeeze more $’s out of the peasants. The Republicans are only a pretend opposition, they are a wing of the 1 Party of Ivy League Incumbents. It’s not what they should do, but rather the peasants. The “party” should be abandoned.

For all the hand wringing about Obama this has been going on for a long time. Don’t blame Obama all you bitter clingers. Go look in the mirror. If there’s time before the NFL starts today that is....

Freedom is a quaint notion in a country that has long been strangled by the lawyers. How many times have you said, “there oughta be a law” in your lives?

6 posted on 11/11/2012 7:12:44 AM PST by wrencher
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To: gjones77

On the other side it is the libertarians who are badmouthing the Republicans

7 posted on 11/11/2012 7:39:13 AM PST by Kaslin ( One Big Ass Mistake America (Make that Two))
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To: ClearCase_guy

Absolutely. They are already bad-mouthing Paul ryan! Unbelievable.

8 posted on 11/11/2012 8:13:26 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

9 posted on 11/11/2012 10:48:33 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: ClearCase_guy; gjones77

Gary Johnson was a synthetic opportunist and his supporters were Bat Shit, KuhRayZee, Loud Mouths who were screaming because the medication that typically controls their turrets was laced with Caffeine, guarana and Amphetamines.

They made absolutely no sense and constantly screamed for attention to anyone they imagined was listening while they acted out their best Don Quixote impression.

Trouble is the windmills found them troubling and whacked their insane asses with their wind blades but good....

10 posted on 11/11/2012 10:57:15 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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