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The Republicans Have Failed the Nation
RedState ^ | December 13th, 2012 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 12/13/2012 2:15:52 PM PST by neverdem

“Obsequious praise for small government does the Republicans no good when they too are in favor of big government in their actions.”

Over the next couple of years, Barack Obama wants to raise the national debt to $18.9 trillion or so.

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the congressional Republicans want to raise the national debt to $18.4 trillion or so.

The present leadership of the Republican Party has gone from making the case that government is the problem and the American people are the solution to making the case that Democratic controlled government is the problem and Republican controlled government is the solution.

By giving up on making the case that government is the problem and pivoting to “Democrats are the problem,” the Republican Party has failed the American people. Historically, when parties lost, their leadership went and hid for an appropriate amount of time under a rock after an acceptance of blame and a resignation.

The present Republican leaders in Washington, instead of hiding under a rock, have taken to standing on the rock and demanding conservatives self flagellate. Neither John Boehner nor Mitch McConnell are visionaries. They are survivors. They survive by recognizing the biggest threat to them and trying to befriend it or neutralize it.

Right now, both see conservatives as their biggest threat, not Barack Obama. Why? Because while Barack Obama maintains the White House, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell maintain their positions of power. They exist for power, not for vision. The visions they articulate are routinely backpedaled. Remember the pledge to nowhere the House Republicans concocted in 2010 as a second coming of the Contract With America? Within two months of returning to the majority they’d already ditched their pledge faster than a frat boy fleeing a one night stand. Only conservatives wish to hold them accountable for their breach of trust, thus conservatives are the threat.

The very same Republican leadership who paved the way for the rise of the Democrats in 2006 through moral opaqueness on the role of government in the lives of Americans now seek to shut up and shut out the conservatives who continue to loudly point out that the size and scope of the federal leviathan has grown too unwieldy. More troubling, with the removal of the several of the critics within the party from key committees and a clear message that loud voices of conservatism will not get plumb committee assignments, the incoming freshman class and even the current conservative leaders in the House of Representatives have rolled over.

Let us not kid ourselves. The Republicans intend to strike a last minute deal to cave. They will. They are going blind in the bathroom over the idea of bifurcating tax cuts so Barack Obama can veto the tax cut for high income earners and let the rest slide through. It is, as usual, a too clever by half compromise from the GOP, which has spent more time out negotiating itself to the left than negotiating with the Democrats.

The compromise is no longer the issue. It will happen.

The issue is that the Republican leaders who will be in charge in January are the Republican leaders who were directly complicit in the construction of the fiscal cliff and were directly complicit in getting us already to $16 trillion in national debt. Democrats are not to blame; both parties in Washington are.

Obsequious praise for small government does the Republicans no good when they too are in favor of big government in their actions. And having two leaders as the face of the party who have both been in Washington since 1986 does no good restoring credibility when these multi-decade residents of the swamp wink and smile that they really do think Washington is the problem.

Is it any wonder the American people have come to the conclusion that government isn’t so bad when the party of small government keeps expanding it too? The leaders of the party are the message, not the words. And the message does not resonate because they do not practice what they preach.

Until the Republicans change their message, they will keep losing. Changing the message means changing the men. Will 16 Republicans in the House be brave enough to stand up and say the party needs a new Speaker of the House?

This is not about the compromise. This is not about the fiscal cliff. This is not even about removing Amash, Huelskamp, Schweikert, and Jones. This is about beginning again anew — a process that cannot happen when the faces of the Republican leadership have been in Washington since 1986 expanding government while preaching the need for limiting it.

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KEYWORDS: 112th; boehner; fiscalcliff; gop; johnboehner; mcconnell; mitchmcconnell; republicans
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1 posted on 12/13/2012 2:16:01 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

2 posted on 12/13/2012 2:22:18 PM PST by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: neverdem
We knew what to expect from the soulless greedbag democrats.

Its the GOPe I'm really p*ssed at... they abandoned the parapets, threw the bolt off the gate and then turned on the people who had hired them to make a principled stand.

Rodents.

3 posted on 12/13/2012 2:26:41 PM PST by skeeter
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To: neverdem

The GOP defined itself by nominating a man who stood for everything that they are against, from romneycare, to abortion, to gay marriage and guns, even down to the details of despising Reagan and conservatism in general, and being an actual cult leader in an anti-Christian cult.

A man who having left the republican party during the Reagan era, came to support, fund raise, and vote for democrats.

A man who snubbed 2008’s veep, the tea party, and social conservatism when he restated his support for homosexuals in the military, homosexual Scout leaders, and came out against the pro-life party platform, a man who actually spent the years of his presidential campaigning, trying to create the myth of Reagan having been “adamantly pro-choice”

The Republicans defined themselves.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 2:31:44 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: skeeter

Principled stands are fine. Food for thought though, a grand bargain last year as compared to what we are going to get this time. Which do you think would have been better?


5 posted on 12/13/2012 2:31:44 PM PST by chopperjc
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To: neverdem

Good article. Thanks for posting.

One can’t help but wonder if there are merely two aspects to a single party - the Ruling/Government/Washington Party: with the one sub-party nominally different so as to act as a foil for the other and to corruptly throw the fight for the other.

Both ultimately favor big government, progressivism at slightly different rates, and handing over our sovereignty to globalists. Both favor Marxism to varying degrees. Both trample on the Constitution. Neither are our friend, and in fact both have now declared us enemies.

Madison’s grand experiment is over without another revolution. Everything else is merely sound and fury, signifying nothing.


6 posted on 12/13/2012 2:36:34 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: chopperjc

If the GOPe had made a principled stand last year we’d be dealing with a lame duck president this year.


7 posted on 12/13/2012 2:37:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: neverdem

Just as the Japanese could not fail Pearl harbor on December 7, 1941, today’s democrats cannot fail America. The GOP, however, is like Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel - asleep on the job and failing the people of our country.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 2:40:04 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: neverdem

Just as the Japanese could not fail Pearl harbor on December 7, 1941, today’s democrats cannot fail America. The GOP, however, is like Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel - asleep on the job and failing the people of our country.


9 posted on 12/13/2012 2:41:07 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: chopperjc

Romney was obviously a loser, in a race that couldn’t be lost, now you have a broken, confused, directionless party that isn’t even sure what it’s politics are anymore, perhaps forever ruined by that disastrous choice of a democrat in all but name, your plan didn’t work out, or did it?


10 posted on 12/13/2012 2:41:24 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: Pollster1
The GOP, however, is like Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel - asleep on the job and failing the people of our country.

I wish the GOPe were merely caught napping. Instead they're negotiating the number of battleships they should lose.

11 posted on 12/13/2012 2:44:48 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
I wish the GOPe were merely caught napping. Instead they're negotiating the number of battleships they should lose.

They probably think Kimmel should have done that. Think how much better it would have been to only sink the USS Arizona but keep the Oklahoma, to suffer heavy damage to the West Virginia, the Nevada, and the Maryland, but to keep the California, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee intact. The GOP might even have given up a couple of carriers for that deal, and called it a victory for American conservative patriotism.

12 posted on 12/13/2012 2:56:17 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: dagogo redux
One can’t help but wonder if there are merely two aspects to a single party

If you are merely wondering, you are about 12-20 years behind the curve.

13 posted on 12/13/2012 2:59:29 PM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: ansel12
The Republicans defined themselves.

All your points make this conclusion rock solid.

The GOP-E RINOs are what the Jews call Kapos.

14 posted on 12/13/2012 3:02:54 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: ansel12
The Republicans defined themselves.

Heck, they defiled themselves. But Romney LOST, which is actually the most heartening thing "Republican" in a long time -- it means conservative and Republican Americans are smarter than the GOPe thought.

Obama is a skinny fraud who needed a lot of vote ginning and shenanigans to win. HE IS VULNERABLE. He and the liberals who support him are the little dog in America, WE Americans who cherish our right to self-determination and freedom from nanny state government, outnumber them in every way except in celebrities and Talking Heads in the MSM. This is a case of a little 10-lb yapper dog getting away with bossing around the 60-lb setter, because the setter hasn't figured out yet how much bigger he really is. But WHEN THAT CHANGES, when conservatives and Republicans and Americans who despise the liberal bias of the MSM, liberalism, and Obama, realize that they're BIGGER and assume the Alpha role instead of the whimpering beta-dog role the GOPe takes now -- we will reclaim a nation that is moral and prosperous in liberty.

15 posted on 12/13/2012 3:03:17 PM PST by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Pollster1
The GOPe knows the other side is at war, whats more they have no intention of trying to stop them.

Because they're drooling at the prospect of all that new 'revenue' themselves.

Its all theater - boob bait for bubba.

16 posted on 12/13/2012 3:04:27 PM PST by skeeter
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To: neverdem

The purpose of government is to increase government.

That’s their bottom line.

Hence, not a damn dime’s worth of difference between Republicans and Rats.


17 posted on 12/13/2012 3:05:08 PM PST by onona (Former Plattsburgh AFB Survivor)
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To: TheBattman

The Nation has failed the Nation

A country gets the Government it deserves


18 posted on 12/13/2012 3:23:05 PM PST by PGR88
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To: neverdem

The republican party is DEAD.....
(taps)


19 posted on 12/13/2012 3:34:09 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: ansel12

Fine words and all, but what do you propose to do about it?

It’s not like people like me—26 years old, almost no money, no job, barely scraping up $100 per week, crushing debt, only have a computer because it’s how I earn what little money I can—can buy guns, ammo, and food to stockpile for the oncoming crash, like so many people are gleefully saying they’ll do.

And all the ‘I-told-you-so’s in the world aren’t going to fill the stomach of myself or my family.

So what do I do now?


20 posted on 12/13/2012 3:34:44 PM PST by Luircin
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To: ansel12

EXACTLY!

(I wish I could express myself as well as you do.)


21 posted on 12/13/2012 3:38:46 PM PST by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Luircin

Invent a Jump-to-Conclusions Mat.


22 posted on 12/13/2012 3:51:50 PM PST by EEGator
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To: ansel12
Which did you prefer - King Obama or Romney?

Oh yeah, I already got your stock answer, they both are the same so you didn't vote. Right?

23 posted on 12/13/2012 3:57:44 PM PST by Logical me
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To: neverdem

I listened to a bit of yesterdays Mark Levin show. Many GOP state governors are fighting the Obama care implementation of healthcare exchanges in their states. The first thing Boehner does after being reelected, is run to the press to declare he is giving up on fighting Obama care. He must attend the same parties as Roberts..


24 posted on 12/13/2012 4:02:50 PM PST by EVO X
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To: neverdem; All

Erick Erickson can blame republicans all he wants too. But the truth of the matter, imo, is that voters aren’t taking the responsibility to know basic constitutonal law, particularly the Founder’s division of federal and state powers evidenced by the Constitution’s Section 8 of Article I, Article V and the 10th Amendment.

In fact, the Progressive Movement agenda to unconstitutionally centralize government power in DC probably wouldn’t have made the strides that it has if it weren’t for the inadvertent support of the Progressive Movement by Constitution-impaired voters imo.


25 posted on 12/13/2012 4:07:14 PM PST by Amendment10
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To: Pollster1

I believe one Trent Lott got through a resolution clearing Admiral Kimmel of the liability of Pearl Harbor, right? But I had always thought Kimmel was a scapegoat.


26 posted on 12/13/2012 4:08:27 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: EEGator

Afraid that someone else already beat me to it.


27 posted on 12/13/2012 4:10:14 PM PST by Luircin
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To: Luircin

I was hoping you’d get the reference. Just trying to lighten things up. Everyone is stressed or angry around here.


28 posted on 12/13/2012 4:17:33 PM PST by EEGator
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To: neverdem
Until the Republicans change their message, they will keep losing

They don't want to change their massage. They threw their lot in with the libs at least six years ago. We do not have a two party system.

29 posted on 12/13/2012 4:20:38 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: EEGator

Very true! Both about lightening the mood and people stressed and angry. Sheesh. I’m trying to remain optimistic, but other than Jesus, it seems that everything that they taught me to depend on while growing up is falling apart

One wonders if this is a good thing in a difficult-to-swallow shell. Because admittedly, I did need to stop trusting in the things of the world as much.


30 posted on 12/13/2012 4:40:03 PM PST by Luircin
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To: neverdem

I read what most are saying and I agree that the Repubs have lost their way. I would like to know if any of you have a candidate in mind? I think it is crucial that we come together with a man who would be able to carry the conservative banner and, most importantly, have the support of the good people in our Country? Is there anyone who believes we cannot ever win again, I don’t but I believe we must begin to find the right person and fully support him - starting now!


31 posted on 12/13/2012 4:47:42 PM PST by Rockiette (Democrats are not intelligent)
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To: Luircin

You have your faith and your family, that sounds like enough to me.


32 posted on 12/13/2012 4:52:25 PM PST by EEGator
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To: bgill
They threw their lot in with the libs at least six years ago.

Yes, but I'd say much sooner that that. When I noticed the glib way several prominent Republicans spoke disparagingly of Reagan during his second term, the same joking way as did the Libs, I began to pay more attention in the times that followed. Since then, I've not been surprised how remarkably the Republican Party has consistently failed to achieve goals conservatives might want.

Only conservatives have been accomplishing anything remotely positive for the USA since Reagan was first elected. Everything else the "Republicans" have worked for has been for political show. Never was a Republican and I'm happy that I disassociated from them many years before they finally took me off their mailing list.

Due to the Party's proven insincerity of "The Big Tent" ploy, and the fact we conservatives bought into it for a long while, there are now more Communists in powerful positions than conservatives.
33 posted on 12/13/2012 4:53:54 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: neverdem

the democrats, more so. but in general, yes.


34 posted on 12/13/2012 5:01:43 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: neverdem

This is why I became a registered Conservative. There is very little difference between the RATS and the RINOs.


35 posted on 12/13/2012 5:02:59 PM PST by AdaGray
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To: AdaGray
This is why I became a registered Conservative. There is very little difference between the RATS and the RINOs.

******************************

How does one become a "registered Conservative"?

36 posted on 12/13/2012 5:08:02 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Theodore R.
I believe one Trent Lott got through a resolution clearing Admiral Kimmel of the liability of Pearl Harbor, right? But I had always thought Kimmel was a scapegoat.

I disagree. Kimmel had specific intelligence, not as far as I know of the intended date for the attack, but of the general planning for a Sunday morning sunrise attack on Pearl Harbor using multiple aircraft carriers, and that information should have led to higher readiness as war so clearly approached. Kimmel was not a scapegoat. Beyond that, the Navy tradition that the commanding officer is responsible when things go wrong is a good one. Kimmel was in command, he set the standards for in-port readiness, and his fleet failed spectacularly.

37 posted on 12/13/2012 5:15:58 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Resettozero
When I noticed the glib way several prominent Republicans spoke disparagingly of Reagan during his second term, the same joking way as did the Libs, I began to pay more attention in the times that followed. Since then, I've not been surprised how remarkably the Republican Party has consistently failed to achieve goals conservatives might want.

Every nominee since Reagan, except for McCain, was ANTI-REAGAN in 1980, Romney actually left the republican party during the 1980 campaign.

38 posted on 12/13/2012 5:19:58 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: Finny
Heck, they defiled themselves.

That is sure true, it seems to be a serious situation, as the entire republican brand has been broken by this 2012 race.

39 posted on 12/13/2012 5:23:41 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: Theodore R.

A non-binding resolution exonerating Kimmel and Short and requesting that the president advance them to the ranks they’d lost passed the Senate but not the House. No president has acted on it.


40 posted on 12/13/2012 5:28:00 PM PST by x
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To: ansel12
Romney actually left the republican party during the 1980 campaign.

If you had any evidence of that you would have produced it by now.

41 posted on 12/13/2012 5:32:09 PM PST by x
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To: Luircin
Fine words and all, but what do you propose to do about it?
It’s not like people like me—26 years old, almost no money, no job, barely scraping up $100 per week, crushing debt, only have a computer because it’s how I earn what little money I can—can buy guns, ammo, and food to stockpile for the oncoming crash, like so many people are gleefully saying they’ll do.
And all the ‘I-told-you-so’s in the world aren’t going to fill the stomach of myself or my family.
So what do I do now?

Don't confuse politics and bad government with surviving, you aren't going through anything unusual, just get a job and keep struggling to improve your life everyday, with luck maybe you'll have it easier in 30 or 40 years.

You don't really want to hear all of our tough life stories do you? How would you like to be in your situation and not be 26, but instead be 56, or 66?

Judging from your words, my guess is that you are going to have serious problems in life.

42 posted on 12/13/2012 5:32:09 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: ansel12
Romney actually left the republican party during the 1980 campaign.

If you had any evidence of that you would have produced it by now.

And yet you go on repeating it with no evidence at all.

43 posted on 12/13/2012 5:32:59 PM PST by x
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To: Resettozero
Only conservatives have been accomplishing anything remotely positive for the USA since Reagan was first elected. Everything else the "Republicans" have worked for has been for political show.

I would submit that every presidential election since 1980 and every congressional election since 1994 has been "about the Republicans".

If they governed well -- and conservatively -- they won. If they governed poorly, they got defeated.

For example, in 2006, the Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the Democrats didn't win; Trent Lott and Denny Hastert and the Republicans lost. The GOP had proved itself unworthy of governing.

Examine every election after the above start points and tell me otherwise.

44 posted on 12/13/2012 5:33:24 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: neverdem
...loud voices of conservatism will not get plumb committee assignments,

Eric, Eric, Eric...Spellcheck is not your friend.

A fruit is called for, not a trade.

45 posted on 12/13/2012 5:37:06 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: chopperjc
Principled stands are fine. Food for thought though, a grand bargain last year as compared to what we are going to get this time. Which do you think would have been better?

Had we given away more last year, we would be giving away even more this year.

Weakness is weakness.

46 posted on 12/13/2012 5:41:23 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA; Ignorance on parade.)
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To: x

Gosh, the romneybots are showing up.


47 posted on 12/13/2012 5:42:04 PM PST by ansel12 (A.Coulter2005(truncated)Romney will never recover from his Court's create of a right to gay marriage)
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To: x
Romney: "Look, I was an independent during the time of Reagan-Bush. I’m not trying to take us back to Reagan-Bush."
48 posted on 12/13/2012 5:45:05 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: neverdem

The Nation has failed the Republicans, who, whatever they may be, aren’t Marxists like Obama and his gang.


49 posted on 12/13/2012 5:48:58 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: okie01

Your points are well-made and I do not refute them other than to say there is a difference between getting elected and doing good for the country. I’m not questioning the election successes of the Republican Party; I’ve been quite happy with some of them. I helped elect some of those members of the RP.

If you read what I wrote in that post with the assurance that I speak as a conservative American loyalist and not as a Republican Party member, past or present, then you can see that I’m more interested in what’s Constitutionally good for the USA, that builds up and maintains the foundations of our Nation, than in just one Party winning elections for power, prestige, money, and show.


50 posted on 12/13/2012 5:52:25 PM PST by Resettozero
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