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Party Wages War on GOP Voters
Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Mark Baisley

Posted on 01/14/2013 5:51:29 AM PST by Kaslin

The very quotable British novelist Samuel Butler observed that, “Self-preservation is the first law of nature.”  Reports coming from Washington seem to show that this instinct is increasingly demonstrated in a very short-sighted set of actions by institutional Republicans in light of recent successes where grassroots held their elected representatives’ feet to the fire; a fire fueled by the party platform.

Real Clear Politics has uncovered an organized, well-funded and concerted effort by Washington Republican insiders to circle the wagons around incumbents who may see primary challenges.  Scott Rasmussen described it in a headline as, “Republican Establishment Declares War on GOP Voters.”

Post-election analysis of November voting by Real Clear Politics and other pundits reveals a telling message from the behavior of the two most essential blocks of voters for Republican candidates, (1) Registered Unaffiliateds who voted for the Democrat, and (2) Registered Republicans who chose to not vote at all.  

According to Rasmussen’s monthly sampling taken throughout 2012, party affiliation among American voters averaged 36.29% Republican, 33.40% Democrat, and 30.30% for all others combined including Registered Unaffiliated voters.  So, if every voter cast a ballot for their own party’s nominee, Mitt Romney would be President, joined by a majority of fellow Republicans throughout most elections at every level across the states.

The Democratic Party’s attack messaging, like the “war against women” campaign, certainly hit their mark against Republican targets.  And anemic responses by Republican candidates did little to salvage potential votes from the unaffiliated electorate.

But the stats show that it was the Republican undervote that made the biggest difference in the outcome.  Millions of the party’s own simply did not vote, giving the 2.89% disadvantaged Democratic Party the opening that it needed to win.

While Republican Party leadership is evidently crafting a plan for its own perpetuity, a contrasting party platform has been authored by the rank and file that includes a distinct message of decentralized authority.  The mission statement as updated at the 2012 Republican National Convention reads, “Trust the people. Limit government. Respect federalism. Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed.”

Voters whose personal philosophy is to the right of the political spectrum respond to just this kind of inspiration.  What appears on the surface to be diverse communities of interest, like the Tea Party, liberty groups, and socially conservative minorities, are in reality the girl next door who was frequently overlooked by Grand Old Party leadership in 2012.  Their votes, combined with millions of other members from the usually reliable silent majority, seem to have been withheld in the general election mostly in response to a feeling of abandonment.

Seemingly unrelated, two personal achievement awards were announced this week, setting an intriguing example of contrasting principles for Washington leadership to take note.  The Father’s Day Council named Bill Clinton as Father of the Year for 2013.  At about the same time, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that nobody will be inducted this year.

The Father’s Day Council explains that their mission is “to promote the celebration, observation, and preservation of the holiday ... Father's Day by focusing on the value of good sound parenting.”  Parenting Magazine’s understandably incredulous response was, “Clinton is certainly a tremendously accomplished man who has used his post-presidency to affect much positive change in the world. But father of the year?”  The reality is that the Father’s Day Council routinely disregards its own mission statement in favor of selecting a high profile celebrity who will bring in the bucks at their annual awards luncheon.  I hope they serve tongue in order to save the attendees from having to bite their own.

The membership of the Baseball Hall of Fame seems to respect their stated mission to “preserve the sport’s history, honor excellence within the game and make a connection between the generations of people who enjoy baseball.”  Cooperstown announced that, “There were 569 ballots cast, the third highest total in the history of the voting, but none of the 37 candidates in the 2013 vote gained mention on the required 75 percent for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.”  The disillusionment created by performance enhancing drugs have put Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa on hold while the sport enters its understandable phase of deliberation.

Washington Republicans will be making an enormous mistake if they choose to isolate themselves from the membership with immunity mechanisms in order to chase after the elusive hearts of unaffiliated voters.  A split party can have long-lasting consequences.  Here’s one; President Obama’s appointments will likely control every Supreme Court decision from year 2016 through 2040.


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1 posted on 01/14/2013 5:51:34 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
“Trust the people. Limit government. Respect federalism. Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed.”

Not too much to ask, is it ?

2 posted on 01/14/2013 5:56:44 AM PST by onona (KCCO, and mind the gap)
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To: Kaslin
RE :”According to Rasmussen’s monthly sampling taken throughout 2012, party affiliation among American voters averaged 36.29% Republican, 33.40% Democrat, and 30.30% for all others combined including Registered Unaffiliated voters. So, if every voter cast a ballot for their own party’s nominee, Mitt Romney would be President, joined by a majority of fellow Republicans throughout most elections at every level across the states.
The Democratic Party’s attack messaging, like the “war against women” campaign, certainly hit their mark against Republican targets. And anemic responses by Republican candidates did little to salvage potential votes from the unaffiliated electorate.
But the stats show that it was the Republican undervote that made the biggest difference in the outcome. Millions of the party’s own simply did not vote, giving the 2.89% disadvantaged Democratic Party the opening that it needed to win”

O and Dems had real get-out-the vote efforts in key swing states while stupid Rs were too busy patting themselves on the back telling each other how O was toast, till judgement day=election day.

“No Mitt, dont bring up Bengazi, you have the election in the bag, Rush said so”

Besides, Mitt got more votes than McCain did. If these non- voting Rs were in Red states that R won anyway then it had no effect.

3 posted on 01/14/2013 6:01:13 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: Kaslin

The Republicans have a communication problem. They just can’t seem to get their message across to voters.

Voters still perceive them as the party of big business and the wealthy.

Of course, maybe the voters ARE understanding their message.

==

See a Pubbie. Watch him fold.


4 posted on 01/14/2013 6:09:10 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: onona
“Not too much to ask, is it ? “

From professional politicians, yes. As I have ranted about for years, the GOP-E hates conservatives. Conservatives expect their elected officials to:

“Trust the people. Limit government. Respect federalism. Guarantee opportunity, not outcomes. Adhere to the rule of law. Reaffirm that our rights come from God, are protected by government, and that the only just government is one that truly governs with the consent of the governed.”

The professional politicians ALL think their ‘careers’ are much more important than the hope, fears, wants, needs and desires of us little people.

5 posted on 01/14/2013 6:11:50 AM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: onona

It is of the GOP elites, they’re no different that democrats.


6 posted on 01/14/2013 6:14:15 AM PST by izzatzo
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To: sickoflibs

Here at Maine’s state convention, over half the delegates were liberty leaning republicans. Over half.

The old guard,mainstream,myopic party leaders went to great lengths in both words and actions to make them feel as unwelcome as possible.

After the state convention these liberty candidates were ridiculed and vilified by these same republicans at meetings, fundraisers, and in the press.

Think about this. Half the active grassroots delegates were told to go to h*ll.

And we are surprised to find they stayed home on election day ?


7 posted on 01/14/2013 6:15:57 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: TomGuy
Rush Goes On the Record with Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren (Dec 2011)

The Republican Party is trying to do something in this primary that is unprecedented. They're trying to split the conservative vote and win the primary with a moderate, with Romney. It's the other way around. You consolidate your base and then you move to the center in the general. The Republican establishment has decided they don't want any part of conservatism. And this is really not new. People are surprised to hear this, but the Republican Party formative event with conservatism is Goldwater's landslide defeat. That's what they think of when they think conservative. They don't think Reagan. They think Goldwater.

They believe what the inside-the-Beltway philosophy is about conservatives. They're racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, Southern hayseed hicks. They're pro-lifers. They're embarrassing to have to go to the convention with them. And they're just embarrassed to have those kind of people in the party. They're dumb. They're not erudite. They're not educated in Ivy League schools. We'll take their votes on election day, but we really don't want to hang around with them. We don't want anybody in Washington thinking that we're really that close to them and aligned with them. So in the process -- you know, it's a very sophisticated electorate. The Republican primary voter can sense that the Republican Party really doesn't like them, really doesn't want them, thinks that they are the route to defeat. That's the problem in a nutshell. The Republican establishment thinks that a conservative nominee is the route to defeat because they think Goldwater landslides are going to happen because they believe what the popular misconception the left has created of conservatives -- they think everybody thinks that.


What Rush doesn't say is that it was those GOP moderates who set out to see Goldwater defeated and they were led by George Romney who made his hatred of constitutionalsts very clear when he sought to have them ousted from the party.

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8 posted on 01/14/2013 6:25:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like they are preparing to bite the hand that feeds them.

There is a viable national party waiting to evolve out of voters the GOP has abandoned and Liberty loving Americans. At the end of the day, Americans have allowed the Democrats and Republicans to divide us more or less along lines/issues that aren’t essential to our long term prosperity.

The new Liberty (or Freedom) party should also make the media impotent by not listening. The media only has power when we listen, care and react to what they say.


9 posted on 01/14/2013 6:28:23 AM PST by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: maine yankee
RE :”Here at Maine’s state convention, over half the delegates were liberty leaning republicans. Over half.
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...And we are surprised to find they stayed home on election day ?”

I said that Rs in Red states staying home didnt matter, but the same goes for blue states like Maine or my state Maryland that picked a loser as GOP governor candidate, were going O anyway.
Didnt they both just pass gay marriage at the state level?

OH, WI, PA, FL, NM, maybe Rs should have focused on these like O did.

What idiot R in MA would stay home when Liz Warren is running as the Dem?

10 posted on 01/14/2013 6:30:10 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: TomGuy

“The Republicans have a communication problem. They just can’t seem to get their message across to voters.

Voters still perceive them as the party of big business and the wealthy.

Of course, maybe the voters ARE understanding their message.”

You make an interesting point. I thought that the GOP just didn’t have a message. Perhaps it is as you say. The message is out there, and people don’t like it.


11 posted on 01/14/2013 6:43:18 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: IamConservative

“Sounds like they are preparing to bite the hand that feeds them.”

The GOP is in an incredibly bad position, and they seem determined to make it worse. After watching how feckless the Republicans are in dealing with Obama, I’m done. I have no incentive to vote Republican. Obama is going to trash America anyway, why elect some Republicans simply so they can be the foil? (And get wealthy in the process).


12 posted on 01/14/2013 6:47:43 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: sickoflibs

I think the biggest mistake was to move so much effort to PA so late in the game.


13 posted on 01/14/2013 6:47:43 AM PST by Kadric
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To: onona
Not too much to ask, is it ?

There won't be any good solutions while victims claim their answer is in restitution or compensation. The black victim group has shown this is a powerful way to get goodies, and other groups have jumped on board - including women.

If you can consolidate power, then get access to the reigns of that power, why would you want things like equal outcomes and God-given rights?

As John Adams observed:
"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

14 posted on 01/14/2013 6:49:02 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: onona
Not too much to ask, is it ?

Nope.

America's Party Platform

15 posted on 01/14/2013 6:51:11 AM PST by EternalVigilance (It's amazing how expensive "free" can be.)
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To: Kadric
RE :”I think the biggest mistake was to move so much effort to PA so late in the game.”

Remember those cheering crowds there in PA shown on FNC ?That helped convince many here it was 'in the bag'

Romney lost WI yet state Rs picked up seats.
MR ran a safe ‘don't take risks because we are winning’ strategy, yet his 47% blunder was one of the biggest.

And Sunnu-nus comments after the first debate didnt help much. This guy is downright stupid.

16 posted on 01/14/2013 6:57:21 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: TomGuy
Of course,maybe the voters ARE understanding their message.

They understand it, it's just that more and more people aren't buying the bulls**t anymore. Seriously...the idea that mitt romney, the architect of obamacare and the man who banned gun ownership would repeal the individual mandate and not infringe on gun rights didn't pass the giggle test unless you were a koolaid drinker or gullible child. And a running mate who voted for the biggest expansion of entitlements ever and bailouts for banksters put to rest any lie of them being fiscally responsible. They simply had no credibility.

17 posted on 01/14/2013 6:58:50 AM PST by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: Tupelo
The professional politicians ALL think their ‘careers’ are much more important than the hope, fears, wants, needs and desires of us little people.

The real problem is we all fall into the same trap. We send our people to Washington to fix the problem. Conservatives just identify a different problem or a different fix.

We need to send people to Washington to make their jobs irrelevant. I'd give the maximum allowed by law (or that I have to give) to the first candidate who said, "If I do my job correctly, you won't give a rat's behind who you send to Washington after me, because Congress and the President won't have any power when I'm done there."

Good luck with that.

18 posted on 01/14/2013 7:04:17 AM PST by ArGee (Reality - what a concept.)
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To: IamConservative
Sounds like they are preparing to bite the hand that feeds them.

Uh, no. They like the hand that feeds them just fine: Corporate money from inside the beltway, money "given" to both parties. From the perspective of the consultants who run national campaigns, conservatives are notoriously stingy. "Screw 'em." The consultants make their money on a percentage of how much is spent, not on whether they win.

Sadly, conservatives are tapped out, paying taxes to support everybody else because of the government said "somebody else" paid for. Hence, the rule, if you want to elect a conservative, dig deep, into your wallet. Nobody else will.

19 posted on 01/14/2013 7:19:46 AM PST by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Kadric
I think the biggest mistake was to move so much effort to PA so late in the game.

I have posted similar listings a few times:

Kerry - Theresa takes over the campaign. Kerry loses.
McCain - Cindy takes over the campaign. McCain loses.
Gingrich - Calista takes over primary campaign. Gingrich loses.
Romney - Tagg and Ann take over campaign. Romney loses.

I see a pattern. Maybe, running a political campaign should left to the professional political campaign advisors.

==

Part of Romney's loss was due to his going into cruise mode after winning the first debate. In the second debate, Crowley debating him on Benghazi caused him to shrink. In the third debate, he just phoned it in.
20 posted on 01/14/2013 7:37:24 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: onona

No, it isn’t. We’ve been sending that message to the Party for years...only a few have listened.

I want to switch my registration in Independent..but Pennsylvania has closed primaries...and that’s the last place I have a chance to make a vote count. And it has served me well for sending campaign contributions.

If my candidate doesn’t get the nod, I stop contributing right then and there. I’m keeping my options open for the time being...just in case there’s a special election and/or for 2014.


21 posted on 01/14/2013 7:51:11 AM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: Kaslin
I read a great article by Sheriff Jim R. Schwiesow, Ret. written February 4, 2011 from "NewsWithViews.com" and here's part of it.

Take a good long look at where "Establishment Republicans" ALWAYS take us.




22 posted on 01/14/2013 7:56:41 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: TomGuy

“Of course, maybe the voters ARE understanding their message.”

The message with Romney was - pro-abortion, pro-gay marrage, pro-nationalized health care, anti-gun, bigger government. Lots of folks on this forum tried to tell the establishment voters among us that this was unacceptable, but were roundly insulted and dismissed as supporting Obama. We understood the Republican message just fine. Maybe it was the Romney supporters who did not understand what they were voting for.


23 posted on 01/14/2013 9:00:49 AM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Kaslin
Registered Republicans who chose to not vote at all.

I'm a registered Republican who voted in every race in which a conservative was running - so I left the presidential boxes blank. Did I get counted in the "chose to not vote at all" category, I wonder?

24 posted on 01/14/2013 9:11:36 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: cripplecreek

Romney, Lodge, Scranton—seems like we never can get rid of these losers.


25 posted on 01/14/2013 9:21:25 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Kaslin

No voter ID required, massive increase in absentee voter ballot submissions, electronic voting machines and electronic vote counting machines programmable to desired out come, more votes in precincts than registered voters.......... How can anyone honestly claim that the 2012 post election voter data supports the outcome? Why aren’t these same folks researching and reporting on the OBVOUIS real problem of vote fraud? Why aren’t the conservative leaders in DC and around the country voicing concern about the massive vote fraud? Corruption rules the US. The silent mantra known to all politicians, judges and reporters in the US today; Keep your mouth shut and stay healthy.


26 posted on 01/14/2013 9:53:34 AM PST by drypowder
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To: Kaslin

Romney lost the election the day his idiot No. 2 man Eric Fehrnstrom said after the primaries “Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up and restart all over again.”

No denials from Romney; no firing the moron.

So from that point forward in the campaign, many of the high-information Republican voters said “What the hell - Romney is going to be just like the other RINOs. You can’t believe anything he will say”.

Not that the loss bothered Fehrnstrom: his consultant company was paid $millions by the Romney campaign - that’s the checks you folks sent in thinking it would beat Obama.


27 posted on 01/14/2013 11:50:20 AM PST by oldbill
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To: TomGuy
The Republicans have a communication problem. They just can’t seem to get their message across to voters.

On the night Clint Eastwood gave his speech to the Republican convention supporting Mitt Romney, and the GOP ran a 30-minute video about Romney "introducing" him to the voters, TIME magazine talking head Mark Halperin ( son of Pentagon Papers traitor Morton Halperin) went on both Gwen Ifill's PBS convention-coverage show and Charlie Rose an hour and a half later (or so) to belittle Eastwood's "empty chair" speech as a "Bayonne supper club routine" and to make a couple of confident predictions.

One, said Halperin, the public would never see either the GOP video or Eastwood's speech; the Media would see to it. The major networks had trimmed convention coverage to exclude them, and the voters would see only Romney's bare acceptance speech, shorn of its context.

Next, he said, any message put out by the GOP or Romney would be "spun and refracted" through a host of prisms and Media "takes" into jumbled incoherence. No clear message, and no crisply-articulated message would reach the voters from the Republican Party.

Think about that one -- he was right, the JournoListers made it happen.

Voters still perceive them as the party of big business and the wealthy.

How's that possible, after TARP, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, and years of Bush-family-modulated access capitalism? < /s >

28 posted on 01/14/2013 12:15:14 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

an organized, well-funded and concerted effort by Washington Republican insiders to circle the wagons around incumbents who may see primary challenges.
______________________________________

well they can cirle the hand carts all they want but it was not the fault of the “GOP voters” in Nov 2012 anymore than it would be the fault of the voters in 2014 if the GOP try to force unsavory nominees on us again...

Willard was not the right guy to run in 2012 nor would any GOP inside liberal be in 2014..

Willard was and is for abortion, gay marriage, AMNESTY, big government, Cap N Trade, global warming and disrespected our troops..

We need a Conservative..a real one...

not a guy who plays one badly on TV...

you want our votes in 2014 ???

well give us someone to vote for...

this is still America...

we still have the right to choose...


29 posted on 01/14/2013 12:20:01 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SharpRightTurn
Romney, Lodge, Scranton—seems like we never can get rid of these losers.

Willkie, Dewey, Stassen, Dole
Pubbie RiNO's sure get old.
Give me Sarah and her gun;
She'll go up there and git 'er done.
Burma Shave.

30 posted on 01/14/2013 12:20:45 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: TomGuy
I see a pattern. Maybe, running a political campaign should left to the professional political campaign advisors.

Like Karl Rove. And Ed Rollins.

Oh, yeah. Right. Thanks for that.

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31 posted on 01/14/2013 12:23:07 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Yosemitest
Why do RiNO "official portraits" always look like they were shot for a funeral-home ad?
32 posted on 01/14/2013 12:29:18 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: brownsfan
Obama is going to trash America anyway, why elect some Republicans simply so they can be the foil? (And get wealthy in the process).

Well, there you put your finger on it right at the end.

Barky works for the GOP as a scarecrow. Big scary Barky and Bill Ayers's death squads scare all sorts of money out of frightened businessmen, which rains on all sorts of outstreched RiNO palms -- lobbyists, attorneys, politicians, "professional campaign consultants".

33 posted on 01/14/2013 2:41:36 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: IamConservative
The new Liberty (or Freedom) party should also make the media impotent by not listening. The media only has power when we listen, care and react to what they say.

Actually, third parties are too easy for the media to ignore, which was part of their strategy last summer. They shut out Clint Eastwood and the Romney video which was very well done and could have drawn a lot of independents -- they saw to it that those assets were never seen by the People. How do I know that? One of the Mediabots, Mark Halperin (chief political correspondent for TIME and son of Pentagon Papers traitor Morton Halperin -- he's not just some yayhoo with a 15-newspaper byline) said so. He said it on Charlie Rose, where all the heavy hitters go to talk to the public. Presidents and prime ministers want to see Charlie -- he's already interviewed a President or two (he interviewed Associate Justice Antonin Scalia a few weeks ago), and one day I'm sure he'll get the ultimate interviews: Queen Elizabeth and the Pope.

But Halperin told Charlie Rose the Media would make sure those assets -- the Clint Eastwood "empty chair" speech and the Romney campaign video -- would never be seen by the People, and he was right. Like the man said, it ain't bragging if you can do it, and he and his co-conspirators in Media saw to it.

So if they could do that to a major party and its candidate, what kind of quick work do you think they'd make of a new party?

34 posted on 01/14/2013 3:08:21 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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