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Beware of Those Advising GOP To Unilaterally Disarm
Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2013 | David Limbaugh

Posted on 01/22/2013 5:09:52 AM PST by Kaslin

Isn't it ironic that Republicans keep receiving advice to be more conciliatory and work with President Obama while President Obama not only is receiving the opposite advice but fully intends to be even more divisive in his second term?

On "Meet the Press" last week, former Secretary of State Colin Powell said: "There's also a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the (Republican) party. What do I mean by that? What I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities."

That is outrageously false, but lest you think hypersensitivity to race is all that's bothering Powell, he made clear that he also has a problem with the GOP's policies. He said: "In recent years, there's been a significant shift to the right, and we have seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns." A shift to the right? You've got to be kidding. Why isn't Powell concerned about Obama's uber-leftism?

"Republican" Powell also said that the GOP has become the party of the rich and that it needs to address the issues of education, immigration and climate change before the next election -- you know, to imitate Barack Obama's party of moderation. Here again, it's disgraceful that Powell has endorsed Obama's class warfare slander.

This past Sunday, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on "Face the Nation," was only slightly more charitable toward her own party. She said, "The Republican Party certainly has to stop turning off large segments of the population."

But if "turning off segments of society" is bad politics, how do these long-respected Republican figures explain away the fact that President Obama won re-election with precisely that strategy? Why are they not directing their advice toward him, as well, saying that if he wants to have a successful second term, he should work with Republicans instead of relentlessly demonizing them?

The liberal media also give Obama a pass for his partisanship -- and go further. They're encouraging him to be even more divisive and combative.

Slate magazine recently advised: "Go for the Throat! Why if he wants to transform American politics, Obama must declare war on the Republican Party." The article said: "Obama's only remaining option is to pulverize. Whether he succeeds in passing legislation or not, given his ambitions, his goal should be to delegitimize his opponents."

"That's just a progressive publication," you say. "Obama is not about to pursue such a militant course."

Oh? Well, I guess you missed it when major media figures Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' "Face the Nation," and John Dickerson, CBS' political director, recommended, according to The Daily Caller, "an aggressive political strategy in dealing with Republicans."

You also must not have seen Obama's top political aide, David Plouffe, on CNN's "State of the Union," say that the only way to move forward is to split the Republican Party into factions in time to impact the 2014 midterm elections.

Meanwhile, the reputedly hyper-partisan GOP House members met in Williamsburg, Va., to discuss political policy and strategy. But did they live up to their reputation as truculent meanies? Did they scheme to reciprocate Obama's partisan hostility and his obvious strategy to pick fights on the budget, guns, immigration and Cabinet nominees?

Apparently not. The Daily Caller reports the Republicans "agreed to back away from a looming debt-ceiling clash with Obama. Instead, they ... decided to emphasize a cautious strategy that scaled back their goals to ensure they keep their House majority in 2014." Just swell.

Personally, I don't understand how it makes sense to conclude that Republicans lost the presidential election because they were too partisan and too extreme, when Obama won while being conspicuously partisan and quite extreme. Conservatives, contrary to Powell's assertion, didn't even present an unambiguously conservative message and bent over backward to play nice, whereas Obama's message was unapologetically leftist, and his (and Biden's) personal approach was anything but nice. (Remember the debates?)

Likewise, I don't understand the argument that the Republicans' path to future victory is to move to the center, whereas Obama's is to be as far left as his leftist heart desires. Besides, conservative ideas are anything but extreme, especially when viewed through the prism of America's founding principles.

While I flat out reject the spurious charge that the Republican Party or its policies are racist, I'm all for Republicans reaching out to minorities, as long as it doesn't involve phony pandering or abandoning their free market principles and their commitment to fiscal solvency, equal opportunity and equal protection under the law. Such outreach is easier said than done, however, given a president and an unfriendly media who are continually misrepresenting the GOP as racist. At the very least, the party must become more adept at combating Democratic racial and class warfare.

Despite all the "well-meaning" advice from disaffected former GOP leaders and an unloving media, Republicans should honor their conservative party platform as if they believe in it rather than become timid mini-statists as their well-wishers are urging.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barackobama; colinpowell; gop; lamestreammedia; racism

1 posted on 01/22/2013 5:10:08 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The GOP has been moderated into a coma. Its time for the “moderates” to moderate the party that actually needs it.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 5:16:59 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

It’s time for moderate GOPers to leave the Republican party to the Conservatives, move over t the democrat party and get rid of the lefties.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 5:23:03 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I own a weapon to protect my family from those wanting to take that weapon away.)
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To: Kaslin

The GOP actually IS the aprty of the rich, and compared to the rest of the world, individually speaking, most Americans are rich. so, the GOP needs to make the point that they are the party of all Americans, but they won’t, and maybe they can’t. Pop culture has a majority of
Americans convinced that they are poor.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 5:28:38 AM PST by Daveinyork (."Trusting government with power and money is like trusting teenaged boys with whiskey and car keys,)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

The first Bush destroyed the conservative movement.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 5:29:31 AM PST by stockpirate (Sen. John Kerry belonged to the terrorist group VVAW.)
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To: Kaslin

The author misses that point that the past two years Obama play acted like he was reaching out to Rs so he could accuse them of rejecting everything.
He found that an effective tool in getting re-elected, and getting House Rs to give in to crappy deals.

Having got re-elected it looks like O calling for all out war against Rs, his way or the high way, get americans to demand that the GOP do his bidding.

Time will tell what his real play is.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 5:32:51 AM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to O is NO principle!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

We’ve got democrats openly calling for the political extermination of the GOP and the “moderate republicans” are calling us the extremists for trying to protect the Constitution.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 5:33:56 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

A black man was admonishing people on tv yesterday to “support our President”. - Well, where the President doesn’t contradict the written Word of God; I’ll support him. Where he does, I won’t. - Also, Obama speaks so much “teleprompterese” and says one thing today and something totally opposite tomorrow. So, where the clarion call is not clear, but muddled with contradiction; define “support” of the President.


8 posted on 01/22/2013 5:36:25 AM PST by Twinkie (JOHN 3:16)
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To: cripplecreek
We’ve got democrats openly calling for the political extermination of the GOP

Looks like FreeRepublic has an infestation of many rats in here

9 posted on 01/22/2013 5:39:46 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I’m not a fan of the 3rd party option because I’ve got a pretty good congressman but I can certainly understand the anger at the GOP as a whole.

Conservatives can’t expect miracles if they aren’t willing to work to make them happen. Look at the Michigan miracles lately, they wouldn’t have happened without tea partiers being fully engaged and active from bottom to top.


10 posted on 01/22/2013 5:48:56 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

To me a third party option is very questionable as there are so many parties that claim to be conservative it would be hard to decide which one to choose. What I think the problem is, that we can not, or will not unite.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 6:12:13 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: cripplecreek

To me a third party option is very questionable as there are so many parties that claim to be conservative it would be hard to decide which one to choose. What I think the problem is, that we can not, or will not unite.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 6:12:26 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: cripplecreek
Conservatives can’t expect miracles if they aren’t willing to work to make them happen.

Exactly. If the conservatives can take back the GOP, they can take back America.

13 posted on 01/22/2013 6:16:02 AM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: Kaslin

I resigned from the GOP 2 years ago. I am now a registered Conservative.


14 posted on 01/22/2013 6:17:54 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Children, pets, and slaves get taken care of. Free Men take care of themselves.)
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To: Kaslin
I look down upon stupid people of all colors equally, and I am furious that morons of any color are allowed to vote, and that they are being organized and herded into voting Democratic by a handful of power hungry communists hell bent on destroying our Republic.
15 posted on 01/22/2013 6:18:49 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Kaslin

RE “Colon” Powell: Mark Twain once said something to the effect that if you picked up a starving dog and made it prosperous, it would not bite you—This being the principal difference between a dog and a man.


16 posted on 01/22/2013 6:37:36 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: Kaslin

My wife said she heard that Condi Rice just signed up with CBS.I haven’t been able to find anything on that.


17 posted on 01/22/2013 7:10:16 AM PST by Rappini (Veritas vos Liberabit)
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To: Rappini

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2980214/posts

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2980133/posts


18 posted on 01/22/2013 7:15:52 AM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Rappini
Yes that is correct. She signed up as contributor with SeeBS News

Condoleezza Rice hired by CBS News

19 posted on 01/22/2013 7:18:39 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
Mark Levin has come out against a third party, saying it will offer Dims power for decades to come. As frustrating as the GOPe are, and as hard as it is to hear Mark *sticking with* the Pubbies, he has a valid point.

Conservatives must obtain and maintain the stronghold of this party, to overcome the parasitic socialism infecting both parties. How we do that exactly, I'm not sure. Palin, Rand, West and other true conservatives may hold the key.

20 posted on 01/22/2013 8:09:49 AM PST by Jane Long (Philippians 2:11)
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To: Jane Long
We need to stay registered R's as we can participate in the primary process. That is where the teaparty is the most successful, why do you think the teaparty is getting hit from both sides? We are effective!

Yes, sometimes we make mistakes electing a weak candidate one who cannot take the arrows and vindictive words from everyone, the D's the R's, the press, their opponent. Being a registered conservative, constitution or libertarian has no power in the primaries, even though we are all of those we need to make the change from within the R party and we are!

21 posted on 01/22/2013 8:49:27 AM PST by thirst4truth (www.Believer.com)
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To: Kaslin

I couldn’t stand “Daddy” Bush. But I was told W is more like his mother. Then I learn, after the 2004 election, that “Momma” Bush is a phony, too, when she insulted Palin and therefy insulting the rest of us. These are the Rockefeller republicans WE put into office. And they gave us Rice, Powell, Roberts et al.

The republican party has moved way to the left. But Powell is saying he went to work for them when they were way to the right. Yet they invited him in.


22 posted on 01/22/2013 9:21:43 AM PST by Terry Mross (The Bush party never was the Reagan party.)
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To: Kaslin

The gop in congress are willing to anything to keep their majority. And their motive is not for the good of the country. They simply want the perks and prestige. If they truly cared about the country they’d get out of the way and let the democrat party destroy itself.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 9:33:45 AM PST by Terry Mross (The Bush party never was the Reagan party.)
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