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GOP leaders court social conservatives
Associated Press ^ | Jun 13, 2013 3:56 AM EDT | Steve Peoples

Posted on 06/13/2013 1:44:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai

The fight for the soul of the Republican Party intensifies this week as Republican leaders gather in Washington to court religious conservatives.

The Faith and Freedom Coalition, a group created by former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, is launching a conference Thursday designed to strengthen the evangelical influence in national politics while giving many religious conservative activists their first look at potential 2016 presidential candidates. …

Reed told The Associated Press that religious conservatives have a simple message for GOP leaders: “Contrary to the conventional wisdom, the pro-life, pro-family and pro-marriage positions that candidates have taken and will take in the future are not a liability at the ballot box; they’re an asset.”

The Republican National Committee does not necessarily agree. Just three months ago, (Reince) Priebus endorsed an RNC report that linked the future success of the Republican Party to more tolerant attitudes on social issues such as gay marriage. …

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: gop; gopestablishment; ralphreed; rino; socialconservatives
Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me; fool me hundreds of times, is there any shame left?
1 posted on 06/13/2013 1:44:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

People continuing to support the GOP deserve what they get.


2 posted on 06/13/2013 1:50:52 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: Olog-hai

Social Conservatives would do much better in their own party than wasting their conservative votes in the GOP


3 posted on 06/13/2013 1:52:14 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Don't Blame Me For La Raza Rubio....I Voted For Alex Snitker)
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To: Olog-hai

Ha. Is this a joke?


4 posted on 06/13/2013 1:52:48 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Norm Lenhart

“People continuing to support the GOP deserve what they get.”

Ayup. I’m done. I was actually “done” under “W” with his PATRIOT Act, DHS and TSA.


5 posted on 06/13/2013 1:54:45 AM PDT by Student0165
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To: Student0165

Let’s review our options one more time, it’s a copy-and-paste from my earlier posting:

So it’s safe to conclude that the Republican Party will soon fall apart. What should conservatives do to adapt? Perhaps consider these options:

A.) Form a Third Party (But too costly, time-consuming and could take decades before and if we become a formidable political party)
B.) Join the Democrat Party and form the conservative wing. At least this would give Barry and Hildabeast a few headaches.
C.) Do a Karl Rove-in-reverse. Hire ourselves out as Democrat political operatives and sabotage all their schemes. If Karl Rove could single-handedly destroy the GOP, I’m sure there a few Freepers smart enough to do the same to the Democrat Party.

So what’s the best option?


6 posted on 06/13/2013 1:59:22 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Olog-hai

“Court” social conservatives? That makes it sound like they need to lie.
Either these leaders are social conservatives or they aren’t.

This is plain weird.


7 posted on 06/13/2013 2:02:06 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: TexGrill

Work from the inside to take over the GOP.

It is a slow, multi-year process. But it *is* happening.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 2:02:10 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster

That would be more difficult than the Karl Rove-in-reverse strategy. It would be a cold day in hell before the GOP becomes a legitimate political party again. Maybe our chances are better with reforming the Democrats. At least they are being honest about their Leftism. Maybe its better to deal with devious rogues than with hypocritical rogues.


9 posted on 06/13/2013 2:07:40 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill

D) Let’em have it. Store up on beans, bullets & band aids, drop out & wait for total collapse, get involved in the next chapter. This one is lost.


10 posted on 06/13/2013 2:08:04 AM PDT by JParris
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To: JParris

D sounds like a good option. But I’m not into that storage thing. So I just picked up and left the USA in 2010. I haven’t visited the country ever since.


11 posted on 06/13/2013 2:12:27 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s a trap!


12 posted on 06/13/2013 2:14:29 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: FreedomPoster

Repeat every four years and wonder why the party gets PROVABLY more liberal. Then self justify your position. Then repeat in another 4 years.

Even children only lick the frozen flagpole once.


13 posted on 06/13/2013 2:16:29 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: TexGrill

It certainly isn’t to keep phoning and e-mailing Democrats just because you happen to be one of their constituents, as many of my friends do. Waste of time, energy, money, and brain power.

Just to get a one-size-fits-all response, or none at all? And of course no action.

Go for the middle-of-the-roaders, whatever area of the country they represent in Congress. Oh sorry, that involves being current on the news.

Also, “what is this person ever going to do for me?” (personally) doesn’t work on the national level. Get serious boys and girls (addressed to some people I know and anyone else like them). Do it for the right reasons and do it intelligently!


14 posted on 06/13/2013 2:25:07 AM PDT by firebrand
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To: Olog-hai
I'm saving myself for a pro America, pro family, pro Constitution, conservative suitor. I will have to pass on GOP. I used to date another named GOP but it was a very one sided relationship. I had to pay for everything, never got to pick our outings, was emotionally abused, treated poorly and then told that I was racist, homophobic, woman hating knuckle dragger. Odd that was never an issue when GOP wanted money, or my time or all the million of other things. So I'm done.

I am not sure what my plans are now. BTW - GOP is driving by my house, watching me, following me, hell I think GOP might even have my phone and house bugged. I am getting a little worried that GOP intends to do me harm but yet GOP wants my time and money again. Weird. I am beginning to think GOP is either insane, unstable or down right a spiteful DEM in GOP clothing.

15 posted on 06/13/2013 2:41:10 AM PDT by wgmalabama
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To: Olog-hai

Ralph Reed has been in the suck em in to the RINO fold business for a long time.

There are suckers born every minute including very religious ones God Bless Them.

As with all issues conservative the GOP-E blows smoke, makes tough speeches and passes symbolic legislation that gets shot down in federal courts.

They also gradually cave to the left on issues like gay marriage as an example.


16 posted on 06/13/2013 2:43:31 AM PDT by Nextrush (A BALANCED BUDGET NOW AND PRESIDENT SARAH PALIN ARE AT THE TOP OF MY LIST)
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To: TexGrill

Option A.

The GOP replaced the Whigs.

Anything can replace the GOP.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Cruz is the only man standing. Rand Paul and Rubio are sellouts.

You can’t reform criminals. Refreshing the tree of liberty is the only solution and the Founding Fathers once again are geniuses.


17 posted on 06/13/2013 2:50:22 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Nextrush

I recall meeting Ralph Reed at some political function in Texas when George W. Bush was governor of the state at the time. Since I’m good at reading eyes it was easy to spot him as a fraud. He’s weak, vain, greedy, incapable of deep thoughts, superficial, shallow, arrogant, knee-jerk follower, holds a deep-seated need to become part of the GOP Country Club Establishment, believes in God but only for appearances sake, and is devoid of a sincere passion to make the country better. And I made this conclusion even before saying hello to him. I confirmed my analysis after I said hello and then he wanted to talk about his golf game. I didn’t even ask him about golf he just volunteered that info.


18 posted on 06/13/2013 2:52:02 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: VRWC For Truth

Option A is the most idealistic but also the most challenging.


19 posted on 06/13/2013 2:54:04 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: TexGrill
So I just picked up and left the USA in 2010. I haven’t visited the country ever since.

Then why bother coming here?

20 posted on 06/13/2013 3:01:50 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron. No, they are both.)
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To: FreedomPoster

That’s what the liberals did.


21 posted on 06/13/2013 3:02:40 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: TexGrill

It’s the one that WORKS. Winners write history.


22 posted on 06/13/2013 3:03:22 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Olog-hai

GOP leaders court social conservatives
***Yeah, right. And the bear is catholic, and the pope poops in the woods, and the fireman’s house burns down every Tuesday due to Lightning.


23 posted on 06/13/2013 3:10:32 AM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: Olog-hai

I think the correct word is “stalk” not “court”.


24 posted on 06/13/2013 3:37:45 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: TexGrill

Gravitate to a third party... perhaps to the US Constitution Party and swell their numbers. The infrastructure for an existing party is already in place.


25 posted on 06/13/2013 4:03:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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To: TexGrill

All of the above! A, B and C, all those approaches need to be enacted with the mantra, “Why pass any new laws when current laws don’t mean anything!”


26 posted on 06/13/2013 4:15:00 AM PDT by PLM
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To: Olog-hai
The social issues is the only thing that separates the Republican party from all the others.

Remove the plank on social issues and the Republican party becomes the Liberaltarian party that can't get elected to anything anywhere.

Let the Demonrats be the party of queers, commies, and race baiting poverty pimps. Target them as exactly that and don't allow any Demonrat to claim to be anything but one or more of those three wings of the party.

27 posted on 06/13/2013 4:23:52 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Olog-hai

The GOP is moribund.


28 posted on 06/13/2013 4:57:51 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: Olog-hai

Interesting headline, that.If Republican leaders have to “court” social conservatives then they are outside of social conservatism. If social/economic conservatives i.e. real Conservatives, do not shed the Republican Party very soon and become a new party then conservatism has no future in America.


29 posted on 06/13/2013 4:59:33 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: FreedomPoster

Unfortunately Communism and Islam, Islamic Communism as it were, are progressing much faster than conservatives are taking over the GOP from the inside. Actually conservatives are NOT making progress in the Republoican Party. Most of the Tea Party candidates become establishment Progressive Republican officeholders.There is a small number that speaks forcefully but they are not enough and that number is only shrinking from ideological attrition, Marco Rubio being the most blatant example.


30 posted on 06/13/2013 5:04:38 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: JParris

That is what it is.


31 posted on 06/13/2013 5:05:36 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Olog-hai

Court? LMAO They ignore what I want, but call me for money on a regular basis. I tell them NO. Not much of a relationship.


32 posted on 06/13/2013 5:10:09 AM PDT by tioga
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To: ScottinVA

You’re idea sounds intruiging, but is it really doable? You have people like me who have been Republicans since birth so it would be hard to let go. But after witnessing their response to the NSA scandal I’m beginning to say ‘screw the GOPers.”


33 posted on 06/13/2013 6:27:45 AM PDT by TexGrill (Don't mess with Texas)
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To: Beagle8U

Social issues? It seems the GOP can’t even get the THAT part correct

How about Liberty, Freedom and the Constitution? Those/most ‘social issues’ become moot w/out Life and Liberty. But, oh, those ‘crazy’ (L) who want to XYZ; at least they are basing their platform on A1S8 and/or 9th/10th.

Stake it, chop of its head, burn it and nuke it from orbit...the GOP is dead and no friend to We the People nor the Constitution (if the current NSA fiasco didn’t give a clue).


34 posted on 06/13/2013 8:38:31 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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To: i_robot73

The fact remains that Liberaltarians can’t get elected to anything. Can’t get elected = there must be a reason for that = powerless.


35 posted on 06/13/2013 9:27:26 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

And yet your denigrate and blame THEM for the ills of today....

Let me know how ‘working to re-take the GOP’ is going for you. I’m sure the party will be re-taking the Senate right after amnesty is passed.


36 posted on 06/13/2013 10:12:44 AM PDT by i_robot73 (We hold that all individuals have the Right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives - LP.org)
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