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How to Lose the House Without Really Trying
The American Spectator ^ | 9-30-13 | David Catron

Posted on 09/30/2013 8:57:10 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

The latest GOP compromise on defunding Obamacare may well lead to a midterm massacre.

During a crucial battle of the military campaign that ultimately propelled him to supreme power in Rome, Julius Caesar put himself and his outnumbered army in such a vulnerable position that he briefly considered suicide. He and most of his troops survived, however, because the man commanding the opposing force was too timid to take a tactical risk. Afterward, surprised to find himself alive and his army relatively intact, Caesar made an observation that the leadership of the GOP would do well to remember: “Today the enemy would have won, if they had a commander who was a winner.”

I was reminded of those words when I heard Senator Ted Cruz tell Rush Limbaugh that, in the Republican Conference, “We don’t even talk about winning a fight … they don’t believe we can win.” This defeatism has not been lost on the GOP’s conservative base, which has been waiting with increasing impatience for the party to do something — anything — about Obamacare. Sadly, the Republicans can’t shake off their pessimism long enough to permanently defund that pernicious program. The result may well be that the voters who restored them to the House majority in 2010 will sit out the 2014 midterms.

This contradicts the conventional Beltway wisdom, of course. The same geniuses who told us in 2012 that Mitt Romney should get the GOP presidential nomination because he was “electable” now assure us that the voters will punish the Republicans if they defund Obamacare and force a partial government shutdown. In fact, Romney himself did an interview last Friday in which he articulated the self-defeating diffidence of the Republican establishment:

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blackhelicopters; boehner; chemtrails; cruz; faceonmars; fff; obamacare; reid; waterfluoridation Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: afraidfortherepublic

Look for a HUGH blowback in 2014.


2 posted on 09/30/2013 8:58:08 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I expect the Democrats to own the entire government after 2014. Then things will really happen.


3 posted on 09/30/2013 9:00:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Biggirl

Who posts this gibberish! Last time the GOP gained seats....this is a BS story!


4 posted on 09/30/2013 9:02:19 AM PDT by dpetty121263
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To: ClearCase_guy

you forgot your sarcasm tag


5 posted on 09/30/2013 9:03:08 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: ClearCase_guy

Man you must be a troll..if anything we will gain seats!


6 posted on 09/30/2013 9:03:18 AM PDT by dpetty121263
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To: afraidfortherepublic
T.E.A Party Conservatives are sick and tired of holding their noses and voting for faux conservatives like MeCain & Romney.

I am sick of it and will not do it again!!!

Even Sarah Palin could remove the stench from MeCain. And remember is was MeCain's campaign manager Steve Schmidt that put her down every chance he got. ..and still does as of last week.

7 posted on 09/30/2013 9:03:43 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: dpetty121263

In 2010, the GOP did not go out of the way to alienate their base as they are doing this time.


8 posted on 09/30/2013 9:04:44 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Nifster
Not at all. I think the GOP is dead. A lot of Conservatives will not vote Republican anymore. The GOP-e have done great damage to themselves, and I do not think the party will ever recover.

You may disagree, but I am no troll. I'm a Conservative and I do not vote for Liberals.

9 posted on 09/30/2013 9:05:26 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Biggirl

You can’t be SERIES!!


10 posted on 09/30/2013 9:06:02 AM PDT by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: ClearCase_guy

The Karl Roves of the world did such a thorough job with the gerrymandering after 2010, I doubt this will happen.

Still I have no incentive to pull myself away from grass cutting, fishing, or reruns of Storage Wars to go out and vote for Republicans.


11 posted on 09/30/2013 9:06:17 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ClearCase_guy

They won’t own the red states...


12 posted on 09/30/2013 9:06:48 AM PDT by epluribus_2 (he had the best m om - ever.)
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To: szweig

I see a lot of conservatives running and bucking the GOP-e.


13 posted on 09/30/2013 9:07:02 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Having the dems in charge will only do further damage to our country. I will vote GOP if I am voting for a Cruz or a Paul or a Palin.

To surrender without a fight is insane. I refuse to surrender. You had better join those taking our party and our country back otherwise you will have Pelosi and Reid and Obama forever after


14 posted on 09/30/2013 9:08:41 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Obama’s phone call to the Iranian talking head is just another distraction to keep Congress from defunding Obamacare.

As usual, the 24/7 Media falls for it hook-line-and-sinker.

On the list of future distractions from defunding Obamacare are meetings with various Heads of State in DC and China.

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MAKE DC LISTEN: TELL YOUR SENATORS, ESPECIALLY THE DEMOCRATS !

State .... Senator .... Party .... Phone

AK Mark Begich D (202) 224-3004
AK Lisa Murkowski R (202) 224-6665
AL Jeff Sessions R (202) 224-4124
AL Richard C. Shelby R (202) 224-5744
AR John Boozman R (202) 224-4843
AR Mark L. Pryor D (202) 224-2353
AZ Jeff Flake R (202) 224-4521
AZ John McCain R (202) 224-2235
CA Barbara Boxer D (202) 224-3553
CA Dianne Feinstein D (202) 224-3841
CO Michael F. Bennet D (202) 224-5852
CO Mark Udall D (202) 224-5941
CT Richard Blumenthal D (202) 224-2823
CT Christopher Murphy D (202) 224-4041
DE Thomas R. Carper D (202) 224-2441
DE Christopher A. Coons D (202) 224-5042
FL Bill Nelson D (202) 224-5274
FL Marco Rubio R (202) 224-3041
GA Saxby Chambliss R (202) 224-3521
GA Johnny Isakson R (202) 224-3643
HI Mazie K. Hirono D (202) 224-6361
HI Brian Schatz D (202) 224-3934
IA Chuck Grassley R (202) 224-3744
IA Tom Harkin D (202) 224-3254
ID Mike Crapo R (202) 224-6142
ID James E. Risch R (202) 224-2752
IL Richard J. Durbin D (202) 224-2152
IL Mark Kirk R (202) 224-2854
IN Daniel Coats R (202) 224-5623
IN Joe Donnelly D (202) 224-4814
KS Jerry Moran R (202) 224-6521
KS Pat Roberts R (202) 224-4774
KY Mitch McConnell R (202) 224-2541
KY Rand Paul R (202) 224-4343
LA Mary L. Landrieu D (202) 224-5824
LA David Vitter R (202) 224-4623
MA Edward Markey D (202) 224-2742
MA Elizabeth Warren D (202) 224-4543
MD Benjamin L. Cardin D (202) 224-4524
MD Barbara A. Mikulski D (202) 224-4654
ME Susan M. Collins R (202) 224-2523
ME Angus S. King I (202) 224-5344
MI Carl Levin D (202) 224-6221
MI Debbie Stabenow D (202) 224-4822
MN Al Franken D (202) 224-5641
MN Amy Klobuchar D (202) 224-3244
MO Roy Blunt R (202) 224-5721
MO Claire McCaskill D (202) 224-6154
MS Thad Cochran R (202) 224-5054
MS Roger F. Wicker R (202) 224-6253
MT Max Baucus D (202) 224-2651
MT Jon Tester D (202) 224-2644
NC Richard Burr R (202) 224-3154
NC Kay R. Hagan D (202) 224-6342
ND Heidi Heitkamp D (202) 224-2043
ND John Hoeven R (202) 224-2551
NE Deb Fischer R (202) 224-6551
NE Mike Johanns R (202) 224-4224
NH Kelly Ayotte R (202) 224-3324
NH Jeanne Shaheen D (202) 224-2841
NJ Jeff Chiesa R (202) 224-3224
NJ Robert Menendez D (202) 224-4744
NM Martin Heinrich D (202) 224-5521
NM Tom Udall D (202) 224-6621
NV Dean Heller R (202) 224-6244
NV Harry Reid D (202) 224-3542
NY Kirsten E. Gillibrand D (202) 224-4451
NY Charles E. Schumer D (202) 224-6542
OH Sherrod Brown D (202) 224-2315
OH Rob Portman R (202) 224-3353
OK Tom Coburn R (202) 224-5754
OK James M. Inhofe R (202) 224-4721
OR Jeff Merkley D (202) 224-3753
OR Ron Wyden D (202) 224-5244
PA Robert P. Casey D (202) 224-6324
PA Patrick J. Toomey R (202) 224-4254
RI Jack Reed D (202) 224-4642
RI Sheldon Whitehouse D (202) 224-2921
SC Lindsey Graham R (202) 224-5972
SC Tim Scott R (202) 224-6121
SD Tim Johnson D (202) 224-5842
SD John Thune R (202) 224-2321
TN Lamar Alexander R (202) 224-4944
TN Bob Corker R (202) 224-3344
TX John Cornyn R (202) 224-2934
UT Orrin G. Hatch R (202) 224-5251
UT Mike Lee R (202) 224-5444
VA Tim Kaine D (202) 224-4024
VA Mark R. Warner D (202) 224-2023
VT Patrick J. Leahy D (202) 224-4242
VT Bernard Sanders I (202) 224-5141
WA Maria Cantwell D (202) 224-3441
WA Patty Murray D (202) 224-2621
WI Tammy Baldwin D (202) 224-5653
WI Ron Johnson R (202) 224-5323
WV Joe Manchin D (202) 224-3954
WV John D. Rockefeller D (202) 224-6472
WY John Barrasso R (202) 224-6441
WY Michael B. Enzi R (202) 224-3424

Now that we have your attention, you sorry US Senators, keep in mind that we will replace you with those who will gladly correct your errors - - - .

So, scrub and clean by 2014 !

Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick —————

- See more at: http://tedcruzforsenate.org/tell-your-senators-to-oppose-cloture-on-h-j-res-59/#sthash.CvqYzXvd.s4d7EOIg.dpuf
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US SENATE GOP DEAD WEIGHT LIST LOYAL TO OBAMA

Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
John Barrasso (R-WY)

John Hoeven (R-ND)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Mike Johanns (R-NE)

Richard Burr (R-NC)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ)

John McCain (R-AZ)
Dan Coats (R-IN)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Lisa Murkowksi (R-AK)

Thad Cochran (R-MS)
John Thune (R-SD)
Susan Collins (R-ME)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
Bob Corker (R-TN)

Not Voting:

Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Jeff Flake (R-AZ)

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Obama has found it very easy to advance his narrow ideological agenda of failure-prone Marxism.

4 years after Obama conned his Democrats into passing the Federal takeover of the cash cow of Medical Insurance, the PC, Doormat Republicans are finally timidly suggesting defunding that Federal takeover.

Without the weak, PC, Doormat Republicans Boehner and McConnell being stupidly kept in their respective leadership positions by truly cowardly House and Senate Members, Obama Medical Insurance “Care” Takeover would have been defunded long ago.

The primal yearning of the 47 % who pay no personal Federal Income tax is to belong to a tribe where all of their choices are dictated to them by their arrogant tribal leader.

This a common trait of those who have low self-esteem.

In that sense, Obamanation is truly a cult: low self-esteem people believing everything their cult leader tells them, no questions asked.

Freedom is defined in the dictionary as follows:
1.) Exemption or liberation from slavery or imprisonment.
3.) Liberty of choice or action.

Most of the 47 % riding in the “free” wagon seek out slavery, and lack of personal choice.

They thus feel safe, and secure in the knowledge that “this is as bad as it is going to get.”

Liberty is defined in the dictionary as follows:
1.) The state of being exempt from the domination of others or from restricting circumstances; freedom.
5.) The power of voluntary choice: freedom from necessity.
6.) Individual Liberty: Freedom from restraint in the performance of rights outside of government control.

Most people who are getting a free ride in the wagon where 47 % pay no personal Federal Income Taxes, are terrified of making a voluntary choice.

The 47 % would prefer that they be under government control where the choices are made for him.

All of this societal wussiness has made it very easy for B. Hussein Obama, aka Barry Soetoro, to advance his narrow ideological agenda of European-style, failure-prone, Marxism in spite of PC, Doormat Republican token “opposition.”

BTW, unlike taxes, Federal Obama ‘care’ Insurance charges can be increased EVERY YEAR to whatever % the present and future arrogant leaders of Obamanation wants.

BTW, BTW, the free-loading 47 % will always vote for the Candidate for POTUS approved by Obamanation.
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The question to be asked is: “If it is in the Nation’s best interest to shut down the Government, then why are there only TWO Federal Politicians, Obama and Reid, loudly advocating shutting down the US Federal Government?

Obama has MANY reasons to shutdown the Federal Government such as:

1.) A headline grabbing story that will distract attention from the Impeachable scandals of:

Benghazi Massacre Dereliction of Duty by Obama as CIC;
Obamacare Insurance managed by the corrupt IRS;
IRS harassment of political opponents of Obama;
Use of the NSA by Obama to spy on everybody in the USA;
etc, etc.

2.) The use of fear of a shutdown might help to protect defunding and eventual abolishment of Obama’s narrowly focused ideological agenda of an European-style, failure-prone, Marxist, monopoly of the US Medical Insurance Industry.

3.) Spreading fear and blame might also preserve Obama’s power to increase Obamacare Insurance premiums on an annual basis.

*This would be highly advantageous to Obama as the increase in mandatory insurance premiums would not be a tax, as the “unexpected market conditions” would be given as the reason for the increase.

*Also there would be no need to ask for the “Advice and Consent” of Congress, as the IRS would be in complete control of all income and medical records.

4.) The last reason is the most important for Obama, personally: America would at last no longer be a Nation where the Liberty to choose one’s own family destiny could ever exist again.

As for Reid, the best guess I have is that he wants a Government Monopoly of the Medical Insurance Industry. Well, to be fair, Reid calls for a “single payer” system.

My suspician is that multi-millionaire Reid, nearing Federal retirement, owns a lot of stock in some companies that are tied to a “single payer” system.

Maybe the NSA, or the IRS can find out for us?

I’m going to ask my US Senator from TEXAS, The Esteemed Senator John “To Hell with my voters” Cornyn to check on this for me - - - .


15 posted on 09/30/2013 9:08:55 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Marxist Obama'care' Insurance violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

2014 will be a lot less of a disaster than the 2016 TOTUS replacement contest should the GOPe stick to their losing ways.


16 posted on 09/30/2013 9:10:38 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Graewoulf

Time to just post a link.


17 posted on 09/30/2013 9:11:12 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Biggirl
IBTIBF

In before the "It's Bush's fault".
18 posted on 09/30/2013 9:11:42 AM PDT by John 3_19-21 (Don't like Gramnesty? Support Lee Bright www.brightforsenate.com/)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Voter fraud enabled by the DOJ, continued Republican vote suppression by the IRS, blackmail and electronic vote manipulation by the NSA..

The GOP has little to do with any losses in Congress. 0bama's agencies determine who loses their seats.

19 posted on 09/30/2013 9:12:16 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: TexasCajun
T.E.A Party Conservatives are sick and tired of holding their noses and voting for faux conservatives like MeCain & Romney.

I am sick of it and will not do it again!!!

Some of us were there a decade ago.

20 posted on 09/30/2013 9:12:30 AM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Ingtar

That’s because they want a NEW base. And you and I ain’t it.


21 posted on 09/30/2013 9:13:52 AM PDT by SargeK
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To: Biggirl
Look for a HUGH blowback in 2014.

A hugh blowback? Hugh Hewitt will be glad.

22 posted on 09/30/2013 9:14:21 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Both Hugh and Series!


23 posted on 09/30/2013 9:15:27 AM PDT by FormerRep
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To: dpetty121263

What kind of seats will we gain?

If we gain what we have now we have nothing.

How will we gain seats if the Republicans in Congress now sell us out.

I know I am not ready to vote for any more Republican chicken Shiites. IF we cannot get Conservatives we need to Primary the incumbent trash. Some of those we primary may lose.

Certainly I would like to see more republicans and hope they gain seats, but if they don’t do any better job than they have been doing screw them.


24 posted on 09/30/2013 9:18:28 AM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Majority of Senate Republicans Cave on Obamacare Funding

Republicans could have stopped the funding of Obamacare dead in its tracks, but the following Obamacare-supporting Republican Senators ignored the will of the American people and caved when it really mattered:

Alexander (up for re-election in 2014)
Ayotte
Barrasso
Blunt
Boozman
Burr
Chambliss
Chiesa
Coats
Coburn
Cochran (up for re-election in 2014)
Collins (up for re-election in 2014)
Corker
Cornyn (up for re-election in 2014)
Graham (up for re-election in 2014)
Hoeven
Isakson
Johanns
Johnson (WI)
Kirk
McCain
McConnell (up for re-election in 2014)
Murkowski
Thune
Wicker

Two Republican senators did not vote:

Flake
Hatch

As the law authorizing President Obama to spend more money on Obamacare expires this Monday, it is up to the House to make the final stand. As Article 1, Section 7 of the Constitution requires, all spending bills in Congress must originate in the House. Therefore, funding of Obamacare cannot happen without Republican support.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/27/Majority-of-Senate-Republicans-Cave-On-Obamacare-Funding


25 posted on 09/30/2013 9:20:12 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Oberon

Slow learner, I am.


26 posted on 09/30/2013 9:34:21 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: Fiji Hill

You can’t be series???


27 posted on 09/30/2013 10:00:02 AM PDT by newbie 10-21-00
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To: Biggirl

We need to support the Rs that stood with the American people...go after the traitors but help those that are taking a stand.

I blast the GOPe every chance I get but also show support to those earning it! Its a fight WITHIN.


28 posted on 09/30/2013 10:01:53 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: Biggirl
The 'pubs only lose seats if they back down.

The 'pubs might gain seats in the US Senate. Besides vulnerable dems, they might replace some traitorous RINOs with conservatives.

29 posted on 09/30/2013 10:05:20 AM PDT by grania
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To: Biggirl
The latest GOP compromise on defunding Obamacare may well lead to a midterm massacre.

The latest dog and pony show.
30 posted on 09/30/2013 10:06:27 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: ClearCase_guy
The danger for the GOP is that they have been so ineffective that the conservative base no longer believes in the political process at all. Conservatives are just dropping out of politics entirely...and prepping for the inevitable meltdown.
31 posted on 09/30/2013 10:15:12 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: ClearCase_guy
“I expect the Democrats to own the entire government after 2014. Then things will really happen.”

Now you can go where people are one
Now you can go where they get things done
What you need, my son…
What you need, my son…

Is a holiday in Cambodia
Where people dress in black

32 posted on 09/30/2013 10:40:42 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I predict the republicrats surrender meekly in this fight and in the process kill any chance for taking the senate and almost insure their loss of the house in 2014. The conservatives want to engage but why waste your powder and effort on the current rift-raft that is the GOP, they have not proven they are worthy of anything but contempt for their cowardice aside from Cruz, Paul, Lee...

I further predict Rove and the GOPe cram another presidential nominee like Romney down our throats with that old familiar cry, only they can win, blah-blah-blah, Christie etc... and the GOP only carries about 8 states with that ticket this time around. Sadly Hillary will be president in 2017 if we get another mush mouth RINO on the ticket.

The only way the republicrats take the senate and hold the house in 2014 is is obamacare is so horrid that democrats actually vote republican and that is not going to happen. Right now I am a conservative with no party and only a smidgeon of representation at the political table with Cruz and Paul.

When 40% of your population sees itself being an ATM and doormat for the rest of the population and held in utter contempt by the opposition party and worse still their own political party and has no representation at all you have an explosive situation that will eventually develop.


33 posted on 09/30/2013 11:48:46 AM PDT by sarge83
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I heard Senator Ted Cruz tell Rush Limbaugh that, in the Republican Conference, “We don’t even talk about winning a fight ... they don’t believe we can win.”

34 posted on 09/30/2013 4:54:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Biggirl

Flush Boehner!

35 posted on 10/01/2013 11:22:46 AM PDT by shego
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To: shego

Flush both Obama and Bohner!


36 posted on 10/01/2013 12:03:36 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: grania

The Dems and the RINOS are in for a BIG SHOCK come next year. The tea party is resurging and so is the conservative meovement.


37 posted on 10/01/2013 12:05:12 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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