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Republican governors say future GOP candidates must show compassion
Washington Examiner ^ | November 21, 2013 | Rebecca Berg

Posted on 11/21/2013 8:26:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Many Republicans, with eyes trained on the presidential election in 2016, have sorted through the wreckage of the 2012 elections to figure out how and why the GOP suffered such heavy losses, including the White House.

But at the Republican Governors Association conference in Arizona on Wednesday, one theory dominated at an early panel discussion: That the X-factor Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lacked might have been a more compassionate tone.

"People have to know that you care about them," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of the governors believed to be weighing a presidential bid in 2016. Voters, he said, have to believe that "if they’re stuck in a ditch, you’ll ... push them out."

"If we can demonstrate more of that, people will say, 'That’s a new kind of Republican.' Create jobs, compassion and care."

Alex Castellanos, a Republican consultant, echoed Kasich's remarks, saying that in the eyes of voters the GOP has become the "pass-the-Grey-Poupon party."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; bush; campaign; compassion; dole; gop; greypoupon; kasich; lameduckamnesty2014; mccain; nolameduckamnesty; politics; reagan; rinos4amnesty; romney
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I am so sick of all this navel gazing.

Talk about freedom and liberty and jobs!

...Less regulation, lower taxes and combat lawsuit abuse!

JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

1 posted on 11/21/2013 8:26:20 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But at the Republican Governors Association conference in Arizona on Wednesday, one theory dominated at an early panel discussion: That the X-factor Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lacked might have been a more compassionate tone.

Thus showing they learned NOTHING from the 2012 elections. Typical Elitist Republicans.

2 posted on 11/21/2013 8:27:48 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How about realism instead of compassion? Tell people how royally screwed we are.


3 posted on 11/21/2013 8:28:01 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We have a bunch of unfilled Amazon warehouse Christmas jobs here.

I’m not sure that there remains so many folks willing to work for 12 bucks an hour.

The life of Julia is too easy.


4 posted on 11/21/2013 8:28:58 AM PST by nascarnation (Wish everyone you see a "Gay Kwanzaa")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah GOP should show the Dems as much compassion as the Dems show the unborn.


5 posted on 11/21/2013 8:28:59 AM PST by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Compassion for those most in need is fine but the most compassionate thing anyone can do for the country is ease job creation and leave people alone to succeed or fail on their own.


6 posted on 11/21/2013 8:29:01 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: All

This really frosts me.

It’s the limousine liberals living off their wealth (with income sheltered) that demand that hard working Americans show compassion by forking their money over to the government so that THEY can buy votes.

Grrrrrrrrr.....


7 posted on 11/21/2013 8:30:05 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Thus showing they learned NOTHING from the 2012 elections. Typical Elitist Republicans.

You NAILED it.

It's unbelievable.

8 posted on 11/21/2013 8:31:33 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The Demoncrats already know that when you can fake compassion, you can do anything.


9 posted on 11/21/2013 8:32:44 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thank you. But then what should we expect from an organization now headed by Chris Christie?


10 posted on 11/21/2013 8:33:12 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Some people meet their heroes. I raised mine. Go Army.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Consultant whispers in the ear again!

But the democratic oligarchs never need to show any compassion! They say “this is what’s good for you and you are GOING TO TAKE IT!”


11 posted on 11/21/2013 8:34:01 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Many Republicans, with eyes trained on the presidential election in 2016, have sorted through the wreckage of the 2012 elections to figure out how and why the GOP suffered such heavy losses, including the White House.

How about some compassion for the TAX SLAVES for once!!! Do something right for a change!

Up until now, and it sounds like nothing is going to change, the tax slaves haven't had anyone to vote FOR. They have no reason to vote at all. Why bother? They're not democrats, nor are they Republicrats!

12 posted on 11/21/2013 8:34:25 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Here we go again: Compassion, Compassion, Compassion.

I guess that “compassion” covers all kinds of political BS.


13 posted on 11/21/2013 8:35:38 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: nascarnation

$12/hr for seasonal work? Heck, I’ll take the weekend shifts and earn some extra dough!


14 posted on 11/21/2013 8:36:44 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Addicting citizens to government hand outs in trades for votes is the most evil thing that I can imagine. Compassion is weaning them off so they can be self supporting, self respecting individuals.

I take it the writer doesn’t share my view of compassion? Sorry, DRTA


15 posted on 11/21/2013 8:36:56 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Hey governors, if you think the taxpayers in your states need to spend more on welfare, then raise their taxes and spend it - IN YOUR STATES.

Don’t try to pass the buck up Washington.


16 posted on 11/21/2013 8:37:33 AM PST by DManA (rs)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Future GOP candidates need to GO ON THE OFFENSIVE!

Don’t pick up on the phony criticism of the enemy.

You only VALIDATE their position.

You are saying...”Yes you are right. I lack compassion. Here let me show you how I will be more compassionate...IDIOTS!

If they are calling you names and besmirching your character...Call, them names and go after their character!

Tell them they are nothing but “BULLIES!”

That should stop them in their tracks.


17 posted on 11/21/2013 8:38:36 AM PST by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; mickie; pax_et_bonum
When did I hear that "compassionate conservatism" crap before, hmmmm?

Leni

18 posted on 11/21/2013 8:39:13 AM PST by MinuteGal
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now this world is perverting the meaning of the word compassion. Stupid, mindless, spineless, fit for nothing republicans. These dummies will never out compassion the lying liberals.


19 posted on 11/21/2013 8:39:47 AM PST by Just mythoughts (Jesus said Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

showing voters compassion=giving voters money


20 posted on 11/21/2013 8:40:24 AM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: cripplecreek

I think you’ve probably hit the right note. Compassion can take many forms, but making a person dependent on government handouts really isn’t compassionate when you take the long view. We aren’t doing people any favors by making them think that government can solve all their problems. I have nothing against helping someone out who is down on their luck through no fault of their own, but the compassionate thing to do is help them back on their feet and then they have the chance to succeed (or fail, don’t take that away from them, either).


21 posted on 11/21/2013 8:40:26 AM PST by chimera
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Republicans must show more compassion and show that they care

Sounds like libtardism. If he says they need to be more empathetic, and show more concern and fairness, I will throw up.

22 posted on 11/21/2013 8:41:28 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Thus showing they learned NOTHING from the 2012 elections. Typical Elitist Republicans.

I'm thinking more about 2006 and 2008.

23 posted on 11/21/2013 8:41:45 AM PST by Carry_Okie ("Single payer" is Medicaid for all; they'll pull the sheet over your head when you're done.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

How about a set of BALLs! John&Mitt no balls! If you go to war bring your balls and every weapon you can find.


24 posted on 11/21/2013 8:43:25 AM PST by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yeah, all the Republican candidates from GHW Bush to Romney showed “compassion”.

George W. Bush was the only one elected since 1988, and that just barely both times.

GHW Bush got dumped for reneging on his “Read my lips: No new taxes” pledge, even though Klintoon enacted the largest tax increase in history as his first act of office. Romney was panned as a squish by the base.

Without the base, there is no race.


25 posted on 11/21/2013 8:43:28 AM PST by Westbrook ()Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
"People have to know that you care about them," said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of the governors believed to be weighing a presidential bid in 2016. Voters, he said, have to believe that "if they’re stuck in a ditch, you’ll ... push them out." "If we can demonstrate more of that, people will say, 'That’s a new kind of Republican.' Create jobs, compassion and care."

Create jobs. Pull people out of ditches. Give them taxpayer-funded healthcare. Raise the temperature of the oceans because the water's three degrees too cold at the beach.

26 posted on 11/21/2013 8:44:59 AM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
F you John Kasich! As someone who lives in RINO land (a.k.a. Ohio), I know a 5th columnist RINO when I see one.
27 posted on 11/21/2013 8:46:17 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Alex Castellanos, a Cuban consultant who thinks Cubans represent all immigrants.
I’d take him aside and ask him what he thinks of the new City Council member in Seattle.
...and then slap him.


28 posted on 11/21/2013 8:48:55 AM PST by Zathras
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Conservatives are going to have to acknowledge the demographics. The minority birth rates are far above the majority and every year more Dem voters turn 18 than GOP voters. Yup, they have ancestors who were illegals. That was 40 years ago. Now, their kids are born in the USA citizens and vote Democrat.

It’s a hard thing to accept, but winning may now require talking about things you don’t want to hear.


29 posted on 11/21/2013 8:50:23 AM PST by Owen
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ronald Reagan showed compassion as well as reflecting the values of those of us on this board. I don’t see any contradiction.


30 posted on 11/21/2013 8:51:04 AM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; C. Edmund Wright
I am so sick of all this navel gazing.

Agreed. But don't get too upset. This headline is completely bogus. Governors?! They only quote quisling Kasich and some Karl Rovian consultant clone named castellanos. And they're still trying to push the tired old Rovian "compassionate conservatism" rhetoric?!

This is merely Rove push polling. The Tea Party Movement (i.e. "The Base") will have NONE of it. Authentic CONSERVATISM is compassionate.

31 posted on 11/21/2013 8:52:27 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Anyone who expects to get “compassion” from government is an idiot. I want government to protect my liberty, our borders, the currency, and provide public safety.


32 posted on 11/21/2013 8:58:01 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Damned right they need to show compassion -- for Americans shackled by government tyranny! They need to show compassion and ERADICATE government in all but its most basic necessities, such as national security, protecting our Constitutional rights, and simple law enforcement (such as going after violent criminals and thieves as opposed to morphing into a tyrannical octopus with tentacles seeking to constantly harass and frisk everyone from gun owners to airline passengers).

Damned right Republicans must show compassion -- compassion for Americans currently enslaved by "benevolent" government tyranny! The best compassion Republicans can show is to return RESPONSIBILITY and RIGHTS to individuals, such as their RIGHT to be responsible for their own medical care, their RIGHT to exercise charity (as opposed to having the government confiscate that right under the auspices of "welfare") and their RIGHT to produce food, goods, and energy (which government now prohibits in everything from labor laws to environmental tyranny).

Absolutely -- COMPASSION FOR FREEDOM, and contempt for government tyranny!!!! Compassionate Republicans will work to GET RID OF government tyranny that presumes to force Americans into "benevolent" slavery "for their own good."

33 posted on 11/21/2013 8:59:47 AM 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: chimera

I personally think the GOP spends too much time threatening to cut entitlements and not enough time working toward job creation through easing regulation and industry/production level tax cuts. We need some carrot to go with the stick.

The entitlements do need to be cut but the people will need jobs. In the civil war we made a mistake of stripping dependent people of their source of food and housing without a means of becoming independent. Things are far worse now because dependent people don’t even have the most basic skills and they face the same mountain of taxation and regulation we do. Being largely urban makes it even worse.


34 posted on 11/21/2013 9:03:08 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

clueless governors.

romney lost for the same reason as mccain for the same reason as kerry as gore as dole... They were all insiders with no public personality.


35 posted on 11/21/2013 9:04:17 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’ve had it up to my eyeballs in freaking “compassion”. Their idea of compassion usually means I take it in the wallet and a little bit more of America is lost.


36 posted on 11/21/2013 9:05:36 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Pelosi believes that the only way the demonrats are going to win in 2014 is to preach jobs and the economy.

I guess she figures their "compassionate tone" isn't really giving them a distinct advantage anymore.

37 posted on 11/21/2013 9:10:13 AM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The GoP is dead. Stick a fork in ‘em.

They have gone soft.


38 posted on 11/21/2013 9:11:22 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Awgie

Bump!

Exactly!


39 posted on 11/21/2013 9:14:28 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Servant of the Cross

There is truth in what you say but this kind pandering must be confronted.


40 posted on 11/21/2013 9:16:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“People have to know that you care about them,” said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, one of the governors believed to be weighing a presidential bid in 2016. ... Create jobs, compassion and care.”

Compassionate conservatism redux.

Kasich et al. are stuck on stupid.


41 posted on 11/21/2013 9:17:17 AM PST by SharpRightTurn
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To: Finny

If they would, the economy would explode and their coffers would be filled.


42 posted on 11/21/2013 9:18:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

That’s my basic message when I go to talk to people in Detroit. “You should want government to care as little about you as possible”.

One of the underground restaurant owners told me that he understands it perfectly. People can go down the street to the legal restaurant and pay higher prices for food with the approved levels of transfats, salt, sugar etc that tastes like damp cardboard or they can go to his place and fill up on a meal they actually enjoy. He understands the need for health and safety regs and despite working under the table still holds pretty firmly to what is reasonable. As he said, I wouldn’t be able to run an off the books restaurant if I were making my customers sick”.


43 posted on 11/21/2013 9:19:24 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Owen

Sticking to principles wins, “tailoring” your platform to attract < insert group here > doesn’t work.


44 posted on 11/21/2013 9:21:46 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How about compassion for the TAXPAYER?


45 posted on 11/21/2013 9:22:41 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Amen, Sister FReeper!!!!!! We'd see an economic and spiritual revival the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1940s and 1950s! Yes, SPIRITUAL -- the problem of homosexual immorality, for example, doesn't exist because of the lack of laws prohibiting homosexuality, it exists because of the presence of laws PROSECUTING business owners, landlords, educators, parents, military personnel, churches, etc. for peacfully, civilly telling openly homosexual folks to go someplace else if they insist on parading and advertising their perverse "sexual orientation."

EXCESS government, not the lack of it, is a primary cause of much of what spiritually ails this contry. Current law punishes Christians for exercising Christian morality.

46 posted on 11/21/2013 9:47:30 AM 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: Cincinatus' Wife

I’d rather they show a spine and a set of ....


47 posted on 11/21/2013 9:54:41 AM PST by samanella ((I may not always be right, but I will never be left))
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To: amnestynone; Cincinatus' Wife
Ronald Reagan showed compassion as well as reflecting the values of those of us on this board. I don't see any contradiction.

"It's not how much you know - it's how much you show."

"People don't care how much you know, people know how much you care."

As much as I despise George W. Bush's "compassionate conservative" (as if principles of conservatism generally isn't or hasn't been theretofore "compassionate" or "considerate"), too many of the conservative and/or Republican candidates (at every electoral level) seem either uncaring, mean or, at best, bland and unoptimistic - e.g., Bush, Dole, Bush, McCain, Romney, just to name a few at the top tier.

Compassion shouldn't be confused with and doesn't automatically mean or translate into "pandering" - quite the opposite, in fact. But the politicians should be able to explain and communicate that to the constituents and the electorate at large, before and after they are elected.

Nothing is more compassionate or important for politicians than educating people in general principles and tenets of economics and why it matters in politics and politics and elections matter to them.

Otherwise they just cede their ground to creeping liberalism and "progressivism," only winning occasionally and temporarily to "fix" / "patch up" the economic disasters that follow - not a long-term winning proposition and building-for-the-future strategy.

48 posted on 11/21/2013 10:14:01 AM PST by CutePuppy (If you don't ask the right questions you may not get the right answers)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

President Bush tried that. For his troubles he got urinated and defecated on.


49 posted on 11/21/2013 10:16:18 AM PST by jwalsh07
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To: cripplecreek
One of the problems we face is that the welfare state has raised three and sometimes four generations of dependent individuals who are essentially slaves to welfare. It is an economic addiction as potent as any chemical addiction. We saw a good example of it in the one video that has gone viral of the one woman (welfare Mom) who basically said she had no interest in working as long as there was a government check coming in the mail. Breaking a drug addiction often requires one to hit rock bottom and then go cold turkey, no “weaning”, no methadone, nothing. Would such a thing be possible with today's government dependency addicts, and what would be the cost? Riots in the streets? Revolution? I sort of think maybe so.
50 posted on 11/21/2013 10:26:24 AM PST by chimera
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