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The GOP Needs a Conservative in 2016
Politico Magazine ^ | January 7, 2014 | Keith Koffler

Posted on 01/08/2014 4:52:09 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

There are moments in American political history when dissatisfaction with the old order and suspicion—even fear—of its ways presents the opportunity for monumental change.

It happened in 1932 as the nation sank into Depression and voted out the “business of America is business” crowd, installing a leftist plutocrat in the White House instead.

It happened in 1980 when high taxes and inept leadership demanded a steady hand committed to unfettering American entrepreneurship.

And in 2016, it can happen again—as long as Republicans nominate an ideological conservative, ideally with a good dose of charisma—someone who can vividly explain conservative principles to a public that is ready to hear all about it. Ready, because with Obamacare, the left has finally gone too far, and exposed the unworkability and injustice of its program.

Liberals believe their ideology has been vindicated after having finally realized the dream of universal health care under President Barack Obama. But they are like Napoleon in Moscow, sitting atop imaginary spoils while enjoying the mirage of victory. If Republicans do the right thing, they can send their adversaries limping back to Paris, picking off remnants of the defeated battalions along the way.

Obamacare is not just going to be a failure. It will be a grotesque carcass fit for exhibition in a political museum of morbid curiosities, elucidating every single fault that lies with liberalism. It contains every hallmark of failed liberal programs.

Obamacare is an unaffordable government expenditure whose costs will run amok as time progresses; it’s a grand scheme concocted by our intellectual superiors who know what’s best for us but unfortunately can’t quite make the pieces of their intricate creation fit together; it’s a wealth redistribution scheme that reaches even into the pockets of the middle class; it replaces the efficiency of the market with the plodding redundancies of government; it puts determinations about our fates in the merciless hands of government bureaucrats; it coerces individuals to act against their interests and desires; it inflicts collateral damage on businesses large and small and reduces hiring; its regulations, fees and new taxes raise costs for most consumers; it ultimately will harm even those it was designed to help by increasing dependency and destroying the practice of medicine in this country.

As Americans recoil in horror over the next few years, they will simultaneously behold the untenable expansion of the nation’s debt, the looming peril of bankruptcy for Medicare and Social Security and the failure of the economy to expand robustly.

It will be, for Republicans, a most perfect storm.

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Keith Koffler, who covered the White House as a reporter for CongressDaily and Roll Call, is editor of the website White House Dossier.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2016; conservatives; democrats; gop; keithkoffler; obamacare; politico; presidency; republicans; whitehouse
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1 posted on 01/08/2014 4:52:10 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It needs a lot more than 1


2 posted on 01/08/2014 4:53:03 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

3 posted on 01/08/2014 4:54:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The chance of the GOPe doing the right thing is miniscule to the extreme, they have declare the TEA party to be their enemy


4 posted on 01/08/2014 4:54:53 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That is a dream ticket right there. Anything else is probably not going to attract my vote.


5 posted on 01/08/2014 4:55:30 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The NATION needs a conservative .. the GOPe needs to ESAD
6 posted on 01/08/2014 4:56:02 PM PST by tomkat (you'll know when it's time)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who? If we are very, very lucky, we'll get Scott Walker. Otherwise it's Christie, Rubio, Ryan, or last minute compromise savior Uncle Jeb.

Paul, Cruz, and Lee and their like will be torpedoed by the RINO establishment at every opportunity.

7 posted on 01/08/2014 4:56:34 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1. Rand Paul

2. Ted Cruz

3. Mike Pence

4. Ben Carson..


8 posted on 01/08/2014 4:56:36 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Palin or Cruz, or I’m not even bothering to venture to the voting booth in 2016. I’m pretty much at the end of my rope, in regards to both the GOP and politics as a whole.


9 posted on 01/08/2014 4:57:52 PM PST by greene66
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And in 2016, it can happen again—as long as Republicans nominate an ideological conservative, ideally with a good dose of charisma ...

Somebody who actually exists would be nice this time.

Not some imaginary candidate people say was so much better than the candidates who are actually in the race.

10 posted on 01/08/2014 5:00:12 PM PST by x
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Ted Cruz is pretty darned conservative so the problem should be solved.


11 posted on 01/08/2014 5:01:56 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP doesn’t want a conservative leader, they want to be buddies with their leftist friends across the aisle, solely to get their piece of the socialist pie.


12 posted on 01/08/2014 5:01:59 PM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

You didn’t see the news today that pretty much took Krispy out of the race?


13 posted on 01/08/2014 5:03:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d like to think that Rick Snyder would make for a good VP...


14 posted on 01/08/2014 5:09:50 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m with CRUZ!


15 posted on 01/08/2014 5:12:30 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FOX “News” is pushing Romney
and his chosen toadies, again.

SSDD. Watch for his and Rove’s
dirty tricks against every real conservative.


16 posted on 01/08/2014 5:13:23 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A moderate republican will never win the whitehouse!


17 posted on 01/08/2014 5:14:07 PM PST by plainshame
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
an ideological conservative"

No more ideological conservatives please. We need a traditional conservative a la Russell Kirk.

Ideological conservatives are either naifs who believe in some imaginary world that can never exist (e.g. completely free unfettered market) or they are liars and opportunists aiming for the votes of the naifs (e.g. Tom DeLay, Ralph Reed, etc.)

18 posted on 01/08/2014 5:14:17 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cruz or Paul would be a lot better than a moderate.


19 posted on 01/08/2014 5:16:30 PM PST by plainshame
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To: plainshame

I don’t trust Paul


20 posted on 01/08/2014 5:17:02 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Then vote for hillary or christie and see where that gets you .


21 posted on 01/08/2014 5:20:15 PM PST by plainshame
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The GOP needs to get real about winning. They need to pick a candidate that represents the party attitudes and is unwavering in adherence to them.

They need to throw out all the wannabes and egomaniacs that are popping up and will make another mess out of the primaries( McCain again??? Huntsman???).

They need to represent the whole country including the heartland not just the beltway.

They need a candidate who sees the future of our country, not the Republican party as the first priority

22 posted on 01/08/2014 5:20:41 PM PST by pfflier
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It won’t matter who they run if the GOP gets the amnesty it’s been so ardently and irrationally trying to shove down America’s throat. If amnesty passes you can turn out the lights at the RNC forever. America will become a socialist, third-world country overnight, at least in terms of voting behavior. I’m really scraping to find somewhere to go if the worst happens. The Chileans lost their minds this past election, and Belize and Costa Rica may be getting a little crowded.


23 posted on 01/08/2014 5:22:21 PM PST by Trod Upon (Every penny given to film and TV media companies goes right into enemy coffers. Starve them out!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Cruz.


24 posted on 01/08/2014 5:25:32 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

There are NO ‘True Conservative’ candidates existing anywhere on this side of the horizon.

All ‘candidates’ identifying with the Republican Party are, by definition and irretrievably, outside the scope of ‘True Conservative’-ness.

No Republican ‘candidate’ will be presented, for election to National Office by the GOPe, that is capable of fulfilling the ideological, philosophical, ethical, moral or political Goals of ‘True Conservatives’.

The GOPe apparatchiks MUST — in self-interest and self-defense — cripple, maim, neuter, discredit or otherwise ‘eat’ any ‘True Conservatives’ who offer themselves up as fodder in the Primary Phase of the election process.

The MSM need not lift a finger, breathe a word or otherwise ‘act’ to facilitate the GOPe program to destroy or simply ‘dismiss’ any ‘True Conservative’ aspiring to ANY National Office under the auspices of the ‘national’ Republican Party.

There is NO Republican Party ‘solution’ leading out of the existing national political malaise.

Anyone still holding opinions contrary to ANY of the above is IMONSHO still ‘Stuck on Stupid’, lost in a fog of wishful thinking or simply hasn’t been paying attention since 1988.

One Man’s Opinion

21stCenturion


25 posted on 01/08/2014 5:25:32 PM PST by 21stCenturion ("It's the Judges, Stupid !")
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To: pfflier
They need a candidate who sees the future of our country, not the Republican party as the first priority

Yes! Yes! Yes!

26 posted on 01/08/2014 5:26:51 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Trod Upon

27 posted on 01/08/2014 5:33:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: JSDude1

Opposition to Amnesty and Gun Control.
Repeal of Obamacare.
Curtailment the National Surveillance State.
Re-establish fiscal responsibility.

This is a minimum. Anything less and I skip the president line of the ballot altogether (no, I won’t vote Losertarian - they support Amnesty). The Democrats can preside over the destruction of the USA. I don’t want to vote for ‘Pubbie who just throttles back a little as we approach the cliff.


28 posted on 01/08/2014 5:36:35 PM PST by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Irenic

There will be Cruz/ Paul or nothing.


29 posted on 01/08/2014 5:38:50 PM PST by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: plainshame

lol. If Rand isnt’ conservative enough for me, you suggest Hillarity or Christina?


30 posted on 01/08/2014 5:39:21 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: SADMILLIE

Unfortunately for Cruz is is not Natural born and is a Canadian citizen . SO ITS PAUL!!! PALIN


31 posted on 01/08/2014 5:41:01 PM PST by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: GeronL

But why?

32 posted on 01/08/2014 5:41:26 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No sh*t.


33 posted on 01/08/2014 5:43:16 PM PST by dforest
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To: SADMILLIE

Is Ted Cruz a natural-born citizen eligible to serve as president? [Yes! And I support him! JimRob]
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3084490/posts


34 posted on 01/08/2014 5:44:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (A courageous man finds a way, an ordinary man finds an excuse.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The GOP Needs a Conservative in 2016 who can run against NSA.
35 posted on 01/08/2014 5:49:10 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'd even go with Palin/Cruz.
36 posted on 01/08/2014 5:50:06 PM PST by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mike Pence has the best experience (Congressman, Governor AND talk show host). He doesn’t even need a teleprompter!


37 posted on 01/08/2014 5:51:58 PM PST by Ooh-Ah
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To: JSDude1; All

Rand Paul on Amnesty

http://topconservativenews.com/2014/01/rand-paul-endorses-mass-amnesty-for-illegal-aliens/


38 posted on 01/08/2014 5:57:26 PM PST by Kolath
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To: Little Ray

Opposition to Amnesty and Gun Control.
Repeal of Obamacare.
Curtailment the National Surveillance State.
Re-establish fiscal responsibility.

This is a minimum. Anything less and I skip the president line of the ballot altogether (no, I won’t vote Losertarian - they support Amnesty). The Democrats can preside over the destruction of the USA. I don’t want to vote for ‘Pubbie who just throttles back a little as we approach the cliff.


All good reasons...and pretty much my requirements.


39 posted on 01/08/2014 6:04:35 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: Traveler59

Palin would be crushed like an ant under the heel of a jackboot . Get real .


40 posted on 01/08/2014 6:11:20 PM PST by sushiman
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To: SADMILLIE

I sure won’t be voting for a Romney this go-round. I’m not holding my nose any longer, I’ll do a write in if it comes to that.


41 posted on 01/08/2014 6:12:15 PM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: GeronL

Do you really think there will be 3-4 conservatives to select from in 2016?If anyone is lucky there may be only one.


42 posted on 01/08/2014 6:12:48 PM PST by plainshame
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43 posted on 01/08/2014 6:12:56 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: GeronL
The chance of the GOPe doing the right thing is miniscule to the extreme, they have declare the TEA party to be their enemy

I don't think there is a snow ball's chance of that happening. I am sure I will be a long time a molderin in the grave, before another conservative gets the nomination. I hope I am wrong, but the RINOs have priors.

44 posted on 01/08/2014 6:13:41 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Alan West for President
Ben Carson for Vice President
Ted Cruz for Senate Majority Leader
Mike Lee for Majority Whip
Trey Gowdey for Speaker of The House
Gomert for House Majority Leader.


45 posted on 01/08/2014 6:16:23 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yep. Like my tagline says, “Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.”

I don’t have a hard and fast favorite right now, but I think that Mike Pence might be both conservative enough and electable enough.


46 posted on 01/08/2014 6:18:56 PM PST by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: plainshame

We’ve run moderates, and lost.

It is time to run the real thing.


47 posted on 01/08/2014 6:22:29 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: sushiman

Palin would win.

She needs to think about running this time.


48 posted on 01/08/2014 6:27:00 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

Scott Walker seems like he’d be a good candidate.


49 posted on 01/08/2014 6:27:53 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I like that ticket the other way around. I love Ted, but we need a solid conservative with executive experience to top the next ticket.


50 posted on 01/08/2014 6:30:32 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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