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Lou Dobbs Drinks the Insider Kool-Aid [GOP should abandon social issues]
American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley

Posted on 01/13/2014 3:57:32 PM PST by Moseley

Lou Dobbs, business anchor, offers a lot of truly excellent and a little really atrocious advice to the Republican Party in his new book Upheaval, released on January 7, which he discussed in his January 6 broadcast "Steps to creating a winning election strategy for the Republican Party."

Dobbs' new book is a must-read; overall, the GOP should elect Lou Dobbs as its next party chairman. Though you may need to skip a few chapters.

The problem is that Dobbs insists that the Republican Party must abandon social issues. He argues passionately that the Republican Party must not give up even a single voter to the Democrats. Yet he then immediately recommends abandoning, alienating, and irritating the largest bloc of voters within the Republican Party: social conservatives, including socially conservative Hispanics and Catholics and Reagan Democrats.

Lou Dobbs has drunk the "Inside the Beltway Kool-Aid." He wants the GOP to pander to voters with very low probabilities of ever being persuaded to vote Republican, while alienating voters with a very high probability of voting Republican. This contradiction is a problem which business reporter Dobbs should be able to recognize.

A business-minded approach would follow the "80/20" rule, which teaches that 80 percent of a salesperson's sales come from 20 percent of his prospects. So a salesperson needs to focus on his or her best chances for success.

A bad salesperson wastes time talking to prospects who aren't interested. A good salesperson fishes where the fish are biting.

A business-minded approach would be to prioritize where the GOP has its best chances of the most success, not chasing after prospects who are not interested in your product. A bad salesperson wastes time talking to prospects who aren't interested. A good salesperson fishes where the fish are biting.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Delaware
KEYWORDS: establishment; karlrove; loudobbs; socialissues

1 posted on 01/13/2014 3:57:32 PM PST by Moseley
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To: Moseley

Immigration is a social issue.


2 posted on 01/13/2014 3:59:55 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Moseley

Are there really such things as “conservative hispanic Catholics?” Aren’t all Reagan Democrats dead?


3 posted on 01/13/2014 4:03:02 PM PST by Clemenza (Lurking)
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To: Moseley

You can’t legislate your culture’s morality into heaven...but you can sure fight to retain your Constitutionally provided liberty.


4 posted on 01/13/2014 4:05:38 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Moseley

LOUEY LOUEY LOUEY....WASNT THE LEFT ONLY A LITTLE WHILE BACK ACCUSIN U OF BEIN’ (GHASP...RACIST) NO LEFTIES ARE GONNA LIKE YA NO MATTER WHAT...AND THIS ‘BIG TENT’ STUFF IS WELL..WELL IT’S
SHOVEL READY...
YER A GOOD GUY BUT CUT THE ...CRAPOLA...LET THEM BIRDS FIND THEIR OWN TENT...S WHY DON’ CHU...


5 posted on 01/13/2014 4:09:40 PM PST by jimsin
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To: Moseley

Abandon half their voters in the process.

lol


6 posted on 01/13/2014 4:10:11 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Moseley

The GOPe is pushing amnesty as a social issue.


7 posted on 01/13/2014 4:13:12 PM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

bankrupting America is their social policy


8 posted on 01/13/2014 4:17:34 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Moseley

Okay, let the GOP keep pushing candidates like Romney, who helped facilitate fag-marriage in his state. He didn’t get my vote. First GOP candidate of any office, big or small, to not get my vote in my entire adult life. Sure, put up more candidates like that, so I can leave the ballots blank again. Won’t bother me in the least.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 4:19:59 PM PST by greene66
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To: Moseley

The fact is that the attack on the family will destroy our country if we allow it to fester. The libs will never turn that around No country can prosper who does not have the family at its center.

We can realize the enemy and fight better but quitting is not the answer

But thank you for playing, Lou.

Money expert

Who needs Gods rules? We’ve got money


10 posted on 01/13/2014 4:22:12 PM PST by stanne
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To: Moseley

Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory


11 posted on 01/13/2014 4:31:35 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe Lou counts it as a national security and economic issue.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 4:33:12 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: gorush
Well, you can legislate A morality. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court “legislated” the morality of Harry Blackmun et al. and imposed it on all the state governments and the peoples of the several states.
13 posted on 01/13/2014 4:34:34 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: RobbyS

R v. W was obviously a state’s rights issue and thereby a diminution of liberty when decided at the federal level.


14 posted on 01/13/2014 4:40:53 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Moseley
It's Democrats and their lapdogs in the media that bring up social issues. When the Republican responds, the Dems and press scream that Republicans are too obsessed with social issues, takes the Republican's response out of context, says that Republicans want to peep in people's bedrooms and wage war on women's "reproductive rights", the GOP establishment calls for the Republican to get out of the race, the Republican candidate apologizes profusely and says he has gay friends and has compassion for single mothers and wants to shovel more money into more programs, the conservative base stays home, and the Democrat wins.

That, my friends, is how the social issue game was played in 2012 and will expand nationally in 2014.

15 posted on 01/13/2014 4:41:41 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Moseley
Forget the "social issues." The GOPe want to legalize 30 million illegals and save Obamacare.

F that.

16 posted on 01/13/2014 4:59:32 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

well said.

sad but true


17 posted on 01/13/2014 5:00:11 PM PST by heye2monn
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To: gorush
R v. W was obviously a state’s rights issue and thereby a diminution of liberty when decided at the federal level.

No it wasn't. No government has any legitimate right to legislate or adjudicate against the unalienable right to life. They simply have a duty to defend it. That's why governments exist. It is their raison d'etre, whether they're at the federal or state level.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."

"No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."

"No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

18 posted on 01/13/2014 5:05:56 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: Moseley
[GOP should abandon social issues]

Don't you have to support something before you can "abandon" it?

19 posted on 01/13/2014 5:06:51 PM PST by EternalVigilance
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To: gorush

Our culture is being destroyed by you leftists.


20 posted on 01/13/2014 5:21:33 PM PST by ansel12
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To: gorush

Abortion should be illegal at all levels, just as all other murder is.


21 posted on 01/13/2014 5:23:11 PM PST by ansel12
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To: Moseley

Democrats and liberals think it is a primary role of government to “provide” things, including things like access to baby-killers, contraceptives for your 12-year old, free food, rent, and college tuition.

If they are true to the core conservative principles of smaller government, individual liberty, and reducing taxes, then the Republican party doesn’t need to fight over every social issue, or provide a plan that is deemed to be better than the liberal plan. It just needs to focus on getting government out of our lives and limiting it’s role.


22 posted on 01/13/2014 5:25:53 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: ansel12

I agree...I was making a point re our culture. I think it was John Adams that said our constitution would only work on a moral populace. The morality of our culture is circling the drain and respect for the constitution can do nothing but follow as it obviously has been. If you feel the need to legislate morality you know you have already lost. It is human nature, which is why history repeats itself.


23 posted on 01/13/2014 7:09:32 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: gorush

That is a silly lefties argument.

Law is always about morality, and always has been, the law also enforces certain moral orders that are necessary for America or any nation to survive.

There has never been a libertarian nation, because it can’t exist.

This childish game of pretending that we don’t need laws, is tiresome.

But I will put that down as your argument for gay marriage, and polygamy, and abortion.


24 posted on 01/13/2014 7:14:16 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

Your comprehension skills need work. I am making observations about what is happening and why. You can’t get past the idea that I am advocating for the status quo...which is laughably incorrect. Good night.


25 posted on 01/13/2014 7:18:34 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Moseley

We should give up on the Abortion issue and the Gay marriage issue. Otherwise we will never elect another President in our lifetime and our Kids.


26 posted on 01/13/2014 7:25:19 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: gorush
If you feel the need to legislate morality you know you have already lost.

I said that is stupid, and it is.

27 posted on 01/13/2014 7:38:08 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ncfool

The pro-abortion, pro-gay agenda movement here gets stronger every month.

It is even getting a little more open, usually the libertarian types play a long winded cat and mouse game about it, but some just blurt it out.


28 posted on 01/13/2014 7:40:52 PM PST by ansel12
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To: ansel12

It’s a tough battle so if we agree on 90% of the issues lets not destroy the party over the other 10%. The Rat’s know that we are so principled that we do that every election. I live in KS over the last 30 years we have elected many demoRats because we have split the party. How do you think that Cathrine Sebielus became Gov of KS.


29 posted on 01/13/2014 7:47:40 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: Moseley
Lou Dobbs is 68 or 69 years old.

His thinking could be early signs of dementia..

30 posted on 01/13/2014 8:09:01 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: ncfool

Social issues are the most important, for instance abortion is the number one issue, we can hardly ignore what is most important, and base our differences with the left on mere money issues.

For one thing, the people who are social liberals, non-religious, or indifferent to such things, are who make up the democrat party, all the GOP could do if it moved left and turned against the conservatives, would be to destroy itself.


31 posted on 01/13/2014 8:23:11 PM PST by ansel12
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