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GOP tries to school candidates to avoid disaster
Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2014 4:40 PM EST | Thomas Beaumont

Posted on 01/27/2014 3:43:55 PM PST by Olog-hai

Having watched several promising campaigns collapse in 2012 after candidates made catastrophic mistakes, national Republican leaders are leaving nothing to chance as they prepare for this year’s midterm elections.

They’re summoning contenders—especially those who seem inexperienced, unpredictable or inclined to provocative opinions—to first-of-a-kind training at the GOP’s Senate campaign headquarters to learn, in part, what not to say and how not to say it. […]

Since the GOP’s disappointing 2012 showing, party attention has focused on the mistakes made. In addition to the Indiana and Missouri meltdowns and presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s defeat, campaign problems contributed to unforeseen Senate losses in North Dakota and Montana.

Conservative fundraisers like Karl Rove have vowed full-scale efforts to recruit better contenders and sidetrack problematic ones. …

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: election2014; gopestablishment; rino; tokyorove

1 posted on 01/27/2014 3:43:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

LOL. Like the DemonRats don’t school their little fish.

Truth is, Demon Rats are so tied into the perverted leftist media, they could say all they want and it is never reported....or is reported as “good”.

We are descending as a culture; the demonic performances by Katy Perry and the sodomite rituals last night at the Grammys just go to show that fact.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 3:46:59 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Olog-hai

Tokyo Rove at it again.


3 posted on 01/27/2014 3:47:17 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Olog-hai

Cowering lessons?


4 posted on 01/27/2014 3:47:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Olog-hai

They need to know how to respond to:
“Are you opposed to abortion in the cases of rape and incest”

“Are you opposed to ‘marriage equality’”

They should refrain from any comments regarding female parts or libidos.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 3:48:03 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: Olog-hai

Then why, Karl, are you letting McConnell target Sasse? This is BS. The establishment candidate lost in Wisconsin in part because he declined to support many of Walker’s actions.


6 posted on 01/27/2014 3:49:16 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Olog-hai

I’ll bet real, folding money, TEA Party candidates won’t be included.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 3:51:40 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Viennacon

Rove has always been pro-choice, which makes it impossible for him to support any pro-life candidate, or even to understand why the issue matters to so much of electorate.


8 posted on 01/27/2014 3:52:21 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Olog-hai

9 posted on 01/27/2014 3:52:25 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Scotswife

Bull Pucky.

That’s just one more case of letting the democrats pick and choose who can take part in the conversation.


10 posted on 01/27/2014 3:52:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Scotswife

There is an old Baseball analogy: “If the batter can’t hit a certain pitch, he can count on a steady diet of those pitches until he can.”

The GOPe isn’t this stupid. They are obviously playing to lose.


11 posted on 01/27/2014 3:53:59 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Olog-hai

“Now, now...in order to reach those independent and undecided voters, you gotta outspend the Dems. And you can’t talk about abortion or gay marriage, that’s a big no-no.”


12 posted on 01/27/2014 3:56:03 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: cripplecreek
No all-in-all a good idea. Process improvement is based on learning from previous mistakes and not repeating them. What they teach them however...may leave some wondering where the focus is.

BTW get all the loonies out of the primaries before they provide another three ring circus. McCain and Huntsman come to mind. The multitude of candidates defeated the Republicans before the general election even began..

13 posted on 01/27/2014 3:57:02 PM PST by pfflier
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To: Cyber Liberty

Yes. I think the GOPe has given up on the country and doesn’t want to be the party in charge when the house of cards falls.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 3:58:01 PM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Scotswife

Don’t forget, “I’m not a witch.”


15 posted on 01/27/2014 3:59:32 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Scotswife

I guess I’m in the minority here, but I think this effort is a good idea.

Republicans/conservatives have to run against Democrats AND the media/comedian complex. The media will magnify anything not stated exactly so and do so with the malicious intent of damaging Republican candidates. They do not do so with Democrats.

Unfortunately this is a conservative cross to bear, and conservatives need to be aware of how the media will completely twist and ridicule anything said.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 4:03:57 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Olog-hai

Brainwashing lessons. How to stay firmly on the dem/gop plantation, especially if you are a libertarian, independent or tea party candidate.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 4:04:14 PM PST by ~Pandora
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To: Olog-hai

The media will find or misconstrue or flat out lie about something that will disqualify any Republican candidate and most quickly any conservative.


18 posted on 01/27/2014 4:06:15 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: null and void

When they pull needed campaign money away from pick-up seats to spend it on safe ones, it’s kind of a “Bear craps in the woods” moment.


19 posted on 01/27/2014 4:06:37 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Until women can reproduce with zero input from men, we have just as much right to speak on such issues as any women. The fact that they don’t mind gay pro aborts speaking proves that its just about shutting down the opposition. Its no different than the idiots who scream “RACISM” at the mention of border control.

Speak smart but speak without fear.


20 posted on 01/27/2014 4:07:00 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: RobbyS

Which is why he’s already kneecapping conservative senate challengers


21 posted on 01/27/2014 4:07:36 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: Scotswife

Yeah like Rand Paul and the demonizing women response...using Bill Clinton and Monica as an example against the Dems...seriously, is this the best he could come up with?

I mean how about that article of women working for Dems in Congress and under Obama, how the men make more then they do???

How about calling women the c word like they do the conservative women? How about making fun of women with handicapped children, like conservative women have...etc

How about that article from a woman who berated stay home moms?


22 posted on 01/27/2014 5:49:42 PM PST by Engedi
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To: Dilbert San Diego
"Republicans/conservatives have to run against Democrats AND the media/comedian complex. The media will magnify anything not stated exactly so and do so with the malicious intent of damaging Republican candidates. They do not do so with Democrats."

We saw that principle in action just last week. Andrew Cuomo's exclusionist comments about people who oppose abortion and gay marriage and support gun rights went virtually unnoticed by the mainstream press, whereas a deliberately distorted version of Huckabee's comments on women drew national comment and derision.
23 posted on 01/27/2014 6:36:35 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: cripplecreek

We already know those will be the questions! The dumb ones will insist on stepping in dog poo and say things like ... Well a woman’s body has a way of shutting down after a rape and naturally protects her from pregnancy.

If they can’t prepare a somewhat intelligent response - then it’s like Bill Murray in Groundhog’s Day.


24 posted on 01/27/2014 8:22:58 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: RitaOK

Lol!
Reminds me of, “I am not a dictator!”


25 posted on 01/27/2014 8:24:01 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: Engedi

Wouldn’t it be nice if republican candidates had the guts to compile those things into campaign ads to highlight their hypocrisy?


26 posted on 01/27/2014 8:26:04 PM PST by Scotswife
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To: Engedi

Excellent points, all!

Rand threw a stink bomb at Bill Clinton, an easy target, low hanging fruit, but whom younger voters might see as a very thin, old man who has coronary heart disease and a homely wife.


27 posted on 01/27/2014 8:36:59 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Scotswife

:)


28 posted on 01/27/2014 8:37:38 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: Viennacon

I see the hidden hand of the Bushes. Now they are running George P. for a state-wide office here in Texas. A small shrub, indeed, but they will try to promote him. I wish Reagan had persuaded Ford to serve under him in 1981, but then,it seems that Jerry was, under that bland exterior, an angry man.


29 posted on 01/27/2014 9:55:39 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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