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Is the GOP Already Dead?
American Thinker ^ | 02/12/14 | Joseph M. Koenig

Posted on 02/12/2014 8:14:23 AM PST by pgkdan

It seems congressional Republicans may have, once again, been talked off the ledge, and convinced to crawl back in the window on immigration reform. For now, at least, they are off suicide watch. But it seems every year or two the American people need to intervene, grab them by the ear, and drag them kicking and screaming away from the window again. It may be, however, that they're not suicidal after all. Rather, consciously or not, the GOP leadership may have come to realize they're already dead.

The most popular explanation for Republicans' recent support for amnesty has been pressure from big donors in the business community, including the Chamber of Commerce, who are salivating over the prospect of a flood of cheap legal labor. While this explanation is true in large part, a dreadful outlook for the party may also be to blame.

The chances of meaningful Republican control at the federal level for the foreseeable future are dismal, at least as the term "Republican" has been traditionally understood. This is not new; Republican irrelevancy has been growing for a long time. ObamaCare's epic failure to launch may offer the Republicans a boost in 2014, but over the long term the dependency created by the healthcare program will only worsen Republican prospects.

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As gloomy as the forecast may appear, the ship can yet be made seaworthy. The truth is on the side of conservatism. The truth, properly wielded, can be an immensely powerful weapon. But the truth will not help you if you cannot expound it, or are too timid and embarrassed to espouse it.

1 posted on 02/12/2014 8:14:23 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan

Long live the whigs !!


2 posted on 02/12/2014 8:16:36 AM PST by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: pgkdan

Step One: Remove/fire the current leaders. Nothing else will get done until Step One is fully implemented.


3 posted on 02/12/2014 8:17:55 AM PST by glennaro
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To: pgkdan
Seems so when the House Leader waves the white flag of surrender!


4 posted on 02/12/2014 8:19:07 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: pgkdan
"The truth is on the side of conservatism."

Well, that's good, because Republicans are missing in action.

5 posted on 02/12/2014 8:19:17 AM PST by matthew fuller
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To: pgkdan
"The truth, properly wielded, can be an immensely powerful weapon. But the truth will not help you if you cannot expound it, or are too timid and embarrassed to espouse it. "

Well said.

The republicans need a plan for jobs. That's still the biggest issue facing America, no matter what the phony unemployment numbers published by Government says. Shadowstats.com still has us at 23% unemployment and trending up.

Job's will get people off of Obamacare subsidies, and food stamp subsidies and other subsidies.

Republicans haven't been relevant, not because of people's dependency on the government, but because they've offered nothing different. They are always living the last election and because they lost, they assume they need to be more like the winner. No, they lost because they were too much like the winner. They need to be less like the winner.

6 posted on 02/12/2014 8:20:51 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: pgkdan
"The truth, properly wielded, can be an immensely powerful weapon. But the truth will not help you if you cannot expound it, or are too timid and embarrassed to espouse it. "

Well said.

The republicans need a plan for jobs. That's still the biggest issue facing America, no matter what the phony unemployment numbers published by Government says. Shadowstats.com still has us at 23% unemployment and trending up.

Job's will get people off of Obamacare subsidies, and food stamp subsidies and other subsidies.

Republicans haven't been relevant, not because of people's dependency on the government, but because they've offered nothing different. They are always living the last election and because they lost, they assume they need to be more like the winner. No, they lost because they were too much like the winner. They need to be less like the winner.

7 posted on 02/12/2014 8:20:52 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: pgkdan

The old guard GOP may not be dead but it is lifeless.

Bonehead and his bobblehead buddies are either subversive or they are unbelievably stupid.


8 posted on 02/12/2014 8:21:49 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: pgkdan
It looks like the GOP is dead and our Republic is agonal. A minority of Tea Partiers and Independents have recognized this as our economy has been destroyed. Its like someone that has been shot through the heart and is still taking a few more steps before they fall over.
9 posted on 02/12/2014 8:21:55 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: pgkdan
"After 2012, faced with unfavorable cultural change, there would seem two Republican paths: resign yourself to your impending political death, or resolve to fight on with renewed vigor and better strategies."

Actually, they have a third path; they continue to live on as a token, Potemkin Village opposition, while really supping at the same table as the Democrats. Republicans = Rat junior varsity.

10 posted on 02/12/2014 8:22:20 AM PST by Truth29
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To: pgkdan

Is the Republican Party already dead?

As far as I’m concerned, yes.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 8:23:12 AM PST by EternalHope (Be ready.)
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To: FReepers
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12 posted on 02/12/2014 8:24:00 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: pgkdan

They sure are to me, from the very moment they nominated a flaming liberal with a career long record of supporting abortion.


13 posted on 02/12/2014 8:24:33 AM PST by Manic_Episode (GOP = The Whig Party)
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To: pgkdan

Well, it’s pretty much dead in my eyes.

Bush pushing amnesty, the nominations of McCain and then Romney, and especially, the backstabbing treatment given Palin.

Killed my lifelong allegiance and support of the Party. Absolutely killed it.


14 posted on 02/12/2014 8:26:48 AM PST by greene66
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To: pgkdan

Ooooooh, that smell.


15 posted on 02/12/2014 8:28:36 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: pgkdan; 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ..

Whig 2.0

PING!


16 posted on 02/12/2014 8:30:42 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Colorado: the Maryland of the Mountain West)
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To: DannyTN
"The truth, properly wielded, can be an immensely powerful weapon. But the truth will not help you if you cannot expound it, or are too timid and embarrassed to espouse it. "

Speaking the Language

The GOP has no one in the leadership who can articulate any benefit to free enterprise, the rule of law, sanctity of contracts, security of borders or any of the principles enunciated in the Declaration or the Constitution. They are not familiar with them, they do not believe them, they do not understand them. To the GOP leadership it is a foreign language. We cannot expect them [and most of us don't] to be able to argue a case in a language they cannot speak.

This is why the "leadership" must - must - be changed. We must have people in the fight who know what the fight is about.

17 posted on 02/12/2014 8:33:12 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: pgkdan

Both parties will be taking a beating in November.


18 posted on 02/12/2014 8:33:33 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: VRWC For Truth

There is only one party, The Party of Government.


19 posted on 02/12/2014 8:35:03 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: pgkdan

As far as my vote goes...hell yes!
Freegards
LEX


20 posted on 02/12/2014 8:35:17 AM PST by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: pgkdan

They are dead to me.


21 posted on 02/12/2014 8:35:48 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: pgkdan

Yes, but the heart of conservatism is still beating.....


22 posted on 02/12/2014 8:37:06 AM PST by cincinnati65
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To: pgkdan

It’s been dead to me since 2008. That’s why I’m now a RINO, because I’m still registered as “R”, but that’s about it.

Think about what “In Name Only” means.


23 posted on 02/12/2014 8:37:16 AM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: pgkdan
1. The Road Not Taken 
   
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,  
And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood  
And looked down one as far as I could  
To where it bent in the undergrowth;         5 
  
Then took the other, as just as fair,  
And having perhaps the better claim,  
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;  
Though as for that the passing there  
Had worn them really about the same,         10 
  
And both that morning equally lay  
In leaves no step had trodden black.  
Oh, I kept the first for another day!  
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,  
I doubted if I should ever come back.         15 
  
I shall be telling this with a sigh  
Somewhere ages and ages hence:  
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—  
I took the one less traveled by,  
And that has made all the difference.         20 
         5 
 
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Both parties were on the same road. The other road is a Third Party.

24 posted on 02/12/2014 8:42:48 AM PST by ex-snook (God is Love)
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To: maine yankee; cripplecreek; GeronL

Because chicks dig whigs

and the Uniparty /sarc


25 posted on 02/12/2014 8:44:52 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: dfwgator

I see two party government... Each side very much opposed to each other

‘Rats/GOP-e versus GOP-TP.

May the latter win its war against the former.


26 posted on 02/12/2014 8:45:17 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: KC_Lion

lol


27 posted on 02/12/2014 8:53:27 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: pgkdan

What’s a GOP?


28 posted on 02/12/2014 8:54:14 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: KC_Lion

bump


29 posted on 02/12/2014 9:00:26 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: pgkdan

fork, meet potatoe

GoP,, meet oblivion.


30 posted on 02/12/2014 9:15:00 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: pgkdan

Well the eGOP is a cat of sorts..

it seems to have 9 or so lives..


31 posted on 02/12/2014 10:01:32 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: SMARTY

Grand Old Party


32 posted on 02/12/2014 10:01:58 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: pgkdan

Grand Old Party, hell no, Gutless Other Party.


33 posted on 02/12/2014 10:07:01 AM PST by JayAr36 (When an American dies Obama lies. And lies, and lies and lies forever.)
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To: pgkdan

Is the GOP dead? Yes! Any movement you see is simply a twitching corpse.


34 posted on 02/12/2014 11:00:47 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: pgkdan

Is the GOP dead? Yes, and it just doesn’t have the sense to lay down.


35 posted on 02/12/2014 11:35:48 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (It is no more than a dream remembered, a Civilization gone with the wind.)
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To: pgkdan; maine yankee; glennaro; TexasCajun; matthew fuller; DannyTN; Sequoyah101; vetvetdoug; ...
What’s a GOP?

Group of Other Progressives.

IN THE GRIM DARKNESS OF THE FAR FUTURE THERE IS ONLY GOVERNMENT.
[Direct Link]

The Tao of Republican Orthodoxy
[Direct Link]
The Modern Democratic Party & You
[Direct Link]

36 posted on 02/12/2014 11:42:42 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

that is a good one. very true.


37 posted on 02/12/2014 11:44:10 AM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: OneWingedShark

Ain’t it the truth!


38 posted on 02/12/2014 12:01:06 PM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I was being funny... you know.

GOP=Gutless Old Preppies


39 posted on 02/12/2014 12:03:58 PM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: pgkdan

The GOP is dead, long live the Tea Party


40 posted on 02/12/2014 12:05:08 PM PST by turducken
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To: DannyTN
"The republicans need a plan for jobs. That's still the biggest issue facing America"

It's only the biggest issue for HALF of America- The other half is "liberated" and interested only in their food stamps, American idle, birth control bought by republicans, LGBTP, and football games (and which players are he-shes).

41 posted on 02/12/2014 12:18:41 PM PST by matthew fuller
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To: matthew fuller

Don’t go Romney on me and automatically assume that half is a lost cause. They aren’t. That half includes Republican seniors, veterans on benefits who love their country, people on unemployment who really want a job, etc.


42 posted on 02/12/2014 12:27:14 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: matthew fuller

Don’t go Romney on me and automatically assume that half is a lost cause. They aren’t. That half includes Republican seniors, veterans on benefits who love their country, people on unemployment who really want a job, etc.


43 posted on 02/12/2014 12:27:14 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They did such a good job of replacing the Whigs that they hve become the Whigs.


44 posted on 02/13/2014 6:00:52 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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