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The Republican Party Gets Ready To Foist Its Grand Illusion On Voters. Again. (Rant-of-the day)
The Moderate Voice ^ | May 12, 2014 | Shaun Mullen

Posted on 05/12/2014 6:36:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

We’re going to cruise right past the 2014 election, which I don’t believe is going to make much of a difference in the national balance of power, such as it is, to the main event: The 2016 election and the Grand Illusion that the Republican Party will try to pull off again in its uphill fight to reclaim the presidency.

That task is not terribly different than it was in 2012 when the GOP, which had lurched far to the right and away from the electoral mainstream on a host of issues in the preceding years, held its collective nose and acceded to the nomination of Mitt Romney, an empty suit, hapless campaigner and conservative dolled up in moderate drag who, it was hoped, could deceive enough swing voters into believing the party was actually rather mainstream, you know.

Successfully foisting the Grand Illusion in 2016 will be substantially more difficult.

Despite Barack Obama’s lukewarm popularity and a shameless Republican disinformation campaign that with some success has falsely painted the Affordable Care Act as something akin to the Holocaust, the core curriculum education initiative a Commie plot, the Benghazi attack the most awfulest thing to happen since Pearl Harbor, and global warming a liberal hallucination, the most wretched aspects of today’s GOP will have to be locked up in the attic with that proverbial crazy uncle if Hillary Rodham Clinton is to be defeated. These aspects include an aversion to governing and the hard work that entails, infatuation with war, coziness with racism and an utter disdain for Washington helping Americans who lack the kind of essentials (like jobs) that Republican politicians take for granted.

Republicans have plenty going for them — their own television news network (Fox) and their own court (The Supremes), as well as a depressing number of people who will drink whatever reality-absent Kool Aid the party pours down their throats.

The party’s big problem in 2016 is that it doesn’t have another Romney. This is because the potential presidential candidates most likely to be appealing to the mainstream are Jeb Bush, who has a surname problem (this despite what some folks naïvely view as Hillary’s own surname problem), and Chris Christie, who has a corruption problem (he is so dishonest that he reminds me of an old school big city Democratic power broker and so dumb that he has driven the wealthiest state in the union to the brink of bankruptcy). So, we can forget about either being anointed the GOP standard bearer.

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Not unlike 2012, this leaves a slew of unelectables, led by right-wing heartthrobs Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. This is because each of these men carry enough negative baggage to make a Sherpa groan, and each in their own way will remind swing voters of how nuttily out of touch the Republican Party has become. This is why moderate party leaders, and there are a few left, are working hard behind the scenes to trip them up.

There is the additional problem that all three men are senators and Congress is held in historically low esteem these days. (The 2016 election could turn history on its ear, but it is worth noting that the last three senators Republicans nominated for president, John McCain, Bob Dole and Barry Goldwater, lost by an average of 282 electoral votes. That is not a typo. Warren Harding was the last Republican senator to be elected president.)

If the party wants to avoid nominating someone from inside the Beltway, there are other Republican governors out there: Take Mary Fallon of Oklahoma (please!) and Rick Perry of Texas, who presumably has brushed up on foreign policy since he bombed so badly in the 2012 primary season and was thrown from the GOP Clown Car by heavyweights (cough, cough) like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

An additional problem few pundits are factoring into the 2016 mix is that virtually all Republicans in Washington — and governors including Fallon and Perry, as well as Rick Scott of Florida and Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania — have bitterly opposed the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid.

A prediction: By 2016, the ACA will be widely accepted as millions of voters and their families benefit from the sea change that is resulting in dramatically increased access to reasonably priced health insurance and the smorgasbord of Republican lies about Obamacare will flutter away in the wind like so many hanging chads. It is a do-nothing Republican’s worst nightmare.

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Speaking of hanging chads, no one — not Karl Rove or Bill Kristol or the brothers known as the Kochtopus — could have predicted the mess the Republican Party has gotten itself into as it confronts yet another presidential election season out of step with that electoral mainstream. And deservedly so.

A little history: In 2000, the GOP found itself at a crossroads at the end of Bill Clinton’s second term with a slate of presidential wannabees ranging from John McCain and Orrin Hatch, both well respected within the party and without, gadzillionaire Steve Forbes, evangelical Gary Bauer, and wingnut Alan Keyes.

The party faithful nominated George W. Bush because that was the path of least resistance, never mind that he was an uncurious lightweight who had shown no signs of an ability to be presidential as Texas governor. The Supreme Court, of course, gifted Bush the Oval Office and there followed eight years of unmitigated disasters that in turn gifted a Democratic senator by the name of Obama the presidency.

Those first eight years of the new millennium were crucial for the GOP and it blew it. Totally.

Instead of building for the future on a national level — after all, the time would come when it would run out of Bushes to plant on the White House lawn, and that time has arrived — it pandered to Christianists and then Tea Partiers while slaying Richard Lugar, Robert Bennett and several other of its most moderate leaders, all arguably presidential timber, at the altar of political purity. And in what one commentator calls the party’s “demographic death spiral,” it has worked tirelessly to turn off blacks, Latinos and other people of color who happen to be the fastest growing bloc of voters. Then there is the party’s woman problem, and I don’t mean Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

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All of this is not to say that Democrats have clear sailing in 2016. Despite a built-in advantage in Electoral College votes, Hillary Clinton does have a problem having nothing to do with her name. That is the fatigue some voters feel after a party has held the White House for two or more terms.

That noted, the big knots that the Republican Party has tied itself in will not be soon undone, perhaps not even for a generation or so, or as long as that nutty uncle is the face of the party. This is a gift to the Democrats that keeps on giving, the first installment being to blow an opportunity to keep the White House in 2008, the second getting steamrolled by Obama in 2012 despite his unpopularity and a crappy economy, and the third in 2016 when it tries and again fails to pull off the Grand Illusion.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; Russia
KEYWORDS: 2016; bush; democrats; gop; hillary; palin; teaparty; tedcruz; uniparty
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1 posted on 05/12/2014 6:36:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds more like the Village Voice than the Moderate Voice, for one.


2 posted on 05/12/2014 6:40:45 PM PDT by The Grammarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'm not voting for a liberal republican....

/johnny

3 posted on 05/12/2014 6:41:57 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Moderate” compared to what?


4 posted on 05/12/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only thing you find in the middle of the road are yellow stripes and dead skunks.


5 posted on 05/12/2014 6:45:33 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One of us -- Shaun Mullen or okie01 -- is delusional.

I'm betting on him.

6 posted on 05/12/2014 6:45:46 PM PDT by okie01
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Comments? Needs a barf alert.

The party’s big problem in 2016 is that it doesn’t have another Romney."

The party's big problem in 2016 is that it the GOP-E appears ready to nominate another Romney. In fact, it's full of Romneys. It appears to have learned absolutely nothing from 2008 and 2012 and will deserve what's coming to it should it fail to learn again.

7 posted on 05/12/2014 6:49:56 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They should get it over with and officially register as a Democrat. They already talk like one and stink like one.


8 posted on 05/12/2014 6:51:09 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

(Rant-of-the day) didn’t warn you?


9 posted on 05/12/2014 6:51:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

A bumper sticker: Vote Dems, not RINOS.


10 posted on 05/12/2014 6:52:27 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not voting for a lib.


11 posted on 05/12/2014 6:55:39 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Should have known that something names “the Moderate Voice” would be anything but moderate. Pure liberal slop


12 posted on 05/12/2014 6:57:12 PM PDT by falcon99
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL ... perhaps indirectly :)


13 posted on 05/12/2014 7:00:11 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s he mad about? If he’s a moderate republican he got his moderate candidates and lost. He sounds like he wants to crown someone himself. How does a moderate republican differ from a liberal?


14 posted on 05/12/2014 7:02:35 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: VerySadAmerican
Not voting for a liberal republican, regardless of the whiners here on FR.

Pubs want to win, they need to run someone that is pro-life, pro-gun, against amnesty, against socialized medicine, and for smaller government.

/johnny

15 posted on 05/12/2014 7:04:37 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mitt Romney a conservative dolled up in moderate drag? Only an ignorant liberal would believe Romney is a conservative. Moderate voice? Please. A rag bought and paid for by the DNC.


16 posted on 05/12/2014 7:07:33 PM PDT by dowcaet
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To: Colonel_Flagg; JRandomFreeper; 2ndDivisionVet; Finny; RKBA Democrat; Norm Lenhart; ...

Stupidity of the Uniparty Ping!


17 posted on 05/12/2014 7:19:54 PM PDT 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: KC_Lion

Now here’s a ping list I love! Well done!


18 posted on 05/12/2014 7:33:07 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Very Well Colonel Flagg, I take it that means you would like to be on the ping list?

It has been done.

19 posted on 05/12/2014 7:36:36 PM PDT 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: KC_Lion

bump

stupid never ends


20 posted on 05/12/2014 7:37:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Amen. I don’t think the Pubbies care much about winning the Presidency.


21 posted on 05/12/2014 7:40:48 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: KC_Lion

You have divined the very nub of my gist. Looks like some great Freepers on your list.


22 posted on 05/12/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: KC_Lion

Must be lotsa money up for grabs for the UNIPARTY message pushers. These articles just keep on coming, despite the overwhelming evidence that conservatives aren’t biting the bait.


23 posted on 05/12/2014 7:45:29 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg; Finny; RKBA Democrat; Norm Lenhart; who knows what evil?; TADSLOS; xzins; ...
You have divined the very nub of my gist. Looks like some great Freepers on your list.

Only the Best ;)

24 posted on 05/12/2014 7:47:02 PM PDT 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: 2ndDivisionVet

The GOP-e has gone over the edge. Any candidate they pick will be jeb or romney-lite. They’ll ram their choice down our throats, and then blame the voters when a hardcore communist-democrat gets elected in 2016. The GOP-e WANTS to be the token minority party. It allows them to conduct business without having to deal with conservatives, and allows them to work with democrats to continue to line their pockets. Tit for tat, and all of that.


25 posted on 05/12/2014 7:54:07 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: TADSLOS

I can only dream of the money drying up, it would be grand but just a dream


26 posted on 05/12/2014 7:55:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: KC_Lion

Not me. I’m Yosemitie Sam on a Dragon. There’s a difference ;)


27 posted on 05/12/2014 7:59:47 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I have news for the GOP - you will not take the Senate and you may lose the House or see your majority slimmed way down. I sure cannot vote for GOP based on what they have done since winning the House in 2010. They just got done funding Obamacare and then turn around and want to repeal it - what BS is that? They have the power of the purse and Obamacare could have been defunded the year after it passed. The Gov was operating on CRs back then and no spine could be found for all the fear mongering coming from the Dem-Heavy party so the Dem-Lite party folds like a cheap suit and give King Obama funding. Ditto for the recent blank check the Dem-Lite party just handed King Obama on the DEBT CEILING - what debt ceiling?

The GOP will lose in Nov. If Intrade was still in business that is where I would put my money. They had not only ignored the conservative base, but are openly hostile and are waging war on us.
28 posted on 05/12/2014 8:48:21 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Cheerio

True. If the GOP were judged solely on what they have done since 2010, then they don’t deserve to win anything.


29 posted on 05/12/2014 8:51:56 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Norm Lenhart; Jane Long; RitaOK; MeshugeMikey; All

” - - - Despite Barack Obama’s lukewarm popularity - - - “

Hmmmmmmm - - - ?

Lemme see now, - - - If I were blindfolded, transported to a city in America and heard the above quote, then what possible cities might I be in?

Boy, HOWDY! This is a really tough question!


30 posted on 05/12/2014 8:54:22 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

Well, if it was called lukewarm popularity, one has to take into account the cover factor. So the Reality is considerably less popularity than advertized.

Answer: Stone Mountain GA ;)


31 posted on 05/12/2014 9:03:27 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: Norm Lenhart

Maybe, but I was thinking of city spelled with a “k” and a “y.”

Me thinks that his flow-of-consciousness, ramblin’ style was due to the effects of the second pitcher of lukewarm beer that he was obviously consuming while writing.


32 posted on 05/12/2014 9:19:29 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: KC_Lion
Stupidity of the Uniparty Ping!

What? No "High-volume" warning?

33 posted on 05/12/2014 9:35:04 PM PDT 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: Norm Lenhart

Stoned Mountain?


34 posted on 05/12/2014 10:14:10 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Graewoulf

Berkeley California?


35 posted on 05/12/2014 10:15:57 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Insurance, insurance insurance.

What are they going to do when they find out they may, indeed, have cheaper insurance only to find there is no longer competent heath care?

“But, but, but, I have this policy!”
“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning”.


36 posted on 05/12/2014 10:20:06 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: MeshugeMikey

Clue: Same “bunch of folks,” but fewer Earthquakes.


37 posted on 05/13/2014 4:51:13 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Graewoulf

I give up

do tell?


38 posted on 05/13/2014 5:44:12 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

N- - Y- -k C- -y,
Where horse-drawn carriages
Soon will no longer roll,
And Police will be forbidden to patrol.

Oh, give me a home where
The criminals roam,
And good Charter Schools
Are shut down each day!


39 posted on 05/13/2014 5:57:37 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The guy’s a paranoid, delusional a**hole.

Enough said?


40 posted on 05/13/2014 6:03:24 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: Graewoulf

Yipee Ti Yi Yuppy.. Yuppy Ya,,Yuppy Ya,!


41 posted on 05/13/2014 6:13:57 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Graewoulf
Isnt that the home of the honorable hilary rodham clinton??


42 posted on 05/13/2014 6:51:18 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We’re going to cruise right past the 2014 election...

You do that. We'll just keep winning those lowly Governorships, Statehouses and local elections.

43 posted on 05/13/2014 6:51:49 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The world as seen by liberals must be a very, VERY
weird place.


44 posted on 05/13/2014 9:05:12 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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45 posted on 05/13/2014 9:09:34 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think I have heard this guy before, I used to service office equipment in some mental health facilities. I hope he is still in restraints.


46 posted on 05/14/2014 4:43:51 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: Colonel_Flagg

“You have divined the very nub of my gist.”
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Did that hurt?


47 posted on 05/14/2014 4:46:33 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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