Skip to comments.GOP cancer: Party could lose 20 more (House) seats
Posted on 05/15/2008 2:55:58 PM PDT by jern
For the past 18 months, ever since the 2006 elections, congressional Republicans have been like a hospital patient trying to convince visitors that he is not really all that sick: a bit under the weather; actually feel better than I sound; should be up and about any day; thanks for asking.
Suddenly belatedly all pretense is gone.
The Republican defeat in Tuesdays special election in Mississippi, in a deeply conservative district where, in an average year, Democrats cannot even compete, was a clear sign that the GOP has the political equivalent of cancer that has spread throughout the body. Many House GOP operatives are privately predicting that the party could easily lose up to 20 seats this fall.
Combined with the 30 seats that the GOP lost in 2006, that would leave the party facing a 70-vote deficit against Democrats in the House a state of powerlessness reminiscent of Republicans long wilderness years in the 1960s and 70s.
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You're 100% right about this...
I somehow cannot buy that. There is enough influence out there that could make it happen on SOME show. FNC is open to GOP. Why not there?
Come to Jesus.
McCain will win the Presidency though. That much I do believe. Obama just can’t capture the white working-class vote. It’s true.
For all you youngsters out there....it looked a hell of a lot worse in 1976.
Four years later we got Ronald Reagan.
Nice goin Karl.
Drill, Drill, Drill.
Ignore that and be a loser.
Agreed. He’ll probably win.
And then what? What happens after that?
“More money to the national republican party”
When the amnesty b.s. was being pushed I wrote a letter to Mel Martinez (my Florida Senator) protesting his stance for this travesty. He simply sent me a request for a donation to the R.N.C.
The R.N.C. and John. McCain can kiss my hairy white rear end.
As for Martinez, when he comes up for re-election I’ll work against him with all my efforts.
Republican party? You mean Democrat lite?
In 1976, Democrats gained one seat in the U.S. House and one seat in the U.S. Senate.
SECRET NOFORN (This means dhimmicrats who are most assuredly foreign.)
MESSAGE TO REPUBLICAN PARTY: IF YOU DITCH MCCAIN, WE WON’T RIOT. WE WON’T PROTEST. WE MAY EVEN VOTE REPUBLICAN.
END SECRET NOFORN
Obama supporters listen to his speech in San Antonio, Texas. REUTERS/Jim Young
Not much, unfortunately, that was kinda my point.
With the losses in Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as the large number of retiring Republicans, it seems to me it could be much worse than that.
The GOP has no one to blame but themselves, as well as a pathetic lack of leadership in a party that holds the White House and, less than two years ago, held both houses of Congress as well. By indulging in an orgy of government largess, the Republican Party compromised its long-term message in exchange for short term political gains. Now that it’s time to pay the piper, an embarrassing number of Republicans in Congress have decided to retire rather than face the voters.
The Republicans will be fortunate to keep the losses under 20 seats. Regardless, if the party doesn’t get new leadership and a new message before 2010, then it won’t look like the GOP of the 60s and 70s, but rather then 30s and 40s. The leadership isn’t going to come from the White House, either, regardless of who wins in November, so someone else is going to have to step up.
Unfortunately, no one springs to mind.
If America survived the Carter years and the Clinton years, then the Obama presidency wont destroy us.
I really think we were close to losing America in the 70’s with Carter...clearly the worst President in History. The 90’s were bad for morals but everything else was not nearly as bad as the 70’s. Remember the 70’s having to sit in the car all day waiting for gas??? I do and I was a pissed off 7 year old.
He related to me how this dear new friend just turned on him in an instant in white-hot rage because he wouldn't agree with her that it was all Bush's fault. Furthermore, she was so filled with venom at anything Republican that she couldn't slow down or stop her unmerciful tongue lashing of my conservative former CA friend!!!
He was devastated and wanted me to reassure him that this attitude hasn't become widespread. I could not. Furthermore, I had to try to prepare him psychologically for the depressing news that's going to decimate conservatism as well as Republicanism for at least the next two and a half years!
The pendelum that swung so high and hard in 1980 for Reagan Republicanism/conservatism and against creepy Carterism/Demonicrats and that swung our way again in 1994, is headed back the other way right now and is going to knock a whole lot of good that's been done into the deep pit!!!
So as it says in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit And The Pendelum," "Quoth the raven, nevermore." Conservatism will be driven from the Republican Party for a time before making a smashing recovery in the future, after the Dems screw everything up beyond all known recognition!!!
The new leaders are going to have to come out of nowhere. The GOP as we know it, is a spent force.
It's like this wherever Obama goes. You won't see enthusiasm like this for McCain...
Point well taken
Dream on about getting another Reagan in four years if Hilabama is elected.
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