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Republican Party Begins Election Review To Find Out What Went Wrong [Hannity, Boehner For Amnesty?]
Washington Post ^ | November 08, 2012 | Peter Wallsten

Posted on 11/08/2012 10:25:45 PM PST by Steelfish

Republican Party Begins Election Review To Find Out What Went Wrong

Peter Wallsten

Top Republican officials, stunned by the extent of their election losses Tuesday night, have begun an exhaustive review to figure out what went so wrong and how to fix it.

Party leaders said they already had planned to poll voters in battleground states starting Tuesday night in anticipation of a Mitt Romney victory — to immediately begin laying the groundwork for midterm congressional elections and a Romney 2016 reelection bid.

But as they watched one state after another go to President Obama and Senate seats fall away, party leaders quickly expanded and retooled their efforts. Officials told The Washington Post that they’re planning a series of voter-based polls and focus groups, meetings with constituency group leaders, and in-depth discussions with their volunteers, donors and staff members to find ways to broaden their appeal.

Republican officials said that they met all of their turnout goals but that they underestimated who would turn out for the other side.

Party officials said the review is aimed at studying their tactics and message, not at changing the philosophical underpinnings of the party.

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The Internet was buzzing late Thursday as word spread that Fox News Channel commentator Sean Hannity declared he had “evolved” on the issue and now thinks illegal immigrants without criminal records should have a “pathway to citizenship.”

In an interview Thursday with ABC News’s Diane Sawyer, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said the immigration issue “has been around far too long.” He said a “comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”

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


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1 posted on 11/08/2012 10:25:53 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

They can start with “early voting” — the perfect cover for systematic vote fraud.


2 posted on 11/08/2012 10:28:29 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Steelfish

The election was stolen...
ALL it takes is a couple of BALLS to find out HOW..
Everybody knows it was stolen..

Any that says it wasn’t is a COWARD...


3 posted on 11/08/2012 10:30:32 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Steelfish

Idiot RINOs will never learn.


4 posted on 11/08/2012 10:32:42 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Steelfish

Hannity also railed against Akin and Mourdock on FOX tonight and Eric Bolling said we need our candidates to run on fiscal issues, not social issues.

How blind are these guys? That’s exactly what Mitt Romney just did.


5 posted on 11/08/2012 10:34:59 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: Steelfish

We need them to just stop.

Some took a day off today.

Amnesty?

Try questioning why they were unnundated with crowds, happy,spontaneous crowds, while Bronco couldn’t get his wife and 2,000 people to come out for Bruce Doodooo Head and JayZ, or however he spells his silly moniker.
And yet he lost the vote.

NOT for sore loser ship but to use their intellect, an oxymoron in this case, to remedy the situation.

Stop.


6 posted on 11/08/2012 10:35:57 PM PST by stanne
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To: Steelfish

Obama won because he turned out his base by being as far-left as they wanted him to be, including endorsing same-sex marriage, and he demonized his opposition.

If we had energized the right-wing of the party and bashed Obama on every issue at every turn without pulling any punches, we would’ve won. Obviously Romney pretty much did the latter in the first debate for a total of 90 minutes of his campaign, and won it handily with a 5-point bump in the polls. Then we heard they decided to “back off” totally by the 3rd debate because they were afraid they’d create “sympathy” for Obama if they kept being tough on him.


7 posted on 11/08/2012 10:37:43 PM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: Steelfish

Hannity, Boehner For Amnesty?
In the case of the former, it will be a great way to nuke his career on both radio and TV. (How many ratings points has Fox News lost since Roger Ailes announced that “course correction” last year?)
8 posted on 11/08/2012 10:38:09 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Steelfish

I’ve always said that Hannity is a closeted liberal. Look at his callers. An endless parade of braindead liberals.


9 posted on 11/08/2012 10:39:01 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest)
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To: Steelfish

Boner and Hannity, not the 2 brightest bulbs in the lamp!!


10 posted on 11/08/2012 10:39:37 PM PST by Steelers6
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To: Steelfish

Voter fraud on a scale never seen before.


11 posted on 11/08/2012 10:42:58 PM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Steelfish

Hannity must’ve forgot Republicans already did amnesty.
I heard Hannity yesterday talk of his “evolving” position. What a milquetoast.


12 posted on 11/08/2012 10:44:42 PM PST by RginTN
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To: JediJones

But conservatives, RINO, GOP elites and tea party are busy fighting each other.

Liberals have education system, unions, media, hollywood......

Conservatives just have Foxnews, and Rupert Murdoch has to handle the crisis in UK.


13 posted on 11/08/2012 10:51:54 PM PST by granada
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Quote “
I’ve always said that Hannity is a closeted liberal. Look at his callers. An endless parade of braindead liberals.”

The liberals know Hannity is a weak link in the conservative mindset and party ... so they send their braidead liberals knowing they cant be challenged or shamed by Hannity...

Hannity and his football throwing is a ego tribute to himself ... simply put its childish and not very professional. Just sayin of course !


14 posted on 11/08/2012 10:54:53 PM PST by GoldnGate
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I’ve always said that Hannity is a closeted liberal. Look at his callers. An endless parade of braindead liberals.

Your analysis is definitely on target. Additional evidence is that Sean Hannity characterizes these traitorous liberals as "...great, great, great, great Americans". Disgusting.

15 posted on 11/08/2012 11:21:45 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Steelfish
....... There is an old saying that goes something like this "All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to stand by and do nothing" ..... Well folks .... I am hearing about a few people .... well ... approximately 3,000,000 from what I hear that stood by and did nothing right when America needed them most!!! So when we sit by and try to figure out what when wrong .... perhaps we should look our selves in the face and say to ourselves "I have met the enemy ... and it is us!"

Too many fine people stayed at home and turned their collective backs on this nation when she absolutely needed them most and now sit back and criticize the GOP for what went wrong. As a result of THEIR inaction ... this nation has fundamentally change because they did not heed the clarion call for protection. All I can say now is Shame on you! So what will happen when you finally get your PERFECT candidate next election ... will the other 3 million voters stay home because they don't like the flavor of the month? What will the history books say about this time of need?

This whole thing stinks to high heaven as far as I am concerned. This nation may have well gone down in defeat without a single shot being fired to protect her. All because of 3 million who would turn their backs because of their politics ... not seeing the need for the necessity of something called TEAMWORK which seems to be a strange foreign concept amongst conservatives!

16 posted on 11/08/2012 11:57:03 PM PST by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: R_Kangel

What percentage of this 3m are Romney voters?


17 posted on 11/08/2012 11:59:11 PM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish

The liberal GOP establishment wants to move left AKA Amnesty and higher taxes.

Who wants to vote for these buffoons?

If given a choice between the fake GOP liberals and the genuine leftist Democrats, the American people are going to vote for the genuine article every time.

I mean if these people no longer even pay lip service to conservatism, the GOP will soon go out of business! No one wants a party that is “me, too, only bigger.” It ain’t a winning position!


18 posted on 11/09/2012 12:00:30 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Steelfish
Amnesty for Illegals Doesn’t Win Hispanic Votes

Here's a couple of excerpts:

The largest amnesty in history was the 1986 amnesty, which legalized 3 million illegal aliens, most of whom were Hispanic. The first presidential election in which they were eligible to vote was in 1996. The Republican candidate that year was Bob Dole — the man who had been majority leader in the Senate in 1986 and helped pass the amnesty. The chief author of that amnesty was also a Republican, Sen. Alan Simpson. And that amnesty was signed into law by another Republican — President Reagan. So, you would think there was resounding Hispanic support and gratitude for the Republican candidate in 1996. Wrong. Only 21 percent of Hispanics voted for the Republican.

In this election, 74 percent of the voters were white, 13 percent were black, 9 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Asian, etc. To put it bluntly, given such a vast majority of white voters, you have to wonder why ethnic pandering would be needed at all for Republicans to win elections. What the Republicans need is a return to the conservative values that brought many victories in the past. Republicans could once again attract a resounding majority consisting of white voters and self-reliant nonwhites by loudly propounding economic and social policies that favor middle-class financial security and prosperity. But supporting liberal immigration policies is not the way. There is simply no evidence that liberal immigration policies ever made middle-class voters feel secure and prosperous.


19 posted on 11/09/2012 12:06:37 AM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Steelfish
Obama won because conservatives stayed home and I'm pretty sure that granting amnesty to 10 million future Democrats won't help matters next time around!!!!

Morons!!

20 posted on 11/09/2012 12:40:36 AM PST by Carbonsteel
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To: Jim Robinson

This article from Rod Dreher (Senior editor, The American Conservative) makes some good points, I think.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20257611

It’s a much deeper analysis than most of the conspiracy theory type posts I have seen so far. Time for some actual soul searching, people! This was a true butt-whipping, so quit making lame excuses. What will convince a majority of voters (not just old, white, male, evangelical southerners) that the party has something to offer them? Demographics are destiny, that is a fact that cannot be overcome with rhetoric.


21 posted on 11/09/2012 12:44:18 AM PST by MinnRed551
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To: MinnRed551

Lesson? Run squishy RINOs you lose.


22 posted on 11/09/2012 12:51:16 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Jim Robinson
Lesson? Run squishy RINOs you lose.

Ditto that. The Romney strategy of muzzling conservatives to gain support of independents didn't work at all. It was still a total blowout in places like California, New York, and Illinois.

23 posted on 11/09/2012 1:26:20 AM PST by EVO X
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To: Steelfish

I think Boehner is doing this because by coming out first his putting on the Democrats to try to work with him


24 posted on 11/09/2012 2:51:15 AM PST by zt1053
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To: Steelfish

Yes, Hannity came out for amnesty yesterday on his show. He said he is “evolving” on the issue.


25 posted on 11/09/2012 3:01:33 AM PST by Fresh Wind
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To: Steelfish

The GOPe has taken away any real power from Republican voters during the primaries, thus ensuring that the people’s wishes are ignored.

Ultimately, that is the cause of the Nov 6 debacle.

The GOP needs to end the practice of letting ANYBODY from any party vote in Republican primaries. Period.

The fact that so many of the early primary States allow this hideous rule cooks the primaries before most Republican voters have had a chance to vote in their primaries.

We will know the GOP is serious when they end that rule.


26 posted on 11/09/2012 3:27:43 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: hosepipe

Ohio gets to vote for a Month and this is what you get,
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2957390/posts


27 posted on 11/09/2012 3:36:08 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: Steelfish
Gee, Sean, how do you think legalizing 25,000,000 dem voters will help the Republican party?

This was all just a game to Hannity, no more important than the Superbowl.

28 posted on 11/09/2012 8:06:32 AM PST by Eagles6 (DNC 2012 Convention: Celebrating infanticide and sodomy. Denying God.What could possibly go wrong?)
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To: JediJones

I almost fell out last night when I heard Hannity say that, and then Eric Bolling came along right behind him and said we need to dump social issues.

Then you have Ann Coulter saying “purists” (conservatives) need to be purged from the party, and Krauthammer stating that Republicans must embrace amnesty.

To keep Obama out, I voted for Romney, something I said I would never do. But I will not sell my soul. If winning elections means I have to become a Democrat, I’m out.


29 posted on 11/09/2012 8:12:14 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
Absolutely. Limbaugh, Levin, Gallagher and Deace are guys who understand what should be obvious, Romney didn't lose because he was too "conservative." Number one, we can't conclude a whole lot from this election other than that Obama connected better emotionally with swing voters than Romney and that minorities love him dearly for reasons that have little or nothing to do with political issues.

But Obama won the election partly by turning out his base and backing them strongly on social issues. The lesson if anything is that Republicans need to do the same with their base. We just tried liberal lite yet again and it didn't work.

Where we need to be pragmatic if anywhere is to pick a really likable, charismatic candidate. If our guy has those qualities, he can sell any issue we want him to, just like Obama can. We just got done picking a relatively uncharismatic candidate who was moderate on the issues. Time to do the opposite and find a very conservative, charismatic candidate for next time.

30 posted on 11/09/2012 9:43:59 AM PST by JediJones (Newt Gingrich warned us that the "King of Bain" was unelectable. Did you listen?)
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To: Steelfish

Republicans of every stripe REFUSE to admit this election was stolen..
and are devising plans and schemes that are extremely silly..
SILLY!!!..

“We” didn’t loose at all... multiple votes and vote counting malfeasance some it totally UNKNOWN as yet.. caused the LOSS..

Conservatives came out in the greatest numbers they ever have in any election.. but we still LOST...
HOW could that be?... well duuuugh..

WHat would it take to actually PISS OFF a republican?..
Answer; NOBODY KNOWS YET.. its never been done..


31 posted on 11/09/2012 10:16:50 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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