GOP: Too many “leaders,” too few ideas

The Republican Party now has just one animating principle to which all of its members adhere: Obama is the anti-Christ. Nothing else pulls the party together. And, unfortunately for the GOP, that’s not enough to win elections.

Even the love affair with Sarah Palin isn’t as strong as the hype suggests; just 18 percent of Republicans view her as best reflecting the party’s core values. According to The Washington Post,

Republicans and GOP-leaning independents are overwhelmingly negative about Obama and the Democratic Party more broadly, with nearly all dissatisfied with the administration’s policies and almost half saying they are “angry” about them. About three-quarters have a more basic complaint, saying Obama does not stand for “traditional American values.” More than eight in 10 say there is no chance they would support his reelection.

But for all the talk among Republican elected officials about a nascent comeback after gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey this month, there is also broad frustration among Republican voters about the party’s direction, detachment from its congressional representatives and a schism over its priorities.

Fewer than half of the Republicans and Republican-leaners surveyed by The Washington Post see the party’s leadership as taking the GOP in the “right direction,” down sharply from this time four years ago. About four in 10 are dissatisfied with the policy proposals being offered by congressional Republicans, and similar numbers see the current crop of GOP legislators as out of touch with their problems and personal values. Nearly a third say the Republicans in Congress are not standing up for the party’s core values.

One of the more intriguing findings from the poll, conducted by the Post, was this: About four in 10 are dissatisfied with the policy proposals being offered by congressional Republicans.
They are dissatisfied with the policy proposals being offered by congressional Republicans? What policy proposals? Congressional Republicans have no policy proposals.

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November 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

You are so very wrong. What unites conservatives is a firm belief in self determination, self reliance, independence of thought and action, and reliance on their own ability to take care of themselves and their families. These are the core beliefs of a party who does not seek to ban any speech or religious activity with which they disagree. This is a party who believes that every person has a duty to himself and his country. They are not the party of fat, lazy, whiners, moaners and those with their hands out for the dole. You may not like them, but their work is what allows your welfare party voters to live out their fat, lazy lives.


November 30th, 2009
12:23 pm

All should be suspect of any poll results and interpretation without knowing the poll study design, questions, sampling strategy, demographics of those sampled, etc. One also has to be suspect of who conducted the survey and interpreted/reported the results.

For example, The Washington Post has been called “Pravda on the Potomac”, an allusion to the official newspaper of the Soviet communist party.

Basic Premise

November 30th, 2009
12:28 pm

Joan is spot on!! To add to her post –

Dr. Adrian Rogers:

“You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”


November 30th, 2009
12:31 pm

Joan at 12:14 pm – ” What unites conservatives is a firm belief in self determination, self reliance, independence of thought and action, and reliance on their own ability to take care of themselves and their families.”

That is what unites conservatives. But that is NOT what Republicans have done since Eisenhower left office. Every Republican president since Ike has practiced the economics of cut taxes/increase spending,
have the government decide what individuals do with their life, increase dependence on the government, and call anyone who disagrees “Un-American”. That is the legacy of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush 41 & Bush 43.

But if you prefer to live your life in “Neverland” so be it.

I would prefer to elect a conservative but the Republican Party refuses to nominate such an individual.


November 30th, 2009
12:32 pm

Who reads this one sided dribble anyway. It must be very challenging to be paid to write “I hate Bush” “I hate conservatives” “I love Obama” “I love liberals”. Check how many other newspapers syndicate this column- shouldn’t be hard.

Road Scholar

November 30th, 2009
12:41 pm

Joan, you are a piece of work! What is interesting is that you and other conservatives think that you are above all others. And what makes it more entertaining is that you accuse others, mostly liberals and the educated, of being elitists! You don’t have a lock on the belief of self determination and reliance, or the obligation of duty to society and our country. Your comment on independance of thought and action is laughable as the conservatives echo the talking points on Fox News.

You state that your type “does not seek to ban any speech or religious activity with which they disagree.” Is that why George Bush (Shrub) did not allow people of other views attend his press conferences or speeches? Each speech had an invitee list and no one else was allowed in. This is the openness you boast? The continual degradation of individuals and groups that didn’t agree with the past administration and you was highlighted by them being called unpatriotic or they wanted the US to fail. This is respect of their rights to disagree?

As for lazy, whiners, moaners ,etc. your type talk about all the handouts and excessive government until your beach house or home is flooded, destroyed, etc. Especially since it was built on the coast or in floodplains. You complain about excessive taxes, and then never address the cost of war and protecting this country.

If you haven’t noticed, WE are in this together. Like it or not WE need to get past generalizations and get down to discussing, without insults, what this country needs to get everyone back on their feet.


November 30th, 2009
12:46 pm

It is indeed interesting, Road Scholar, that you wind up saying “WE need to get past generalizations,” after you have made your own generalizations thusly, “What is interesting is that you and other conservatives think that you are above all others.” You have lumped all conservatives together but wish to preach against it. Which are we to believe? I haven’t seen or heard of a sense that “We are in this together” since a few month following 9-11. Since then, the country has been hatefully divided, and each side is practicing ugly oneupmanship to see who can out-hate the most. It’s very immature and unhelpful.


November 30th, 2009
12:51 pm

Democrats…..No leaders, and way too many ideas.


November 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

Hey, I don’t have a beach house, and don’t go along with the government subsidizing the rebuilding of those things either. If you live on a floodplain, or on a shore, you are going to get wet. Get over it. You are right that the Republicans have let me and a lot of other conservatives down and unless they wake up and smell the coffee, liberals are going to continue to multiply their constituency by giving amnesty to illegals, and just generally multiplying their voter base until taxpayers can’t support them anymore. Then, yes, we will all be in it together. But conservatives will be back to figuring out how to make a living, while liberals will be out with their hands out.

Turd Feguson

November 30th, 2009
1:28 pm

“Obama is the anti-Christ”…LMAO!

That is far to great a compliment for Obobo and his intellect wouldnt hold up to scrutiny under “questioning”.

Ms Palin has been villified by the dems more so than being named the second messiah by the reps. Her popularity seems to have been perpetuated by the sheer hatred steaming from the democratic party.

This being said Joans 12:14 sums it up and very well I might add!!

Chris Broe

November 30th, 2009
1:43 pm

To be fair to the GOP, conservatism is still undefined. It used to mean, God, Guns and Gays. It no longer means God or Guns.

What does it mean to be a conservative? What are conservatives thankful for?

BTW: Cynthia’s Prayer of Thanksgiving was the most moving of the blog host’s group-thanx. Luchovich has the most hilarious caricature of Cheney I ever saw. Wooten did an amazing bit of creative writing about his family’s Tara. Kyle’s was a revelation of how nice guys finish just fine, thank you.

Frankly, I was alone over the holiday, and I can’t cook, so I’m thankful for turkey franks and stove top stuffing.


November 30th, 2009
1:50 pm

These little arguements are always interesting to watch. We should have learned under the Bush (Cheney) years that fears allows leaders to get what THEY want- not what is best for the country. Now the tables are turned and the Obama administration (and Congress) is doing the same thing with regard to stimulus, healthcare, etc. We need to wake up realize that government (and the media) loves this as this allows the “pushing” of a mostly self interest agenda. Politics, like a lot of things, is circular- the further left you go the closer you are to the far right.


November 30th, 2009
1:55 pm

Joan, Both of your comments are spot on. I could not have said it better.

Lakeisha Moesha

November 30th, 2009
2:22 pm

Obama has relied on “unprecedented” in more than 90 instances, using the word at least 129 times in everything from major addresses to small speeches, statements, memorandums and proclamations.

Unprecedented loss of popularity in 11 months
Unprecedented lies
Unprecedented corruption
Unprecedented smoke and mirrors
Unprecedented use of the phrase “shout out” by a world leader
Unprecedented Secret Service issues
Unprecedented spending
Unprecedented bows


November 30th, 2009
2:40 pm

Joan, Don’t be bothered by jconservative, a week or two ago he posted that MILLIONS of kids were dying because of the lack of health insurance. Maybe he lives in neverland because that statement is nonsense.


November 30th, 2009
2:43 pm

Since Obama is the opposite of conservative, conservatives would, by default, have an easy time rallying around a position of anti-Obama. Duh.

That is not enough to win elections, granted. But it is a starting point. The country will see the tab for too many govt programs, hopefully see the light, and elect a different president in 2012.

Common Sense

November 30th, 2009
3:22 pm

Ms. Tucker:

You have lost all credibility since you ignored the facts of my posts on the previous thread re: the U.S. Secret Service.

Your bias is beyond repair and stains everything you write..


November 30th, 2009
3:33 pm

Common Sense, your comment that my “bias stains everything” I write had a certain poetry, but it strains, ah, common sense. This blog is a commentary blog, so “bias” is what it’s all about.
As for whether “staff” should have been at the entry to the White House, perhaps so. But there was no staff present, so only guests whose names had already been cleared should have been admitted.
I’ve been to the White House. I had to submit my DOB and Social Security number days in advance for pre-clearance. everyone who accepts an invitation has been asked to do the same. No one is supposed to be admitted who has not been pre-cleared.
As for the number of threats, the Secret Service has admitted that Obama has received more threats than any other president in modern history.


November 30th, 2009
3:34 pm

I wasn’t writing about “conservatives.” I was writing about “Republicans.”


November 30th, 2009
3:37 pm

These are the core beliefs of a party who does not seek to ban any speech or religious activity with which they disagree.

Perhaps you haven’t heard about the GOP’s ten point purity resolution. Violate any three and the candidate receives no money or party endorsement.

So much for the assertion that the GOP is”party who does not seek to ban any speech.” :roll:


November 30th, 2009
3:55 pm

THE MANHATTAN DECLARATION…”…As Christians, we take seriously the Biblical admonition to respect and obey those in authority. We believe in law and in the rule of law. We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral. The biblical purpose of law is to preserve order and serve justice and the common good; yet laws that are unjust—and especially laws that purport to compel citizens to do what is unjust—undermine the common good, rather than serve it.
Going back to the earliest days of the church, Christians have refused to compromise their proclamation of the gospel. In Acts 4, Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching. Their answer was, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required. There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, and citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself. Unjust laws degrade human beings. Inasmuch as they can claim no authority beyond sheer human will, they lack any power to bind in conscience. King’s willingness to go to jail, rather than comply with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring.
Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God’s.

Tom Middleton

November 30th, 2009
5:27 pm


You’re right to put Republican “leaders” in quotes, Cynthia, because the Repubes have only one – that big, fat idiot (said Al Franken) Rush Limbaugh.

The addictive-prone, big-mouthed, and really quite insane Rush is having an ecstatic ball running his very own political party, in addition to his $400 million radio contract. And when it comes to big ideas – I mean ideas that really work – he has only one: feed Rush’s super-sized egomania.

How long will it be before the Republicans wake up to the fact that, slowly but surely, they’re going down. And what’s their up-and-coming answer to all this? Why Sarah Palin, Rush’s hand-picked and personally counseled lap hound. Yeah, now there’s the party of America’s new-and-improved future…NOT.

I thought Republicans finally learned their lesson with President Bush and blithering (idiot) Cheney about putting liars into leadership positions. But apparently last November’s voter tsunami has yet to register on the Republican strategy scale of zero to smart, and it seems highly unlikely it’ll be starting any time soon!

Uncle Tom Bill

November 30th, 2009
5:30 pm

Conservative, hummmmmm, what kind social, or fiscal?
Far too many people attach themselves to the term conservatism , when in fact in many instances they are NOT conservative at all!
During the sixties, many white males in the South, jumped aboard the “conservative bandwagon”, simply because Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Bill. IMHO this attitude still is in effect among some. Being Black and a Republican for forty years, I’ve seen the unmasking of many so-called conservatives, as mere bigots.
If the party wants to regain its status, inclusion is number one.
No inclusion, no regaining of power.

Tom Middleton

November 30th, 2009
6:42 pm

CJ: We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

You seemed to have missed something, my friend: God’s law is higher by far than anything Caesar’s. If you’re not loving God first “with all your heart, mind and soul,” and “Doing unto others as you would have others do unto you,” then all you’re doing is rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. So how does this make you a real Christian, especially one willing to make all women with unwanted pregnancies carry their fetuses to term?

The Golden Rule is about empathy and love for other individuals. So knowing the incredible task before any would-be mother in today’s world, even under the best of circumstances, why are you so willing to impose your will on any having little to no help at all.

Who’s going to help her, you? Are you willing to make that long-term commitment? How about government? Are you willing to pay more taxes for this approach? Like so many others on this blog, apparently not! So under what circumstances are you willing to help her, any at all?

If we’re to render unto God what is God’s, why wouldn’t you be willing to help any and all women you force to carry their fetuses to term, raise their children. This is what God would have you do, you know, so why can’t you see this utter contradiction in your staunch anti-abortion position?

If you’re not willing to help, CJ, then maybe you should stay out of the way and allow the women with unwanted pregnancies to make their own decisions based on their own personal relationships with our one God, not on your misconceptions about what a real relationship with God is all about!

Jesus luvs Cannabis

November 30th, 2009
8:36 pm

Corinthians 4:20 “Ye up high on the mount, Jesus sighs in disgust when the self-righteous call other humans illegal, and the disciples toked from the holy oil and they had a nice supper”