Barack Obama is not the source of GOP’s problems

House Speaker John Boehner is feeling besieged, and I can’t say I blame him. When Nancy Pelosi handed him the speaker’s gavel two years ago, shortly after the success of the 2010 mid-terms, the prospects for the Republican Party looked bright. Now, by Boehner’s own admission, it is fighting for survival against a president who this week used his inaugural address to lay out an aggressive policy agenda.

As Boehner put it in a speech Tuesday at the Ripon Society in Wisconsin, Republicans face “an environment that is going to be far more hostile than anything that I think we’ve seen for a long, long time.”

“And given what we heard … about the president’s vision for his second term, it’s pretty clear to me that he knows he can’t do any of that as long as the House is controlled by Republicans. So we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party.

“And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”

There’s an odd tone of aggrievement in Boehner’s words, as if he can’t quite believe that Obama would actually dare to take advantage of Republican weakness, as if doing so were somehow unfair and unseemly. You hear that tone often from conservatives these days. (See Michael Gerson and Charles Krauthammer and David Brooks). It’s as if the universe has gone badly out of whack, and they can’t quite wrap their heads around it.

In fact, their dismay is almost poignant, coming after years of scorched-earth politics from Republicans who were determined to make Obama’s destruction their No. 1 goal.

House Speaker John Boehner, right, accepts the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame’s Distinguished American Award last August..

House Speaker John Boehner, right, accepts the Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame’s Distinguished American Award last August..

In a sadly funny aside, Boehner told the Ripon Society about inviting his friend Lou Holtz, the conservative and eternally optimistic former football coach turned analyst, to Washington to give a motivational pep talk to Republican freshmen.

“And before he went over to talk to them, he came over to my office, and he was moaning and groaning. I said, ‘Lou, would you stop it? We’re Americans, we’ll figure this out!’ And I had to spend 15 minutes giving Lou Holtz a pep talk!”

The truth is, Obama lacks the ability or leverage to shove the Republican Party into the dustbin of history. He isn’t even the GOP’s primary enemy.

A political party is like a business or a football team or any other entity operating in a highly competitive field. It can, for a while, refuse to make small, month-to-month, year-to-year adaptations. But adaptation will be forced upon it nonetheless. If the internal culture is resistant to change, if those changes are not allowed to happen gradually, organically, then they will come all at once, in a veritable cascade.

That’s where the Grand Old Party stands today. Obama may serve as a convenient villain, but if Republicans focus on him as the cause of their woes, they focus on the wrong thing. The truth is that most of the party’s problems are of its own making.

If Obama is trying to marginalize you as extremist, stop proving him right. If minority voters and female voters look at you with suspicion, stop giving them confirmation of their fears. If young people perceive you as being as out of date as a rotary-dial phone, stop trying to re-create the 1950s.

Adapt.

Otherwise, the dustbin awaits ….

– Jay Bookman

502 comments Add your comment

saywhat?

January 24th, 2013
8:53 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 24th, 2013
8:53 am

The GOP is its own problem. Obama did not force them to become extremist crazies.

saywhat?

January 24th, 2013
8:57 am

I wouldn’t say it is Obama’s goal, but at this point I can’t see him getting all eaten up with guilt if he were to give the GOP a little nudge toward the dust bin.

Ronald Reagan Parkway

January 24th, 2013
8:57 am

Another excellent article Jay!! The Repubs have a hole so deep, it will take years for them to climb out!!

Soothsayer

January 24th, 2013
8:57 am

HDB

January 24th, 2013
8:58 am

“The truth is that most of the party’s problems are of its own making.

If Obama is trying to marginalize you as extremist, stop proving him right. If minority voters and female voters look at you with suspicion, stop giving them confirmation of their fears. If young people perceive you as being as out of date as a rotary-dial phone, stop trying to re-create the 1950s.”

EXACTLY!!

It’s time for Republicans to look at minorities as CONSTITUENTS rather than adversaries; it’s time for Republicans to look at reality and develop a cogent and ATTRACTIVE message; it’s time for the Tea Party to go into oblivion!

“In fact, their dismay is almost poignant, coming after years of scorched-earth politics from Republicans who were determined to make Obama’s destruction their No. 1 goal.”

Karma’s a b!tch…………….

Tom da bomb

January 24th, 2013
8:58 am

Adaptation is just another word for evolution, a concept that Republicans have been rejecting for years.

USinUK - just grateful not to be snowbound

January 24th, 2013
8:59 am

“There’s an odd tone of aggrievement in Boehner’s words, as if he can’t quite believe that Obama would actually dare to take advantage of Republican weakness, as if doing so were somehow unfair and unseemly.”

victimhood … the new GOP mantra

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 24th, 2013
9:01 am

I posted this downstairs but applicable to this thread:

Here’s the chance to help the Republican Party and tell them what they are doing wrong:

http://growthopp.gop.com/default.aspx?s=pro

Jefferson

January 24th, 2013
9:02 am

Reasonable people can come to reasonable conclusions under reasonable conditions, unless you are a republican.

Spread the word.

Doggone/GA

January 24th, 2013
9:02 am

“I wouldn’t say it is Obama’s goal, but at this point I can’t see him getting all eaten up with guilt if he were to give the GOP a little nudge toward the dust bin.”

Heck, at this point I don’t think he even needs to do that much. All he needs to do is give them the opportunity to take another step in that direction and then sit back and watch them do it.

USinUK - just grateful not to be snowbound

January 24th, 2013
9:04 am

” All he needs to do is give them the opportunity to take another step in that direction and then sit back and watch them do it.”

exactly – when your opponent is self-immolating, the best course of action is to step back and let him.

HDB

January 24th, 2013
9:04 am

……another thing: Republicans need to quit trying to marginalize the American populace and quit attempting to RIG ELECTIONS!! Look at what the GOP is proposing in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin…….

JohnnyReb

January 24th, 2013
9:05 am

Yet another Liberal telling Republicans what they need to do.

Just be more like us and everything will be rosy. Right.

Obama won with just over 51% and only the second to do so. So what. Your and his policies are not the majority of Americans. You will see that with the gun vote.

DannyX

January 24th, 2013
9:06 am

Last years Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum and Romney sideshow had a lot to do with the destruction of the Republican party. Akin, and Mourdock, and Rush too.

Don’t worry though, unskewedpolls.com has the Republican approval rating up to 108%, Rasmussen has it at 106%. Things are looking up!

Darwin

January 24th, 2013
9:09 am

Republicans like to play the victim card.

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January 24th, 2013
9:10 am

“Obama won with just over 51% and only the second to do so. So what. ”

Translation – My ODS is flaring up and I had no idea that Obama is the 1st President since 1956 to have at least 51% in back to back election WINS.

indigo

January 24th, 2013
9:10 am

There certainly is an odd tone of aggrievement in Boehner’s tone. Like so many other Republicans, he was certain the country would come to it’s senses and get back to normal by putting a white man back into the White House. When this did not happen, shock and awe set in and he’s still suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome.

It’s almost sad to see so many Republicans suffering such devastating effects because of believing too much of their own propaganda.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

January 24th, 2013
9:10 am

Oh me! The Boner is right. Those mean-as-a-wolverine librul Democrats are trying their best to destroy us. Why, right here in GA, both of them are picking on the Republican guvmint. I just feel so picked on.

It’s cold out here folks, and I hope your heat goes out. If I have to be out in this weather, you should too.

Have a good Thursday everybody.

Granny Godzilla

January 24th, 2013
9:10 am

JohnnyReb

January 24th, 2013
9:05 am

Yet another Liberal telling Republicans what they need to do.
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I’d think they’d be grateful for the help…cause they haven’t been doing a bang up job on their own.

TaxPayer

January 24th, 2013
9:10 am

Adapt and survive. How evolutionary! I don’t see that as being in the GOP’s fate.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 24th, 2013
9:11 am

Americans are having a national gun vote? Or is someone just shooting their mouth off?

Instead of truly working to see how they can attract more voters, the GOP is implementing every plan they can to suppress votes, to deny majority voters their rights and to steal elections. Basically, they seek to have taxation without representation. SO much for those founding father ideals they trot out.

JohnnyReb

January 24th, 2013
9:11 am

Darwin

January 24th, 2013
9:09 am

Republicans like to play the victim card.
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And that from a patriot of the Left whose number one message is oppression.

USinUK - just grateful not to be snowbound

January 24th, 2013
9:12 am

“Yet another Liberal telling Republicans what they need to do. Just be more like us and everything will be rosy. Right.”

:lol:

thank you for so aptly demonstrating Jay’s point.

Granny Godzilla

January 24th, 2013
9:13 am

A simple karmic lesson …

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

They’re screwed.

USinUK - just grateful not to be snowbound

January 24th, 2013
9:15 am

well, they can always hope that women, young people and minorities don’t vote … there IS that …

barking frog

January 24th, 2013
9:15 am

Jay
You are correct, but the intra party schism does nothing to help
the democrats or the President and that is what is needed to go
forward. The President and Boehner must destroy the Republican
right wing in 2014 or we will occupy the doldrums until 2016 and
beyond.

Recon 0311 2533

January 24th, 2013
9:15 am

Adapt, yes adapt. Adapt to the fact we have a severe debt crises that represents the greatest danger to our Republic and to our children’s future. Rather than address this danger through leadership Obama and the left are trying their best to dumb down America by pushing a domestic social agenda as the most important priority.

TBone

January 24th, 2013
9:15 am

The way half of the country sees it, Barack Hussein Obama is the country’s problem. Forget the GOP’s problem, he’s a lot bigger problem than that.

JohnnyReb

January 24th, 2013
9:16 am

“…deny majority voters their rights and to steal elections.”

Good Fight – I’m sure you meant minority, but regardless its more BS from the Left.
If a person can produce an ID to cash that government check they can do so to vote. If there was large scale denial at the booth it would be 24/7/365 on all the legacy media. This BS is just more to keep the base involved.

southpaw

January 24th, 2013
9:17 am

Democrats watched another opposing political party go to the dustbin–the Whig Party in the 1850s. And if the opposing party collapses, Democrats will never have any opposition again. Right?

USinUK - just grateful not to be snowbound

January 24th, 2013
9:18 am

Scout – yep – because we can’t do two things at the same time … debt and addressing social injustice.

TaxPayer

January 24th, 2013
9:18 am

I must say that I am truly amazed at JohnnyReb’s ability to sit there and type complete sentences whilst yelling, “LALALALALALALA,” in order to ensure the muffling of anything contradicting his programming. The schooling was a success.

St Simons

January 24th, 2013
9:18 am

you’re right. Obama’s not their problem. Hate is their problem.
and in an ironic twist, Hate is also the only glue holding them together.

dinosaur – chixulub – meteor – boom – gone

JohnnyReb

January 24th, 2013
9:18 am

No, there is not a specific vote by Americans on guns, But and unfortunately, those that did not vote in the last election will find a way to let their Congressman know their feelings on taking their guns. Maybe this power grab by the Left will energize enough to send an unmistakable message in the mid-term.

Dumb and Dumber

January 24th, 2013
9:19 am

Only a dummy would aggressively expand the government while we run trillion dollar annual deficits, but that’s who a majority of the country elected. Why would we entrust someone with such power when they really, really don’t know what they are doing? Sad and scary

GT

January 24th, 2013
9:21 am

A Republican will look you dead in the eye and tell you he realizes the Republicans need to get their message out better, denying in this that there is something wrong with their message and getting this message out is exactly what is killing them.

They live is such a bubble, that they cannot perceive a world where hate is not a given, where bullies run the fashion show, greed and selfishness are attributes. They are like the tennis player that keeps putting the ball to the opponent’s strength thinking he is going to get different results.

They refusal to compromise or communicate outside their party domestic or foreign, their homogeneous make up, their allergies to education or expanding their reading or listening beyond their own propaganda, their lack of youth or women in their decision making, all and much more put them on an island in an era of world wide awareness of our human condition. Come on out of your caves GOP the sunlight is wonderful and life is good. Or stay in darkness and depression, it is a free and great country, even if you are determine to deny it.

TiredOfIt

January 24th, 2013
9:21 am

“It’s as if the universe has gone badly out of whack, and they can’t quite wrap their heads around it.”
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When I check-in with Fox News, I feel like I am watching something from another universe. Also, I thought the GOP was big on personal responsibility?

Granny Godzilla

January 24th, 2013
9:21 am

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 24th, 2013
9:22 am

As per the youth and any other intelligent Americans………the GOP isn’t the only party of crooks being relegated to the sewage.
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The DNC isn’t growing in leaps and bounds either.(only roughly 1/5 of americans voted for what oozed out of Chicago).
Decent peaceful people simply want decent peaceful politicians.

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And that’s a good thing.
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Long Live Lupe Fiasco!

Paul

January 24th, 2013
9:23 am

“A political party is like a business or a football team or any other entity operating in a highly competitive field. It can, for a while, refuse to make small, month-to-month, year-to-year adaptations. But adaptation will be forced upon it nonetheless. If the internal culture is resistant to change, if those changes are not allowed to happen gradually, organically, then they will come all at once, in a veritable cascade.”

Adaptions? From the party with a significant portion of members who reject evolution and think they’re God’s own creation?

Heaven help Boehner as he tires to convince them they’re not.

I love the irony.

And the karma.

Doggone/GA

January 24th, 2013
9:24 am

Looks like the party of “personal responsibility” isn’t really

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

January 24th, 2013
9:25 am

“And let me just tell you, I do believe that is their goal — to just shove us into the dustbin of history.”

Sounds good to me. Sooner is better. But I can wait until mid-terms.

Paul

January 24th, 2013
9:25 am

No wonder Boehner and a segment of this blog think the problem is Obama.

Deflection. They’ve adapted so much it’s now a part of them.

Ummmm….. aren’t these the same bloggers who assailed SecState Clinton for not taking responsibility?

JISL

January 24th, 2013
9:26 am

Obama is white center in chicken droppings and thats America’s problem!

guy

January 24th, 2013
9:26 am

Tbone You can’t convince the obama cult members that everyone does not support their party or their president. You are right but the liberal press won’t let it happen.

DannyX

January 24th, 2013
9:27 am

Initial claims for unemployment at 5 year low.
Dow at 5 year high.

I think Republicans prefer the good ol’ days of economic collapse.

Paul

January 24th, 2013
9:27 am

“only roughly 1/5 of americans voted ”

Heyward thinks kids in grade school and people who stay home on election day elect presidents, not eligible voters who bother to vote.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

January 24th, 2013
9:29 am

to just shove us into the dustbin of history.

Oh, that it could be that easy!

Recon 0311 2533

January 24th, 2013
9:30 am

Paul, very good our country is on its way to falling off the fiscal mountain and you seem to think our biggest problem is Christians who reject evolution.

Real Scootter

January 24th, 2013
9:30 am

Well,if the GOP does go to the dust bin we may be lucky enough to get a viable third party.That’s what I would like to see anyway.

Soothsayer

January 24th, 2013
9:31 am

Doggone/GA

January 24th, 2013
9:32 am

“our country is on its way to falling off the fiscal mountain ”

If you think that now…what would you think about it if Paul Ryan’s budget had been passed, with it’s 23 trillion dollar deficit?

St Simons

January 24th, 2013
9:32 am

“…we’re expecting over the next 22 months to be the focus of this
administration as they attempt to annihilate the Republican Party.”

good. yes. absolutely. Now that we understand each other,

and since you’ve tried tried to annihilate the American middle class
for the last 30 years, you should be fully aware of the whoopin
that’s coming.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 24th, 2013
9:32 am

DannyX

January 24th, 2013
9:33 am

“Paul, very good our country is on its way to falling off the fiscal mountain and you seem to think our biggest problem is Christians who reject evolution.”

Well then surely Republicans have a plan to fix things. Tell us all about this mysterious plan.

DebbieDoRight - Minister Of Propaganda

January 24th, 2013
9:33 am

JohnnyReb he’s right. Its not about voter ID this time — they tried that and it failed.

they tried suppressing early voting. Failed

they tried making sure the lines to vote were abnormally long. Failed.

they tried getting some of their benefactors to proclaim “If you vote for Obama, you may not have a job tomorrow, ’cause I’ll only have $145B and couldn’t afford to keep you on” threats. FAILED.

they’ve tried gerrymandering; worked for some folks, however others were so toxic to the American public that even their own family didn’t vote for them. FAILED.

Everything they’ve tried thus far has — FAILED.

So, what’s left? Gerry rigging the electoral college votes. Hopefully, like all their other grand schemes, this will also

FAIL.

GOP=Losers.

GT

January 24th, 2013
9:33 am

They are doing it to themselves, after collecting billions they can’t read the pulse of the American public any better than they do. I truly wonder what they do with all that money they spend. It is like a baseball team busting the budget buying players and finishing last.

Doggone/GA

January 24th, 2013
9:33 am

“Well,if the GOP does go to the dust bin we may be lucky enough to get a viable third party.That’s what I would like to see anyway”

Your math is off. If the GOP goes to the dustbin and another party forms, we’ll still only have 2 parties. And those parties will still be composed of the same people.

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think.

January 24th, 2013
9:34 am

Click on the picture of the poem to read it.

Paul

January 24th, 2013
9:35 am

Recon

The point was using an ‘adaptation over time’ example with a part of a party that categorically rejects adaptation.

But I think you saw that.

And the theme of the post wasn’t the country falling off the fiscal mountain. It was Republicans falling off the mountain of relevancy.

Again, on both points, your post illustrates the denial problem Republicans face.

alex

January 24th, 2013
9:37 am

“extremist”-had to use it, can’t help yourself , Jay it’s what you do -hysterical descriptions, laughable…However, no doubt for any organization, evolve or cease to exist: social darwinism..plain and simple dfor the EXTREME repubs, sheesh, you crack me up….slow day for the opinion column, what about Hillary?

rightwingextreme

January 24th, 2013
9:37 am

I think, as a nation, we have to decide on some big ticket items:

1) Do we want more federal spending on the so-called entitlements? A better way to put this is to ask why should you have to pay for anything I have? If we do, we’re ALL going to have to pay a lot more in taxes.

2) Can we have a society where almost half do not pay any taxes at the federal level based on the 1040 tax return? Is that really fair to the 52% who are paying taxes based on the 1040?

3) Do we want to have a different immigration policy than what we’ve historically had? By that, I mean do we wave a magic wand and tell anybody who wants to “come on over, if you stay here long enough we’ll make you a citizen.”

4) Are we going to create a tax/regulatory climate in this country that is favorable to business? Look at California where companies and people are leaving due to the taxes in that state.

5) Are we going to have a government that adheres to the Constitution? And yes, this would include discussions on the Second Amendment.

6) Can we sustain the level of spending at the federal level? Do we raise taxes? Do we cut spending?

7) Can we have a media that is non-biased? That includes both conservative and liberal. I just want to hear the facts of a story. I’ll make up my own mind.

Whichever party can answer these questions will be a leg up on the other.

How we answer these will determine our future as a country.

Paul

January 24th, 2013
9:39 am

Doggone/GA

I’m hoping Boehner and company get their act together, marginalize Republican extremists and let them form a third party.

joe

January 24th, 2013
9:40 am

Barak Obama’s unlimited entitlement spending and executive orders to circumvent the constitution is the USA’s biggest problem.

Robert

January 24th, 2013
9:41 am

How can the GOP become relevant in politics again? In case you have not noticed the American People have spoken loud and clear and rejected the GOP platform by electing President Obama again in 2012.

The GOP needs a complete “makeover”. No longer can the GOP rely on their old model of carrying all the Southern States and rally the rebels (old White Guys) in a few Northern States. This model is broken beyond repair.

The GOP needs to recruit “moderate” candidates and create a strategy that includes all the American People (elderly, women, minorities, gays & lesbians, Christians, Muslims & Jews, etc.) with the goal of retaining as many seats as possible in the House and Senate for the 2014 midterm elections as well as re-capturing the White House in 2016.

The latest Polls suggest that the next President of the USA in 2016 will most likely be a Woman or a Hispanic candidate. Our children and grand children will grow-up in a America that looks and acts just like they do. Thank you God.

The American People…

Erwin's cat

January 24th, 2013
9:43 am

Barack Obama is not the source of GOP’s problems

Bush, however, is the unlimited source of Barack Obama’s problems

Real Scootter

January 24th, 2013
9:43 am

Your math is off. If the GOP goes to the dustbin and another party forms, we’ll still only have 2 parties. And those parties will still be composed of the same people.

I have thought about the math part Doggone.What I would like to see is the centrists of both parties to form a third party.

Oscar

January 24th, 2013
9:44 am

If history is a guide, the democrats will go too far to the left and the GOP will come back. Then the GOP will go too far to the right and the dems will come back.
It’s been happening that way for two hundred years or more. Not likely to stop now
Gov. Cris looks like a viable candidate who could carry the swing states in 2016. Don’t count too many unborn chicks yet.

Paul

January 24th, 2013
9:45 am

alex

“extremist”-had to use it, can’t help yourself , Jay it’s what you do

From one of Texas’s largest newspapers:

“Ted Cruz is too extreme to ignore”

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/23/4570061/ted-cruz-is-too-extreme-to-ignore.html#storylink=cpy

“In the glow of Monday’s stirring inauguration, it’s a good idea to focus again on those Texans who can’t understand how the world has passed them by, how governing by fear and cowardice will only speed their party’s dissolution…

“No, what we are living in now is an era of pragmatism and data….

“Unless you’re Ted Cruz. As The New York Times noted in a Sunday editorial, Cruz “embodies the rigidity the public grew to loathe in Congress’s last term.”

The editorial explains: “Unlike 85 percent of the Republicans in the Senate, he would have voted against the fiscal cliff deal. He says gun control is unconstitutional. Breaking even with conservative business leaders, he would have no qualms about using the debt ceiling as a hostage because he believes (falsely) that it would produce only a partial government shutdown and not default.”

“This is standard operating procedure in Texas. Our rural-fed stubborn cow of a Legislature won’t even let its residents vote on money-raising bills that they favor. But nationally, it’s an embarrassment…

Ted Cruz isn’t the only one in the House or Senate who fits that description. These are the ones Boehner needs to marginalize in the House. In the Senate they’re not as big a problem.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

January 24th, 2013
9:47 am

Reb, nope I meant majority vote… as in a majority voted for a presidential candidate but now the GOP wants to gerrymander districts to keep control and to abuse the EC to consistently put in a candidate who does not win the popular vote.

Oh and enjoy your hissy fit on Voter ID…apparently you have learned nothing about your silly claims that have been repeatedly disproven.

Years ago, naval seamen knew that if they did not want to be injured on an aircraft carrier, they would not walk into the propeller. The GOP insists on consistently walking into the propeller and claiming they are heroes for their injuries. :lol:

rightwingextreme

January 24th, 2013
9:47 am

Robert

January 24th, 2013
9:41 am
How can the GOP become relevant in politics again? In case you have not noticed the American People have spoken loud and clear and rejected the GOP platform by electing President Obama again in 2012.

The GOP needs a complete “makeover”. No longer can the GOP rely on their old model of carrying all the Southern States and rally the rebels (old White Guys) in a few Northern States. This model is broken beyond repair.

The GOP needs to recruit “moderate” candidates and create a strategy that includes all the American People (elderly, women, minorities, gays & lesbians, Christians, Muslims & Jews, etc.) with the goal of retaining as many seats as possible in the House and Senate for the 2014 midterm elections as well as re-capturing the White House in 2016.

Part of the problem with that strategy is what I call the “uncle tom” syndrome the left wing media and the dimlibs use against minorities, esp African Americans, who espouse any beliefs in opposition to them.

See Clarence Thomas, Herman Cain, etc.

Fred ™

January 24th, 2013
9:50 am

JohnnyReb

January 24th, 2013
9:05 am

Yet another Liberal telling Republicans what they need to do.

Just be more like us and everything will be rosy. Right.

Obama won with just over 51% and only the second to do so. So what. Your and his policies are not the majority of Americans. You will see that with the gun vote.
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And this is why you fail JR. You have taken your irrational hatred, your uncontrolled fear, your impotent anger, and your immense ignorance and wrapped up in it like a bug in a cocoon. Unfortunately you have left yourself nothing to metamorphosis in to except an ugly destructive cannibalistic moth.

Your talk radio FOXBOT lies were rejected by the MAJORITY of the US population despite your feeble cries to the contrary. There are just a few of you belligerent, hate filled angry loud mouth obstructionists left. Unfortunately there is still a lot of harm to our Country that you and your pack of traitorous buddies can do. I wonder how long until one of the nutcases cracks and goes on a hate filled, anger induced shooting spree. I think soon, Rush and FOX are whipping you people into an even more irrational frenzy than you were already in.

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 24th, 2013
9:51 am

Google fastest growing political party in America and you will get millions of results.
And the Demos or Repugs won’t be in them.
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From the typical Prog Newspaper LA Times————
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“Here’s a startling new political reality in California: Both the Democratic and Republican parties are losing market share.

The Times’ inveterate digger Dan Morain has been exploring the state’s political party registration figures and has found that the two main parties — the Republicans and Democrats — are steadily dwindling as shares of the broader electorate. The fastest-growing share of state voters is actually: Decline to State.”
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For decency’s sake…………it’s a good trend.
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FORWARD Lupe Fisco!

Gale

January 24th, 2013
9:52 am

Republicans need to listen to moderate Americans. We are not that excited about everything the Democrats propose, but we cannot get on board with the extreme right. I don’t ask that Republicans move over to the left, just a bit back to center.

monty

January 24th, 2013
9:52 am

Interesting read on “of all places” the home page of MSN, how by 2025 Entitlements, SS, ObamaCare will account for all of our tax revenue. Obama is the biggest liar(vodoo magic)politician ever. SMoke and mirrors. Got the sheeple to look one way( the rich should pay more) while the debt grows ever deeper(Entitlements have to be cut). But hey, as long as the rich pay more in taxes everything will be OK right? Absolutely amazing how people fall for that. A country so ignorant doesn’t deserve to prosper. Lead on O’ Messiah. Hook through the nose and all.

detritusUSA

January 24th, 2013
9:53 am

My grandparents said it, my parents said it, and it has always been true. The republican party is the party of the wealthy and care nothing about ordinary Americans. The party did a marvelous job in the last 30 years convincing Americans that they were just conservative like the rest of us and had our interests at heart. Maybe modern Americans are beginning to understand that they have been fooled since “trickle down economics” have never made it all the way down, that they have been tricked into voting for their own economic suicide.

vinny

January 24th, 2013
9:54 am

Correct. Obama is the source of AMERICA’s problems. Record deficits, record unemployment, record numbers on foodstamps and welfare.. Just more of the same, courtesy of the bed-wetting liberal democrat party.

stands for decibels

January 24th, 2013
9:54 am

Your and his policies are not the majority of Americans.

Nonsense. I’ve been up and down the issue polling at neutral sites like Pollingreport.com, and conservatives virtually always are backing a minority position, whatever the issue.

as for gun regs…

http://www.pollingreport.com/guns.htm

Granny Godzilla

January 24th, 2013
9:55 am

rightwingextreme

January 24th, 2013
9:37 am

I think, as a nation, we have to decide on some big ticket items:

Correct

1) Do we want more federal spending on the so-called entitlements? A better way to put this is to ask why should you have to pay for anything I have? If we do, we’re ALL going to have to pay a lot more in taxes.

entitlements or paid for earned benefits, you best be more specific

2) Can we have a society where almost half do not pay any taxes at the federal level based on the 1040 tax return? Is that really fair to the 52% who are paying taxes based on the 1040?

Yes , but it’s sad that so many make so little. Addressing income inequality is very critical

3) Do we want to have a different immigration policy than what we’ve historically had? By that, I mean do we wave a magic wand and tell anybody who wants to “come on over, if you stay here long enough we’ll make you a citizen.”

Nope

4) Are we going to create a tax/regulatory climate in this country that is favorable to business? Look at California where companies and people are leaving due to the taxes in that state.

based on the market we already have such a climate

5) Are we going to have a government that adheres to the Constitution? And yes, this would include discussions on the Second Amendment.

already got one

6) Can we sustain the level of spending at the federal level? Do we raise taxes? Do we cut spending?

Federal spending is at lowest level since Ike, but yes we need to close tax loopholes and cut defense spending

7) Can we have a media that is non-biased? That includes both conservative and liberal. I just want to hear the facts of a story. I’ll make up my own mind.

nope, not while the media is the hands of 5 or 6 mega corporations

Whichever party can answer these questions will be a leg up on the other.

How we answer these will determine our future as a country.

BINGO

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 24th, 2013
9:55 am

liberals giving advice to republicans how to shape their party

saints/giants/etc. fans calling in to sports talk radio to tell the falcons what they need to do

larry king giving marriage advice

barack obama giving guidance on how to operate a business

penn state university giving advice to stop child molesting

something are just NOT RIGHT

Gill Bates

January 24th, 2013
9:56 am

And the GOP can only blame Rove, Limbaugh and Norquist for these troubles.
Move the center = lose control.

Fred ™

January 24th, 2013
9:56 am

monty

January 24th, 2013
9:52 am

Interesting read on “of all places” the home page of MSN, how by 2025 Entitlements, SS, ObamaCare will account for all of our tax revenue. Obama is the biggest liar(vodoo magic)politician ever. SMoke and mirrors. Got the sheeple to look one way( the rich should pay more) while the debt grows ever deeper(Entitlements have to be cut). But hey, as long as the rich pay more in taxes everything will be OK right? Absolutely amazing how people fall for that. A country so ignorant doesn’t deserve to prosper. Lead on O’ Messiah. Hook through the nose and all.
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Reading your post makes me think that to find the ignorant you need only look in a mirror. It is rare to see so many lies contained in one paragraph. Wow, Rush and Fox really have you programmed……..

jconservative

January 24th, 2013
9:57 am

Jay has this nailed down pretty solid.

Republicans have lost the popular vote for president in 5 of the last 6 elections. Going into the 1992 election the Democrats had lost the popular vote in 5 of 6 elections. The Democrats moved to the right. It will be necessary for the Republicans to move to the left.

And the move to the left need not be a large move as the Democrats have moved to the left again.
But of major importance, Republicans need to cancel the perception among women, particularly single women, that Republicans are conducting a war against them. As we know, most of the time perception is more important than facts. And that means getting control of Republicans in the state legislatures and governors offices. And that is a tall order.

DebbieDoRight - Minister Of Propaganda

January 24th, 2013
9:57 am

DAnnyX: Well then surely Republicans have a plan to fix things. Tell us all about this mysterious plan.

Its called the “Jethro Bodine, Double Naught Spy, Trickle Down Dumbed Down, Damned If We Know What The Heck to Do Theory”

So there! :mrgreen: .

nate green

January 24th, 2013
9:57 am

alot of truth in this story. the people really do embrace alot of conservative ideas. The problem is that the old ways and thoughts are being rejected by the younger voters as well as the minorities.
republicans have to adapt and change if they want to survive. their base is shrinking and they have managed to push moderates just left of center. taking a stand on issues that divide are killing them…
they need to embrace the gays, let go of this make believe morale high ground. Stop trampling on peoples personal choices and ideas. we really need government to get back to the job they are elected to do. stop infringing on our liberties and selling our country out…

Thomas Heyward Jr

January 24th, 2013
10:00 am

UNCLE SAMANTHA

January 24th, 2013
9:55 am

liberals giving advice to republicans how to shape their party

saints/giants/etc. fans calling in to sports talk radio to tell the falcons what they need to do

larry king giving marriage advice

barack obama giving guidance on how to operate a business

penn state university giving advice to stop child molesting

something are just NOT RIGHT
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All of your rights are belong to us now.
Your local FedBug.

Adam

January 24th, 2013
10:00 am

What I appreciate about columns like this is that the party faithful on the far right are SO wrapped up in anti-anything-from-the-left-of-them, that if they even bother to read this, will take it as a sign they should do the exact opposite of what is suggested.

Thus synergizing their own demise.

skipper

January 24th, 2013
10:01 am

All of the above posts are the reason I am in independant. One does not have to be dogmatic on every position, and each party has gome a little too extreme. Forget the “fringe” fruit-cake parties, but it would be cool for there to be a real common sense party that came up with real feasable solutions without having to espouse extreme right or left wing muck.

DannyX

January 24th, 2013
10:01 am

“Its called the “Jethro Bodine, Double Naught Spy, Trickle Down Dumbed Down, Damned If We Know What The Heck to Do Theory””

Thank you very much, Debbie. I’ve asked that question about 100 times the past week and finally got an answer.

bookman parrot

January 24th, 2013
10:02 am

to Keep Up the Good Fight!
January 24th, 2013
8:53 am
when did fiscal responsibility become crazy and extremism???
i will pose the question is the one who thinks others are crazy… is that person really the crazy person and just can’t recognize it… just depends on what side you are on ….

MRiggs

January 24th, 2013
10:02 am

I love it! Thanks for saying what so many of us want to hear.

monty

January 24th, 2013
10:02 am

Yipee! All the gays will be able to marry, no one will own guns(except the crims) and as they are kicking our front door down in the middle of the night we will wait patiently for the police to arrive. What an awesome world! Oh, wait I forgot, because the economy sucks we had to cut back on the police force and fire fighters and guess what folks, the police arent coming to the rescue anytime soon. Fend them off with the butter knife until the police get there. O I forgot can’t own kives either.Take a kung-fu class or something. LOL! After all if some disturbed individual kills some school kids with a knife then shouldn’t knives be outlawed too? I guess we’ll have to register our hands as lethal weapons if we take karate. Just a thought

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Adam

January 24th, 2013
10:04 am

I also appreciate the “Argumentum ad populum” conservatives that have relied for so long on public opinion polls backing them that they take it as a given, even when every single poll is against them. As displayed above with “Obama’s agenda is not the majority of Americans” (paraphrased).

Actually, it is. Though that technically means nothing by itself.

Even Fox News took a ratings hit and conservatives STILL think they can cite those ratings as though it means they are somehow correct.

Welcome to the Occupation

January 24th, 2013
10:06 am

Tucker Carlson. Haha.

Just kidding.

No, seriously, Chris Christie is from the North. Paul Ryan and Scott Walker are too.

So where’s the evidence the GOP is just a dying Southern party?

Real Scootter

January 24th, 2013
10:06 am

stands for decibels

January 24th, 2013
9:54 am

Thanks for that link DB.Very interesting.

dtschuck

January 24th, 2013
10:07 am

The GOP sealed their fate when they embraced the Tea Party in hopes of gaining ground in the 2010 election. Short term it was a successful strategy, long term, it appears to have doomed them. When a Statesman like Lugar is defeated by the mouth-foamers, its no wonder the GOP keeps losing elections that should have been walk-overs.

The crazies of the Tea Party is poison to the country and the GOP. Both have been damaged by the TPers, but the GOP damage may be debilitating for a generation. Staking out ground for defending milionaires and billionaires and negotiating by threatening to pull the whole country over an economic cliff….who knew that wouldn’t be a winning strategy? LOL

DannyX

January 24th, 2013
10:07 am

Everything is just peachy Republicans, don’t go changing!

Even your own Rasmussen is getting into the act. You can’t even depend on them anymore. Whats the world coming to????

Rasmussen- Generic Congressional Ballot
August 2012….39% Democrat – 42% Republican
January 20, 2013…44% Democrat- 39% Republican

What problem?

Checking in after the dictator gets another 4 years

January 24th, 2013
10:08 am

And we can look at the management of this country the last 4 years a say ” job well Done”? Geez….
1. George Bush’s fault
2. Worse than we thought.
3. Can’t get anything done with this House blocking everything ( 2 years in total control don’t forget)
4. I working night and day to put Americans back to work. Said it 534 times first term. A real crowd favorite
5.6 trillion and counting.
6. only the EBT card manufacturer is hiring…… And gun and ammo makers.