Quotes of the day

posted at 9:30 pm on July 17, 2010 by Allahpundit

Sometime after Labor Day, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner plans to unveil a blueprint of what Republicans will do if they take back control of the chamber. He promises it will be a full plate of policy proposals that will give voters a clear sense of how they would govern.

But will Republicans actually want to run on those ideas — or any ideas? Behind the scenes, many are being urged to ignore the leaders and do just the opposite: avoid issues at all costs. Some of the party’s most influential political consultants are quietly counseling their clients to stay on the offensive for the November midterm elections and steer clear of taking stands on substance that might give Democratic opponents material for a counterattack…

It’s not that Boehner (Ohio) is arguing for a cease-fire. The debate among Republicans comes down to this: The speaker-in-waiting, for all his love of political combat, thinks that voters will not trust GOP candidates if their attacks don’t also provide at least some substance. The consultants argue that public anger, if properly stoked, alone can carry the party over the finish line. In their view, getting bogged down in the issues is a distraction and even a potential liability.

One who begs to differ is the architect of the last GOP takeover of the House. “Consultants, in my opinion, are stupid,” former speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said in an interview. “The least idea-oriented, most mindless campaign of simplistic slogans is a mindless idea.”

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The GOP should lay out a CLEAR and concise plan to rebut the socialists and their agenda and not let the midterm elections devolve into a “Seinfeld” episode, a show about nothing

Gohawgs on July 18, 2010 at 12:10 AM

Got it…!

Here is my first political ad.

… Notice how I work in a little “Hope” and “Change”. I hope it doesn’t sound too familiar.

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on July 18, 2010 at 12:03 AM

Seven Percent Solution: Most excellent ad,just change
Republican to Democrat,er,the
Extreme Socialists,and voila!!:)

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Lorien, I respect you much. I have to say that having elderly parents, I thought the Medicare D was good but at the time it was passed, I didn’t understand the fiscal consequences.

Regarding TARP, I will always believe that the “crisis” was manufactured by Soros and his ilk, including Obama, Jarrett, Axlerod, Geithner and Goldman Sachs.

If we can take both Houses in 2010 these things can be investigated and either confirmed or debunked.

Key West Reader on July 17, 2010 at 10:32 PM

With all due respect Key West, Ryan’s claim to fame at the moment is his fiscal genius. I agree that the “crisis” was manufactured by Soros and his ilk, including Obama, Jarrett, Axlerod, Geithner and Goldman Sachs. Bush, Ryan and many other GOP’s fell for it hook line and sinker. Not so genius IMHO.

IowaWoman on July 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

canopfor on July 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM
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No need to be on all fours begging.

Electrongod on July 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Electrongod: I envision the Liberal mascot,the donkey,
assuming said,ahem,position,haha!!:)

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 12:26 AM

canopfor on July 17, 2010 at 11:09 PM
Luckily I carry my passport with me :)

This would work for the Democrats if it was the Democrats of the past. Today, or was it 2 years ago, it is;
1. Hope
2. Change
3. ?

Electrongod on July 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Electrongod: Yup,but I think,

this great plan contradicts itself,as in #2
end the wars,but then theres #3,#6,#7!!:)

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 12:35 AM

The consultants argue that public anger, if properly stoked, alone can carry the party over the finish line. In their view, getting bogged down in the issues is a distraction and even a potential liability.

This was a winning strategy for Democrats in 2006 and 2008 BUT Democrats had the media on their side as well. Republicans will not. So it may not work as well for Republicans.

American Elephant on July 18, 2010 at 1:02 AM

O/T
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Barney Frank slams Griffin for ‘terrible comment’ on Browns

By Ben Geman – 07/17/10 10:39 AM ET
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Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on Friday strongly condemned comedian Kathy Griffin for joking on her Bravo network reality show that

Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) daughters are “prostitutes.”

Griffin made the quip to CNN reporters in a segment of her program – called “My Life on the D-List” – that aired Tuesday. Frank, who appeared on a separate portion of the show, sent a letter to Griffin Friday defending Brown and his family.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/109371-barney-frank-slams-griffin-for-terrible-comment-about-scott-browns-daughters

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Did you check out my post above and see how they are pounding Scott Brown on Facebook? :)

Dire Straits on July 18, 2010 at 1:15 AM

Ryan and the Republicans are so very wrong about this entrepreneurial direction (fork in the road analogy) that he and they think we need to move towards. Not everyone wants to be a damned entrepreneur. Some folks simply want a stable, private sector job. A job that won’t be stolen by an illegal alien just because they’ll work for far lower wages. Once again, these estab Republicans are leaving middle America out of the equation. DD

Darvin Dowdy on July 18, 2010 at 1:24 AM

Anonymous numbskulls.

VidOmnia on July 18, 2010 at 1:36 AM

Running on empty won’t get us very far.

Dhuka on July 18, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Behind the scenes, many are being urged to ignore the leaders and do just the opposite: avoid issues at all costs.

As with honor, elections are not to be won, but only not to be lost.

Tav on July 18, 2010 at 1:42 AM

Running on empty won’t get us very far.

Dhuka on July 18, 2010 at 1:39 AM

Man look pretty fast if his opponent is going backwards.

Tav on July 18, 2010 at 1:44 AM

Man who is standing still look pretty fast if his opponent is going backwards.

Tav on July 18, 2010 at 1:45 AM

Plainly stated: Well stated!

Sherman1864 on July 18, 2010 at 2:36 AM

Declare a truce with social issues, especially sexual orientation, stay out of people’s personal lives.

Partial birth abortion is a no brainer but that isn’t an excuse to go off on who decides.

Speakup on July 18, 2010 at 2:53 AM

political consultants are quietly counseling their clients to … steer clear of taking stands on substance that might give Democratic opponents material for a counterattack.

Yes, that is the courageous thing to do. It is this valiant standing up for no principles that won Obama the admiration of the word. Each time he voted “present,” the people thrilled with patriotic joy.

GTR640 on July 18, 2010 at 2:59 AM

Ryan and the Republicans are so very wrong about this entrepreneurial direction (fork in the road analogy) that he and they think we need to move towards. Not everyone wants to be a damned entrepreneur. Some folks simply want a stable, private sector job. A job that won’t be stolen by an illegal alien just because they’ll work for far lower wages. Once again, these estab Republicans are leaving middle America out of the equation. DD Darvin Dowdy on July 18, 2010 at 1:24 AM

Hey dumbass. Who do you think creates “stable, private sector” jobs? Oh yeah, dumbass – Where do you think Entrepreneurs come from? THEY ARE MIDDLE AMERICA, dumbass.

Why do you think the communist filth in our White House are waging such war on the middle class, dumbass? Because they know what Paul Ryan knows, and they can’t have a prosperous, entrepreneurial middle class. We’re too hard to “control”. Is that what scares you, dumbass?

Fishoutofwater on July 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Hopefully we’ll get specifics, that’s the number one thing that the American people want most, the politically astute among us aren’t too stupid to handle some inside baseball, we wouldn’t spend time here if we couldn’t.

abobo on July 18, 2010 at 3:26 AM

Paul Ryan…
cut…
jib…
newsletter….

BigWyo on July 18, 2010 at 3:40 AM

@Fishoutofwater,
Sadly there are quite a few conservatives out there who have no idea of how “stable private sector” jobs are created – and therefore cannot understand what Paul Ryan is trying to address. But the worst part was calling him an “establishment Republican”… have to be really obtuse to call him that.

Establishment Republicans are content to use conservative rhetoric to gain power. They offer ZERO ideas, vision on how to get America on the path to its true self. Paul Ryan, on the other hand has consistently tried to espouse his conservative views and vision and has tried to wrestle with the most vexing fiscal problems including entitlements.

@Darvin Dowdy,

No disrespect, but i suggest that you do a little more research before you make statements about Ryan or how “stable private sector jobs” can be created without the drive and the vision and the risk taking abilities of those “damned” entrepreneurs.

nagee76 on July 18, 2010 at 3:52 AM

N

ot everyone wants to be a damned entrepreneur. Some folks simply want a stable, private sector job.

Without entrepreneurs, there wouldn’t be any stable, private sector jobs.
Ever.

Once again, these estab Republicans are leaving middle America out of the equation. DD Darvin Dowdy on July 18, 2010 at 1:24 AM

No Republicans, even Vichy “establishment” ones, should or do leave “middle” (middle class) America out of the equation!
Why do you think almost all of Flyover Country is Red?

The DemocRat party is the party that leaves middle America out of the equation with their class warfare: they demonize “the rich” (which actually means all of the middle class, plus the upper class) to give to “the poor.”
DemocRats=false Robin Hoods

Jenfidel on July 18, 2010 at 4:29 AM

Declare a truce with social issues, especially sexual orientation, stay out of people’s personal lives.

Partial birth abortion is a no brainer but that isn’t an excuse to go off on who decides.

Speakup on July 18, 2010 at 2:53 AM

There should be no truce on “social issues,” because they bleed into fiscal issues: Right now, you have taxpayer money (Medicaid) going to pay for federal abortions.
A good bit of the fight for “homosexual rights” and “same sex marriage” is to provide federal benefits (paid for by us, of course) to homosexual federal workers and the military.
If they get those,every single man or women in the federal unions and military will all of a sudden be in a “same sex marriage” and their “spouse” will become entitled to all the benefits given to the spouse of traditional married employees.
If you don’t think that will cost a bundle, think again!

Furthermore, there are many of us who will not forsake our social conservative values and issues just to get votes.
Social Liberalism is at the heart of the Progressive rot that is eating at our very country, as Dr. Zero, Glenn Beck, Rush and others have so nicely pointed out.
Liberalism is the problem and Liberalism is the flipside of Social Conservatism.

Jenfidel on July 18, 2010 at 4:36 AM

O/T
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France: Riots over killing of Muslim man
Published: 07.17.10, 17:47

Cars burned, police shot at after authorities kill hold-up suspect near Grenoble
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Rioters burned cars, attacked a tramway and shot at police in the French city of Grenoble overnight in protest at the death of a local Muslim man, identified as 27-year- old Karim Boudouda, fleeing police after allegedly holding up the city’s casino.
====================

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3920985,00.html

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 5:35 AM

Here’s the simple ‘plan’: just tell us the few parts of government worth spending our money on.

Don’t spend money on the rest. Keep It Simple, Stupid. If you can’t explain in one sentence that is not a run-on, then don’t fund it. Thus DoD is necessary as it is part of the Constitution. Dept. of Agriculture is not, so not funded. State Dept. is a necessary Executive Dept. via the power grants in the Constituion. The Dept. of Education is not, so not funded.

KISS your way to being adored.

Tell people getting SSA they will get it until their ‘funds’ run out. SSA tells you that right now, let folks know the money train and ponzi scheme are over. Tell those not getting SSA but who have paid into the system that they are getting their money back in the form of a tax cut – their money in the system can be applied against federal taxes. FICA goes away as a line item as well as anything else with SSA. Americans get a tax cut from their past payments and a major tax cut with SSA going away.

We can’t afford Medicare/Medicaid. Add up, divide by 2, proportion by population to the States as block grants that then have a 5 year draw-down.

Once these three are gone then we have paying off the National Debt as the highest priority.

There, traditional tax cuts and cutting the size of government AND being fiscally responsible and fiscally conservative. Place power with the States for those things the federal government isn’t given to do and stop funding the stuff we aren’t given to do at the federal level via the Constitution.

Can I find Congresscritters or their wannabes willing to run on this concept of actually USING the Congressional powers to STOP the insanity?

My local Representative is only starting to get a clue and he is in a dependable R district so is only changing his tune a little. I gots no Senators to vote for, but 2012 and 2014 are moot points if 2010 is not addressed, now. Vote like the Republic hangs on it.

It does.

Ben Franklin wondered if you will do the right thing even if it isn’t politically expedient to keep it.

Good luck on that.

ajacksonian on July 18, 2010 at 6:28 AM

ajacksonian on July 18, 2010 at 6:28 AM

I love your plan!
Let’s work for it.
And please tell me you’re running for office!

Jenfidel on July 18, 2010 at 6:34 AM

ajacksonian on July 18, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Please tell me where I send my campaign contribution.

DrMagnolias on July 18, 2010 at 6:51 AM

I WANT to know what the Republicians plan on doing. Ryan has a blueprint and let’s add to it. I will watch them like a hawk as I have the Democrats. I will no longer trust either party to do what they say they will do; no more slack!!!!

amr on July 18, 2010 at 7:13 AM

Paul Ryan, I love ya. But the question is not “Do we want entrepeneurs or entitlement living?”. The question is, “Do we want to require the PRODUCERS in this society pay for the NON-producers?”

I know, I know, it’s not PC to say that. But if we decide on the latter, well heck. Why should I labor so four freeloaders can live off my wages? I’ll quit work too, then.

Hello, fall of Rome.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 18, 2010 at 8:01 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAmvmQ0RFVE&feature=player_embedded

We better have a plan, and a damn good one. Obama and the Democrat Party have a plan, and they are implementing their plan at light speed. The Muslim brotherhood is no joke folks. Refusing to take legal action against the Black Panthers and like groups is not a mistake, but part of the overall plan.

Keemo on July 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Declare a truce on social policies. [Thank you for that suggestion; it's way past time for conservatives to figure that one out!]

Get with Paul Ryan’s Roadmap.

Repeal ObamaCare.

The Bush tax cuts must end; but we should cut corporate tax rates by half, and formulate tax policy that makes it advantageous to start small businesses, instead of the reverse [perverse] policy we have now.

It’s still the economy, stupid.

mountainaires on July 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Finger Painting and Finger Pointing

Yup, that was the level of art in 2008, with the Dems running a charming, colorful and cyrptic campaign. Predictably, a lot of voters went for it as they would for a earthy bunch of cool and rebellious teachers as they asked to take over a school after the old guard had made a mess of everything. The best of the kids of the sixties would get us through.

The sloppy execution and the obvious weaknesses of the new administrators had an even more salient flaw in the toxic specifics of the Dems’ program. This had absolutely no chance of working with the centered and responsible electorate without the unprecendented support of the corrupt media and irreppressible pop culture.

Notice of Indenture

In the next two or three elections, all the Repubs have to show is the freedom and majesty this nation has lost and how callow and open handed leadership will leave us all as the indentured servants or sharecroppers of the future world community.

The forces which helped free minorities and teach about the enviroment have to help both parties fire up the engine of a vehicle to handle the load of debt we carry. And they should know that a community organizer with freedom riders, an amateur climate expert with a Gulfstream 550 or the beloved congressman with the trunk full of gifts and projects are not the people to take us where we should go.

The kids of the sixties are not too strong in accounting and sharprp trading with hostile neighbors.

IlikedAUH2O on July 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Declare a truce with social issues, especially sexual orientation, stay out of people’s personal lives.

Partial birth abortion is a no brainer but that isn’t an excuse to go off on who decides.

Speakup on July 18, 2010 at 2:53 AM

Mitch Daniels, is that you?

Marybeth on July 18, 2010 at 8:15 AM

We better have a plan, and a damn good one.

Keemo on July 18, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Keemo: Outrageous if true!!!

Heres photos of the two!!!!!:)
=========================================================

The Obama File

http://theobamafile.com/ObamaAfrica.htm

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Sweet: The story behind the Obama photo on Drudgereport.com
on February 25, 2008 10:29 AM

WASHINGTON—Retired Air Force Gen. Scott Gration, who accompanied Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on his trip to Kenya in 2006, on Monday defended Obama’s trying on local garb over his clothes during a visit to the rural Wajir region in the country, a picture of which is at the top right now of the Drudge Report. LINK
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Obama was merely being a “great guest,” Gration said.
The main story on the Drudge Report on Monday shows Obama fitted as a “Somali Elder” and Drudge’s story said “Clinton staffers” –who were not named–were circulating the picture.

The Obama campaign said release of this photo was “fear mongering” and “ divisive.” The Clinton campaign said the senator has been widely photographed wearing traditional dress, suggesting that there was nothing to raise a fuss about.

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/02/sweet_the_story_behind_the_oba.html

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

Regardless of who wins what and who controls what, “the people” will need to stay engaged and grow the number of people that are. It will take a great many election cycles to purge the system of the corruption that has become common practice over the years… “we” can be prosecuted for insider trading… they cannot. Different rules for them than their are for us. Earmarks. Zero-based budgeting. When we reach the point that they are prosecuted and severely punished for violating the public trust, that “family dynastys” are no longer part of the picture, that there is no longer a “ruling class”, we will then be truly back on the path to good government.

CC

CapedConservative on July 18, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Realistically? The Republicans, in power, will simply deliver the government to their sponsors, just as the Democrats did. That’s how fundamentally corrupt government works. The fun part is that in order to do so, they’ll make a deal with the Democrats to leave existing, Democrat-written graft in place. Nothing is ever repealed in Washington because there’s always a buyer for government.

The problem at this point isn’t philosophy or competence, it’s the corruption of our institutions. The only Republican agenda that would impress me would be one that said “Prominent people need to go to jail.” I’m not holding my breath.

PersonFromPorlock on July 18, 2010 at 8:26 AM

Declare a truce with social issues, especially sexual orientation, stay out of people’s personal lives.

Partial birth abortion is a no brainer but that isn’t an excuse to go off on who decides.

Speakup on July 18, 2010 at 2:53 AM

“Social issues” hold much financial weight. Therefore the “personal” becomes the “societal”.

How many children from intact, two-parent homes are on food stamps, compared to children from single-parent homes? This is a huge question: last I checked, ONE out of every FOUR children in this nation utilizes them.

So let’s crunch some numbers. What percentage of same-sex unions stay intact over time compared to “traditional” marriages?

Social issues have financial consequences. They should not be conservatives’ first concern, or even fourth or fifth. But if our nation is to survive, social issues play a part. A big part.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Yeah. Declare a truce on social issues. Then Republicans can be as morally and ethically challenged as Democrats. Brilliant.

kingsjester on July 18, 2010 at 8:38 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

That last post was weak and off topic. Not terrible, just below your usual high standard.

But that is a good thing.

Any part of state security which is not looking for racists in tea party meetings is probably looking to shut you down right about now. (Slight joke)

So be stupid and unrealistic. That is bad in candidates but a real shell of protection in internet posters.

IlikedAUH2O on July 18, 2010 at 8:38 AM

Liberals deal in terms of big government for everything. entrepreneur means big business…and we have to stop big business so we can throw the little guy a bone. Progress be damned. They need control or it doesn’t work. That isn’t what our country is about.

tomas on July 18, 2010 at 8:46 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM
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So be stupid and unrealistic. That is bad in candidates but a real shell of protection in internet posters.

IlikedAUH2O on July 18, 2010 at 8:38 A

IlikedAUH2O:Just giving Keemo a few links,on his comment,
btw,good morning!:)

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 8:50 AM

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Thanks my friend! As we wait for new topics and fresh posts, we have conversations that often drift away from the original post which by now has been beat up pretty good. You and I have been doing this for what, some ten to twelve years now. Some day, we must have a gathering that includes Ed Morrissey and several others from the original gang at CQ..

Off to work I go; you have a great day canopfor!

Keemo on July 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Darn it, it’s too early to have to say I agree with Newtie, but I do. He don’t want some namby pamby, wishy washy, political double speak from people who want our vote. We want to hear their ideas and plans and we want to know that they are going to take back our country from the socialists/Marxists/crooks that inhabit the halls of congress. If they lie to us and turn out to be another Brown, then we’ll know better next time.

Kissmygrits on July 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Off to work I go; you have a great day canopfor!

Keemo on July 18, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Keemo: Right back at ya,have a great day as well!!:)

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM

If anyone is paying those ‘consultants’, they are idiots. Along with the ‘consultants’. People want to hear what candidates have to say about THE ISSUES, not what dirt they have on their opponent.

And if this trend continues into 2012, Barry will have problems with his campaign ‘message’.

GarandFan on July 18, 2010 at 10:28 AM

If I were a consultant to Republicans (Gingrich would call me stupid), I would advise the following:
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1. Blueprint for downsizing government by 30% in four years.

Why take so long?

2. End wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and cease Nation Building.

We need to win the war on terror, not surrender.

3. Refresh, retrain, and retool the US military.

The US military is the best trained, and equipped military in the world. But with current commitments it does need to be enlarged.

4. Strengthen Homeland Security by reengineering and streamlining.

Repeal Homeland Security.

5. Sharpen the focus of antiterrorism.

Thus the need for winning in Iraq, and Afghanistan.

6. Invest in remote robotic warfare.

There is no such thing as unhackable.

7. Invest in lightening destructive response to rogue regimes, i.e. Iran, North Korea.

Do you mean more appeasement, or a stronger military?

8. Intensify settlement in Israel-Palestine with Arab and Israel negotiations held in an Arab nation.

Stop negotiations with Arabs proven liars, and give Israel strong unwavering support.

9. Balance the national budget to cover social service obligations including healthcare and social security.

Need to immediately repeal ObaMaocare, and include a fazed in removal of social security, and other federal healthcare plans, and add a requirement for 40 hours a week of very unpleasant WORK to welfare.

10. Reduce the national debt by reducing the cost of government.

You reduce a debt by paying it off. But using the savings from the reduced government is good, but a massive reduction in tax is needed to stimulate the economy.

As for the Democrats…do the same thing.

Oh please. Might as well tell Satan to repent.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/promise-do-nothing-and-not-inflict-any-new-damage

canopfor on July 17, 2010 at 11:09 PM

I believe I agree with Newt on this.

Slowburn on July 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Even what the Obama administration spends on little stuff is astounding. Take, for example, the latest vacation to Maine: was it really necessary for Bo (the kids dog) to get his own jet? I mean, how much did that cost??!!

Someone should loose their job. Out here in America we cannot comprehend this kind of stuff, or at least I can’t, and we know what is true for the little stuff is doubly true for the big.

MTF on July 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Ever wonder why the ghetto conservatives do not embrace Ryan? Why they embrace JD Hayworth and Sharron Angle? Conservatism needs to reassert itself.

conservador on July 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Ever wonder why the ghetto conservatives do not embrace Ryan? Why they embrace JD Hayworth and Sharron Angle? Conservatism needs to reassert itself.

conservador on July 18, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Define ghetto conservative, please.

massrighty on July 18, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Simple rule for success in business:

under-promise, over-deliver

It should work just fine in politics and government.

Vincenzo on July 18, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Maybe the GOP should take stock of the letter I am attaching. I could provide some guidance.

THIS IS AN AWESOME ANALYSIS….!!!! A very wise lady indeed!
Lady says Obama is doing an amazing job June 6th, 2010
Written by an 82- year old very wise lady. She gives us a whole new slant on the amazing job Obama is doing:

That is right – I’ll say it, “THANK GOD FOR THE PRESIDENT.”
1. He destroyed the Clinton Political Machine – Driving a stake thru the heart of Hillary’s Presidential aspirations – something that no Republican was ever able to do. Remember when a Hillary Presidency scared the daylights out of you!
2. He killed off the Kennedy Dynasty – No more Kennedys trolling Washington looking for booze and women wanting rides home. American women and Freedom are safer tonight!

3. He is destroying the Democratic Party before our eyes! Dennis Moore had never lost a race – quit Evan Bayh had never lost a race – quit Byron Dorgan had never lost a race – quit Harry Reid – soon to be GONE These are just a handful of the Democrats whose political careers Obama has destroyed! By the end of 2010, dozens more will be gone. In December of 2008, the Democrats were on the rise.
In the last two election cycles, they had picked up 14 senate seats and 52 house seats. The press was touting the death of the Conservative Movement and the Republican Party. In just one year, Obama put a stop to all of this and will probably give the House, if not the Senate, back to the Republicans.
4. He has completely exposed liberals and progressives for what they are. Every Generation seems to need to re-learn the lesson on why they should never actually put liberals in charge. He is bringing home the lesson very well. Liberals tax, borrow and spend – check. Liberals won’t bring themselves to protect America – check. Liberals want to take over the economy – check. Liberals think they know
what is best for everyone – check. Liberals aren’t happy till they are running YOUR life – check.
5. He has brought more Americans back to conservatism than
anyone since Reagan. In one year, he has rejuvenated theConservative movement and brought out to the streets millions of Freedom Loving Americans. Name me one other time in your life that you saw your friends and neighbors this interested in taking back America!
6. His amazing leadership has sparked the greatest period
of sales of firearms and ammunition this country has seen. Law abiding citizens have rallied and have provided a “stimulus” to the sporting goods field while other industries have failed, faded or moved off-shore.
7. In all honesty, one year ago I was more afraid than I have been in my life. Not of the economy, but of the direction our country was going. I thought Americans had forgotten what this
country was all about. My neighbors, friends and strangers proved to me that my lack of confidence of the Greatness and Wisdom of the American people was flat wrong.
8. When the American People wake up, no smooth talking teleprompter reader can fool them! Barack Obama woke up these Great Americans!
Again, I want to say, “Thank You, Barack Obama!” This is exactly the kind of hope and change we desperately needed!

LarryG on July 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Sorry – it should be “it” not I.

LarryG on July 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM

so what could it be?: Repeal Obamacare as soon as possible. Loosen regulatory environment for health insurers to compete across state lines
Secure the border, (declare the border a war zone?)
Break up Fannie and Freddie, Barney Frank and the Dems piggie bank
Simplify the tax code
Get rid of alternative energy subsidies
Maintain American military power (there’s actually a proposal to cut active troop strength to 375,000ish)
Allow for recall elections in case of massive voter fraud- Franken and the Presidency if enough evidence is available for an indictment allow for Federal spending for both sides until fairly settled up to the Supreme court if need be
Make a law to disallow public disclosure of withdrawal dates from war zones ( why only Iraq and Afghanistan?)

mdetlh on July 18, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Why isn’t the GOP putting more emphasis on running on a platform of both GROWTH and INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY?

I think they’ll hit the growth part of that equation – we can’t tax people enough to pay off this incomprehensibly high debt that Obama has run up on us. We have to GROW our way out.

BUT …

I think there are a lot of people out there who are afraid of the Democrats usurping the individual liberties of Americans. They are everywhere – mandating health plans and dictating what IS and IS NOT a proper plan. Jumping into electronic medical records. Recording and filing individual Body Mass Index readings. Taxing tanning salons. Banning sodas. Banning transfats. Mandating 401K programs …

They are turning this place into a suffocating nanny state. Humans are FREE BEINGS – not cattle to be genetically engineered, commonly fed and cared for …

This is ridiculous. Put an ad out there that demonstrates to what lengths the Democrats have ALREADY gone to take your life away from you. Outline their future plans.

This will get as many votes as combating Obama on the economic agenda.

HondaV65 on July 18, 2010 at 2:57 PM

I am sitting in a coffee shop in Seattle…they have an “Obama Blend” for $11.95/bag. I wish I had pocket Constitutions to hand out to every single one of these clueless people. They are young and so blind about the REALITY of what the Progressive Liberal monsters will do to them. I turned the volume up on Paul Ryan…but the hypno-music and cappuccino machine are loud! We MUST get our message of REAL FREEDOM out soon…and it has to be loud or they won’t even try to listen.

redwhiteblue on July 18, 2010 at 3:50 PM

But will Republicans actually want to run on those ideas — or any ideas? Behind the scenes, many are being urged to ignore the leaders and do just the opposite: avoid issues at all costs. Some of the party’s most influential political consultants are quietly counseling their clients to stay on the offensive for the November midterm elections and steer clear of taking stands on substance that might give Democratic opponents material for a counterattack…

Classic. Consultants never think past the upcoming election. But any Congresscritter who would like to win another election needs to take a position that gives people a reason to vote for him. It’s perfectly obvious how many items of the Obama agenda are deeply unpopular. What fool would keep his mouth shut when he could be giving people a reason to vote for him. And if you don’t run on any issues, how can you ever claim a mandate, or claim to represent the people who voted for you.

Everyone seems to focus on the last part of Newt’s statement about “mindless ideas.” I think the first part is accurate, “Consultants are stupid.”

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 18, 2010 at 5:09 PM

LarryG on July 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I think Obama believes he has to destroy the institutions of this nation in order to “fundamentally transform” it. It would be real poetic justice if instead he destroys the Democratic party and the progressive movement.

There Goes The Neighborhood on July 18, 2010 at 5:15 PM

THIS IS AN AWESOME ANALYSIS….!!!! A very wise lady indeed!
Lady says Obama is doing an amazing job June 6th, 2010
Written by an 82- year old very wise lady. She gives us a whole new slant on the amazing job Obama is doing:

LarryG on July 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM

LarryG:Yup,I agree,what the Clinton’s did to their party,
almost killing it,politically that is,Team Hopey/
Changey,will FINISH THE JOB!!!!!:)

canopfor on July 18, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Whoever it is advising the GOP to NOT take a stance on the issues and to NOT lay out a well thought out plan is beyond out of the loop. They are suicide bombers.

Virginia Shanahan on July 18, 2010 at 8:19 PM

to Fishoutofwater and others: Republicans have made much of the “entrepreneurial spirit” for a decade or 2 and it has not stopped the hemorrhaging of private sector jobs. Jobs outsourced overseas and jobs stolen by illegals coming across our porous borders. Why? Most so-called entrepreneurs will have their products manufactured in the polluted cites of China with slave labor. Or they’ll hire illegals because their “easy” and cheaper, and in that way bypass the US workers. Republicans have sat idly by and have been aloof/indifferent to the loss of US jobs and the lowering of wages. Some of you people will never wake up until it is your job that gets outsourced. Some of you are very smug and self-righteous about the fact that you still have a job. Shame on you. DD

Darvin Dowdy on July 18, 2010 at 11:33 PM

This was a winning strategy for Democrats in 2006 and 2008 BUT Democrats had the media on their side as well. Republicans will not. So it may not work as well for Republicans.

American Elephant on July 18, 2010 at 1:02 AM

Chris Christie didn’t run on policy. He ran on the need to get Corzine out of office. He was pretty short on specifics during the campaign. There might have been some fear that Corzine would’ve made the campaign about Christie putting seniors out on the street, or firing all the teachers.

Brit Hume asked the question well on Sunday. If the public is happy with actions, is it wise to believe they won’t vote for a candidate advocating those same actions?

If we didn’t have 30 second TV spots, I’d think voters could be counted on to vote the issues. But a good video editor can have a huge effect, even if it’s factually baseless and inaccurate.

hawksruleva on July 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM

mdetlh on July 18, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Nothing in your list (all of which I support) about cutting back government spending? Were you afraid of talking about cutting entitlements?

In fact, there’s some INCREASE in spending in your plan. A good PR guy would sieze on that military plan as evidence of the GOP planning to do more reckless spending.

hawksruleva on July 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM

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