Jindal: We need to stop being the stupid party

posted at 9:31 am on January 25, 2013 by Allahpundit

Political media was chattering about this speech last night; Erika gave you a taste of it yesterday afternoon. It’s all about brand-building right now for the 2016 field: Rubio’s aiming to show he can solve the GOP’s demographic problems by brokering a deal on immigration; Rand Paul’s trying to prove to mainstream conservatives that he can be trusted on foreign policy; Christie’s wooing the center by lashing out at Republicans and key conservative interest groups like the NRA. And now here’s Jindal, who tore Romney apart after the election for his “47 percent” comments, planting his flag on middle-class economic opportunity and federalism.

The Examiner has a transcript. The “stupid party” comment comes late in the speech and seems to be aimed at Akin and Mourdock babbling about rape, but he thinks the party’s big-picture priorities are pretty stupid too:

Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs…even as we invent new entitlement programs.

We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping.

This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play…

We think if we can just unite behind a proposal to cut the deficit and debt…if we can just put together a spreadsheet and a power point and a TV ad….all will be well…

By obsessing with zeroes on the budget spreadsheet, we send a not-so-subtle signal that the focus of our country is on the phony economy of Washington – instead of the real economy out here in Charlotte, and Shreveport, and Cheyenne…

We also must face one more cold hard fact – Washington is so dysfunctional that any budget proposal based on fiscal sanity will be deemed ‘not-serious’ by the media, it will fail in the Senate, and it won’t even make it to the President’s desk where it would be vetoed anyway…

If we created American government today, we would not dream of taking money out of people’s pockets, sending it all the way to Washington, handing it over to politicians and bureaucrats to staple thousands of pages of artificial and political instructions to it, then wear that money out by grinding it through the engine of bureaucratic friction…and then sending what’s left of it back to the states, where it all started, in order to grow the American economy…

We believe in planting the seeds of growth in the fertile soil of your economy, where you live, where you work, invest, and dream, not in the barren concrete of Washington.

If it’s worth doing, block grant it to the states.

In other words, it’s time to replace Ryanism (note the line about budget powerpoints and spreadsheets) as the party’s national brand. There’s some sense in that. If you’re looking to dig yourself out of the rubble of two devastating presidential defeats, taking the lead on shrinking America’s beloved entitlement programs is a strange way to do it. The counterargument, though, is that unless the public has it drummed into their skulls, often and in grotesque detail, just what sort of Thunderdome clusterfark we’re facing if mandatory spending (especially mandatory health-care spending) isn’t controlled, they won’t be prepared for those reforms when the time comes to make them. Imagine the GOP sweeping to victory on Jindal’s agenda and then having to take up entitlements, if only out of pure necessity, once elected. That’ll be excruciatingly difficult under any circumstances but less difficult if they have a mandate to deal with the issue by making it a major topic during the preceding election. Then again, this assumes that (a) the public is capable of grasping the full magnitude of the entitlements crisis even under the best circumstances and (b) would be willing to elect a party that promises forthrightly to alter Medicare and Social Security once in power in order to defuse that crisis. Is there any reason to think those assumptions are plausible? We’re cruising along right now with trillion-dollar deficits and the party that doesn’t want to talk about entitlements just romped to victory in November. Maybe we’re better off with the Jindal approach — stop talking about this issue, get elected, and then fall on the grenade when you must.

Here’s the vid. Note the opening dig at Romney’s “Project ORCA” at the beginning. Click the image to watch.


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No sh-t, Sherlock.

Ward Cleaver on January 25, 2013 at 9:35 AM

“We are a populist party and need to make that clear.”

Some populism is fine, but remember that it can very easily disintegrate into mobocracy.

BTW, how did that whole “populism” thingie work out for Huey, Bobby?

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 9:37 AM

The man who wanted Rick Perry as the Republican Nominee should not be calling other people stupid.

Falz on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Sounds like a good plan b Alah, too bad the Party of Establishment Stupid like Plan C (compromise).

Whiterock on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

This coming from the guy who participated in an exorcism and from what I can recall wants intelligent design taught in his state’s schools. :/

DeathtotheSwiss on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Maybe we’re better off with the Jindal approach — stop talking about this issue, get elected, and then fall on the grenade when you must.

And then proceed to lose the very next election. And if you don’t believe me, look at countries like Greece and France. They’re drowning in debt from all the goodies they’ve promised their citizens, yet their respective voters still went and elected far-left politicians who balk at austerity measures and promise more of the same that got them into their current predicament.

There’s no easy solution. But if we’re serious about reforming entitlements and averting insolvency(assuming there’s still time after Obama leaves office in 4 years), we have to find a way to sell that to the electorate. I’m not saying it’ll be easy, but if it can be done at the state level as Jindal noted, then it is possible to convince 50.1% of the American people at large.

The alternative is to let it burn. Allow the entitlement state to engulf our entire economy, have austerity measures forced on the federal government(hopefully while a Democrat is in the White House), and let the American electorate learn the hard way that our current path is unsustainable. The problem there is that we risk major civil unrest under those circumstances. Imagine Greece only with 300 million more people and 300 million more guns.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

The surest way to get positive press as a Republican is to ridicule Republicans.

Ted Torgerson on January 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM

The only way, the ONLY way, to get it across to the dimwits who have immersed themselves into the entitlement mentality is to let them own it. Just like the article that came out yesterday showing that college professors are starting to get hit with fewer hours to avoid having them covered under Obamacare. Let the Donks do their damage and let the nation know that it’s because the public refuses to understand our point of view that we are going to let experience be their teacher. Yeah, we’ll suffer for it, but we’re going to suffer anyway. Give them all the rope they think they want, and then watch them use it to hang their marxist heroes. Morons, the lot of them. Absolute public-schooled and welfare-indoctrinated morons.

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

yeah, how about stop being Democrat-lite, pussified RINOs and Theocrats and other assorted kooks who believe in the Magic Uteri… let’s start there

mittens on January 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

The Republican Party was not founded as a populist party. It was founded as a principled party and only became a political force after The Civil War. Before that, The Whigs were too populist to take a stand one way or the other on Slavery and they were consigned to the dustbin of history because of it.

gryphon202 on January 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

As long as the low information voter continues watching the lsm
They’ll never hear about whats coming down the pike

It’ll always be the gops fault

cmsinaz on January 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Stupid? Like…

..Chris Christie stupid?

The problem there is that we risk major civil unrest under those circumstances. Imagine Greece only with 300 million more people and 300 million more guns.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Major violence in every major inner city. Can you imagine taking away goodies from Democrats? Shudder to think. I’ll have to move out of NYC when that happens!

blatantblue on January 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Imagine Greece only with 300 million more people and 300 million more guns.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

What’s to imagine? The gun grabbers are doing a pretty good job of imagining it already.

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 9:46 AM

The man who wanted Rick Perry as the Republican Nominee should not be calling other people stupid.

Falz on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Let’s not hang that on Jindal. He made that comment before Rick Roosevelt self-destructed.

TMOverbeck on January 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Old & busted: Stupid Party
New & cool: Open wide party

Mr. Arrogant on January 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Let’s not hang that on Jindal. He made that comment before Rick Roosevelt self-destructed.

TMOverbeck on January 25, 2013 at 9:47 AM

You sure about that? Perry’s handling of the Trans-Texas Corridor and Islamic educational curricula might have suggested otherwise.

gryphon202 on January 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

STOP IT… Lets not abandon fiscal discipline as our core. 2013 will be the year of declining paychecks as a direct result of Obama’s policies. Payroll taxes took a quick 2%. Energy prices are higher this year than last. Inflation is starting to take hold. And healthcare costs are begin to skyrocket to the point that even the media starting to report on Obamacare being a driver of it.

And NOW we want to talk about OTHER things? My party is idiotic.

Bensonofben on January 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Major violence in every major inner city. Can you imagine taking away goodies from Democrats? Shudder to think. I’ll have to move out of NYC when that happens!

blatantblue on January 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

It’s already happening.

http://www.inquisitr.com/494263/fight-breaks-out-on-the-food-stamp-line-in-st-louis-video/

And that was over a spot in the line. Imagine what people will do when those EBT cards don’t get replenished cuz there’s no more money.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:49 AM

If we created American government today, we would not dream of taking money out of people’s pockets, sending it all the way to Washington, handing it over to politicians and bureaucrats to staple thousands of pages of artificial and political instructions to it, then wear that money out by grinding it through the engine of bureaucratic friction…and then sending what’s left of it back to the states, where it all started, in order to grow the American economy…

We believe in planting the seeds of growth in the fertile soil of your economy, where you live, where you work, invest, and dream, not in the barren concrete of Washington.

If it’s worth doing, block grant it to the states.

Isn’t Jindal arguing for federalism? That sounds good to me.

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Isn’t Jindal arguing for federalism? That sounds good to me.

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

That’s a start. Federalism must be built on a solid foundation of subsidiarity if we are ever again to enjoy the freedoms our founding fathers advocated for.

gryphon202 on January 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

The alternative is to let it burn. Allow the entitlement state to engulf our entire economy, have austerity measures forced on the federal government(hopefully while a Democrat is in the White House), and let the American electorate learn the hard way that our current path is unsustainable. The problem there is that we risk major civil unrest under those circumstances. Imagine Greece only with 300 million more people and 300 million more guns.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

And what portions of the electorate own those guns? I doubt many San Francisco Prius owners are packing. I mean, I hope it doesn’t come to this, but if it’s a case of civil unrest and that r word, then things aren’t shifting in favor of the left. There’s a reason that the government is trying to grab those guns now, before the Schumer hits the fan.

Gingotts on January 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The GOP actually has better answers to the urban outreach area, too.
http://www.city-journal.org/2013/23_1_gop-cities.html

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

To send block grants to the states without shrinking the massive federal government simultaniously, is but to exacerbate the economic expense and demise of this nation–not help it. Sooner or later, the only real issue is to shrink government and spending.To do that, you first need to restore common values and at least a respect for the constitution. Then there’s that nasty Supreme Court issue which can sink this nation all by itself, if we don’t somehow reject allowing politically appointed lawyers such power to make laws from the bench. Sorry, forefathers, but you blew it on this one, and perhaps failure to include term limits, and more immediate citizen oversight of the political class and parties which control the little people, admit it or not.

Don L on January 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

What ever happened to the Jindal fundraiser that had her leg broken by anarchist thugs —you know, they one Jindal never spoke up about?

claudius on January 25, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Maybe we’re better off with the Jindal approach — stop talking about this issue, get elected, and then fall on the grenade when you must. BIG DUH!

The Obama machine, (with his media) methodically hammered Romney as the rich candidate—caring ONLY for the rich, and that he would not represent the needs of “the little people”, which is why even though the polls showed Romney would be a better, and more fiscal steward of the country as a whole, Obama’s people convinced the middle class, (and the Seniors and youths), that their benefits would be threatened, hence six million “republicans” stayed home.

How the party goes about “getting in touch” with this huge portion of the electorate in the next cycle is the big question. Perhaps some one like Rubio, (who could be perceived as one of the little people), could campaign on this premise, but, at this point, society/the average voter (from now to eternity) will vote for the candidate that DOES NOT in any way threaten their government “assistance”, even if the reforms are necessary to preserve the entitlements. Again, the low information voter does not comprehend long term fiscal stability, nor do they care. We, (the GOP), should take a page of from the Democrats historical playbook—-lie about everything to get elected, then do what’s best for the nation as a whole. Sadly, the “honest truth” will not get them elected.

Addendum: Had a Republican President been in office in this last cycle, (with the unemployment rates, debt, and run-away government spending), the media would have presented to the viewing public, a nation in a full blown depression, (or heading there), and the Arab Spring would have been described as the world coming to an end. Today, the “messaging” or lack of the process by the GOP is a lost cause as long as the liberal media controls the message to the masses, even though this long term debt WILL eventually crush all of us—WANTED: GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES—EVIL RICH REPUBLICANS NEED NOT APPLY.

Rovin on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Maybe we’re better off with the Jindal approach — stop talking about this issue, get elected, and then fall on the grenade when you must.

And then proceed to lose the very next election. ……

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

It does not work that way. Just look at Obamacare.

Republicans should be running on the positions they hold that are popular, not on some misguided desire to educate the public during an election.

Conservatives are for: Stop killing third trimester babies.

So make that the argument and argue it that way. Refuse to discuss the first trimester other than to pay lip service to what you would hope your daughter would choose to do. Do not discuss it as law. Arguing in a political campaign in favor of the intensely unpopular policy of forcing a rape victim to carry her rapist’s baby is astonishly stupid. Nobody likes voting for an idiot.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Step one, the GOP needs to buy a couple of TV Networks…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

The man who wanted Rick Perry as the Republican Nominee should not be calling other people stupid.

Falz on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

I’d rather have had an unmedicated Governor Rick Perry as the nominee over Mitt “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life” Romney. Did you just call me stupid?

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

To send block grants to the states without shrinking the massive federal government simultaniously, is but to exacerbate the economic expense and demise of this nation–not help it. Sooner or later, the only real issue is to shrink government and spending.To do that, you first need to restore common values and at least a respect for the constitution. Then there’s that nasty Supreme Court issue which can sink this nation all by itself, if we don’t somehow reject allowing politically appointed lawyers such power to make laws from the bench. Sorry, forefathers, but you blew it on this one, and perhaps failure to include term limits, and more immediate citizen oversight of the political class and parties which control the little people, admit it or not.

Don L on January 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Subsidiarity took a blow with Marbury v Madison, but the final nail in the coffin was the turn of the 20th century and the passage of the 16th and 17th amendments. The forefathers did just fine. They could have come up with the perfect system and it would still do us no good considering that we abandoned what they created.

gryphon202 on January 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

First, isn’t it sort of way too early to take potshots at a potential rival? This is something that I’d expect about three months before the caucuses. But it will be interesting to see how Ryan responds. Second, watching Bobby Jindal attempt to give a speech is excrutiatingly painful. Jindal looks great on paper but charisma trumps credentials any time.

Illinidiva on January 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Here’s an idea…Let’s don’t have televised debates every week for months on end and let the candidates campaign the old fashioned way.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Here’s an idea…Let’s don’t have televised debates every week for months on end and let the candidates campaign the old fashioned way.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Excellent idea!

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Start by losing Rubio. He as it turns out loves the Establishment more than Conservatives. Down twinkles to Rubio. Jindal is still holding his own. He and Blue Buddha!

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Just forget about it right now, blubber buns, your spooning with Barky was an auto-fail for a Big House bid.

Bishop on January 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

The man who wanted Rick Perry as the Republican Nominee should not be calling other people stupid.

Falz on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

No kidding…I was just about to say the same thing. I like Perry, but it was clear he wasn’t ready for a national run.

And I’m not sure the prescription he lays out here will help, anyway. We’re to minimize money issues in favor of…what, exactly? Simplistic messaging about “Washington” and “big government”?

changer1701 on January 25, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Let it burn, “winning” at this point wouldn’t be “winning”.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The only way to make a soft-on-crime liberal is to let him be mugged. So, let the Dems and their voters own whatever disasters might come. Only when they’re left crying in their Victory Gin will they be willing to change the status quo.

Liam on January 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Give them all the rope they think they want, and then watch them use it to hang their marxist heroes. Morons, the lot of them. Absolute public-schooled and welfare-indoctrinated morons.

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I’m with you on that, speaking from experience. My very first election to vote for president (I regret to admit), I voted for Carter. However… it was the learning experience of a lifetime because I have been solidly conservative ever since.

People need to get mugged by reality and Carter did it for me. Mortgage interest at 12%?!? Gas shortages. Dismal era.

It does make me wonder how Carter II was reelected, but maybe there’s just not enough financial pain for the moochers yet.

tru2tx on January 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

It does not work that way. Just look at Obamacare.

Republicans should be running on the positions they hold that are popular, not on some misguided desire to educate the public during an election.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

And what positions would those be in terms of fiscal matters? The Republicans(some of them anyway) are trying to be the party of personal and fiscal responsibility. They’re trying to shrink the federal government and reduce spending. Those are noble(and I would argue necessary) measures, but they unfortunately don’t appeal to a majority of the electorate in today’s America. And tax cuts have been demagogued to the point where even those are no longer an advantage for the GOP. Quite the opposite in fact given the outcome of the 2012 election.

It’s a tough sell, but unless they’re planning on being Democrat-lite by offering entitlements and amnesty but merely on a slightly smaller scale, they better figure out a way to penetrate the thick skulls of enough voters out there to crack 50% in the next election. Perhaps another 4 years in the Obama economy will be enough on its own to get the job done. But if not, they have to come up with a strategery to swing at least some black, Hispanic, and single women voters(all of whom went heavily for Obama despite being the ones who are suffering the worst under his Presidency).

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

The only way to make a soft-on-crime liberal is to let him be mugged. So, let the Dems and their voters own whatever disasters might come. Only when they’re left crying in their Victory Gin will they be willing to change the status quo.

Liam on January 25, 2013 at 10:03 AM

This does not work. We know for a fact this does not work. The media covers for them, and the People rationalize their bad votes, and the politicians say, “We just didn’t do enough! It’s the fault of those obstructiionist Republicans!”

He who has the power makes the rules. The winner writes the history.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

First, I agree with those who say that the Republicans need to find a way to sell entitlement reform. The other option is LIB, but that is going end up being incredibly painful for the country.

Illinidiva on January 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

People need to get mugged by reality and Carter did it for me. Mortgage interest at 12%?!? Gas shortages. Dismal era.

It does make me wonder how Carter II was reelected, but maybe there’s just not enough financial pain for the moochers yet.

tru2tx on January 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

I also seem to recall a couple of short term rate spikes back then around 18% to 21% or so…

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 25, 2013 at 10:09 AM

We need to stop being the stupid party

Well I don’t want to be the square party, either. Remember Jindal’s response to the O’s first State of The Union? Embarrassing. He channeled Mr. Rogers and came dangerously close to closing with Knick Knack Paddy Whack. If I’m a low info voter, I’m not going for the carefully coiffered sweater dude who’s talking about the joy of numbers.

If it’s all about branding, image, and optics -which apparently it is- Jindal needs to tap his inner Jimi Hendrix and whip out an electric guitar at his next address. He needs a new do, a muscle shirt, and should learn to flirt.

But then the problem is he looks like a phony dork. So never mind.

LetsBfrank on January 25, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Republicans need to be even dumberer.

forest on January 25, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Give them all the rope they think they want, and then watch them use it to hang their marxist heroes. Morons, the lot of them. Absolute public-schooled and welfare-indoctrinated morons.

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The problems with that idea:
They are too stupid to make a noose.
The total cost of rope.

ROCnPhilly on January 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

LetsBfrank I thought Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock myself.

Illinidiva on January 25, 2013 at 10:17 AM

You know, it is pretty simple in today’s reality TV America.

All you have to do, is get on the TV and say:

The Democrat Party believes the people are too stupid to think for themselves. You aren’t stupid, are you? Only a stupid person would vote for a Democrat.

And that’s it. Nobody wants to be that stupid person. And before some starts saying that talking down to the voters won’t work, have you looked at the White House lately?

LoganSix on January 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

It’s really too late IMO. Potential to fix the Federal government has been lost. The economy and the dollar needs to collapse before everyday citizens give a sh**te and federal action will be taken. Unfortunately, LIB is the path we are on.

Focus efforts on state and local governments. Time to start from scratch.

lucyvanpelt on January 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

tru2tx on January 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Hi tru2tx, my name is Fallon, and I, too, cast my first vote for Carter. It’s good to know we both recovered from the malaise and stupidity of being willingly misled by the media into believing in a simple peanut farmer from Georgia (a phony who pretended to carried his own luggage… the media was in a full swing slobbering lovefest unmatched until Clinton and topped by Obama. Wait. What do they all have in common?). Now, if we could only recover from “Yes, we can!” and “Forward.”

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

The GOP Primary Debate Schedule

May 5, 2011
June 13, 2013
August 11, 2011
September 5, 2011
September 7, 2011
September 12, 2011
September 22, 2011
October 11, 2011
October, 18, 2011
November 5, 2011
November 9, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 19, 2011
November 22, 2011
December 3, 2011
December 12, 2011
December 15, 2011
January 7, 2012
January 8, 2012
January 14, 2012
January 16, 2012
January 19, 2012
January 23, 2012
January 26, 2012
February 22, 2012
March 3, 2012

How exactly does any candidate campaign and meet voters with a TV schedule like that?

The Disappointed Palin fans jumped from one car to the other on the rollercoaster, bashed everyone who wasn’t Palin & we ate our own…that was the GOP primary.

Governance,experience and policy didn’t matter…TV Electability mattered.

I Never saw anything quite like it.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

The problem there is that we risk major civil unrest under those circumstances. Imagine Greece only with 300 million more people and 300 million more guns.

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 9:41 AM

“Risk”? We shouldn’t “risk” civil unrest, we should WELCOME it while we still have more guns than the other side. Because if the Republicans continue to lose nationwide elections for another cycle or two (you see any sign that they won’t?), the people will run out of money and guns simultaneously, and the country will welcome a new Hitler with thunderous applause.

Archivarix on January 25, 2013 at 10:24 AM

We are indeed, the stupid party but it’s much more than what Jindal said. I don’t know who’s in charge of messaging but they need to take a course in Messaging 101. The Democrats won an election using one catch phrase “The Culture of Corruption” how did they do that? It’s simple, all of them said it from the freshman House Representative to the Leaders in the Senate and the House. Pravda and Izvestia repeated it and asked GOP representatives about it, just to catch them off guard.

The Republicans have a media problem and, if they don’t deal with it, their message, whether good or bad, is going no where. You can’t have a battle of ideas when Pravda and Izvestia don’t allow your ideas to get out.

bflat879 on January 25, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Jindal: We need to stop being the stupid party

…yeah huh huh!…and are you going TO CHANGE the Politburo Press somehow… you yacktity yack ???????

KOOLAID2 on January 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

And what positions would those be in terms of fiscal matters? The Republicans(some of them anyway) are trying to be the party of personal and fiscal responsibility. They’re trying to shrink the federal government and reduce spending. Those are noble(and I would argue necessary) measures, but they unfortunately don’t appeal to a majority of the electorate in today’s America.

Then don’t run on changing entitlements. Run on defending them. Then, after getting elected, actually do something to fix them, at least for a while, like Reagan did with social security.

And tax cuts have been demagogued to the point where even those are no longer an advantage for the GOP. Quite the opposite in fact given the outcome of the 2012 election.

Stop trying to defend the super rich. Defend small businesspeople making, say 400 or 500k per year. They are the ones actually supporting us. The super rich are now almost all tax dodging globalists intent on devouring America down to its bones.

Go populist. Stop being the party of the rich.

It’s a tough sell, but unless they’re planning on being Democrat-lite by offering entitlements and amnesty but merely on a slightly smaller scale, they better figure out a way to penetrate the thick skulls of enough voters out there to crack 50% in the next election.

This “Democrat-lite” meme is so incredibly wrong. You don’t win elections by scaring the voting public during an election campaign. The true believers on both sides should be outraged at their candidates selling them out. The left has been winning because they have sense enough to realize winning the power is more important than rhetorical purity. They let Obama say whatever he thinks he needs to say to get elected.

Perhaps another 4 years in the Obama economy will be enough on its own to get the job done. But if not, they have to come up with a strategery to swing at least some black, Hispanic, and single women voters(all of whom went heavily for Obama despite being the ones who are suffering the worst under his Presidency).

Doughboy on January 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

We are never going to win over the identity group voters. That strategy is a 100% surefire loser. What we need to do is to convince responsible blacks and hispanics and single women who already want to vote conservative but are scared of us that we are about freedom and individual liberty and a just rule of law, not about oppressing them.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Funny! One minute she is irrelevant, next minute the reason for all our woes. Lol!

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Agree on Rubio. Leave him the Senate where he can wax poetic all he wants.

Jindal is just gearing up here but his message will resonate, especially about the phoney washington economy.

Charismatic got ya Obama. By 2016 I think people will be begging for credentials. I’d pick a guy who managed to reform healthcare in his state at 24!

My money’s on Jindal when piyush comes to shove.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

How about so-called conservatives in media and govt actually start telling the American people what is really happening in the Obama Administration before its too late? How about these same people stop being intimidated by comfort, money and power and actually start putting their a$$e$ on the line to save this country and the world? Nothing less than self-sacrifice at this point is going to inspire others to do anything, this is something the Founding Fathers knew well. And I guess Brietbart.
Yes, it is that dire.

quiz1 on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Time to start from scratch.

lucyvanpelt on January 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Not scratch.
We can keep the Constitution as lawfully amended. We need Constitution-first Americans to ignore, undermine and remove unConstitutional laws, those who pass them and those who arbitrarily enforce them.

ROCnPhilly on January 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Did you write this? :-)

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Give them all the rope they think they want, and then watch them use it to hang their marxist heroes. Morons, the lot of them. Absolute public-schooled and welfare-indoctrinated morons.

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The problems with that idea:
They are too stupid to make a noose.
The total cost of rope.

ROCnPhilly on January 25, 2013 at 10:14 AM

That’s why they make pitchforks and torches…

HiJack on January 25, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Shouldn’t Bobby Jindal be off selling coffee and doughnuts to Joe Biden somewhere? Dude is weak! Sorry, but you lose me by attacking conservatism and us loyalists who held out noses and went against our better judgement by voting for the garbage candidates rolled out by the establishment.

At this point, I don’t think we’ll see another Republican elected president in our lifetimes. We have gone over the tipping point. All politics for conservatives in the future will be local and at the state level. From our law enforcement to our Governors, we will need to vote in as conservative candidates as we can find to try and fend off the ever expanding socialism that is being elected at the national levels of government. That is our only hope. The welfare hatcheries created back in the 60′s by the democrats have finally paid off for them as they have spawned more takers needing their entitlements then self supporting rugged individuals who are willing to take responsibility for their own lives.

Rockshine on January 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM

The “stupid party” fits perfectly which is why I’ll vote 3rd party from now on. The “stupid party” gives Republican voters only candidates (especially Presidential candidates) that the Democrats and MSM allows them to have, e.g. McCain (another liberal who believes that torture doesn’t work), Romney (a former Massachusetts Gov) and now some fat man with a mouth bigger than his stomach. Democrats own women and blacks, and wouldn’t allow Palin or Cain…Republicans fell in line and followed instructions (RedState even helped the Dems crucify those two).

Karmi on January 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Hey Bobby:

My 12-year old daughter has been swearing like a trucker and vomiting pea soup every time I walk into her room. Father Merrin is not available. Do you think you could stop by and lend a hand?

By the way, has the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology changed its mind and decided to hold meetings in your state?

Mr. Arkadin on January 25, 2013 at 10:48 AM

We need to start now on the college campuses and in the high schools.

Keep Networking young conservatives on campuses and on the net to educate the ignorant on economics and the constitution.

Keep building a strong alternative media and encourage young conservatives in Talk Radio.

Part of the problem is that a generation is so woefully ignorant as to basic economics and history because they have been fed a daily diet of revisionism in public schools…Occupy Anarchists were an example of just how ignorant & lost these people are.

The RINO’s have got to stop attacking the conservative message and the GOP has got to listen to the conservative governors.

Th conservative governors have got to stop playing to the camera and develop a unified message that doesn’t pander to the balkanized factions created by the media and the statists to divide us.

Punch Back…Twice as Hard

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Did you write this? :-)

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Nice try.

I don’t hate Palin…sheeesh!

Palin won’t be a factor next time so get over it.

You want an idol fine…I want my country back.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Bobby Jindal has his head screwed on tight and understands that playing nice with the liberal/progressive Democrats is a loose-loose situation.

If we still can’t kill them, at least we should be trying to make their lives miserable at every chance.

A Trillion here, and a Trillion there, and pretty soon you’re taling real money.

Obama is presiding over a true national debt of nearly $105 TRILLION, but he has no head for figures, just taking care of Obama.

dockywocky on January 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Bmore on January 25, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Agree on Rubio. Leave him the Senate where he can wax poetic all he wants.

Jindal is just gearing up here but his message will resonate, especially about the phoney washington economy.

Charismatic got ya Obama. By 2016 I think people will be begging for credentials. I’d pick a guy who managed to reform healthcare in his state at 24!

My money’s on Jindal when piyush comes to shove.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I like Rubio…But we have to have a governor who can govern and has the record to prove it.

The GOP strength is the conservative governors.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM

We are never going to win over the identity group voters. That strategy is a 100% surefire loser. What we need to do is to convince responsible blacks and hispanics and single women who already want to vote conservative but are scared of us that we are about freedom and individual liberty and a just rule of law, not about oppressing them.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 10:28 AM

BINGO!

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Time to start from scratch.

lucyvanpelt on January 25, 2013 at 10:20 AM

I only wish. Unfortunately, when nations “start (over from) scratch,” they almost always turn more totalitarian rather than free.

I’m a LIB person, but not because I believe that the United States, as currently constituted, could reset with an emphasis on liberty, freedom, limited government, personal responsibility and the absolute slaughter of the Nanny State. I think that we are too far gone and too diametrically opposed in philosophies. Progressives will never agree with Conservatives. Conservatives will ever agree with Progressives. Libertarians will never agree with either although libertarians like me lean right, especially on reeling in the size, scope, and cost of government.

I’m kind of hoping for an amicable divorce between Left & Right with a division of assets. I know, Progs would NEVER agree to a peaceful dissolution because they yield to the totalitarian temptation and are so utterly arrogant.

Some while ago, I read this about Gail Collins’ book, As Texas Goes . . . : How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, and I think that it pretty much sums up the irreconcilable differences:

What’s The Matter With Texas? Absolutely Nothing.

M2RB: ZZ Top, live from Paris, 2010

She actually wrote:

“The rest of the country can’t do all that much to dictate where Texas goes what with states’ rights, states’ rights, states’ rights.”

- Gail Collins

Is it any wonder that Texans want to be left alone when New York Times columnists seek to convert their state into a big Massachusetts?

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Agree on Rubio. Leave him the Senate where he can wax poetic all he wants.

Jindal is just gearing up here but his message will resonate, especially about the phoney washington economy.

Charismatic got ya Obama. By 2016 I think people will be begging for credentials. I’d pick a guy who managed to reform healthcare in his state at 24!

My money’s on Jindal when piyush comes to shove.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Charisma matters alot whether we want to admit it or not. Churchill rallied the British public during World War II on the power of his words. “Never was so much owed by so many to so few indeed..” Jindal looks great on paper but he is going to have a hard time connecting with low information voters on a pop culture, viseral level. Lots of low information indies just vote for someone that they like for President.

One of Rubio’s huge strengths is he is a great American Idol candidate. Even if people are looking for more substance than Rubio, then Ryan seems the more logical choice. Ryan is in the same policy wonk category as Jindal, but he is a much better speaker. (As a sidenote, that is why I’m assuming that Jindal was swiping at Ryan.)

Illinidiva on January 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM

The article is actually a very good take on the 2008 election:

And so the word went out, from that time and place: Eviscerate Sarah Palin like one of her field-dressed moose. Turn her life upside down. Attack her politics, her background, her educational history. Attack her family. Make fun of her husband, her children. Unleash the noted gynecologist Andrew Sullivan to prove that Palin’s fifth child was really her grandchild. Hit her with everything we have: Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, taking a beer-run break from her quixotic search for Mr. Right to drip venom on Sister Sarah; post-funny comic David Letterman, to joke about her and her daughters on national television; Katie Couric, the anchor nobody watches, to give this Alaskan interloper a taste of life in the big leagues; former New York Times hack Todd “Mr. Dee Dee Myers” Purdum, to act as an instrument of Graydon Carter’s wrath at Vanity Fair. Heck, we even burned her church down. Even after the teleological triumph of The One, the assault had to continue, each blow delivered with our Lefty SneerTM (viz.: Donny Deutsch yesterday on Morning Joe), until Sarah was finished.

You know what? It worked!

Those on the right backed away from a diamond in the rough for fear of being attacked themselves or they joined the attacks because they disagreed with her take down of corrupt insider Republicans. If we don’t defend our own, we end up with candidates like Mitt Romney. If you prefer candidates like Mitt, we have found our point of disagreement.

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I agree with BMore.

SparkPlug on January 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

“The rest of the country can’t do all that much to dictate where Texas goes what with states’ rights, states’ rights, states’ rights.”

– Gail Collins

Is it any wonder that Texans want to be left alone when New York Times columnists seek to convert their state into a big Massachusetts?

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Obama will seek to get a third term…He wants to be FDR.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Those on the right backed away from a diamond in the rough for fear of being attacked themselves or they joined the attacks because they disagreed with her take down of corrupt insider Republicans. If we don’t defend our own, we end up with candidates like Mitt Romney. If you prefer candidates like Mitt, we have found our point of disagreement.

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Well said, perfectly by Fallon.

SparkPlug on January 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Also, from the link:

You’re too nice, too enamored of history and tradition to realize that the rules have changed. Remember, I live and work in a town where, “Hello, he lied,” isn’t a joke; we men of the Left are perfectly comfortable lying, cheating, and stealing — hello, Senator Franken! — in order to attain and keep political power. Not for nothing is one of our mottos, “By Any Means Necessary.” You see, we’re the good guys, and for us the ends always justify the means. We are, literally, shameless, which is why Bill Clinton is now a multi-millionaire and Eliot Spitzer is already on the comeback trail.

Learn or learn to be subjugated.

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The Mittbots ruined the GOP.

Now there are butt hurt so they attack Palin more than they did before.

SparkPlug on January 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Those on the right backed away from a diamond in the rough for fear of being attacked themselves or they joined the attacks because they disagreed with her take down of corrupt insider Republicans. If we don’t defend our own, we end up with candidates like Mitt Romney. If you prefer candidates like Mitt, we have found our point of disagreement.

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM

I’m from Texas.

I look at a governing record and policy plans. I look at whether hat candidate has a demonstrated record to govern effectively.

I voted for Romney because he was the alternative to the Criminal in office.

You can kid yourself all you want…but idol worshiping any politician is a fascist trait…just isn’t a Texas thingy.

Politicians are temporary employees of the electorate and they are accountable to that electorate to deliver…especially when they occasionally make stupid choices, which they all do.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Romney won’t be a factor next time so get over it.

SparkPlug on January 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

It is quite apparent that some early posters just spouted B.S. without reading the transcript or watching the speech.

This stance is nothing new for Jindal, it’s what he ran on to get into the governor’s seat.

Before anyone points out some of the problems with Louisiana’s budget take note that many expenditures are 100% payola and protected by constitutional amendments passed when ex-con Edwin Edwards was governor. The state can only control about 10% of its budget via legislation.

Kermit on January 25, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Illinidiva on January 25, 2013 at 11:04 AM

While I agree charisma matters to a degree, and I agree that you need a Governor to be the choice, I think you underestimate Jindal’s abilities. The elite can’t question his intellect and yet everything I have seen is that he immediately gains the connection with his constituents.

The differences between him and Obama during the BP oil spill were unreal. I kept watching them during that time and thought to myself “and you guys picked this guy as President?”

Don’t underestimate him is all I am saying.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

Obama will seek to get a third term…He wants to be FDR.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Well, good luck to him getting 38 states to ratify a constitutional amendment repealing the 22nd Amendment. “Bitter Clingers” in “Flyover Country” have long memories.

He won 28 states in 2008 and only 26 in 2012.

Look at the 2012 map (btw, I do not agree with the opinions expressed at this website, but the map is correct):

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/dumbfuckistan

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 11:21 AM

I voted for Romney because he was the alternative to the Criminal in office.

You can kid yourself all you want…but idol worshiping any politician is a fascist trait…just isn’t a Texas thingy.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I also voted for Romney, ABO. I’ve lived in Texas (loved it) and I’m currently living in Illinois. You gotta go where the work goes. I don’t worship any politician. I should have addressed that earlier. Repeating the lie that she is “worshipped” helps us how? It’s just more noise that hurts getting our country back on the right track. (And, there is more to the country than just Texas. See, I really did live there. There is nothing like Texan pride. It’s infectious.)

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

BTW, Rick Perry is SOOOOOOO dumb that people are moving to Texas in reverse Chisholm Trail fashion.

How is your state doing? Likely not nearly as good.

Kermit on January 25, 2013 at 11:26 AM

“We are a populist party and need to make that clear.”

Thats true but it has to be explained properly. Huckabee took this approach and it quickly devolved into a leftist, anti-wealth, class warfare platform that could’ve easily drifted out of Obama’s purple lips. It has to be made very clear that we want everybody to have the opportunity to become wealthy. Stress equal opportunity and mock the notion of forced equal results. Being wealthy isn’t a vain, elitist thing that should be rejected, it should be admired and celebrated if it comes as the result of either hard work, smart work, or dumb luck.

Zetterson on January 25, 2013 at 11:31 AM

The Mittbots ruined the GOP.

Now there are butt hurt so they attack Palin more than they did before.

SparkPlug on January 25, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Mittbots…Palinistas…Paultards…Cainiacs…

This is what happens when people search for an idol.

This is how Obama became an idol and won.

Here’s how I saw it…

Palin fans attacked Bachmann…cause she wasn’t Palin and had somehow betrayed Palin. Bachmann fans returned the volley.

Palin went on a bus tour…sorta…and the media played up will she or won’t she run crapola. Palin enjoyed the attention.

Next…Gingrich began a series of minor implosions…but he attacked the media so we liked that. Gingrich seemed to be on a book tour as much as a campaign.

Mittbots attacked everybody because they weren’t electable…

Cain repeated 999 ad nauseum…no real plan beyond 999…but he looked good on TV and he had a book tour to finish.

Santorum rallied evangelicals against other evangelicals cause somehow a guy who lost his own state in his last election is gonna beat Obama or something?

Perry from Texas imploded in the first 3 debates and nobody gave him another chance cause he sounds just like Bush.

The whole thing was a train wreck and it was the fans searching for electability that wrecked it.

Since when do conservatives become fans chasing after pablum in soundbites?

I thought conservatives rallied around a commonsense platform and helped a candidate sell that platform to win elections.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Charismatic got ya Obama. By 2016 I think people will be begging for credentials. I’d pick a guy who managed to reform healthcare in his state at 24!

My money’s on Jindal when piyush comes to shove.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Well said, and cleverly so.

onlineanalyst on January 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Charismatic got ya Obama. By 2016 I think people will be begging for credentials. I’d pick a guy who managed to reform healthcare in his state at 24!

My money’s on Jindal when piyush comes to shove.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

sure but it should be noted. Credentials and accomplishments are two seperate things. I’ll take accomplishments over credentials every day of the week.

Zetterson on January 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

DEVELOPING: Obama recess appointments unconstitutional, court

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/25/federal-court-obama-broke-law-recess-appointments/

A federal appeals court has overturned President Obama’s controversial recess appointments from last year, arguing he abused his powers and acted when the Senate was not actually in a recess.

The three-judge panel’s ruling is a major blow to Mr. Obama. The judges ruled that the appointments Mr. Obama made to the National Labor Relations Board are illegal, and the board no longer has a quorum to operate.

(He also “recess appointed” Richard Corday to be the Director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

What is very important to know is, if the court follows the precedent set by the Supreme Court in New Process Steel v. NLRB, 130 S. Ct. 2635 (2010), then ALL of the rules, regulations, and decisions of the NLRB since the unconstitutional appointments WILL BE NULL AND VOID. The same would be true of those made by Corday at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Obama will seek to get a third term…He wants to be FDR.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The 22nd Amendment will stop him from doing it FDR’s way. He’ll have to use Putin’s method of selecting a figurehead as his stand in for the Presidency.

Either that, or he has plans to greatly empower the UN over the next four years, transforming it into a worthy vessel for his ambitions. I consider this more likely.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 11:17 AM

I agree, don’t underestimate Jindal. He’s brilliant and gets things done. It seems to me that some folks dislike all the potential candidates, and I await their final recommendation with something approaching humor. Sometimes I wonder if people only read the headline before commenting.

Lightswitch on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Personally I very much liked Sarah, I still do, what she says resonates with me.

The way the media ‘lit’ into her was dispicable…

As for Bobby, well, yeah, he has said some dumb things, but for the most I like his message, same with Perry, said some stupid things, still overall I like his message.

Now we have Cruz and Rand Paul speaking up.

It’s time we stand up for these men, let them know when they go wrong.

As much as we need them, they need us too!!

I could not bear to think that as conservatives, we would become dismissable for a few errent phrases…

One thing I see for sure here, we all pretty much think alike, but boy, do some folk luv to rip into others for really dumb reasons.

We have to get behind everyone who has the message that speaks most for us!

Scrumpy on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I voted for Romney because he was the alternative to the Criminal in office.

You can kid yourself all you want…but idol worshiping any politician is a fascist trait…just isn’t a Texas thingy.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:15 AM

I also voted for Romney, ABO. I’ve lived in Texas (loved it) and I’m currently living in Illinois. You gotta go where the work goes. I don’t worship any politician. I should have addressed that earlier. Repeating the lie that she is “worshipped” helps us how? It’s just more noise that hurts getting our country back on the right track. (And, there is more to the country than just Texas. See, I really did live there. There is nothing like Texan pride. It’s infectious.)

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM

What helps us is an honest appraisal and discussion of events imho.

I won’t sugarcoat Perry’s trainwreck. He wasn’t prepared, entered too late and he was hamstrung in his strength which is the retail people to people old school campaigning.

Rove and all those guys have got to go.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Resist We Much on January 25, 2013 at 11:36 AM

That’s really good news!! Thanks for posting RWM!!

Scrumpy on January 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Rove and all those guys have got to go.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

We agree.

Fallon on January 25, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Obama will seek to get a third term…He wants to be FDR.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The 22nd Amendment will stop him from doing it FDR’s way. He’ll have to use Putin’s method of selecting a figurehead as his stand in for the Presidency.

Either that, or he has plans to greatly empower the UN over the next four years, transforming it into a worthy vessel for his ambitions. I consider this more likely.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

All he needs is a majority in both houses…or an executive order.

He’s already got democrats pushing for overturning the term limit…or haven’t you noticed?

The media will beat the drums cause Y’know…Obama has to finish transforming the country.

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Personally I very much liked Sarah, I still do, what she says resonates with me.

The way the media ‘lit’ into her was dispicable…

As for Bobby, well, yeah, he has said some dumb things, but for the most I like his message, same with Perry, said some stupid things, still overall I like his message.

Now we have Cruz and Rand Paul speaking up.

It’s time we stand up for these men, let them know when they go wrong.

As much as we need them, they need us too!!

I could not bear to think that as conservatives, we would become dismissable for a few errent phrases…

One thing I see for sure here, we all pretty much think alike, but boy, do some folk luv to rip into others for really dumb reasons.

We have to get behind everyone who has the message that speaks most for us!

Scrumpy on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Agree

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Charismatic got ya Obama. By 2016 I think people will be begging for credentials. I’d pick a guy who managed to reform healthcare in his state at 24!

My money’s on Jindal when piyush comes to shove.

can_con on January 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM

I don’t have that kind of faith in voters.

I fully expected they’d beg for credentials in 2012. Instead they doubled down on crap for results and endless violations of the constitution.

But they did get 4 more years of charisma.

LetsBfrank on January 25, 2013 at 11:49 AM

workingclass artist on January 25, 2013 at 11:43 AM

For the most I like what you have to say.

But please quit using the “idol worshiping” phrase…

It’s wrong on so many levels and just creates ‘kerfuffle’!!

I admired/admire Palin, does that mean I idol worship her?

Not a bit…

But believe me, if she ran again! I’d vote for her…

Scrumpy on January 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Republicans should just stop self destructing by attacking each other. Let the Democrats choke on the events they are creating.There can absolutely be no good result from ruinous debt, Obamacare, $3.5 trillion budgets, higher taxes, green energy fiascoes, union greed, EPA restrictions and the lowering of immigration standards.

*In fact for the next two years I wish there were no Republicans at all. The only thing that can stop Democrats are other Democrats. It is only AFTER the Democrats have destroyed themselves (and unfortunately a good chunk of the country along with it-but, alas, that is the penalty of losing) that an effective counter-attack can be waged.

MaiDee on January 25, 2013 at 11:52 AM

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