Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on March 23, 2013 by Allahpundit

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus deserves credit for launching a reclamation project for his beleaguered party…

But take it from some of those who have been there. The problems outlined in the frank report will not be solved by tweaks to the Republican message or by limiting the number of candidate debates in 2016 or without a potentially bruising internal fight that will pit GOP constituencies and leaders against one another in a debate over ideas and issues.

Democrats have seen this movie. A quarter century ago, the Democrats had lost five of six presidential elections, two by landslide margins in the popular vote…

Based on the Democrats’ history, what Priebus has begun could have a long way to run before Republicans can look to consistent success in presidential races. “You get a change in the party when three things come together — new ideas, a new organizational base and an attractive new standard bearer who understands the ideas and this new orientation in his bones,” Galston said.” It’s not something you learn in a briefing book.”

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Most party chairmen try to avoid the headlines. But in recent weeks, Priebus has adopted a pose of brutal candor, trying to stir up his party with dire predictions and frank language. “Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. Our primary and debate process needed improvement,” he said, diagnosing all that went wrong in last year’s campaign. “There’s no one solution,” Priebus continued. “There’s a long list of them.”…

In Brooklyn, conservative black clergy told Priebus about the harm done by Republican efforts to cleanse voter rolls. In Denver, Hispanic Republicans talked about the pain caused by Mitt Romney’s promise of “self-deportation.” In California, Priebus met with an elected Asian-American Republican who regularly sees 10 Democrats at community events she attends alone. Even the donors were restless. “Look, you are young. You are smart. If you want a job, I’ll give you a job down the hallway,” Priebus remembers a major Republican donor in New York City telling him in December. “But here’s the deal. If you are not going to be big and bold, don’t waste my time. Don’t waste your kids’ time. Don’t waste your wife’s time.”…

Priebus made his proposals at the very moment when the uncompromising guardians of the party’s right wing had gathered outside of Washington to bash the capital’s consultant class–that collection of professional campaign technicians who know winning in presidential elections means keeping the party from veering too far to the right. “Stop listening to the professional politicians and consultants most responsible for those political train wrecks,” warned longtime activist L. Brent Bozell III in a typical turn that garnered huge applause. Other mainstays of social conservatism, like the Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schlafly and Faith and Freedom Coalition chairman Ralph Reed, warn that they will fight any effort to change the party’s approach to gay marriage. “If someone tries,” warns Reed, “they’re going to have to get through me.” Says Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council: “Obviously the RNC report was designed to pander to the GOP’s wealthy elites.”

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Further fueling suspicions on the right of an anti-conservative vendetta led by Rove and the R.N.C., Rove and party leaders are working together to develop a high-tech digital platform designed to facilitate voter and donor contact and to replicate the major advances in digital campaigning achieved by the Obama campaign.

More broadly, the alliance between Rove and the R.N.C. does substantiate the view that establishment forces are driving the reform movement within the Republican Party, an establishment that includes much of corporate America, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Bush family and its allies, and the more moderate, traditionalist donor community…

In January, I pointed out that “If the conservative movement continues on its downward trajectory, the American business community, which has the most to lose from Republican failure, will be the key force arguing for moderation.”

That moment has come. The Priebus report and Rove’s Conservative Victory Project together mark a significant escalation in the battle between the center and the right over the soul of the Republican Party.

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Still, these efforts merely clear the decks of some existing objections, not dramatically expand Republican appeal. The 2012 election revealed insufficient GOP enthusiasm among working-class Americans and plummeting support among rising demographic groups, particularly Asians and Latinos. Appealing to these voters will require more than repetition of the Republican economic message circa 1980. They want the reassurance of a modern, functioning safety net and the realistic hope of economic and social mobility. Republicans have yet to effectively address either priority.

This is partly an institutional problem. A smattering of conservative policy experts is working on these issues — conservative alternatives on health and education reform or promoting social capital and family stability. But the major conservative think tanks tend to be driven by ideological and donor priorities. Few conservative institutions operate effectively at the confluence of policy and politics.

Democratic reformers in the 1980s and ’90s had the Democratic Leadership Council to help reshape their identity and lay the policy foundations for Bill Clinton’s presidential run. Britain’s Conservative Party has the Centre for Social Justice, which in the past year has produced policy documents on fighting modern slavery, addressing child poverty, breaking the cycle of domestic abuse and strengthening marriage. Where is the Republican equivalent?

Major Republican donors seem perfectly willing to support the presidential races of quixotic candidates. They foot the bill for television attack ads. They seem less interested in funding the revival of ideas and policy that is a prerequisite to reestablishing a GOP majority. It is a strategic failure of the first order.

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The RNC report does not challenge the role of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada in beginning the delegate selection. Perhaps it is not worth the trouble to challenge these states’ anachronistic entitlement; like all entitlements, it is fiercely defended by the beneficiaries. But a reform process that begins by accepting this crucial component of the status quo substantially limits possibilities. By the time these four states have had their say, the field of candidates often has been considerably — and excessively — winnowed, and the outcome is, if not settled, given a trajectory that is difficult to alter.

Supporters of Sen. Rand Paul, or of any other candidate thoroughly unenthralled by the policies and procedures that have resulted in Republicans losing the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, are understandably suspicious of any proposed changes that might tilt the nomination process against the least known and less-lavishly funded candidates. They are especially apt to squint disapprovingly at the RNC’s suggestion of regional primaries…

Anyway, tinkering with the party’s political process is no substitute for improving the party’s political substance. No nominating process featuring an array of candidates as weak and eccentric as the Republicans’ 2012 field would have produced a much better result. So the party must begin whatever 2016 process it devises by fielding better candidates, which should not be so difficult.

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In a democracy, it isn’t enough to move toward the public on issues of your own choosing; you have to show the voters that you’re interested in what they most care about as well. And on health care, education, jobs, you name it, the current G.O.P. is simply not equipped to meet that challenge.

So long as that remains the case, a Republican Party that takes the direction its elites seem to want to chart could easily find itself in an extremely perilous political position. It would have sidelined the concerns of many millions of voters, effectively shutting their views out of the political process, without necessarily gaining the kind of support in the center that would make that sidelining a net plus. There are plenty of social conservatives, evangelical and Catholic and Mormon, who would be happy to have an excuse to vote for centrist Democrats on economics or foreign policy, plenty of working class voters who would see a pro-immigration, pro-amnesty G.O.P. as yet another reason to stay home. For Republicans to thrive despite these losses, they would need to make substantial gains with other cohorts … and again, it’s awfully hard to see that happening so long as the party’s economic policy conversation mostly consists of office-holders attacking the Ryan budget from the right.

Parties need reliable voters before they need anything else. A party elite can rebel against its own base successfully, but only if there’s a bigger base waiting to be built. A G.O.P. that moves to the center on social and economic issues simultaneously might achieve that kind of expansion. But jettisoning cultural conservatives in order to protect an unpopular economic agenda is just as likely to have the opposite effect — losing more in disaffection than it gains through outreach, and consigning G.O.P. elites to exactly the kind of purer-but-smaller, permanent-minority fate that their revolt is intended to escape.

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Let’s begin with what we know to be true. We know that Barack Obama beats John McCain and Mitt Romney. Now, we can take that information — add in demographic data and polling information — and extrapolate that Republicans are in deep trouble.

And maybe they are. On the other hand, is it fair to assume that Obama and Romney are representative of their respective ideologies? Obamaism, absent the charismatic cult of Obama, might not have been nearly as effective. Conservatism, with a better messenger, might have been much more appealing.

What if — instead of Obama versus Romney — the election had been, say, Dennis Kucinich versus Marco Rubio? Would the liberal vision still have looked as compelling in contrast?

This is a question at least worth asking before we upset the apple cart.

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Blocs of “natural Democrats” have become natural Republicans before. Indeed, in at least one instance, it happened with shocking rapidity. As I noted last time, in the 1960s, droves of white Democrat ethnics—Italians, Eastern Europeans, the Irish—started voting Republican in a backlash against the Democrats’ continued embrace of civil rights in the wake of a failed open housing bill and the urban riots. Only an eye-blink earlier, they had been considered the soul of the New Deal coalition…

Part of the fantasy certain pro-reform Republicans like to broadcast about Hispanics, family-oriented, churchgoing traditionalists, is that they are somehow natural conservatives, just waiting for the Republicans to slough off the skin of bigotry before they can embrace Reaganism en masse just like every other ordinary God-fearing American. Liberals intelligently respond by pointing to polling demonstrating that if anything, Hispanics are more liberal than voters in general on all sorts of issues—for instance, 75 percent of Hispanics prefer “a bigger government providing more services” rather than “a smaller government providing fewer services,” compared to 41 percent for the general population. But what if they start becoming “Italian”? That is to say, what if Hispanics, less hobbled by official discrimination, follow the pattern of other immigrant groups before them, become increasingly upwardly mobile—and become increasingly identified, by themselves and others, as “white.” Is it not reasonable to assume that they might become more Republican? That would certainly be the historical precedent: more and more immigrant groups (excluding, of course, African-Americans), becoming “white.”

The very existence of a more immigrant-friendly Republican Party, meanwhile, might do much to assuage the sort of mainstream, moderate white voters who identify themselves by their tolerance (many of them quite conservative on economic issues) that it is now “safe” to vote Republican.

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I recently asked a smart veteran Republican pollster what his party could do to turn things around in the near future. His response what refreshingly honest: Nothing. The Republican brand will improve, he continued, only when the president screws up

Since the GOP brand is damaged, it has little credibility with certain voters. And because politics is invariably in the eye of the beholder, voters who don’t even consider listening to the GOP will have to become receptive to Republican arguments before they are willing to consider voting for Republican candidates.

But that isn’t likely to happen until those voters grow disillusioned with the Democrats. That disillusionment could come next week, next year or in 10 years, depending on events and circumstances. But voters won’t listen to the recalibrated Republican message — or even new GOP messengers — until they are looking for something new.

With Republicans increasingly split on policy and strategy — hardly a recipe for political success in 2014 or 2016 — GOP grass-roots activists, party leaders and “outside” groups still need to find a compelling case for swing voters and weak Democrats to reassess their assumptions about the two parties. For now, only the president and congressional Democrats can give them that.

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I recently asked a smart veteran Republican pollster what his party could do to turn things around in the near future. His response what refreshingly honest: Nothing. The Republican brand will improve, he continued, only when the president screws up…

Obviously this ‘smart guy’ is a genius. What a crap sandwich.

Jackalope on March 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

KCB!

Jackalope on March 23, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why is it that we never think out of the box when trying to fix the illgeal immigration issue, it needs a political solution, yeah like that works well, what they need is an engineer who can talk to kings and I would suspect that the problem would have a workable solution!

MarshFox on March 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

How about common sense conservatism?

Jackalope on March 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Palin/Jackalope 2016!!!

Jackalope on March 23, 2013 at 8:36 PM

illgeal= illegal

MarshFox on March 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Since the GOP brand is damaged, it has little credibility with certain voters.

Time..

This country is damaged..
And the GOP is not the solely responsible for it..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 8:37 PM

ObamaCare should fix this country..

So I have been told..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Jackalope!!! ;-)

KCB on March 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Rinse Priebus.

Lanceman on March 23, 2013 at 8:41 PM

The reasonable Republicans of the party should prevent the party from being hijacked by the fringe attention seeking nutjobs (ie Palin, Bachman, Akin)

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

ObamaCare should fix this country..

So I have been told..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Spayed or neutered?

viking01 on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

SO GOPe losing elections because of their moderateness think the answer is to “reform” the party further to the Left.

Orwell is still on target.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

“Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. Our primary and debate process needed improvement.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

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WHAT message ? ! … There wasn’t one in 2012.
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I recently asked a smart veteran Republican pollster what his party could do to turn things around in the near future. His response what refreshingly honest: Nothing. The Republican brand will improve, he continued, only when the president screws up…

. . . Allahpundit

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Maybe someone could start S H O U T I N G:

“Government programs are not the solution to the problem, government programs ARE the problem.”

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Somebody … anybody … could start doing that much.

listens2glenn on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Off the wall, but not off topic:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151310509045474&set=a.128958310473.117340.36701535473&type=1&relevant_count=1

Julius Caesar knife block.

It gives an entirely new meaning to being knifed in the back.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

The reasonable Republicans of the party should prevent the party from being hijacked by the fringe attention seeking nutjobs (ie Palin, Bachman, Akin)

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

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“Reasonable” is in the eye of the individual beholder.

For example, I find it UNreasonale for you to be defining “resonable” to us.

listens2glenn on March 23, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Spending 750 million on a losing candidate, that’s the definition of quixotic, in my book,

narciso on March 23, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Spayed or neutered?

viking01 on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Some of both..

There is enough to go around.

3000+ pages of enough..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Best weekend of the year if you are a basketball fan. Makes you forget Obama is President if you stay away from ESPN.

As for the GOP it’s simple – talk and live conservative values. You’ll win.

gophergirl on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Back later.

KCB on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Yes. Why, we need to find another McCain or perhaps another Romney. Yes. That’ll do…

Lanceman on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Yeah, like President McCain, President Romney, and all of Karl Rove’s successful candidates too numerous to list.

Jackalope on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

The reasonable Republicans of the party should prevent the party from being hijacked by the fringe attention seeking nutjobs (ie McCain, Grahamn, Rubio)

that would be a first step towards recovery

partisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

FIFY

RickB on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

I only made it thru the Gerson piece.

So…the leftists along with the progressive and defeatist Rs are having a field day. Patting themselves on the back for their ‘analysis’ skills

Well, good for you. And if this were a parliamentary system with a coalition government, these guys would be on to something

but no one has to vote for Rs. Just stay home, LIB. Gerson can write cute stuff about the racist brand name of the R party…well, Gerson is part of the problem.

here’s the difference between the Left and the Right. In 2000 Nader ran, and probably cost Gore the election. The Machine chewed Nader out pretty good about that…or so I heard…you see, that was Private Business. Msg to leftists…hang together guys. No enemies on the Left…Got IT?

Rs along with an overwhelmingly happy leftist media/punditry et al. flog conservative publicly. Public Humiliation is the Goal

Wonderful. Rs see enemies on the Right….Ds..No enemies on the Left.

and that is why the R party is doomed…they are running so fast to make nice with the Left that they have no alternatives to the Left

Sorry guys, you lose…but thanks for playing

r keller on March 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

the capital’s consultant class–that collection of professional campaign technicians who know winning in presidential elections means keeping the party from veering too far to the right.

What the hell does the consultant class know about winning presidential elections? The last decisive Republican presidential win was Reagan and the consultant class opposed him! Bush the First won but only by coming in on Reagan’s coattails.

This is so stupid! They lose and lose and lose and then tell us what it takes to win!

They opposed the Tea Party candidates in 2010 that got us back the House. They opposed Gingrich who got us the House in the first place in the ’90s. Disgusting.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:01 PM

The following anecdote perfectly illustrates the current state of GOP consultants in relation to the party at this time.

–William Travers was in Newport, Rhode Island one day with some of his friends. They were giving him a tour of the harbor and pointing out the magnificent yachts that were moored there, saying, “This one belongs to this broker,” “This one belongs to that banker” et cetera. At which point Travers asks “Where are the customers’ yachts?”

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Lanceman on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

that’s not at all what I said

but then again, NO conservative candidate would’ve beaten Obama in 2012

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Sorry, but I will Cruz with Ted. And if he screws up, then where do I go? Dr. Carson?

Mirimichi on March 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

RickB on March 23, 2013 at 8:59 PM

what do all 3 of those guys have in common…they’re all in elected office

but then again, fringe jobs like you don’t really care about getting elected

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

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Resist We Much on March 23, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Need just a little more in the address :)

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM

SO GOPe losing elections because of their moderateness think the answer is to “reform” the party further to the Left.

Orwell is still on target.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Consultants profit by figuring out how to win the next election. If we won elections consistently no one would pay for their “fixes.” The more dire the situation, the more drastic the need for “reform,” the more the consultants appear necessary and the more they can charge.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM

IOW, vultures.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

That moment has come. The Priebus report and Rove’s Conservative Victory Project together mark a significant escalation in the battle between the center and the right over the soul of the Republican Party.

…Rinsed Peni$ and Karl Reverse …are the leftist elitists of the Repubican Party!

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

what do all 3 of those guys have in common…they’re all in elected office

but then again, fringe jobs like you don’t really care about getting elected

partisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

So the 3 you mentioned weren’t. You really are a moron.

RickB on March 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

what do all 3 of those guys have in common…they’re all in elected office

but then again, fringe jobs like you don’t really care about getting elected

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Romney withdrawal?

idesign on March 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

IOW, vultures.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Yup. And the candidates who rely upon them the most (instead of just articulating firmly held conservative values) are, just by coincidence, the ones the consultants pick to win. The funny thing is that they can only seem to consult them into winning primaries, not general elections.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM

RickB on March 23, 2013 at 9:14 PM

you clown, neither palin nor akin are in elected office!

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I’m not normally a conspiracy nut, but can anyone tell me that if these consultants keep getting rehired after losing election after election what financial incentive they have to actually win one?

And do they hate Tea Party candidates because they are “too conservative” or because they don’t listen to (read: pay) consultants?

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:17 PM

you clown, neither palin nor akin are in elected office!

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Well BOZO one is a former Governor and the other was a member of the House of Representatives.

RickB on March 23, 2013 at 9:19 PM

that’s not at all what I said

but then again, NO conservative candidate would’ve beaten Obama in 2012

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

You lie.

Lanceman on March 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

you clown, neither palin nor akin are in elected office!

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:16 PM

I wouldn’t use Palin and Akin in the same sentence…

Maybe Rove, Akin..:)

idesign on March 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Should be You lie, boy!

Lanceman on March 23, 2013 at 9:22 PM

The reasonable Republicans of the party should prevent the party from being hijacked by the fringe attention seeking nutjobs (ie Palin, Bachman, Akin)

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Wow Palin is a nutjob. She is one of the only consistent ones in our party. Not to mention one of the only ones who has frickin cajones.

We have more problem with the Lindsey Grahams and John McCains then we do with the Bachmanns. And yes, Akin was a frickin idiot, but he would go away now if Repubs like you would LET HIM FRICKIN DIE ALREADY!

melle1228 on March 23, 2013 at 9:24 PM

what do all 3 of those guys have in common…they’re all in elected office

but then again, fringe jobs like you don’t really care about getting elected

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

This was the chick or dude who didn’t know who Tim Scott was and was griping about Hot Air putting a bad picture of Obama up in the Gosnell thread– and we should be getting political advice from them why?

melle1228 on March 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

nonpartisan=Dunning-Kruger

tom daschle concerned on March 23, 2013 at 9:26 PM

The reasonable Republicans of the party should prevent the party from being hijacked by the fringe attention seeking nutjobs (ie Palin, Bachman, Akin)

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Of course it is. You want easy electoral losers like Romney and McCain and Dole for as far as the eye can see.

ddrintn on March 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

but then again, NO conservative candidate would’ve beaten Obama in 2012

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 9:06 PM

Yeah, they would have. Obama was one beatable dude in 2012.

ddrintn on March 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

that would be a first step towards recovery

nonpartisan on March 23, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Why? Romney won the moderate/independent vote.

There were too many low information/low IQ Democrat Obama voters.

sentinelrules on March 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Reagan was opposed by the consultant class, they wanted Bush.
Bush the First won by riding Reagan’s coattails and promising “no new taxes.”
Bush moderated and raised taxes (I’m betting a consultant told him that it was a good political move) and LOST.
The consultant class then ran DOLE against CLINTON!!!!
Bush the Second ran on a “compassionate conservatism” and couldn’t get 50% of the vote.
McCain moderated and lost.
Romney was Romney and lost.

Meanwhile…the consultants (keep accidently typing “conslutants”) made millions off the party.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Why? Romney won the moderate/independent vote.

There were too many low information/low IQ Democrat Obama voters.

sentinelrules on March 23, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Well, Romney won the indie vote. He lost nearly 60% of the moderate vote. I guess the moderates just thought Romney was too much of a far-right firebrand for their tastes.

ddrintn on March 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Yo, peeps.

Rusty Allen on March 23, 2013 at 9:34 PM

You can always tell which potential candidates the Marxists fear most.

Sarah Palin because of the effectiveness of her Drill, Baby, Drill and Death Panels comments which put Ogabe on the ropes in 2010 and promoted Tea Party candidates effectively (Ogabe also had to buy a pair of tour buses with taxpayer loot because Palin had bought one out of pocket) and Rand Paul’s filibuster which also had the Ogabe whore press angry that anyone (including Bob Woodward) might dare question The Fuehrer!

viking01 on March 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

I guess the moderates just thought Romney was too much of a far-right firebrand for their tastes.

ddrintn on March 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

More likely that libtards classify themselves as moderate to exit pollsters.

sentinelrules on March 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Sorry, but I will Cruz with Ted. And if he screws up, then where do I go? Dr. Carson?

Mirimichi on March 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

I’ll back Ted Cruz if he carries the anti-amnesty fight, but if he remains relatively silent and let’s others carry amnesty forward then that’s the end of him and the rest of the party as far as I’m concerned. It’s starting to look as if the GOP is the party of amnesty supporting traitors and those of us who want to save America and preserve the Constitution and Bill of Rights will have to take our votes elsewhere.

FloatingRock on March 23, 2013 at 9:36 PM

capital’s consultant class–that collection of professional campaign technicians who know winning in presidential elections means keeping the party from veering too far to the right.

If only Reagan had listened to them, he might have been able to win an election.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Romney won 60% of the white vote. If Republicans have any sense at all they will go at increasing that to 70% and not pander to every minority special interest group that squawks a lot and then will vote democrat anyway no matter how much Republicans bow and scrape to them.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:42 PM

“I’m paying for this microphone!” – Ronaldus Magnus to GHW Bush in 1980

viking01 on March 23, 2013 at 9:43 PM

If only Reagan had listened to them, he might have been able to win an election.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:37 PM

He didn’t need them, perhaps that’s why they hated him so much.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:43 PM

This was the chick or dude who didn’t know who Tim Scott was and was griping about Hot Air putting a bad picture of Obama up in the Gosnell thread– and we should be getting political advice from them why?

melle1228 on March 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

…when you’re constipated…you look for advice… from someone who sh!ts themselves all the time?

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:43 PM

And he proved them wrong, which only added to their bitterness.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

when you’re constipated…you look for advice… from someone who sh!ts themselves all the time?

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Oh so that’s why Reince Priebus is the head of the RNC.. :)

melle1228 on March 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

And he proved them wrong, which only added to their bitterness.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

As did the Tea Party candidates. Proved them unnecessary too.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Reince Priebus

Now that’s really a name every red-blooded American should be able to identify with.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

And he proved them wrong, which only added to their bitterness.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:46 PM

As did the Tea Party candidates. Proved them unnecessary too.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Swimming is so much easier when one casts off cement overshoes.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM

As did the Tea Party candidates. Proved them unnecessary too.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I should have thought of that! Added fire to their ire.

Swimming is so much easier when one casts off cement overshoes.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:53 PM

LOL

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Now that’s really a name every red-blooded American should be able to identify with.

VorDaj on March 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

I’m not even sure how to pronounce it.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

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Need just a little more in the address :)

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 9:08 P

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6. Islamic Naziism

7. Life in the Concrete Jungle: Hustle and Bustle of Seventies New York City As Seen Through The Eyes of One Gifted Photographer (Photo Essay)

8. A Country Divided: Stunning Photographs Capture the Lives of Ordinary Americans During Segregation in the Jim Crow South

9. When Harry Truman Saved The White House: Photos of The Gutted Interior of a National Monument

10. What We Learned from @OWS and @ChickFilA: A Photo Essay of Left and Right Protests

11. Hard Times Come to Omonia Square

12. Day of FAIL: Nationwide Anti-Capitalist Revolution Flops

13. Shocking Disasters Of The 20th Century: From Hindenburg To Le Mans, Historic Pathé Footage Reveals Events Which Shook The World

14. The World War One Wasteland: Haunting Rare Images Show Apocalyptic Destruction on the Western Front

15. Cartoons from the Great Depression

16. How The Seven Dwarfs Of Auschwitz Fell Under The Spell Of Dr Death: The Hideous Experiments Carried Out By Nazi Josef Mengele On Seven Trusting Brothers And Sisters

17. The Year of Vengeance: How Neighbours Turned On Each Other As Anarchy Erupted In The Aftermath Of WWII

18. The Face of the Great Depression: Mona Lisa of Dust Bowl ‘Never Lost Hope’

19. The Tracks Of My Years: Photographer Captures A Decade-Long Adventure Spent Travelling Across America On Freight Trains

More to come…as I find them in my thousands of posts…

Resist We Much on March 23, 2013 at 9:58 PM

While the moderates are spinning wheels, in other news:

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/03/obama-epa-illegally-hands-over-info-on-livestock-producers-to-far-left-extremist-groups/

“When we reviewed the information submitted by the states and released by EPA, we were alarmed at the detail of the information provided on hard working family farmers and ranchers, family operations including my own,” said NCBA past president J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, Nebraska.

“It is beyond comprehension to me that with threats to my family from harassment atop bio-security concerns, that EPA would gather this information only to release it to these groups. This information details my family’s home address and geographic coordinates. The only thing it doesn’t do is chauffeur these extremists to my house. For some operations, even telephone numbers and deceased relatives are listed.”

Why doesn’t the GOPe start making themselves useful and fight Obama?

INC on March 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

I’m not even sure how to pronounce it.

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 9:55 PM

…same thing sticking it to you…they just rinse it off once in a while…so YOU think it’s new!…Rinsed Peni$ !

KOOLAID2 on March 23, 2013 at 10:01 PM

The Democrat party is on the verge of pi$$ing off the whole country over Obamacare being implemented.

My prediction:

There won’t be any talk about minor issues like gay marriage once people’s health insurance is threatened or taken away or has its cost massively increased and the unemployment rate starts to reflect the cost of implementing the monstrosity of Obamacare.

November 2014 you won’t even remember all the had wringing about pleasing solid liberal voting blocks with “outreach” over pet liberal issues that the MSM and Democrats are filling the news with to avoid the MANY major things going wrong or going to collapse.

Conan on March 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

“Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren’t inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. Our primary and debate process needed improvement.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

Given that statement Priebus should have either resigned or purchased a hari kari knife on November 7.

The “autopsy” is nothing more than an attempt to shift the blame for 2012 from Priebus, Rove, Stu Stevens, Mike Murphy, Kevin Madden, Ed Gillespie and other members of GOPe who were responsible for the 2012 debacle to the conservatives.

bw222 on March 23, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Reading the various “quotes of the day” I was overcome with the feeling that we’re living through the collapse of intellectual authority, the inundation of groupthink and the desolation of imagination and courage.

“What if — instead of Obama versus Romney — the election had been, say, Dennis Kucinich versus Marco Rubio? Would the liberal vision still have looked as compelling in contrast?”

Exactly. So much is personal. We were stuck with a cardboard cutout of a 1950s’ Pepsodent advertisement. Obama could have been rolled in both elections if we’d had a candidate with any sand. One may come along, and save the hapless and oleaginous GOP. One man or woman with guts and savvy redefines the entire game and throws all the “rebranding” flummery — and the Left — into the pit of shame where they belong.

rrpjr on March 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

The GOPe betrayed me. And not one of you warned me. Thanks for nuttin.

SparkPlug on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

When Gingrich began applying conservative principles to Congress Republicans railroaded him out of leadership.

The “moderators” like McCain and Graham only get glory for moderating when our position is weak. Even in the 2000s when we held the presidency and Congress they still bargained from a position of weakness, anyone else remember that? McCain threw a hissy-fit when Rand Paul threated his status as “Elder Statesman Who Gets Things Done” by taking a strong position and actually getting something done.

The more the party looses, the more consultants are perceived to be that much more necessary.

The more the party is in jeopardy the more donations conservative groups can beg off their donors.

The worse the party is doing the more donations it gets and the more consultants it can hire.

So who in the GOP hierarchy actually has incentive to win races or advance policy?

29Victor on March 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

I agree with INC

SparkPlug on March 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Conan on March 23, 2013 at 10:02 PM

i wish it were so. unfortunately the way things are these days people are blaming the obstructionist republicans for preventing universal healthcare.

renalin on March 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Resist We Much on March 23, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Overload..

:)

Cool..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

for instance, 75 percent of Hispanics prefer “a bigger government providing more services” rather than “a smaller government providing fewer services,” compared to 41 percent for the general population

Heh.

But what if they start becoming “Italian”? That is to say, what if Hispanics, less hobbled by official discrimination, follow the pattern of other immigrant groups before them, become increasingly upwardly mobile—and become increasingly identified, by themselves and others, as “white.” Is it not reasonable to assume that they might become more Republican?

Heh.

That would certainly be the historical precedent: more and more immigrant groups (excluding, of course, African-Americans), becoming “white.”

Black Americans are not an immigrant group any more than they’re African.

Axe on March 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The GOPe betrayed me. And not one of you warned me. Thanks for nuttin.

SparkPlug on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Anyone with an Obamaphone will betray you..

Or food stamps…

Or a government pension..

We the People suffer…

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 10:16 PM

The GOPe betrayed me. And not one of you warned me.

SparkPlug on March 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

lol :)

Axe on March 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

SparkPlug on March 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

:D

Glad you’ve seen the light, Sparky!

Just make sure you differentiate between RNC and INC!

:D

INC on March 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM

SparkPlug on March 23, 2013 at 10:11 PM

I have this almost knee-jerk reaction to tell you to think for yourself and know why you think as you do.

The political class would never be happy with me.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I recently asked a smart veteran Republican pollster what his party could do to turn things around in the near future. His response what refreshingly honest: Nothing. The Republican brand will improve, he continued, only when the president screws up…

OK Mr. Rothenberg, wtf did you then say to that “smart” pollster? First of all he has screwed up maybe once or twice, or thirty times but more importantly you don’t wait for your opponent to screw up to improve your standing. Oh silly me, I forgot the dems and repubs are on the same team, Varsity a-holes and JV ball washers.

arnold ziffel on March 23, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Until we de-fund the political elite ruling class and the bureaucracies and press that keep them in power…

… nothing will change until it all comes crashing down.

Seven Percent Solution on March 23, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Reading the various “quotes of the day” I was overcome with the feeling that we’re living through the collapse of intellectual authority, the inundation of groupthink and the desolation of imagination and courage.

rrpjr on March 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

The dissolution of the civilization that was, and the formation of the primordial ooze from which the next will blurb, blinking.

Axe on March 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Overload..

:)

Cool..

Electrongod on March 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM

‘Tis easier to open the link. :-)

Resist We Much on March 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

Getting emails from RNC again. Not one dime from me!

22044 on March 23, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Sparky,

In case I wasn’t clear—which I don’t think I was—my second comment was me being amused at myself for having that reaction.

INC on March 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

…Republican brand will improve, he continued, only when the president screws up…

. . . Allahpundit Stuart Rothenburg

listens2glenn on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Solaratov on March 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Reading the various “quotes of the day” I was overcome with the feeling that we’re living through the collapse of intellectual authority, the inundation of groupthink and the desolation of imagination and courage.

rrpjr on March 23, 2013 at 10:07 PM

The dissolution of the civilization that was, and the formation of the primordial ooze from which the next will blurb, blinking.

Axe on March 23, 2013 at 10:28 PM

You guys always cheer me up.

arnold ziffel on March 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM

. . . Allahpundit Stuart Rothenburg

listens2glenn on March 23, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Solaratov on March 23, 2013 at 10:46 PM

So…..is THAT the identity that is hiding behind the Brave “Allahpundit”?

williamg on March 23, 2013 at 11:04 PM

It’s time to “Decapitate/Fire/Eliminate” ANOTHER layer of Elitists who are thumping their chests and bellowing “I’m in Charge!!”, to replace them with Real People

williamg on March 23, 2013 at 11:08 PM

How about C/Rs expose azzholes like these, to the fullest?

How dare they waste taxpayers’ dough against said taxpayers? May the spontaneously combust, from impertinence alone.

Schadenfreude on March 23, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Over-rated #1 seed Gonzaga loses to Wichita State.

Sacramento on March 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Good evening..:)

Dire Straits on March 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Resist We Much on March 23, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Thank you very much for the work you do. I always like your posts. I am very troubled though by the apparent lack of sense of way too many Jews after what they have endured over centuries, seventy years ago and now. Do they really think things will be better with them super duper sharp dems in charge?

arnold ziffel on March 23, 2013 at 11:14 PM

Sacramento on March 23, 2013 at 11:13 PM

My braket cannot get no worse..File 13′ing it..:)

Dire Straits on March 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Need some poems.

Rusty Allen on March 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

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