Sabato: Republicans could really win it all in 2014, if

posted at 12:01 pm on January 7, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This should be a huge midterm election for Republicans, especially for the Senate, where they need six seats to seize control of the upper chamber and send Harry Reid back to the business end of his filibuster reform.  After all, it just took a little overreach and arrogance for Barack Obama and the Democrats to end up in the 2010 shredder, losing the House in the first midterms for Obama. After lying for five years with the “you can keep your plan” promise and the skyrocketing costs for health insurance set to hammer the middle class, 2014 should make 2010 look like a picnic … right? Larry Sabato thinks so, assuming Republicans don’t blow the opportunity:

I’d argue that three factors are paramount: the president, the economy and the election playing field. And, at least preliminarily, those three factors seem to be pointing toward Republican gains in both houses in the 2014 midterms.

Why?

1. The president. His job approval numbers are perhaps the best indicator of the public’s overall political orientation at any given time, a kind of summary statistic that takes everything at the national level into account. In a large majority of cases, the president’s party does poorly in midterms, especially the second midterm of a two-term administration. …

As 2014 begins, the environment for the Democrats in this election year is not good. The botched, chaotic rollout of the Affordable Care Act is the obvious cause, but it is broader than that: the typical sixth-year unease that produces a “send-them-a-message” election. Fortunately for Democrats, the GOP-initiated shutdown of the federal government in October has tempered the public’s desire for a shift to the Republican side, too. “None of the above” might win a few races in November if voters had the choice.

As long as Republicans keep the focus on ObamaCare, the incompetence of its administration, and the falsehoods used to sell it, they should do well against Democrats forced to defend it. Sabato notes that “this year’s Senate slate strongly favors the Republicans,” and that will remain true as long as Republicans keep aiming at Democrats.

Unfortunately, we’re seeing a lot of effort at aiming at Republicans, especially in what would be otherwise safe Senate seats. In my column today for The Week, I point out the stakes involved in this midterm election and agree with Gov. Scott Walker that we risk disaster by redirecting our aim internally rather than externally:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sees the same danger. In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley, the potential presidential contender warned activists that, while their energy and frustration are appreciated, their target selection is way off. Those unhappy with budget compromises need to aim at Senate Democrats rather than sitting Republicans, Walker explained, so that Republicans gain rather than lose leverage. “[G]o to Louisiana or go to Arkansas or go to North Carolina or Alaska, where there are senators facing real elections as Democrats,” Walker advised, “and go and help in those elections and elect new Republicans to come because a year from now, things will be much different if Republicans hold the United States Senate.”

That’s good advice. Thanks to Harry Reid’s dismantling of the filibuster, just standing pat in the Senate for the final two years of Obama’s presidency won’t be enough for Republicans. The GOP needs the majority to force Obama into compromises on appointments as well as to control the floor agenda on legislation. That will still put Republicans in opposition to Obama, but they can set the table themselves in Congress and force Obama to deal with them directly, rather than have Reid running interference. The GOP will also need to take as many Senate seats in 2014, because the 2016 class of the Senate will be tougher on Republicans.

This isn’t to say that the grassroots activists have no legitimate reasons for their anger with Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, or to suggest that primary challenges are a bad practice. In 2014, though, the opportunity to finally sideline Reid and take command of Capitol Hill is too good to pass up. This last chance to use both chambers of Congress to slow down the Obama administration should have the Tea Party pointing their rhetorical and activist guns outward rather than inward.

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.


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Stupid Rs, count on them!

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I’d argue that three factors are paramount: the president, the economy and the election playing field.

That’s some analysis. That’s pretty much the case in 98% of all federal elections.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Uhh….

We can take care of the Republicans we need to take care of… and win against Democrats.

dforston on January 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM

So, the Republican party is pretty much saying:

“Trust us, ONE more time”?

Show me, GOP.

Show me you’re worth trusting ONE more time.

portlandon on January 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Why can’t we do both? Primary low-hanging fruit and get to a majority.

I admit it’s not productive, but we in the base are tired of being patronized. Maybe the “RINOs” should turn their fire away from us and towards the real opposition.

Jeff Weimer on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

If the GOP was a horse, I’d put it out of it’s misery.

They’re hopeless.

Couldn’t be more cynical about the Stupid Party.

aquaviva on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

Yeah, because we can soooo trust the likes of McCain, Graham, Collins, Murkowski, Kirk, Portman, Hatch,………………………

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Republicans always shoot themselves in the foot. And when Republicans do not shoot themselves in the foot, the media informs everyone that they did in fact shoot themselves in the foot and we should vote for the Democrat.

I am also told that going against President Barry’s agenda is totally bad and stuff for Republicans and junk.

Punchenko on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Show me you’re worth trusting ONE more time.

portlandon on January 7, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Six Senate Republicans voted to end filibuster: Ayotte NH, Coats IN, Collins ME, Heller NV, Murkowski AK and Portman OH.

Harlots, from both sides. Sure, trust them.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Re-electing people like McConnell, McLame, Grahamnesty, King and the rest of the progressive Repukes will do absolutely nothing to make ANYTHING “better” in Congress.

They’ve already proven they won’t cut spending, they WILL raise taxes, they are ALL FOR Obamnesty, and they are more aggressively fighting against Conservatives than they are against the DimocRats in Congress.

Yeah, those are really the kind of career politicians (a huge part of the problem in Washington today) that I as a Conservative can really support.

Sure, I’ll get right on that.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I hate the Rs more than the Utopian Ds. The former enable the latter. Thus, they contribute more to the destruction of the kids and the land.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Feel the love for the GOP amongst your readership, Ed?

They’ve already shot themselves in the foot. They’re attitude toward the base has already guaranteed less intensity in 2014 than would otherwise be achievable.

aquaviva on January 7, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Washington Republicans: We need to focus on getting a majority. So, you know, stop making trouble for folks like McCain & Friends.

Americans: But they’re Democrats!

Washington Republicans: They’re our friends and keep us in the good graces of the Democrats who are our masters!

John McCain: Heh… heh… my friends.

Punchenko on January 7, 2014 at 12:12 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

Yeah, because we can soooo trust the likes of McCain, Graham, Collins, Murkowski, Kirk, Portman, Hatch,………………………

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

…..Ayotte, Heller, Coats, Isakson, Chambliss, Cornyn, McConnell, Corker, Alexander, Wicker, Flake, hell even Ron Johnson has been baffling lately.

Yep, I feel so good just getting the majority with that bunch on the GOP bench.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:13 PM

obama always looks so stupid.

That such is president shows how many sheepleton live in the US, on both sides.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority

Purification effort by who exactly. Because the surrender weasels led by Boehner, Cantor, and outside groups are more than happy to attack “Tea Party” Republicans. During the shutdown the attacks on Ted Cruz by many, even here on HA, was a shameful display that the “moderate” Republican (i.e. pro-sodomy, pro-amnesty, pro-abortion, anti-social values) bullies. If the GOP establishment wants to win elections it is up to them to reach for common cause with the real Republicans not take a STFU and obey attitude.

This circular firing squad can end but it comes only through tolerance by the so-called Democrat-lite Republican.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Yeah, because we can soooo trust the likes of McCain, Graham, Collins, Murkowski, Kirk, Portman, Hatch,………………………

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:07 PM

If the alternative is Chris Coons, Harry Reid and Claire McCaskill, sure.

Mister Mets on January 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Compare 2006 with 2010. The Tea Party wave of newly-elected House members and a few Senators (unfortunately one of Schumer’s Republicans, Rubio, was among them)drew the lesson of 2006. The Republican establishment apparently was only willing to pay lip service to that lesson: act like Democrats, don’t stand up for small government, enlarge (and engorge) the welfare state, then there’s no point in voting for you.

According to the Republican establishment, the Tea Party wave made this cardinal mistake: they came to represent the constituents who sent them there. They believed that their first duty was to stand up to “business as usual.”

The lesson of 2006 is that establishment Republicans had refused to do that.

And what did they get for it? “Wacko birds.” The Tea Party didn’t fire the first, or even the second shot in this internal conflict. Instead, Beltway Washington, including Boehner, did everything they could do to marginalize the Tea Party.

And the likes of Scott Walker — who bought every Tea Party donor list he could — begged for Tea Party support. And what does he do once he’s safely in office? Go establishment. Open borders. Amnesty. Shutdown a bad idea. And his message is to focus on beating Democrats?

So, John McCain beat a Democrat, and were supposed to consider this
a victory? You never know from one day to the next whether McCain is going to be applauded in the Democratic caucus, meeting secretly in the Oval Office, or claim to be a Republican.

So, I’d like the Walkers of the world to, first, tell me what principles Republican are supposed to — not talk about — but act on. Apparently voting for amnesty is ok in Walker’s view of a Republican senate. Once we know what it is that this “first beat Democrats” strategy actually amounts to, then we can worry about Walker’s run to the “bipartisan middle” so he can wind up as the VP candidate.

EastofEden on January 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I’m in, sorry, shut up and elect republicans and then fight for who is most correct later, a lot of people don’t have a lot of time left to reverse this economy. And someone put a sock in Peter Kings mouth and give him some valium.

Fleuries on January 7, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Keeping the same GOP leadership is the same as having Democrap control.

And currently the socialists can pass anything they want because the Repubs are too scared they might upset the applecart of public opinion. In the end they can run on ‘look what we got done!’

TerryW on January 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

If the alternative is Chris Coons, Harry Reid and Claire McCaskill, sure.

Mister Mets on January 7, 2014 at 12:15 PM

No difference. McCain, Graham, Colllins, King, etc, have all proven they’re more than willing to increase spending, increase the debt limit, raise taxes, actively push for Obamnesty and are more hostile toward Conservatives than they are toward DimocRats.

Tell me how these people are different than any DimocRat out there? Sure, they have an (R) next to their names, but they’ve proven time and time and time again that they’ll stab Conservatives in the back every chance they possibly get.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort.

Classic Ed “Next Hill” Morissey right there. Lindsey is safe, let’s keep him here to prop up McCain. Hey Ed? what does it cost us to primary dead wood in safe districts/states? This crap keeps people home.

btw, how many senate seats did Rove win in 2012? Last I heard it was zero but I’ll give him Rubio anyway.

DanMan on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

There is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in RINO. Then remember that there is “TEA” in team. Are we clear on this?

Mirimichi on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

“Don’t worry, THIS time we will stand and fight! Well ok unless the optics are bad in which case we will claim the hill isn’t worth it and we should wait for the next one.”

All I hear is talk about agreeing to amnesty, bending over for demorat malfeasance, and utter silence on the stone-cold illegality of Dog Eater’s actions.

I don’t give a flying crap if the GOP is minority or not, stand up and SAY SOMETHING instead of cowering like whipped horses while Dog Eater flagrantly breaks the law.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

I think we need debate within the party, but seriously doubt if any GOP incumbent loses primary

ConservativePartyNow on January 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Yes… By all means vote the same old chit with a R behind their name…. Not this time kids… I’ve fallen for that trick for decades now…. and I’ll be quite comfortable sitting at home election day.

More popcorn… Please

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

How about telling us which election would be the one to use for a purifying event?

a) 2016
b) 2018
c) 2020
d) 2022
e) 2024
f) 2026

Here’s a suggestion: Lets formalize the TEA Party and as part of its charter, it will include a 20 year plan to purify the conservatives that serve in Congress. For the first 18 years of the plan, the party will keep its powder dry in preparation for the epiphany events in years 19 and 20.

We promise. Status quo, and then BAM!

Right?

Its time. Way past time. Do it now. The fact the GOPers are even bringing this up means they know the base is tired of their crap, and they are afraid.

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

It’s one thing to primary RINOs who have quite understandably landed on the Conservative Sh|t List (TM). The problem comes when Ollie Opportunist points to Nelson Nobody and shouts, “RINO!” By the time the red flags start waving for Ollie, the Teas are emotionally invested, Nelson Nobody is The Return Of Arlen Specter Who Eats Babies, and whoever wins the primary is fatally weakened.

Sekhmet on January 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

btw…are we going to include the four Republican senators who just voted for cloture on unemployment included in this “beat Democrats first” strategy?

And Rush is just now reporting that when Republicans caved the one concession that Republicans got is that Democrats wouldn’t come back on unemployment….yet four Republicans are willing to ignore that and vote four cloture? And we’re supposed to trust these “Republicans”?

This is the majority we aren’t supposed to be “activist” about?

EastofEden on January 7, 2014 at 12:23 PM

btw, how many senate seats did Rove win in 2012? Last I heard it was zero but I’ll give him Rubio anyway.

DanMan on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Nope, it’s zero. Rubio ran in ’10, not ’12.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:24 PM

If you think people like McCain, Collins, Graham, Murkowski, etc. being in control the senate will make a difference, you live in a major state of delusion.

topdawg on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Party First, comrades.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

You know…

I’ve heard that same line of ‘reasoning’ every election for the last ~ 50 years. Ain’t done a bit of good, only exacerbated the problem. Just when will it be the right time to stand up for principles?

Doesn’t matter if Thelma is driving the car at 100 MPH, or Louise is driving it at 75 MPH…..

It is still going over the cliff.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Depends on how you define victory.

A bunch of names with (R) next to them ain’t enough.

ElectricPhase on January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

So you advocate a proven failed strategy then? How many times does it have to fail before you’ll jump ship? And even if, in a fantasy world, it did work, what is the point of getting people in with R’s after their names if all they do is act as a rubber stamp for the D’s?

Face it Ed. There is a civil war going on among Conservatives right now. I wish there wasn’t, but there is. The hard truth is that it just has to play out. Wishing it wasn’t there won’t make it go away.

WhatSlushfund on January 7, 2014 at 12:28 PM

11.3 percent unemployment and rising

Mormontheman on January 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

If you think people like McCain, Collins, Graham, Murkowski, etc. being in control the senate will make a difference, you live in a major state of delusion.

topdawg on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Tell that to Mister Mets, KingGold, and MJBrutus.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Unfortunately, we’re seeing a lot of effort at aiming at Republicans, especially in what would be otherwise safe Senate seats.

There it is, the protect the Rinos meme.

What different does it make if the statist is a republican statist or a democrat statist?

This is complete BS. Its the same BS we get every election. Its really a damn shame we get it from the writers of this site.

paulsur on January 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.
Bush had the Senate for 4 out of 8 years, and the House for 6 of 8. Republicans have had the House for 16 of the last 20 years, where all taxes must begin.

Obviously the Democrats are willing to sacrifice the next election in order to advance leftism. While the Republicans are willing to sacrifice conservatism in order to win the next election.

Guess who gets what they want?

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

Fools errand. Electing more McCains simply gives veto power to McCain and his ilk. At least a couple of RINO’s need to go, or else the power shifts away from conservatives. Graham would be a perfect target if only S.C. Republicans could agree on an alternative to support in the primary.

MTF on January 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

I can’t wait for repubs to take the senate … What could be better than mitch mcconnell as majority leader?

/ <- necessary?

Lost in Jersey on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Depends on how you define victory.

A bunch of names with (R) next to them ain’t enough.

ElectricPhase on January 7, 2014 at 12:27 PM

All it would take would be 10-15 (T)s in the Senate, and 146 (T)s in the House.

As Ted Nugent might say…Got you in a stranglehold, baby.

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

You sad people. The GOP has promised that the first order of business if they gain a majority will be to rescind the name of the Charlie Rangel Post Office branch #32 and simply call it branch #32.

What more do you want, their firstborn impaled on a stake???

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Need forty one hardcore conservatives to stop any more obama destruction. Majority would be worse than that with current players.

Mormontheman on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Classic Ed “Next Hill” Morissey right there.

DanMan

Did you like how he tried to sneak in the “purist” canard, lol? Because believing it’s time to stop rewarding republican candidates for their bad behavior makes one a purist apparently. But yeah, we gotta stop attacking each other or something.

xblade on January 7, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Would that be the same Republicans that passed spending cuts in the future while eliminating cuts in the present that it promised to make in the past!

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

“I have been president for 5 years now, and this unemployment situation is GWB’s problem” — obama, your tiny eunuch in DC

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

I coukdnt care less about Republicans winning a majority if it doesnt mean conservatives winning a majority ED.

You can cheer on your pseudo GOP but not really party all you want though.

Varchild on January 7, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Maybe Ed Morrissey will relate to this quote:

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

If amnesty passes the Rs can kiss their azzes good bye and Pelosi will be the well-deserved Speaker in Jan. 2015.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

This should be a huge midterm election for Republicans, especially for the Senate, where they need six seats to seize control of the upper chamber and send Harry Reid back to the business end of his filibuster reform.
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Let It Be Written!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

Unfortunately that Republican majority will pass Amnesty so… yeah, I’m not really buying the majority is the only thing we need to worry about. Do we really need to revisit how well it went listening to the majority of Republicans with running McCain and Romney?

Ukiah on January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

What more do you want, their firstborn impaled on a stake???

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

At a minimum.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

“Don’t worry, THIS time we will stand and fight! Well ok unless the optics are bad in which case we will claim the hill isn’t worth it and we should wait for the next one.”

All I hear is talk about agreeing to amnesty, bending over for demorat malfeasance, and utter silence on the stone-cold illegality of Dog Eater’s actions.

I don’t give a flying crap if the GOP is minority or not, stand up and SAY SOMETHING instead of cowering like whipped horses while Dog Eater flagrantly breaks the law.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Well said. Pretty much sums it up for me, too. Well worth re-posting.

thatsafactjack on January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

If amnesty passes the Rs can kiss their azzes good bye and Pelosi will be the well-deserved Speaker in Jan. 2015.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Yep, if they do Obamnesty I will literally pledge to never vote for another (R) ever again in my life.

Go ahead Boehner, pass it, see what happens in November.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Yo Ed…..Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Obviously the Democrats are willing to sacrifice the next election in order to advance leftism. While the Republicans are willing to sacrifice conservatism in order to win the next election.

Guess who gets what they want?

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Well said.

Maybe Ed Morrissey will relate to this quote:

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

And again.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 12:37 PM

A very quick Good Morning to you, my friend, before I go back to work. :)

thatsafactjack on January 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority

“Second verse, same as the first!”

Except I’ve been hearing this verse for a couple of decades now. And when they have the majority, the GOP does *what* with it?

And Ed, with all due respect, I’d take these admonitions more seriously if you pro-establishment folks were making calls for Boehner/McConnell/Rove/et al to lay off the conservatives as well.

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Is the 2014 election about bringing back the K Street Project or is it about reestablishing liberty and prosperity to the United States?

Is it about changing the DC hog trough from blue to red or allowing price discovery, the invisible hand, and spontaneous order to function in the US once again?

Somehow some people think all members of the GOP are equally good for the country. Does that include ex mayor Bloomberg who just gave $2.5 million to Harry Reid’s superpac? Or Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski who are indistinguishable from a senate Democrat based on their voting record.

Viator on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Sabato is right. Ed is right. Scott Walker is right. But the TruCons–the real RINOs–insist on firing within the tent because…principles, or something.

Funny how conservative rightwingers think they are so politically astute when the exact opposite is true. Politics is all about winning, not pontificating about how principled you are and lobbing spitballs at those in power who knew how (and were willing) to play the game.

According to you conservatives, Obama is destroying the country, yet you can’t stop hating on the Republican Party. News flash–when your standards are so strict that you can count your designated TruCon saviors on one hand, you’re doing it wrong. Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

“In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

This should be a huge midterm election for Republicans
======================================================

Put the bows into the wind,
and open fire,with salvo’s
at your descretion!!


Sink the Democrat Bismark,..er,..Yamato!!
(sarc)

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

You sound like a DimocRat.

You and people like you are the reason Washington and the greater part of America is neck deep in a leftist cesspool right now. You’re never going to clean out the cesspool if you’re constantly adding more shit to it.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Thanks, but you and Bishop have summed up my feelings more succinctly:

What more do you want, their firstborn impaled on a stake???

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

At a minimum.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Riiiight. Just go ahead and re-elect the likes of Gramnesty, McCainesty, and on and on because, you know, it’s all about winning and not the constitution. Good luck with that.

el hombre on January 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Funny how conservative rightwingers think they are so politically astute when the exact opposite is true. Politics is all about winning, not pontificating about how principled you are and lobbing spitballs at those in power who knew how (and were willing) to play the game.

According to you conservatives, Obama is destroying the country, yet you can’t stop hating on the Republican Party. News flash–when your standards are so strict that you can count your designated TruCon saviors on one hand, you’re doing it wrong. Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

You think we are interested in winning, or politics, or something. We’re not. We are interested in forcing the government, all 3 branches of the federal government and the state/local governments, to abide by the Constitution.

Thats all. I suggest, Meredith, that you gain some concept of what the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me” actually means.

It has nothing to do with influence.

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

So, Our influence is increased by electing people who hate us just as much as the democrats?

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Which is the worst enemy? The Declared Enemy at the gates? Ot the ‘ally’ in the foxhole with you who despises you and will stab you in the back if they can make a buck off of it?

Remember your Cicero:

A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.

But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.

For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.

He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.

A murderer is less to fear.

The traitor is the plague.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

The problems are Opportunists and Berserkers. Opportunists are politicians with fatal flaws who see pushes for purity as an excellent opportunity for an undeserved comeback. New faces don’t know the Opportunist’s history, and why s/he is objectively unelectable. Berserkers have given up on the American way of governance, see elections as unwinnable farces, and don’t see the bother in looking for good conservatives who are also strong candidates. They don’t believe even a better candidate than the Opportunist can win, and so it does not matter that the Opportunist has a fatal flaw: the seat was unwinnable, and is only a farce meant to show that conservatism cannot win through the ballot box.

Figure out your Sh|t List, stick to it, and find that good conservative who is also a good candidate. It actually matters.

Sekhmet on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

If you think people like McCain, Collins, Graham, Murkowski, etc. being in control the senate will make a difference, you live in a major state of delusion.

topdawg on January 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

That must be the 57th State that Barry was talking ’bout…. the state that Republicans control.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

Right. Because having the majority matters a whole lot if it just means a slightly slower expansion of the welfare/police state.

What more do you want, their firstborn impaled on a stake???

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Not their firstborn, no. But, Reid might be a good start.
(For the humor-imparied, that is not a call to literally impale Harry Reid; that is a sarcastic reference to vampire mythology.)

GWB on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

I don’t give a flying crap if the GOP is minority or not, stand up and SAY SOMETHING instead of cowering like whipped horses while Dog Eater flagrantly breaks the law.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:20 PM

We just have not found the right hill. This one’s too high, that one’s too steep, the Dems have the high ground on a third…….

Don’t Fire Until You See the Whites of their eyes- William Prescott at Bunker Hill

Damn the Torpedos, Full Speed Ahead- Farragut at Mobile Bay

I have not yet begun to fight- John Paul Jones

Live to fight another day, but just you wait until then!- Any GOP Surrender Weasel.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Sabato is right. Ed is right. Scott Walker is right. But the TruCons–the real RINOs–insist on firing within the tent because…principles, or something.

Funny how conservative rightwingers think they are so politically astute when the exact opposite is true. Politics is all about winning, not pontificating about how principled you are and lobbing spitballs at those in power who knew how (and were willing) to play the game.

According to you conservatives, Obama is destroying the country, yet you can’t stop hating on the Republican Party. News flash–when your standards are so strict that you can count your designated TruCon saviors on one hand, you’re doing it wrong. Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Spoken like a true Beltway insider.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Curious, I read your comment and then suddenly remembered who the real enemy is.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Heh!!

Thanks!!

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Fortunately for Democrats, the GOP-initiated shutdown of the federal government in October has tempered the public’s desire for a shift to the Republican side, too

That is of course, only if voters are not reminded the “shutdown” happened because Republicans were trying to stop the Obamacare disaster from rolling out.

But don’t look for Little Johnny Boehner to remind anyone of that fact. He has his own reasons for wanting to continue painting the shutdown as an action independently taken by “extremists within the party.

So I’m completely ambivalent about giving Republican Leadership comprised of Boehner and McConnell majorities. Why? So they can waste it, provide excuses as to why they can’t get things done, fail to challenge the president on anything, continue ceding congressional power, sitting on the sidelines for just about every major issue, supporting the liberal agenda, attacking other party members who don’t agree with them and generally protecting their own skin?

No thanks. That is simply a different kid of the same torture.

Marcus Traianus on January 7, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Must replace the Democrat Welfare/Warfare state with the Republican Warfare/Welfare state.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

because…principles, or something.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Sorry, but principles are the principal thing. Without them, you’re nothing more than a whore – business, politics, sex, whatever.

GWB on January 7, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Politics is all about winning

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

You think Republicans gaining control of the senate is winning? Newsflash: if you go over a cliff at 90 mph instead of 100 mph, you’re still going to wind up a big pile of guts and blood when you hit the bottom.

topdawg on January 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

We’re brewing for a civil war within the republican party.

The establishment boys want to purge the tea party and vice versa.

Not sure how to avoid that fight.

Karmashock on January 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Crossroads, Mainstream Partnership, the Senate R Committee, and others are actively targeting conservative Republicans. But, somehow, conservative Rs are supposed to just step back and let them. Oh, son’t put a fight we might not get control of the Senate. If we do that and get control of the Senate with squishes what will happen? They will help the Dems to “fix” Obamacare, get amnesty for illegals, further bust the sequester, promise spending cuts years from now, and increase the debt. Remember in 2010 if we voted for them they would cut the budget for 2011 by $100 billion. How much did they cut it? They cut it $330 million or so. That’s only .33% of their promise. And if they take control they will do the things above and tell us in 2016 that we have to support them to keep control. It is clear they are pissing on us and telling us it is raining.

theo22 on January 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Sabato is right. Ed is right. Scott Walker is right. But the TruCons–the real RINOs–insist on firing within the tent because…principles, or something.

Funny how conservative rightwingers think they are so politically astute when the exact opposite is true. Politics is all about winning, not pontificating about how principled you are and lobbing spitballs at those in power who knew how (and were willing) to play the game.

According to you conservatives, Obama is destroying the country, yet you can’t stop hating on the Republican Party. News flash–when your standards are so strict that you can count your designated TruCon saviors on one hand, you’re doing it wrong. Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

BEST POST ON HOT AIR EVER

who is the real RINO? the Republicans elected to office by their constituents,

or so called “conservatives” typing on their computers who say they won’t vote for a Republican?

AirForceCane on January 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The traitor is the plague.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Written by a man who probably had firsthand experience with the plague.

Sekhmet on January 7, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Concur. Though, since I am skeptical of finding enough votes to put enough principled constitutionalists into office, I am of the mind to LIB.

GWB on January 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Funny how conservative rightwingers think …
According to you conservatives,…

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Why don’t you just say Teabaggers, you know you want to.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

-Pro-illegal alien amnesty liberal RINO Ed Morrissey

Not sure why anyone would be surprised at this point when Ed or anyone else at HotAir comes out against conservatives.

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

What more do you want, their firstborn impaled on a stake???

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Bishop:

QUESTION:

Can that,..be covered under HopeyMurderACA!!

Jus Wonder’n!——————-:0

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Funny how conservative rightwingers think …
According to you conservatives,…

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Meredith: Oh Noes,

..the VAST RIGHTWING’rs!!

canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM

In this case, we’re better off getting Republicans elected rather than spending this election in a purification effort. Right now, the majority has got to be the priority.

-Pro-illegal alien amnesty liberal RINO Ed Morrissey

Not sure why anyone would be surprised at this point when Ed or anyone else at HotAir comes out against conservatives.

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

We’re brewing for a civil war within the republican party.

The establishment boys want to purge the tea party and vice versa.

Not sure how to avoid that fight.

Karmashock on January 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

You can’t avoid it, it’s been going on for quite a while and the establishment is winning it. If they pass amnesty, it’s over, and the past couple of decades is just the prelude to a new era in the US.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 1:04 PM

News flash–when your standards are so strict that you can count your designated TruCon saviors on one hand, you’re doing it wrong. Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

No, partisanship is about increasing your influence (power) without regard to what your actions do to the nation. Leadership is when you take principled positions even if not popular. The trick is to sway opinion to your position, not take the path of least resistance and declare victory.

If they establishment GOP wants to win elections, they are going have to start working with conservatives. And, of course, ridding the party of intolerant losers like you.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 1:07 PM

If Republicans vote like Democrats, what’s really the point of having the majority?

HornHiAceDeuce on January 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

You’re the enemy within.

portlandon on January 7, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

If you’re afraid of alienating most of the country by standing up against the illegal actions of a rogue administration then the war is already lost.

Bishop on January 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 7m

Republican National Committee starts running negative ads in 40 media markets as Bloomberg gives $2.5M to help Dems: http://apne.ws/1aEnvkX
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Google Search:

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canopfor on January 7, 2014 at 1:10 PM

the typical sixth-year unease that produces a “send-them-a-message” election.

That, coupled with Democrat promises of “fiscal discipline” and “no more deficit spending”, is how Democrats took control of the House and Senate in the 2006 (George W. Bush’s sixth year) elections.

Far too many people on both the left and the right try to judge Obama based on his 1st inauguration date, January 20, 2009.

Instead, the right should promote the judging Democrats as a whole based on the date Democrats (including Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and then-Senators Obama, Biden, Clinton, Kerry, etc.) took majority control of Washington D.C.:
January 3, 2007.

The Democrats (including Obama) inherited a GOOD economy from the outgoing Republican majority on January 3, 2007. Pick any stat you want and look at what it was for the month of December 2006 and compare it to what it is today.

It is the Democrats who turned a good economy into a deeply damaged and non-recovering economy. It is Democrats who have nearly DOUBLED the total national debt in just the last 7 years.

It is the Democrats who turned a good health care system into a deeply damaged health care system.

Drive all of these points home, and any sane person will realize that things were better in the USA in December 2006, the last time that Republicans held the House, Senate, and Presidency.

ITguy on January 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Funny how conservative rightwingers think …
According to you conservatives,…

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Why don’t you just say Teabaggers, you know you want to.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

At least Meredith confirmed she isn’t a conservative.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

This should be a huge midterm election for Republicans, especially for the Senate, where they need six seats to seize control of the upper chamber and send Harry Reid back to the business end of his filibuster reform

…to bad some of the Senators that ran in 2012…don’t have to run again this year!

KOOLAID2 on January 7, 2014 at 1:15 PM

At least Meredith confirmed she isn’t a conservative.

Bitter Clinger on January 7, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Meredith, Petunia, Sheryl, Basilbest, Bluegill: Aka the Mitt Romney Cheerleader Pom-Pom Squad.

They’re all big Government, fiscally irresponsible harpies.

portlandon on January 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Errr………………………right. The TEA partiers are expected to lay down their arms and allow themselves to be beaten bloody by the GOP establishment. Then arise, bloodied, and stagger to the polls and vote for GOP establishment candidates.

What’s wrong with this picture?

tngmv on January 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

According to you conservatives, Obama is destroying the country, yet you can’t stop hating on the Republican Party. News flash–when your standards are so strict that you can count your designated TruCon saviors on one hand, you’re doing it wrong. Politics is about increasing your influence, not alienating most of the country.

Remember who the real enemy is, and quit your self-righteous whining.

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

According to “us” conservatives (or at least “I” conservative) , it is not a single person who is destroying the country – it is LIBERALISM. Doesn’t matter if an elected official has an R, D, S, or I after their name. If they embrace LIBERALISM, they are part of the problem.

We don’t want our elected officials to be SAVIORS. And we don’t view elections solely in terms of “politics” as you defined it (increasing your influence). We view elections from the objective of who best espouses a lack of liberalism.

We want what’s best for the country over what’s best for a political party.

DOOF on January 7, 2014 at 1:18 PM

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