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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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.


Hmmmmmmmmm
…. if ONLY you had the credibility of having TAKEN ON the GOPe when they fired the opening salvo, Ed.

Remember THIS bit of history from last October, Ed?

I posted this link http://tinyurl.com/lzzpw8u repeatedly yesterday so Boehner & Co’s sudden capitulation would be seen in the appropriate light – the moneymen publicly taking the GOPe leadership to task in a NYT article.

While both parties have extreme elements, he suggested, only in the G.O.P. did the extreme element exercise real power. “The extreme right has 90 seats in the House,” Mr. Echevarria said. “Occupy Wall Street has no seats.”

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Equating the TEA Party elected/supported congresspersons with the Occupy Wall Street hooligans/thugs/rapists isn’t worth one single word of denunciation?

“Nothing to see here, move along!”

Except Joe Echevarria, the chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm has as his clients the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies who will be raking in BILLIONS from the Obamacare deals they got in return for their support of the law.

OH! … and the Too Big Too Jail banks are also Deloitte’s clients who get $ 85 billion per year in government subsidies IN ADDITION to the $ 85 billion/month of interest free money they get from QE Forever.

Just a little $ 1 trillion conflict of interest & motives on Mr Echevarria’s part.

PolAgnostic on October 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM

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The Hot Air editors had NOTHING to say when Mr. Echevarria started the WAR – your collective SILENCE was deafening

The GOPe and the GOPe-media (that’s YOU, Ed) are not going to fight what the GOPe DONOR CLASS wants.

What is the GOPe Donor Class’s position on immigration, Ed?

What is YOUR position on immigration, Ed?

WHY would anyone pay the least bit of attention to someone who CLAIMS to be a conservative but is just a handmaiden of the GOPe and GOPe Donor Class on EVERY issue, Ed?

PolAgnostic on January 7, 2014 at 1:19 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.

LOL.

The Weeping Boner and McConnell are happy to collude with the dems on everything. They are less than useless, as are the idiots who elected them to “leadership” positions.

No more Vichy Republicans. No votes for illegal alien loving, Indonesian Sukarno-clone supporting traitors. They had their chance after being given power in 2010 and they spent their time and effort attacking the Tea Party and colluding with and caving to Dems on just about everything, while doing exactly squat to even try to repeal BarkyCare. I’ve had enough of the back-stabbing GOP douchebags.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Oh my.

“It was so cold this morning, I actually saw a Democrat with his hands in his own pocket”

BobMbx on January 7, 2014 at 1:20 PM

a purification effort.

And stop with this asinine “purification” junk, already. It’s old, stupid, and annoying as all get-out.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 7, 2014 at 1:22 PM

The GOPe and the GOPe-media (that’s YOU, Ed) are not going to fight what the GOPe DONOR CLASS wants.
What is the GOPe Donor Class’s position on immigration, Ed?
What is YOUR position on immigration, Ed?
WHY would anyone pay the least bit of attention to someone who CLAIMS to be a conservative but is just a handmaiden of the GOPe and GOPe Donor Class on EVERY issue, Ed?
PolAgnostic on January 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Very well said!!!

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 1:23 PM

tngmv on January 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Heh. What’s wrong with that picture is that the mental picture it invoked was of Conan the Barbarian. The Republicans are acting more like toadies removing the Troublesome Priest for his majesty, King Obama.

Fenris on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Politics is all about winning

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Politics is about POWER and CONTROL!
FREEDOM is about WINNING!!

Rio Linda Refugee on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 PM

This is a must watch video, FFW to 13:30.

Ed.

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:24 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.

A majority that still votes lockstep with the liberal agenda is not a majority that I’m interested in pursuing.

Fortunately, I have left the Republican party, and don’t have to care about its efforts to claim a majority. When the GOP decides to represent me, they’ll get my support again. For now, I’ll vote for and support candidates, not party.

Call me a purist if you wish. I don’t care.

Call me part of the problem if you wish. I don’t care.

All I know is that I’m not being represented by either party in Congress. So, I lose no matter who I support. If I’m going to lose anyway, I might as well lose with candidates who don’t make me sick to my stomach.

Chris of Rights on January 7, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Who is the real RINO?……
AirForceCane on January 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Indeed. Conservatives and (Small L) libertarians are the real RINOs now.

The official Republican party line is now go-along-to-get-along establishment elitist – statists who hate their constituents.

What we used to call RINOS are the mainstream GOP rulers now. Folks who are more worried about keeping their phoney baloney jobs and expanding their powers, rather than returning the nation to a sustainable balance of powers. Who, With the Democrats don’t mind destroying the economy and stealing your children’s futures, as long as they get theirs, and their friends get theirs now.

Yeah, I’m a RINO. The GOP is now primarily made up of DIABLOS:

Democrats In All But Label Only.

Which, purely by coincidence means Devils in Spanish

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Oh That’s Rich…It’s not the GubRmint thuggery that I’m supposed to mind….It’s that my guy ain’t do’n da loot’n

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 7, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Endorsed by the tea party? Ya have my vote. That R is meaningless anymore. Let it burn.

countmein on January 7, 2014 at 1:32 PM

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

THIS. I keep wondering why this message of “pointing their guns outward rather than inward” is only for the Tea Party folks. Message to GOP leaders: listen to us, stop telling us to STFU, and demonstrate some leadership, and we might be in a better frame of mind to help you. If you don’t, we will primary your @$$.

idalily on January 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Less spending, waste, fraud and abuse.

Smaller, less intrusive federal government.

Secure the borders.

Lower taxes.

Why is the notion of holding our elected (R) officials accountable to these principles, so threatening to establishment, progressive Republicans?

Why do they require us to abandon these principles all for the sake of allowing THEM to control and administer the massive federal machine, all while they show no indication at all that if they DO get control of it, that they’ll scale it back in the least?

And we’re supposed to trust them at their “word”, even though they’ve already stabbed us in the back, more times than I can even cite?

Nope. Not me.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Which, purely by coincidence means Devils in Spanish

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

There are no coincidences.

Schadenfreude on January 7, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Yes, Delia. Only the illusion of coincidence.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Blast from the past.

Good times Good times./

MontanaMmmm on January 7, 2014 at 1:38 PM

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

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Again, feel free to share that sentiment with the GOP who are more hell-bent on destroying conservatives than they are Democrats.

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Democrats In All But Label Only.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 1:27 PM

DIABLO. I like it.

GWB on January 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

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

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Who is the “real enemy”?

is it parties that vote to increase spending? If so, the GOP fits the bill.

Parties that vote for Amnesty? If so, the GOP fits the bill.

parties that always increase the size and scope of gov’t? If so, the GOP fits the bill.

You people who think we are playing some game where an “R” victory is the same thing as scoring a touchdown are delusional.

The GOP winning is not a victory for conservatism. Pretending it is is crazy.

Instead of always defending the GOP no matter what it does, some of you should consider trying to move the GOP to the right.

Playing games like this – pretending that a vote for the GOP as it is currently constituted is a vote for conservatism – does the exact opposite. You are giving aid and comfort to those who want big gov’t and more spending.

How you can not see that is beyond me. We only have the last 30 years of GOP actions (as opposed to words) as evidence.

Yet somehow, “this time” it will all work out if we all just shut up and vote GOP.

insane.

Monkeytoe on January 7, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Judging from the comments here, the GOP has a full-on REVOLT going on. I think they fear the Tea Party voters. Well they should fear them. We are the GOP base! They are the outliers now!

mountainaires on January 7, 2014 at 1:55 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

When the GOP is in the minority we are told to shut up and vote GOP because we can’t do anything without a majority in both houses and the WH.

When the GOP is in the majority we are told to shut up and vote GOP because otherwise they will lose the majority and they can’t do conservative things because “something, something, look over there!!! Democrats!”

I guess when you live in a world where it is a game and the only thing that matters is whether a certain “team” won an election, you feel good that the GOP does exactly what the dems do while in office. Actions don’t matter. All that matters is what letter is next to a person’s name “r” or “d”.

So, we’ll all just shut up and vote GOP because something something something “democrats!!!” something else. And then we’ll get more obamacare, more spending, amnesty and all kinds of other nonsense. But it will be the GOP doing it so somehow that is a win.

Monkeytoe on January 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

THIS. I keep wondering why this message of “pointing their guns outward rather than inward” is only for the Tea Party folks. Message to GOP leaders: listen to us, stop telling us to STFU…

idalily on January 7, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Good point. I agree with Ed that we have to unify in order to have any hope of stopping the radicals who have taken control of our country. But, yeah, shouldn’t the “Establishment” types be giving a little as well?

Arnold Yabenson on January 7, 2014 at 2:01 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

Yes, yes, yes.

That said, I do think it’s key to know when to fight within the party and when not to. The primaries are EXACTLY the place for the purism fight. The general election, IMO, is not. We are not even in the primary phase yet, making this is the perfect time for debate, for fleshing out a party platform that stands for something. Rather than telling Tea Party folks to STFU, maybe the GOP establishment ought to work with the various factions to form a better whole? That’s what LEADERSHIP is, after all. Maybe instead of blasting the Tea Party with abuse, the GOP LEADERSHIP could LEAD, by listening, building consensus and standing for some principles? Then, by the time the general comes around, we might have some halfway decent candidates to vote for? And if there are still a few McCains and Murkowskis around, strong House and Senate LEADERSHIP could bring them into line. That’s how the Dems do it, and that’s why they’re winning. Message to GOP “leaders”: you can’t just stand against something in order to win. You actually have to stand for something. What do you stand for?

idalily on January 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Interesting to watch establishment-supporting HotAir’s Alexa traffic ranking continue to decline under Ed’s liberal leadership, while conservative blogs like Breitbart and The Blaze, on the other hand, flourish.

HotAir bloggers’ lurch to the left and against the Tea Party has coincided with this site’s fall from the top of the traffic rankings.

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Interesting to watch establishment-supporting HotAir’s Alexa traffic ranking continue to decline under Ed’s liberal leadership, while conservative blogs like Breitbart and The Blaze, on the other hand, flourish.

HotAir bloggers’ lurch to the left and against the Tea Party has coincided with this site’s fall from the top of the traffic rankings.

bluegill on January 7, 2014 at 2:06 PM

In case your brain hasn’t processed it, Brietbart is open and on Disqus and is infested with liberal trolls.

HotAir is closed to un-limited posts, and massive infestations from the kos kids.

If you prefer the back and forth name calling on Breitbart, more power to ya.

Marcus on January 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

That’s how the Dems do it, and that’s why they’re winning. Message to GOP “leaders”: you can’t just stand against something in order to win. You actually have to stand for something. What do you stand for?

idalily on January 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

No doubt about it that Dems are better at getting their party in lockstep unity. Here in VA, the Dems won all three top state jobs last November for two very big reasons. A filthy third-party candidate financed by the Dems. And an even more disgusting “Republican” who thought the nomination for governor was his birthright. When he didn’t get the nod, he went out and campaigned against the Republican who did. You wouldn’t find that kind of disloyalty among Dems.

Bottom line. The surrender weasels don’t have to like conservatives but they have to stop attacking them as the enemy.

Happy Nomad on January 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Weasel Boehner “unifying” his campaign promises with what he actually does in DC would be a good start.

viking01 on January 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Marcus on January 7, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Not long ago I completely deleted my Disqus account and no longer post on any of those sites because of the ridiculous amount of leftist venom there constantly.

It’s just not worth the angst because no matter how factual your post is, no matter how well thought out it is, you’re not changing anyone’s mind on that board.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

idalily on January 7, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The problem with that reasonable approach is the establishment Rs are so worried about losing their favorite table at the fancy eateries in DC that they won’t even attempt to change the minds of the electorate. They would rather move with the electoral shift than stand on principle and attempt to move the electorate back.

Unfortunately they are right in one aspect – you can’t move the electorate back once they have had a taste of having their votes bought with government-furnished goodies.

GWB on January 7, 2014 at 2:31 PM

If the GOP has a landslide win this year, it will still be unable to roll back one thin dime of spending, including the spending on Obamacare.

Obama holds the veto pen. No matter what happens in November, he will still hold that veto pen until January of 2017.

This is clearly the best possible year to take on the RINO’s. There will never be a better year to do it.

fadetogray on January 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Frankly, I am tired of being told and admonished that we need some Kumbya moment within the party. Why is it that I have to support the “moderates” and or RINO’s but they don’t have to support us? They are constantly berating the conservative wing of the party, then they expect us to turn around and support them? Sorry. Immigration was the final straw that broke this elephant’s back.

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM

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

Silly me. I thought we were supposed to try and elect people because they agreed (at least somewhat) with us on policy. Not because they have an R behind their names. Or, perhaps Ed thinks that the R is a good enough proxy for meaning that they agree with us enough. It’s not.

Look, agreeing with me 40-60% of the time (enough with the 95% of the time canard) is all well and good, and good enough to get me to vote for you if the stuff that you agree with me on is the important stuff. But more typically, the 40-60% of the stuff that they agree with me on issues like: puppies shouldn’t be buried alive. Yeah, that’s great. But almost everyone agrees with me on that – you’re nothing special, dog (pun intended).

besser tot als rot on January 7, 2014 at 2:40 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.

Yes, because we can all feel better if the guy or gal has an “R” after their name. Who cares if there’s little difference between them or the Dem. As long as our team wins! Yea!!! (Sarcasm off)

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Frankly, I am tired of being told and admonished that we need some Kumbya moment within the party. Why is it that I have to support the “moderates” and or RINO’s but they don’t have to support us? They are constantly berating the conservative wing of the party, then they expect us to turn around and support them?

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM

I used to be tired of it. Now I simply don’t care. I’m not going to be swayed by such bullying charlatans anymore.

besser tot als rot on January 7, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Not long ago I completely deleted my Disqus account and no longer post on any of those sites because of the ridiculous amount of leftist venom there constantly.

The only message boards I’ll go through are on Hot Air because it’s moderated. So Breitbart gets 100 posts in 15 minutes, half of them are trolls.

My favorite site to read has always been “Lucianne” where the moderators don’t tolerate rudeness and you have to sit up straight and use white paper and black ink. You can disagree and argue legitimately back and forth, but a troll lasts about 15 seconds there.

Marcus on January 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

According to Dave Weigel (yeah I know – automatic disqualified of accuracy), Brian Schweitzer may challenge Hillary for the 2016 nomination. You know what? I’d vote for Schweitzer over Christie in a heartbeat. I’d probably even donate money to him.

besser tot als rot on January 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

It’s not the votes that count, it’s who counts the votes..

two words: voter fraud

Mydamndogs on January 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

RINO’s like McCain and Graham disgust me. I do not live in SC but should Graham be forced into a runoff, I will be sending a donation to whoever is his runoff opponent. My hope is to help get Graham out of office or to at least put the fear of god into other amnesty loving RINOs. The one way the GOP could shoot themselves in the foot is by giving amnesty to ANY illegal. That includes so-called “dreamers” who are no better then anyone else along with in no way being entitled to my taxpayer dollars. I have already told the GOP when they come sniffing around for donations that I am watching and waiting and that they will get nothing from me if ANY illegal is given amnesty.

Hera on January 7, 2014 at 2:50 PM

My favorite site to read has always been “Lucianne” where the moderators don’t tolerate rudeness and you have to sit up straight and use white paper and black ink. You can disagree and argue legitimately back and forth, but a troll lasts about 15 seconds there.

Marcus on January 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Though I haven’t posted there in over ten years Lucianne’s site used to be a bit wilder place then it went a bit overboard in the other direction where the notorious “staff08″ was nearly as overbearing (Bloombergesque if you follow me) as their trolls. That site lost a lot of the original participants at that time.

If things have, er, moderated there all the better though I see from time to time their scolding people for posting articles incorrectly when it’s obvious it’s just someone new who doesn’t know how to post articles correctly… yet.

It is a good resource though largely because of the participants whom find and link useful articles for discussion.

viking01 on January 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

If I thought for a second the GOP would actually oppose the Dem agenda if they took the Senate, I might be excited about 2014.

But they won’t, so I’m not.

DRayRaven on January 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM

My favorite site to read has always been “Lucianne” where the moderators don’t tolerate rudeness and you have to sit up straight and use white paper and black ink. You can disagree and argue legitimately back and forth, but a troll lasts about 15 seconds there.

Marcus on January 7, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I haven’t been there. But I’ll look it up and check it out. Appreciate the insight.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

we risk disaster by should be redirecting our aim internally rather than and externally

FIFY. In other words, go away. Just go back to the days of pointlessly throwing things at the TV in frustration.

HellCat on January 7, 2014 at 3:08 PM

According to Dave Weigel (yeah I know – automatic disqualified of accuracy), Brian Schweitzer may challenge Hillary for the 2016 nomination.

besser tot als rot on January 7, 2014 at 2:45 PM

His swing band is pretty good, but I liked him best when he was fronting the Stray Cats.

Midas on January 7, 2014 at 3:15 PM

I voted for Romney and McCain. The Republicans have lost me. I will only support Tea Party candidates from now on.

birdwatcher on January 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

So who is pure enough PureCons? Bring out your champion or STFU.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Reading comprehension is not your strong suit. Tea Party candidates, understand?

birdwatcher on January 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I think way too much is being made about TP vs Establishment GOP. The real answer is to get good candidates who can win and more importantly understand how to win in the district or state they are running.

This push for “purity” is very misguided, because I’m pretty sure my definition of purity may not equate with others. It doesn’t make either of us wrong, just slightly different in our view of conservatism.

Tater Salad on January 7, 2014 at 3:21 PM

viking01 on January 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

Heh, I got banned from Lucianne in 2004 for racism.
I posted a direct quote from Teresa Heinz-Kerry, uttered in one of her drunken, off-leash tirades and despite the quote marks and attribution to her, then was kicked off for being a racist.

Tried to explain to the moderator and to Lucianne herself, that I was exposing racism in the wife of a Presidential Candidate, not expressing my own feelings, and that it was obvious that is what I did. but they wouldn’t reconsider. Their loss. I was a fairly generous contributor to their operations expense fund.

But, on the bright side, I quickly found Free Republic and a certain amount of freedom of expression that was / is lacking from Lucianne and even HA.

At least ED, AP & etc. will usually give you a warning or three if you are crossing their line of acceptable discussion

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

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,”

Nice ellipsis there, Ed.

What he first said was “go to Kentucky…” to which I replied Walker was correct with his initial Freudian slip. Go to Kentucky and throw out Mitch McWattles…

But that’s ok, while you need to tow the corporate line, you still haven’t given one solid reason why this time it will be different.

Keep voting for those who say “now is not the time to fight” and one day you’ll wake up and 3 generations have gone by still waiting for that magical “right” time. You do recall who was in charge and ran up the deficit/debt from 2001 – 2006, do you? And you expect these guys to turn the ship around? Only if you believe in unicorns and skittles.

AH_C on January 7, 2014 at 3:22 PM

So who is pure enough PureCons? Bring out your champion or STFU.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

A perfect example of what I was saying. Look at how they treat Ted Cruz. In short your attitude is STFU and vote for the R, regardless of being dem lite because hey. he’s an R! This is been the establishements towards the conservative base for.

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

I voted for Romney and McCain. The Republicans have lost me. I will only support Tea Party candidates from now on.

birdwatcher on January 7, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Remember a bad candidate is a still bad candidate, whether or not he/she has TP beside his/her name.

Tater Salad on January 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Cripes, I’m all for whipping the Dems/Progressive in 2014: they’ve been a boil on the butt of the body politic for 5 years TOO damn long.

I’m in full support of qualified Tea Party/Conservative candidates, less so of “Libertarians” simply because of their track record of wins (ie: not so much).

BlaxPac on January 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

So who is pure enough PureCons? Bring out your champion or STFU.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Ahhh. Either do what the GOP says or STFU.

That’s how to win votes right there. Typical GOP person who hates conservatism.

How to know someone doesn’t understand conservatism at all?

they support the GOP no matter what and throw around terms like “purecon”.

Idiot.

Monkeytoe on January 7, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Cripes, I’m all for whipping the Dems/Progressive in 2014: they’ve been a boil on the butt of the body politic for 5 years TOO damn long.

I’m in full support of qualified Tea Party/Conservative candidates, less so of “Libertarians” simply because of their track record of wins (ie: not so much).

BlaxPac on January 7, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Before you jump on the more libertarian strain of the GOP, realize the number one issue in polling is the concern about the size and scope of government. The only group really dealing with that issue are the GOP libertarians (generally referred to as the original TP strain in ’10).

Tater Salad on January 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

A perfect example of what I was saying. Look at how they treat Ted Cruz. In short your attitude is STFU and vote for the R, regardless of being dem lite because hey. he’s an R! This is been the establishements towards the conservative base for.

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

And this is what I’m talking about. You ASSume there’s a big “they” out there. Then you make things up about my attitude. All I meant was get your act together and bring out your champion. Otherwise, you’re just a angry drunk looking for a fight, a bad smell on the wind. If Cruise wins a primary, I’ll gladly vote for him and if he doesn’t win he should keep running like Reagan did. On the third try, Reagan won. Bring out your champion or just go home.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

So who is pure enough PureCons? Bring out your champion or STFU.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:19 PM

We’re not there yet. I know for a fact and from EXPERIENCE that progressive candidates like McCain and Romney are NOT the answer.

Or do you want to trudge down that old same losing road again? Because I don’t.

Tell me, why do you find less spending, waste, fraud and abuse, smaller, less intrusive federal government, securing the borders and lower taxes so threatening?

Are you really so progressive that the mere mention of such principles causes you to start name calling? What’s next, calling me a tea-bagger? Oooh, never heard that one before.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

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

ummm…no not so much.
1, How Many Lindsay Graham’s need to be elected before people stop writing articles like this?
2. How much debt is too much $10 Tril? $17 Tril? $25 Tril? $30 Tril? Sky’s the limit for the Rino/Establishment/We need a majority class.
3. Why would I want Mitch McConnell to control anything? ever?
4. Why would I want little Boehner and McConnell clones driving real conservatives into exile by giving them more power?

The solution is more conservatives…not more liberals, sorry Ed, couldn’t disagree more, I have no intention of supporting GOP libs and mods who run as conservatives and ultimately do more harm than good to conservatism and limited government.

Afterseven on January 7, 2014 at 3:42 PM

And this is what I’m talking about. You ASSume there’s a big “they” out there. Then you make things up about my attitude. All I meant was get your act together and bring out your champion. Otherwise, you’re just a angry drunk looking for a fight, a bad smell on the wind.
rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

You’ve won me over with your kind words of wisdom. I really liked the part where you used caps in ASSume. That was pure genius. Oh and as for asserting that I made things up about your attitude. I guess the “or STFU” part was your way of influencing people and not indicative of your attitude. Yes, what a leap that was. Well played sir!

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 3:38 PM

It’s just not a black and white world Meople. I’ve been voting since ’76. In every case it’s ALWAYS a compromise. Of course no one is going to agree 100% with me except me. In almost every federal office (President, Senate, Rep) either a Democrat or a Republican wins. Third partie always work for one party or the other. There has never been an election where I agreed more with the Democrat than the Republican. There have been times when I agreed more with a third party candidate but voting for third party ALWAYS helped the guy I least wanted. It’s a vanity. Why should I help get the worst candidate elected just so I can feel good about myself and stroke my principles? I can’t do that to the rest of the country that knows better and deserves better for not making an election about themselves.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 3:48 PM

OK, sorry for the anger. Some of it was heartfelt so think about it. Thx

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

We had grey-scale compromise in ’08 and again in ’12. We had the “moderate”, “centrist” candidate in both cases. And they failed, miserably.

I refuse to compromise again. Because in doing so, I am accepting yet another defeat. I will not accept doing the same exact thing and expecting a different result, which is what nominating another progressive (R) would be doing.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Testify! Testify! Feel better? Gotta go do something a little more engaging.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

All I meant was get your act together and bring out your champion. Otherwise, you’re just a angry drunk looking for a fight, a bad smell on the wind. If Cruise wins a primary, I’ll gladly vote for him and if he doesn’t win he should keep running like Reagan did. On the third try, Reagan won. Bring out your champion or just go home.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

OK. Fuck you. I’ll go home and not vote for any GOP candidate. Is that what you want from conservatives? Appears so.

I love these people who think that voting for the GOP is somehow our duty.

Monkeytoe on January 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Yes, because we can all feel better if the guy or gal has an “R” after their name. Who cares if there’s little difference between them or the Dem. As long as our team wins! Yea!!! (Sarcasm off)

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 2:41 PM

If you cannot get what you want, at least get less of what you do not want. The issue is not whether you like Boehner or McConnell. The issue is whether you would prefer Pelosi and Reid. A house divided against itself cannot stand and if the GOP house falls due to many sitting the election out and the GOP fails to capture the Senate, those two will pass more ACA-like legislation than would ever pass chambers lead by Boehner and McConnell.

Remember: Me against my brother. Me and my brother against my cousin. Me and my cousin against our neighbor. Me and my neighbor against the outside world. With whom do you have the most in common?

KW64 on January 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

It’s just not a black and white world Meople. I’ve been voting since ’76. In every case it’s ALWAYS a compromise. Of course no one is going to agree 100% with me except me. In almost every federal office (President, Senate, Rep) either a Democrat or a Republican wins. Third partie always work for one party or the other. There has never been an election where I agreed more with the Democrat than the Republican. There have been times when I agreed more with a third party candidate but voting for third party ALWAYS helped the guy I least wanted. It’s a vanity. Why should I help get the worst candidate elected just so I can feel good about myself and stroke my principles? I can’t do that to the rest of the country that knows better and deserves better for not making an election about themselves.

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Nonsense.

Your argument is that it matters whether the GOP or DNC wins an election. It does not. Unless we move the GOP to the right, the GOP will continue simply carrying water for the DNC and acting liberal.

By voting for the GOP no matter what it does, you empower it to do what it always did – which again, is carry the DNC’s water and help to increase the size, scope and cost of gov’t.

Not voting for the GOP is the only way to move it to the right.

Again, the GOP is not entitled to my vote and I am not being “selfish” by refusing to give the GOP my vote.

Your claim otherwise is about as anti-democratic as it gets. Why not just tell me that I have no right to vote?

Silly.

Monkeytoe on January 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

rhombus on January 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

No problem. I have thought about it. And I have done it, meaning that I have voted for the moderate, RINO, whatever label you want to use. I voted for McCain and Romney as well as others along those lines at the local levels. And my reward has been the establishment telling me we need more of this winning philosophy. What my original point was is that the moderate wing of the party has no problem insulting the conservative or Tea Party wing and then assumes we will or should fall into ranks for the victory. Well as has been pointed out, the last two elections the moderate wing has been handed stinging defeats. The moderates claim that we simply need more moderation? Really? If there’s little difference between the two candidates then it’s merely a popularity contest. I am done doing that. It doesn’t work. Ed and S Walker’s admonitions is simply more of the same. There’s always going to be a reason that now is not the time to be a purist. Well if we keep doing that we are rewarding that behavior, there’s very little difference any more between the two. I am actually far from a purist. I don’t expect to agree 100% of the time. But I am tired of getting sold out on the major backbone issues of conservatism. I refuse to STFU and I refuse to vote for a slightly less crappy candidate.

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

But, yeah, shouldn’t the “Establishment” types be giving a little as well?

Arnold Yabenson on January 7, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I think this is the core issue that we’re facing – but the “Establishment”, being the establishment, don’t believe that they need to listen to or negotiate or partner with the Tea Party.

These are the same members of the party that think that going down the highway at 75mph as opposed to the Democrat party pace down the same highway of 150mph is ‘fixing the problem’.

These are the same people who think that going along to get along is a viable strategy to change the irresponsible and ultimately destructive fiscal trajectory that this nation is on.

Being progressive-lite isn’t a viable strategy to either bring upon change or electoral success. Why should someone support a progressive-lite when, if they want expansion of government, wealth redistribution, and the welfare / nanny state they can just vote for the progressives? If someone opposes that direction, why would they vote for someone who just wants to kick the same can down the same road, just taking a little longer to do it?

The establishment is the establishment because they are the one’s with the money – with the power – with the position. But what they lack is not only a vision of an alternative, but the ability and will to create change, demonstrate the need for change, and articulate a compelling reason to change direction.

Ed makes the case that gaining the majority means that we need to support the establishment GOP and not target those who work against our values. That’s blaming the wrong target. There is no difference if we go down the highway at 150mph vs 75mph.

We need to change our course. We need to support people who aren’t locked or captured by the corrupt and broken K Street system of DC. If the establishment doesn’t want to face a civil war or be challenged, then they need to compromise and agree that a course change is needed, not a speed change.

Athos on January 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

KW64 on January 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

See my reply to Rhombus. I would rather take a stand now than die a slow death of a thousand cuts. Rewarding the moderate wing has proven disastrous and simply enables them. And the definition of insanity applies here. Simple translation. I have voted for my last RINO, PERIOD.

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

KW64 on January 7, 2014 at 4:03 PM

So you’re saying just to accept the slower rate of speed off the cliff by going along with the likes of McLame, McConnell and Grahamnesty.

In your scenario, I would MUCH rather have the faster speed off the cliff than the slower. If the choice is either wacko-progressive DimocRat or wacko-progressive Republican, I say FULL SPEED AHEAD!

If the DimocRats are going to drive the nation into oblivion, and the GOP is going to do nothing to change it, just slow it down a little, then I say fly this F’er off the cliff and get it over with.

Slowly ripping a bandaid off your hairy arm is MUCH more painful than ripping it off as fast as possible.

Meople on January 7, 2014 at 4:17 PM

I’m pretty much with Meople. We’re not getting any younger and I’d rather my grandkids remember me as someone who fought for them, not spent their future.

DanMan on January 7, 2014 at 4:22 PM

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.

None of which they have done before.

None of which they are doing now.

And none of which they have any intention of doing in the future.

Especially since all they do now is demonize those who even suggest that they SHOULD do such a thing — and they go apocalyptic over people like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz who actually DO such things.

The lying has now reached the point of being an insult. No one believes that Mitch McConnell or John Boehner will confront Obama or force Obama to compromise. Instead, they will do as they have for the past four years and demonize the Tea Party and conservatives.

The Republicans do not deserve power, and I will not give it to them. I want to see Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Paul Ryan, and every other RINO squish who has criticized the Tea Party and conservatives dumped on a street corner this year, and I do not care who replaces them. Given the choice between liberals who vote liberal and liars who claim to be conservative but vote liberal, I will take the former.

The RNC does not understand that. It will never understand that because it has been allowed to sh*t on conservatives and Tea Partiers for years. This year, the cherry bomb gets dropped in the privy, and it can have an explosion of the sh*t it has dropped on them.

northdallasthirty on January 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

northdallasthirty on January 7, 2014………..Agreed.

Minnfidel on January 7, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Don’t lose faith, I’m sure Republicans will somehow let Obama change the narrative away from ObamaCare.
I predict the new narrative will be the minimum wage.
Democrats always seem to win that debate even though it doesn’t create jobs.

dverplank on January 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM

The GOP should make hay of this kinda thing.

Obama DOJ pick: Global edict ‘law of the land’

Civil-rights nominee represented cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, wants U.S. judges to ensure “customary international law” is “the law of the land.”

Obama should “nominate judges who will follow the rule of law, which includes recognition that ratified treaties and customary international law are the law of the land.”

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 5:32 PM

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

Will the Republicans have enough time to complete their war on Conservatives and the TEA Party and also sign up their new voter base consisting of the middle twenty percent of voters for the win?

RJL on January 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

#1 Most people who hear this statistic do not believe that it is actually true, but right now an all-time record 102 million working age Americans do not have a job. That number has risen by about 27 million since the year 2000.

#2 Because of the lack of jobs, poverty is spreading like wildfire in the United States. According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, an all-time record 49.2 percent of all Americans are receiving benefits from at least one government program each month.

#3 As society breaks down, the government feels a greater need than ever before to watch, monitor and track the population. For example, every single day the NSA intercepts and permanently stores close to 2 billion emails and phone calls in addition to a whole host of other data.

#4 The Bank for International Settlements says that total public and private debt levels around the globe are now 30 percent higher than they were back during the financial crisis of 2008.

#5 According to a recent World Bank report, private domestic debt in China has grown from 9 trillion dollars in 2008 to 23 trillion dollars today.

#6 In 1985, there were more than 18,000 banks in the United States. Today, there are only 6,891 left.

#7 The six largest banks in the United States (JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley) have collectively gotten 37 percent larger over the past five years.

#8 The U.S. banking system has 14.4 trillion dollars in total assets. The six largest banks now account for 67 percent of those assets and all of the other banks account for only 33 percent of those assets.

#9 JPMorgan Chase is roughly the size of the entire British economy.

#10 The five largest banks now account for 42 percent of all loans in the United States.

#11 Right now, four of the “too big to fail” banks each have total exposure to derivatives that is well in excess of 40 trillion dollars.

#12 The total exposure that Goldman Sachs has to derivatives contracts is more than 381 times greater than their total assets.

#13 According to the Bank for International Settlements, the global financial system has a total of 441 trillion dollars worth of exposure to interest rate derivatives.

#14 Through the end of November, approximately 365,000 Americans had signed up for Obamacare but approximately 4 million Americanshad already lost their current health insurance policies because of Obamacare.

#15 It is being projected that up to 100 million more Americanscould have their health insurance policies canceled by the time Obamacare is fully rolled out.

#16 At this point, 82.4 million Americans live in a home where at least one person is enrolled in the Medicaid program.

#17 It is has been estimated that Obamacare will add 21 million more Americans to the Medicaid rolls.

#18 It is being projected that health insurance premiums for healthy 30-year-old men will rise by an average of 260 percent under Obamacare.

#19 One couple down in Texas received a letter from their health insurance company that informed them that they were being hit with a 539 percent rate increase because of Obamacare.

#20 Back in 1999, 64.1 percent of all Americans were covered by employment-based health insurance. Today, only 54.9 percent of all Americans are covered by employment-based health insurance.

#21 The U.S. government has spent an astounding 3.7 trillion dollarson welfare programs over the past five years.

#22 Incredibly, 74 percent of all the wealth in the United States is owned by the wealthiest 10 percent of all Americans.

#23 According to Consumer Reports, the number of children in the United States taking antipsychotic drugs has nearly tripled over the past 15 years.

#24 The marriage rate in the United States has fallen to an all-time low. Right now it is sitting at a yearly rate of just 6.8 marriages per 1000 people.

#25 According to a shocking new study, the average American that turned 65 this year will receive $327,500 more in federal benefits than they paid in taxes over the course of their lifetimes.

#26 In just one week in December, a combined total of more than 2000 new cold temperature and snowfall records were set in the United States.

#27 According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median household income in the United States has fallen for five years in a row.

#28 The rate of homeownership in the United States has fallen for eight years in a row.

#29 Only 47 percent of all adults in America have a full-time job at this point.

#30 The unemployment rate in the eurozone recently hit a new all-time high of 12.2 percent.

#31 If you assume that the labor force participation rate in the U.S. is at the long-term average, the unemployment rate in the United States would actually be 11.5 percent instead of 7 percent.

#32 In November 2000, 64.3 percent of all working age Americans had a job. When Barack Obama first entered the White House, 60.6 percent of all working age Americans had a job. Today, only 58.6 percent of all working age Americans have a job.

#33 There are 1,148,000 fewer Americans working today than there was in November 2006. Meanwhile, our population has grown by more than 16 million people during that time frame.

#34 Only 19 percent of all Americans believe that the job market is better than it was a year ago.

#35 Just 14 percent of all Americans believe that the stock market will rise next year.

#36 According to CNBC, Pinterest is currently valued at more than 3 billion dollars even though it has never earned a profit.

#37 Twitter is a seven-year-old company that has never made a profit. It actually lost 64.6 million dollars last quarter. But according to the financial markets it is currently worth about 22 billion dollars.

#38 Right now, Facebook is trading at a valuation that is equivalent to approximately 100 years of earnings, and it is currently supposedly worth about 115 billion dollars.

#39 Total consumer credit has risen by a whopping 22 percent over the past three years.

#40 Student loans are up by an astounding 61 percent over the past three years.

#41 At this moment, there are 6 million Americans in the 16 to 24-year-old age group that are neither in school or working.

#42 The “inactivity rate” for men in their prime working years (25 to 54) has just hit a brand new all-time record high.

#43 It is hard to believe, but in America today one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency.

#44 Middle-wage jobs accounted for 60 percent of the jobs lost during the last recession, but they have accounted for only 22 percent of the jobs created since then.

#45 According to the Social Security Administration, 40 percent of all U.S. workers make less than $20,000 a year.

#46 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

#47 After accounting for inflation, 40 percent of all U.S. workers are making less than what a full-time minimum wage worker made back in 1968.

#48 When Barack Obama took office, the average duration of unemployment in this country was 19.8 weeks. Today, it is 37.2 weeks.

#49 Investors pulled an astounding 72 billion dollars out of bond mutual funds in 2013. It was the worst year for bond funds ever.

#50 Small business is rapidly dying in America. At this point, only about 7 percent of all non-farm workers in the United States are self-employed. That is an all-time record low.

#51 The six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the bottom one-third of all Americans combined.

#52 Once January 1st hits, it will officially be illegal to manufacture or import traditional incandescent light bulbs in the United States. It is being projected that millions of Americans will attempt to stock up on the old light bulbs before they are totally gone from store shelves.

#53 The Japanese government has estimated that approximately 300 tons of highly radioactive water is being released into the Pacific Ocean from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear facility every single day.

#54 Back in 1967, the U.S. military had more than 31,000 strategic nuclear warheads. That number is already being cut down to 1,550, and now Barack Obama wants to reduce it to only about 1,000.

#55 As you read this, 60 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty and there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

#56 Wal-Mart recently opened up two new stores in Washington D.C., and more than 23,000 people applied for just 600 positions. That means that only about 2.6 percent of the applicants were ultimately hired. In comparison, Harvard offers admission to 6.1 percent of their applicants.

#57 At this point, almost half of all public school students in America come from low-income homes.

#58 Tragically, there are 1.2 million students that attend public schools in the United States that are homeless. That number has risen by 72 percent since the start of the last recession.

#59 According to a Gallup poll that was recently released, 20.0 percent of all Americans did not have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed at some point over the past year. That is just under the all-time record of 20.4 percent that was set back in November 2008.

#60 The number of Americans on food stamps has grown from 17 million in the year 2000 to more than 47 million today.

#61 Right now, one out of every five households in the United States is on food stamps.

#62 The U.S. economy loses approximately 9,000 jobs for every 1 billion dollars of goods that are imported from overseas.

#63 Back in 1950, more than 80 percent of all men in the United States had jobs. Today, less than 65 percent of all men in the United States have jobs.

#64 According to one survey, approximately 75 percent of all American women do not have any interest in dating unemployed men.

#65 China exports 4 billion pounds of food to the United States every year.

#66 Overall, the United States has run a trade deficit of more than 8 trillion dollars with the rest of the world since 1975.

#67 The number of Americans on Social Security Disability now exceedsthe entire population of Greece, and the number of Americans on food stamps now exceeds the entire population of Spain.

#68 It is being projected that the number of Americans on Social Security will rise from 57 million today to more than 100 million in 25 years.

#69 Back in 1970, the total amount of debt in the United States (government debt + business debt + consumer debt, etc.) was less than 2 trillion dollars. Today it is over 56 trillion dollars.

#70 Back on September 30th, 2012 our national debt was sitting at a total of 16.1 trillion dollars. Today, it is up to 17.2 trillion dollars.

#71 The U.S. government “rolled over” more than 7.5 trillion dollars of existing debt in fiscal 2013.

#72 If the U.S. national debt was reduced to a stack of one dollar bills it would circle the earth at the equator 45 times.

#73 When Barack Obama was first elected, the U.S. debt to GDP ratio was under 70 percent. Today, it is up to 101 percent.

#74 The U.S. national debt is on pace to more than double during the eight years of the Obama administration. In other words, under Barack Obama the U.S. government will accumulate more debt than it did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.

#75 The federal government is borrowing (stealing) roughly 100 million dollars from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day.

#76 At this point, the U.S. already has more government debt per capita than Greece, Portugal, Italy, Ireland or Spain.

#77 Japan now has a debt to GDP ratio of more than 211 percent.

#78 As of December 5th, 83 volcanic eruptions had been recorded around the planet so far this year. That is a new all-time record high.

#79 53 percent of all Americans do not have a 3 day supply of nonperishable food and water in their homes.

#80 Violent crime in the United States was up 15 percent last year.

#81 According to a very surprising survey that was recently conducted,68 percent of all Americans believe that the country is currently on the wrong track.

#82 Back in 1972, 46 percent of all Americans believed that “most people can be trusted”. Today, only 32 percent of all Americans believe that “most people can be trusted”.

#83 According to a recent Pew Research survey, only 19 percent of all Americans trust the government. Back in 1958, 73 percent of all Americans trusted the government.

So do you have any numbers from 2013 that you would add to this list? If so, please feel free to share them by posting a comment below.
This article originally appeared on The Economic Collapse Blog

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Truecons don’t want to win. They’d rather complain, stomp their feet and stab their own side over social issues rather than beat Democrats.

wargamer6 on January 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

#84 Idiot young earthers are going to run more socon candidates that have NO chance of winning a general election in order to prove a point by electing more democrats…Or something.

Bandit13 on January 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

#85 Rinos are corrupt a-holes.

birdwatcher on January 7, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Akzed on January 7, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Excellent, Thank you. I’m sending that around.

LegendHasIt on January 7, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I held my nose and voted for McCain and Romney in the last two presidential elections, mainly because of an ABO mentality. I too have become frustrated by voting for RINOS who promise to fight for conservative principles and then become Democrat lite once in office, if even elected. So if there is no true change in direction, there seems little point in voting for more RINOS who will only pursue the same direction. Nevertheless, I can clearly see that if I don’t vote, then I will not have an opportunity to cancel the vote of someone who supports a more progressive agenda. Mathematically, this would essentially equal half a vote for the progressive, which would certainly not be my intention. Ironically, the current two-party system seems perfectly set up to maintain the status quo.

For instance, picture two candidates who consider themselves moderate, but nevertheless one is at least slightly more liberal than his more conservative opponent. Each tries to move to the center, knowing that anyone further left of the liberal candidate will clearly vote for the more liberal candidate in most cases, and similarly everyone to the right of the more conservative candidate will obviously vote for that person, even if that candidate is not very “conservative” at all. Therefore, there is little if any incentive for either candidate to embrace the more radical positions of their constituencies, as this may alienate some of the more moderate or independent voters. Voilà: status quo.

That is why I was a little disappointed that Mark Levin’s book, “The Liberty Amendments” did not include an amendment which I feel may actually be supported by voters of both parties: instant runoff voting. This process is known by several names, but basically it allows you to rank your vote, which would be tallied for your favorite candidate on the first count, however that vote would be then added to your second favorite candidate if your first choice was not one of the finalists. It sounds more complicated than it would be in practice, and it would allow you to vote your conscience first, yet still ensure that your vote would go to the next candidate who most closely represented your views, even if you would have held your nose to vote for that person in the first place. A conservative might choose to vote for a hard-line tea party candidate as their first choice, but still allow that vote to go to the GOPe candidate as his second choice, in hopes that he could be persuaded to vote more conservatively once in office. Of course, similar reasoning could be applied on the liberal spectrum of voters as well for their candidates. This would allow for more clear-cut choices in our national elections and would force both parties to become more responsive to their more radical elements. There would be far fewer “lesser of two evils” votes in my opinion.
Sorry for such a long post.

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tickrdr on January 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

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MontanaMmmm on January 8, 2014 at 2:36 AM

Meredith on January 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM

You know what, Meridith? Forget you. I search for the day when some of us can DOX you, SWAT you, and use your own weapons against you.

I refuse to vote for an incumbent who has been in the Senate for more than 2 terms, or in the house for more than 6 years. Republican, Democrat, Independent, or TEA.

And when people like Meridith start steaming about how conservatives are stupid, I’ll gather their information and DOX/SWAT/hack them. Conservatives have hackers on their side, too. And we can do just as much damage, if not more, when properly motivated.

UODuckMan on January 8, 2014 at 5:13 AM

After today’s vote I figure the R’s need to pick up 12 seats. Six R’s have revealed themselves as devout D’s of late.

{+_+}

herself on January 8, 2014 at 5:51 AM

The GOP has become bi-polar. One day you have Boehner or McCain or Peter King or some big mouth taking a swipe at their own party. The next we get an article about how the Tea Party must not fight the members of their own party. Then the the Chamber of Commerce declaring war on the Tea Party and then a shout out from Scott Walker about how the Tea Party shouldn’t make trouble in the party. Suck it GOP!

Here is my list of demands. Mitch McConnell retires, Peter King changes his affiliation to D, Chris Christie has to actually bother to win the primary before he is crowned, the Chamber of Commerce apologizes and makes a big fat donation to each and every Tea Party candidate, and Boehner announces the GOP cannot in good conscience, with the UE as high as it is, pursue amnesty in any form. Oh and I never want to see Karl Rove’s stupid fat face again.

Then there will be peace and we can kick the Dems butts. If not, oh well, what do I care I these life long, amnesty loving, cronie capitalist, power whores get a job or not. They certainly don’t give a fig about the rest of us having one.

Don’t you just hate when the peasants revolt?

magicbeans on January 8, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Sabato must not be speaking with the same type of Republican’s I speak with every day. No one that I know is going to support GOP establishment candidates. Not.One.

Mr. Arrogant on January 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Electing Grahams, McCains, Kirks, Snowes, and Collins’ is helpful to us? It’s too pure to ask that leadership at least act like an opposition party and not push Amnesty on us? Sorry. Done playing the GOP game of vote R and hope that it will be enough. I’m tired of fake conservatives like Paul Ryan that are conservative only around election time. The fact is, it isn’t enough. A GOP majority will never move on entitlement reform. It’ll never shrink government. It will pass Amnesty. It will continue to roll over on Obama judicial appointees. I doubt it would even move on Obamacare if we elected a Republican president in 2016. In the end, the GOP wants what the democrats want…Dependency, Debt, and Control.

devil dog on January 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The GOP will not win in 2014 because RINOs and their sniveling,gonadless,conservative enablers have pissed off real conservatives just once too often.So we will vote with our butts and stay home so we can watch the GOP tossed into the dustbin of obsolete political parties where they belong.Then we can establish a Conservative Party that will bring the fight to the socialist pigs and destroy them too!So keep on attacking us purists and weep,wail and gnash your teeth in November.LMAO!

redware on January 8, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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.

Thanks Ed!

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

redware

The GOP will not win in 2014 because RINOs and their sniveling,gonadless,conservative enablers have pissed off real conservatives just once too often.

Primate threat display.

So we will vote with our butts and stay home so we can watch the GOP tossed into the dustbin of obsolete political parties where they belong.

Thereby assuring that you get no say in the process. Deservedly so, because not getting off your butts is lazy and that is inherently un-conservative.

Then we can establish a Conservative Party

Because 3rd parties do so well and things always get established by sitting on your ass.

that will bring the fight to the socialist pigs and destroy them too!So keep on attacking us purists and weep,wail and gnash your teeth in November.LMAO!

Don’t fall out of your treehouse.

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 12:12 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.
donabernathy

When did doing nothing in the face of an existential threat to the country become something to brag about? Don’t you have any patriotism or even pride in yourself?

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

When did doing nothing in the face of an existential threat to the country become something to brag about? Don’t you have any patriotism or even pride in yourself?

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Idiotic.

What is the existential threat? Obamacare? Both McConnell and Boehener have stated they don’t intend to repeal it – only “fix” it. so, voting for the GOP does nothing there.

spending? The GOP votes to increase spending. So, voting for the GOP does nothing there.

reducing the size/scope of gov’t? the GOP has never done anything to do either – so voting GOP does nothing there.

Don’t you people have any argument other than “but the Demmmmmssss will win”? Seriously. Do you even listen to yourselves.

I did not know that I was required to vote GOP to be patriotic or have pride. interesting philosophy. it explains why you vote GOP no matter what and therefore empower the GOP to continue down the leftist path it has decided upon. But you are such a huge patriot. Wow. Paul Revere must envy your patriotism. the way you vote GOP no matter what the GOP does. It’s like you are a reborn Nathan Hale – valiantly entering the polling booth and pulling the lever for the GOP!

It is, in fact, people like you who insist on voting for the GOP despite its actions who empower the GOP to continue to carry the left’s water.

Because doing the same thing over and over is exactly the kind of thing that makes sense when you are not getting the results you want.

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Thereby assuring that you get no say in the process. Deservedly so, because not getting off your butts is lazy and that is inherently un-conservative.

Talk about someone who can’t understand anything.

so, I am patriotic and have a say if I vote for the DNC candidate? Am I conservative then? Because I got off my but and voted.

Why am I a conservative for voting for one spending increasing, gov’t increasing, amnesty wanting party but not a conservative for voting for the other spending increasing, gov’t increasing, amensty wanting party?

Because there is a different letter attached to the name? that is what establishes “conservative” in your miniscule mind?

Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Re. Monkeytoe on January 8, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Idiotic.

What is idiotic, idiot, is the idea that you gain influence over the country by losing elections. The idea that you have a right to complain if you just sit at home and whine like an infant that everything hasn’t been done for you by someone else is idiotic. The idea that you are going to get 100% satisfaction out of ANY politician or any human is infantile to the point of idiocy. The idea that your obligation to the cou8untry ends with voting is lazy and idiotic and the idea that it is better to have someone in office that you need to oppose 100% of the time rather than 20% of the time is idiotic. I have watched IDIOTS like you rationalize sitting on your ass in the face of the worst thing that has happened to this country since the Vietnam war (the Obama presidency) so you can mentally masturbate about how uncompromising you are; Well congratulations, idiots, you have been the socialists best friends imaginable while they have sodomized the country.

What is the existential threat? Obamacare?

Awesome how you don’t even know yet you call others idiotic. Obamacare, the debt, the degrading of the currency, the deliberate losing of wars, the deliberate negation of our international influence, the politicization of the IRS, the EPA, the department of education to ensure that “progressive” policies are pursued and inculcated into government in-perpetuity,. I could literally fill pages with what is wrong with this government and why it has resulted in the eventual end of our status as the penultimate country on earth unless it is reversed right quick, if you can’t see anything wrong beyond Obamacare you have no business calling yourself a conservative.

Both McConnell and Boehener have stated they don’t intend to repeal it – only “fix” it. so, voting for the GOP does nothing there.

How can you repeal something when the democrats have the majority in the Senate and the presidential veto? I know this is a high concept to the RINO hunters, but the remaining republicans don’t have a magic wand. Amazing how the “rock ribbed conservatives” here all need 5th grade civics classes because they don’t understand the checks and balances system that they have handed to the democrats. And yes, you can gut a bill without totally repealing it.

spending? The GOP votes to increase spending. So, voting for the GOP does nothing there.
reducing the size/scope of gov’t? the GOP has never done anything to do either – so voting GOP does nothing there.

The GOP voted to increase spending in the context of a 2 front war. Regardless, your solution to that is to elect socialists and communists rather than elect the best people you can get and then hold their feet to the fire. Stupid.

I did not know that I was required to vote GOP to be patriotic or have pride.

You do no harm to the country first, not enable the worst or justify sitting at home in the face of it. If you had pride or patriotism you would know that intuitively.

it explains why you vote GOP no matter what and therefore empower the GOP to continue down the leftist path it has decided upon.

Pity I didn’t insist on candidates like Christine O’Donnell because THEY reflect my values or something. You elect the best you can get and then work to hold them accountable, not just pull the lever and walk away. Remember? Pride and patriotism? Right? Still not getting it?

Because doing the same thing over and over is exactly the kind of thing that makes sense when you are not getting the results you want.

So Obama was the result you want? Defeat snatched out of the jaws of victory in Iraq and Afghanistan was what you wanted? Doubling the debt, etc… Probably, only a moby couldn’t be so idiotic.

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Monkeytoe

Talk about someone who can’t understand anything.

so, I am patriotic and have a say if I vote for the DNC candidate? Am I conservative then? Because I got off my but and voted.

You can’t even spell “butt”. Yes, an honest democrat who votes for the outcome he wants is more patriotic than a conservative who stays at home because he didn’t get everything he wants. Smarter as well because in the end, both are voting for the same thing.

Why am I a conservative for voting for one spending increasing, gov’t increasing, amnesty wanting party but not a conservative for voting for the other spending increasing, gov’t increasing, amensty wanting party?

You wouldn’t be, none of that is in the GOP plank. You vote for the best that you can get and then WORK (remember that concept, “work” the core of conservatism?) to keep who you vote for in line. It’s harder than whining here, so you probably won’t be bothered. Better to sot on the couch because of “patriotism”. Rationalize much?

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 1:33 PM

*sit on the couch…

V7_Sport on January 8, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Maybe this is the kind of Republican Ed supports:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/gop-senator-ousted-by-tea-party-challenger-donates-to-democratic-senate-hopeful-in-georgia/article/2541728

bluegill on January 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Oh yeah….the life-long legislator who served as a US Senator from Indiana, and never lived there after he was first elected. In fact, he sold his Indiana home, but still used that address for his residency requirement for taxes, voting registration, and taxpayer-funded benefits when he went home back to Indiana during breaks, and ended up owing nearly $100,000 in restitution.

But don’t worry…the least wealthy Senator is doing ok. He’s got like 4 jobs that pay him ~$250,000 a year….each.

“Don’t cry for me, Indiana”

BobMbx on January 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

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