A good plan would be to watch who hires these whistle blowers and that would give the people a good idea of who and who will benefit from the circus that is the congressional hearings…
There is nothing to this but spin….spin from one party to the other……emails have become more important than the lives lost…..this is a self feeding monster that will continue until someone demands these do nothing twats start handling business of the country……these hearings are feeding the egos of little people that think they are GODS!
Does the GOP really want to win the presidency? Will the GOP ‘bring in the clowns’ as they did in 2012? Will we have real issues to decide on in the election? Questions may seem a bit off-beat but take a look at what has happened since the last election.
Days after Mitt’s loss to Obama were heard how the GOP just had to change their ways if they were to ever take back the White House….we have had an autopsy on the party and a whole new way of thinking (a bit of a stretch but they want us to believe it)…….
(Newser) – Republicans were pretty harsh on themselves in their much-discussed autopsy of the 2012 campaign, but did they actually get to the root of their electoral woes or propose decent solutions? “Unfortunately, the answer on both counts is, not really,” the National Review laments. The report concludes that Republicans are out of touch with young people, preach to the choir, and need to reach out to minorities. “There is truth in each of these, which is how they got to be platitudes.”
- The report’s take on outreach is “heavy on committee formation … and tokenism,” the Review complains; its top suggestion, for example, being that minorities take charge of minority outreach. “In reality, selling the Republican party’s appeal is more about the appeal than about the selling. … The heavy lifting is going to require imagination and an appetite for risk.”
- Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast agrees. “Back in the 1980s, the voters kept the Democrats out of power until they were persuaded that the party really had changed,” he notes, and Democrats responded by “jettisoning some longtime shibboleths.” Republicans need to do the same. Their problems with minorities run deep, and many voters believe their chief economic goal is to protect the rich.
- At the Washington Post, Dana Milbank notes that Reince Priebus’ speech skipped right over the report’s recommendations on gay rights and immigration. Priebus “took pains to avoid offending the conservative orthodoxy that is antagonizing segments of the electorate that Republicans need if they are to win.” At one point he said, to use Milbank’s paraphrase, that “All are welcome in the Republican Party—as long as they’re conservative.”
- Erick Erickson at RedState complains that the report’s recommendations to swap primaries in for caucuses and limit debates will benefit monied candidates like Mitt Romney. But the real problem with the report, he argues, is that it fails to realize that “sometimes there is nothing that can be done. Bad election years are bad election years.”
I agree that the GOP has changed nothing. They continue to grasp onto outdated views on today’s complex issues. But could it all be just a rouse?
The GOP does not need to win the national election. Surprise! They are getting everything they want by controlling state governments. Approximately 24 states are controlled by the GOP and 2016 could help that average. They could get just about everything they want by circumventing the Federal government and control society thought the use of states rights. Look at abortion for instance…..it is a legal right as a federal issue but states have found ways of seeing that that right is never used……I look for the same sex marriage thing to be the same…..SCOTUS will most likely vote that it is a states rights issue and kick it back down.
The GOP will continue to play the game with the hope that something or someone will fire up the electorate……but while they are doing that they will be working hard in the states for that is where they will get just about everything they want….
A lot of talk about what the GOP needs to do to start winning elections again……check out the new direction and tell me what you see…….to me the big tent is still shrinking!
CPAC is in full swing……I have listened to as many speeches as I could stomach…….and then yesterday that MORON Gohmert made a comment that I took exception to about the Vietnam War (see yesterday’s rant……”I Have Had Enough Of These Morons)…..but the one that made me chuckle (sorry to my conserv friends) was a statement by the head of CPAC……….
(Newser) – Chris Christie isn’t CPAC material, American Conservative Union Chairman Al Cardenas said today, explaining why the New Jersey governor hadn’t gotten a spot in the annual conference that begins today. “I’m a firm believer that if the Republican Party’s going to have success, it’s going to do so by being a conservative party and not a home for ah, for everybody,” Cardenas told reporters, according to NBC News. “You grow your tent by convincing others, and persuading others, that yours is the way … not with a watered down version of who we ought to be.” (Does this sound like the big tent they keep talking about for the next election?)
Addressing Christie specifically, Cardenas said that, “We felt like, ah, like he didn’t deserve to be on the all-star selection, ah, and, for decisions that he made.” (Hint, he probably means incidents like this.) “So hopefully next year he’s back on the right track and being a conservative. (Sounds like a purity test to me and they have said they have NO purity test)
Personally, I want to see the conservs have a good party and a good substantial platform….but if this dude’s thinking is the future of the party…..then you guys are so screwed! You lost the last election and you have yet to change much on your policy stances……and you somehow think it will be better next time around?
At what point to the conservs starting trying to build that big tent? At what point do they realize that the last election was decided by their lack of substantial policies?
On this path they will have more to whine about after the 2016 election…….please pull your asses out of your collective butts…..fresh air smells good……
2013 CPAC begins today and I will watch the doings to see who will be building their props for a national run……..
Marco Rubio is everywhere! Fox News, SOTU response, letter against Hagel, everywhere….a lead man on immigration ………….it is as if they are trying to set him up for a presidential run in 2016……remember Jindal, his first appearance was a disaster…….Mr. Vaginal Probe of Virginia was a disaster……..hopefully the GOP is using their heads in this not so subtle attempt to make Rubio a candidate…….
But is he for real?
Hydration issues notwithstanding, Marco Rubio is in a strong position in terms of the 2016 presidential race, writes Nate Silver in the New York Times. Rubio is “reliably conservative,” which would help him in the primaries, and his favorability ratings are solid, which would help him in the general election. (Silver knows it’s early to be worried about primary season, but he notes that the “invisible primary,” in which candidates woo party insiders, is already under way.) Rubio’s challenge will be to maintain his popularity as voters learn more about him and realize his positions are pretty much the same as those of his Republican rivals. (His support of immigration reform is an exception to the rule.) Great political talents, such as Reagan and Obama, have “the ability to sell ideas to voters across a wide range of the political spectrum,” writes Silver. It’s too soon to know whether Rubio is in their league, but his White House prospects hinge on the answer. Click for Silver’s full column.
We will see who buys this ad campaign. Thoughts?
I do not normally agree with much that Erickson has to say, but he is a thoughtful conserv…..not one of the typical pea brains…..this is a good piece……
I seldom agree with Erickson from Red State…..but I guess that we are on the same page with this one…..
He was the head of the Joint Chiefs during the 1st Iraq excursion and secretary of State under GW…….who was pretty much hung out to dry during the last Iraq excursion by the very people that he trusted……if anyone should be pissed about partisan BS it is he….and yet he has remained a Republican to this day……a man of principle? IMHO, yes and something that is sadly missing in American politics……..
I do not agree with much Powell has to say but I respect the man for his stand……..and I am not alone……
Colin Powell’s criticism of the GOP Sunday did not go over well with many members of his party—but Joe Scarborough thinks moderate, electable Powell is exactly what Republicans need. As the late William F. Buckley put it, conservatives need to take reality into account. Or as Scarborough puts it on Politico, “History casts an unforgiving eye on political parties that don’t adapt to changing times.” So the GOP is doomed if it can’t “keep pace with the rapid change in demographic realities.” That means voting for someone electable, if moderate, rather than continuing to champion far-right candidates (or, as Scarborough puts it, “idiots”) who will never win a general election. Powell is that electable-but-moderate choice. Sure, Scarborough used to scoff at him back in the ’90s, but he now understands that Republicans are actually lucky Powell still considers himself one of them. “This war hero with historic accomplishments … should still be one of the leading voices of my Republican Party, especially since it faces demographic trends that could spell its doom,” writes the MSNBC host and former congressman. If the GOP actually starts listening to and using Powell, it could also start winning elections again. If not, the party may not survive. Click for Scarborough’s full column.
I believe that Joe is right about Powell and the GOP……….the party needs more people like Powell and then maybe they would have a better showing in national elections………I want a person with balls in office….a person with the determination of their convictions…….not a whack-a-doodle that will say anything to get elected……before some right wing troll lambasts me….I am speaking of both parties not singling out the GOp as a party without principles…..dems are just as guilty……….