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Offline happyg

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Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« on: February 04, 2014, 01:21:06 PM »
By Stephen Kruiser
Fearing baldness, I long ago stopped scratching my head at the public moves of the Republican hierarchy. With Obamacare crumbling like a celebrity marriage all around them, the Democrats are so desperate that they're focusing on raising the minimum wage-a "feel good" bunch of nonsense that benefits an age demographic that isn't even old enough to vote for them. But they need people to talk about anything but Obamacare.

Savvy combatants don't fall for deflections, they look around to see what it is the other side doesn't want them to see. This year, the Republicans don't even have to look around. But, like ten year old boys with ADHD, that is all they seem to want to do.

At the end of last year, I wrote that a narrow focus on Obamacare and school choice would serve the GOP well going into this year's elections. Imagine my mild surprise when party quickly got around to talking about the latter.

Proving that there is almost no reason for optimism when it comes to GOP strategy lately, the House has decided to wrap up National School Choice Week by putting the focus on...a thoroughly awful farm bill and the immigration reform windmill at which it loves to tilt.

Bravo, party betters. You managed not only to get off-topic, but did so with muddy message issues that aren't election winners.

Let us for the moment go all WIlly Wonka and enter a world of pure imagination. Suppose that the farm bill and immigration reform weren't fraught with problems. If you need to belt down a couple of stiff drinks to get there, I'll wait.

Even then, there isn't a good case to be made to take the focus off of Obamacare. And school choice is the one issue where conservatives can woo minority voters through principles and action rather than political pandering.

If I were a full-blown conspiracy type, I would posit that it seems as if the GOP leaders are deliberately focusing on things that draw bolder battle lines between them and Tea Party conservatives, than them and the Democrats. I am, however, not ready to go there.

Yet.

There are few people outside of the RNC, NRCC and NRSC who wouldn't agree that the Republican party has had a messaging problem for quite some time. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that it hasn't had many prominent elected officials who can articulate the case for, well, anything. Thankfully, that is changing.

The second, and more problematic, is that it chooses positions that are esoteric and/or numbers laden, which aren't easy to explain to the electorate.

The current state of Obamacare and school choice both practically explain themselves. They provide a clear path to victory in November but the party hierarchy keeps wandering off to do other things because...just because.

The current diversion is especially maddening, given the fact that the upper echelon of the GOP was just whining that the government shutdown prevented them from focusing on how awful the Obamacare rollout was.

The good news: the Obamacare rollout is still awful. Feel free to fire up that focus any time, guys.

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/stephenkruiser/will-the-gops-short-attention-span-ruin-the-2014-m

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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 01:54:34 PM »
If I were a full-blown conspiracy type, I would posit that it seems as if the GOP leaders are deliberately focusing on things that draw bolder battle lines between them and Tea Party conservatives, than them and the Democrats. I am, however, not ready to go there.

When you're ready to accept reality, feel free to write another article Stephen.

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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 02:07:48 PM »
I'm frustrated at the division in the republican party, plus the attention on amnesty instead of Obamacare. 
 
Some of my friends are so ashamed of the republicans that they have removed their affiliation with the republican party and registered as independent. 
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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 02:16:03 PM »
I'm frustrated at the division in the republican party, plus the attention on amnesty instead of Obamacare. 
 
Some of my friends are so ashamed of the republicans that they have removed their affiliation with the republican party and registered as independent.

It's been posted here before, but what seems to be going on with the GOP is shocking, discouraging, and dangerous.

It appears that the GOP is bowing to big money, at a sacrifice of all else. Why do such a thing? Immediate monetary gain coupled with the promise of plum jobs either on the periphery of the political class or in private business.

Additionally, it seems that the GOP would rather not be in a position where they are held accountable. They know the media is beyond biased, and to hold the reigns of power would result in bigger losses than gains.

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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 02:24:21 PM »
It's been posted here before, but what seems to be going on with the GOP is shocking, discouraging, and dangerous.

It appears that the GOP is bowing to big money, at a sacrifice of all else. Why do such a thing? Immediate monetary gain coupled with the promise of plum jobs either on the periphery of the political class or in private business.

Additionally, it seems that the GOP would rather not be in a position where they are held accountable. They know the media is beyond biased, and to hold the reigns of power would result in bigger losses than gains.

I know you're right, but if we could get rid of some of the "lifetime republicans" then maybe they would get the picture.
If all the conservative Americans would vote, all of them, we could send a message loud and clear.  I'm really shocked at the number of people that don't even bother to vote.
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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 03:08:30 PM »
I know you're right, but if we could get rid of some of the "lifetime republicans" then maybe they would get the picture.
If all the conservative Americans would vote, all of them, we could send a message loud and clear.  I'm really shocked at the number of people that don't even bother to vote.

The primaries are most important.
In the general elections, the GOP has damaged it's brand to the point where it will be more difficult than it should be for Republicans to win in contested districts.

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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 07:34:54 PM »
The primaries are most important.
In the general elections, the GOP has damaged it's brand to the point where it will be more difficult than it should be for Republicans to win in contested districts.

Not anymore and Lisa Murkowski proved that, primaries that is.
Point 2, the GOP is playing a game of chicken with the principled types.  They figure GOP voters will fall in line, hold their nose and vote.  Until the voters say, "Screw that!" and vote with their principles and let the chips fall where they may.  Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose or something like that.
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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2014, 08:57:18 PM »
I'm frustrated at the division in the republican party, plus the attention on amnesty instead of Obamacare. 
 
Some of my friends are so ashamed of the republicans that they have removed their affiliation with the republican party and registered as independent. 

You can count me amongst one of your friends then, because that's precisely what I did this summer.

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Re: Will The GOP's Short Attention Span Ruin The 2014 Midterms?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2014, 09:08:53 PM »
Victor Davis Hanson was on Real News last hour. He said the Democrats and the GOPe are like two bald men fighting for the same comb.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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