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Republican Cluelessness Makes 2016 Look Good

A large number of Republicans seem to be determined to double down on the same bad ideas that cost them election.

You would think after trotting out a sorry presidential candidate in the general election and getting soundly beaten in both the popular vote  and the Electoral College, the Republican party would have learned its lesson and started doing some serious introspection.

And it seems there is a small, but determined wing that is serious about looking at the GOP's flaws. In the Daily Beast Meghan McCain, one of the few moderate Republicans, said, "Times are changing. The face of America is changing and we as Republicans stand at a crossroads. Are we going to accept the changing face of America and change with it? Or are we going to continue to become more isolated and irrelevant? It’s possible to maintain the core values of this party and evolve when it comes to social issues. Quite frankly, I don’t see any other path to success."

However, there are a large number of Republicans who are determined to double down on the same bad ideas that cost them election. The GOP lost because the party is mainly focused on catering to white Americans, the fastest shrinking demographic in the country. But instead of reaching out to Latinos and other ethnic minorities that made up President Obama's broad-based coalition, what do they do? More of the same.

Here are some examples:

  • Mitt Romney blamed his loss on the fact that Obama had bribed his constituency with free stuff. I guess George W. Bush's tax cuts and the Medicare drug benefit were paid for?
  • Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan continued digging by saying that Obama won, because of the large turnout in "urban" areas. Urban has been used as a substitute word for black and Latino.
  • In Maine, Charlie Webster, state chairman of the GOP, stuck his foot in his mouth, when he said that the GOP lost because mysterious gangs of black people turned up at the polls. Maine, by the way, is less than 2 percent black.
  • And Rush Limbaugh, who is one of the highest profile mouthpiece's in the GOP,  recently went on a rant where he lumped illegal immigrants in with all Hispanics.  This should not be surprising, Rush has been doing his race-baiting shtick for 20 years, at this stage it's all he knows.

Apparently, the GOP hasn't learned that calling minority voters dupes and cheats is not the best way to attract them. Four years is a long time, but at this rate I can see the GOP losing the mid-terms and the next presidential election.  

You would think that in the face of glaring losses and rapidly changing demographics, the GOP would be forced to change, but it still isn't. I suspect the reason is because of the right-wing media.

As I said before, the right-wing media is a hindrance to the Republican party, because it tells Conservatives what they want to hear, and not what they need to know. David Frum, a former George W. Bush speech writer, says Republicans have been lied to and exploited by a "conservative entertainment complex." The right-wing media, and FOX in particular, is like a general with a lousy intelligence unit. If your spies are lying to you, don't surprised if your troops march into a massacre.

Judging by the reactions to Obama's win, many people in the GOP still don't get it. In their minds, Obama won because he cheated, even though there were at least two incidences of Republicans being arrested for voter fraud; Obama suppressed the vote, even though there were long lines in black neighborhoods, and machines were seen to change votes to Romney; and blacks and Latinos only voted for Obama, because they were not smart enough to vote Romney.

So let me get this straight, the Republicans are still clueless to reality and even though Obama got the lion share of blacks, Latinos, Asians and women, they still have no idea of how to reach out to them. Alrighty then, 2016 is looking better every day. 

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Diego Rose December 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Clavell, your article & your responses tell me that you are the biggest problem facing the nation!! YES, YOU! You continue to put up the walls of divide with the construct of a two party system. What will it take for you to realize that it's not the Left vs. the Right, it's the State vs. You! Your party, which ever it is, is being controlled & manipulated by lobbyist from big business & all decisions are manipulated directly by the global elite, the bankers. Ever heard of the Bilderberg group? It's not some outlandish conspiracy theory. It's as factual as the divide you see in Washington. You are being distracted with party politics while the banks manage to enslave the globe through austerity. If you think for one second that we are not going to continue to pay more in taxation despite which party is in office, you have bumped your head. Look at the FEDERAL RESERVE. A private bank that introduces money into our economy out of thin air. All money introduced is done so with interest attached to it. We have to pay that. Our largest debt holder is not China! It is the FEDERAL RESERVE. You need to try and remember what liberty is! Start educating yourself on where it's going! Follow the liberty!! I will take you to school over any political subject! I'll bet you haven't been exposed to NDAA, S510, The Patriot Act, The New American Policy, Agenda 21, The Bilderberg Group, ect. You have a selection at the grocery store, even wonder why not in a presidential election? You should!
Diego Rose December 05, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Ron Paul deserved the white house more than any other elected official! To bad the global elite didn't want the same. The other puppets are much easier to manipulate
Gregory Brittain December 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #17 Brown’s and the Dems’ tax increase is retroactive to January 1, 2012. Passage of Proposition 30 set off euphoria and expectations of higher spending for public employees. The California Teachers’ Association (CTA) trumpeted: ‘California students and working families won a clear victory today as voters clearly demonstrated their willingness to invest in our public schools and colleges and also rejected a deceptive ballot measure aimed at silencing educators, other workers and their unions.’” But, don’t spend the money quite yet. “California State Controller John Chiang has announced that total state revenue for the month of November 2012 fell $806.8 million, or 10.8%, below budget.” “Democrats thought they could hammer ‘the rich’ by convincing voters to pass Proposition 30 to create the highest state income tax in the nation. But it now appears that high income earners have already ‘voted with their feet’ by moving themselves and their businesses out of state, resulting in over $1 billion shortfall in corporate and income taxes last month and the beginning of a new financial crisis.” http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/07/CALIFORNIA-STATE-BUDGET-GOES-OFF-THE-CLIFF Let’s all watch and learn from the effects of CA having by far the highest state income tax rates in America.
Gregory Brittain December 11, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Don’t say we didn’t warn you, #18 More great moments in socialized medicine “U.K. Politician Gives Gut-Wrenching Account of Husband’s Final Treatment by NHS: ‘Normalization of Cruelty’” http://www.theblaze.com/stories/u-k-politician-gives-gut-wrenching-account-of-husbands-final-treatment-by-nhs-normalization-of-cruelty/ But as they explain, socialized medicine is free at point of service. Coming soon to a country near you.
Watts December 11, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Where do you copy and paste your posts from and why do they rarely have anything at all to do with the articles?

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