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Three big questions Republicans should be asking

In the wake of Mitt Romney’s narrow popular vote loss in the presidential election yesterday, Republicans need to do some soul-searching if f they want to regain the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016.  And right away, there are three big questions they need to ask:

  1. Why did Mitt Romney fail to get as many votes as did John McCain in 2008?
  2. How can the party better reach out to Hispanic and Asian Americans and other minorities?
  3. How does the GOP recruit, as per my last post, the type of “genuine” conservative candidate “with political skills, policy smarts and impressive resumes in order to get elected”?

Two men elected to the U.S. Senate in the last two cycles, Florida’s Marco Rubio and Texas’s Ted Cruz could help Republicans explore both the second and the third questions.

Interesting that some of the leading lights of the GOP, these two men, along with Susana Martinez, the Governor of New Mexico, are Hispanic.

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  1. Recessions do eventually just run out of gas.

    So: Use the recession as an excuse to impose socialist/fascist policies, then wait year after year after year, as those terrible policies prevent recovery and make the recession drag on. Because eventually, good and productive people will just have to start working to improve their lives again.

    It worked for the Democrats in the Great Depression. Well, not really. The economy recovered after 1945, when SUPPLY-SIDE TAX CUTS were imposed, and much of the New Deal / WW2 central planning of the economy was dismantled. It only “worked”, in left-wing mythology.

    If you seriously think that America isn’t headed for a crisis bigger than 2008, you could not be more deeply enmeshed in the Matrix. (World of lies, constructed to keep you enslaved.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 8, 2012 @ 3:08 pm - November 8, 2012

  2. Levi, Thanks and I for one do appreciate that you engage us. I’m also glad that you can recognize different styles of debate, indicating good faith from both you and from those who are willing to converse with you in a civilized manner. Seriously, thank you.

    Comment by Ignatius — November 8, 2012 @ 2:53 pm – November 8, 2012

    Uh huh.

    If you’re an idiot, and you’re trying to help some other idiot get into a position of power to drag down civilization with your collective idiocy, the smarter among your countrymen are going to have some harsh words for you. I’m smarter than most conservatives, this is beyond any doubt. I’m also a better person – you guys have given up any claim to that argument with your morally decrepit positions on torture and wars. If that sounds condescending, it’s because it is. And you should probably spend more of your time teaching yourself things and thinking, rather than complain about the mean people that make fun off you for not being very smart.

    People like you need people like me to drag you kicking and screaming into the future. The entire scope of human history has been a march of liberalism, and this jingoistic, laissez-faire, God-fearing path you fools are prescribing is only knocking us off the right track.

    Comment by Levi — February 8, 2010 @ 11:22 pm – February 8, 2010

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 8, 2012 @ 3:44 pm - November 8, 2012

  3. Recessions do eventually just run out of gas.

    Levi you do realize the recession has been officially over for 3 years. This is the recovery, which from where I sit doesn’t feel like a recovery at all.

    I think we are just as likely to go into another recession as to have a thriving recovery.

    Also, everyone who thinks things are all rosy still doesn’t grasp what the reality of Obamacare is going to be.

    Two things are certain:

    1. Everyone’s insurance is going to increase no matter what the democrats told you when you they passed this bill. My insurance has gone up every year and it jumped up a large amount to comply with aspects of Obamacare. My daughter’s insurance through her college was 1,100 her first year. This year it went up to 2,800. They kindly told us it was due to compliance with Obamacare rules.

    2. People who are now working full time are going to have their hours cut to part time. Our nation is soon to become a nation of low skilled workers working 2 or 3 part time jobs, because employers can avoid Obamacare mandates and penalties by moving people to part time work.

    Comment by Just Me — November 8, 2012 @ 3:47 pm - November 8, 2012

  4. Just Me, my place of business and places like it, have already cut to part time for that reason.

    Comment by Annie — November 8, 2012 @ 6:34 pm - November 8, 2012

  5. blam[ing] the media… It’s intellectually lazy

    Wow, that must be Iggy-speak for “true”.

    Notice how the economic news has suddenly turned negative – now that Obama can no longer be hurt by it? I do. Because I saw it coming. As a regular Zero Hedge reader, I was well aware of some negative developments out there, that the media were abnormally quiet on, the last couple months of the campaign. And never mind the Benghazi media malpractice.

    I’ll concede your point that some may reach for the “media bias” explanation too quickly.

    Still, it’s real. The most powerful form of it is, what the media does *not* say; the selection of stories. Stories sometimes bubble up beyond the media’s control, but more often the media gets to pick and choose what will be a story. With shocking frequency, the media is silent about important stories that could hurt Democrats. Thus, our voters, who are mostly “low information” to begin with, vote without having all the information. In commercial contexts, that would result in prosecution for fraud.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 8, 2012 @ 7:02 pm - November 8, 2012

  6. Back to your old self, I see. If you read my comment carefully, you’ll notice that I agree that the media is biased overall but what I object to is constantly mentioning it (as if one expects a different result and/or as if no one else notices it) day in/day out. It’s intellectually lazy because at some point, it substitutes (for many) the much-needed introspection required for a well-founded position in the marketplace of competing ideas. Complaining about ‘the media’ is posing as thinking. Analyzing a particular comment from a media source or figure re. a specific issue is usually more interesting because it reveals a particular aspect or mindset; simply using ‘the media’ as an amorphous, undefined scapegoat doesn’t help to better understand ourselves and the society we live in. So, is the media biased? Is the question even necessary, particularly among conservatives/libertarians/non-brain-dead?

    Comment by Ignatius — November 8, 2012 @ 8:22 pm - November 8, 2012

  7. heliotrope
    I agree. Obama is a failure at all you listed. This is why I want an electable GOP party to through the dems out of office.

    “Yes, kept that way in failing schools run by democrat owned unions and Obamaphones and food stamps and free healthcare, etc. etc.”

    This is NOT the lessons of the election the GOP should take. GOP needs to find ways to make these programs more effective and challenge the Dems in their home court.

    Comment by mike — November 8, 2012 @ 9:37 pm - November 8, 2012

  8. It’s quite simple. Most people vote on emotion. The biggest problem was having almost no, if any, black or Hispanic people behind him when he gave speeches. He did not stress enough what he can do for the individual. “When I am president, you’ll have more money in YOUR pocket. YOU will be free from regulations to pursue YOUR dreams. It’s none of my business who you marry, what religion you are, or what you want out of life and I’ll make sure to get as much as I can out of your way. The Democrats have told you time and time again that I want to take away this that or the other thing, but what I want is to stay out of your way. etc.”
    Honestly, the majority has spoken and they don’t care about The Constitution, or the law, or foreign policy, principles, or the USA, but they care about what they can get. Promising them free stuff would be violating Republican principles, but promising them to get out of their way so they can pursue their property, promising them to stay out of their business, and not discussing the petty issues like PBS funding out of the picture (unless it’s to address a lie made by the other candidate). The democrats bribe them with other people’s money. Republicans can bribe them with opportunity and liberty. Oh yeah, and the social conservatives need to KEEP THEIR PERSONAL RELIGION OUT OF POLITICS. The perception that the social conservatives will commit social engineering and dictate behavior was a major factor.

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — November 8, 2012 @ 10:57 pm - November 8, 2012

  9. John McCain and Mitt Romney both ran moderate campaigns that eschewed social issues.

    How did that work out for them?

    Comment by V the K — November 8, 2012 @ 11:15 pm - November 8, 2012

  10. I agree. Obama is a failure at all you listed. This is why I want an electable GOP party to through the dems out of office.

    But instead, you voted for all Obama, all the time, straight ticket, give all the power to the Obama Party.

    We’re laughing. Not at what you’re saying, but at what a miserable failure you are as a concern troll.

    This is NOT the lessons of the election the GOP should take. GOP needs to find ways to make these programs more effective and challenge the Dems in their home court.

    Comment by mike — November 8, 2012 @ 9:37 pm – November 8, 2012

    Why would anyone want that?

    These programs exist under one basic premise: those who work do not deserve their own money, and instead should be forced under threat of punishment and/or imprisonment to give it to those who do not.

    That premise is flawed. Those who work deserve to earn and keep their own money. Those who do not are entitled to nothing other than common kindness and charity, neither of which are enforced at gunpoint.

    You are telling Republicans that the way to get elected is to become more fiscally irresponsible and failed like the Obama Party for which you voted and which you fully endorse and support has done.

    No. You will take your medicine. Obama purchased you. Obama and the Obama Party bought you and over half of the country with promises of free stuff at other peoples’ expense.

    You are a looter and a moocher, mike. You aren’t man enough to earn your own money, and you aren’t man enough to outright engage in robbery. Instead you try to twist and pervert government to do what you don’t have the courage to do.

    Liberalism is sick and perverse. A majority of the country now believes that they are entitled to live off other peoples’ earnings and that they are not in any way required to work. This is the disease that liberalism has created, and Obama is the virus.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — November 9, 2012 @ 3:12 am - November 9, 2012

  11. Concern trolls always play this game. “Oh, if only the GOP would nominate a nice moderate like John McCain or George H W Bush. Then, I could vote for him.” Then, when he actually runs, they decide he’s evil and stupid like all the other Republicans and they vote for the Democrat.

    Happens every time. This is why concern trolls should be ignored.

    Comment by V the K — November 9, 2012 @ 5:37 am - November 9, 2012

  12. Concern trolls always play this game. “Oh, if only the GOP would nominate a nice moderate like John McCain or George H W Bush. Then, I could vote for him.” Then, when he actually runs, they decide he’s evil and stupid like all the other Republicans and they vote for the Democrat.

    This is so true.

    I think from here on out, anyone who is a registered democrat or a left leaning independent tells me they might vote for X republican-I intend to stick an X by their name as the guy who won’t get elected.

    Also, the left always demonizes the GOP’s candidate, and the media always provides helpful assists. Obama’s surrogates accused Romney of killing a man’s wife.

    Comment by Just Me — November 9, 2012 @ 7:20 am - November 9, 2012

  13. Back to your old self, I see.

    Never left it. You make a poor point, I say what I think.

    But by all means, play with Levi if you would rather. It’s a free country. LOL 🙂

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — November 9, 2012 @ 11:37 pm - November 9, 2012

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