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  1. I’m done with Jennifer Rubin – her attacks on whomever is the strong man against Romney have gone to far. What is it with these women (her, Noonan) who start out sensible and end up being tools of the left?

    Comment by Leah — November 10, 2011 @ 11:41 am - November 10, 2011

  2. make sure they can sell to the center-right coalition.

    This is country-club Republican conventional wisdom.

    maybe we need a leader who can make the case for bold reforms without sounding extreme?

    More country-club Republican conventional wisdom.

    Don’t rile them up, talk about reaching across the aisle, play nice and be the gentleman. Don’t be “extreme.” More country-club Republican conventional wisdom.

    Let’s face facts. We are up against a crude, crass, conniving, cheating, corrupt, coarse, contaminated, conspiring, characterless crowd of unethical, unworthy, unprincipled, uncouth, uncooperative, unreliable, underhanded demagogues who will stop at nothing to hold and keep power.

    When you run against Democrats, you run against slurs of racism, homophobia, starving grandma, feeding poverty and ignorance, driving women into the shadows while pursuing all manner of villainy. Republicans are painted as malicious people who act on malicious intent. Furthermore, Republicans are too dumb and side-tracked to care about global warming, the idiocy of religion and the ability to be compassionate.

    The country-club Republican conventional wisdom is that we choose a candidate who can navigate a course of not picking fights with the Democrat game plan while only giving small lip service to the “extremists” on the Republican side.

    No Republican can be “bold” without being painted as an “extremist.” Personally, even though plain vanilla may outsell all the other flavors, I doubt these are plain vanilla times.

    Rubin may be happiest with Huntsman.

    Comment by Heliotrope — November 10, 2011 @ 4:47 pm - November 10, 2011

  3. Jennifer Rubin might have some good information and insight, but many times she is completely wrong. Obama has taken this country so far to the left, any attempt to correct this by going right is considered extreme. We use the word extreme so many times that I’m beginning to think of this as Democratic talking points. Republicans need to have better messaging. They must be bold and take decisive action.

    Comment by anon23532 — November 10, 2011 @ 5:04 pm - November 10, 2011

  4. Actually, Dan, my question is with the main stream media adoration of big government, unions, and the left, what proposal from a conservative will not be considered extreme? We might as well go as far as we can because anything will be pitched as radical and extremist. We might as well be guilty of it since we’ll be accused of it. After all, its better to be hot or cold than lukewarm.

    Comment by Kevin — November 10, 2011 @ 8:41 pm - November 10, 2011

  5. what proposal from a conservative will not be considered extreme?

    That’s my question, too. Are we going to let ourselves be boxed in by a media narrative that will portray every Republican proposal as extreme.

    I think that’s one of the reasons Newt is resonating. He recognizes the the MFM are the enemy.

    Comment by V the K — November 11, 2011 @ 8:57 am - November 11, 2011

  6. Let’s face facts. We are up against a crude, crass, conniving, cheating, corrupt, coarse, contaminated, conspiring, characterless crowd of unethical, unworthy, unprincipled, uncouth, uncooperative, unreliable, underhanded demagogues who will stop at nothing to hold and keep power.

    …and I love you too.

    When you run against Democrats, you run against slurs of racism, homophobia, starving grandma, feeding poverty and ignorance, driving women into the shadows while pursuing all manner of villainy.

    Right…

    Republicans are painted as malicious people who act on malicious intent.

    Didn’t you just call Democrats… well, all that shit you just typed? It does make you look just a teensy bit malicious, no?

    No Republican can be “bold” without being painted as an “extremist.”

    What about a Democrat? Are there any Democrats you’d call “bold” but not “extremist”?

    Comment by Serenity — November 12, 2011 @ 4:01 pm - November 12, 2011

  7. Regardless of who said it, Rubin is expressing a pragmatic sentiment. If the majority of independents were hungry for fiscal reforms, the Tea Party would be polling closer to 60% then under 40%.

    It will take two years of effective and lucid “re-training” of the American mind to begin moving towards more sane fiscal policies and the reduction of the Federal Government in the everyday lives of the American people, and that is an optimistic projection. Some might say it is a second term agenda.

    Comment by Joe Bidenmytime — November 12, 2011 @ 6:49 pm - November 12, 2011

  8. Is she right? Appealing to the mushy middle of homosexuals/bisexuals instead of constitutional principles? I think not, but then again, there is no such thing as a lesbian conservative, libertarian maybe, but not conservative.

    Comment by rjligier — November 12, 2011 @ 7:00 pm - November 12, 2011

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