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  1. Glenn Reynolds at instapundit suggests that wealthy republicans purchase various media (soft magazines that appeal to women and low information voters) and try to counter the constant barrage of “Republicans are evil” that comes from the MSM, the educational system and other media sources.

    I think he is on to something.

    Comment by Just Me — January 10, 2013 @ 7:16 am - January 10, 2013

  2. I think he should have written, “… most people are social liberals today…”.

    The reason many people identify or lean Democrat is because Republicans pushed them there. When Republicans talk about God in Government, abortion, gays, family and social programs many turn away.

    If Republicans want to improve their “image” they have to get back in touch with what the majority of Americans are concerned about. The top two of those are easy, jobs and the economy. After that there are a host of things that are probably at about the same priority, individual rights, role of Government, role of America in the world, energy/environment, etc.

    Comment by David — January 10, 2013 @ 8:01 am - January 10, 2013

  3. The country has become what I call the “democrat mob” and we see it play out with every manufactured crisis that comes up.

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 10, 2013 @ 8:12 am - January 10, 2013

  4. They’re called “low information voters,” and they are the Democrat base.

    Comment by V the K — January 10, 2013 @ 8:42 am - January 10, 2013

  5. I believe the young man has articulated the result of successful lying and demagoguing accurately.

    The Republicans are all but dead on the national level. They are unwilling to take their last foothold on power (the House of Representatives) and do the heavy lifting. They are drifting with current and their fragile craft is being pelted with rocks thrown by the Democrats.

    HOWEVER, the Republicans are doing great work in the states and having much success doing it. In a sense, Republicans own the parts of the country where things are working and turning around.

    I do not know how the Republicans can out-pander the Democrats or why they should try. To do that is to cede the middle ground and play hand grenades with the wily champions who invented the game and are in charge of the rules.

    Social conservatism would not be a problem if the Democrats had not adopted the 14th Amendment and “social justice” as their stalking dog for pandering and demagoguing. As a result, we have federalized issues that were the Bill of Rights delegates of the states.

    I am not wise enough to write a prescription for what ails the Republican establishment. But it is clear to me that while the chattering classes do try to prescribe, the governing Republican entities in state after state are doing the heavy lifting and succeeding.

    Chris Christie may be a perfect fit for New Jersey in terms of reading New Jerseyites and getting the state back on firm footing at the same time. Whether his methods would work in California or Rhode Island or Illinois or Arizona is another matter entirely.

    Comment by heliotrope — January 10, 2013 @ 8:52 am - January 10, 2013

  6. As heartwrenching as the 2012 loss was – whatever one thinks of Romney – boy did we learn some valuable lessons. Primarily – and this seems to be a consistent theme among many conservative (classical liberal) blogs – that it’s about the *culture*. Education, news, entertainment – they are stacked against us to such an extent it hardly matters how correct we are. We *must* defeat or take over these segments of American society.

    Comment by Rick67 — January 10, 2013 @ 9:22 am - January 10, 2013

  7. It is the culture. I’ve written about the decline of community and knowing your neighbors. Seeing people you disagree with as people is something that has declined in the coarsening of discource. NDT is right in that we have to give as good as we get, but we also have to be true to our beliefs and show that we live by them.

    To use Seane-anna as an example. I disagree with her on some topics, and agree on others. When she’s civil to me, I am in return. I’ve a Somali neighbor, who I get along with, despite their religion and my heritage. I’d no more bring her a pork roast as a gift, than she’d attack me with an axe. Heck, I might actually respect Levi if he was honest about being a lying fascist.

    That’s how we change the culture. I won’t be buying Dispatch publishing anytime soon, but I will be showing my neighbors and co-workers how I live my values. So when lying fascists try to smear me, calling me a homophobe or something stupid, people can laugh and say, “Did you tell the girls he took in that? Or maybe their gay (male) friend?”

    And maybe that’s a losing battle, but I’ll go down swinging.

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 10, 2013 @ 10:09 am - January 10, 2013

  8. “If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that’s – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it. But I’m not backing down.” – Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady, reacting to widespread calls for his resignation after endorsing same-sex marriage.

    Comment by rusty — January 10, 2013 @ 10:52 am - January 10, 2013

  9. The GOP is dead. You can thank the Bush family for that. Bush 41 betrayed Reagan by enacting massive tax increases, Bush 43 followed up with massive increases in spending and regulations.

    Toward the end, the USSR was spending 65% of its budget on the military. The USA now spends the same proportion on entitlements. A Soviet style collapse is inevitable since 50.8% of the population have decided they don’t give a damb about anything but their Government benefits.

    In general, people don’t care about tyranny as long as they can get a government check and gay marriage.

    Comment by V the K — January 10, 2013 @ 11:19 am - January 10, 2013

  10. V the K, I hope that statement can be modified to be “The GOP as we know it is dead”. There are Republicans, like Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady, that are embracing change that will move the Republican Party back into the mainstream. If not, where do we go? The Tea Party isn’t really a party and starting a new party probably isn’t realistic.

    Comment by David — January 10, 2013 @ 11:40 am - January 10, 2013

  11. David, it doesn’t matter. Your comment illustrates exactly why. “Fiscal responsibility? Yeah, that’d be nice, but if it means I can’t get a piece of paper signed by a bureaucrat to legitimize my relationship, I’d rather see the country go bankrupt.”

    Comment by V the K — January 10, 2013 @ 11:51 am - January 10, 2013

  12. And if the GOP becomes a carbon copy of the Democrat Party on social and fiscal issues, what is the point of it even existing?

    Comment by V the K — January 10, 2013 @ 12:28 pm - January 10, 2013

  13. some people would call what the Democrats have accomplished with today´s society good PR. I call it brainwashing. Since the beginning of the last decade I have been saying conservatives need to counter the liberal domination by getting elected to school boards and junior college boards to change the curriculum. Conservatives should consider entering the field of education, taking jobs first, in states where the unions have now been checked. We need more journalists and a network that will counter liberalism 24 hours.The hell with ¨fair and balanced. ¨ The libs don´t. They parade a couple of RINO dupes who mascarade as Republicans and think that they are imparcial. As for an hispanic outreach, there needs to be an understanding that one size does not fit all. The difference between a cuban and a mexican is night from day. Mexicans are not about family values. The adult generation is used to socialism of the PRI which governed until the end of the 20th century, e.g. universal health care, the tortilla subsidy. The Domincan Republic has been in sphere of influence of Hugo Chavez, since the beginning of this century. The distance from Cuba is not to great. Puerto Rico has a Republican governor, who has implemented genuine Republican principles- The island is prospereing. I can only hope it continue. The MSM won´t reveal this, it is not in their agenda to broadcast good news about Republicans.

    Comment by Roberto — January 10, 2013 @ 1:07 pm - January 10, 2013

  14. To win an election, you have to win-over “50%+one voter” of those actually motivated to actually go to their polling-place…and vote. For a political party to win that majority it needs to address the needs and concerns of whatever political constituency-spectrum exists in that particular voter-pool. A State-party of a National-party of deserve voter-pools has to broaden that appeal t0 52-55% of the pool…if it want to win, irrespective of that Party’s political profile. This means that the Conservative-half of the spectrum in New England or California may well be far to the Left of the same “conservative” 50% in Alabama or Missouri. This is the nature of national politics.

    If the GOP can’t revitalize itself through (grudgingly) accepting that it may need the Republican “moderates” and even Republican “progressives” of the two coasts…who are quite-conservative within their home constituency-spectrum…then it can’t remain a National party. Or more to the point, it can’t remain of party of National breadth and influence.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 10, 2013 @ 1:16 pm - January 10, 2013

  15. If the GOP can’t revitalize itself through (grudgingly) accepting that it may need the Republican “moderates” and even Republican “progressives” of the two coasts…who are quite-conservative within their home constituency-spectrum…then it can’t remain a National party. Or more to the point, it can’t remain of party of National breadth and influence.

    Ted,

    I’d argue that what is needed is to articulate clearly, why the easy route is doomed to failure, and get back to conservative values. Look at what 08 and 12 taught us on that. Two moderates, and two losses.

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 10, 2013 @ 1:44 pm - January 10, 2013

  16. Even if the GOP becomes pro-gay marriage and pro-abortion, I still won’t vote for them because they won’t give me free stuff.

    Comment by Average Democrat — January 10, 2013 @ 5:39 pm - January 10, 2013

  17. Daniel, you are right on target with this post.

    Our candidates are part of, though not the entire, problem. We in the GOP have to stop nominating candidates such as Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Sharon Angle, and heaven knows Christine O’Donnell. I live in Virginia, and we’re going to have a heck of a time getting Cuccinelli elected because his negatives are so high.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/virginia-governor-election-poll-terry-mcauliffe-85921.html

    Comment by Tom the Redhunter — January 10, 2013 @ 8:18 pm - January 10, 2013

  18. V the K at #12, spot on! The route to GOP reform suggested by David and other people on this blog and elsewhere was exactly the route taken by the GOP in the last presidential election. Romney avoided social issues and talked about nothing but JOBS, JOBS, JOBS, and he still lost!

    And why did he lose? Because the Democrats DID talk about social issues, painting belief in traditional moral values, especially traditional marriage, as foaming-at-the-mouth extremism and then slapping that label on the GOP. And, of course, the Dems also played the race card–another social issue, really–with ruthless skill. The results? Blacks and Hispanics voted overwhelmingly for Obama even though he’d delivered to both groups unemployment rates far higher than that of whites. Obviously, the expectation of getting race-based privileges, e.g., exemption from the consequences of breaking American immigration laws, far outweighed any economic concerns.

    Telling Republicans to “embrace change”, i.e., become Democrats under a different name, is just a leftist strategy to make Leftism dominant and turn America into a one-party, one-thought, dictatorship while preserving the illusion of ideological openness and choice.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — January 11, 2013 @ 12:20 pm - January 11, 2013

  19. David at #10, you say the Republicans need to move “back into the mainstream” by which I assume you mean become more left-wing fiscally and socially. Am I right? So, to you the mainstream is now booing God (as the Dems did at their convention), doling out free birth control, committing to unrestricted abortion, demonizing law-abiding gun owners, and having a slobbering love affair with a fringe sex group, all while running the country into financial ruin? If that’s what passes for “mainstream” now, then V the K is more right then he thinks. The whole country, not just the Republican party, is dead.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — January 11, 2013 @ 12:31 pm - January 11, 2013

  20. If the GOP can’t revitalize itself through (grudgingly) accepting that it may need the Republican “moderates” and even Republican “progressives” of the two coasts…who are quite-conservative within their home constituency-spectrum…then it can’t remain a National party. Or more to the point, it can’t remain of party of National breadth and influence.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 10, 2013 @ 1:16 pm – January 10, 2013

    Why?

    The Republican “moderates” and “progressives” like Chris Christie do nothing but suck Obama’s cock, demand pork-laden bills, and scream how evil the GOP is for not giving them billions in government waste even as we careen out of control towards the debt limit.

    You don’t get it, Ted. To borrow from Ayn Rand, you and your fellow “moderates” and “progressives” are demanding that we compromise between poison and food, and either way, the end result is death. You and yours have screamed and yelled and berated the social conservatives who were telling you to slow down and stop spending so much, and now you demand we support you.

    Wrong. Since you f*cked with us, we now f*ck with you. Without social and fiscal conservatives, you and your fellow GOP “moderates” and “progressives” will never win another election. And since you are dependent on ever-growing government to feed yourself, you are going to starve to death.

    Yes, it is going to hurt as the Obama Party that you and yours are so desperate to cave to takes this country down the path of social and fiscal ruin. But we have realized that you’re not going to do anything to stop them and to treat us like dirt in the process.

    And we also have realized that we have a much better chance of surviving the worst than you do.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 11, 2013 @ 12:57 pm - January 11, 2013

  21. V the K is more right then he thinks.

    I usually am. Sucks.

    Comment by V the K — January 11, 2013 @ 1:53 pm - January 11, 2013

  22. WB Seane-anna!

    Comment by The_Livewire — January 11, 2013 @ 3:17 pm - January 11, 2013

  23. V the K at #21, you’re being more right than you think doesn’t suck all the time.

    The Livewire at #22, thank you…I think.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — January 11, 2013 @ 7:31 pm - January 11, 2013

  24. Like the rest of you, I am looking for answers to the Republican’s problem. I believe that the answer is to articulate the benefits of social and fiscal conservatism at every dinner table and lunch room in the country. We have to list every liberal (tyrannical?) premise and refute it with facts, logic, and history.

    I am a child of the Sixties and I remember such discussions took place on a frequent basis. The conservatives claimed that something bad would happen, but they didn’t know what, so everyone questioned the moral legitimacy of conservatism. That is how the Social Revolution took over the country.

    We can do it again with a Conservative Revolution. And this time, we have tons of research and studies to support us. First comes the one-on-one discussions, then comes the classroom questions, next comes the conservative viewpoint appearing in entertainment, and last of all comes culture change. We must do this!

    North Dallas Thirty @#20: WHOA! Could you be any more disrespectful? Most people can’t take seriously any message that comes in the form of verbal abuse. Too bad, because your comments were spot on, otherwise.

    Comment by Martha Ridgeway — January 11, 2013 @ 7:57 pm - January 11, 2013

  25. “First comes the one-on-one discussions, then comes the classroom questions, next comes the conservative viewpoint appearing in entertainment, and last of all comes culture change. We must do this!”

    You nailed it, Martha! The problem is that, for all their moaning and groaning and gnashing of teeth at liberalism’s destructive march through this country, most conservatives don’t have enough conviction, enough FAITH in the correctness and righteousness–yes, RIGHTEOUSNESS–of their values and beliefs to actually want to make people conservative and to DO what it takes to convert them.

    Liberals, on the other hand, have TOTAL faith in the correctness and righteousness of their beliefs and values, a faith that makes them zealous, stop-at-nothing, missionaries for their cause. We conservatives can take the culture and the country back to the Judeo-Christian based values and philosophy that made it great. It CAN be done and, as you so rightly stated, Martha, it MUST be done. I just fear that too many conservatives, for all their wailing and lamenting, really don’t want to do it.

    Comment by Seane-Anna — January 12, 2013 @ 12:23 pm - January 12, 2013

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