Republicans engage in soul-searching after Romney defeat

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ukem wrote:

GOP, your candidate, your party, didn’t have the guts to stand on your own platform in the campaign. Instead you decided to try to lie, hide and deceive your way into the WH.

Down line votes (aside from the “Southern brain trust”. spoon fed southerners, who were easily won over by Citizens United, Koch, Rove, et al; big buck billionaire gang who own the Republican Party,) were decidedly against such wrong headed tactics as senate races went Dem big time.

What does it say when you realize your policies won’t win anyway, and you have to resort to lying and dodging?

Nov 07, 2012 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ukem wrote:

GOP, your candidate, your party, didn’t have the guts to stand on your own platform in the campaign. Instead you decided to try to lie, hide and deceive your way into the WH.

Down line votes (aside from the “Southern brain trust”. spoon fed southerners, who were easily won over by Citizens United, Koch, Rove, et al; big buck billionaire gang who own the Republican Party,) were decidedly against such wrong headed tactics as senate races went Dem big time.

What does it say when you realize your policies won’t win anyway, and you have to resort to lying and dodging?

Nov 07, 2012 5:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Adam_S wrote:

Ditch the ultra polarizing rhetoric about social issues, there’s your first free nugget. Also, dudes…switch the focus from lowering taxes again and again and again, to creating jobs, in a way other than something predicated on lower taxes. For real, just give that up already. Most people don’t care about paying taxes as long as they feel their tax dollars are going towards something worthwhile. Taxes are not evil by definition, and until you guys change that message you’re just going to keep losing people who pay anything more than passing fancy towards tax policy in general.

And, good grief, make sure the numbers add up.

As a person in his mid 30s who pays a lot of attention to politics, has a MA in public affairs, and looks at it economically most of the time, this years’ GOP seemed far too concerned w the typical culture war nonsense, and spent its time hammering Obama’s record, as opposed to getting detailed as to why and how their plan is better. ANYONE BUT BARRY only sways so many voters, and you guys ain’t gonna gain people on economic grounds whom you alienate on social grounds. And as mentioned above, the whole TAXES SUCK BC THEY’RE TAXES mantra just isn’t selling as well as it used to.

…And none of my comment is in opposition or should be looked at akin to “But the Dems did alkjsdklfajsda.” They did plenty of dumb stuff, too. For the record.

Nov 07, 2012 5:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Grandmamia wrote:

I just cringed when I saw and heard Mr. Romney say he thought it was fair for himself to pay 14% in taxes and someone else pay more. Watching the video about the workers he fired and then outsourced their jobs was another sore spot for me, as I was working for a company that outsources and watched my paycheck go from $3000 every two weeks to $400 every two weeks, that’s just greed. I will never vote for anyone who outsources American jobs, and you need to be honest about policies. Nobody likes the dodging. I worked and paid taxes for 40 years, so unless you want to give me a lump sum payment for the money I paid in, I DO feel entitled to my retirement and money I paid in to Medicare. So, with the election over, Mr. Romney, I would definitely say the 47% have spoken!!

Nov 07, 2012 7:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Libicz wrote:

Soul searching? Hello! They have no souls; sold them to the Devil, they did, and to Super Pacs.

It is not the Republican Party that needs to do a bit of examination of conscience. No, it is each and every Republican!!

Nov 07, 2012 9:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
flashrooster wrote:

From what the Republicans are saying so far, it doesn’t sound as if they’ve learned ANYTHING from this election. It’s like I keep saying, the Republicans have reached a place where they are beginning to openly reject democracy.

Last night Donald Trump called the election a sham and called for revolution. Now, to most people who don’t align themselves with the Republicans, Trump is just a clown, but let’s not forget that there was a point in the Republican primary when Donald Trump was the #1 choice among Republicans to be their Presidential nominee. Also, Mitt Romney, and other GOP primary candidates, actively sought Trump’s endorsement. Romney eventually got it in a silly little ceremony.

There was a protest that turned into a riot on the campus of Ole Miss because they didn’t like the results of the election. There was a Republican news letter that came out in Virginia several months before the election that called for an armed revolt should Obama win the election. And who knows what we might see over the coming months and years from these rightwing radicals. I just hope they security around our President is tight.

Unfortunately, this undemocratic attitude is apparent in the Republican leadership in OUR Congress. An unwillingness to work with the other major party in a two party system is a rejection of democracy. They are, in effect, insisting on seeing the US become a one party authoritarian state. The United States can’t afford this kind of crap right now. We have too many important issues to deal with. It poses a threat to our nation. There’s only so much Obama and the Democrats can do, and there’s only so much the few remaining rational Republicans can do. The American people are going to have to start getting more involved and start demanding that the Republicans work with this President that we’ve elected for a second term. What we need to do is elect a Democratic majority to the House.

It’s no surprise that the entire world breathed a sigh of relief when Obama was announced the winner last night. The GOP have become bad medicine and all the world knows it implicitly.

Nov 07, 2012 10:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

The fact is that there is no room in the Republican Party for both “social conservatives” and libertarians. Any group that stands for both fiscal responsibility and liberty does not fit, in any way whatsoever, with “social conservatives”. So the Republican Party has lost its core. It has lost the love of freedom and tolerance. It is the party of regimentation, dogma, doctrine and moral judgment. It has right in a box, and it believes it is the only right. It has been speaking to too many burning bushes.

And it cannot change itself in anything but its appearance.

Nov 07, 2012 11:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

“Republicans engage in soul-searching after Romney defeat”

ya think?

Nov 07, 2012 11:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Republicans vow to never make this mistake again. Now eyeing Donald Trump for 2016 presidential bid.

Hey, whatever it takes for them. I just want to see Karl Rove cry on TV again. Good times.

Nov 08, 2012 12:37am EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

Get rid of the nutjobs and quit catering to the right wing extremists. Come back and produce some thoughtful ideas, compromise and quit acting like a bunch of intolerant, pompous windbags. I see them all scrambling now to do something about immigration. Most likely they will just do something like o’reily suggested and just get rubio on the ticket.

Nov 08, 2012 12:42am EST  --  Report as abuse
PhillyJimi wrote:

The GOP is at the cross roads. The thing the old Archie Bunker types don’t get is that America is dead. They can go down the tea party black hole to their own doom. Or they can follow a real leader like Chris Christie. Christie is very smart. He knew Obama’s moderate position is what was going to win him the election.

He understood with Sandy was the perfect time to make a grab for the voters that aren’t worried about guns and god but for the group that will get him over the top in 2016. The key is how many Obama voters now have a favorable position of Christie after Sandy?

Christie is the most electable canidate in 2016 but I doubt the GOP will pick him to run. How ironic.

Nov 08, 2012 2:45am EST  --  Report as abuse
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