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Red States: Do You Enjoy Getting Hurt?

In the previous post, I talked about the reality that while Republican governors and legislatures have succeeded in implementing their political philosophy in their states, that philosophy has been a miserable failure when it comes to actually delivering what they think it will.  In fact, it has been a disaster for their states.   Besides that, while we like to talk about the economic recovery that the country has seen under President Obama, the sad reality is that it’s been an uneven recovery, particularly for those same states.  That has led to a lot of very angry people who are upset with the Republican Party for not delivering the economic boom they were told they’d have, and as result have been the reason why Donald Trump has had so much support in the primaries.

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If You Play With Fire, You’ll Get Burned

Over the past month and change, I’ve watched various factions within the Republican Party have a meltdown over Donald Trump’s success in the Republican primaries.  While he was once seen as a fringe candidate, someone who was running for to stroke their own ego and gain publicity, his winning primaries and delegates to the point where he is likely to be the party’s nominee is causing real panic.   There’s now talk of a brokered convention, or massaging the rules to deny him the top  spot on the ballot.   The party establishment is horrified by him, not just because they think he’s not a “true conservative,” but because he’s saying things that are outrageous.  In “normal years” those would be a campaign killer, but instead it only builds his popularity with primary voters.   They shouldn’t have been surprised by that. Continue reading

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Miscellaneous Thoughts On Recent News

Bob Cesca has a great post up about the right-wing politicians and pundits, and their relation to Las Vegas shootings and the Atlanta courthouse shooting.

Did they really believe they could talk like this for so long and at such an urgent fever-pitch, encouraging armed revolution and Second Amendment solutions, and believe that no one would act upon the nonstop join-or-die hype? It’s not just Alex Jones, either. We’re also told by our elected leaders — those we’ve tasked with passing laws and safeguarding our liberty — that we should take up arms against domestic enemies.

To judge by their scramble to paint the shooters as “socialists” and to point the finger anywhere else but at themselves, the answer is “Yes, yes they did believe that.”

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Well, I Told You So!

There was an op-ed this weekend from the authors of the GOP’s “Growth and Opportunity Project”  which amounted to a large amount of text patting themselves (and the Party) over it after a year.  “It’s going so well!” is the general gist.

While the report provided recommendations on what the party at large needed to do, we’re pleased to see that the RNC has made tremendous progress on many of our recommendations in the course of the past year. Likewise, many of the other party committees and outside groups have also embraced aspects of the report and should be commended for their progress.

Which would be nice, except for a little problem.  None of the policy recommendations in that report have been acted upon, in fact, mostly put into the dumpster.

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Republicans Are Reaching Out To Women!

Early last year, I discussed the Republican Party’s “Growth and Opportunity Project,” and spent some time on their recognition that they needed to reach out to women voters.  They were, and still are, very upset that the Democratic Party was able to paint them as conducting “a war on women.”

5.  Republicans should develop a more aggressive response to Democrat rhetoric regarding a so-called “war on women.” In 2012, the Republican response to this attack was muddled,  and too often the attack went undefended altogether. We need to actively combat this, better prepare our surrogates, and not stand idly by while the Democrats pigeonhole us using false attacks. There are plenty of liberal policies that negatively impact women, and it is incumbent upon the party to expose those and relentlessly attack Democrats using that framework.

They’ve been doing that, and in the past month have been vigorously conducting aggressive responses explaining how liberal policies negatively impact women, and then explaining the Republican position.

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