Mark Levin describes to Sean Hannity that the RINOs are destroying the Republican Party:
Mark Levin describes to Sean Hannity that the RINOs are destroying the Republican Party:
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in the spotlight. He’s daring to touch one of, what are becoming many third rails in American politics.
It’s not welfare reform or Social Security privatization; both are rails, which will eventually have to be touched. No, the third rail I speak of, is immigration. This is the hot issue Rubio, the son of Cuban exiles, has chosen to tackle.
For quite some time the Democrats have owned the issue of immigration. Actually, that’s not quite accurate. The issue they do own is not immigration, but illegal immigration. And they don’t just own it, they embrace it.
The Dems, with the aid of the media, pundits and spineless Republicans have successfully blurred the line between legal and illegal immigration until there is no discernible line left.
The old saying is no truer than in this case: “those who control the language, control the debate”. Such as Global Warming morphing into Climate Change or more recently; gun control, which, right under our noses, has just been renamed. It is now gun violence, because who could possibly be opposed to ending gun violence. When illegal immigrants are magically reclassified as just immigrants or effectively citizens that are merely undocumented, those of us that insist on the distinction have lost or at least been relegated to the back of the bus.
Enter the so-called conservative rising star – Sen. Marco Rubio. Rubio, the young, photogenic Republican is a rising star in the party. As Joe Biden might say, he’s clean and articulate. Best of all, he’s Hispanic. Hooray, a Republican that is not a white guy! Why that makes any difference is beyond me, but apparently it does.
I don’t know whether he’s trying to “get out front” on this issue because he is of Cuban heritage or he, like many Republicans, simply feels he must.
I do know the Republicans will lose on the issue of illegal immigration. They will lose because the GOP is becoming the Democrat-lite party. The Republicans don’t seem to grasp that they cannot win a giveaway contest vs. a party full of socialists, the Democrats.
Now Rubio has said some good things, such as “Legal immigration has been, for our country, one of the things that makes us vibrant and exceptional”. I agree with that statement. Any reasonable person would. Another strong statement: “Every country in the world has immigration laws and expects to enforce them and we should be no different”. Who wouldn’t agree with that? Evidently most people, or at least most politicians, for we don’t, in fact, enforce the thousands of immigration laws we have now.
He continues: “I’m a big believer in family-based immigration. But I don’t think that in the 21st century we can continue to have an immigration system were only 6.5% of people who come here, come here based on labor and skill. We have to move toward marriage and skill-based immigration.” I agree with the merit and skill-based immigration statement. The family based nonsense sounds like liberal claptrap.
He then exclaims, “I don’t think there’s a lot of concern in this country that we’ll somehow get overrun by PhD’s and entrepreneurs.” Too bad, but he’s right.
Rubio then takes the inevitable turn toward the squishy left of the Republican Party, as he weighs in on agriculture. “The goal is to give American agriculture a reliable workforce and to give protection to those workers. When someone is undocumented they’re vulnerable to being exploited.”
This is exactly what I meant by the language. Illegal aliens are now simply undocumented. I also disagree with the statement. These people came to our country illegally. They have no right to ask nor do we have any obligation to protect them.
And what does Rubio propose to do about the 12 to 20 million illegals currently residing in our country? He says, “Here’s how I envision it. They would have to come forward. They would have to undergo a background check. Anyone who committed a serious crime would be deported. They would be fingerprinted. They would have to pay a fine, pay back taxes, maybe even do community service. They would have to prove that they’ve been here for an extended period of time. They understand some English and are assimilated. Then most of them would get legal status and be allowed to stay in this country.”
And predictably, Republican lawmakers say that Rubio’s plan could pass muster, even with immigration hard-liners, if the plan included a significant restitution for illegals to pay and began taxing them for their work here.
And… Rubio and the Republicans lost me. Whatever conservative statements he uttered prior, was all just washed away.
This softened, kinder gentler stance will be just another nail in the coffin of the Republican Party. They will not win a single coveted Hispanic vote and in turn will lose more of the conservative base that already believes the Republicans untrustworthy. This is a political stunt. It will never work – the Democrats will never allow the GOP to achieve even the impression of success. Republican lawmakers have shown once again they are sellouts.
In fact, what will more likely happen, is something akin to compromising on the budget where taxes are increased and more money borrowed now, with the promise of tax cuts later that never materialize. Republicans are chumps and so is Rubio for proposing this.
Rubio has lost me. I may be alone on this, but I’ve stated I will never support anyone who is willing to, in any way, legalize or reward criminal aliens.
by Mike Flynn at Breitbart
But if a member introduces that resolution for a secret ballot, the whole House will vote on that first. That vote will need to have a public roll call, meaning the American people, the press, and Boehner will know who voted which way. Even so, those who are considering this path forward to unseat Boehner know that Boehner and other establishment Republicans can’t legitimately oppose the concept of a secret ballot election for a leader of a political body.
It would be very difficult, politically, to vote against a resolution for a secret ballot. A secret ballot is sacrosanct in the American psyche. The procedure, however, would free Congressmen to vote for Speaker without fear of punishment or retaliation. If just a handful of Republicans vote for someone other than Boehner on the first ballot, he would be denied that gavel and the House would then move to another vote. Because of a current vacancy in the House, a member would need 217 votes to claim the Speakership.
A move to a second ballot could quickly get interesting. Seeing that Boehner is vulnerable, other members would start trying to build support for their own nomination. If this coalesces behind a single alternative to Boehner, then his speakership would be in serious doubt. The position of Speaker is built to a large degree on inevitability, i.e. the lack of any credible alternatives. Once that veil is breached, support for current leadership can melt away quickly.
It is also possible that, having failed to secure enough support in the first ballot, Boehner offers concessions to various members to win their votes. The chief source of Boehner’s vulnerability within the caucus has been his tendency to marginalize conservatives or enforce discipline for votes that are against conservative principles. A loss on the first ballot could provide the needed warning shot that Boehner needs to improve relations with the conservatives who make up the bulk of his caucus.
But, all of this rests on that first procedural motion. If a member comes forward to make that motion, then the 113th Congress will begin with a very new chapter.
We’ve all heard about the “fiscal cliff.” But what does it mean? The media won’t bother to explain it in any detail, and people aren’t looking it up on their own. So, a great many Americans think it’s a physical place, a vacation destination of some sort. I understand people are busy with their lives, but a majority of Americans just voted to re-elect President Obama, a man whose failed leadership created this harmonic convergence of economic mess that is the fiscal cliff. So I say, “To hell with it; let’s jump.”
President Obama is still in campaign mode, traveling the country to sell his unserious proposal of $1.6 trillion in tax hikes, more insane spending and a laughably small amount of spending cuts. So much for a “balanced” plan. But the president couldn’t even be bothered to deliver his “plan” to Congress himself. He sent Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, an alleged financial wizard who claims he “misfiled” his taxes because he couldn’t properly use the near idiot-proof TurboTax.
Democrats are unwilling to take seriously the coming crush of entitlement spending. They took entitlement reform off the table before negotiations even began, and their megaphones in the media don’t put down their pompons long enough to report honestly about any of it.
The House of Representatives has passed an extension of the current tax rates, and the Democratic-controlled Senate has done exactly nothing with it. The Senate could vote to just extend the current rates they support and deal with it in a conference committee, but it won’t. It won’t do anything because the party that controls the Senate doesn’t want anything done.
What few leftists will tell you is they want tax rates to increase on everyone. That’s why the president campaigned on extending them for the middle class for only one year, not permanently. They know, just like hiking rates on top earners, that will harm the failing economy, but they don’t give a damn. They want more money.
Liberals have no interest in even inching toward a government that lives within its means because, unlike every other individual, company and entity in the world, government is the only entity that can simply vote itself more means. Max out your credit cards, then tell Visa you’re raising your own credit limit, and let me know how that works out for you.
Republicans should start now, raising a lot of money and running ads about how Democrats are unserious and responsible for taxes going up. Spend money to explain the situation to the American public. The media never will report it, and Republican leaders, such as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, don’t have the bully pulpit or ability to communicate as Ronald Reagan did. So paid media is the only option.
In the meantime, the people voted for Obama, so let them have Obama. Just make sure to pin every ounce of failure on his chest like a scarlet letter.
Yes, sequestration will cause serious cuts in defense spending, but the military can handle it. Liberals become aroused at the prospect of cutting defense, and liberal voters in Virginia and Maryland would be hardest hit as defense contractors lay off Obama voters in those blue states. I say good. Sometimes voters have to take their medicine, even if it’s a suppository.
It won’t be easy, but the military will adapt. That’s what the military does, and that’s why it is the best in the world. And half the automatic sequester cuts will come from domestic spending – bureaucracies also filled with Obama voters, who will be less able to deal with them. If they can’t adjust their spending to absorb the cuts, they’ll have to lay off people. Again, good.
If Republicans refuse to extend unemployment benefits, these newly unemployed Obama voters eventually will get to experience first-hand the lifestyle their vote empowered. Welfare state overlords on welfare. Can you think of a better education for bureaucrats than to be forced onto the very programs they administered, so they themselves experience the soul-sucking, aspiration-killing impact of what they’ve done to others? Karma is exactly what they say it is.
Or, if Republicans don’t have the “intestinal fortitude” for this (which leadership hasn’t displayed in years), the House should pass a middle-class tax cut but keep the top rates the same. And make them permanent. That would force Democrats to reject an actual middle-class tax cut, not the “keeping-rates-the-same” nonsense they’re now trying to sell to the American people as a tax cut.
We know Democrats aren’t interested in cutting taxes for the people they claim to fight for, so call their bluff. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama like lying about middle-class tax cuts, so pass the bill and see how they react.
But none of this will work if Republicans don’t start a smart, aggressive, expensive and sustained ad campaign that circumvents the media. The key word is “smart,” and it’s also the catch. The Republican Party needs to treat itself like Keith Richards and embrace failure and go with all new blood. If the party doesn’t shed those who brought us the debacle of Nov. 6, no strategy will work. Just like voters who re-elected a failed, incompetent president expecting a different outcome, Republicans can’t retain the same failed team and expect to win.
Democrats have no interest in addressing our massive deficit and out-of-control spending; it’s up to Republicans. The question is this – do Republicans have the will? We’ll all have to have to take our medicine sooner or later. If we don’t take advantage of the opportunities now, that suppository will end up being like a cyanide pill.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
So the other day, while I was a work, a young man broke into my house.
Needless to say, I was rather surprised to find this interloper sprawled out on my couch.
Since he looked as if he belonged, I made him a deal. He could stay in my home if he either went to college or joined the military. Stunning I know, but I am nothing if not generous.
Well, that didn’t really happen, but that is exactly what a couple of moderate Republican senators are proposing with the introduction of their own version of the “Dream Act”, granting young illegals, legal status.
Senators Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas claim they “have to get the ball rolling”.
Really. Why is that? Why again do we have to curry favor with those who broke into our country?
Again, really? With whom will we have this calm and sensible discussion; the Democrats, La Raza?
The proposal is said not to be as far reaching as the democrat bill. Well that’s fabulous. Once again, democrat-lite is supposed to be palatable.
They would reward those earning a college degree or completing military service, a fast track to a permanent visa, but claim that wouldn’t put them on the citizenship fast track. I believe them, don’t you? After all, they are politicians.
As an aside, how does one get into college without a social security number? I recall having to have one. Certainly one may not enter the military without one. That I also know. If that is the case, where do they obtain them and who’s not checking to see they are either bogus or stolen? Just asking.
However, with this administration running things, I doubt either of those cases would be a problem.
And what of the thousand upon thousands of immigrants who decide to do the right thing and come through the front door? These are the real victims. Naturally they will be swept aside in order for the politicians to pander to the law-breakers. Sounds fair.
Why not fast track the legal immigrants and deport the criminals? Somehow, and I’m not sure how, that would be seen as heartless.
Both senators went on to claim their intention is not to have the illegals access welfare or other government handouts. May I see a show of hands for those who buy that statement? None? I thought not.
I’m sure that is not their intention, but when it happens, and you know it will…oh well.
Although Rubio is working on his own illegal give away bill, he is supportive of the Kyl/Hutchison legislation.
So what is the point of this republican bill? What are they trying to prove by trotting out this farce?
Do they really believe the increasingly monolithic voting block of Latinos will jump off the democrat gravy train and board the GOP express? Could they really be that naïve?
The polls from the last election told them, clearly no. Latinos didn’t vote democrat for anything but the giveaways. It’s not the republican family or religious values, nor is it the supposed Hispanic work ethic.
Hispanics, like most other minority groups in this country are becoming victims; victims of an ever-increasing entitlement society.
Back before LBJ’s failed experiment, his “Great Society”, minorities, particularly blacks had a great work ethic, but thanks to generations of liberal democrat and progressive republican policy, that pride has been bled out of them, and it’s a damn shame. They now no nothing but entitlement.
Sadly this country’s Hispanic population is fast traveling down the same road and now the Republicans are helping push the cart.
Attribution: Stephen Dinan, Washington Times
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Run away from the truth! Start throwing your own under the bus. That’s what Republicans do. If anyone in the party dares to convey even the slightest controversial viewpoint – they are immediately ostracized.
Such is the fate of Mitt Romney. Romney had the unmitigated gall to speak the truth after his recent loss to “The One”.
What’s worse is that national pariah Rush Limbaugh shares his viewpoint, as well as most every right thinking conservative. Perish the thought.
So what was said?
It was the rehashing of the 47% argument presented by Romney. As you recall during the campaign, Romney said correctly, that it’s difficult to attract 47% of Americans, as they are effectively takers of government largesse.
Then we have Rush Limbaugh effectively reiterating that viewpoint with his now famous, or infamous statement.
In a nutshell, Limbaugh said that it’s hard to compete against Santa Claus or as El Rushbo calls him, Barackoclaus. Evidently, this truism is somehow controversial.
Paul Rosenberg writes in that well-known right-wing journal, Al Jazeera, that Rush is lying about Barackoclaus. Rosenberg wrote, “We are not a country of children – what Democrats are offering is not something for nothing, and alternative or opposition to work, but a fairer system overall.”
Well Paul, that is exactly what they are offering. The Dems do, in fact, treat their constituents like children and they most certainly offer, not something but everything for nothing. And as for an alternative or opposition to work, you may recall Obama recently rescinded the work requirements for receiving welfare. I guess not having to work is just part of the Democrats “fairer system”.
Republicans, not wanting to be left out of the pander parade, joined the fray, ganging up on Limbaugh and Romney.
Bobby Jindal, who is thought by many to be a rising star in the Republican Party said, “In order for the GOP to be competitive, it has to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%. We need to go after every single vote.”
There’s the politician coming out, not the conservative. People are not people, just votes to be manipulated.
Newt Gingrich who is thought to be a stalwart conservative (he’s not, but many consider him as such) stated, “You have to start with the idea of inclusion, and I draw a distinction between outreach and inclusion. Outreach is when 5 white guys have a meeting and call you. Inclusion is when you’re in the meeting.”
I suppose white guys are the only guys who have meetings. Rather racist I’d say.
Marco Rubio said effectively the same in rebuking Limbaugh’s Santa Claus comments.
Well, I’m sorry for all the Republican politicians who refuse to see Limbaugh’s comments for what they are. Santa Claus simply represents redistribution. It’s as simple as that and you are either for it or against.
The Democrats have been portraying themselves as Santa Claus for decades and evidently they are doing quite well.
When the majority of younger voters, 18 to 29-year-olds, prefer socialism over capitalism, there is a serious education problem.
The only option for Republicans is education, but first the Republicans have to believe in capitalism. But the fact is, many big government progressive Republicans don’t fully buy into capitalism. Socialism-lite won’t peel people away from the Santacrats.
We need real world conservatives that are willing to just go out, exclaim their conservative views, explain them in plain English and defend them without worrying about offending anyone and pandering to everyone.
If a majority of voters don’t want to hear the truth or be educated, then we lose. But at least then we have our answer. People do in fact prefer Santa Claus.
For every point made by conservative one must have a real world explanation. Don’t speak of the economy in general; speak in specifics which ordinary people can understand.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – liberals can do and say anything without repercussion or question. They are able to say things like, “I’m for the middle class”, knowing full well that means absolutely nothing to anyone. But then it doesn’t matter, does it. They know they will never be questioned. That’s just the way it is. They’ll promise any group anything. Whether they deliver or not is simply never to be examined.
Here’s just one example that is easy for virtually anyone to understand.
Undocumented workers come to this country to do the jobs that Americans just won’t do. What do you say to that?
Well, the statement is a nonstarter. Illegally sneaking across the border has nothing to do with a job an American won’t do.
It’s like a guy that steals your car and the police catch him. Rather than arresting him, they pick you up and take you to his house where they explain, “Look, he is utilizing your car better than you did. He is taking food to the elderly and winter coats to the homeless”. Would you then say, okay, then, he can just keep my car. Of course not. You would demand your car back and that he be arrested.
It used to be that politicians, even Ronald Reagan, could paint in broad-brush strokes. Not anymore. The education of our population is so woefully lacking that we no longer have that luxury. If we hope to win anything anymore, nationally, we must educate the public.
Some media pundits see in the growing proportion of non-white groups in the population, a growing opposition to the Republican Party that will sooner or later make it virtually impossible for Republicans to win presidential elections or even to control either house of Congress. But is demography destiny?
Conventional wisdom in the Republican establishment is that what the GOP needs to do, in order to win black votes or Hispanic votes, is to craft policies specifically targeting these groups. In other words, Republicans need to become more like Democrats.
Whether in a racial context or in other contexts, the supposed need for Republicans to become more like Democrats has long been a recurring theme of the moderate Republican establishment, going back more than half a century.
Yet the most successful Republican presidential candidate during that long period was a man who went completely counter to that conventional wisdom– namely, Ronald Reagan, who won back to back landslide election victories.
Meanwhile, moderate Republican presidential candidate after moderate Republican presidential candidate has gone down to defeat, even against Democratic presidential candidates who were unpopular (Harry Truman), previously unknown (Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton) or who had a terrible economic track record (Barack Obama).
None of this seems to have caused any second thoughts in the Republican establishment. So long as that remains the case, demography may indeed be destiny– and that destiny could be Democratic administrations as far out as the eye can see.
If non-white voters can only be gotten by pandering to them with goodies earmarked for them, then Republicans are doomed, even if they choose to go that route. Why should anyone who wants racially earmarked goodies vote for Republicans, when the Democrats already have a track record of delivering such goodies?
An alternative way to make inroads into the overwhelming majority of minority votes for Democrats would be for the Republicans to articulate a coherent case for their principles and the benefits that those principles offer to all Americans.
But the Republicans’ greatest failure has been precisely their chronic failure to spell out their principles– and the track record of those principles– to either white or non-white voters.
Very few people know, for example, that the gap between black and white incomes narrowed during the Reagan administration and widened during the Obama administration. This was not because of Republican policies designed specifically for blacks, but because free market policies create an economy in which all people can improve their economic situation.
Conversely, few policies have had such a devastating effect on the job opportunities of minority youths as minimum wage laws, which are usually pushed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans. But these facts do not “speak for themselves.” Somebody has to cite the facts and take the trouble to show why unemployment among minority youths skyrocketed when minimum wage increases priced them out of jobs.
The loss of income from an entry-level job is only part of the loss sustained by minority young people. Work experience at even an entry-level job is a valuable asset, as a stepping stone to progressively higher level jobs. Moreover, nobody gains from having a huge number of idle youths hanging out on the streets, least of all minority communities.
Labor unions push minimum wage laws to insulate their members from the competition of younger workers, and Democratic politicians are heavily dependent on union support. For the same reason, Democrats have to go along with teachers’ unions that treat schools as places to guarantee their members jobs, rather than to provide the quality education so much needed to rise out of poverty.
What Democrats cannot say under these conditions is what Republicans are free to say– even if Republicans have seldom taken advantage of that freedom to make inroads into minority voting blocs. Inroads are all they need. If the black vote for Democrats falls to 70 percent, the Democrats are in deep trouble.
But if Republicans continue inarticulate, then it is they who are in big trouble. More important, so is the country.
by: the Common Constitutionalist
So have we officially moved into a new American era; the era of gloves off, minority pandering?
According to our Speaker of the House, the Honorable John Boehner, one of the reasons the Republicans lost, Mitt Romney lost, is due to not speaking to all Americans.
Boehner’s response was predictably milquetoast. “Well, I think what Republicans need to learn is how do we speak to all Americans. You know, not just the people who look like us and act like us, but how do we speak to all Americans.”
Yep, you read that correctly. Good old John Boehner, acting as the, go along to get along, moderate he is.
I guess that’s us. I’m two out of three anyway; too white and too male. Maybe I just need a tan a sex change.
As I see it, we as conservative outcasts, have two problems. They are illegal immigration and giveaways. (Racism is a given, so I’m not including it).
By now, we who haven’t tuned out yet, have started to hear the growing cacophony of cries from Republican “know-it-alls”, to be more inclusive.
Now, what exactly is “Comprehensive Immigration Policy”? Simply said, it is, let them all in and grant them instant citizenship, which gives them the right to vote (Democrat of course).
That’s fairly comprehensive, I’d say.
You might ask yourself why the Democrats are so hot to legalize all the illegals. Is it as they claim? Are they the true party of inclusion and the big tent? Are they actually just looking out for the poor and disenfranchised illegals?
I say we put it to the test and Rush Limbaugh has devised a perfect one. It’s genius, if I do say.
His idea is to have the Republicans compromise with the dems. This is what the moderates in our party want, is it not? Do they not want us to be Democrat light?
Yes, let us compromise, with one proviso. The Republicans, the party of no, will become the new party of yes.
The proviso is that said “new citizens” will relinquish the right to vote for 25 years.
Why would we conservatives ever agree to such thing? Just think about it for a moment.
Think of why the dishonest, devious Democrats really want to legalize the criminal aliens. Is it their big hearts? Hell no! It’s the vote. That’s all it is and that’s all it’s ever been.
Hispanics increasingly vote Democrat, not for their solidarity regarding immigration, but for the freebies they know the Democrats will provide. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but it’s a fact.
Republicans think that Hispanics might come over from the Democrat side because of Latinos purported similarly strong family and religious values. They’d be wrong. It’s the welfare they are after, the free stuff.
For example, in California, US-born Hispanics use welfare programs at twice the rate of non-Hispanics. Nearly 7 out of 10 poor children are Hispanic.
With that statistic, do we really think they care about immigration? Of course not. They’re voting for a continuation an escalation of the welfare state.
I learned a long time ago that when selling a product or an idea, one has to be unique, set yourself apart from the rest. You must also educate your customer, so he fully understands just what he’s buying and why he should jump ship and purchase from you.
None of these “voters” will leave the Democrats for the Republicans just because we go along. We are, in effect, just offering them a “me too” product.
So let’s develop some backbone and call them out for what they really are – vote pimps.
It’s time we went on the attack.
Put the Limbaugh immigration offer on the table and watch the Dems squirm and make any excuse possible not to agree with it. Let them, for once, have to show their hand.
When I am wrong, I’ll be the first to admit it. Well, I was wrong. Not that Romney wasn’t and isn’t a good man, but that I thought it was the one thing we needed; the thing the country craved. I believed more people would come to learn what I know of president Obama; that he’s not a good man.
I convinced myself that it was okay that Mitt wasn’t a true conservative, that being a good, honest man was enough. He is both those things. Probably a better man than I will ever be.
I bought in and am the worse for it.
I have preached to others for years that compromise is the easy path. Once you’ve compromised the first time, it just blurs the line you didn’t wish to cross. The line keeps advancing, leading you further away from your core and what you knew was right and just.
I am a conservative and I will only support conservative candidates and will only promote those with similar views.
As I discover and uncover more of why we lost this election, I am becoming convinced, going forward, to trust my original instincts and block out the noise. If I go down in flames, so be it.
The problem we have is not a changing demographic, it is and has always been the countryclub, moderate wing of the republican party; insiders that choose our candidates for us. Those who believe the more moderate “electable” candidate is the only way to win were wrong and will continue to be wrong.
Our job as conservatives is to educate and try to rest control of the GOP from the moderates. Let’s please get away from the “Next man up” syndrome.
By: Tara Servatius
Conservatives need to take a collective breath and look closer at the numbers before they buy into the idea that GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s defeat was due to some kind of national demographic shift that now makes Democrat presidential candidates’ armor impenetrable. Before you give in to the hysteria, here are a few things to keep in mind.
First, Barack Obama’s re-election showing was actually pretty unimpressive for a guy whose philosophies voters have supposedly adopted. As of this writing on Wednesday, Obama’s vote total stood at an unimpressive 60,119,958. That’s about what John Kerry got in 2004 (59,028,444). President George W. Bush actually did far better than Obama in his 2004 reelection quest, posting a vote total that was about 2 million higher (62,040,610) than what Obama got on Tuesday. That’s hardly a remarkable finish in a country with a population that has increased. In fact, it’s a decline of 9 million votes from Obama’s 2008 total.
Had Romney (57,425,441) done as well as McCain did in 2008 (59,934,814), he and Obama would have run neck and neck, virtually matching each other’s vote totals. That’s hardly the stuff of demographic ruin.
The question Republicans and conservatives need to ask is not why voters showed up for Obama, whose turnout wasn’t exactly extraordinary, but why millions of their own voters, people who had pulled the lever for Bush and McCain, didn’t do the same for Romney or simply stayed home.
Why did Romney get a full 2 million fewer votes than McCain did? Why did those voters pull the lever for McCain, but not for Romney? Who were they, and where did they go? That is what Republican and conservative strategists need to find out.
Is it possible that Republicans and conservative-leaning independents just weren’t that wild about the guy?
Romney, you’ll remember, was not exactly popular with the GOP base through two primaries — the first of which he lost outright, and the second of which he won because, quite frankly, all the other candidates were largely unpresentable on the national stage. Remember, Romney won just 52 percent of the votes cast in the primary — hardly a resounding send-off from his own party. Worse yet, Romney carried just 3 out of 43 states with 70-plus percent of the vote, compared to an average of more than 15 states by previous presumptive GOP nominees.
Evangelicals have always been suspicious of Romney’s Mormonism. In fact, just days before the election, Paul Ryan had a phone teleconference with Evangelical leaders to rally them. And the exasperation with Romney’s flip-flopping habit originated on the right, not on the left, and was well-known. What’s more, the GOP’s anti-abortion wing has never been entirely comfortable with him the way they were with George W. Bush. And some of the party’s base has wandered into the Tea Party and Ron Paul camps, where Romney was never fully welcomed, if embraced at all.
To understand Romney’s loss, we need to look not just at what Obama’s voters are doing, but what ours are up to as well.
by: Linda Feldmann and the Common Constitutionalist
Last week, the tea-party-supporting group Freedom Works declared victory when it saw the platform content – asserting that 11.5 of its 12 proposals had been included. (The platform calls for a tax system that is “flatter,” but not the “flat tax” FreedomWorks and other conservatives wanted.)
The human-life amendment was in the 2008 platform. In the 2012 platform, adopted and released Tuesday, there are many new planks. Here’s a sample:
“Audit the Fed” is a rallying cry for Ron Paul supporters and the tea party. As the Fed considers a third round of monetary stimulus, known as “quantitative easing,” the calls for more transparency in Fed decision-making have become part of the larger conversation about how to strengthen the economic recovery without sparking inflation.
The Republican Party will “work to advance substantive legislation” that brings transparency and accountability to the Federal Reserve, the platform says. The first step is through “an annual audit of the Federal Reserve’s activities.”
Romney has said that he would replace Ben Bernanke as Fed chairman, but hasn’t floated replacements, nor commented on the monetary policy planks of the platform.
Alongside “Audit the Fed,” this is another long-standing proposal by Congressman Paul on monetary policy. In fact, the platform does not contain the phrase “gold standard.” It refers to a commission established shortly after the inauguration of President Reagan in 1981 to “consider the feasibility of a metallic basis for US currency.”
The panel advised against such a move. “Now, three decades later, as we face the task of cleaning up the wreckage of the current administration’s policies, we propose a similar commission to investigate possible ways to set a fixed value for the dollar,” the platform says.
In the wake of recent shooting rampages, calls have increased for legislation to ban high-capacity gun magazines, which allow dozens of bullets to be loaded at a time. In contrast with the 2008 Republican platform, the 2012 document stakes a position on access to ammunition.
“We oppose legislation that is intended to restrict our Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the ill-considered Clinton gun ban,” the platform states.
The Clinton-era ban on assault weapons, enacted in 1994, included a ban on “large capacity ammunition feeding devices.” The law expired in 2004.
The Romney-Ryan proposal to reform the twin federal health-care entitlements for seniors, the poor, and the disabled is now in black and white in the 2012 platform.
“The first step is to move the two programs away from their current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined-contribution model,” the platform says. “This is the only way to limit costs and restore consumer choice for patients and introduce competition.”
Medicare moves to a “premium-support” model, a voucher-like system in which seniors use their government subsidy to purchase private health insurance or traditional Medicare. Medicaid becomes a block-grant program, in which the federal government gives a defined amount to each state, which then uses the money as it sees fit toward insuring the poor and disabled.
The platform also hints at an increase in the eligibility age for Medicare, currently 65.
“Without disadvantaging retirees or those nearing retirement, the age [of] eligibility for Medicare must be made more realistic in terms of today’s longer life span,” it says.
In some places, the platform reads like a primal scream against the Obama administration. Exhibit A is the killing of Osama bin Laden, a huge, undisputed victory for the president that Republicans have been trying to diminish. Bin Laden is not mentioned explicitly in the platform, but information leaks surrounding the operation that left him dead have given Republicans the hook they need.
“The current administration’s leaks of classified information have imperiled intelligence assets which are vital to American security,” the platform states.
Let’s not stand up and cheer our, at least, partial victory just yet. After all, these are just words on paper and are easily manipulated and disregarded after the election, but it appears to be a step in the right direction.
Even if the election goes our way, we all know the work has just started. Those who pledge the reforms must be held to account.