What the Republicans Should Do Now (But Probably Won’t)

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Dear Republicans:

Here is a little unsolicited free advice. It’s worth every penny you paid for it.

Congratulations on your big win. Well played, well played indeed. Like the proverbial dog that chases cars, what are you gonna do now that you caught one?

As many pundits have pointed out, you don’t have a mandate. You ran really vague campaigns and it paid off, but it didn’t leave you with any voter support for an agenda.

There are a few things you should take off the table. First and foremost, forget about impeaching Obama. It’s not gonna happen. You can pass it in the House but it will fail in the Senate, and could easily make people feel sympathetic for Obama. Did you learn nothing from the Clinton impeachment? Besides, if you succeed then you have to deal with President Joe Biden, and he could nominate Hillary to be his new vice president.

It’s best to just leave that can of worms sealed tight.

Number two, forget about repealing Obamacare, at least for now. Obama will veto anything you pass and you don’t have enough votes to override his veto. Besides that, people still want health care reform, they just don’t want the Obamacare version. Not to mention that as long as it is still in effect it remains an issue that works in your favor.

If you guys really mean your rhetoric about changing the direction this country has been headed in, you’re gonna have to hang on to Congress and add the White House. This election has provided you with a great opportunity, but if you try to use it to pass tax cuts for the rich while banning abortion and gay marriage, there’s gonna be a different wave in 2016 that will sweep your asses back out of office.

What you need to do now is lay a foundation for 2016 and beyond. One way to do that is go back to being RINOs (Republicans in name only) who are more competent/less corrupt than Democrats and who promise to bankrupt the country at a slower rate. This will please your corporate sponsors who are eager to open the floodgates of immigration so they can have lots of cheap labor.

That might solve your problem for 2016, but in the long run it will destroy the GOP as we know it today.

There is a better way.

Think small. There are some bills you can pass that the voters want, like bringing back real lightbulbs. Pass a budget that modestly cuts spending. Legalize medicinal marijuana. Deport Justin Beiber. Put these bills on Obama’s desk and dare him to veto them.

Show the voters that Congress can function properly. Make Obama obstruct change.

If you really want to bring about some lasting change, you’re gonna have to start being honest with people. That’s not gonna be easy, because for decades now the voters have been led to believe they can vote for free stuff. That’s why we have a national debt that is approaching $18 TRILLION DOLLARS.

Weaning people off the government tit is gonna be unpopular. The other thing you need to do is restore the limited, divided government envisioned by our Founding Fathers. That means returning power to the states too.

It’s not gonna happen overnight. You need a strategy, and you need a vision. Last but not least, you need to sell that vision to the voters. That is gonna take some real leadership.

The key to success is prosperity. Real prosperity. You can’t tell someone who is unemployed or under-employed how great the economy is doing. They won’t believe you. That’s been Obama’s problem – he can’t convince anyone that his anemic recovery is prosperity.

For 2016 you need to nominate a governor who has a solid record of building prosperity in his/her state. If you look around you could probably find one or two of them. Someone with a positive message of economic growth, similar to the one used so effectively by Ronald Reagan.

Or you could just go back to business as usual.


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113 Responses to What the Republicans Should Do Now (But Probably Won’t)

  1. Constance says:

    ” This election has provided you with a great opportunity, but if you try to use it to pass tax cuts for the rich while banning abortion and gay marriage, there’s gonna be a different wave in 2016 that will sweep your asses back out of office.”

    I wish I had faith that Republicans wouldn’t waste their opportunity on committing political suicide with stuff like impeaching Obama, abortion, birth control, gays, and tax breaks for the rich. For once could they just think of the Citizens who elected them and our country rather than their own power and petty prejudices? Is that asking too much?

    • The Klown says:

      Is that asking too much?

      Yeah. That’s why I am a believer is small, limited, divided government. Limit government, limit the damage they can do.

    • Somebody says:

      I think it is highly likely that one of their first agenda items will be some kind of corporate tax reform. We have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. Would you put that into tax cuts for the rich category??

      As with anything, the devil will be in the details, because even though we have one of the highest tax rates worldwide we have companies that pay little to no taxes thanks to special loopholes and exemptions bought and paid for through lobbyist.

      What tax reform measures they consider beyond corporate remains to be seen, but I have a feeling they’re going to be looking at a range of tax reform measures. Once again I’d say the devil will be in the details. If they play their cards right and strike the right balance it may be a really good thing for all of us and for the economy…….but then again they could overreach…….nah they wouldn’t do that!

      I haven’t heard any indication that abortion or gay marriage is high on anyone’s priority list, but I’m not a beltway insider. Deporting Justin Beiber may be a good idea, but I think it would set a bad precedent and Congress is unlikely to take up the issue. There is no way the incoming Congress would legalize marijuana, medicinal or not. The light bulbs are probably a player though, as is the Keystone pipline and probably some kind of comprehensive energy bill.

      I don’t think they’ll touch impeachment, not unless some kind of really damning information come forth. It would have to be something really bad that would get the majority of the nation and a number of dems on their side. They’d probably all have better odds playing the lottery. I think a number will continue to bluster about it, but the leadership has no appetite for it so it won’t happen.

      I think it’s entirely possible that you may see an up or down vote on repealing the ACA. There are too many R’s that ran on that issue to ignore it. It may likely pass, but not in a veto proof fashion. It will be more of a symbolic vote. The question will then be will the R’s take up potential changes to the ACA where there is fairly widespread support? On the one hand doing so would be good for the country, but it would also nibble away at a big issue they have and in the long run could help to salvage a thus far really unpopular program…….decisions, decisions.

      I don’t think you’ll see any significant cuts in spending, perhaps a mild slowing down. There will be a shift in where some of the graft goes, but that is about it……leopards and their spots you know.

  2. 49erDweet says:

    Shrink government
    Shrink governmen
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    My two pennies

  3. elliesmom says:

    The Republicans have several competent governors to choose from. I’ve made no secret my favorite is Scott Walker. While he lacks Reagan’s charisma, he has a solid record of not backing down when he knows he’s doing the right thing. I think the Republicans can safely pass the Keystone pipeline. It’s very popular with all but the most strident tree huggers, and they aren’t going to get those votes anyway. While the record shows government sponsored pre-K education doesn’t have any long term positive effect, it is good quality daycare. If it’s voluntary, I don’t think it would upset the base so much they’d revolt if the Republicans helped pass it. It would take the “Republicans hate kids” away from the Democrats. I think they should put freshman like Mia Love in visible roles right from the start. Seeing people who don’t need walkers and/or botox in decision-making roles would do a lot to grab more young votes. I have a link to the story about the 18 year old who got elected in WV on my FB page, and a lot of young people who “hate Republicans” are all over it – in a very positive way.

    • DeniseVB says:

      That young lady from WV will do more to inspire youths than OWS. Many great role models swept in with this election. The GOP will do well to keep them highlighted.

      Neil Cavuto had a funny closing segment today highlighting all the Dems that dissed an invite to his show …. lost. Those who appeared, won. He snarked And Fox is still here too. 😀

  4. The Klown says:

    One thing I meant to add to my post:

    No matter what the Republicans try to do, the Democrats in and out of the media will try to portray it as crazy extremism. The GOP needs to curb some of their rhetoric and work on moderating their image.

    • The Klown says:

      One of the key moments in the 1980 presidential campaign was the debate between Carter and Reagan. The Carter campaign had worked really hard to portray Reagan as a radical nutcase, but in the debate he came across warm and friendly. His “There you go again” line made people laugh.

      That line and the one about “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” turned a close race into a Reagan landslide.

    • cynic says:

      Yup, a friend forwarded an email to me. This is just a snippet:
      Prepare yourself. Yesterday’s election results will put the Senate under new management, and its incoming leader — Senator Mitch McConnell — has made no secret of his pro-polluter, anti-environmental agenda.
      (…)
      NRDC will bring everything to bear — the grassroots power of 1.4 million Members and online activists like you, the advocacy clout of our legal and scientific teams and the unmatched effectiveness of our rapid response operation — to stave off Mitch McConnell’s Big Polluter Agenda.

  5. DandyTIger says:

    Republicans can either have a vision and do the hard job of moving that way, or be the pigs at the trough. Like with the Democrats before, and like with either party when they get their next turn, the trough will be too tempting. My prediction is they’ll make a few moves in the right direction, then will be wallowing at the trough all too soon. And then things will cycle back to the other, etc. All until the system goes poof. Which at this rate is not too far off. IOW, they won’t change until circumstances force the change. Would be great if otherwise, but I ain’t holding my breath.

    • The Klown says:

      We have a system that rewards spending millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign donations with billions of dollars in government pork. There is no incentive to be honest.

  6. HELENK3 says:

    we have a lot of broken depts in today’s government. EPA – IRS – TSA – Education – Holders dept of crime- Homeland Security take each one and start going through the budgets line by line and cutting funding for them. These depts have done more harm than good to this country. Are they really needed in their present forms? This is something that backtrack does not have the power to veto

    • Somebody says:

      Go back to agency by agency budgets, no more huge all in one omnibus bills. It’s much harder to hide the pork that way. It is a lot more work and a lot more votes, but boo hoo that’s what they get paid to do.

      • HELENK3 says:

        just think they may have to have a 5 day work week like the rest of us used to have before backtrack

      • WMCB says:

        ^^^THIS^^^

        • The Klown says:

          If I was in charge I would eliminate deficit spending except in very limited circumstances, like to fight a declared war. Then I would take an axe to the federal bureaucracy, starting with the Department of Education.

          • The Klown says:

            Federal workers would get civil service protections but no unions.

          • The Klown says:

            I’d simplify the tax code to eliminate the special tax breaks and get rid of most of the mid-level managers in Washington DC and around the country.

          • Erin says:

            What is your definition of mid-level manager.

          • Somebody says:

            I think Lois was a little higher up the food chain than mid-level. There is definitely a lot of bloat in the management ranks in federal agencies, especially in and around the DC area. There is also a stunning lack of technology within most federal agencies and I don’t know why……..piss poor budget management, unions that don’t want technology to replace their members, security???? A little of all of the above???

      • Constance says:

        That would make a real impression and it would force media to cover Congresses efforts at being thrifty almost non stop. I would love to see individual agency budgets.

        • Erin says:

          I woud love to see that again too. It however requires congress to actully do their job in a timely manner.

          • Somebody says:

            If they go back to agency by agency budgets then it is a lot more work. Each budget will have to be debated then voted on and each agency budget will have more attention and light shown it. Neither party really wants that. It’s much easier to claim ignorance when the budget is this massive omnibus bill…….oh gee was that in there……gosh the budget was 5,000 pages, blah, blah.

      • mothy67 says:

        I want every congress person to swear under oath that they have read a bill before they sign it. It is thier fucking job. They became legislators no one made them.Do your job.

  7. The Klown says:

    A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING: The language of lying – Noah Zandan:

    • The Klown says:

      I could do a series of posts about the art of lying and the related art of catching liars.

    • mothy67 says:

      I was very impressed by the judge in custody hearing. She asked him point blank if he had ever had any legal issues. He lied and said no your Honor in his creepy manipulitive voice. She said do you want to rethink that statement I have your record in front of me. She somehow knew he was not truthful and set him up. He walked into it. I guess years of doing the job you pick up on things. His girlfriend had a pretend siezure in the court room. My lawyer said the judge said of course she did. She also said I never order psych evals but I insist you get one. He can file again if he pays for eval so this might keep going on forever. The thing about lies is he can only see her once a week for an hour in a supervised setting. The social workers wrote him glowing reviews. How hard is it to behave for an hour once a week. I was scared for the brat but the judge saw through him. His Facebook page has rants from young women about abuse. Teeth knocked out abuse. The lies never stop and I feared the judge would fall for his spiel but she didn’t. My mom and dad got full custody. Never happens. They are her great grandparents. So much money spent. I wonder if I had said here is twenty grand just go away and get high if he would have taken it.

  8. HELENK3 says:

    Nov 5th is the anniversary of the Fort Hood shooting. I would like to have that treated like a terrorist attack and not work place violence. That way the people could get the pay and benefits they earned

  9. WMCB says:

    The things I end up chatting about on Twitter…

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Oh man, you should check out FNC’s numbers for election night ! Congrats Megyn and Brett !

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/11/05/cable-news-ratings-for-tuesday-november-4th-2014/324175/

    • The Klown says:

      I think most of the people watching MSNBC were like me – tuning in for shitzengiggles as they melted down on the air.

      • Constance says:

        I always watch MSNBC when the Dems are losing. I really enjoy watching the melt down. But I never watch it otherwise.

  11. DeniseVB says:

    BOOM ! First Candidate to announce for 2016 — Dr. Ben Carson (per ABC news)

  12. The Klown says:

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile, back in Ferguson, MO. Community Organizers have issued “rules of engagement” for the potential riots if Officer Wilson is not indicted.

    They want 48 hours notice (to import the rioters?), police not to wear riot gear protection and not to arrest anyone for just throwing a water bottle at the police. WTF?

    http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2014/11/06/ferguson-braces-for-grand-jury-decision/

  14. WMCB says:

    Go read this piece. Brilliant. Truth.

    “Feminism no longer speaks to women. It has become a privileged sorority for actresses, politicians, media types and academics who don’t actually like women. Especially working class women.

    The public face of feminism should be Ayaan Hirsi Ali, but instead it’s the neurotic privileged pettiness of Lena Dunham.

    Feminism has become a lightweight movement heavy on pop culture and phony outrage and unbelievably light on content. It speaks all the time, but it no longer has anything to say.”

    http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-unbearable-lightness-of-feminism.html

    • HELENK3 says:

      It has become a guy’s dream. so called feminists sold themselves out very cheaply and did disservice to all who come after them

    • mothy67 says:

      THANK YOU. that was a great refreshing read.

    • Meh. It definitely spoke some truth, and the frame was excellent, but the editorial got bogged down by its attempt to micro-target women of privilege who have legitimacy. That’s convenient rhetoric to fight the “war on women” meme, but it doesn’t actually speak to the truth.

      He’s right about the juxtaposition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali to Lena Dunham, and the unbearable lightness of feminism, but he’s wrong about campus rape, gamergate, and Hillary Clinton. Campus rape is an actual problem, and gamergate, while difficult to parse from reading articles, is easy to understand when one makes a single visit to fourchan (deliberately misspelled) and knows the definition of doxxing. Persecuting Hillary Clinton for the moral lapses of her husband and the political realities of her time betrays a latent misogyny, in my opinion. There were much more suitable examples than those three from which to draw, like SlutWalks, for example.

      I suspect that he didn’t choose better examples because he’s trying to attack something he doesn’t understand, which is leftist feminism, from a worldview that he does, which is a shallow conservatism. From reading it, I get the sense he doesn’t even cares as much as about Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her experiences as he does about using her as a foil for his habitual persecution of Islam (his About Me page really betrayed him there). That’s not feminist either, and just as exploitative as those feminists he’s attacking. My 2 cents.

      • mothy67 says:

        I’d very much like to respond without any filters. I think feminism sucks. It pits women against men. I love my brat, my mom, my tramp Aunt. Yep she is a ho. Bangs everythong. Love her she despises the Flukes and Dunhams. Campus rape? Girls just raped everyday. Really? What are the stats.I find it hard to believe that our campuses are over run by predators. I have done the walk of shame far too many times. I got drunk and I got laid. Stupid stuff. I did it though. Responsibility rests with me.
        If I am wrong please correct me but I the college rape thing seems surreal. One time is too many and I invest in my tyke knowing how to protect herself. Shot to the throat and a swift kick.
        By the way I speak from experience. Picking gravel out of your face is never fun. Not one but four. I was 16 waiting for a bus after work as a dishwasher.

      • DandyTIger says:

        I couldn’t disagree more with you about gamergate. A good analogy would be Hillary Dems in ’06-08. A group uncovered corruption, collusion, and even some crimes in the game journalism field. Including a journalista mailing list with direct evidence of these things. In trying to call people out, they formed a sort of non group, using the hashtag gamergate, to try to influence changes, and boycott offenders, etc. The result is they’ve been brutalized. Like with the Obots of ’07, the people pointing out the problems have been targeted and openly threatened. Part of the effort to discredit GG has involved some high profile “feminists” jumping in and feigning threats and attacks. When evidence of false accounts, false threats, and made up stories from some of these were exposed, the threats against GG increased. The problem, like with the Obots in ’07, is that the bigger media organizations involved in the corruption have been on board to protect their corruption. It boils down to a massive effort of the social justice brigade against gamers. Gawker has openly said that all male nerds should be collected, beat up, and killed. Open season on them. Never mind that a large group of the GG people are women. But still, the open hatred of gamers has been astonishing, from the usual “tolerant” groups.

        • The Klown says:

          An online war with gaming nerds. What could go wrong?

          • DandyTIger says:

            LOL. Yeah, they’re not the most, well, socialized. And of course it’s not a real group, organized or otherwise, so lots of crazies join in. And then some of the “bad guys” from the corruption media / corrupt developers side jump in and say bad things. It’s a lot like the weird trolls we used to get trying to pretend to be hillary dems and then inject racism. Lovely trolls everywhere.

          • The Klown says:

            Might as well start a troll war with 4chan.

      • mothy67 says:

        Hmmmm how many people care about gamers compared to bitch nurse with obola? Do not care if she has ebola she has one major case of obol.

  15. 49erDweet says:

    I’d hoped SP would’ve remained more involved and still be viable in ’16, but I guess that’s not in the works?

  16. HELENK3 says:

    I just watched Greta with Sgt Tahmooressi
    As I was watching it , I kept thinking of what backtrack DID NOT do for this man and what he was willing to do for pvt berghdal. backtrack is certainly not a president of all American citizens. Those who serve with honor and valor are not his kind of people and he would not lift a finger to help them.
    Yes it is great that he is home and I thank all those who helped get him home

    • mothy67 says:

      I just left the dollar store. Sugar in the Raw a buck a box. Happy be me. Anyhow same guy was in front of me at the checkout that was in front of me last year and he gave the same speech to the cashier he gave last year. It is a dollar store everything costs a dollar. She said would you like to buy a toy for children of thevarmed forces. All he had to say was no. He went off the rails but he did the exact same thing last year. What a drip. Get real crayons for kids whose parents put thier life on the line. Puke head.
      And I do not have 600,000 in the bank I have 612. Came from a consignment shop for a bench. Bank lady said my account never said I had that much money. Okay sure I made it up nothing better to do than pretend I have money. Please if I check in to lala land I would hope I’d take more than 600,000 of pretend money. A billion of fake cash would be the starting point.

  17. DeniseVB says:

    I love this.

  18. WMCB says:

    ISIS released their “price list” for their female slave markets. Girls younger than 9 fetched the highest prices.

  19. 1539days says:

    From the previous thread:

    My blog post tonight is about Democrats’ impotent rage over manufactured White rage. Did you know that Senate election turnout wasn’t much lower for the 2010 midterms than it was for 2008? Of the 129 million who “voted” for president in 2008, only 62 million voted for a Senator.

    Did you know that in 2010, only 1.15% fewer people (61.8) voted in Senate elections but 0.8% MORE Democrats voted for a Senate candidate than in 2010?

    Democrat Senators got more total votes in 2010 than in 2008 and they still lost. Suck it, party establishment.

  20. HELENK3 says:

    off topic

    I am learning some history tonight. I knew about the Navaho code talkers during WW2 but I never knew there were Choctaw code talkers in WW1

    • mothy67 says:

      Funny I grew up thinking I was Cherokee. I knew those stories because of my Nanny. We were not rich her name was actually Nanny okay her name was Ninnette but we called her Nanny gues Ninny was too close for comfort. ANYwho i bought my mothrr A hereditary thing for mothers day. No native american anywhere. I am Irish, English Germann and French with a little russian jew. White wjhite white.

      • 1539days says:

        That reminds me of something I heard the other day. On Fox News’ Red Eye, they were joking about how Italians are now “White” after being considered ethnic for decades. I’m half Sicilian and I used to get jokes about being part Black. I’m pale as a ghost but my father was what they used to call swarthy.

  21. The Klown says:

    THIS ROCKS:

  22. mothy67 says:

    I am going to pat myself on the back.
    Kid is an absolute delight. She is uber sensitive that sometimes alarms me. I do not want her to get. Hurt.
    I got an email from Dyksha’s father thanking me for how wonderful my brat has been to his daughter. I cried when I read it. So beautiful. They are from Nepal and I think being deposited in a white scholol might b e tough. She has been to the house. Many times. How glorious for him to spend the time writing amn email. It is midnight here so I am sure he wrote and rewrote.
    Beyond that my pup is decent. All I really want is for her to live a good life. She is 8 and made a kid not feel isolated. I am so proud.

  23. mothy67 says:

    I want to know what Ezra Klien has ever done to help anyone ever.
    I know I am an asshole but I do not make a career of calling other people assholes. I have taught adults to read. Rocks when you sit at an NA meeting and listen to a friend read the 12 steps. For me teaching an adult to read is easy and fun. Every person is like the Sunday Times crossword. I have to figure out how you are viewing random letters. I cannot think like me have to see what you are seeing.After that everything falls in place. So easy. I. am a gay almost Republican I have taught 8 men to read what have you done Ezra, Donna, Jackson, Sharpton, HIllary, San Fran hag

  24. WMCB says:

    I did a genuine spit take on this one. LMAO!

  25. mothy67 says:

    I am running fot president in 2016′ My platform is bagels. Every american deserves a smear.Il r omise if you elect me I will destroy Kraft. I also promise to say vadallia onion a thousand times a day. I cannot spell it but I can be a pretentious ass. Yep vote for me and I promise I will shred any and all dignity left.

    • Somebody says:

      It’s Vidalia. You can mix things up and instead of launching your campaign in Iowa you can start it in Vidalia and the annual Vidalia Onion Festival this April.
      http://www.vidaliaonionfestival.com/

      • mothy67 says:

        I am not convinced this Iowa place is real. Why would you place 4 vowels together and call it a state. Yes w can be a vowel. Okay maybe not in the last billion years but it can be. My first act as head chef will be to order them a consonant. You let this stuff run unchecked and soon people will be weddiing thier dogs.

  26. mothy67 says:

    Pittsburgh became a sanctuary city back in May. Thiscwas never put to a vote. Mayor just did it. He claimed that the population was aging and that new blood was needed. How does importing unskilled labor positively effect the economy? Not a lot of farms in the city. I spent the morning culling through every article written on the subject. Nothing about the crippling cost to social services. In fact there was an order issued that welfare agents stop asking forvproof of citizenship. Those funds come from the entire state. Zip nada zilch could I find on the negative impact. How does free healthcare, subsidized housing, food stamps, ESL teachers translate into a net gain. All the articles I read said it will help the economy. Broad bland statement. How does it help? Shabby homes get rented on Section 8? People buy Ramen at Family Dollar? All the free stuff has to be paid for. Democrats always get thier panties in a bunch about Social Security. What happens when millions of illegals become eligible. Medicare Medicaid?
    When you add a few hundred thousand to a city you build new ghettos. Take a ride through east LA. How does dependency result in an overall economic uptick. Someone h as to pay for the free stuff.

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