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Will Republicans recalibrate in the wake of this election loss?

L.A. Times 2012/11/07 15:00:00
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The people have spoken. President Obama has won a chance to move beyond the stunted progress of his first term and, perhaps, become a historic president.

On the losing side, the Republican Party remains shut out of the White House and has blown a chance to take over the U.S. Senate, largely because it catered to the narrow concerns of tea party zealots and social conservatives who imagined themselves as the only authentic Americans but who are, in fact, way out of step with most of the people in this country.

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  • Whodini 2012/11/26 01:50:37
    No
    Whodini
    Their tactics, yes; their agenda - not likely
  • Ramón 2012/11/17 18:54:40
    Yes
    Ramón
    They're going to have to change their platform. I mean, what choice do they have, what with the nation going more and more secular, with the entire media conglomerate going more and more liberal and secular... more than secular... to the far left... Democratic platform saying it's okay for abortion to the 9 month, booing the vote to put mention of G*d into the party platform... and no matter if you believe in G*d or not... booing? This means those who booed are loud and raucous and unwilling to accept or hear of any other viewpoint, but willingly applaud those who do the same.

    The deliberately deceptive argument about marriage rights for homosexuals is a case in point. This is NOT about the right to marry... marriage is in a shambles now and divorce trumps marriage, and up to 60% of young couples are living together, not marrying... so the deliberately decep0tive argument about homosexual-marriage rights is a case in point. This is about attacking Judeo-Xtn morality, not about getting married. And this has become the status quo, accepted norm and those ReDumblicans who want to stay in the past, without really believing in the moral G*d who they pretend to worship, will change their platform... and so the slide continues.
  • Frannin 2012/11/15 05:34:34
    Yes
    Frannin
    Gonna have to, if they plan to survive. We need our two party system so I hope they do.
    President Obama sounds assertive after this election and he is signaling that he is
    unwilling to play any more games nor waste any more time. I believe we are going to make some real progress this time under his strong leadership. He'll prove to the American people that they made the right decision to re-elect him.
  • sokoyah 2012/11/13 17:38:43
    Yes
    sokoyah
    if they are as smart as they wanted us to think they were during the elections.
  • Charles Polk 2012/11/13 12:34:00
    No
    Charles Polk
    +1
    Every time a presidential candidate gets nominated from the extreme end of the political spectrum, they lose. Goldwater in 64, McGovern in 72 and now Romney. Doesn't that tell you something about where the electorate is? Americans are mostly centrist, they don't mind some socialism or some laizze faire capitalism because they believe that each philosophy has both good and evil sides and can ameliorate the worst excesses of the other. I believe Romney is a technocrat, more interested in what works than ideology but he also realized he had to keep the extremists running the party happy in order to have a chance to run at all. Right now, I don't see the extremists getting their pink slips, in fact they have already started running the next conspiracy delusion on FOX about Petreus and Benghazi. They don't get it. Extremists never get it. Good moderate right of center Republicans have to regain control of the process in their party. As Rachel Maddow puts it, America works best when both party's propose solutions and compete to enact them with bipartisanship. Come guys, we need you. Clean house, dump the loonies and the senile old retirees running your ship and get with the program. We need your creativity and new ideas, not just a return to the 1950's.
  • Robert Charles... 2012/11/13 22:32:05
    Robert
    Mitt Romney was a moderate Republican and we flushed him just like we flushed John McCain.
  • Charles... Robert 2012/11/20 14:39:30
    Charles Polk
    Maybe, but he didn't run in the primary as a moderate becasue the b_tsh_t crazy wing of the GOP wouldn't nominate him. Remember the hooplah about the Etch Sketch comments.
  • bt sedlock 2012/11/13 06:30:08
    Yes
    bt sedlock
    Yes, but they shouldn't have to change their agenda or compromise their views and principles just to get votes and alienate their previous constiuencies. Btw, what's wrong with being a social conservative? I'm a social conservative.
  • gerald.rice 2012/11/13 02:18:58
    Yes
    gerald.rice
    As soon as they end their civil war, they'll figure
    out that their core demographic is not growing as quickly as others. Grover Norquist said as much this weekend; although he said it in a backhanded sort of way. I look forward to 2014 and 2016.
    Btw... Voice_Matters is a coward. Apparently only his voice matters to him.
    You can block me if you want. But i can still talk about you! LOL
  • T 2012/11/13 01:21:36
    Yes
    T
    +1
    They'll have to in order to have a chance in 2016. Adapt or die. It's the way of the world.
  • Jaiheena Star 2012/11/13 01:19:59
  • mind-pilot 2012/11/13 01:04:47
    No
    mind-pilot
    +1
    It's obvious. It's conservative! No, we will not change. We hate blacks( unless we're gambling in the casinos on sportstrack....mandingo syle...ya'll know what I'm talkin' about). We don't like Mexicans(unless they're picking our crops for $2.00 an hour) women are no damn good (although men are worse) and the Asians are so damn smart we'll sound like rednecks just to prove our point.
    Can't you see? Can't you see? Who we really are? My God, we'd kill Jesus if He argued with our conservative way. We've lost every election that we haven't cheated. We've lost every poll unless we make-it-up ourselves. I've been arguing how much A.D.D. we have but all my friends are bi-polar and argue with me. WTF is going on in my party? We don't even smoke pot because we whind up in the corner of the room in the fetal position. Nobody likes us anymore and we argue amonst ourselves. Who in the hell do we think we are?
  • Robert mind-pilot 2012/11/13 09:04:15
    Robert
    If this election proves anything is that white liberals can't elect their own people anymore. That's what you get when you have a party that caters to homosexuals, militant feminists, abortionists and Earth worshipers who think you'll destroy the planet if you have children. Your party is a demographic time bomb waiting to explode. You can hold hands and regurgitate your diversity slogans all you want because they are in the early stages of taking over the Democrat Party and they'll decide which resources get apportioned out and to whom. They'll also set the agenda and frankly I don't believe those masochistic Latinos or blacks care about militant feminism, unnatural lifestyles or riding around in a green friendly car that looks like it was designed by Ringling Brothers. You have trapped yourselves in a figurative Chinese finger puzzle where if you stand up for your own interests you'll destroy your own party and if you don't you'll be forever marginalized. Don't look to the Republican Party either because Romney's loss just proves we aren't swinging to the left.
  • mind-pilot Robert 2012/11/13 17:08:11
    mind-pilot
    It appears you've missed the entire point of the election. What is a white liberals "own people?" How is it our party is gobbled-up by corporate influences ( that I personally don't like)? Our agenda tries to emit 47% of our own people ie:veterans, pensioners, social security recepients ( who paid into the insurance program)firemen, police officers and more and we think the others are liberating homosexuals, when, in fact, our party is loaded with homosexuals. We don't like women. We can't stand blacks unless were gambling on them....boxing, football, basketball, mandingoisms and yet call ourselves "conservative". And, still, we own stock in Walmart(most products are made in Communist Red China and we had them change the label to "China" to protect our stocks) and still we call ourselves patriots. We drive Japanese cars and degrade American automobiles and still we call ourselves special. And the "abortion" issue? How galant we have become when for thousands of years we have drowned the babies in the river when we couldn't feed them. Or they were deformed. Or they were the wrong sex.
    Really Robert? You can't tell that "our own people" created this?
    Did you see our "corporate, superpak" choices at the republican debates? We are a mess and we blame the others. Gingrich wanted ...


    It appears you've missed the entire point of the election. What is a white liberals "own people?" How is it our party is gobbled-up by corporate influences ( that I personally don't like)? Our agenda tries to emit 47% of our own people ie:veterans, pensioners, social security recepients ( who paid into the insurance program)firemen, police officers and more and we think the others are liberating homosexuals, when, in fact, our party is loaded with homosexuals. We don't like women. We can't stand blacks unless were gambling on them....boxing, football, basketball, mandingoisms and yet call ourselves "conservative". And, still, we own stock in Walmart(most products are made in Communist Red China and we had them change the label to "China" to protect our stocks) and still we call ourselves patriots. We drive Japanese cars and degrade American automobiles and still we call ourselves special. And the "abortion" issue? How galant we have become when for thousands of years we have drowned the babies in the river when we couldn't feed them. Or they were deformed. Or they were the wrong sex.
    Really Robert? You can't tell that "our own people" created this?
    Did you see our "corporate, superpak" choices at the republican debates? We are a mess and we blame the others. Gingrich wanted to go to the moon. Bachman has dual citizenship and wants to be president. Cain and his 999 was a dumb as rock. Santorum was bought off by Romney and Romney is called a "Liar" by all of them. We didn't even have a plan. Not even an idea of a plan. But we said we did. The GAO and the CBO claimed our plan just "wouldn't work".
    No, what this election proves is our party is being overrun by outside, foreign interest and our greed has propelled them. Hell, we're so off the mark if Jesus were to become a repulican we'd be the first to crucify Him. We are a mess Robert. Face it. We're losers.
    We tried to even rig the elections and lost. Why? I'll tell you why, because we're trying to blame others for who we are. And you're part of it.
    Now, man up and fix this party. We are the hipocrits.
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  • Robert mind-pilot 2012/11/13 22:36:02
    Robert
    It's ok liberals, we can wait. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock, that's the sound of your demographic demise.
  • mind-pilot Robert 2012/11/13 22:46:59
    mind-pilot
    Well, there you go. You just want to hang on to those pieces of misinformation that got us here. Good going. Because you're taking us nowhere as they will continue to diversify and multiply. We'll just die in the mold. Good going Robert. Great thinking.....not!
  • MindaBrown mind-pilot 2012/11/13 19:25:05
    MindaBrown
    The election was lost at the rigged ballot boxes.
  • mind-pilot MindaBrown 2012/11/13 22:49:17
    mind-pilot
    Yup. Florida tried again. But, sadly, we screwed it up and none of the ballots in Florida could make a difference. It ended up going to the opposition. We can't even cheat right anymore.
  • Nancy 2012/11/12 19:30:42
    Yes
    Nancy
    +1
    Liberals think the election was a mandate to shut down Conservatism
    They used every tactic possible - often illegal and crude. They are out in force today hoping to keep the charade up. There are many paid political posters on Yahoo - MSN shut down comments after the election because some of the posters were being exposed as not just everyday citizens posting in favor of Obama but people who were actually part of Obama's staff - one poster called herself "Feisty Redhead" and she was actually his campaign secretary - so Obama used every trick he could - from cheating to having a web site where people reported posters who didn't like him. This "win" takes on a new heights of desperation from Obama. The news today is revealing the cover-ups. More exposure to come.
  • bt sedlock Nancy 2012/11/13 06:35:23
    bt sedlock
    Maybe he'll have a second term curse which has presidents for the past 60 years.
  • bt sedlock bt sedlock 2012/11/13 06:37:30
    bt sedlock
    What I meant to say is: maybe he'll have a second term curse which has "plagued" presidents for the past 60 years.
  • middlesex1957 2012/11/12 05:40:39
    No
    middlesex1957
    +2
    I don't think the Republican party can recalibrate. I think they've doomed themselves by letting extremist lunatics get control of the party with all their bizarre demands to increase the size of government in order to play "big brother" over our personal lives. They handed power to religious extremists who want to force their religion on those of us who don't belong to theirs. Lastly they lashed themselves to a sinking ship of flawed and failed financial ideas instead of scrapping what was a total waste and presenting something new that will actually benefit the country as a whole. Instead of the Louis the 14ths of the modern world. We need a 2nd party we can respect - that respects us. Any ideas?
  • Robert middles... 2012/11/12 22:30:49
    Robert
    I guess the best those "religious extremists" could do with this power was nominate a Massachusetts Mormon who by some stretch could be considered a centrist at best and a liberal at worst? Someone who had homosexual activists working within his campaign,flip flopped on the issues and outright lied about his support of liberal causes while governor of Massachusetts? The truth is the establishment GOP is no different than the elites who run the Democrat Party. US "extremists" as you call them make up the majority of their voters yet we are locked out of power by the Northeastern liberal Republicans who run the show. That's all about to change. We've been chipping away at their power base for years and the formation of the Tea Party sent shivers down their spines. The lack of support for Romney in the election is likely to bring some changes favorable to the right wing.
  • mind-pilot middles... 2012/11/13 01:07:18
    mind-pilot
    Middlesex? Are you from England? You're so bloody well right. But these yanks are, either, deaf or just plain stupid. You said it in a paragraph. I just don't believe they can understand a complete paragraph. Good luck bloke....Cheers!
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/11/12 05:19:52
    No
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +1
    America is done.

    Obituary:
    The United States of America passed away November 7, 2012 with an almost silent whimper. She was 236 years old. The grand old lady died of neglect, stupidity, arrogance and pure abuse at the hands of both her leaders and its ignorant populace. She will be survived by the Socialist Democratic Republic of Obamerica or SDRO.
    Also killed in this same massive, catastrophic, progressive wreck were personal freedoms, American values, exceptionalism, The Constitution, economic growth, conservatism, fiscal sanity, American unity, free markets, life's sanctity, marriage between man and woman, Republicanism, free will, self-reliance and many more so mutilated as to be unrecognizable any longer.
    May she rest in peace and God bless her!
    July 4, 1776-November 6, 2012
  • custard CUDDLY ... 2012/11/12 20:43:13 (edited)
    custard
    You people just hate obama, and why is that? He has done a great job and done many of the things he promised but all you people can do is attack him, and his ideas/policies. Maybe instead of complaining you should offer up some possible solutions. Right now all you are doing is pointing out things you see as problems but not offering solutions. America has not died because she still represents the majority of her people and I hope she always will.
  • bt sedlock custard 2012/11/13 06:46:45
    bt sedlock
    +1
    Name one great thing that Obama has done since he was president and how has it benefitted the American people?
  • custard bt sedlock 2012/11/13 12:14:47
    custard
    Well Obama passed the affordable healthcare act.
  • CUDDLY ... custard 2012/11/14 06:37:00
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    And health premiums have shot up through the stratosphere too .........
  • bt sedlock custard 2012/11/15 06:47:17
    bt sedlock
    I don't see how that's benefitting me.
  • CUDDLY ... custard 2012/11/14 06:37:24
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    We're done. Whether you like that notion or not.
  • custard CUDDLY ... 2012/11/15 21:10:36 (edited)
    custard
    Maybe in your radical widely unaccepted views America is done, but not to the majority of people.
  • CUDDLY ... custard 2012/11/18 02:34:12
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    By "BUY" not means what exactly?
  • custard CUDDLY ... 2012/11/19 04:21:29
    custard
    First off I like how you completely bypass trying to respond to the point I made and instead point out grammatical errors. Secondly thanks it's been corrected. ;)
  • CUDDLY ... custard 2012/11/19 04:47:24
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    Glad you like it. I'd be really good at being a progressive communist .......... able to derail ANY conversation by pointing out your grammatical errors and pissing you off at the same time.
  • custard CUDDLY ... 2012/11/23 05:55:39
    custard
    I don't see how that's relevant or why you think that is needed. Btw you still did not respond to my main point, all you have done is attack me...well that is what your know for that and crying.
  • CUDDLY ... custard 2012/11/23 05:57:10
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    Show me where I "attacked" you ........... Mr. Drama Queen.
  • custard CUDDLY ... 2012/11/23 06:28:28
    custard
    "I'd be really good at being a progressive communist .......... able to derail ANY conversation by pointing out your grammatical errors and pissing you off at the same time."

    Insulting liberals and attacking them in that comment. Hey why don't you respond to the comment I have been trying to get you to respond to. Oh wait you can't it's not possible because you might lose the follow up debate.
  • CUDDLY ... custard 2012/11/24 01:21:36
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    It's apparent that you have your feelings hurt easily so therefore there is no need for me to elaborate on anything I've written.
  • BobbyOu... CUDDLY ... 2012/11/12 21:19:38
    BobbyOuroboros
    +2
    You are a sad little drama queen
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