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It's a huge mistake for the GOP to blame Romney and not learn from this election cycle, so nobody tell them about this article from Salon.

The summary: Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves for following the Tea Party and going further right than even GWB.

Conservatives who point their fingers at him now should think of how they've behaved for the last four years...

Where The National Review is wrong, though, is in blaming Romney for this. Sure, he’s at least partly responsible, and as a Politico piece this morning reminds us, he’s hardly been a flawless candidate. But there’s a much bigger problem here, one with which conservatives haven’t been interested in grappling: the Republican Party itself has never really dealt with Bush’s shadow.

To explain how such a man [Obama] could win the presidency, they told themselves that Bush’s main flaw was a lack of ideological purity: If only he’d been more conservative – much, much more conservative – he wouldn’t have given the right’s worldview a bad name and left the easily swayed masses susceptible to Obama’s charms.

This, obviously, was a total misreading both of who Obama is and what he represents politically and why voters had soured on Bush and the GOP. But in the short-term, there was no political price for the GOP to pay. They settled on a strategy of unanimous obstruction, even if it meant opposing policy ideas they had once championed


Things changed a bit when Republicans took over the House in 2011; with their majority, they were finally forced to advance legislation on their own. But this basically meant manufacturing destructive showdowns with Obama and passing politically toxic Medicare and budget plans


This is the party that Mitt Romney is representing in the general election.

The article mentions Medicare and budget plans, but forgets the GOP House's obsession with legislatively attacking women over the past 2 years. That's also huge. The GOP believes in survival of the fittest, at any cost. Well, the GOP must now either evolve or die. Mitt Romney was the most moderate guy they had, and if he can't win over the middle of America using the current GOP platform, nobody in their party can.

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  •  many points with which I agree (5+ / 0-)

    AND, we can bet our dressage horse on the probability that the TeaBuggerers and the GO Pee BrAIN tRUST will circle around, blame the librul media, voter fraud, dirty tricks, and the Romney campaign for their loss.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 01:20:48 PM PDT

    •  We haven't even got to the election and there (0+ / 0-)

      have been several diaries about the same crap on the GOP side including Ohio voting machine fix in 2004 ... which makes me wonder why not in 2006 and 2008?...So now they are going to try it again? One even went so far as to claim that the governors in swing states will just push a button and give the election to Romeny...

      I think people who are extremely involved need some way to back out of thier obsessions when they lose so they come up with conspiracy theories and standard campaign accusations. Many extremists are so locked in that they can very unreasonable. Worst thing about the Righties is that they actually caryy guns openly to events and love to threaten killing to get thier way. We need to learn to disengage the election from our own self value. You'd would think we are talking about soccer thugs.

      How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

      by boophus on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:43:29 PM PDT

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  •  I love that, 5-6 weeks out, a rising question is (5+ / 0-)
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    snowcity, Kristopher, JeffW, elwior, Karl Rover

    whether Romney's failure is due mainly to the flaws of Romney, or is his failure due mainly to the flaws of today's GOP.

    In other words, whichever the case, it's understood as common knowledge that Romney is a failure, just as water is wet.

  •  Double down! Double down! (7+ / 0-)

    I love this. I want to make popcorn and just sit and watch. The polls look "skewed" because not enough people are showing up on them that identify as Republican. And why is this?

    Flawed sampling, of course!  It couldn't be that less and less people actually want to associate themselves with such a damaged, flailing, nonsensical brand, goodness no!

    So, the solution is to live in denial of the truths that the numbers are showing, and double down on the idiotic thinking and policies that caused the terrible numbers in the first place!


  •  You know what's funny? (6+ / 0-)

    The GOP 2016 candidate will be even worse than Romney.

    The kooks think Romney is going to lose because he's not conservative enough, and they'll nominate a real screwjob in 2016.

    •  They'll put a person of color or a woman (5+ / 0-)
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      on the ticket, because bigots are convinced that's how people who vote for Obama think. They have to convince themselves that it's an identity game, rather than about policies. But Rubio (or whoever they draft) will bomb just as badly as Palin did with women.

      Bigots don't get it, and it's probably going to take a generation before rabid racists aren't controlling everything about their party. The GOP is run by old white men, whether it's their party leaders or the corporate goons that control them, so the policies never change. They'll have to grow out of that before they start threatening Dems again IMO. And rightwing bigots don't grow out of bigotry, they can only pass away and let less bigoted people take their place.

      •  the cloned spawn of Michelle Bachmann & (2+ / 0-)
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        Alan West.


        Or that of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 01:48:48 PM PDT

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    •  And when he/she loses, what then? (2+ / 0-)
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      Mass seppuku?

      Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

      by JeffW on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 01:40:04 PM PDT

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  •  Just read an interesting article by (3+ / 0-)
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    Robert Reich. I sense a bit of snark in his premise, or maybe he's dead serious when he says that we shouldn't count out voter suppression. I'm not sure.

    -- Fourth and finally, as it's shown before, the Republican Party will do whatever it can to win -- even if it means disenfranchising certain voters. To date, 11 states have enacted voter identification laws, all designed by Republican legislatures and governors to dampen Democratic turnout.

    The GOP is also encouraging what can only be termed "voter vigilante" groups to "monitor polling stations to prevent fraud" -- which means intimidating minorities who have every right to vote. They're poring through lists of registered Democratic voters, seeking to have "suspicious" names purged from the rolls or targeted for questioning when these people arrive to vote.

    Republicans haven't been able to document a rise in voter fraud in recent years. They've manufactured the problem to give a patina of legitimacy to these efforts. And what about those Diebold voting machines?

    For these reasons, don't for a moment believe Romney is "toast." There are still many weeks between now and Election Day, and he might just pop back up.

    Reich: Four reasons why Mitt Romney isn't toast

    “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

    by hungrycoyote on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 01:39:26 PM PDT

  •  Good article. (4+ / 0-)

    That's the point that I and others have been hitting hard

    It's fine to ridicule and point out Romney's incompetencies, but the most important point to make is that voters are rejecting the Republican agenda for the country.

    Over half the country doesn't support their taxing, their cuts to social programs, the wars, inequalities and discrimination, infringement on personal rights, excessive corporate welfare, climate change denial, and the list goes on and on.

    While we would all love to think so, this election, even if we can achieve the landslide we're working toward and retaking the House, won't destroy them.

    We have to set them back as far as possible by telling the unvarnished truth, hammering through the false equivalencies, denouncing the hate and irrational fear-mongering, restoring the necessity for science and logic in problem-solving and future planning.

    It's easier to cheer our victories and we're all definitely relieved at how everything is going for the immediate short term, but the key is to relentlessly pound on the issues and educate year round just as we do at election time.

    Chief neoconservative/fundamentalist allied belief: All things are possible if only you lie.

    by blueoasis on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 01:58:57 PM PDT

  •  So it is a 3 way race (3+ / 0-)

    Obama wins, and the two losers are the GOP and Romney.

    Maybe they'll give him an asterisk. He lost, but it was really because the party only appeals to bigots and teh stupid.

    Smart, loyal conservatives want the country to do well. They see that Romney has no answers, no specifics, no plan to rally around.

    They'll sit back and let Obama keep trying, because they love this country more than they love the GOP, especially this particular version of the GOP.

    We've been spelling it wrong all these years. It's actually: PRO-GOP-ANDA

    by Patriot4peace on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:12:44 PM PDT

    •  Great sig line, Patriot. (1+ / 0-)
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      There don't seem to be many sane Republicans left and I don't know how they will rebuild the party without moderating voices. I do believe they'll nominate a real crazeeee in 2016 and suffer an ignominious defeat. By 2020 a lot of their base will have died off and maybe they can begin to rebuild. I wonder how many voices of reason will be left by then. Most of the folks I knew back in the day when I was a Republican have, like me, walked away shaking their heads vowing never to return.

      Whose bread I eat, his song I sing.

      by Hanging Up My Tusks on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 02:57:03 PM PDT

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  •  I hope your take is correct because the blowback (0+ / 0-)

    should be in the congressional races. It would be lovely to remove the house from Republican control. Then if the senate loses the passive filibuster we might get something done.

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