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Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:55 PM

When did the GOP become the whiners?

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/raines-whining-republicans/index.html

When did the GOP become the whiners?
By Howell Raines, Special to CNN

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Any short history of the whining sweepstakes should start by noting that a tectonic shift is taking place when the candidates and handlers of one side begin asking, in some form, this question: Why are they being allowed to do to us what we've happily been doing to them since -- to choose a recent precedent to this partisan shift -- the swift boating of John Kerry? You see what's that led to? Why, these Obamians want to turn Romney's brilliant business career into an unpatriotic defect!

The current situation is noteworthy because the Democratic Party seemed to have the exclusive franchise on piteous bleating dating back to Richard Nixon's victory in 1968 and throughout the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years. Truth be told, the Democrats managed to keep whining throughout most of the triumphant Bill Clinton years.

The game changer clearly has been Barack Obama, whose surprising taste for bloodying the noses of domestic critics and foreign adversaries seems to hark back to the last time the Democrats were unashamed political warriors.

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There's something inescapably petulant about Romney's preference for critiquing all aspects of the economy—but not his role at Bain. The Democrats should turn a deaf ear to Romney's pleas for mercy on his record as a businessman and tax shelterer. The new Quinnipiac poll figures showing Obama ahead in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania demonstrate that Republican-style attack politics work for anyone with the gumption to use them, including this year's pugnacious Democrats.

For the rest of this election season, if Democrats are smart, they'll keep reaching into the Lee Atwater bad-boy trick bag and let the season's reigning choir of complaint blend its many voices: the charismatic duo of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, the tea party, the anchors and panelists of Fox News and now the hapless Rich Gorka.

They all seem to know the same tunes: Why don't voters believe what we do? Why isn't Obama the milquetoast he looks like? Why can't we change the photo-op rules for Mitt?

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babylonsister Aug 2012 OP
lame54 Aug 2012 #1
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Amak8 Aug 2012 #5
babylonsister Aug 2012 #7
Fumesucker Aug 2012 #10
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ThoughtCriminal Aug 2012 #8
AverageJoe90 Aug 2012 #9
Herlong Aug 2012 #11
lpbk2713 Aug 2012 #12
DCKit Aug 2012 #13

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 04:56 PM

1. Forever ago...

they've perfected the art

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:04 PM

2. When we finally started kicking them in the balls.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:17 PM

3. Goldwater

It's when they first started with the "waaaah, we're the oppressed victims!" approach.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:43 PM

4. when were they not whiners

come on now lol

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:45 PM

5. .

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Response to Amak8 (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:06 PM

7. Oh yea, newt's known for this! And welcome to DU!

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Response to Amak8 (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:40 PM

10. Welcome to DU!

You have a good memory, nice post.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 05:50 PM

6. They have ALWAYS been whiners.

When things aren't handed to them on a silver platter, they whine. They're hypocrites, stupid, gullible, credulous, and incapable of logical thought too. Oh, and they're deliberately cruel.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 09:16 PM

8. Now is the time to turn the whining into an image

of a loser party that panders to losers. Kill the brand.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:20 PM

9. 1981, when Reagan was inaugurated.

But just 20 years before that, the Dixiecraps(pun very much intended)were the biggest whiners of them all. And when they starte infiltrating the GOP, that's when the game began to end. And Reagan's 1980 win pretty much sealed the deal.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:44 PM

11. Whinning in a sport when it comes being a republican.

 

Whining to a Republican is like a vampire to a mirror. That's why they have no self awareness or empathy.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:38 PM

12. "Well, you won't have Nixon to kick around any more" ... waaah




The mofo got nowhere close to what he deserved.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 2, 2012, 11:02 AM

13. It's not that it's new, but people are becoming sick of it.

 

With all the other shit we have to endure, the average Jane and Joe are about sick of hearing wealthy white men complain about how hard they have it.

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