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Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:20 PM

Wingnuts to GOP Establishment: We told you so

Evangelical leaders and conservative activists have a simple message for establishment Republicans about Mitt Romney’s failed presidential bid: We told you so.

After nearly two weeks of listening to GOP officials pledge to assert greater control over the party and its most strident voices in the wake of Romney’s loss, grass-roots activists have begun to fight back, saying that they are not to blame for the party’s losses in November.

“The moderates have had their candidate in 2008 and they had their candidate in 2012. And they got crushed in both elections. Now they tell us we have to keep moderating. If we do that, will we win?” said Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Family Leader. Vander Plaats is an influential Christian conservative who opposed Romney in the Iowa caucuses 10 months ago and opposed Sen. John McCain’s candidacy four years ago.

The conservative backlash sets up an internal fight for the direction of the Republican Party, as many top leaders in Washington have proposed moderating their views on citizenship for illegal immigrants, to appeal to Latino voters. In addition, many top GOP officials have called for softening the party’s rhetoric on social issues, following the embarrassing showing by Senate candidates who were routed after publicly musing about denying abortion services to women who had been raped.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/conservative-republicans-fight-back-after-romney-loss/2012/11/19/4d04a050-3270-11e2-bfd5-e202b6d7b501_story.html

Go Team Wingnut!

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Reply Wingnuts to GOP Establishment: We told you so (Original post)
cali Nov 2012 OP
Enrique Nov 2012 #1
Sedona Nov 2012 #2
oswaldactedalone Nov 2012 #3
renie408 Nov 2012 #4
hifiguy Nov 2012 #5
JHB Nov 2012 #6
coalition_unwilling Nov 2012 #8
JHB Nov 2012 #15
catbyte Nov 2012 #7
Taverner Nov 2012 #10
geomon666 Nov 2012 #9
leeroysphitz Nov 2012 #14
Horse with no Name Nov 2012 #11
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #12
AlinPA Nov 2012 #13

Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:26 PM

1. the 2016 GOP primaries should be fun

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:26 PM

2. Go Wingnuts!

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:29 PM

3. Let them break off and form

the American Nazi Party and become irrelevant while what's left of the Rapepublican Party becomes irrelevant as well. There'll be reasonable and rational Democrats solving the problems government can solve and the rest of the country will be old white racists shouting at clouds.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:30 PM

4. DAMN STRAIGHT!

They are SO right!! Romney was NOT CONSERVATIVE ENOUGH!! They need to run somebody WAY to the right of Romney.

I know I would vote for somebody like that. I was mourning the fact that I did not live in Missouri so that I could vote for Todd Akin....he's my hero. I think we should ALL support the farthest right candidates we can possibly dig out from under a rock!!

(just in case)

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:31 PM

5. The circular firing squads are assembling

and the cannibals are frantically consulting their cookbooks and polishing their people-pots. This will be fun to watch.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:34 PM

6. Liberals to GOP Establishment: We told you so too. They're going to eat you.

Thumping the drum against "welfare queens" wasn't enough. Demonizing "liberal" wasn't enough. Using every threadbare and invented claim about Bill Clinton to try to even things up for Nixon's resignation wasn't enough. Using 911 to launch a half-assed neoconservative joyride in Iraq wasn't enough.

You guys kept feeding the ranting cranks because they let you have enough power to do the things you guys thought were important: cutting taxes for the wealthy and strangling every legacy of the New Deal.

You were warned. Welcome to Thunderdome.

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Response to JHB (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:42 PM

8. I really wish we could rec responses, as yours deserves to be rec-ced to the

 

high heavens.

Myself, I trace its origins to Reagan's smarmy anti-intellectualism. But it may actually go back even further to reaction to the landmark civil rights legislation of the 60s or even further back to the rabid red-baiting of the 50s.

I keep searching for the appropriate literary reference. Frankenstein comes to mind (except at great offense to the monster in said work who would clearly be a Dem or a Social Dem could he vote), as does Pandora's Box.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 02:56 PM

15. Look to folk tales...

Last edited Tue Nov 20, 2012, 04:33 PM - Edit history (1)

I think this little adaptation by Driftglass captures it:

One day we will have to explain to the children what happened when Thurston Howell III lost his right mind and decided that for the sake of some tax cuts to make him incrementally more comfortable, his very bestest buddies in the whole, wide world were the Ultra Right Wing Gorgons down in Jesusland.

May I suggest the following?

The Story of Little Red State Fundy


Little Red State Fundy found a grain of hate.

"Who will help me plant the hate?" she asked.

"Not I," said the Moderate Republicans.

"Not I," said the Undecideds.

"Not I," said the Libertarians.

"Then I will," said Little Red State Fundy.

So she buried the hate in the bloody ground of the Old Confederacy. After a while it grew up paranoid and ignorant and violent.

"The hate is ripe now," said Little Red State Fundy. "Who will do the mass mailings and preach bigotry from the Pulpit?"

"Not I," said the Moderate Republicans.

"Not I," said the Undecideds.

"Not I," said the Libertarians.

"Then I will," said Little Red State Fundy.

***

And in the end -- just as they had been warned for the past twenty years -- there was nothing whatsoever left at all for Moderate Republicans, Undecideds, and Libertarians.

http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2005/04/little-red-state-fundy-sez.html


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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:34 PM

7. So how do the wingnuts explain their big losses in the Senate & House?

If they think nominating a "true believer" is just the ticket, why did Akin, Mourdock, West, Walsh, Brown, Thompson, etc. go down in flames and Bachmann barely hang on? I call BS.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:50 PM

10. The devil did it

 

Homosexual Kenyan Demons got into the minds of voters.,..

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:45 PM

9. YES!

Bring out your craziest fucknut! I want to see that son of a bitch handling snakes and walking on hot coals during the next debate.

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Response to geomon666 (Reply #9)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:57 PM

14. +1000

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:52 PM

11. Yeah because it only makes sense that if you can't get exactly what you want

you vote for something completely different?

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:52 PM

12. Leftists to GOP establishment:

 

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Response to cali (Original post)

Tue Nov 20, 2012, 12:56 PM

13. I think the wingnuts are themselves the "GOP establishment" now. IMO, the

"establishment Republicans" are the religious fundamentalists, teabaggers, anti-government groups, racists, anti-gay, anti-immigrant, and right-wing media. Where can we find anyone in the GOP outside these groups? If they are not in those groups, they are pandering to them ("leaders" like Boehner, McCain, and every US senator including Collins).

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