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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:43 PM

Republicans’ problems are bigger than the Tea Party


The GOP is blaming Akin and Mourdock for its blowout Senate defeat. It might want to look at its policies instead

BY JAMELLE BOUIE, THE AMERICAN PROSPECT


If there was anything Republicans should have been surprised about in this month’s elections, it was their rout in the Senate. Not only did they lose races against vulnerable Democratic incumbents in GOP leaning states—Missouri, Florida, and Montana, for instance—but they also lost almost every competitive open race and failed to hold a vacant one in Indiana.

Politico reports that GOP leaders are working to prevent a repeat of this scenario by exerting more control over the nomination process. Republicans believe that they would have done better had they kept politicians like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock out of the picture. The goal for the next four years is to erase the Tea Party-versus-Washington narrative that has made it difficult to get establishment Republicans through the primary process:

“We ought to make certain that if we get engaged in primaries that we’re doing it based on the desires, the electability and the input of people back in the states that we’re talking about,” Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, the incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, told POLITICO. “And not from the perception of what political operatives from Washington, D.C., think about who ought to be the candidate in state X.”

The first-term Moran, who was elected to the spot last week by his Senate colleagues, tapped incoming Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz as a vice chairman for grass roots and outreach. The plan, according to party leaders, is to employ Cruz’s tea party star power to help win over activist groups that may be wary of the NRSC and help unify the GOP behind a single candidate in crucial Senate races.


It’s good that Republicans want to bridge the divides in their party, but—like the focus on immigration by Republican leaders in the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat—this is a misreading of what happened on Election Day. Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock were the only two candidates who could plausibly be associated with the Tea Party, and in the case of the former, it’s hard to say that he was the standard-bearer for Missouri conservatives; the state treasurer, Sarah Steelman, had received endorsements from Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Express and was as much a candidate of the right as Akin was.

complete article:
http://www.salon.com/2012/11/19/republicans_problems_are_bigger_than_the_tea_party/

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:54 PM

1. The R's really need to take time to listen to what they say and stand for, and how F'ed up it is for

the majority of the country. The GOP is a party of bullies that want to dominate and control everyones lives, and they really enjoy persecution. That's mostly all they talk about is persecution and domination ... financially, mentally and physically.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:58 PM

2. Exactly ...

“We ought to make certain that if we get engaged in primaries that we’re doing it based on the desires, the electability and the input of people back in the states that we’re talking about,” Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, the incoming National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman, told POLITICO. “And not from the perception of what political operatives from Washington, D.C., think about who ought to be the candidate in state X.”


Note to Modern gop:

It wasn't "political operatives from Washington, D.C.," that chose Akin and Murdoch.

Interestingly, the modern gop problem will continue as the gerrymandering that resulted from the 2010 election, will continue to force gop candidates to the extreme right in order to make it through the primary process.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:01 PM

3. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 01:13 PM

4. That Ted Cruz move was just as brilliant as any of the other "tapping" they did the last cycle.

Jeez. Do these people ever listen to themselves or read what each other say? Palin, Bachmann, Paul, and their ilk buried themselves deep in the party and got people elected. It is going to take years for the Rs to clean up their act.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 06:57 PM

5. re: "establishment Republicans..." are now teabaggers, crazed religious fundamentalists,

anti-government groups, racists, anti-gay, anti immigrant republicans. Akin, Mourdock, Ryan, Santorum, Gingrich, Bachman, et al, with the right-wing media leaders are the GOP now.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:48 PM

6. 'Good luck keeping the kooks out of the process!!! n/t

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