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"Some groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues don't even look at us-We Scare Them"

"Some of the groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues, they don't even look at us. We scare them."

-- Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), quoted by Politico, offering a blunt assessment of the Republican Party.




A pair of Republican centrists on Friday offered this blunt prognosis of their party after its electoral drubbing: Many women and minorities are simply frightened of the GOP.

“Some of the groups that would have agreed with us on a lot of issues, they don’t even look at us. We scare them,” said former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.).

Davis appeared with retiring Rep. Steve LaTourette at the Capitol Hill Club Friday to discuss poll findings of Main Street Advocacy, a nonprofit managed by Davis. Their main message: partisans on both sides need to stop bickering so much and start compromising on issues like the fiscal cliff.

But both men said the GOP’s problem go beyond partisanship. Republicans, they argued, need to stop looking at voters as members of groups — whether it's women, African-Americans, Latinos or Asian-Americans — and just look at them as Americans.


MORE:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/11/exrep-tom-davis-women-minorities-scared-of-gop-149813.html

Romney was not a drag on the Republican party. The Republican party was a drag on him.

All of these writers are intelligent people (some of them friends of mine). None of them makes the mistake of assuming that this election should have been easy to win given the weak economy, the public’s dissatisfaction with the status quo, and the unpopularity of Obamacare. They know that the economy has been improving, that the Democratic base in presidential races has been expanding for decades, and that the public still blames George W. Bush and his party for an economic crisis that began during his second term. Nor are they entirely wrong in their diagnoses of Romney’s distinctive weaknesses and errors. They err mainly in attributing too much importance to them.

Romney was not a drag on the Republican party. The Republican party was a drag on him.

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/333344/party-s-problem-ramesh-ponnuru#

President Obama is not impressed.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/8191317327/in/photostream

"The Republican Party is now a regional rump party awaiting extinction."




Like death, taxes, and the sun rising in the east, there is nothing more certain after a presidential election than a swift and usually overwrought round of analysis and advice for the losers. So it is this year for Republicans. If you Google “Republicans Whigs,” and confine your search to the past week, you will find multiple pages dedicated to the proposition that demographic trends are waiting to overwhelm the Republican Party, which is now a regional rump party awaiting extinction.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/11/16/the_political_landscape_after_2012.html

GOP re: Patraeus: Oh, who cares what he thinks ...

Petraeus, who gave evidence to both the Senate and House intelligence committees, said that references to the group alleged to have been behind the 11 September attack were in the CIA's classified talking points, which were classified, but removed from the unclassified memo relied upon by Rice. The reason, he said, was not to tip off the group about what the US authorities knew.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/16/petraeus-congress-rice-alqaida-benghazi

Paula Broadwell Crashing On Petraeus Family’s Couch Until Sex Scandal Blows Over




Paula Broadwell Crashing On Petraeus Family’s Couch Until Sex Scandal Blows Over

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SPRINGFIELD, NH—In an effort to escape the intense media scrutiny surrounding her recently exposed liaison with former CIA director David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell is reportedly crashing on the Petraeus family’s couch until the uproar blows over. “Holly has been the most gracious hostess throughout this whole ordeal,” Broadwell said of the woman whom she once spent hours interviewing while having an affair with her husband and writing his biography. “I wouldn’t blame her if the arrangement has left her feeling a little put out—houseguests can be a pretty big inconvenience—but she’s been really sweet about it. She gave me a couple of David’s old Army uniforms to sleep in and some fleece blankets from the closet.” At press time, sources confirmed Broadwell’s offer to help Holly Petraeus do the dishes had been politely rebuffed.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/paula-broadwell-crashing-on-petraeus-familys-couch,30392/

Oh'Really?

REID TO MCCAIN: "I refuse to allow the Senate to be used as a venue for baseless partisan attacks."





http://www.scribd.com/doc/113551289/Benghazi

Arizona Gun Store Refuses To Sell Guns To Anyone Who Voted For Obama

Arizona Gun Store Refuses To Sell Guns To Anyone Who Voted For Obama
By Adam Peck posted from ThinkProgress Election on Nov 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

The owner of the Southwest Shooting Authority in Pinetop, Arizona is testing out a new business strategy: banning anyone who voted for President Obama from the store.

Owner Cope Reynolds took out an ad in the local newspaper announcing his new policy, writing “If you voted for Barack Obama, your business is not welcome at Southwest Shooting Authority.” A similar sign is posted on the front door of the shop as well.

Reynolds prefaced his ad campaign with a letter posted to firearm news website AmmoLand:



Effective immediately, if you voted for Obama, your money is no good here. You have proven beyond a doubt that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm. We have just put a sign up on the front door to save you the trouble of walking all the way in here….


Gun advocates have been notoriously critical of the Obama administration for its perceived slights of the second amendment, this despite overseeing the expansion of gun rights during Obama’s first four years in the White House.

http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/11/16/1208221/arizona-gun-shop-obama/

Taxes are not *your* money-"You want to live in a civilized society, you pay taxes. Get. Over. It.”

Taxes are not *your* money. Get. Over. It.
Posted on November 16, 2012

Paying For a More Civilized Society

“Oh please. Taxes are not *your* money. If people could give up the idea that it’s THEIR money being pried out of their hands, rather than just another bill, there’d be a lot less whining. You want lights, you pay the electric company. You want a place to live, you pay the bank or landlord. You want food, you pay the grocery store. You want to live in a civilized society, you pay taxes. Get. Over. It.”


http://jezebel.com/5961056/comment-of-the-day-paying-for-a-more-civilized-society
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