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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:07 AM

"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.


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kpete Nov 2012 OP
Fumesucker Nov 2012 #1
drm604 Nov 2012 #2
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:09 AM

1. Neither major party is going to do that

The key to victory is putting together enough groups to overpower the other side's groups.

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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:33 AM

2. As usual, the side that obstructs everything has to throw out a false equivalency.

They take extreme positions then, when the other side won't give them 90%, complain about bickering and lack of compromise.

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Response to drm604 (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:50 AM

4. +1. I don't trust this at all - this is another attempt to get Democrats to compromise.

"Both sides need to stop the partisan bickering." That's nonsense. The Democrats are not doing any "partisan bickering" and neither are the Republicans. This is not about bickering. This is about corporate-controlled Republicans waging war on America and corporate-controlled Democrats more or less going along with it.

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Sat Nov 17, 2012, 08:47 AM

3. Tom Kean in NJ said the same but was tougher.

 

"Kean worries that this defeat won’t be enough: "It could be that they have to suffer one more real loss," he says."

http://blog.nj.com/njv_tom_moran/2012/11/republicans_hard-right_turn_wo.html

Kean is the only republican I have ever voted for and probably the only one I ever will. He warned republicans as far back as the eighties that they were turning too much to the right.

He proved republicans could reach across the aisle during his first term. When he ran for reelection he won every single area and demographic in the state with a huge margin. No one has ever matched it. Yet the republican party ignored him and continued going to the right.

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