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Old 06-18-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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"Republicans in Congress still haven't convinced the party faithful that they have their best interests in mind." Rasmussen Reports

72% of GOP Voters Say Republicans In Congress Out of Touch With Their Base - Rasmussen Reports™

This came out this Wednesday, before the GOP leadership decided to bash Rep. Barton, one of their own, for criticizing this administration.

IMO, if the GOP doesn't have the backbone to support their own, they are going to be unpleasantly surprised this November. They might get more independents than the Democrats, but they are going to sacrifice their base.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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My hope is that like the Reign of Terror gobbling up the very men who supported executing the king, or Cronus eating his own children, so will the GOP be swallowed by shifting to the far right this past year.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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"Republicans in Congress still haven't convinced the party faithful that they have their best interests in mind." Rasmussen Reports

72% of GOP Voters Say Republicans In Congress Out of Touch With Their Base - Rasmussen Reports™

This came out this Wednesday, before the GOP leadership decided to bash Rep. Barton, one of their own, for criticizing this administration.

IMO, if the GOP doesn't have the backbone to support their own, they are going to be unpleasantly surprised this November. They might get more independents than the Democrats, but they are going to sacrifice their base.

What Barton said was stupid and bad politics.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:25 PM
 
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What Barton said was stupid and bad politics.
Agreed but he expressed the sentiments of the Grand Oil Party.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:26 PM
 
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My hope is that like the Reign of Terror gobbling up the very men who supported executing the king, or Cronus eating his own children, so will the GOP be swallowed by shifting to the far right this past year.
This is where the lefties often get it wrong. There has been no shift to the "far right." There has been a shift back to the right from the middle. The GOP has strayed away from its conservative roots. The shift is back to conservatism. The fringe do not inhabit the right. They inhabit the fringe.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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What Barton said was stupid and bad politics.
Bad politics? Absolutely. Stupid - I don't think so. I don't trust this administration with a 20 billion dollar slushfund.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:28 PM
 
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This is where the lefties often get it wrong. There has been no shift to the "far right." There has been a shift back to the right from the middle. The GOP has strayed away from its conservative roots. The shift is back to conservatism. The fringe do not inhabit the right. They inhabit the fringe.
For sure, when the Republicans had absolute power from 2003-2007, they were not governing the way they now claim they would. The question is whether, if given the chance again, they would govern the way they're now claiming.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Agreed but he expressed the sentiments of the Grand Oil Party.
He really let the cat out of the bag showing the true side of the republican party. The right is going to have a hell of a time now in november.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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I think the democrats are also realizing that they have strayed from their base as well. Both parties have been corrupted by power.

As for the gop.......there is definately a lot going on behind the scenes. I think that the loss of so many reps to libertarianism and independents is worrying the gop a lot. They have to decide now which direction the party is heading; back to conservatism which means minimal governmental intrusion into personal rights (gay marriage would become a non issue for example) and actual fiscal conservatism OR stay the evangelical course with its big goverment and need for a moralistic nanny state.
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:34 PM
 
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Agreed but he expressed the sentiments of the Grand Oil Party.
he may have expressed the sentiments of some in power in the GOP but he did not express the sentiments of the BASE.

I am part of that base. Barton stuck his foot in a pile of bull crap then stuck that in his own mouth.

it was idiotic.... at best.

I don’t disagree with the poll though I have not done more than a brief look at the details.


The thing the Republicans in congress better get thru their thick skulls is, if they want support, they better be all about cutting spending.

This is not about cutting taxes. we have cut taxes and cut taxes and while I am happy about that, the other half of the equation is cutting spending and that better be the plan.
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