With all the damage that the Republican Party has been doing since 2002, we could go down the list:
-Saying they're conservative yet they vote for continued funding for the Iraq War and allow President Bush to run up the biggest debts in history.
-Almost no oversight on the Iraq War except from the Democratic Party and, you guessed it, Ron Paul. And of course Lincoln Chafee.
-Dick Cheney, Halliburton and the Neoconservatives during the Bush years
-The party's continued reliance on the religious far right for funding.
-The Tea Party
-War on women
-The Sequester, Debt Ceiling, "Fiscal cliff"
-Continued insistence on no this, no that
-The rejection of the Disabilities Treaty while a disabled Bob Dole is in the Senate.
-Lack of real ideas
-Lack of ideas that actually work
-Lack of input
-Lack of embracing real immigration reform
-Limited diversity or zero diversity at all
-Embracing of Paul Ryan's Un-American budgets and worshipping Ryan while he has a superficial loving to Rage Against the Machine while the band's beliefs and content are contrary to Ryan's beliefs
-Continued resistance to vote for gun control legislation on background checks even while the Newton murders
-Reince Priebus being re-elected as RNC Chairman even though the GOP lost serious ground in 2012
-The game playing in the House and the Senate in the debt ceiling debate that cost the U.S.
-Continued denial of climate change and global warming even while evidence is already proven from NASA and scientists all around the world
-Lack of embracing gay rights and marriage equality.
I could go on and on but I'm not. I will point out this marvelous commentary by good ol' Fred Barnes, who seems to be under the impression that things ARE in fact looking up for the GOP in 2014.
Yes, he actually believes it! With all the damage that has been happening since 2010 and even prior, Mr. Barnes really believes 2014 is looking up for the GOP.
Things are looking up for Republicans. President Obama’s agenda is collapsing before our eyes. Obama is pointing to the 2014 midterm elections to capture the House and revive his presidency. “My job is not simply to occupy the Oval Office,” he said at a San Francisco fundraiser. “My job is to make sure we move the country forward, and I think we can best do that if Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House once again.” Obama said Pelosi is “thought ful” and “visionary” and “never lets ideology cloud her judgment.”Ahhh, well, Barnes seems to be forgetting one thing:
In 2014, Obama will be playing on Republican turf. The prospects of putting Pelosi back in charge are slim. Democrats would need to net 17 House seats. But the outlook at the moment is that Republicans could gain as many as 5 or 6 seats. Or more if the six-year itch takes hold, punishing Obama midway through his second term. The average sixth-year pickup by the “out” party since 1934 is 28 seats.
Republicans have a better chance of winning the Senate than Democrats have of taking back the House. But skepticism that Republicans can pull this off is warranted, since they blew easy chances to grab the Senate in 2010 and 2012. Yet the opportunity is there in 2014. A net of six seats is required, and seven Democrats in red states are either retiring or seeking reelection.
There’s a wild card in 2014—Obama. Presidents normally don’t inject themselves in sixth-year midterms as aggressively as Obama is promising to do. Few Democrats will want him to campaign personally for them. That’s not where he can help. But on fundraising, turnout, and shaping the issues in 2014, he might.
Yes, it appears no one in the GOP, even on Fox News or even Fred Barnes (who is also apart of the Fox News bubble) seems to be listening to David Frum, who by the way I may not agree with 100% but he's more intelligent than they are and actually says a lot of observant things about the GOP these days.
But of course, Barnes works for the Weekly Standard, also where neoconservative Bill Kristol works. That pretty much says it alone.
I'm as against chained CPI as all of Kossacks are and I'm with you guys in calling and sending hand-written letters to President Obama until he gets it off his bill but I'd be a dumbass if think I'm going to fall for 2014 being the year where the GOP wins much if anything in the House.
Does Fred Barnes really deny the power of Daily Kos? Of course he does. He's a washed up commentator who lives in the bubble just like all the other Fox News tools.
But you know: He might just be right. Just kidding.
Ok folks! Nothing to see here! Nothing to see!