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I saw this brief story at Talking Points Memo that made me wonder about the Republican comeback and what that might look like.

The story read as follows: "Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), the highest ranked House Republican woman, said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union":

"I don't think it's about the Republican Party needing to become more moderate; I really believe it's the Republican Party becoming more modern," she said. "And whether it's Hispanics, whether it's women, whether it's young people, the Republican Party has to make it a priority to take our values, to take our vision to every corner of this country."

"I think it's more about the messenger and who's communicating our values to every corner of this country."

Such an interesting statement so soon after a significant defeat, but one that is to be expected. Should Republicans dare to go the moderate route and risk being laughed right out of town? Of course not. You can't go from hating everyone who is non-white and male, applauding the idea of someone without healthcare dying, and talk about rape as being God's plan to all of a sudden supporting gay marriage, caring about poor people, offering amnesty for Mexicans and respecting a vagina. It is just not believable.

No, something else has to be done to woo these same demographics into the Republican fold. It is absolutely necessary for the GOP's survival, but it won't be easy.

What Republicans need to do, and what I expect they will do in the coming months, is to lay off the gays, immigration, vaginas and poor people and instead focus solely on the economy and the size of government. These are steady, benign, non-racially charged issues that poll well with all kinds of people. Had Republicans truly stuck to this meme and not strayed into rape talk and bashing 47% of the country they may have actually pulled it off.

As a result of their huge loss though, Republicans now have to lay low. They need to go to the mattresses on the hot button issues that were soundly defeated this time around.

However, Republicans know that they still have the economy on their side. Nearly sixty million people voted for Romney to "fix" the economy. That issue has not gone away. I do not believe Obama was re-elected on the economy alone and do not believe the President was given a mandate on that issue. He actually still has a lot to prove to those red states and to those states where the vote was really close.

The reality is, Republicans did not lose on the economy. They lost on the crazy, and in keeping with Rep. Rogers statement Republicans do not know how to be anything else. They have turned crazy into an art form and have worked too hard and too long to just give it up.

Nevertheless, as with any loss there is some sucking up to do in the short term while they save face and plan for a comeback. To get those people who moved away from them this year, Republican's may have to, as Bill O'Reilly so eloquently put it, give them stuff in the short term; gay marriage, legal pot, amnesty, abortions, school loans, higher taxes for rich people, leaving Big Bird alone. This will be bad medicine going down, but once they get past the foul taste they may find that the same people who would never vote (R) might see a party willing to ease up on social issues and truly work on what they are experts in: ruining the economy and starting wars. In terms of those two areas, crazy wins every time.

Of course this is not going to happen in the short term. The recent crop of Republicans who were ousted in 2012 is a testament to that. But then Rep. Rodgers ended her comment with what could be the most telling aspect of this whole thing:

"I think it's more about the messenger and who's communicating our values to every corner of this country."
She may be right. Rest assured, one day some actor or evangelist or smooth talking, charismatic personality will arise once more to take back the party. It is inevitable. Once that happens, then everything I said is out the window. Let's face it, the only reason Romney won the first debate was because Obama didn't show. However, put Obama up against a Ronald Reagan or a plain talking simpleton like George W. and things may not go so well for Dems next time.

Remember, if this was really about voting for a liberal agenda then Al Gore and/or John Kerry would have defeated an obvious failure like Bush. But it was not to be. Remember too that Obama will not be running next time. Put someone like Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton up against a thinner Chris Christie or a good looking Scott Brown type with a pickup truck and things may look a whole lot different in 2016.

For now, assume terrorist looking Muslims will remain easy targets while Mexicans, gays and vaginas will become a little less threatening. But if someone comes along who makes those nearly sixty million feel inspired once more then look for the scales to tip back into the Republican's favor. When that happens look too for the crazy return in full force.

Anytime you doubt this just remember "freedom fries." That happened and will happen again. That's a promise.

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Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM PST

My Post Election Lack of Empathy

by tmcbpatriot

If read one more article about “why Romney lost” I am going to pass out. I turned it into a drinking game and so far I have gone through two bottles of Captain Morgan. In fact, I haven’t stopped drinking since Karl Rove shat his drawers over Ohio.

I’m kidding of course…about the drinking not about Karl Rove.

Nevertheless, yesterday was New Year Day. I wanted to go outside and blow a horn and light some fireworks. What I did end up doing though was much much more entertaining and far more fun. I tuned in to FOX radio.

Oh man. There is nothing better in this world than listening to the sound of pure shock and disbelief going out into deep space for all eternity. It was beautiful. There was John “white people, make more babies!” Gibson, Brian “we keep marrying other species and other ethnics” Kilmeade and Tom “not popular enough to have his quotes archived” Sullivan all trying their hardest to come up some kind of explanation for this gigantic loss. A billion dollars later and things are pretty much where they were the day before.

So what was the excuse? In the early morning it was Hurricane Sandy. You remember the hurricane, right? That big storm from last week? Look it up.

Anyway, Kilmeade went with the narrative that Obama won because people voted based on his response to the storm. To that, Kilmeade said: America is ‘the shallowest country in the history of man’.

Later in the day Ann “If you don’t run Chris Christie then Romney will be the nominee and will lose” Coulter said that is was basically the moocher class who were the reason for Obama’s win. She said: “We have more takers than makers and it’s over. There is no hope.”

It went on like this all day and it was great. One moment Romney was claiming he cared for 100% of the electorate and the next his very same republican party was on the radio reminding 50.5% of us why we voted for Obama.

Perhaps the favorite part of my day was when I read this:

From CBS News: Romney was stoic as he talked to the president, an aide said, but his wife Ann cried. Running mate Paul Ryan seemed genuinely shocked, the adviser said. Ryan’s wife Janna also was shaken and cried softly.

Is that a great description or what? I mean, who can read that and not picture the dumb look of shock on Paul Ryans face or Ann Romney with her face in her hands crying softly while Mitt is trying to  take in what is happening around him. He is realizing that he will never, ever be President of the United States. He feels sick, the color leaving his face. He thinks of his father and how disappointed he would be seeing his son lose so badly. Listening to his wife crying was probably so hard for Mitt to deal with too. It must have been like a funeral backstage.

Do I sound heartless? Cold? Normally, on any other day and for most any other person I would feel empathy and want to tell them that it will all be ok. But not today! Today, I want to tell Mitt and his wife to stop their whining and go back to Utah or wherever the fuck they reside and stay there for a good long while. America has shown you the door and we don’t even care if it hits you on the way out. Good riddance to you, your wife, Paul Ryan and those children of the corn kids of yours. Go back to your mansions and your car elevator and your hidden tax returns and your cayman island and swiss bank accounts. America is quite done with you. Good day, sir. I said good day! And that goes for your wife and that eddie munster looking running mate of yours.

I am also pleased to say that Mitt Romney’s career in politics is finally over! I have waiting many years to say that, ever since he won the Governorship in Massachusetts. I am especially thrilled to say it now after his long and expensive attempt at the presidency has come to a humiliating end. Most importantly, we must remember too that this is not just his loss. This is also a loss for Ted Nugent and Meatloaf and Kid Rock and every other has-been, right wing, tea party nut who has ever thought that rape was God’s gift to woman and who has ever shot a gun.

America, today ia a great day to gloat. Tomorrow I will be a caring person once again, but today it really doesn’t get any sweeter than this.

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Finally, it’s that time! It’s been a long road to get here and soon it will be all over — At least for a few days until we start figuring out who is going to run in 2016.

As for tomorrow, I honestly have no clue what is going to happen, and here’s why:

Family Circle Cookie Contest - The candidate whose wife has the best cookie recipe will win the election. — Advantage: Obama

7-Eleven Coffee Cup Contest - Consumers buying coffee at the 7-Eleven convenience stores can choose between an Obama or Romney cup. Whichever candidate’s cup sells the most will win the election. – Advantage: Obama

Scholastic Kid’s Poll - Whoever wins the Scholastic Student Vote poll will win the election. – Advantage: Obama.

Halloween Mask Sales - The candidate whose Halloween mask sells the most will win the election. – Advantage: Obama. (Caveat: Romney holds a 2 percent lead over Obama, according to BuyCostumes.com.)

Lakers Law - If the Lakers go to the NBA Championship during an election year, the Republican candidate will be in the Oval Office. This has been true eight times in the past – 1952, 1968, 1972, 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2004. It was wrong four years ago, though, as the Lakers won the title, but John McCain didn’t win the election. The Lakers missed the NBA Finals, which was won by the Miami Heat. – Advantage: Obama.

Blinking - Whichever candidate blinks the most while talking during the debates will lose the election. —  During the first debate Obama blinked an average 70.8 times per minute while Romney averaged 52.8 blinks per minute. – Advantage: Romney. I did not find a tally for all three debates. BTW: The “blinking rule” has accurately predicted the outcome of every presidential race since 1980.

The Redskins Rule - Since 1936, the Washington Redskins’ performance in their final home game has served as one predictor of how the general election will swing. If the Redskins win, the incumbent stays in power. If they don’t, the challenger takes the Oval Office. The glaring exception is in 2004 when the Redskins and John Kerry both lost. The Panthers defeated the Redskins this past Sunday. Advantage: Romney.

By my count, Obama is clearly the favorite, but since I am superstitious I will be sure not to walk under any ladders between now and Wednesday. But honestly, anyone who says they know who will win the election is either a software developer for the voting machine company or Nate Silver. I am neither.

Nate Silver, of course is the guy to go to when you want to know what is happening with polling and he does not disappoint  As of tonight he’s got Obama with 302 electoral college votes and an 86.3% chance of winning. If I were a betting man, I would have to go with Romney just because the odds are so insane that I would make a killing. Nate even bet that tool Joe Scarborough $2,000 that Obama would win. Tellingly, Joe did not take the bet.

So who will win? Who the fuck knows? All I can say is please fucking vote and if you are feeling negative about Obama’s chances, be sure to turn your underwear inside out. I hear that helps to change your luck.

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