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Monday, March 18, 2013

This Is The Way I See IT….GOP

CPAC came and went like a super train, and it didn’t stop to leave anything worthy. This year's convention put a giant spotlight on the differences between the two factions of the party. Rand Paul is clearly the leader of the libertarian wing and Marco Rubio might have an edge on the other half, but we’ll never know because Chris Christie did not attend. It is interesting that Christie beat out Paul Ryan.CPAC is a meeting of conservative minds and is attended mostly by young college students. Liberals and Democrats have Net Roots, but it doesn’t have near the national appeal that CPAC has.

The gang on “Morning Joe” dubbed the convention as the meeting of the “Whacko Birds” and Joe Scarborough kind of agreed but then he couldn’t stand it anymore. He said the democrats had their own “whacko birds” and the panel nonchalantly agreed; knowing that there is no moral equivalence at this time. Joe said the first time he ran for Congress he only had 3% of the African -American vote but the next time he ran he received 50% of their vote I don’t have the energy but I hope someone researches that and puts it in better context. Joe might have left out some important facts like that he ran against a former Klan member but that’s an exaggeration on my part.

Rand Paul’s speech was mostly about liberty (no surprise), but he needs a lot a work on his economic plan. He won’t find one economist who will agree with his plan to balance the budget in five years. Rand Paul, like his dad never met a government program to his liking. His economic plan is as follows:
  • Cut $9+ trillion from the budget over the next decade
  • Eliminate 4 departments (Energy, Education, Commerce, and HUD)
  • Repeal ObamaCare in its entirety
  • Reform entitlements
  • Balance the budget in five years, and
  • Stop the debt
It’s a libertarian wish list that will never see the light of day.

The crowd was enthusiastic about Marco Rubio’s plan but to me it sounded like superficial rhetoric like when he said“As soon as I'm done speaking, I'll tell you what the criticism on the left is going to be," Rubio said. "Number one, he drank too much water. Number two: that he didn't offer any new ideas.
"And there's the fallacy of it. We don't need a new idea. There is an idea: the idea is called America, and it still works."
That’s a plan,Senator Rubio? Bill Clinton could have said those words with much more eloquence “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”

How ironic, after mocking President Obama for being a community organizer, RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus rolled out his plan to spend $10 million for community organizers in Black, Hispanic and Asian communities. The chairman admitted that the GOP of the past, parachuted their operatives into those communities four months prior to an election but continued to get trounced because the Obama campaign lived in those communities. Joe Scarborough said that many republicans will be surprised by the lack of outreach of his party. Come on Joe, they are not that naïve, as long as they were the majority it didn’t matter. The republican community organizers will have a tough job in states where GOP governors and legislators are making it harder for minorities to vote. The GOP is seen as a party that aches for the days of old. The country has given up on supply side trickle-down economics, so good luck trying to rebrand it as a plan for upward mobility. They’re going to have to explain why there is money in the Ryan budget for tax cuts for the wealthy but no money for Pell Grants and grandma’s Meals- on- Wheels program.

I don’t know why people like RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, can’t figure out the obvious. People vote for candidates who they can relate to; whether it’s appearance, rhetoric or basic trust. The reason for winning elections might be creative gerrymandering or lack of interest. For example, Victoria usually has a 17% voter turnout in non- presidential elections. Under those conditions, it’s not hard for the same people or political party to maintain their power. Victoria has an older population, so it’s only natural that they consistently vote for conservative republicans. Protecting the wealthy and being seen as less tolerant will not win many national elections. And that’s just a start because being the anti-science, anti-government, anti-women’s rights doesn’t appeal to our nation as a whole and the election results bear that out. Comparing local and state elections results to national ones is a classic “apples to oranges” ordeal.


Edith Ann said...

I watched this between Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala and I thought it was pretty good.

Otherwise, what parts i did watch, I noticed many times the folks in the audience seemed bored and often did not even applaud a speaker.

Mike said...

Good point,I watched on CSPAN so I don't know if the applause was muffed due to the placement of the microphones because according to a reporter,there was a lot of applause for Rand Paul and Marco Rubio and none for Jeb Bush.

I guess a lot of applause is subjective because I'm used to Barack Obama and Clinton...:-)

Chris Matthews was laughing profusely because Donald Trump was speaking to an empty house. There might have been 10 people in attendance.

Thanks for the link,I haven't seen the Tucker Carlson- Begala face off yet.

I wish Lawrence O'Donnell could have cleared his schedule because he was going to debate Ann Coulter.

Edith Ann said...

Jeb Bush was one who got little applause. They scanned the crowd, and folks had their hands in their laps.

Yes, Trump should have paid folks to show up! Scads of empty chairs.

Mike said...

It's a start: This what the GOP autopsy report stated:

"Party is 'scary,' 'narrow minded,' and 'out of touch' and that we were a Party of 'stuffy old men.' This is consistent with the findings of other post-election surveys,"
.... Don't believe that...All you have to do is read the comments that are submitted by RWers @ the VA forum.

I was surprised to read this quote from the most respected pollsters in politics,Charlie Cook... He said "the Republicans’ arguably rigged House majority actually be a curse disguised as a blessing? It’s an interesting question. They clearly did everything they could to purge Democratic voters from their districts ahead of 2012, no matter whether those voters were white, black, Hispanic, left-handed, or right-minded—just as Democrats would have done had the roles been reversed. But in the process of quarantining Democrats, Republicans effectively purged millions of minority voters from their own districts, and that should raise a warning flag. By drawing themselves into safe, lily-white strongholds, have Republicans inadvertently boxed themselves into an alternate universe that bears little resemblance to the rest of the country?"

Note: The Dems,liberals and progressives are keeping quiet and aren't actively rubbing salt in their wounds....They are just sitting back and laughing.

Mike said...
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Mike said...

All you had to do was ask...The Arkansas legislators did not want to insure those at 133% of the poverty line using Medicaid...They proposed using those funds to purchase private insurance plans for the poor...The WH approved in concept and will seriously consider allowing them to do that because it was always about insuring the poor...Now,Arkansas might pay more in the long run but the stigma of Obamacare won't be an impediment. ..See what happens when closed minds start to open.

Mike said...

This morning Joe Scarborough put Nancy Pelosi and Paul Krugman on the left wing extremist list because they don't agree with him when he says we have an immediate debt crisis.

"We do not have an immediate debt crisis,” Speaker John Boehner said on ABC’s This Week Sunday, echoing both Rep. Paul Ryan and President Obama in a rare point of agreement on the nation’s fiscal issues.

Boehner agreed with Obama’s recent remark that the federal government doesn’t face an imminent debt crisis.

Mike said...

On my drive back from Office Depot, I heard a snippet of Rush Limbaugh. This is how he misleads his listening audience. Rush said that Senator Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapon ban would not be a part of the Democratic gun bill that will be voted on. It could be added as an amendment but that’s unlikely, and if it was it has very little chance of passing. A lot of us knew that a month ago. Rush acknowledged that the polls were in favor of the ban. Then Rush turned to lying (his MO) by saying that the polls were wrong as they are for same –sex marriage and insinuated that they were some kind of Democratic plot.

Everyone should know that assault weapon was the least likely to pass and Harry Reid counted the votes and they were not there. Secondly, the single bill that stands a chance to pass in the house will be the universal background check and that only stands a chance if John Boehner brings it up for a vote. Boehner won’t bring it for a vote unless it comes with 65-75 Senate votes. It’s not about the polls; it’s how much a politician is scared of the NRA.

Rush said Harry Reid took out the assault weapon ban because he wanted to get elected...Reid was reelected in 2010, and he is in the 3rd year of a six year term.

I can see why those on the right want us to distrust the polls; they don’t like the results.

GOP senators want to exclude private sales from being part of the universal background checks. Doesn’t that defeat the whole purpose? A lot of people would just deem all sales as private ones.

Mike said...

10 years ago,we invaded Iraq and now after $2.2 trillion,and 190,000 Iraqis died there were 65 killed today and Iran is stronger because of it.

We spent $20 billion per year on a/c at the height of the war;yet many have forgotten.
Many returning veterans have waited 600-900 for their VA application to be processed.