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« on: November 23, 2012, 08:24:49 pm »

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We Republicans are in a box, one largely of our own making. The American electorate didn't buy our box. Millions stayed home instead not because of how the box was wrapped, but rather, what we didn't include in it. It's time that conservative Republicans build a new box and offer Americans a broader, bolder and more inclusive vision of freedom and opportunity, as well as provide the tools to achieve them.

I've led strategic planning for Republicans on Capitol Hill and coordinated with the White House and the Republican National Committee while in party leadership, so I know this will not be easy. There has been no shortage of Mitt Romney postmortems with recommendations ranging from pursuing greater ideological purity to rebranding and "softening" positions to attract more Hispanics, women and young voters. Some have even blamed me and the other primary challengers for the election results.

These analyses come largely from the academic and pundit crowd. As Republican leaders confer over the next several weeks to prepare for a new Congress, we have to own up to the fact that millions of Americans who should have voted for our candidates were not against us, but at the same time felt we were not for them. Most notable among this electorate were lower-to-middle income and working-poor Americans, especially Hispanics. The American people do not want "gifts" from their leaders, particularly when these gifts leave a steep bill for our children to pay, but they do want us to be on their side.

http://www.freep.com/article/20121119/OPINION05/121119039/Rick-Santorum-GOP-needs-to-tell-people-we-can-help

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 12:11:17 am »

There are quite a few minority voters who would on the issues likely vote for the Republicans were it not for the xenophobes in the party who make them feel unwelcome.  If the GOP had been able to get an extra 10% of each of the Black, Hispanic and Asian vote in 2012  (i.e. go from 6% Black to 16% Black, 27% Hispanic to 37% Hispanic, 26% Asian to 36% Asian) while keeping the same share of the White vote, then they would have picked up the states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, and Nevada, and thus the White House.  Colorado and Pennsylvania would have gone to Obama by only a narrow margin and would be ripe for the picking with a better candidate than Romney.

Unfortunately for the GOP, while it is easy to see what they need to do, how to do it will be elusive.  Muting the xenophobes just ain't gonna happen anytime soon.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 12:48:41 am »

Respect and common decency is not a gift. The Republicans continue to demonstrate contempt for the public in suggesting that they are. This is the exact reason why the public continues to support the Democrats. That, and a willingness to go after terrorists who attack the United States.
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 11:27:34 am »

The ten most terrifying words in the English language: "I'm from the Republican Party and I'm here to help."
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 11:33:41 am »

I don't think we can help them. These are people who can't even get themselves a job, who rallied en masse behind Obama to the point of possibly stealing the election through voter fraud, who are frankly dysfunctional. What help can be given that might fix them?
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2012, 12:06:51 pm »

I don't think we can help them. These are people who can't even get themselves a job, who rallied en masse behind Obama to the point of possibly stealing the election through voter fraud, who are frankly dysfunctional. What help can be given that might fix them?

Over 60 million people can't get a job? Huh

Ah, who am I kiddng? Go troll elsewhere, punk.
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2012, 12:11:40 pm »

I don't think we can help them. These are people who can't even get themselves a job, who rallied en masse behind Obama to the point of possibly stealing the election through voter fraud, who are frankly dysfunctional. What help can be given that might fix them?

Over 60 million people can't get a job? Huh

Ah, who am I kiddng? Go troll elsewhere, punk.
Well the ones with jobs are actually paying income taxes, yet are [insert here] enough to vote for the party that's wasting them and wants to raise them even further. How the hell are we going to reach them?
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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2012, 12:29:54 pm »

What is this whole gifts philosophy? That's a ridiculous idea and we shouldn't listen to our old clown nominee.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2012, 12:39:17 pm »

I don't think we can help them. These are people who can't even get themselves a job, who rallied en masse behind Obama to the point of possibly stealing the election through voter fraud, who are frankly dysfunctional. What help can be given that might fix them?
You do realize that the highest percentages of Americans paying no taxes come from the Bible Belt right?
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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2012, 01:49:52 pm »

What's up with the income tax fetishism anyway? I pay a fairly trivial amount in income taxes. I pay substantially more in payroll and sales taxes. In any case, those who get the most welfare via the tax are those with minor children. Not a dem constituency.
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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2012, 02:35:47 pm »

I don't think we can help them. These are people who can't even get themselves a job, who rallied en masse behind Obama to the point of possibly stealing the election through voter fraud, who are frankly dysfunctional. What help can be given that might fix them?

Over 60 million people can't get a job? Huh

Ah, who am I kiddng? Go troll elsewhere, punk.
Well the ones with jobs are actually paying income taxes, yet are [insert here] enough to vote for the party that's wasting them and wants to raise them even further. How the hell are we going to reach them?
In line with your confession elsewhere of being a troll simply parodying the far right, cool it now.
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2012, 07:58:03 pm »

I don't think we can help them. These are people who can't even get themselves a job, who rallied en masse behind Obama to the point of possibly stealing the election through voter fraud, who are frankly dysfunctional. What help can be given that might fix them?

Over 60 million people can't get a job? Huh

Ah, who am I kiddng? Go troll elsewhere, punk.
Well the ones with jobs are actually paying income taxes, yet are [insert here] enough to vote for the party that's wasting them and wants to raise them even further. How the hell are we going to reach them?
In line with your confession elsewhere of being a troll simply parodying the far right, cool it now.
Not a "troll", a parody.

It wasn't "trolling", because I expected people would realize I was a parody the moment I adopted that blooming "Romney'll will win Rassachussetts" handle. I proceeded to make my posts more and more absurd the expectation that people would eventually realize(to your credit your one of the ones who eventually did).

A troll's modus operandi is to try and convince people that he is serious, the exact opposite of what I did.
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2012, 03:20:49 am »

Oh hey Santorum, looks like we'll be seeing you in four years.
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2012, 11:27:14 am »

Hearing Rick Santorum, of all people, harp about the need for a 'more inclusive' GOP is laughable, and I voted for him.
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