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Another Tuesday, another Presidential primary. And in shocking news, Hillary Clinton announces that she is not going to get out of the Presidential race just yet. Her campaign communications director, Howard Wolfson, got on CNN this evening and insisted that the magic number for delegates is 2,209--and yes, that is the number that you get if you include Florida and Michigan in the mix. We are obviously going to go to June 3rd and perhaps longer if the Clintons believe that they have any chance whatsoever of winning the nomination--or at least going on long enough to ensure that they are able to extract concessions or even set up Barack Obama for a defeat in the fall, thus opening the way for Hillary Clinton to capture the nomination in 2012.

Meanwhile, it isn't as if Republicans don't have problems. There is no denying it anymore--if it could even be denied in the run-up to tonight; Republicans have serious problems with the brand identity. Yes, I know that there are six months left until the election but what else needs to occur for the GOP to realize that it has a very serious problem on its hands? There have been any number of indications concerning a Republican image problem and nothing has been done to ameliorate matters. Either Republican leaders get on the ball very quickly, or the GOP is headed for yet another round of epic Congressional losses.

This is all obvious, I know. But apparently, the Republican Congressional leadership class has still not caught on.


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Boener is pathetic, Blunt is pathetic.

All the real principled conservatives get marginalized to the RSC.

I for one cannot understand how our leaders continue to do things that have proven to be detrimental politically.

BOTH bodies need to upend the current leadership especially after yesterday's humiliation.

It is time for a total generational change. Boner and Bland have gotta go. Incoherent and uninspiring McConnell too. When Newt took over from Bob Michel back in 1994, it was a total generational transfer. Michel tolerated Newt on their best days, hated him on most. The House and Senate need to be taken over by someone the current leadership does not prefer.

House side recommendations: Paul Ryan, Mike Pence, or Shadegg. Paul would be my first choice because of his high intelligence, youth, telegenic appeal, and the fact he comes comes from a swing district in Wisconsin so he obviously knows how to lock down independents.

Senate side: Jim Demint, Richard Burr, John Ensign, John Thune. Of these, I'd lean slightly to Thune because he is so good on TV. That matters a ton, whether you like it or not. But all of these guys are a major improvement on Darth Vader.

Thune by Oz

Thune went to my alma mater so I like him as a guy, but I'm not sure if he's idealogically pure enough.

Coburn is the most ideologically pure, but as much as I love the guy, he's not right for leader. Too pure and rigid can't work. That is most definitely not an argument for Lamar! or Liddy Dole, however. Thune may strike the right balance of all our current choices. As stated, Ensign, Demint, or Burr would be solid chioces as well. A non-Southerner like Ensign or Thune would help break down a few sterotypes.

We need to rebrand the party with McCain? This is a catastrophe!

Sadly the Republican coalition has fallen apart.
There are many reasons for this of course and I'm no expert on why it has happened. But here is my take:
The coalition has been shattered into 3-4 parts.
A quarter complain that the republicans aren't conservative enough, another quarter got tired of being called RINO's and left, one quarter is about all there is left of proud republicans. The last quarter left for various other reasons.

I'm afraid that most people don't realize this, and see it as only being because we lost our bearings from the conservative course. No, that isn't the only problem. There is also huge gaping hole in the republican support, from moderates who have been chased out of the tent. It's just not a majority building strategy to keep shrinking the tent, to purify it from all none true conservatives.

Spending, immigration, pork and corruption have had its toll, but not just by losing conservatives. There were many good republicans who disagreed on these issues, but they've been told in no uncertain terms, they're not welcome, by talk radio, blogs and pundits. And so they left to become independents or blue dog democrats.

This upcoming election will be the most important in many decades. There is only the White House in play, and whom ever wins it, will have a huge Democratic majority in the house and a 60+ Democratic senate. An Obama victory will change the country for ever, towards a socialistic European welfare state.
Gains on issues like gun rights, spending, military size, state rights, courts, immigration(there have been some small gains here lately, mostly by states), taxes, homeland security, property rights, worker rights(forced unionization is comming), competitiveness and free trade are gonna be not only rolled back, but changed in way we can't even begin to imagine.

There is only one way to stop this, its to work our "#¤"# off from now till November. The are two way's to stop these catastrophic policies. Either to join the democratic party and work to convince them of the bad ways(yeah right, not gonna happen) or to join with the Republicans and try and stem the tide. 3rd party candidates or staying home is a not an option.

then now is the best time of all to jump ship if you are uneasy with McCain.

If what you say about the House and Senate is true, a McCain Presidency is irrelevant to any of the legislation that gets passed or judges that get appointed. No bill will be filibustered and no constructionist / conservative / originalist / contextualist (take your pick) judges will be appointed. Taxes will go up, government will become more intrusive, and Congress will gather more power onto itself. At that point, you can't even guarantee McCain will be able to prosecute the GWoT let alone the battle in Iraq. Given those kinds of numbers, Dems WILL defund the war, Iran WILL get the bomb, and there WILL be another attack here at home. Veto threats will be irrelevant because when needed the squishies who call themselves moderates will vote with the Dems garnering accolades from the MSM for their bipartisanship.

And since there will be a Republican "in charge" of the country, "failed Republican policies" will be blamed.

that is what makes it hard for me to support McCain. Maybe the other party needs/deserves the opportunity to govern. For good or ill at least it would give voters a clear choice.

Notice this is OUR fault. It was Republicans who acted just like democrats on one issue after another, thus muddying the waters.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

But I do see Dems picking up 6-8 seats in the Senate (putting them up to 57-59) and another 25-30 House seats (giving them a total of between 260 and 265). It's not going to be a wholesale slaughter... just a bloodbath, that's all.

Again, I'm on the outside looking in on pretty much every major policy area that McCain seems to be advancing in the Republican Party. On economic policy I'm well to his right, on social policy I'm ambivalent or possibly somewhat to the left of the mainstream of the party, and I'm not as big on an active role for the military as McCain is (which I can understand; even McCain's view of the Iraq surge was made through the prism of his Vietnam experience, something that I feel references an older time in America, but still has its merits). With the Bush (and now McCain) influence on the party turning the GOP into, as I see it, "The Democratic Party... now with guns!", it's hard to get particularly enthused, and you're seeing that.

"No matter how much lipstick you put on the taxation pig, it's still a pig... and it's currently snout-down in your wallet." - Michael Fisk

I think you performed an excellent analysis of the current political situation in this country.

But results may be a little worse for the GOP than you think.

Depending on how you look at it, either they are following us or we are following them.

Canada, Germany, France, and England are all in a more conservative cycle having recently replaced leftist governments with more traditionally Conservative.

In the US, a 50 year cycle of liberal governments(1930-1980) was replaced by generally conservative rule from 1980-2006. I think we are headed for a down cycle. I see nothing from the GOP to suggest they have a plan for turning things around. I believe we/they have been brought down more by corruption than anything else. It's their hole, they have to figure out how to get out.

I agree with you that we are going to become like a socialistic European welfare state. Ironically, and this is such a hoot to me, it appears as if the Europeans are starting to move away from this failed model of governance..Witness all the conservative leaders elected and the liberal being tossed out on their asses.

There's another reason why good Republicans fled in the last seven years, and there's no point in dancing around it anymore:

The Bush-Cheney "loyalty oath" that was imposed on Republicans and conservatives.

It's the job of Congress to act like a watchdog on the Executive Branch, not an automatic cheerleader. It's the duty of rank-and-file Republicans and conservatives to remind elected officials that they work for us; we don't work for them.

I personally noticed that with Bush, that got turned completely on its head. For years, if you offered any criticism of Bush (especially on the war), you were regarded as traitorous. I got banned from one well-known right-wing blog just for saying that the Iraq War hadn't worked out as well as Bush had expected. I was told that we conservatives were expected to be loyal to Bush--as if we are in his chain of command, rather than taxpayers who pay his salary.

It was only in 2007, with the fight over the immigration bill, that conservatives finally stood up to Bush on something. Prior to that, the only time was Harriet Miers, but not any substantive policy issue.

There was no avenue to propose policies that differed from those of the Bush Administration. This time, there was no ambitious Republican House Speaker or Senate Majority Leader who wanted to establish a voice independent from the White House. That made it impossible to even have a discussion about a new "Contract with America" because Bush hadn't written it.

I lost track of how many times I pleaded with folks to at least begin to think about what the GOP needs to stand for in the post-Bush era. Nobody cared. Nobody dared. Because it would need to address and repair some of Bush's policy inadequacies and mistakes, a topic in the GOP nobody wanted to touch.

The GOP degenerated into the Bush-Cheney party. And now that Bush-Cheney are leaving, the party no longer stands for anything else.

Gains on issues like gun rights, spending, military size, state rights, courts, immigration(there have been some small gains here lately, mostly by states), taxes, homeland security, property rights, worker rights(forced unionization is comming), competitiveness and free trade

What's interesting is that in passing, you just enumerated a great list for a new 2008 "Contract with America"--if the GOP had bothered to write one. You listed nearly everything it needs to cover.

Would anyone be interested in a joint effort among rank-and-file conservatives to come up with an exciting proposed "Contract with America," and then send it as a petition to the GOP leadership in Congress?

At least it may show them what they have failed to do themselves.

to it. Someone is going to have to write some bills that the bullet items point to. It's got to have some teeth, not just general principals.

Socialism doesn't work. It looks nice on paper, but it's been tried and it's failed miserably every time (usually accompanied by widespread death and suffering).
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from Rick Davis, the campaign manager, re: McCain Eco-Friendly Items. Rush has been talking about this (with utter disgust).

Because of this, I just unsubscribed from ALL gop.com emails. I am FRIED. They can go jump. I'm not following.

There are no words for how angry I am. But tomorrow I'm going to burn a lot of gas and buy a bunch of incandescent lightbulbs. OK, laugh, but it makes me feel better.

You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.

I said earlier that I'm buying Soap for Everyone.....Please dont Bail out...just vote and grab a fresh bar of Manpope soap

Some deeply depressed Republicans might get ideas.

The GOP has become the middle ground of the Democrat party. Count me out.
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"Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm." -- James Madison

They will have to lose, big, everywhere.

I really hope that doesn't happen this year, but that seems like what will be needed to knock some sense into to the RNC and associated groups.

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This too shall pass.

into americans that don't remember the late 70s

suffering

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"One man with courage makes a majority." - Andrew Jackson

I got a shock when I went home to visit my parents in PA on mother's day. Mom said Dad, who has been a solid Republican his entire life*, is thinking about voting for Barack he's so mad with McCain. Having listened to him again, it's not the immigration thing although he thinks enforcement is vital; it's not the justice nominations although he thinks they are important; it's not sticking it to conservatives although my Dad is a get along kind of guy; it's the war in Iraq. He honestly believes there are no solutions over there, so we should just stay out of whatever is happening, and since Republicans haven't gotten the message, he may just vote for Obama. Doubtful he'll vote for Hillary if she wins because he doesn't think she'll pull us out.

I think we need to be there and we need to win, but if people like him can't be convinced of that, the election is toast. He lived through the Carter years, he should remember them well. He's the sort of person who is usually good at applying lessons learned in the past. If he doesn't see the looming disaster of the second Carter presidency, there are a lot of other people out there who don't remember as well.

*child in recent immigration tree (can't recall if it was his dad, or the next level up which immigrated from Ireland), his father was a blue collar worker (carpenter) and his mother was a teacher. My Dad went into retail work and climbed the success tree as a successful salesman (no, not the oily kind, the kind who deliver goods and makes sales to grocery stores) to the point that when I was in the latter half of my primary education he consistently maxed his social security contributions.

What I have learned is that the USA should never again use its military power to try nation building. The public will simply NOT support, ever, any action which lasts more than about eighteen months.

Personally, I would be a lot happier if we pulled in our horns somewhat and stopped trying to be the world's policeman. If there is a situation which is really important it should be easy enough to get a large enough coalition so that we are not left doing all of the heavy lifting.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

"The public will simply NOT support, ever, any action which lasts more than about eighteen months."

I think the public is happy to do that - in a case that's obviously linked to our national interest. Building up Iraq isn't obviously linked.

I still applaud McCain's policy to finish the job. Now that we're stuck to this tar-baby, it seems the best option. And I have to admit, despite my being negative on Iraq, our military has done an outstanding job.

But it's going to take at least a decade for the Republican brand to recover after this adventure. And without being perceived as superior in foreign policy, we're in bad shape indeed.

"If there is a situation which is really important it should be easy enough to get a large enough coalition so that we are not left doing all of the heavy lifting."

There is even less reason now to think that would be true. There are few democracies with military capabilities that are truly capable. See UK, Australia, Canada, Poland (special forces). The size of these militaries are very very very small.

You also have the problem that most NATO countries aren't willing to fight. See France, Germany, et al.

So be honest an admit the following:

If there are bad guys out there, and the US doesn't take action, nothing is going to happen.

The only democratic country that can truly capable of taking military action that is independent of the US is Israel.

It has been one of the stupidest things I have heard for years now, that if the USA doesn't deal with the bad guys in an aggressive and confrontational way, well, no one else will do it and they will conquer the whole world!! OMG!!

Bulltacos!

We face the following problems in the world. An iron age religious fanaticism that is being easily contained around the world. A decrepit Russia, A China that might cause problems but is more interested in world opinion and making money. And several little tin pot jerk-offs like Chavez.

There is nothing like a Nazi or Communist ideology anymore and no reason to think that other nations will not step up to the plate IF WE FORCE THEN TO. Of course if they know that because of people with your attitude that Uncle Sap will pick up the tab once again then they won't do nothing.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

of Kuwait...Thank God we didn't have to act, and thank God they removed Saddam from power.

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See these numbers:



Please note the the European Union, as a whole, is ranked 2nd (sort of) but they do not act as a unit!

Now, is there any country (other than the U.S.) in the top 10 you would prefer policing the world???

si vis pacem para bellum

What is needed, is for the GOP to finally cut the umbilical cord linking them all to the Bush Administration.

Because once Bush and Cheney are gone from office, conservatives will then no longer have an Executive Branch to defer to (they sure won't want to defer to McCain, even if he wins). Then they will be forced to come up with a new agenda on their own.

And that can only happen after Bush leaves office in January 2009.

Just as the GOP started to rebuild itself after Nixon left office in 1974.

I am not sure we are going to be able to come close to fixing it before November, and I don't think anyone in the GOP leadership, or even the talk radio folks get it at this point.

I think the GOP is going to lose big this November-mostly because I don't see republicans, especially in the leadership acting as if there is a problem. The GOP had a wonderful opportunity to really move forward the conservative agenda, and they didn't.

Maybe the leadership will wake up before November, but I am not even sure it is soon enough to stop the bleeding.

I plan to hang tight and hope that whoever is left standing after November will take a strong stand and won't let the democrats do too much damage.

I think that the main problem isn't that the leadership "isn't advancing the conservative agenda". It's that nobody knows what the agenda is supposed to be anymore.

The "three legged stool" that Reagan cobbled together has essentially blown apart. In the old days, it was easy to get the Libertarian wing to band together with the Values wing and the Defense wing of the party. Communism threatened everybody, and the failures of socialism were fairly clear.

However, with the Red Menace gone, it's hard to get everybody to agree. The fiscal conservatives (like myself) tend to splinter away on issues like immigration reform. Paleocons get really nervous about things like nation-building in Afghanistan and Iraq. The libertarians are already pretty much gone, thanks to the expanded importance of the social conservatives.

How the heck do we stitch this party back together? Most importantly, how do we do it in a way that wins elections?

You could see the deep philosophical splits among various parts of the coalition, in the 2007 primary debates between Huckabee, Romney, and even Ron Paul.

The coalition came apart, because various parts of it are now openly opposing one another on such important issues as:

Free trade: Social conservatives tend to be more protectionist and suspicious of globalization

War and peace: Traditional conservatives are balking at the nation-building that the Bushies insisted was needed to fight the War on Terror

Federalism: Social conservatives regard federalism as just an obstacle to enacting their "values" agenda at the national level

Personal freedom: Libertarians (and to some extent, economic conservatives) seek to maximize it; social conservatives seek to restrict it in the name of morality (Examples: online Internet poker, medical marijuana)

Immigration: Wall Street and big business want it, because immigrants offer cheap labor to hold down production costs. Average Americans in the Southwest don't, because of the social dislocations.

Economic opportunity: Who should benefit from GOP policies more, Main Street (mom-and-pop businesses), or Wall Street's investor class?

Besides the obvious new challenges America faces, from globalization to immigration to terrorism, a big reason for these emerging divisions is the changing demographics of the GOP. The GOP has (thank goodness) ceased being a party of mostly old-money country-club WASPs, and now reflects Main Street USA and (to some extent) even blue-collar "Reagan Democrats." But those groups have different interests than the older generation of country-club Wall Street investors.

The GOP can no longer just invoke the policies of the investor class to appeal to the "Reagan Democrats." The promise of a corporate tax cut may cause Wall Street investors to salivate, but the blue-collar "Reagan Democrats" couldn't care less. And any GOP proposal, ANY proposal, to give the "Reagan Democrats" some relief on the immigration or health care or energy fronts is going to scare Wall Street, who love their profits just the way they are.

The various right-wing think-tanks, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and so on, are going to have to go back to the drawing board and rethink conservatism for the first time since the 1970s. It's a new era, with new challenges, and new types of conservatives.

Conservatism won in the end because it had superior ideas for the 1970s. It needs superior ideas for this new era too. Which will take time to figure out.

As conservatives, we were derelict in noticing how much America had changed in the last 28 years since Reagan got elected. We acted as if 2008 was 1980 all over again and it isn't. Now we have to play catch-up.

You all are depressing. Understandably so, and totally justified - but depressing. I agree our leadership has failed, but I intend to fight the good fight for my local races & hope for the best.

I have been a big supporter of McCain in spite of his deviant tendencies.

Even I must admit all this global warming crud is making it incredibly painful for me to see McCain's face or name.

And then I hear rumors he may choose Huckabee for his VP. That will truly be the end.

Still, McCain is not affected by the Republican brand problem, which, fairly or not, consists of this:

Republicans remind people of shallow frat monkeys with no core beliefs who drone on endlessly about cars and clothes and whether they are being seen with the right people at the country club, etc...

That is just the fact. There were too many of those in Congress. We are at the tail end of a decade of Republican rule and people see $4 gas, a housing crisis (remember the ownership society), and they are incredibly war weary.

McCain will be a good Commander in Chief, which is the most important thing right now. That is why I will vote for him.

The rest is an open question.

Whig Party 2012!

"The most dangerous form in which oppression can overshadow a community is that of popular sway" -James Fenimore Cooper

1) Win the war
2) Cut the spending
3) Make the tax cuts permanent
4) Secure the border
5) Confirm the judges

The problem is that the GOP needs to do something about this NOW like Newt's suggestion of having Bush veto anything with earmarks and have the GOP House sustain the veto.

This would not only generate a lot of news, but it would:
a) put the GOP back on the right side of spending (even if entitlement reform is more important)
and
b) It would put a lot of pressure on "blue dog" democrats to put up or shut up at least on this issue.

What has he done wrong? As far as I can tell, the GOP has been running hard on what people around here want them to: taxes/spending, winning in Iraq, limited government, opposing the far left in the Dem party. What other "message" is there?

More specifically, what could Greg Davis have done differently? He ran on all the conservative planks of the GOP platform?

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

What he can do is be a LEADER

The question is what has Boehner done since the disaster of 06 to help the image of House Republicans?

...but he and the GOP have staged some antics in there. Really, what CAN he do? He's mounted spirited opposition to Nancy Pelosi and various left-wing bills and proposals. What else is there? I'm curious.

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

The old complaint that "we're in the minority, what can we do?" is getting real old.

There is a lot he could be doing.

1) Each and every thing the Democrats support--oppose. Who cares? You are going to get blamed if it fails; get no credit if it succeeds. Republicans have never gotten good press for going along with Democrats and, worse, it splits the base.
2) Make a show. Put your face in front of every camera you can find. Girl Scouts doing a documentary on how to sell cookies? Get your mug in there telling them how much you like 'em. You can't be a leader if no one know who you are.
3) Agenda. 25 weeks to election day; 25 new bills--not resolutions, not fluff--advance the conservative agenda. Even if each bill never gets a vote, never has a chance of passing--we will at least stand for something again! 25 press conferences with 100+ Republicans at each one announcing the new bill. A show like that has to and will be covered. 25 major debates that "Blue Dog" Democrats have to buck the party or face defeat back home. 25 questions where John McCain says "Yes!" and the Obama has to say "No."
4) Unity. Show a force even if you don't have one. You don't need everyone, just enough. Make it look like the party is united. See 3 above. Let members know if you don't get at least 100 at each of your press conferences, every last single one of them will receive no funds for re-election. You have a Whip, use it!

He can't do any worse than he is, if he upsets the powers that be, so what? It's not like he can sink any lower than a member of the minority party.

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He could say "you request one earmark, and you lose your committee assignments." He could do it on national TV.

He could apologize for the GOP's lost way and it's past corruption and then announce a full Republican moratorium on earmarks, corruption, and pork barreling.

He could push a bill with real ethics reform including a 10 year ban on becoming a lobbyist and other sundry efforts to stop the use of public office for private gain.

He could do something... something to own up for how screwed up the DC GOP is.

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With a democrat Congress the public wont have any doubt who to blame for high gas prices if not by Novemeber then 2010.Gas prices will only get worse.If we see $9 a gallon gas the party will be over for Nancy.

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

The Dems will get a free pass through at least 2012 as the media and their leadership continue to blame Bush for anything bad that happens. Gas spikes to $5.00/gallon...well, this is the aftereffects of the Bush administration...and so on. BDS will NOT end on January 20, 2009, regardless of who is sworn in.

We have to break free of the Bush years by creating a new agenda with new leadership at its forefront.

The GOP needs to deal with Gas issue (it can't just preach ANWAR alone), all people losing their houses, deal with high costs of student loans, and economy.

Unfortunately, there isn't really a short-term solution to gas prices. Drilling and refineries are a huge part of the problem, but that solution is years away. The only thing to immediately bring down prices would be to suspend federal/state/local taxes, but that idea has been panned by many.

I suppose Bush could sell some oil out of the SPR, but that is a short-term gimmick as well. Although it might stem some of the anger out there.

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

To be honest, while there's no question that high gas prices are hurting American families, I believe the worst impact is felt in the way this manifests itself in the cost of basic goods. The so-called "gas tax holiday" won't do a thing to alleviate prices, and neither will any sort of drilling. What has a chance of producing real short-term relief is measures targeted at truckers and others in the transportation industries. Whether that takes the form of subsidies with a firm sunset clause, tax breaks based on mileage, or some other method, I'm not picky. Actually, one benefit of mileage-based tax breaks for commercial transportation would be that it gets around the major arguments against the gas tax holiday--namely, that the prices will just get raised by the oil companies etc, since they know people will already pay a certain price point at a given time.

The usual disclaimers about not being an economist, et al. But these seem like ideas worth exploring.

The gas tax holiday is a good political move. It may not have too much of a real effect, but people seeing their cost for gas go down will be explicit. People looking at the big signs with the gas prices will notice the drop.

Something targeted at truckers or transportation industries may have a real effect, but people won't see it directly...and they'll blame us for favoring "industry" over "the people."

The "gas tax holiday" won't have any such effect. It's been tried in the past on the state level, and distributors simply raised their prices to compensate, figuring--correctly, as it turned out--that if people are already paying $3 a gallon, and the government chops 10 cents of tax off that, they can pocket the ten cents and keep the price at $3.

It's a political gimmick that sounds good at face value, but won't have any material effect at the consumer level.

ANWAR will not dent global energy prices.

Only the USA Citzens can lower the gas prices, home heating oil prices and diesel prices.

By seriously cutting back on Motor Gasoline usage by 2+ Million BPD. Only then will prices will start to truly come down.

Here is a proposal that Rep Fallin has on decreasing the cost of gas:

http://www.house.gov/htbin/blog_inc?BLOG,tx05_hensarling_rsc,blog,999,Al...

Includes decreasing domestic use, expanding domestic supplies (not just ANWR - that one gets the media attention, but not all others) and rejecting tax hikes...among others.

Erik

It is time for the GOP to wake up, the Iraq war is going to cause a Democratic landslide victory in November.

2006 will repeat itself in 2008, with even more Democratic gains in the House and Senate if the party doesn't stop backing Bush's no end to the Iraq war policy.

There have been three (3) straight democratic victories in what was suppose to be super safe GOP house seats.

I tried to warn folks in 2006 and now it is time to shout it - the 2008 Tsunami is building and the GOP is about to be washed away for some time !!

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I love your style of wit -- umm 'cause its my own.

M Penny

If we would just stop defending ourselves the terrorists would be happy and the democrats would be happy and everyone would be happy and the repubs would never lose another election!

Yea. Right. Get a grip.

"The most dangerous form in which oppression can overshadow a community is that of popular sway" -James Fenimore Cooper

We need to be doubling our efforts in Afghanistan and putting troops in Pakistan.

Iraq has us our troop and money resources bogged down that is why 65% of the Americans are against the Iraq war.

Geoge Bush screwed the Iraq war up by waiting 3-years before trying the surge and we just have to face that and realize the American people will not support the Iraq war any longer.

But that doesn't mean we have to loose Afghanistan and allow the al-Qaeda haven Pakistan off the hook.

One who is nominally classified as an ally?

Please expand on that and explain how THAT little mess would help us?

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Geoge
loose

Your comments are riddled with spelling, grammatical, and other errors. But on to more important stuff:

Why is Iraq a bogged down situation, but Afghanistan is not? We have been in Afghanistan longer.

What facts do you have to support the assertion that the American people will not support the Iraq war any longer (e.g. they support an immediate pull-out)?

looney-left solution. Advocate the use of troops were you know they can't be used in order to show how tough you are without actually having to do anything.

Remember after the Axis of Evil speech, the statements that we needed to do something about North Korea and Iran before moving against Iraq. This week the "invade Burma" article in TIME. Let's not forget Darfur. And, of course, Pakistan just calls out for invasion. The one country in the world who could virtually shut down our operations in Afghanistan by closing its borders and airspace to us is just crying to be invaded.

This is just lunacy.

"A man does what he can and endures what he must."

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Wasn't our little exercise in Viet Nam begun by the Kennedy/Johnson administration??

omnia dicta fortiora si dicta Latina

They are good at creating problems and then blaming the other side for them (with Media help). It will happen again after the democrats screw up the economy and worsen the situation overseas.

It will be Bush's fault for the next 50 years any time they screw anything up.

"The most dangerous form in which oppression can overshadow a community is that of popular sway" -James Fenimore Cooper

Just a typical, small town, white girl...

"The most dangerous form in which oppression can overshadow a community is that of popular sway" -James Fenimore Cooper

and if the looney left hadn't backed down on our commitments there would be a non-communist South Viet Nam today!

p.s. Your airplane driver struck gold when he found you!!!!

Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

of that the next time he questions me. :>)
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Just a typical, small town, white girl...

We could use a few more in Afghanistan, but there is a point at which more troops in Afghanistan will do absolutely nothing as long as there is a sanctuary for the AQ and the Taliban.

Pakistan is a nuclear nation with a very sensitive political environment. Sending troops there could spark a coup and be completely counterproductive.

Discrediting our enemies is just as important as killing them, and yours and Obama's "invade Pakistan" ideas are kooky to the extreme.

Iraq is working because we have discredited the two most dangerous forces in that region (Iran and AQ). It took a long time, but it's finally working.

Iraq has taken nothing from Afghanistan. That is an unsupportable myth. It would be like saying Japan is taking our eyes off Germany or vice versa in WWII. We had to do both at once to contain an harry supply lines and nations who would or wouldn't get involved according to our presence.

"The most dangerous form in which oppression can overshadow a community is that of popular sway" -James Fenimore Cooper

When did you turn into a screaming lunatic? You've got lefty talking points and one supremely JERKY attitude today. The trolling you've done on AChance should and might get you banned.

You are just about to get your ticket to ride, pal, and if you want to stay around, I'd suggest you STFU and cool it awhile. Like for a couple of weeks.

Unfair. Unbalanced. Unmedicated. -- IMAO

The GOP needs to rebuild from scratch.

Bush always was a "big-government" guy. The GOP abandoned their limited government principles in order to unify behind Bush on Iraq. Because of this, they lost their way and substituted principle for "unity" behind Bush -- dissenters were pushed out. This has left the GOP with no viable alternative, which leaves the "leadership" clinging to what little they have.

The GOP needs the "vision thing." We need to present a unified vision that will appeal to libertarians, traditional conservatives, blue collar folk, and people worried about another attack on America.

This IS possible, but it needs leaders who people know have principles AND will follow them.

I would suggest:

Trade: coupling free trade with reforms on regulations and taxes that would allow America to become competitive -- and thus not loose jobs.

War and peace: Friendly relations with free nations; limited relations with the unfree; the willingness to, by carrot or stick, neutralize those who machinate against us. Also, we must realize that our foreign policy must be one of jujitsu, not bar fighting. We must also have a unified policy that can win over those not-as-insane Dems (e.g. Truman types in foreign policy).

Taxes: low taxes, but we must present tax-cut plans that are clearly seen as benefiting the little guy -- particularly small businessmen.

Regulations: we need to reform regulations that are choking businesses AND restricting our freedom. This doesn't mean immediately repealing everything, but focusing on eliminating clearly crazy rules while making what remains clear and transparent -- rules that ANYONE can easily follow without hiring a brigade of lawyers.

Healthcare: McCain's taqx credit idea is a good one. It will ensure that the GOP won't be seen as letting poor kids die in the street, while both reducing taxes AND government programs and thus power.

Environment: A property rights based pro-environmental policy is necessary. We must show how property and personal rights and liberties are consistent with a clean and good environment. And regulations that limit pollutants should do just that -- and give businesses the freedom to find innovative solutions, not government mandated lunacies.

Federalism: We need to hammer that far away bureaucrats CAN NOT run people's lived better then they can run their own. This command and control elitism is the core of the Democratic party -- and we need to make that clear.

Personal freedom: We must tie in regulatory reform and tax measures with freedom -- right now the Dems are saying that being taken care of with socialism "grants" freedom -- we must show them that they are wrong and how.

Immigration: Illegal bad -- legal good. We really need to focus in on how LEGAL immigration by people who wish to become Americans and embrace this country helps renew our sacred principles.

Social Issues: libertarians and social conservatives can and must work together. The freedom to choose and the virtue to choose wisely is what makes this country work and what makes freedom truly possible. This is not something the government ought to or even can grant. Stopping the government from having power to enforce mores and morality will mean the leftists won't be able to impose their vision on the social conservative. Freedom and virtue go hand in hand.

Thus, we must present a FREEDOM agenda. And we need to show people that not only is it good, but we are capable and principled enough to do it.

I think there's got to be some monetary policy issues in there as well. The ridiculous spending by Republicans of late is pathetic, and doesn't make any sense when paired with a "cut taxes" platform.

1. Become the party of FEDERALISM. I'm OK, you're OK. If you want to vote as a state to allow abortion or tax yourselves to death then fine, compete in the 50-state pool for residents.

2. Make it easier for Hispanic Catholics with large families to live and work in the United States legally. Let them know we welcome their traditional values and appreciate their strong families and sense of faith.

3. Start attacking the foreign policy vision of democrats with more gusto. Challenge their d**n patriotism, or lack thereof. They challenge the patriotism of people on the right every day: (greedy liars, warmongers, etc... these are all attacks on patriotism...start getting angry)

4. Start talking about extending opportunity by freeing people to make their own way in life. It sounds trite, but I'm not hearing it every day.

That's a start.

Oh, and talk more about the atrocities our enemies are committing. Say, "It's never a good idea to lose a war"

"The most dangerous form in which oppression can overshadow a community is that of popular sway" -James Fenimore Cooper

 
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