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(CNN)   Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, pinned the election loss on "a weak, moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country club establishment wing of the Republican Party"   (cnn.com) divider line 22
    More: Obvious, Tea Party Patriots, Republican, Demographics of the United States, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List, Brent Bozell, beltway, political center  
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2012-11-09 09:22:49 AM
6 votes:
As a Lincoln Republican (wait, we still have those? Yes, Virginia, we do still have socially liberal republicans) living in Liberal Bastion Massachusetts who went out and helped with the Warren campaign and was (and still am) a Jon Huntsman supporter, I agree with the other Republicans here. The party is not what the party should be. We are no longer a party of fiscally conservative moderates to counter the fiscally liberal moderates of the Democratic party.

Our party is being strangled by the radical fringe because we let them, because we thought we needed that shot in the arm that a heroin junkie thinks they need that first time they try it. Rehab is gonna be tough and the shakes and chills and vomiting up will be brutal but we need to kick the habit of going to the radicals when we lose or we're never going to get back on course where moderates like me can really vote for anyone running under your flag in good conscience.

Look at Scott Brown. He ran originally as a moderate, independent Republican, then you stuck your claws in him and convinced him that not only should he take that first hit of Fringe-arific ecstasy, but you wouldn't let him go when he tried to run and you sucked him down the rabbit hole. Your guys had him go negative in atomic fashion when it first appeared that the people weren't buying what you were peddling anymore. So when the national republicans went nuclear, you made him go nuclear too. You dragged him down to your levels and it made him sickly in the eyes of his former supporters, and we saw just what we could have with Warren, a bright-eyed, bushy tailed professor who wanted to support the little guy, and we realized that we needed to help those that needed it instead of take a swig from the Randian hits you were doling out.

You called us ingrates for leaving you, but you know what. We were those abused housewives that finally said "fark you, we're gone" and packed up and left you for a better person. Are we sad we left you? In the back of our mind, we may miss you, we may hope you're doing well but mostly, we hope you're finally getting the help that you needed for so long that we just couldn't provide anymore. We wish you well but you need to change your tone if you ever hope to get people like us back.

Until then, we're gonna keep doinking the mailman that treated us with concern when he saw our bruises.

Yours,
Moderate Republicans

/seriously, stop thinking you need to go right, my post is getting old
2012-11-09 09:14:01 AM
6 votes:
Yeah, go further to the right.

That totally won't hurt you in the future.
2012-11-09 09:42:31 AM
3 votes:
I'm gonna post this one more time ...
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2012-11-09 09:24:22 AM
3 votes:
So let me get this straight. You teabagging idiots couldn't even muster enough support within the far-right republican party to prevent Mitt Romney from taking the nomination away from your crazy-ass favorites Bachmann and Gingrich, and you think one of them would have performed better among moderate independents? The same moderate independents who told Allen West, Richard Mourdock and John Tester to go suck an egg?

You farkers are completely delusional.
2012-11-09 10:07:01 AM
2 votes:

Aarontology: Yeah, go further to the right.

That totally won't hurt you in the future.


The thing that gets me about this is that it basically rests on the idea that the people who were slavering about Obama being an evil socialist-nazi Muslim atheist who was going to end society as we know it didn't come out and vote against him because Romney was too boring.

"Well dear, our children are all about to be enslaved, what say we go out and vote for that Romney fellow to prevent the tyranny of the gay homosexual agenda?"
"Meh."
2012-11-09 10:01:05 AM
2 votes:

neenerist: GhostFish: The GOP electorate picked Romney

The Republican primaries had plenty of internal problems suggesting otherwise.


Popular Vote Totals:

Mitt Romney - 9,947,433
Rick Santorum - 3,816,110
Newt Gingrich - 2,689,771
Ron Paul - 2,017,957
All others below 100,000 each

No, the popular vote isn't the only metric. And yes, there may have been some internal problems in the primary process.
But there should be no question that Romney was the candidate that the GOP voters wanted the most above all the others.
2012-11-09 09:35:03 AM
2 votes:
I realize Fark is not an accurate representation of the US at large but if I've seen one thing from these threads the past few months is that there is a significant number of Republican voters (past) that have finally had to throw in the towel and say "fark it, I'm out.... call me when batshiat crazy has moved out of the house...."

Not once have I seen someone post that they have been drawn in to the GOP by the recent "changes" and that they're happy they made the switch.

The GOP is not only facing a demographics time bomb but they've probably alienated at least 20% of their former base (including me).
2012-11-09 09:15:12 AM
2 votes:

Aarontology: Yeah, go further to the right.

That totally won't hurt you in the future.


Done in one.
2012-11-09 10:13:12 AM
1 votes:
Read in move man's voice:

"In a time of record low taxes and record high debt, a movement will arise that was Taxed Enough Already. A rag-tag group of social conservatives who question the legitimacy of a President (but not because he is black). They will once and for all balance the budget by cutting taxes, slashing women's reproductive health rights and firing big bird."
2012-11-09 09:53:06 AM
1 votes:
I want the media to cover these people morning, noon, and night. I want them to be given every available platform, every rooftop to shout from.

You're damn right the media cost them this election. They stuck microphones in their faces and let them talk.
2012-11-09 09:51:20 AM
1 votes:

Bacontastesgood: Tester is a Democrat, who won reelection. You must be thinking of someone else.


Derrrr... sorry, John Koster.
2012-11-09 09:46:51 AM
1 votes:

Vegan Meat Popsicle: The same moderate independents who told Allen West, Richard Mourdock and John Tester to go suck an egg?


Tester is a Democrat, who won reelection. You must be thinking of someone else.
2012-11-09 09:39:07 AM
1 votes:

Dr Dreidel: meat0918: And how the hell did he get an NRA endorsement after signing an assault weapons ban! I know, the "R" is all they want to see at the NRA anymore (which isn't entirely true, my state rep is a Democrat with an A+ rating and got their endorsement)

When was the last time the NRA gave a national-office Democrat an A+? (I honestly don't know, but I'm guessing before 1990).
When was the last time the NRA gave a prominent national-office Democrat an A+?


Baucus, 2008 Link
2012-11-09 09:30:59 AM
1 votes:
Yes, please kick all of moderates out of the party and go full retard.
2012-11-09 09:30:57 AM
1 votes:
Tell me about it, I heard from a fair and balanced source that confirmed if you muted the TV Mitt and Co. won that debate....
2012-11-09 09:28:52 AM
1 votes:
hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country club establishment wing of the Republican Party

Makes you wonder how he kept winning those state primaries against the likes of Santorum, Gingrich, and Bachman. Damn those Beltway elites and country club establishment folks in the Republican party!!
2012-11-09 09:27:50 AM
1 votes:
Yes. The reason the country elected the "liberal" is because your guy wasn't conservative enough. That's exactly it.
2012-11-09 09:27:45 AM
1 votes:
A movement founded in anger, forged by anger, brought to the fore by anger, steeped in midterm election anger, emboldened by midterm election wins to be angrier, and defined by anger will not suddenly decide to be nice after losing.

They'll continue being angry. It's all they have.

// they certainly don't have any Senate votes to make
2012-11-09 09:23:38 AM
1 votes:
Hrm. So they're going to pile more extremism on top of extremism and further marginalize themselves.

The whole world called it.
2012-11-09 09:23:30 AM
1 votes:
Listening to Republicans try to explain what went wrong in their worse-than-expected election thumping reveals a party struggling to define itself amid continuing change in the nation it seeks to lead.

Republicans have so internalized the faith-not-facts ethos of the religious right, the one that leads them to reject evolution and climate change, that they are incapable of understanding what happened on Tuesday.
2012-11-09 09:20:59 AM
1 votes:
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carry on lady
2012-11-09 09:20:13 AM
1 votes:

Aarontology: Yeah, go further to the right.

That totally won't hurt you in the future.


Yes. DO IT! We want you to. Tell us again about how rape-babies are God's gift.
 
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