By E. J. Dionne

The Inconvenient Truths Of 2012

November 15, 2012 12:00 am Category: Memo Pad 128 Comments A+ / A-
The Inconvenient Truths Of 2012

DENVER — Human nature and politics being what they are, Republicans will underestimate the trouble they’re in, and Democrats will be eager to overestimate the strength of their post-2012 position.

Begin with the GOP: As Republicans dig out from a defeat that their poll-deniers said was impossible, they need to acknowledge many large failures.

Their attempts to demonize President Obama and undercut him by obstructing his agenda didn’t work. Their assumption that the conservative side would vote in larger numbers than Democrats was wrong. The Tea Party was less the wave of the future than a remnant of the past. Blocking immigration reform and standing by silently while nativist voices offered nasty thoughts about newcomers were bad ideas. Latino voters heard it all and drew the sensible electoral conclusion.

Democrats are entitled to a few weeks of reveling because their victory really was substantial. Obama won all but one of the swing states and a clear popular vote majority. The Democrats added to their Senate majority in a year that began with almost everyone predicting they’d lose seats. They even won a plurality of the vote in House races; Republicans held on because of gerrymandering.

Just as important, the voters repudiated the very worst aspects of post-Bush conservatism: its harsh tone toward those in need, its doctrinaire inflexibility on taxes, its inclination toward extreme pronouncements on social issues, and its hard anti-government rhetoric that ignored the pragmatic attitude of the electorate’s great middle about what the public sector can and can’t do. If conservatives are at all reflective, we should be in for a slightly less rancid and divisive debate over the next couple of years.

Yet Obama and his party need to understand that running a majority coalition is difficult. It involves dealing with tensions that inevitably arise in a broad alliance. Democrats won because of huge margins among African-Americans, Latinos and Asians, but also because of a solid white working-class vote in states such as Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, particularly from union members. Obama needs to think about economic policies that deliver benefits across this wide spectrum of less well-to-do Americans. A longing for balanced budgets is not what drove these voters to the polls.

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  • Diogenes67

    Everyone knows that Romney would have won if the electorate didn’t oversample Democrats.

    • jarheadgene

      Digenes67 must be a “nom de plume” for Dick Morris. Come On….Obama WHIPPED Willard’s A$$. WILLARD is YESTERDAY’s news. If Boehner and Ryan don’t get on board
      with AMERICA…..the 99%…..you know the “WE the PEOPLE” of the U.S. they’re future in politics will be….OH….about 2 years, unless their states seek recall. What say you OHIO and WISCONSIN? Although Wisconsin showed some B#lls in the recall of their Gov…they chickened out, or got bought out in the final showdown. Can you redeem yourself? Ryan BARELY won his Congressional seat back…if he does not cooperate…..RECALL!

      • Diogenes67

        Whoaa! Slow down. Pilot error here. Kissed ass was supposed to be kicked ass. Make sense now? Good. Regardless (or irregardless if you’re from New Jersey), settle down. Lay off the caps. It will all be fine.

    • old_blu

      Not everyone…. I knew Obama was going to win, you shoud’a ask me instead of Rush, I would of been glad to tell you.

      He lost and now it’s time to get over it and go to work, and I hope Republicans and Democrats realize that.

      • idamag

        Old Blu, right. Real Americans will be doing something to make the country better, not fighting the Administration or like the real traitors, try to secede.

      • Diogenes67

        Sorry for the pilot error. Kissed ass was supposed to be kicked ass. Make sense now? Good. Have a nice day.

        • jarheadgene

          My apologies……..I wasn’t ready for sarcasm so early today.

          • Diogenes67

            You should never let your scarcasm guard down when on the interwebs. It is at least as important as the stupid detector.

          • jarheadgene

            Good Point, still a little too “FIRED UP….READY to GO!” from this election cycle. I volunteered what time I could to the Obama GOTV(Get out the Vote) machine. And I
            would go on conservative threads and facebook pages and slam them with FACTS.
            They HATED it. and would name call me like crazy, very mean spirited people
            but that would merely egg me on. It was so much fun. They are making me mad…..now, they got their A$$es’ handed to them and they still refuse to recognize it. So many Republicans are so hoodwinked by the KNUCKLEHEADS at FOX and they don’t even see it.

        • old_blu

          My apologies, I’m usually better at catching them. *Blush, bows head*

      • jvaljon1

        Hey, old_blu…..so did I, I made nice money on my Obama bets (in TX bars)—now that you mention it, have you heard Rush lately? I better tune in. Somehow in the excitement of it all, I forgot to listen to Old Fat Boy!

        • old_blu

          It’s funny as big of a loud mouth Rush is he has been kinda quiet for a week or so. Hahaha

    • awakenaustin

      Myself, I read this as a joke Diogenes67 was making. I thought it funny when I read it. I think it funny now.

      • Diogenes67

        You got it. I’m glad your sarcasm detector was up and running. You’ll go far in life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Jones/827014412 Daniel Jones

    That’s the issue. The RNC does not WANT to govern, they want to “lead”, which reads as “tell you what 2 + 2 is without contradiction.” In other words, they have no intention of providing service to their constituents; just orders.

    • tiredofnegativity

      I agree with you but I personally would call that “dictating” and not “leading.” Leading to me is being able to inspire people to your way of thinking and “showing” them the way by your actions. It is amazing to me that so many people can’t or won’t see through their tactics.

  • Mimi2kool

    These are good points. However, we are dealing with the coalition of the crazies in the GOP, and they are not going to look at the big picture. These are people who are willing to believe Faux News and their own skewed polls after all.

    • Annemb

      Great post!

      It sounds to me that the tea party’s “tea” has gone to their heads.

      • BDC_57

        You got that right.

        • Annemb

          Thanks. The realization hit me this morning that the TP’s tea went to their heads.

          Blessings…

          • old_blu

            You’re funny, and I don’t think it’s normal green tea.

          • FredAppell

            I want some of that tea. It will help me forget about what a crazy world we live in.

          • old_blu

            I heard the blue states have better tea than the red states.

          • neece00

            I can tell you about the red state tea but I haven’t had any blue state tea. Have you ever heard the expression “don’t drink the water”. Well you don’t want to drink the tea either.

          • grammyjill

            And we actually pay for ours!

          • Annemb

            Your post made me chuckle! I agree with you 100%.

            Blessings…

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        You Mean Pee!! LOL The Pee Party Cause They Are Acting Like A Bunch Of Whining Babies!! Throwning Tantrums Cause They Can’t Have Their Way!!

        • BDC_57

          And they going to eat crow on
          Thanksgiving.LOL

        • Annemb

          Sounds good to me. :)

  • joeykay

    This whole political stuff is nothing but Bull_ _ _ t and its thanks to all of u

    • jarheadgene

      Get ON BOARD this is American Democracy…….Here is a GOP favorite…..”America, LOVE it , or LEAVE it.” I think Allen West was fond of that one too, I think it first hit popularity when Archie Bunker was popular, NIXON era, GOP people loved Archie…they didn’t seem to know he was really mocking them. Make the best of it JOEY ! The message is clear….time for the GOP House of Reps to “S**T or get off the POT”. Compromise or get out, or prepare to get VOTED out next cycle. That especially goes for Boehner and Ryan.

      • jvaljon1

        Except, jarheadgene—I don’t believe in compromise. I want ALL GOP to BE GONE IN 2014. ALL OF THEM. Most ESPECIALLY, that little viper Eric Cantor, who wants to keep his place on the coat-tails of two generals who fought for their country—-something that he never did, nor would ever do, himself. I want Boner to be gone, and that little pimple on American humanity’s butt-hole, Ryan. I want an anti-Republican CREAM spread all over this suffering country’s skin, from top to bottom, so America can once again belong to Americans instead of to depredators who do nothing but steal our substance and relegate the rest of us to UNPAID SALT MINE LABOR!

        • jarheadgene

          That’s ONE way to go… Unfortunately those dang Repugs keep redistricting to keep their title as congressman. Even though Dems heavily outvoted the Repugs they maintained their seat. I agree Boehner has to go. Cantor has to go. McConnell HAS to GO. Ryan has to go!

    • neece00

      Your attitude is the reason that the government is in the shape that it is.

    • old_blu

      You’re welcome.

  • commserver

    Winning the election proved to be relatively easy. Governing afterwards is the challenge.

    During the election the president appealed to the center and left but now he needs to move more to the center. He must be the president of 100% of the people. If he can do that then he has a legacy.

    There are major problems facing the president. Fiscal Cliff. The deficit. The economy Unemployment. Iran. China. Russia

    It is thus important that there be bipartisan effort to resolve all of the problems. This is especially so for the foreign problems. If the foreign rivals think that there the country is weak then the president will not be able to resolve anything.

    • jvaljon1

      ALL OF AMERICA’S DOMESTIC PROBLEMS ARE DUE TO REPUBLICAN MISMANAGEMENT AND OUTRIGHT THEFT OF OUR ECONOMY—and now in his second term, the President won’t be as inclined as he has been (say what he will) to ‘work across the aisle’. He already tried that unsuccessfully, for four long years. I bet right after Election Night, he said “Now that’s ENOUGH.”

      Why the LIVING HELL do you think—”commserver” or whoever you are—that there should be a “bipartisan effort” to resolve WHAT THE REPUBLICANS–and the Republicans ALONE—did to this country?! That’s like saying that the VICTIMS of GRAND THEFT— must be willing to WORK WITH THE THIEF in order to be made whole again! Is THAT what you’re saying, fella? Here’s what America says to that—attend:

      OH HELL NO, “COMMSERVER”! Republicans have to PAY THROUGH THE NOSE—both ELECTORALLY and TAX-WISE—and of course with JAIL TIME (for the more egregious criminal schemes of theirs) for their decades-long Grand Theft America! And this American (plus most of the rest of us) CAN’T WAIT, to see it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    These are the most important contributors to the rising national debt:
    • $3.5 trillion – Economic changes (including lower than expected tax revenues and higher safety net spending due to recession)
    • $1.6 trillion – Bush tax cuts
    • $1.5 trillion – Increased defense baseline budget and non-defense discretionary spending during the last 12 years.
    • $1.4 trillion – Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
    • $1.4 trillion – Incremental interest due to higher debt balances
    • $0.9 trillion – Stimulus package and related tax cuts to individuals and small businesses.
    • $0.7 trillion – Troubled Assets Relief Plan (TARP) aka the bank bailout.
    The rest involves entitlements, mostly associated with Social Security and MEDICARE liabilities incurred as a result of the government collecting FICA taxes from contributors in exchange for eventual pension and medical payments.
    Approximately half of our debt is owed to foreign creditors who purchased U.S. Treasury bonds to help us overcome our lack of fiscal responsibility and our largesse, and who are now collecting interest on those bonds. The latter has become a significant factor in our inability to balance the Federal budget and slow down the accumulation of debt.
    While understanding what is behind our accumulation of debt is critical, what is really important is to focus on what needs to be done to stop the financial bleeding. We all understand the problem is caused by outlays exceeding receipts, and anyone with an average memory remembers what happened to the budget surpluses when Bush passed his irresponsible tax cuts. The question now is what can be done to balance the budget and restore our fiscal integrity.
    Trying to balance the budget through spending reductions alone so that the wealthy can continue to enjoy the tax breaks they got 11 years ago is ridiculous and immoral. But even if we ignore the latter, which programs does the GOP plan to curtail or eliminate to achieve their worthy goal? The programs below account for almost 90% of Federal government outlays:
    Defense, Social Security, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, and interest on the debt.
    Instead of the usual tap dance, Republicans should be their money where their mouth is and tell the American people which of these programs they want to cut.

    • neece00

      Thanks for your play by play, Dominick. As usual, you are right on target and it is good to see that you are doing good and back with the rest of us.

  • nobsartist

    I think that someone must take stock in the fact that we have a 16 TRILLION dollar deficit and 99% of the U.S. did not create or benefit from it.

    The 30 year experiment in reagonomics did not work. The 99% want something for having to pay back the debt that 1% benefited from.

    It aint gonna be pretty.

    • grammyjill

      Seen on facebook: Lower congress’s pay to minumin wage and see how fast stuff gets done. I’d like to see that!

  • foolsdance

    They will not change, and they will continue to lose. Heard a clip from the GOP gathering – did not catch the name of the congressman – “18-29 yo are socialist because they are living in their parents basement not able to find a job.” Just keep thinking – and, more importantly – talking that way guys. We’re listening, and it sounds a lot like your party’s death rattle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      The GOP Thinks It’s 1950 And The Tea Party Thinks It’s 1850 Until They Learn That They Both Are Wrong It;’s 2012 And We’re A Rainbow Of People Of Here They Will Keep On Losing Big Time!!!!

    • TZToronto

      Given all of the Bush tax cuts the wealthy job creators have been getting, why can’t these 18-29-year-olds find jobs? I thought big tax breaks create jobs? That’s what the Republicans have been saying ever since Reagan was President.

  • old_blu

    I seen on the news this morning Romney says the reason he lost was because Obama promised to give people things, so they still don’t get it.

    I was hoping that it would open their eyes to what the American people want, a government that can work together would be the first thing on my list.

    • neece00

      What will it take for them to get the whole picture?

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Run Them Out Of Office And Let Them Stay Home Or Get Some Other Kind Of JOB!!!

        • rustacus21

          … unfortunately, we have to wait for 2014 for that, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be getting FULLY prepared in the meantime…

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            You Got That Right My Friend!!! Most Of Us Already Got Our Hit List Ready!! We Will Unite Again And Get Rid Of These Thugs Who Seems Not To Hear What We Have Been Telling Them!! United We Will Stand!!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TT6POTCLZCE74T76WAJIIIUAHU frida

        If they are not able to learn something by the results of this election, they will never ever learn anything.

        • neece00

          Thanks for your comments frida and fern. The problem with the walmart republicans is they they will just blame everyone else for their problems, whether it is the government, the democrats or their next door neighbhor.

          • grammyjill

            I’ve taken to sending them letters and telling them just what we expect. Like do your job.

      • grammyjill

        The election in 2014 when even more repubs get thrown out . Maybe?

    • Annemb

      Denial is more than a river.

    • idamag

      Old Blu, you are right, Romney still does not get it. He can’t fathom that maybe he lost because of his philosophy. He must think he is perfect.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Romney Was Born With That Silver Spoon Up His Ass And He Been Walking Funny Ever Since!!! They Have Such BIG EGOS!!! They Will Always Lose When It Come To ALL The Smart American VOTERS!!!

        • grammyjill

          You noticed that funny walk too! I thought it was just me. Maybe if he could get that spoon removed he could walk right.

          • BDC_57

            He’s a very sore loser.

      • BDC_57

        And all his lies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      All This Gift Giving I Would Like To Know Where’s Mine????? I Know The Best Gift I Ever Got From Our President Obama Is Not To Let A Lying, Shape Shifter, Morphing Thug Who Made His Money Gutting Out America By Loading Them Down With Debt And Stripping American Companies And Selling Out The American People By Ruining Their Lives By Shipping The American Jobs Overseas To China’s Sweatshops For Profits Romney Clearly Don’t Need, Run This Country Back In The Ground Like The Last GOP Sociopath President Bush Did!!! Best Gift EVER IS BARACK H. OBAMA IS STILL PRESIDENT OF THE USA!!!!! THANK YOU!!! :-) I LOVE MY GIFT!!!!

      • jvaljon1

        Me Too! (Your #2 sentence is The Very Best run-on sentence that I have ever read!–at least, concerning this election! YAY!)

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          LOL I Know Right, It Done To Get Attention To What I Have To Say!! LOL It Works!!1

      • BDC_57

        Good job american voters.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      Hi Old Blu,
      What infuriates me the most about this issue is that tracking numbers have not been made available to Democrats and I don’t have any idea when my handout is going to arrive. Should I call UPS to see where it is at?
      Maybe I should contact some of the Republicans I know, who have used MEDICAID to pay for things they could have afforded to pay for, receive SSI because mysterious illneses that don’t keeping them from riding their expensive bikes and partying, get food stamps and are somehow eligible for WIC benefits…

      • jvaljon1

        Dominick…I could care less about ‘tracking numbers for my handout’, LOL! I FRICKIN’ CLEANED UP in bars just before Election Night (and even a little bit during),—betting ON the President instead of AGAINST HIM! Now I’m RICH and I can buy Expensive Bikes and I’ve already thrown a few parties and bought a house and—-ya know what? Thanks to the Pres’ win—I don’t NEED any more food stamps OR WIC benefits OR Welfare (cause of my poverty wages) THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT!!!!

      • old_blu

        Hello my friend, good to see you in such good spirits, and I don’t know where I am to get my free stuff everyone talks about, these 11 hour days for my free stuff are killing me.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          WHAT FREE GIFTS???? BARACK H. OBAMA IS THE BEST GIFT EVER!!!!! :-) Glad To See You Around With The Great Spirits Also Dominick Good Afternoon To You Both!!! :-)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UHE4MJP5FHMFIEAOGEQHETUGDQ Rvn_sgt6768

      So hard to see when their head is buried deep in the sand of Conservatism.

      • old_blu

        I know just what you are talking about, but I wasn’t going to say sand. : ))

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        You Mean Buried Deep In Their Greedy Asses????

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1118543425 Robin O’Brien

      One of ‘the gifts’ that he spoke of was my 24 and 21 year old kids have insurance coverage until they are 26…. He’s an a_ _ – hole. I continue to pay the premium(s) and the deductible and overall costs continue to increase every year. The government has nothing to do with this ‘benefit. If he was more in touch with us (the worker-bees) he would know this.

      I voted for Obama because of a long list of things and receiving a gift from our government did not even make the list……get over your loss Romney! I didn’t like you!!!!!…..Simple as that!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.lloyd.712 Bruce Lloyd

      Romney never mentioned that all he wanted to do was give things away to . But his gifts would have gone to the wealthy, and would have been a lot more expensive gifts. You poor loser!!!

      • old_blu

        It almost sounds like you agree with me and then call me a loser. Maybe I’m just dense today. (i have days like that)

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Actually, when you look at it right? The GOP isn’t the GOP at all …not anymore…The GOP isn’t a political party as much as it is a representative of Big Business and men like Norquist.

    In order to remove Big Business power from the government so that people, not business, are the main focus, you’d have to be willing to revoke the right of corporations to vote. The only way to do that is to remove their corporate taxes completely. According to the Constitution, only taxpayers can vote.

    As for the threats of secession coming out of red states, that only benefits them until they have a natural disaster like Texas wildfire, tornadoes and floods and then a single state is totally incapable of covering the entire cost of the disaster relief. Which proves another thing…if these states think they are so well off they can make it on their own, why are they getting the biggest chunk of federal taxes the rest of the states pay for?

    • idamag

      Eleanore, you are so right!

    • old_blu

      I notice they want to get out but they still want to be our (Americans) allies, of course they do they don’t have their own military.

      Good luck to them.

    • Sand_Cat

      I think the best description of the current GOP is “Cult,” with all the negative connotations that word has. They don’t really even represent business.

    • FredAppell

      Funny you should mention Norquist. Last Monday morning evil overlord Norquist was on CBS This Morning spewing his poison. I don’t know the name of the female co-host but she destroyed Norquist. The look on his face was priceless. He looked like he had just got caught with his pants down around his ankles while standing in the middle of a group of children. It was a beautiful thing to see.

      • neece00

        That would have been something to see, maybe we can find the interview online. Thanks for the update.

      • old_blu

        Is that where he said Obama called Romney a “poopy head”?

      • grammyjill

        Damn, I missed that.

        • FredAppell

          It is worth seeing if you can find it on the internet.

          • grammyjill

            Which show was it on?

          • FredAppell

            The show is called CBS This Morning. Look it up for the date Monday Nov. 12, 2012. You can phrase the date anyway you need to because you may have mixed results. If you can find it than I think you will enjoy it.

          • grammyjill

            Thanks, gonna try now.

          • FredAppell

            I forgot to mention that it is on between the hours of 7:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. Mon. thru Friday.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

      …because they’re idiots and are incapable of rational thought processes….

    • grammyjill

      I’d love it if the president called Rick Perry and told him they can’t seceed because he’s selling texas back to mexico to help pay down the debt. Bet they’d change their minds quick.

      • old_blu

        I was thinking he would let them do it if they pay back Bush’s part of the debt.

        • grammyjill

          Now there are 8 states that want to leave. I wonder if Dominick knows he lives in one of them.

          • Guest

            This is something I read on another page I wish I knew who wrote it. (it’s long but funny)

            Dear Red States?Seccessionist States:
            We’re ticked off at your Neanderthal attitudes
            and politics and we’ve decided we’re leaving.
            We in New York intend to form our own country
            and we’re taking the other Blue States with us.
            In case you aren’t aware that includes
            California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan,
            Illinois and the rest
            of the Northeast.
            We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation and especially to the
            people of the new country of The Enlightened States of America (E.S.A).
            To sum up briefly: You get Texas, Oklahoma and all the slave states.
            We get stem cell research and the best beaches.
            We get Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren. You get Bobby Jindal and Todd Akin.
            We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. We get Intel and Microsoft. You
            get WorldCom.
            We get Harvard. You get Ole’ Miss.
            We get 85 percent of America’s venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get
            Alabama.
            We get two-thirds of the tax revenue. You get to make the red states pay their
            fair share.
            Since our aggregate divorce rate is 22 percent lower than the Christian
            Coalition’s, we get a bunch of happy families. You get a bunch of single moms.
            With the Blue States in hand we will have firm control of 80% of the country’s
            fresh water, more than 90% of the pineapple and lettuce, 92% of the nation’s
            fresh fruit, 95% of America’s quality wines (you can serve French wines at
            state dinners) 90% of all cheese, 90 percent of the high tech industry, most of
            the US low sulfur coal, all living redwoods, sequoias and condors, all the Ivy
            and Seven Sister schools plus Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Cal Tech and MIT.
            With the Red States you will have to cope with 88% of all obese Americans and
            their projected health care costs, 92% of all US mosquitoes, nearly 100% of the
            tornadoes, 90% of the hurricanes, 99% of all Southern Baptists, virtually 100%
            of all televangelists, Rush Limbaugh, Bob Jones University, Clemson and the
            University of Georgia.
            We get Hollywood and Yosemite, thank you.
            38% of those in the Red states believe Jonah was actually swallowed by a whale,
            62% believe life is sacred unless we’re discussing the death penalty or gun
            laws, 44% say that evolution is only a theory, 53% that Saddam was involved in
            9/11 and 61% of you crazy fools believe you are people with higher morals then
            we lefties.
            We’re taking the good weed too. You can have that crap they grow in Mexico.
            Sincerely,
            Citizens of the Enlightened States of America

            It is a quote from a guy named Geraldo, and I hope he don’t mind that I plagiarize him. : ))

          • grammyjill

            Love it! You should print it and mail it to the governors of those states!

          • old_blu

            That should have posted under my avatar I don’t know maybe cuz it’s so long and I’m the king of one liners. LOL

      • BDC_57

        Rick dos’nt want to seceed just the
        Cry baby tea baggers do.

        • grammyjill

          Yea, but it shut them up too.

  • sigrid28

    “Inconvenient Truth” stands in the way of a GOP that condones lying to citizens it chooses to exclude from its ranks or perceives as its enemies. It excludes the “other” as defined by intolerant white men–African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, members of the LGBT communities, Catholics, Jews, women (if they seek equality in civil rights or are pro-choice), the children they care for, and the poor. Disrespectful lying to these groups stems from xenophobia but also from an old boys’ club mentality that views mistreatment of these outsiders as a privilege of membership in an elite society. These Republicans prize secrecy among themselves but whine interminably when they are excluded from receiving information they think they deserve to have: witness their obsession with the unfolding complexities of the 9/11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. They seem more upset about not knowing the details of the attack than about the loss of four members of the U.S. diplomatic service.

    That Republicans also condone lying to perceived enemies reveals an even more inconvenient truth–they fear their status as a growing minority party. Their obsession with “makers” and “takers” is really an extension of this siege mentality. This explains why super wealthy Republicans like Mitt Romney, who have never known any adversity whatsoever in their lives, nevertheless warn fellow millionaires about a supposed threat posed by the 47%, or claim that President Obama won the election because Democrats bribed constituents who voted for him–the sort of thing Romney and his cohorts themselves would have done. Even Romney’s rich Republican friends who claim to be self-made men are deathly afraid of poverty. Those of us who have skipped a meal now and then, or missed the bus (not having a car), or shop regularly at Walmart do not fear poverty because we understand how one manages to live–even to be happy–within its parameters. Impoverished children can be happy as larks eating, sleeping, and going to school in conditions Romney Republicans cannot comprehend and so fear above all else.

    If inchoate fear of poverty were not enough, the GOP is saddled with fear of foreign countries. This fear lies behind the party’s love of the military and eagerness to go to war. Ignorance about foreign affairs (the Iraq war is a prime example), like ignorance about poverty, adds to the intensity of Republican saber rattling, though cowardice also plays a part. Their sons and daughters seldom go to the wars the party instigates. This is the measure of the sincerity of this party’s desire to conquer the enemies Republicans find everywhere they look. Ignorance feeds Republican fears about enemies within and without, just as xenophobia underlies the GOPs exclusionary policies, practices, and rhetoric.

    • jvaljon1

      What you said is all true, sigrid28. But the Republicans KNOW that they’re sleazebag liars and thugs. However they must convince others that they’re not. How to do that?

      Go for the YOUNG. Convince the YOUNG that there is some (as yet unnamed) threat overseas that only THEY, the Republicans, are brave enough to identify and fight. My parents and all the other parents I know were convinced (rightly as it turned out) that the Republicans are The Devils From Hell. But we were kids. WE KNEW BETTER! After all, our friends in school had Republican parents, and visiting during birthday parties? They were the BEST PEOPLE! (“Are you SURE you’ve had enough cake, dear? Don’t worry, there’s PLENTY MORE!”) Hey–all that makes an IMPRESSION on a kid.

      Add to that, that your parents are working—that you get about everything you want, that when you graduate there’s a job so even though the Boss may be Republican—what’s NOT to like? That’s the scene set: now–

      Something happens, either at home or abroad. It doesn’t have to be 9/11, it just has to be perceived, in the local or national papers, as being against American interests. INSTANTLY THE REPUBLICAN WAR MACHINE GOES TO WORK…and the rest is history. When the war’s over, so are the jobs. When the jobs are over, so are the SALARIES for any job that’s left. You sink into poverty and now the Republicans are revealed as who they really always were—enemies of this country–the truest enemies that there ever were—battening off the blood sweat and teams, of the American people. NOT the GREAT BIRTHDAY PARTY PARENTS OF YOUR FRIENDS, AFTER ALL.

      Kids—eat the Birthday Cake and VOTE DEMOCRAT. That’s the right way to treat Republicans. In fact it’s the ONLY WAY.

  • joeykay

    Thank U jarheadgene everyone has to get together and tell them this is what the people want not u politicans.How can u have change in anything if u put the same people back in office??.We must stand together tho .Politicans are taking more and more of our rights away and soon we won’t have aleg to stand on.I love my country and will defend it no matter what the price is but not when the politicans gain and we lose our rights with some people still supporting them….I hope we all make it with our country being divided the way it is…Anyways I liked Archie he was kool and truthful

  • http://www.facebook.com/gerri.clyatt Gerri Gallo Clyatt

    Gov. Romney supporters may learn from their crushing loss in the 2012 election that accepting the untruths, the fallacious utterances, misquotes, the false statistics, the unverified information, the faked poll numbers make up the hollow pillars that brought their roof down. Governor Romney said during his election campaign… they did not need to hear the fact checkers…. And so what they missed was the silent chant of the American people led by American whites, American blacks, American latinos, American young people, American educators who do “Believe in America”… Who do believe that ….”all men are created equal with certain unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…” And so they elected a man who they believe.

  • howa4x

    It can’t be harder than the Republicans managing the tea party and evengelical Christians. There is TP strength in the states and there they will do the most damage to the national party. Anything the republicans try to do on immigration will be negated by Gov Jan Brewer in Ariz, or the Gov of Ala., or any other republican governor who enacts xenophobic polices or makes statements.. Republican governors are still carrying the fight against healthcare reform in their states, and the war to defund planned parenthood is always on going. Restrictions on abortion will be enacted in more red states this year. Apparently the states have learned nothing, and the Tealiban controls the primary process so that insures that only pure conservative republicans and not Rinos will be nominated. The other issue for national republicans is the power of their media stars. Limbaugh, Beck, Palin, Huckabee, Coulter, and all the local ones, all have a microphone and will use it to wage war against minorites, women, gays, Latinos, reproductive rights, and will always demonize enviornmentalists. The national party chairman will have little effect on any of this, and the states will ground the party down.
    The Democrats always have coalition problems and seem to solve them. They have to do a better job of showing everyone that lifting the poor up helps the middleclass more than they realize, and that investments there will pay off later. The focus on green energy will create more jobs for workers, and so will investments in infastructure, and education. Their problem is less difficult than the republicans.

  • marelbert

    Gov. Romney should take an honest reflection on the campaign that he ran. I emphasize the word HONEST.

    • jvaljon1

      What “honest look”? Back in October, his son Tagg BOUGHT A NATIONAL ELECTION-MACHINE MANUFACTURING COMPANY CALLED HART INTERCIVIC! OF COURSE ROMNEY saw nothing but a WIN!

      He didn’t realize that as soon as Democrats learned that Romney’s son bought the voting machines, they’d mount their own counter-offensive! HEY PIGS—-THESE AREN’T YOUR PARENTS’ “Dumocrats”….MORONS!

    • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

      Romney couldn’t be honest if his life and the lives of all the countrymen he professes to love were at stake….he is NOT an admirable man and the Mormon church should be truly ashamed and embarrassed that this is the man that “put their religion on the map”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Klemp/100002683878543 Colleen Klemp

    When I was the FIRST WOMEN MACHINIST hired at Allis Chalmers in Appleton,WI, if I didn’t produce as well or better than the men in the shop, I wouldn’t have lasted over nine years until the plant was being sold. But the thing is that I worked harder, produced more, programed more efficently so the younger guys were afraid of me. I would get told “your supposed to milk that job” in other words don’t get it done so fast, ie we can’t keep up. Be On Notice, Righties wake up & smell the coffee!

  • elw

    The Radical wing of the Republican Party will never get it because they do not want to. They have dug a hole so deep there is no way out. Like addicts they will have to lose so badly that they are on the brink of destruction before they will want to change. By that time the Republican moderates and those that are more balanced will have moved on or will have taken the Party back from the radicals. Either way they will fade into history where they belong.

    • grammyjill

      We should help with that goal in 2014.

      • elw

        Could not agree with you more.

  • foolsdance

    Just when you thought they crazies couldn’t get any more insane: President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as ‘Delphi’ to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That’s according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia state Capitol last month. On October 11, at a closed-door meeting of the Republican caucus convened by the body’s majority leader, Chip Rogers, a tea party activist told Republican lawmakers that Obama was mounting this most diabolical conspiracy. The event–captured on tape by a member of the Athens-based watchdog Better Georgia (who was removed from the room after 52 minutes)–had been billed as an information session on Agenda 21

    • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

      keep dancing your dance FOOL!

      • foolsdance

        wow – your retort is so cleverly crafted and scathing – I am sooooo impressed. NOT.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JCDYOUQPDL6RBF2WIQY7IHJ4BM batavier

    Republicans “rethinking” their strategy?
    Impossible, since the current GOP is an amalgam of racists, tired old white men, and moonshine-soaked “backwoods” men intent, by Gawd, to fight their great grandfathers’ lost War between the states….

    Sometimes, we must be wise enough to let Nature take its course. In due time we’ll see the demise, physical or political of the likes of relics like McConnell, Dement, Graham, Romney, Ryan, and the rest of that godforsaken bunch of NEGATIVISTS!

  • http://twitter.com/WILLDYE4U Valerie Martin

    Shhhh…..I suggest we let them keep doing what they’re doing!
    Clearly the Hate Train just keeps rollin’ along. (let it!!)

    The way I saw things play out is, I believe willard was running the
    show the whole time. He doesn’t impress me as the type who plays
    well with others. I see him more like a ‘my way or the highway’ kind
    of fellow. A get outa my way, I’ll handle this kinda guy! So when he
    lost, he was stunned! This is a man who is used to getting EVERYTHING
    he wants and he wanted to be President!!!
    Meanwhile, President Obama knew his opponent well…

    President Obama is a student of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War. “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.” ? Sun Tzu

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PPHJQFXFPE564LFJPGF3SLP57M orangeman65

    Rpublicans; what part of the election has you dumbfounded??! You’ve lost the election!!Get over it, suck it up and move on with your lives! End of discussion and election! Sheesh Louise!

  • FredAppell

    This is what I was warning everyone about the other day. The GOP is not going to suddenly start cooperating with President Obama and the democrats. The GOP believe they received enough votes to validate their policies. We have roughly 14 to 15 months to charge up our base and get all those bench warmers as excited as we are otherwise we are right back where we started. If we fail then our president will fail and democrats won’t be winning anything for a long time.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Uhhhh… useful idiot EJ…. the Repubs obviously have a mandate to control the House and stop Obozo’s leftist agenda. America wants the gridlock. It works better this way.

    You leftist freaks always seem to think that passing legislation for passing legislation’s sake is a good thing. Somehow, you fail to recognize that bad legislation should never be passed. And we probably have opposite definitions of what makes bad legislation just like it is obvious that the country is equally divided over that question. Therefore, gridlock is the best alternative for all. I support gridlock and hope it continues indefinitely.

    Having said that, no more legislation would be a good thing. Unless of course that legislation shuts down 50% of the federal government over the next 2 years and banishes useless agencies like the DOE and DOEd. That would be good legislation. Maybe we can agree on something.

    Have a nice day!

    “When Obozo called the SEALs, they got Bin Laden. When the SEALs called Obozo, they got denied.” – Navy SEAL’s Facebook posting that was censored and then later uncensored

    • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

      …and you call yourself an American…..if it wasn’t so obvious that you are anything but, I would find your denialist rhetoric amusing….it is not!

  • FredAppell

    I’ll tell you what blu, I live in the northeast in a very blue state but after listening to republicans that I personally know here, it sometimes makes me wonder if there is a difference at all between red and blue states. The republicans are just as rabid here as they are everywhere else.

  • FredAppell

    Are you trying kill me! I had one of those laughs where you stop breathing. Where did you come up with that one?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kermit-Gagne/100000845128170 Kermit Gagne

    ok yall –sit down –have a drink –and all –yall come to terms —and im a damm yankee yall —PLEASE

  • CYNICALZ

    Have posted on Benghazi since inception of the killing of four Americans. This will be another blatant Eric Holder cover up. This administration has blood on it’s hands……………this is the inconvenient truth.

    Obama should be impeached.

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnny.thomas.52035 Johnny Thomas

    Had the republicans stuck to the true think that were actually happening instead they tried to make him into a monster .I agree that Romney did not see what is really going on and was openly against the poorer people having the right to move fore ward and pay the heaviest toll of taxes .Well it just didn’t word did it.Working People in America built this country and did it by digging their way in and suffered long and did with out to have a home and be free to believe and speak their mind and not be controlled by the power seeking people like Kings and Queen control and gutting and hanging in the street because of the way they believed in .This is a issue now of the rich controlling us and I believe they will all ways fail at that and I hope they do our kid’s deserve the right to grow up in a free country under our constitution as it is meant to be .We should never be ruled by the rich because they are rich and demand that we pay their way that is one reason why this country was born .We do need the well born or intelligent one to seek to lead but never rule this would make us fail in our cause as human being and American’s

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H55LSAS2VTMQRWYK6HPKPG4LN4 Maxwell Shean

    I’m australian, 74 yrs, and have watched usa politics for many years. for most of that time i would have voted republican, especially for ronald r., until the bush boys emerged. now i would vote democrat without question. especially when i see the rantings of the strange, hairless donald, and the racist fox operation.

    it seems republicans now live in the slave era, genuine workers are impoverished, most work for much less than australians. AND BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES HERE, ENDORSE A FULL MEDICARE SERVICE (since 1975), where the poorest have 100% care. tax of 1% looks after poor or wealthy. the rest of the civilised West has the same policy, dignity for all, not the wealthy, hateful attitude in the usa. it’s easy to see how the slave trade was so hard to revoke, and how black americans are still regarded as sub-humans. the usa is now a gun toting bully boy, with impoverished men kept by military service, and everywhere ramshackle factories abound. it is now the post usa era, and the republicans will ensure that prevails !

    respect your decent president, and maybe recover from the death throes of republicans. AND surely the ranting donald cost republicans many votes..his smell was evident in oz, .god bless america….
    max shean

  • CYNICALZ

    The time for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing. When socialists/MARXIST come after your neighbor they are not far from you. If you want government “stuff” rise to the occasion and pay for it.

    A revolution is in the making.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    How does it feel. To be on your own. All alone. All hope gone. Like a rolling stone.

  • rustacus21

    Like Mr. Dionne, I’m extremely uneasy about some of what I’m hearing out of Washington, just a week after the election. I don’t understand why the poor & Middle Class should be ‘preparing’ for ‘bitter pills’ of ‘austerity’, when we’ve already lived in an ‘autaire’ world of conservative mad science incarnations & now, we’re going to ‘negotiate’ w/THEM, even though we have all the aces in the deck? I’m sorry, but this isn’t ‘Old Maid”!!! This is Poker & if the best players aren’t at the table, it’s now up to the American people to yank whatever amateur’s there away from the table & force the administration – thru direct advocacy & political ‘caveat’, to find Liberal/Progressive “PROFESSIONALS” who are DEFINATELY up to the TASKS at hand. Regulatory moderanizations, the environment, education, our ELECTION SYSTEMS, all of which are tied to tax cut, income equity upgrades & job creation, Social Security protections from conservative ‘TAMPERING’, among many other issues, are all in the dilapidated state they are b/c of conservative policies of the past 31 years. Common sense tells us that conservatives have already had their chance (since 1981 in fact) & have proven beyond any shadow of ANY DOUBT what so ever, they have no competence, credibility NOR meaningful contributions to add to the enterprise of restoration of the nation & our Democracy to the point it had matured to by January 19, 2001. There are a whole generation of marvelous minds, full of creative, innovative Liberal/Progressive ideas & strategies just BEGGING to be implemented!!! I suggest the Obama administration WASTE NO MORE TIME FINDING THEM, PUTTING THEM IN THE GAME & LETTING THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, instead of playing ‘not to lose’. If not playing to win in convincing fashion, there’s no need playing at all, in other words!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S4H2IXYBMUONVRUY7JTJDPIYJE jbing

    As of Nov 14th, some precincts in the country are still tallying and yet, the sour-graping has started; Romney blames Obama’s gifts to the poor. He should also mention his huge faults and the 47percent of ameircans he said he wouldn’t have had anything to do with. I have yet to hear from the GOP leadership how they can be-friend the poor and the new-ameircans majority of whom are minorities which includes those who vogted for Obama. Then the lousy loser’s vendetta has begun
    picking on the Benghazi vehicle to more anything and everything to disrupt Obama’s second term.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JDOXI2KMWOOWQITKP23LE6W4RA Juventino

    Time is up to get America moving; perhaps a need for “Occupy the House” movement. Get ride of the obsturctionism, once and for all, get ride of Boehner, Cantor and Mcconnell. time for action!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MQWENYXFL6QQ64QRYF3ZSVFLCU Rossi

    No, what drove the american public to the polls was a need for correction, not going forward with a disaster. The white republicans seem to think that the vast majority of the wealthy is all white, well their are African-american, Asian, and Latinos that will be affected as well. Are the majority of the wealthy complaining when the 47% of the population they are refusing to help, get up every morning to cook their breakfast, to drive them to work, to help run the assembly lines in their factories, to help bring an invention top life, to help generate the millions they are depositing into their accounts weekly, monthly and yearly.

    They can help you make the millions but you are to good to return a favor to help the economy stabilize. Are to make sure the 47% has health care so they can continue to come to your jobs and make you rich. Get over it The President Need TO TAX THE WEALTHY. AS FOR THE PRESIDENT STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR TRIP TO BANCOCK, BURMA, AND CAMBODIA LOOK FOR GREAT THINGS TO HAPPEN.

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