Michael Walsh at NRO may not be the first, but no doubt he won’t be the last on this political meme when it comes to how conservatives should move forward:
“[L]ay off the social issues. Let me be blunt: Conservatives have lost that war, and last night’s defeats are just the beginning.”
Uh, yeah, NOT!
Walsh’s advice is the same advice the conservative movement has been mouthing when it comes to the culture. Move on, that ship’s sailed, we lost. Yeah … and how’s that worked out for y’all?!?
Demon-crats campaigns were predominantly on social issues this year since they had nothing else to run on (or did Walsh miss the whole “war on women” meme coming from the DNC!), and Walsh just wants to surrender; let them have the field. No, it isn’t the social issues that need to be dropped.
What needs to be dropped are dumb-*ss politicians who can’t present articulate, reasonable arguments in the face of Demon-crat charges. Future Congressmen & women, Senators, and possible Presidential candidates must sit down with folks like Robert P. George, Wesley J. Smith Jr., George Weigel, and others and be grounded in arguments that prevent them from sounding like an idiotic fool who’s never considered the issue when asked – and they most definitely will be asked – about social issues.
The thing is, Romney hardly touched social issues. He ran as a highly experienced and competent businessman with a clear record of success. And he lost. So it seems to me that Walsh has a solution in search of a problem.
True that Mike. It’s great seeing you around here again btw
Don’t get the bighead, Mike, or we’ll sick Darla on you!
You’re right, Mike, Romney barely touch social issues. Dems, though, did. And Re-dumb-licans who did touch them were so ham-fisted and ignorant of message they did nothing but hand ammunition to their opponents. There is a way to hit at social issues that is reasonable and persuasive. Re-dumb-licans need to find articulate candidates who can fight for these issues in the public square. Not, once again, surrender ground to Demon-crats.
What Walsh is saying is strategically unsound. It’s hard to defeat an opponent when you’re always fighting on the ground of their choosing. In ’92, the recession was the overriding issue because the Dems made it so (“It’s the economy, stupid.”). This year, despite a terrible economy, the election was made to be about the so-called “War on Women”. If you let the Dems define the debate, they’ll win every time.
It’s not like the GOP didn’t fight that message. Half the country is literally too stupid, too vapid, or in the tank to think beyond bumper sticker logic.
We won’t win an election debating big ideas with a populace that can’t think for more than 3 seconds.
No… the tonic for this country is the shit storm that is coming.
To paraphrase “Boss” from Cool Hand Luke… “this is the way they wants it. Well, they gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men do.”
In my opinion, they didn’t fight hard enough. Nice guys finish last, especially in politics. The Dems had a competition to see who could be the biggest and loudest asshat, and it paid off. Rather than surrendering on the social front and trudging off to be the hapless Washington Generals again on some other Dem-defined battlefield, let’s get muddy and nasty. Let’s be the squeakiest dog toy for a change.
We tried and then you get the Rush Limbaugh fiasco on slut and the Ann Coulter retard brouhaha… with the media fully in the tank relying on Twitter and other surrogates to ridicule the War on Wimmins meme doesn’t reach the true believers.
14 million voters stayed home from 2008. Folks were clearly not interested in voting for Romney for whatever reason. I agree we need to be less nice, but I’m not necessarily sure it would motivate people to come out from our side.
Obama’s snide snarkiness brings out the Left — they thrive on mockery and denigrating opponents
Many reports around that when the final tally-is-tallied, the turnout will match if not surpass 2008. Apples are currently being compared to oranges.
We’ll have to look deeper, Floyd, on that one me thinks. It’s either “go Galt” and/or armed revolution or fetal position. Take your pick.
I can’t imagine there are 14 million missing ballots.
I hear you on that one.
“We won’t win an election debating big ideas with a populace that can’t think for more than 3 seconds.”
– True dat!
Guys I have a question: How come there are counties in FL that had over 100 percent of their population voting? Does anyone actually REALLY believe that 2 millions GOPERS stayed home? REALLY?
They stole the election and no thats not sour grapes. Check the numbers. Do it against the counties population. We won this and they stole it. Too much vote fraud and then are rumors of vote skimming. I refuse to think that the efforts that the GOP with all of the cash we had and the effort lost because we didn’t debate correctly. BS I say. Its time we stopped blaming ourselves. Dammit.
And a word to the men. Why is it that Conservative women are now having to lead this fight? Why? Every man I know in media is behaving like a whiny baby…acting like a leftist. Its time to lead. Time to start pushing back. They stole this from us. We were mugged. Period. For an analogy I WANT MY PURSE BACK GUYS SO ITS UP TO YOU TO GET IT BACK!
Calling Issa’s office re. Benghazi and Rep. Kelly’s as well re. Fast & Furious tomorrow. Grass roots boots still on the ground.
Good! Thank you! I wish I could talk about the reactions I have seen. EVeryones so brokenhearted. You guys are the only last line of defense between us and sequester and ruination of our military and Obama’s evil designs.
… where am I … woooo … oh, yeah. It took my family and friends a while, but they were finally able to talk me down off the ledge.
How is everyone doing? Here’s some interesting news:
“Uses for Microfiber Cloths”
To help make cleaning easier, manufacturers have introduced wonderful new cleaning products and equipment. I love microfiber cloths because they are so handy and do a great cleaning job. Try these hints for using them around the house:
Keep several microfiber cloths underneath the front seat of your vehicle. Use them to dust off the dashboard, radio and steering wheel.
Looks like the autocorrect sabotaged your comment. What word were you trying to type instead of ‘interesting?’
Ooof! I read the post to be about “transitional grime.” Sorry.
But how about this:
Store a couple of microfiber cloths in these locations because they will clean and shine the chrome, spiff up mirrors and are great for wiping off the sink. When the cloths become dirty, toss them into the washing machine.
Now you’re talkin’!
Good stuff, as always.
To tell ya the truth , I had decided to limit my voice here (& everywhere) to household hints, recipes, & gardening trivia. Right. All my pals here who have chosen to continue to fight, decipher, plan, vent, strategize, & carry on have convinced me otherwise (& I can’t keep my pie hole shut anywhose) .
So, I’m still in it. It’s profound in my life.
To be continued … (Thx, Mikey)
Oh, goody! Do ya wanta exchange recipes, do ya? Huh? Do ya?
Pardon my heavy handed sarcasm. I could not restrain myself!
Microfiber cloths cause cancer.
I hear the leading cause of cancer is cancer.
“Thank you both @BarackObama and @MittRomney for your campaigns. Godspeed to both of you in what the future holds for each of you.” -Steve Byrne, on twitter.
That just maybe the classiest celebrity tweet on the election. I mean. . . wow! Day-am!
it’s easy to be classy when you’re a comedian no one’s heard of.
But it was still classy.
Of course, he is apparently a friend of Vince Vaughn and the head writer of his sitcom is Rob Long, so . . .
In case it was missed by some, here’s my brother’s interview with Steve Byrne. Catch his “The Byrne Identity” on Netflix, it’s hilarious.
” ‘FEMA is part of a big team on the response and recovery to Sandy, and we continue to closely coordinate with our partners in and outside of government,’ Fugate said. [As long as we can work closely from our nice warm offices in Washington D.C.]
So Bush had his “Brown-ie” moment. If this nation had anything resembling a real ‘fourth estate’ this would be B. Hussein Obama’s “Fugate-ie” moment.
Floyd, if you touch upon the Chinese Triads in class, show some Johnnie To flicks. Have the students refer to you as Dai Lo, and the catch phrase for the week should be, “Give me face!”
I got my patch on and am now fighting the urge to smoke the eighth cigarette of the day. Yes, I’m quitting. For those who may have missed it in the “Happiness in slavery” post of yesterday, I re=post my comments here:
Well, my employer called mandatory meeting for this AM, Open enrollment time. Small increases across the board, no major changes. (Sighs of relief were heard.) Oh! one small change as part of our wellness “incentive”, if you smoke cigarettes, cigars, a pipe, chew tobacco or snuff or use e-cigarettes, a decision must be made.
One may enroll in a company sponsored cessation program at no charge and if one can certify 30 days tobacco free on April 15th and pledge to remain tobacco free forever more, no further action will be required. If one enrolls in the program and is unable to certify on April 15th, an unspecified consequence will occur on some future date if one is unable to complete the process prior. If one wishes to remain an evil tobacco user, the company will “incentivize” you to the tune of $600 a year! That’s right the company will pocket (it’s not going to the insurer) $50 a month on your disgusting dirty habit (that is totally legal, but who cares about that). Less than 20% of employees use these products, so for the more than 80% of you who do not use tobacco, this is of no consequence. (grumbles filled the room)(Minority decrimination! my thought)
And one more small change, our insurance will now cover gender re-assignment surgery. (Loud grumbles filled the room) We were then warned that our company embraces diversity and we should shut up!
So got that? Gender re-assignment is good and noble diversity, but having smokers and non-smokers is not diversity to be embraced.
Now, I do smoke and use e-cigs to reduce the amount I smoke. I had planned my 30th anniversary quit attempt for the great american smoke out next week, but I don’t like coercion and my instincts tell me to resist. And I understand the company’s desire to reduce costs associated with smoking. But this screams 1984 Orwellian heavy handed un-personhood. It’s doubleplusgood. And e-cigs are water vapor that may or may not have nicotine in them, I sure don’t see the need to include them in this. And consider, the company will provide to enrollees the patch at no cost, nicotine replacement to assist in quitting, but using an e-cig to that same end is tobacco use. It’s almost like the statists won an election or something and are hell-bent on someone paying!
So EP, I’m right there at the edge with you, just one nicotine fit away from unspecified consequences.
So, last night, I put on the patch and endured the technicolor dreams, went to work today and fought my way through with just seven cigarettes. The whole time, I can see this scene over and over again. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Id3c6qM7Pp8 In my version, Christ is replaced in the dialogue with Comcast. “The power of Comcast compels me” I can see this quitting sh!* will be an adventure!
We’re all in this together, LG. I’ll be sure to finally post something from last week’s Dio Fund Raiser, with plenty of pics, to hopefully help get you through things a little easier.