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In his book No Apology, Mitt Romney tried to take every position on almost every question. Barack Obama should follow Mitt’s example and do the same. Then the GOP would not know which policy to oppose. During the sequester fight, the GOP contended that the sequester was the President’s idea. They did that to avoid blame for the bad effects of the sequester. If they truly believed that the sequester was Barack’s idea, they wouldn’t have voted for it.
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Barack Obama was re-elected convincingly in November, 2012, only six months ago. Seems like ages ago doesn’t it because of continuing GOP obstruction? When you consider the Romney candidacy, it is amazing that President Obama only won by 5 million votes; it should have been by 10s of millions of votes.
The leadership of the GOP are probably holed up in some undisclosed location plotting a comeback. If only they have a better, more conservative candidate, next time, and if only they can reduce the number of voters who might vote Democratic, they can win the next election.
Well, the GOP may be able to reduce the number of Democratic votes by changing election laws here and there. But they cannot field a more conservative candidate who will win the hearts and minds and votes of a majority of Americans. There is no such Republican candidate who can win the support of the GOP base and then pivot to win independent and Democratic votes. The only way to select a winning GOP presidential candidate would be to eliminate primaries entirely. If the GOP establishment could return to choosing a candidate in smoke-filled back rooms, they might have a chance of picking a winner.
English: Official photo of United States Senator and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A portion of a meeting of Mitch McConnell with some of his political advisers doing opposition research was released to the press. The recording highlighted some of their thoughts about possible challenger, Ashley Judd. McConnell was rightly incensed that their thoughts were made public. He said that is how the Left operates in America, possibly linking his embarrassment to Mitt Romney‘s 47% video. The Right also discloses sound and video originating with the Left, such as ACORN. There is one very big difference however; the Left releases accurate recordings, at least so far, and the Right doctors recordings of the Left to distort the truth.
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At the conclusion of 1984, George Orwell devoted 12 pages to the principles of Newspeak, a language and a vocabulary designed to prevent thoughts considered dangerous by the regime of Big Brother. If there were no words to express a thought, then the masses could not hold those thoughts. Orwell predicted that full implementation of Newspeak would occur by 2050. We will reach the halfway point between 1984 and 2050 in just four years, in 2017. The Republican Party has their own version of Newspeak which I call GOPspeak.
The first instance of GOPspeak that I can remember specifically was Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech. Of course, he was a crook and worse and was forced to resign not long after his vice-president, Spiro Agnew, was forced to resign for similar reasons. First time in our history that occurred.
On a lighter note, there was Christine O’Donnell‘s “I am not a witch” speech in 2010. That charge was never conclusively proved or disproved. In colonial times, suspected witches were subjected to a form of water torture by being tied to a dunking stool and then submerged in a pool of water. That practice was cruel and fell out of favor. Now we use the more humane form of water torture called water-boarding.
The 2012 Mitt Romney campaign lied 24/7 claiming that it would not be limited by facts. And Mitt still doesn’t understand why he lost. The only thing that you can be sure of when a Republican uses GOPspeak is that he/she means the opposite of what those words meant until recently. Eventually, if the voters and the media allow GOPspeak to continue, then GOPspeak may become Newspeak in fact. That is a result we must work to prevent if we wish to preserve democracy in the US.
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Both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are considering a race for the White House in 2016. And both men lack two of Mitt’s 2012 advantages, vast personal wealth and presidential hair. We shall see if either or both can overcome those handicaps and win the nomination.