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What is wrong with the Republican Party: Nothing

A good look at the outcome of the 2012 elections clearly show there is nothing wrong with the Republican brand. Just look at the map provided of the county-by-county results.

The media is trying to make you believe that we have witnessed the death of the Republican Party and that Democrats now hold the majority opinion of the country.  Here is just a look at how out of touch the liberal media is:

1.  Obama did not win with a mandate.  He won by 4%.  But take a look at the map provided paints a picture that he only won in large urban areas, sans Iowa.

2.  Democrats only have 53 Senators in Congress.  Again, hardly a mandate.

3.  The House still has a decidingly Republican advantage with 32 more Republicans than Democrats.

4.  Nearly 2/3rds of the Governorships are held by Republicans.

5.  Of the state legislatures, 27 of the states have both chambers controlled by Republicans.  5 are split, 1 is non-partisan and 17 are held by Democrats.

I do not see this progressive/democrat tsunami that the media is talking about.  In fact I disagree with even the Republican strategists that say the party is in trouble and needs major changes.

What the party needs is strong leaders that can portray the brand in a way that reaches common Americans.

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C. Sanders February 18, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Obama and Democrats want an income tax so that they can build-in special interest favors that pander to their base. A state sales tax only, would take the power away from the politicians and put it into the hands of the buyer.
C. Sanders February 18, 2013 at 02:03 PM
One only look at the example of California to understand what Obama would do to our Nation. California already a surge of interest for Californians to leave the state in favor of lower/no personal income tax states, lower property taxes, better job market and a better business climate. On another note, would prefer [anyday] to have Rubio take a drink of water, then to look at a picture of our President toking on a joint while looking like someone other than the President of the United States.
Greg February 18, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Nothing is a bit of a stretch.
skinnyDUDE February 18, 2013 at 10:58 PM
After Obama damages the country for another 4 years we likely will be crippled by debt and a even weaker economy . At some point the FED wont be able to keep feeding the beast as Inflation is really already here. Capitalism is the only engine that can save us .At least, Republicans can honestly claim they are the party of free enterprise. That is not in dispute . That Capitalism engine is run on OIL and a aggressive domestic energy policy of Oil , Natural gas and Coal .Wind Mills and solar will be meaningless for decades to come .Cut the regulations and get the hell out of the way and the economy will grow. Obama has put up the RED LIGHT and business is now looking to survive rather than grow. Unfortunately , Obama second term will do more harm than good and I am not sure any party will be able to pick up the pieces of This Presidents Federal Disaster .Obama has 100% crippled growth with a moronic energy policy, over bearing non stop regulations like ObamaCare , and his constant addiction to tax success.
skinnyDUDE February 19, 2013 at 12:33 AM
@ Brian Was just wondering your choices for school board . I know you know that circle far better than I .
Brian Dey February 19, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Eperjesy, Wittke and Formolo
Steve ® February 19, 2013 at 01:56 AM
But I want free stuff, free birth control, free food and not work for any of it. Is the Republican Party for me?
skinnyDUDE February 19, 2013 at 02:41 AM
No if someone is dead set on being a bottom feeder they will go where the shepard herds them . The sheep trade freedom and liberty to be irresponsible and dependent.
Steve ® February 19, 2013 at 03:47 AM
The news said that republicans give tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas. They also are against feeding kids breakfast, lunch and dinner in schools. They said the republicans are unwilling to tax the "Evil" rich and thus we have a huge national debt. How can you support these things? How do you not cry at night with these decisions?
NObama 2012 February 19, 2013 at 04:03 AM
We really are two Americas; the Conservative States of America and the Liberal States of America. We need to further divide along those lines and help the undesirables to immigrate to the states that are friendly to their needs i.e. Blue States. Once all of the Blacks, Browns, illegal’s, druggies, felons, and homosexuals are in the liberal states, they can vote to abolish all the laws and live a life free of the "oppression and tyranny" of "evil conservatives", quite happily ever after. Balkanization is the only way.
Renee February 19, 2013 at 02:56 PM
I really shouldn't respond to something that is so blatantly racist, homophobic and just plain ignorant. But in the interest of enlightenment: you should take a look at the states with the worst records on education. Or more interestingly, those that take from the government more than they give (this could also be referred to as socialism). You will find that what you believe in is nothing but a case of color blindness. In fact, these states are overwhelmingly RED. Yes RED. I know you won't look into it because you don't WANT to believe this could possibly be true. But that doesn't change the fact that it is true.
Brian Dey February 19, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Renee- Do you have a link?
Rees Roberts February 19, 2013 at 03:49 PM
As merely an observer to this thread and objectively speaking.......... Brian, she isn't quoting anybody. She isn't referencing any web site. Therefore, she wouldn't have a link to share because she is just voicing her own opinion.
CowDung February 19, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Rees: She's making claims about the 'states with the worst records on education' and claiming that they 'take more money from the government than they give'. I would consider making such claims as something different than 'just voicing her own opinion'. I think that Brian is making a fair request--those claims should be able to be supported by statistics, news article, web site, etc.
Renee February 19, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Hey don't take my word for it nor my opinion. Just google something like: states that receive more tax dollars than they contribute. You'll find a plethora of information. Here's one you might believe: http://www.foxbusiness.com/government/2012/08/03/states-that-get-most-federal-money/ Another: http://taxfoundation.org/article/federal-spending-received-dollar-taxes-paid-state-2005 Google the question re: education and see what you come up with. But here's one for you: http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2012/10/15/americas-best-and-worst-educated-states/ And to CowDung: You will find that a list of the states with poor records on education and those that take more than they give is not identical. But there are many that make both of the lists. And they are predominately "red" states. Well this lazy liberal has to get back to work. Someone's got to get us out of the red.
The Anti-Alinsky February 19, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Rees, she is stating a fact. Renee said: "In fact, these states are overwhelmingly RED. Yes RED" Not prefaced with I believe, or I think, but asserted as the truth with no data to back it up. Here is some data to disprove her "fact". Using the rankings from KidsCount ( http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/acrossstates/Rankings.aspx?loct=2&by=v&order=a&ind=7247&dtm=14341&tf=868 ) ( http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/acrossstates/Rankings.aspx?ind=5199 ) California is ranked 43rd, Texas 39th. Illinois is ranked 17th, North Dakota16th. New Mexico is ranked 49th, Utah 27th To be fair the top four are Blue states, but they spend waaaaay above the national average: 1-Massachusetts (spends $13,361 per student per year) 2-New Jersey ($15,116/year) 3-Vermont ($17,847) 4-New Hampshire ($13,519) (BTW-Wisconsin is 10th and we average $11,783/year) The Red State/Blue state argument doesn't pan out. There are much more pressing issues, such as poverty and how the money is being spent.
CowDung February 19, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Yes Renee, all the lists are not identical. Another reason why it is fair to ask for supporting documentation for your claims.
Greg February 19, 2013 at 07:07 PM
" Or more interestingly, those that take from the government more than they give (this could also be referred to as socialism)." Renee- Do you have a link?
CowDung February 19, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Renee: You should note that the first article you linked to explains why most of these states are high on the list for receiving federal dollars--they have high levels of defense spending. That doesn't seem consistent with the 'this could also be referred to as socialism' claim that you made earlier.
skinnyDUDE February 19, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Because personal responsibility is FREEDOM TO CHOOSE and the liberal policies are definite Failure for ALL. Just look at the sinking ships in Europe and here . The states of CALF and IL are sunk by the crashing weight of ignorant Liberal policies.
Renee February 20, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I don't have time at the moment to further my argument (though feel free to continue your own research- I gave you a couple of links but keep going, you may learn something) but I do find it interesting that none of you folks question or call out Mr/Ms Nobama for their very racist, homophobic and ignorant comment. Or the point of this being "two" Americas. We are one United States of America but there are in FACT many Americas. I may not come back here as I realize the most important agenda is to be right. Not to consider other ideas, not to consider that a liberal may have more in common with you than you like, but simply to be right.
Rees Roberts February 20, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Renee: I agree with you. We all have way more in common than not. But to read these threads you would think it is a struggle to the death, as you say..... to be right. Life isn't black or white (now don't pull the racist card). Life isn't one way or the other. It's a lot of gray. The bigger picture is if we don't look at each other as friends, part of a community then we are doomed to not get along when it really matters. It is not a duel of republicans versus democrats. It's not a battle at all. It SHOULD be a give and take where we work together to solve problems. I bet if we worked to solve local problems we just might come up with a blue print that others might take notice. Heck, we might even get along. Hard to tell that here.
CowDung February 20, 2013 at 02:13 AM
I find the best way to deal with comments like NOmama's is to ignore them. I responded to you because you made a claim that I believe to be flawed, and I proceeded to indicate why it was flawed--using the link that you provided. It's not so much a matter of 'being right', as much as it is a matter of setting the record straight. Too many people seem to get all their information from talking points memos rather than taking the time to think in depth about things. Your claims about the states taking more money than they give is a perfect example. I learned why because of your link--perhaps you should read it as well. It isn't socialism...
Brian Dey February 20, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Rees and Renee: I wrote this post to point out that the media and even some Republicans are claiming that the Republican party is all but dead. By looking at the map of the 2012 and pointing out some obvious facts, that isn't the case. What is missing in the party, and in my opinion, the white house, is a little thing called leadership. There are huge idealogical differences between the parties, and true leaders find ways to get things done. Neither side has that right now.
Renee February 20, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Cowdung, I gave you a couple of examples of which I had hoped you would 'begin' to do some research. I try to look at many sources, including the likes of FOX. Please do the same.
Greg February 20, 2013 at 02:30 AM
The recall ended the love.
Renee February 20, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Rees, I don't pull the racist card, I merely point out when one is being racist (i.e. Nobama) I couldn't agree with you more. I think the majority of us actually want the same thing. This constant call for division with no hope of agreeing will be our downfall. I'm married, every day calls for compromise. Sometimes it goes my way sometimes not. But after thirty years we still manage to get along.
CowDung February 20, 2013 at 02:34 AM
Rees: How can we get to the point of 'give and take' if the premise being argued Isn't based on facts? Was I out of line showing Renee the real reason for those states getting more Fed money than other, bluer states? I even used her link to do it.
CowDung February 20, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Renee: What additional research needs to be done? Your link explained rather clearly why the red states got more Fed money than they gave. Are you having trouble believing the truth or something?
Renee February 20, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Agreed. I also believe greater division will not help.

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