Krauthammer is, again, irrelevant. His belief that Republicans need not adjust
to a changing world runs counter to the notion of making the Republican Party an
important force in the areea of political ideas. He is truly the reactionary
voice in the wilderness. If you want a reasonable and rational path
going forward, read the writings of Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, Michael
Gerson or David Frum. Krauthammer appeals to the Tea Party wing of the
Republican Party. That wing is essentially devoid of ideas and is essentially
What do republicans really want? It isn't smaller government. Ron Paul was
by far the most consertive candidate and was kicked to the curb.
I know people that didn't think some candidates liked people of there race
Mitt because of nationality. We need to be for legal immigration as they are
hard workers trying to make a better life. Illegal immigrants is what we are
against. Moving to the center, favoring gay mariage and abortion all that does
is alienate your main voice. as no conservative third party will dominate.
The GOP's "don't be a 47% leech" message doesn't resonate
well with many, and I'm not sure trotting our Rubio or Ted Cruz will be
enough to stem the demographic shift for Republicans.I was a 47
percenter when I was in college, was a single parent and took advantage of
several programs that allowed me to be a good parent and achieve an education.
I've made far, far more in wages than I would have otherwise, and I
consider my taxes today to be not just repaying society for its investment in
me, but investing in the future as others follow the path I travelled. (I
understand those options are drying up.)There's no room in the
conservative mindset for this type of story, so they'll go on
characterizing those who would do greater things with their lives as leeches, if
government programs are involved.Krauthammer and conservatives have
no idea what to do with this ideological shift, as more group-oriented cultures
grow in our nation. If they want to put their heads in the sand, it's fine
by this Democrat.
Krauthammer is, once again, showing that he doesn't have a clue.
Ha ha ha.Krauthammer? When has he been right about anything???Just a week or so ago he was predicting a Romney win... In a
landslide!Ha ha ha, if you want to know how to NOT run your
Presidency, election campaign, or political party, just do whatever Krauthammer
suggests. He is literally, wrong, 99 percent of the time. If he says
that the GOP doesn't need to change then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE my fellow
conservative friends, believe the opposite. The GOP needs to change. It needs
to. This no compromise, alienate everyone but well to do Christian white males,
tough guy attitude needs to go if the GOP hopes to gain anything politically
The nation is changing, charlie. If you stubbornly refuse to see it, you can
watch your relevance, and that of the republican party, fall away.
Speaking as a liberal Democrat, this is the most cheering column I've read
in a long time. "We don't have to change, we just need to express
ourselves more artfully." Awesome.
10cc that was a great post. Thank you.
@ Eric Samuelsen 9:55 a.m. Nov. 11, 2012This Libertarian (me) agrees
with you. It would seem IMO that they prefer style over substance. If the GOP decides to *evolve* My advice is an upgrade over the last 2
"populists" they trotted as VP Candidates. ROFL!
In this past election only about 51% of those eligible to vote actually voted.
Obama one the popular vote by about two to three million votes. The electoral
college could have been as close as 333,000 votes in four states. Neither party
has a mandate. Republican conservatism is as popular as democrat
liberalism's big government. The school room is divided.
It's amazing to me that despite how rigid and shrill a vocal minority of
conservative voices have been in recent years, this presidential election was
still decided by 1%, and Republicans still control the House (which,
historically and intentionally is the most reflective of the current mood of the
country). This tells me that this article is probably more correct than not.
Have you ever read Charles' Bio? You should. The guy is amazing and
freakishly brilliant. I hope the republican leadership is reading
and listening to him. If he were a top adviser, they would have the next
election in the bag. As for liberals, go ahead and rail against
him. You have great reason to fear him. He just makes too much sense.