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Mr. Podhoretz, You’ve Got The Pieces

Posted on | October 8, 2014 | 31 Comments

by Smitty

Let me help you re-arrange them.

So why aren’t Republicans sitting pretty?
The answer, I think, is far more technical than ideological. Democrats are vastly superior when it comes to the mechanics of American politics, and have been for nearly a decade, while the GOP’s technical skills have withered since 2004.

Allow me to drag you up to your second paragraph:

c) more Americans say it’s time to replace their own representatives than ever before in modern history.

You’d think that ‘replace’ might imply ‘something else’. The base really, really needs a kiss after the primary shenanigans this year. And the feeling that the IRS Tea Party targeting really didn’t raise much actual ire with the GOP elite. And the expected 88 miles of rectal sunshine in 2016 that Absolutely No Conservative Whose Name Does Not Rhyme with ‘Tush’ Can Possibly Stop Her Majesty.

So if you’re wondering why conservatives can’t muster enthusiasm to phone it in for statism, try and experiment and run some non-statist tools on an actual reform agenda. All those enthusiast crowds in 2009 who kinda tidied the joint? They’ll return in a jiffy. For an actual reform party.

This tired pack of Progressive degenerates would seem more honest if they just admitted they’re ideologically closer to Democrat than conservative.

via Hot Air headlines


31 Responses to “Mr. Podhoretz, You’ve Got The Pieces”

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    October 8th, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

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  2. Bob Belvedere
    October 8th, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

    Podhoretz has been useless for quite some time now.

    Only a fool would take him seriously.

  3. Adobe_Walls
    October 8th, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    The Democrats technical advantages are not as effective when applied to house and senate races. It is my opinion that the Republicans will do better than the current stats indicate. For one the democrats are depending on getting more minorities to the polls than is usual for a mid-term election. Not that this is impossible but it’s never been accomplished before. After all objectively speaking minorities have no more positive reason to get out and vote than disaffected conservatives. In the end it gets down to a triumph of hate over lack of hope. If your hate for the other sides agenda is stronger than your disappointment in your side you just might get off your ass, hold your nose (vomit bags are recommended for that post-lever regret) and vote for the guy who is supposed to be on your team.

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    October 8th, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

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  5. Mike G.
    October 8th, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    All politics are local at this point. The national pols will get votes
    only because disaffected voters went to the polls to vote on local
    issues, and will decide when they’re in the voting booth which lesser of two evils they might pull the lever for…or not.

  6. Quartermaster
    October 8th, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    I won’t be voting in the Senate election here in NC. We have a DimoKKKrap lite GOPe candidate running against who wanted a state exchange so we could get Obamacare in NC, and is an amnesty shill. Both issues are a deal breaker for me. Hagan is after the same nonsense, so there is no reason to vote there.

    Keep your lesser evil excuses to yourself. They may allow you to comfort yourself, but I refuse to rationalize voting for progressives just because a Conservative is not on the ballot.

    I will be casting a vote for my local Rep, however.

  7. Adobe_Walls
    October 8th, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    If I was still living in NC 2nd district I’d be sorely tempted to vote for Clay Aiken over Renee Ellmers. Be that as it may, you should still vote for senator. Hagan is obviously out of the question but if you can’t bring yourself to pull the lever for Tillis there is always the libertarian or the communist.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    October 8th, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

    I understand being less than thrilled with the GOP candidate, but letting Hagan win is a mistake.

  9. McGehee
    October 8th, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    I’m with AW — I only skip voting on offices that are uncontested and I don’t like the one candidate, or where I literally don’t know enough about the candidates to choose any of them.

    A U.S. Senate election never has fallen under the latter, and never will. Even if I have to write in my own name, I’ll vote. And if I win I’ll hunt down and kill myself right after I’ve hunted down and killed all the other bastards that voted for me.

    As crafty as I am, hunting myself down might take a while — even with a flashlight and both hands.

  10. K-Bob
    October 9th, 2014 @ 1:11 am

    Oh Geez! Not this shit again.


    President George W. Bush was re-elected in ’04 with a vote total 22 percent larger than in 2000, in part because the GOP harnessed the power of volunteers to get out the vote block by block in key states.

    The mythical GOTV crap. Block captains, yadda, yadda.

    Here’s the deal: I’ve voted every single election possible since 1974, in several counties in several states. Not once have I ever seen a “precinct captain” with a book, checking to see if every good party member in that precinct has voted. Not once has anyone asked me which party I supported. Not once have I had to elbow my way past so much as an exit poll taker.

    The fact is, for the VAST majority of Americans, the only thing that matters is name recognition and party affiliation of the candidates. If they happened to see one candidate say something really good anywhere along the way, that usually is what causes them to consider changing party for an election, provided the country isn’t doing so well.

    This ridiculous appeal to technology, GOTV, and social media is a sham. A total freaking sham.

    A) Get a good candidate who actually believes what he’s talking about.
    B) Run some damn good commercials, and go around the freaking media every way possible: social media is fine, but it’s only a fraction of what you need.

    The Reeps fail on item A every chance they get. Rendering item B moot.

  11. K-Bob
    October 9th, 2014 @ 1:16 am
  12. K-Bob
    October 9th, 2014 @ 1:17 am

    Early in the “W” years he seemed so full of potential.

    He hasn’t managed to eclipse his dad’s penumbras and emanations, yet. Let alone the man, himself.

  13. smitty
    October 9th, 2014 @ 2:28 am

    Here in VA, where voting is something of the state sport, the GOP wants this level of detail.
    And, if there was a meaningful reform platform that was to be implemented, I could perhaps proffer the effort.

  14. K-Bob
    October 9th, 2014 @ 3:58 am

    Oh, I don’t mean to demean those who go door-to-door. Those folks are the real heart and soul of any movement. My point is these pundits who keep blaming GOTV on the loss of a Romney (especially in light of the pushover-level of opponent he faced) is just annoying as hell.

  15. Eastwood Ravine
    October 9th, 2014 @ 4:04 am

    Not that the Republicans are politically astute, but if they were, they would push hard with advertising and nationalize the Senate elections for the final month. If the Republicans had their act together, they would be pushing for a Senate majority in the high 50s, not straining to break 52.

    For all the majical thinking the Democrats engaged into “Hope and Change”, the Republicans are also engaged in similar magical thinking. The Republican establishment thinks their base will just show up and support them, AFTER they campaigned against and demonized what could have been their core and most activist supporters.

    If Joe Biden is casting the tie-breaking vote come January, the Republicans will get everything they deserve.

  16. Quartermaster
    October 9th, 2014 @ 6:09 am

    In addition to K-Bob’s suggestion, you might add a map as well.

  17. Quartermaster
    October 9th, 2014 @ 6:10 am

    It’s a mistake letting either Tillis or Hagan win.

  18. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    October 9th, 2014 @ 8:29 am

    The mistake was with Tillis in the primary. The bigger mistake is with Hagan in the general.

  19. McGehee
    October 9th, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    A GPS is more compact and doesn’t need to be folded back up in tight quarters.

  20. Adobe_Walls
    October 9th, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    No doubt.

  21. Adobe_Walls
    October 9th, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    How did you get so lost in the process of running for office in the first place.

  22. McGehee
    October 9th, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

    Who volunteered? I was drafted.


  23. Quartermaster
    October 9th, 2014 @ 12:17 pm

    There are very serious doubts about that. Mayhaps Tokyo Rove will stay out next time.

  24. Quartermaster
    October 9th, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    You should have stuck around. You only get drafted when you aren’t around to defend yourself.

  25. Finrod Felagund
    October 9th, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

    Or if you don’t realize that everyone else around you is taking a step backwards.

  26. Slam1263
    October 9th, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    How I became President of my Moose Lodge.
    I missed the meeting.

  27. McGehee
    October 9th, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Now ya tell me.

  28. Quartermaster
    October 9th, 2014 @ 5:37 pm

    You shudda been in Scouting. That’s a lesson you learn very quickly. I got caught as Patrol Leader in Basic Training when I was across the lodge to get a drink of water and the Senior Patrol Leader suddenly announces “alright all the patrol now elect your patrol leader.” I was filling my Rocky Cup and I knew I was in trouble.

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  30. theoldsargesays
    October 9th, 2014 @ 11:18 pm

    I got reelected once despite my voting for my opponent.

    I ranted at her for not trying harder.

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