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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Republican Platform? Ideas? “Our Little Secret”

I seem to remember an era when political candidates would try to win over the voters by debating the current issues. Candidate A would say “we should do this,” and Candidate B would say “no, we should do that.” The candidates would present their views as articulately as they could, and the voters would elect the candidate who best communicated his/her ideas.

Wasn’t it like that? Or did I just dream that up?

Since January 2009, the Republican Party hasn’t offered one single original idea. No solutions, no alternatives — Nothing. Just forty-one filibustering blobs of protoplasm that add up to a human speed bump. Or a human slag heap; or something.

Now it turns out, if the GOP actually did have a plan, it would be dangerous to announce that plan to the public because the Democrats could use it against them in the November election.

[waits for head to stop spinning]

OK, try this at your next job interview: Tell your prospective employer, “I’m not going to answer any questions, because if I did, you might decide I’m not qualified and somebody else would get the job.”

Or how about this devastating pickup line: “I’m not going to tell you anything about what I do for a living, how much money I make, nothing about past relationships, kids, ex-spouses, whether I’ve ever been convicted of a felony. So, wanna go to my place?”

And now — what’s all this liberal claptrap about racism in Arizona? Those damn liberals with their race card.


Anonymous Tim said...

That JT looks like a lovely person.
Yikes! I did a little thing on him to. The party of NO..
It's up to the Democratic Party to unite for once and bring that issue to the forefront of the elections in Nov. Of course they need coverage.
Ahh the crux of the problem, MSM has rolled over for the Pubes. The giant mega news cycle called Fox along with CNN and all of radio are in the bag too. Keith and Rachel can do only so much. Of course there's us, as much as we try can only reach so many people. Democrats running this fall have got to find a way to reach everybody.

July 18, 2010 at 5:37 AM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

I followed the first link and LOL'ed. I followed the 2nd link and...oh, isn't he just lovely.

July 18, 2010 at 5:57 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I wonder. Why doesn't he want to openly promote more tax breaks for the rich, stripping of public services, corporate written legislation, and grinding up the poor for dog food?

July 18, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

The solution seems simple enough: strike at the root. The Democratic Party just needs to remind the voters that their de facto leader, Rush Limbaugh, hoped for President Obama, and by extension, all of America, failed in his quest to solving problems facing voters. And to that end the party of NO hope and NO change (and now, NO ideas) has become obstructionist to the needs of millions of Americans languishing under the problems caused the last time the voters were foolish enough to give the GOP both Congress and the presidency.

July 18, 2010 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Tom there's nothing wrong with your memory. That's the way it used to be. It changed after Bill Clinton beat GHW, and changed far more when the eight year reich came to an end.

The Republicans' brans new sectete ideas are:
1-Tax cuts for the rich.
2-Deregulate corporations.
3-establish a new reich that will last 1,000 years.

July 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Seems to me if they are trying to woo the Tea Baggers and the Tea Baggers are demanding to know how they are going to fix things, then what are they going to tell them. Take them behind closed doors, give them their agenda and then swear them all to secrecy?


July 18, 2010 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Oh come on now. They have plenty of things they want to do. Repeal HCR, repearl Fin reform, impeach the prez. Issa has already said he will line up doublt his staff so he can get things investigated. See they do have things they want to get done. Oh and cutting taxes too, you betcha also.

July 18, 2010 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Tim: The Republicans keep hanging themselves. The Democrats have more than enough ammunition to stay ahead this November, if they'll just use it. I hardly ever watch TV news, but mainstream sites like Yahoo and MSNBC are carrying a lot of these news stories. I too hope the Democrats can unite and keep these issues in the spotlight.

Bee: Yup, those are both LOL links.

Dave: That's exactly what they'd say, if we had a truth-in-campaigning law.

Lew: That's what the Democrats need to do. I just hope they'll do it.

TC: Yup, those are the brand new Republican ideas. I guess it sounds new to them every time they recite it.

Erik: That would be ironic if the teabaggers turned against the GOP for being too timid to even reveal their plans.

July 18, 2010 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: No doubt that's what they want to do. I keep hoping that if they don't even have the balls to admit it, some of their potential voters will turn against them. One can dream.

July 18, 2010 at 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I'll tell you what Mr H. I just got back from a vacation in Cabo and spoke with several CA republicans that happened to be neighbors of the people we were staying with. Not a one of them will be voting for ANY republicans this year is what I was told. Several of them told me they are voting for Jerry Brown here in CA, so I was very happy about that.

I forget the guys name but he is a candidate for gov of AK and he said he does not want to be in a country with anyone that is not white. If these are the people that are to be chosen from, in the rep line up, our chances in Nov. don't look bad at all.

July 18, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Republicans don't want to debate issues or contrast approaches. They don't want to govern. What they do want is to win and to rule. Rulers don't explain their motives and don't debate with troublemakers -- a.k.a. anyone who disagrees with them.

King doesn't recognize any responsibility to the voting public because he doesn't give a rip about the voting public, any more than the rest of his party.

Now, if Democrats would just get their heads out of their collective butt and define Republicans and what Republicans are really about, and frame the issues loudly, forcefully and relentlessly, they might not suffer the kind of blowout they suffered in 1994.

They had better do something, because the GOP's backers and surrogates like the Business Round Table and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are coming after them with hundreds of millions of dollars. You can be sure they won't be timid about defining Democrats and framing issues in their saturation-level attack ads.

July 18, 2010 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

What's new is that this time they want to screw us deeper than las time.

July 19, 2010 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: That's encouraging; I hope you're right. There are so many polls showing that voters are getting swept off their feet by the GOP Hate Machine and the Democrats are toast. I like your news better.

SW: I hope Democrats will someday get their heads out of their butts and start defining Republicans and the issues; and now would be a good time to start. For at least 30 years, Republican demagogues have been geniuses at defining the terms and painting Democrats into a corner. The Democrats need to learn how to do this, and the sooner the quicker.

TC: But the good news is, all of that forward bending is good for the spine :)

July 19, 2010 at 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

@Bee. That guy has had his pic with that idiot Pearce who came up with the whole law in the first place. he is very good friends with him and sherrif Joe, soon to be clothed in pink drawers himself hopefully.

July 19, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

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