More Fallout From The Republican Govt Shutdown
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Oct 18, 2013
Andrew Rosenthal at The New York Times expands on the idea that some Republicans believe they lost because they were too moderate:
Every time Republicans suffer a rejection of the most right-wing items on their agenda, a significant number decide they havenít been sufficiently crazy. That was the conclusion that many Republicans drew from the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012. And now that Republicans in Congress have been forced to surrender in their fight with President Obama over the budget, health care and the nationís credit, some are drawing the same conclusion.[...]
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, for example, said the fight over the debt ceiling was good for Democrats, but for a peculiar reason.ďIt has been the best two weeks for the Democratic Party in recent times because they were out of the spotlight and didnít have to showcase their ideas,Ē Mr. Graham said.
What Mr. Graham perceived as hiding was actually an exercise in not interrupting your enemy while heís making a mistake. It was a good period for Democrats because Republicans were in the spotlight and showcasing their ideas. Or their lack of ideas, in the words of Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who always seems on the verge of making a presidential run that never quite seems to materialize.
#3 Oct 18, 2013
The Republicans need to dump the tea party extremists if they want to win elections.
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