Make 2014 a referendum on Republican radicalism

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John Schmahl

United States

#1 Oct 14, 2013
Radical. That's the word to describe what Tea Party Republicans have done in the past two weeks, shutting down the government and threatening to send our economy into recession or even worse turmoil by defaulting on our financial obligations. Radical is the label to pin to a party that loses an election and then demands the implementation of their agenda or else the country gets it. And that's the word Democrats need to hang around the neck of every Republican on the ballot in 2014, especially those running for the House of Representatives.
A year is an eternity in politics, but we need to make sure that voters remember the Tea Party Republican radicalism of 2013 when they head to the voting booth 13 months from now. We need a national campaign that ties every Republican candidate to the Tea Party, to John Boehner, and to Ted Cruz. We need voters to see any candidate associated with those characters as not capable of being a responsible representative.

Recent polling shows that the American people strongly disapprove of the radicalism Republicans have shown during the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. The longer the shutdown has gone on, the worse people think of the Republicans and—ironically given that their initial goal was to gut Obamacare—the better people think of the president's health care reform law.

Approval ratings for Ted Cruz (and his sidekick in the Senate, Utah's Mike Lee) have fallen through the floor. Gallup recently found that the Republican Party's favorability rating is lower than the rating for either party at any point since Gallup started measuring party favorability 21 years ago. Think about that for a second.

Similarly, an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll also found Republican favorability at an all-time low of 24 percent. Oh, and the Tea Party came in three points lower (also an all-time low for them). And as for who is to blame for the shutdown? It's Republicans by a 22-point margin, a worse verdict for them even than the one Americans rendered during the 1995-96 shutdown. All this is happening while President Obama's numbers have remained steady during the shutdown.

I have a few ideas about the kind of campaign Democrats should wage. I've been thinking about a national ad, but one that could easily be tailored to every race. The key is to show voters that when they vote for Candidate X, they are really voting for the Tea Party, for John Boehner, and for Ted Cruz.

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Susan

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Oct 14, 2013
No more right wing radicals!

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Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#3 Oct 14, 2013
The pendulum keeps swinging back and forth yet people don't get the hint. Republicans and democrats have united (whether they know it or not) to ruin this nation. Stop voting for them. Both parties are responsible for the so called shutdown, both parties are responsible for the business climate, both parties are responsible for the political climate, both parties are responsible for the economy. Neither party has any solutions that are not motivated by greed, ego, and the lust for power. If you cannot see this, you are not just part of the problem, you are the problem.

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LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Oct 14, 2013
The left appears to very worried about one small fraction of the Republican party.

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The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#5 Oct 14, 2013
The tea party blew their wad. They are destined to become but a footnote in history.along with the Nazis and fascists.

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Susan

Chicago, IL

#7 Oct 15, 2013
Everything the Republicans get they deserve for causing the government shutdown and trying to destroy our country for political gain.

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Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#9 Oct 16, 2013
The Republican party is finished until they throw out the tea party radicals and adopt a more mainstream/moderate stance.

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space ace

Buffalo, NY

#10 Oct 18, 2013
This says it all:

Recent polling shows that the American people strongly disapprove of the radicalism Republicans have shown during the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. The longer the shutdown has gone on, the worse people think of the Republicans and—ironically given that their initial goal was to gut Obamacare—the better people think of the president's health care reform law.

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LIbEralS

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Oct 18, 2013
space ace wrote:
This says it all:
Recent polling shows that the American people strongly disapprove of the radicalism Republicans have shown during the shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. The longer the shutdown has gone on, the worse people think of the Republicans and—ironically given that their initial goal was to gut Obamacare—the better people think of the president's health care reform law.
Pretty funny than now radicalism is defined as standing up for the US and the Constitution.
The Truth

Latham, NY

#12 Oct 18, 2013
A radical is someone of extreme right or left political beliefs. Right wing extremists believe that they are standing up for some weirdly distorted conception of the Constitution, sort of like the Westboro Baptist Church people think they are standing up for God.
The Real Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Oct 19, 2013
The Truth wrote:
A radical is someone of extreme right or left political beliefs. Right wing extremists believe that they are standing up for some weirdly distorted conception of the Constitution, sort of like the Westboro Baptist Church people think they are standing up for God.
Yeah, you are right. Belief in the Constitution is radical. But selectively ignoring laws, like Obama does with respect to illegal immigration, is patriotic in the eyes of a Democrat.
real space ace

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#16 Oct 19, 2013
The Real Truth wrote:
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Yeah, you are right. Belief in the Constitution is radical. But selectively ignoring laws, like Obama does with respect to illegal immigration, is patriotic in the eyes of a Democrat.
Belief in the actual Constitution is great. Right wing radicals believe in their own weird interpretation that doesn't match what constitutional scholars and the courts believe, however.

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The Real Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Oct 19, 2013
real space ace wrote:
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Belief in the actual Constitution is great. Right wing radicals believe in their own weird interpretation that doesn't match what constitutional scholars and the courts believe, however.
I agree. "Constitutional Scholars" like Obama are who we need to listen to. And Activist Judges should be allowed to rule any way they think is best. After all, they know what is best for us. Obama should be appointed King. Then he could do even more good for everyone who supports him.
Arch on Larch

Detroit, MI

#18 Oct 19, 2013
What makes you better able to interpret the Constitution than judges and people that studied it for years in our finest colleges?

What qualifications do you have?
The Real Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Oct 19, 2013
Arch on Larch wrote:
What makes you better able to interpret the Constitution than judges and people that studied it for years in our finest colleges?
What qualifications do you have?
Has this president broken the law, lied under oath, or authorized war crimes?

Yes, President Obama has broken the law on multiple occasions. Despite clearly stating, in a 2008 questionnaire, that the commander-in-chief is not lawfully empowered to ignore treaties duly ratified by the Senate, Obama has willfully failed to enforce the torture treaty, signed by Ronald Reagan and duly ratified by the Senate, that compels him to investigate and prosecute torture. As Sullivan put it earlier this year, "what Obama and Holder have done (or rather not done) is illegal."

Obama also violated the War Powers Resolution, a law he has specifically proclaimed to be Constitutionally valid, when committing U.S. troops to Libya without Congressional approval. Or as Sullivan put it in 2011, "I'm with Conor. The war in Libya becomes illegal from now on. And the imperial presidency grows even more powerful."

On the subject of war crimes, Sullivan wrote that "Obama and attorney-general Eric Holder have decided to remain in breach of the Geneva Conventions and be complicit themselves in covering up the war crimes of their predecessors - which means, of course, that those of us who fought for Obama's election precisely because we wanted a return to the rule of law were conned." In a separate entry, he went so far as to say that Obama is "a clear and knowing accessory to war crimes, and should at some point face prosecution as well, if the Geneva Conventions mean anything any more."

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2...
The Real Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Oct 19, 2013
"Ahhh, it is good to be King." Barack Obama, 2013

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