McCain should worry about divisions in GOP

Republicans are taking great delight in the street brawl that has developed over the Democratic presidential nomination. Full Story
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Idealist

Philadelphia, PA

#1 May 1, 2008
No McCain, and No Dent! There are worse things than losing the Presidency, the Bush spending showed that! The rebirth of the conservative movement in America began precisely because we were willing to lose if necessary to purify the party. Sen Goldwater lost in a landslide in 1964, but sewed the seeds for true conservatism that have shaped this country since. I will write in Rick Santorum for President; he deserves my vote. Dent also panders. His active support for social liberal Rudy Giuliani for President was the last straw in his career of "Now I'm Loyal, Now I'm Not!" I will write in Morning Call Op-ed columnist and producer of Crossfire, John Brinson for congress. Brinson's not afraid to take the heat.
Brewhound

Scranton, PA

#2 May 1, 2008
Rick Santorum and John Brinson???? You must be criminally insane.
Noman Henry

Philadelphia, PA

#3 May 1, 2008
provides the sort of political analysis what can usually only get by consulting the deranged at the state hospital.

Is it any wonder that the Morning Call publishes the letters of dividers on the Republican side like this idiot Lowman Henry when their candidate, B.O. is going down in flames?

Note to Mr. Henry if Bob Barr decides to run for President he might want to lose the Himmler moustache and glasses.
Elitist Bob

Fogelsville, PA

#4 May 1, 2008
Brewhound wrote:
Rick Santorum and John Brinson???? You must be criminally insane.
LMAO. My thoughts exactly.
Eric

Port Orchard, WA

#6 May 1, 2008
While I appreciate that you have identified that the Republicans are in deep trouble, there is actually nothing that McCain can do to successfully woo the disaffected. McCain merely symbolizes what is wrong with the party as a whole. It is fitting that such a repellant man be the chosen-one of the party.

The behavior of the party leadership in Nevada, where they shut the convention down when it appeared Ron Paul would win, also symbolizes what is wrong with the Republican Party.

These flaws are not going to be overcome by McCain kissing more babies. These problems are overcome by throwing these people out of office.

I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate. You are all free to do the same.

If the Republicans lose to the Democrats, no, it is not our fault. It is their own fault.
Valley Pathfinder

Scranton, PA

#7 May 1, 2008
"The problem is that since effectively winning the Republican nomination in early March, the McCain campaign has not accomplished its most pressing goal: uniting the party by bringing the conservative base into the fold."

Uniting the party. Uh Oh, I hope not. Have you seen all the different groups who find 'the party' attractive? One cannot bring unity to such a group.

Well he can bring true conservatives and true evangelicals back into "the fold", but Hagee & Parsley are two examples of the extreme "wrong wing", as opposed to right wing. Examples also of whom to alienate, not pander to. McCain IMO could have been a great candidate, but decided to have no backbone or real principles, and play by the very outdated partisan politics rulebook.
The Lib Terminator

Kingston, PA

#8 May 1, 2008
Mr. Henry,

Thank you for your concern over the health of the Republican party. But history shows they always have problems according to pundits like you.

The demise of the party is always been predicted with those past problems, both percieved and real.

Just for your information I am not a Rep Party activist. Nor do I carry water for them.

The fact is even though I have not given a dime to the party, I will vote for McCain. And yes he will be the next President of the United States.

But you are just trying to deflect and minimize the disaster that is happening in the Dem party. Even Hillary on O'Reilly sounded reasonable at times and not like the left wing socialize medicine endorser she actually is.

You see, sounding like a Republican still wins elections.

Terminating liberals at will.

liberalismisasin.com
Liberty or Death

Amherst, NH

#9 May 1, 2008
RE: Nevada convention...

the McCain people and the party oligarchy can stomp their feet, take their toys and run, but they can't hide. the majority of Nevadas delegates will go to Paul as was voted by those who were in attendance... and why shouldn't they? Paul beat McCain in the primary...
old nam vet

Sparta, NJ

#10 May 2, 2008
any body that thinks conseratives have shaped this contry since 1964 is crazy ....we are getting more and more liberal every day....WOW where do some of these people get this stuff?
Brewhound

Scranton, PA

#11 May 2, 2008
Read Paul's new book!

Since: Feb 08

Allentown

#12 May 2, 2008
Eric wrote:
While I appreciate that you have identified that the Republicans are in deep trouble, there is actually nothing that McCain can do to successfully woo the disaffected. McCain merely symbolizes what is wrong with the party as a whole. It is fitting that such a repellant man be the chosen-one of the party.
The behavior of the party leadership in Nevada, where they shut the convention down when it appeared Ron Paul would win, also symbolizes what is wrong with the Republican Party.
These flaws are not going to be overcome by McCain kissing more babies. These problems are overcome by throwing these people out of office.
I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate. You are all free to do the same.
If the Republicans lose to the Democrats, no, it is not our fault. It is their own fault.
Ron Paul is one of the only true Republicans. There may be a few others but Im not 100% sure on that. The true Republican Party has been destroted. Goldwater is rolling over in his grave.

Since: Feb 08

Allentown

#13 May 2, 2008
old nam vet wrote:
any body that thinks conseratives have shaped this contry since 1964 is crazy ....we are getting more and more liberal every day....WOW where do some of these people get this stuff?
This is when Goldwater against LBJ. Things would have turned out better if Goldwater won that election.
Ahem

Nazareth, PA

#14 May 4, 2008
The Lib Terminator wrote:
Mr. Henry,
Thank you for your concern over the health of the Republican party. But history shows they always have problems according to pundits like you.
The demise of the party is always been predicted with those past problems, both percieved and real.
Just for your information I am not a Rep Party activist. Nor do I carry water for them.
The fact is even though I have not given a dime to the party, I will vote for McCain. And yes he will be the next President of the United States.
But you are just trying to deflect and minimize the disaster that is happening in the Dem party. Even Hillary on O'Reilly sounded reasonable at times and not like the left wing socialize medicine endorser she actually is.
You see, sounding like a Republican still wins elections.
Terminating liberals at will.
liberalismisasin.com
Actually, Lowman Henry is a Republican Party insider just to the right of center.
He has run for several statewide offices.
marcus

El Cajon, CA

#15 May 4, 2008
well as a gop insider then he should know not to pressume that mccain has the republican nomination. that is for the convention to decide.
Ahem

Nazareth, PA

#16 May 4, 2008
I agree, I wrote a response to the Pa. GOP chairman's notice that they were endorsing McCain in February that basically cussed him out for even endorsing anyone before we even handed out petitions for candidates yet.
The GOP state elite snobs have always pee'd everyone off everytime that they do that.
Why not alienate a whole state full of people that you want to have support you later?

I voted for Ron Paul just to make that point.
At least Ron Paul deserved the hearing that the GOP and media wouldn't give him.

McCain will now struggle to have any support from any of the people who make the GOP happen in elections.
The Lib Terminator

Hazleton, PA

#17 May 4, 2008
Ahem wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually, Lowman Henry is a Republican Party insider just to the right of center.
He has run for several statewide offices.
Comrade,

Irrelevant to what I said.

I should add for clarity that Republicans sometimes don't act like Republicans. This leaves more Republican (& Reagan Dem) voters up for grabs by even Dems who can sound like a Republican.

For Cross & Gun & Oil

Terminating liberals at will.

liberalismisasin.com
Ahem

Nazareth, PA

#18 May 4, 2008
That is true...I know that I'm one of them.
Ahem

Nazareth, PA

#19 May 4, 2008
Not for Dems though, just for any other conservative candidate rather than McCain.
Bill R

Cathlamet, WA

#20 May 5, 2008
Eric wrote:
While I appreciate that you have identified that the Republicans are in deep trouble, there is actually nothing that McCain can do to successfully woo the disaffected. McCain merely symbolizes what is wrong with the party as a whole. It is fitting that such a repellant man be the chosen-one of the party.
The behavior of the party leadership in Nevada, where they shut the convention down when it appeared Ron Paul would win, also symbolizes what is wrong with the Republican Party.
These flaws are not going to be overcome by McCain kissing more babies. These problems are overcome by throwing these people out of office.
I'll be voting for the Libertarian candidate. You are all free to do the same.
If the Republicans lose to the Democrats, no, it is not our fault. It is their own fault.
Eric - It is the height of folly to continue to
believe that Ron Paul and his whining, disaffected
followers would have represented sufficient num-
bers of voters to secure anything but defeat at
the polls in November.

Elections are won by the ability of a candidate
to draw broadbase support from the political
center ... independents, liberal Republicans,
and conservative Democrats. Not only did Ron
Paul fail to do this, he never won or came close
in an actual primary election. McCain may or
may not win in November, but he will garner far
more votes than either the evangelical funda-
mentalist wing of the Republican Party or that
small minority following Ron Paul calling
themselves "true Republicans." On a national
level they are both being swept into the dust bin
of political history.

If you want to see the future of the Republican
Party when either one of those segments controls
things, take a look at your own state or at
Oregon. Both regard themselves as pure and both
are of little consequence in the governance of
their states. Instead we both have the far left
running the state as they choose. And for that
we have the pompous conceit of "true Republicans"
to thank.

And now you are suggesting a strategy which will
do the same for Washington D.C.
Ahem

Nazareth, PA

#21 May 5, 2008
I guess YOU missed the point, Bill.
It isn't about RP winning, but about the message and having it carried on beyond this election...hopefully to bring some pressure to bear and reversing years of corruption.

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