Monday, August 23, 2010

A Shining Example Of Why Republicans Can't Win An Election

While I didn’t vote for him, I admired Clint Didier’s election night comment when asked if after losing, he’d support Dino Rossi.

 He answered, that when he played football for the Washington Redskins, fans had a saying, “I’m rooting for the Redskins, and whoever is playing the Dallas Cowboys.” Didier said he felt the same way about the Republicans and Patty Murray.

I lost all respect for Didier when he hypocritically tried to blackmail Rossi into agreeing to certain conditions to secure his endorsement — and supposedly the votes of his supporters. Does that mean Didier’s supporters will vote for Patty Murray — or not vote at all —  if Rossi doesn’t agree? 

The bottom line — in football terms — is that you don't get to call the plays after you lose the Super Bowl.

In my view that kind of crap is exactly why the Republicans can’t win an election. Enough of them believe it's more important to win an argument that's relatively unimportant in the overall, "big picture" scheme of things, than it is to win an election.


  1. Anonymous7:35 AM

    Of which "argument" are you speaking?

  2. Anonymous4:11 PM

    Larry, Unfortunately you are right. And to your anonymous blogger, any argument.... You have to be 100% + Republican thinking or you don't win the support of the party heads. Forget about doing what is right for your consituents...march that party line.... that goes for the upcoming Tea Party people also. You just watch!

  3. Anonymous8:43 PM

    Thats very true. I don't think Dino is going to DC to try and change the Abortion laws and that's not what I wanted Clint to do. They need to go control spending. That's it and Patty Murray just flat out WON'T do it.

  4. Anonymous7:56 PM

    Larry You always have the same old story Do you want the republicans to give in and go for the welfare state? Thats what the liberals want. That is how they get their votes. Giving what other people earn to people who don't have a work ethic. Are you trying to tell me democrats always get along? I don't think so. There have been more republican presidents than democrats. Didier thinks he is still a big football player and everyone is going to do what he wants. I will never support him again for
    anything. 12% of the vote doesn't give you the privilege of having your own way in policy. If people are really stupid enough to vote for Patty Murray then there are more fools than I thought.

  5. No, what I want is for the Republicans to get a clue. I've been in business for 30 years, and understand what signing the front side of a paycheck is all about, so don't try and lecture me about welfare and work ethic.

    The Republicans would rather die than compromise and move anywhere towards the CENTER — and that's the problem. The center is where the majority of the voters are. They don't seem to get that.

    That's also why Republicans were able to elect all those Presidents you mentioned — because if you take the time to analyze the results, you'll find as candidates they were centrists — not right-wing extremists. Reagan is a perfect example. He governed as a conservative, but in running for election, played to the center because he understood he needed the support of the Independents, Libertarians, and a fair number of moderate Democrats to get elected. He also understood the center is where they reside — not somewhere to the right of Attila The Hun.

    What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Hard core conservatives for the most part are focused on too many things that have already been decided, and about which the majority of the country disagrees with them on. They need to understand that, stop focusing on returning to the past, and focus on how to change direction from where we are. The rest of the nation is looking forward and needs and wants leadership that is as well. Republicans are not offering that, but are looking in the rear view mirror.

    Conservative Republicans need to broaden their horizons, open their closed minds, and stop talking only to the folks who agree with them. They need to learn and understand what the majority of voters — those of us in the center — are concerned with, and address and articulate those issues rather than beat the same old dead horses. Obama understood that fundamental weakness, and did a masterful job of exploiting it. And even after getting their ass kicked by Obama, Republicans still don't "get" that.

  6. Anonymous9:43 AM

    This is from the Public Policy Website

    According to Gallup, 71% of Republican voters consider themselves as being "conservative", while only 24% describe themselves as being "moderate". Also, 60% of "independents" now consider themselves as being more "conservative" than not. In addition, 45% of all conservative voters said they were "very enthusiastic" about voting this November, while only 22% of moderates felt the same. Clearly, conservatism has swept this country and has become of late the ideological mainstay of the Republican party. And I suspect, it will remain as such for the foreseeable future - and possibly well beyond. It would seem that any attempt by the GOP to forsake their conservative base, by attempting to pander to it's more "moderate" minority would be incredibly stupid, if not totally insane. All things considered, it could be logically argued that those "moderate" Republican voters may very well represent more of a liability to the future of the GOP and it's appeal, than what they do as an asset. I say, let them go if they wish and let the cards fall where they may. In either case, no ideological compromises should ever again be made by the GOP. Absolutely none!

  7. You've entirely MISSED the point!!! But why am I not surprised?

    Compared to the number of Democrats in this country — especially those that actually vote — there still aren't nearly enough conservatives and/or Republican voters to actually WIN an election without moving towards the center and winning over a substantial number of them.

    If Republicans would actually do the math, they would have to come to the same conclusion. However, it is exactly that brand of inflexible, unwillingness to compromise by dealing with reality that has underscored my point.

    Thank you for doing so.

  8. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Your point is you want more people like you. Willing to cave into the moderate agenda. Look at the mess we are in now. I think hard times are ahead and I cannot see the current administration helping in anyway. They will continue to make it worse. What kind of compromise did Obama do on his health care program? Is that what you are talking about? What would you suggest for a center position? That would be interesting to know

  9. Lary Coppola12:25 PM

    You SO don't get it...

    There is NOTHING wrong with being a Centrist. The so-called "Moderate Agenda" — if there even IS such a thing, and I have to confess that's the first time I've ever heard that term — certainly isn't the Obama Socialist agenda.

    Here's where I stand.

  10. Lary Coppola8:49 AM

    Those of you reading this thread between myself and someone without the cojones to identify themself, has come to an end until he or she does that.

    There was a post I have not, and will not publish, until the poster attaches a verifiable name to it.

    The problem here comes from the fact that when this particular poster couldn't refute the actual facts, he or she felt the only alternative was to resort to personal attacks. We're not going there. End of story.