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Will Republicans Blow It?

Written on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by


Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch phrase could stop thinking for 50 years. One of the often-repeated catch phrases of our time — “It’s the economy, stupid!” — has already stopped thinking in some quarters for a couple of decades.

There is no question that the state of the economy can affect elections. But there is also no iron law that all elections will be decided by the state of the economy.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was re-elected for an unprecedented third term after two terms in which unemployment was in double digits for eight consecutive years.

We may lament the number of people who are unemployed or who are on food stamps today. But those who give the Obama administration credit for coming to their rescue when they didn’t have a job are likely to greatly outnumber those who blame the administration for their not having a job in the first place.

An expansion of the welfare state in hard times seems to have been the secret of FDR’s great political success in the midst of economic disaster. An economic study published in a scholarly journal in 2004 concluded that the Roosevelt administration’s policies prolonged the Great Depression by several years. But few people read economic studies.

This economy has been sputtering along through most of the Obama administration, with the unemployment rate hovering around 9 percent. But none of that means that Barack Obama is going to lose the 2012 election.

Even polls which show “any Republican” with more public support than Obama does not mean that Obama will lose.

The president is not going to run against “any Republican.” He is going to run against some specific Republican, and that Republican can expect to be attacked, denounced and denigrated for months on end before the November 2012 elections — not only by the Democrats, but also by the media that is heavily pro-Democrat.

We have already seen how unsubstantiated allegations from women with questionable histories have dropped Herman Cain from front runner to third place in just a couple of weeks.

In short, it takes a candidate to beat a candidate, and everything depends on what kind of candidate that is.

The smart money inside the Beltway says that the Republicans need to pick a moderate candidate who can appeal to independent voters, not just to the conservative voters who turn out to vote in Republican primaries. Those who think this way say that you have to “reach out” to Hispanics, the elderly and other constituencies.

What is remarkable is how seldom the smart money folks look at what has actually been happening in presidential elections.

Ronald Reagan won two landslide elections when he ran as Ronald Reagan. Vice President George H.W. Bush then won when he ran as if he were another Ronald Reagan, with his famous statement, “Read my lips, no new taxes.”

But after Bush 41 was elected and turned “kinder and gentler” — to everyone except the taxpayers — he lost to an unknown governor from a small state.

Other Republican presidential candidates who went the “moderate” route — Bob Dole and John McCain — also came across as neither fish nor fowl, and also went down to defeat.

Now the smart money inside the Beltway is saying that Mitt Romney, who is nothing if not versatile in his positions, is the Republicans’ best hope for replacing Obama.

If conservative Republicans split their votes among a number of conservative candidates in the primaries, that can mean ending up with a presidential candidate in the Bob Dole-John McCain mold — and risking a Bob Dole-John McCain result in the next election.

The question now is whether the conservative Republican candidates who have enjoyed their successive and short-lived boomlets — Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain — are prepared to stay in the primary race to the bitter end, or whether their conservative principles will move them to withdraw and throw their support to another conservative candidate.

There has probably never been a time in the history of this country when we more urgently needed to get a president out of the White House, before he ruined the country. But will the conservative Republican candidates let that guide them?

To find out more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His website is


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  • Villa Merkle

    The truth is both the Republican establishment Party and the Democratic Party are one in the same party and political affiliate in the pocket of and managed by the Oligarchial Corporations throughout the world!

    Theirs is the agenda of Globalism and a NWO!

    Can you not see?

    • tod

      Except Dr. Ron Paul !!!

    • http://henry Henry

      You are so correct! He must think the head was for haircuts only. A total … flaming
      clown. Republican? Think of him like the wind
      changing directions all the time

    • am2sweet

      You are mostly right in that since the Bilderbergs put Obama in, they helped get Bill Clinton in and some other well known names overseas. They expect to be the ones running the world if they get their way. There could be other groups wanting the same thing like the Muslims but who wins time will tell. I don’t think every GOP or Tea Party candidate is a member of or wanting one world government. I have checked and question Romney and Perry for sure. I’m still checking the others although I’m sure most aren’t wanting one world order. I’m hoping that we don’t pick either of the two that want OWR or we’d be in real trouble. Obama isn’t the only one working for what the Bilerbergs want.

    • Texan living abroad until Texas secedes

      Obama has already committed treason and covered up the murder of a border patrol agent.

      They will lie, cheat, and steal their way to win the election. Conservatives have to wake up to the fact that California and New York are too far gone to be saved.

      I’ve traveled alot and seen the Southern cultures who stick around tend to get impoverished and leeched upon by their Northern halves who use their labor to empower their financiers (think Wall Street bankers profiting off Texas farmers). Same thing happened in Southern China, South Vietnam since they lost.

      But those Southern cultures who successfully seceded; Taiwan, South Korea, etc. have all BOOMED economically and become amazing nation states.

      The irony is Americans fought and died to allow many right-wing Southern nations to secede. Isn’t it time we allow our own?

      Just like the Soviet Union, our Union has become communist and when it dissolves, just like the USSR, there wasn’t a war because we have nuclear weapons. Texas has dozens. We can secede PEACEFULLY and by democratic vote so it’s indisputable.

      Polls have shown most of the nation would favor allowing us to leave if we want to, so all we Texans have to do is DECIDE to leave.

    • Sentinel

      They are just different heads of the same hydra…

    • Willis

      Romney is neither a globalist nor a NWO, but Newt is. Look at their associations. Most objections to Romney is his religion, whether they think it or not. Mormons are very patriotic people; they have the temerity to think that this republic was created just for them.

    • David

      The liberal media certainly does not think the two parties are the same. Do you think the Republicans would ever come up with something as horrible as 2700 pages of Obamacare?

    • daves

      They came up with the Patriot Act.

    • cmvbih

      And that is why Ron Paul must win the Republican nomination. He is neither a Rino nor a democRAT. He attracts not only independents, but will pull the blue dog dems away from Obeyme. And we need someone who will take votes away from Obeyme.

    • pat

      He would nuk isreal in a hart beat just like iran is going to do .

    • Ron Alford

      At least the Republicans have tried to keep the Activist Liberal Judges from being confirmed over the years, but with little success because the Democrats have been in control for 50 of the last 60 years.
      And that is the whole problem in a nutshell. These judges allowed one atheist woman to convince them to invite God and His Son out of our schools, our homes, and our nation in 1962; and have been voting against God ever since, and that is why God is voting against us.
      And God will continue to punish us according to Lev. 26, Deut. 28, and Ezek. 33 until we turn back to Him through Jesus Christ, His Son.
      Obama claims to be a Christian, while mocking Jesus; and admitting that he is a Muslim in a video on
      We have evidently forgotten, and many young people never learned that our ForeFathers founded this nation on the principles of Jesus Christ, the holy Son of God.
      It is absolutely amazing how we could elect a president who is Muslim with a philosophy that Socialism is a better way of life than the Christian Democracy that our ForeFathers sacrificed everything to give us.
      George Soros, a member of Hitler’s Nazi Youth and a collaborator at that time has since become a mult-billionaire under our free Capitalist Christian Democracy and now claims to be an anti-Capitalist Socialist who has a shared agenda with Obama to see that America becomes A Socialist, Global Government nation.
      And, this can be confirmed at

    • The Enemy

      Ron: He said the Republican ESTABLISHMENT party. There are still a few conservatives in the GOP but not many from the old school.

    • TheThinMan

      so, you agree with OWS?

    • The Enemy

      Villa: I agree. I think our only hope is the TEA movement.

  • Villa Merkle

    By the way, Jon S. Corzine, CEO MF Global thief extraordinaire is a Bilderberg group member.

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      And you are not??? You are an alter who is not fooling anyone.

    • Villa Merkle

      No maam you lie and are the fool, if you believe that to be true!

    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      Ann Rand,

      Take it easy! He’s right, Corzine is a Bilderberg member.


    • Retired Marine MSgt in Marana, Az.

      Make that the Bilderberger Group.


    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      No argument about Corzine…

  • fliteking

    Will Republicans Blow It?

    • daves

      President Obama still has five chances to win: Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Michelle Bachmann, and Newt Gingrich.

    • TheThinMan

      only when Obama unzips his pants

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Will Barney Frank??

  • fliteking

    Will Republicans Blow It?

    Starting to think so, yes.

    • pat

      I don’t see any difference between the democrats or the republicans. and I hate the muslim plant Hussein OB. wee need to quit voting on parties and vote an people like Allen west . If ob gets his way there well be a muslim flag on the white house .

    • TheThinMan

      Are you sure it’s not a Mexican Flag?

    • The Enemy

      fliteking: SOME of the Repubs might blow it. Not all. Here’s how to tell the difference: Those who are willing to “bite the bullet” for the good of America are the ones we need. Those who care more about their political future than the good of America are not.

  • K

    Very depressing

  • Dick Cress

    Newt is the only man that can stand toe to to with the Muslim and not only win but make the Muslim look like the IDIOT he really is; and he is definitely the candidate I prefer. That said my 2012 strategy is A.B.O. “Anything But Obama!”

    • Ray

      Newt is just what his name is a chameleon. A total Rino anti gunner and global warming supporter. Historian for Fannie MAe? at the tune of millions in his pockets..Been there too long as is way too rich.

    • http://InternetExplorer Homer

      You hit the nail DEAD CENTER. Newt is not to be trusted. He had his chance back in the 90;s and blew it. I would never vote for Newt, Perry, or Romney. All are anti-gunners.

    • Peter S. Chamberlain

      Factual verification please. Whatever else Rick Perry may or may not be, and he is not my first choice to upset Obama, where is the evidence that he is “anti-gun,” or hostile to Second Amendment rights? Never heard that before here in Texas.

    • MH

      Newt is as big a flip flopper as Romney when everyone is reminded of how bad he is they won’t vote for him!

    • Texas Patriot

      A.B.O.O.R – Anybody But Obama Or Romney (the flip-flopping liberal cultist)

    • Willis

      Newt is a CFR = NWO

    • daves

      As for Gingrich’s opinion, the former speaker insisted that Obama was “absolutely” born in the United States and is a Christian, but Gingrich also insisted the president needs to consider what he’s doing that may lead people to suspect him Muslim.

    • pat

      Then get redy to be amerimexican . usa/mexico

  • Ray

    They sure will blow it if they don’t nominate Ron Paul to run against the Obamination.

    • Sam Fairchild

      You mean the SAME Ron paul who says tha Islam had a good reason to attack US? The SAME Ron Paul who thinks Iran should be a Nuclear country? The SAME Ron Paul who thinks the best foreign policy for America is no foreign policy.
      I used to think he would make a good president until I started to really listen to what he is saying.
      I couldn’t understand why so many people think he is the greatest thing since Ronal Reagan until I realized it is because he says he would legalize pot! No wonder he has such a large following–a bunch of pot heads want to put a dead head in the White House–er or would that be Crack House?

    • Texas Patriot

      He also wants to legalize prostitution – TONS of popular support for that!

    • Dancer2

      Ron Paul wants people to be able to think for themselves and not have the government tell them what they need, don’t need, etc. He is the man!!

    • Peter S. Chamberlain

      Not voting for Ron Paul, don’t think he could beat Obama, and disagree with many of his extreme libertarian views, including legalized prostitution, but that beats Obama’s requiring nurses etc. to participate in abortion, and how many politicians can you name who are not for sale just like any other prostitute?

    • TheThinMan

      I’m sure he’ll get Socialist Democrat votes for that – they are having heart attacks now because it’s not being taxed.

    • Villa Merkle

      I believe you have an exaggeration problem, however you see nothing wrong with fraud carbon taxes and abortion et-al does the word hypocricy come to mind?

      Or even a provocateur?

    • Sonny

      Villa, finally someone with brains and a credible vocabulary, thanks for bringing some mental capacity to this board. BTW, I thought this was a conservative board? Stands to reason, everything so watered down, when Romney, Giuliani and the flock call themselves conservatives we are in trouble. The real problem is that regardless of a conservative board like this or a liberal posting, very few have the brains to dissect what is being said by the candidates, research their records and make a choice. Poor Ron Paul, intelligent, with well thought out policies and a solid record to boot confounds both liberals and “so called” conservatives who can’t think past sound bites and msnbc spoon feeding poison laced candy to the masses. Fools who say, he wants to legalize drugs, prostitution, and we should have been bombed? If the ignorant wretches would research and have a love for the Constitution then we might get more thoughtful responses. Ron Paul is not pro drugs, pro prostitution you dumb boxes of hair. He simply believes in the right of the states to mandate those things, not the Federal government. I”m a staunch Paul supporter and I’m far from a pot head you ignorant piles of excessive stupidity. Read the Constitution once, and take a real history course, not one that is Federally mandated. Hell people, we are on the same side here, pull your heads out and make that popping sound. Villa thanks again, you my friend have a mental capacity far beyond the majority of the posters and I love how your posts probably make them stare and re-read thirteen times and still they probably don’t understand that you just pulled their pants down and put a stupid sign on their front lawn.

    • pat

      RON PAUAL 2012 israel nuked 3-2012 USA nuked the 6-2012

    • TheThinMan

      @pat says: November 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm
      RON PAUAL 2012 israel nuked 3-2012 USA nuked the 6-2012

      Let’s see the elections are in 11-2012 and Israel’s going to be nuked in March and the USA in June – before the elections – I can picture that.

      I think Iran will attack Israel in each of three scenario’s: 1) when they are certain Obama will not get re-elected. 2) when they are certain that he will be, or 3) when he is re-elected. Israel will have no support from the United States while Obama is in the White House. I perceive that it won’t be before the elections – because his failure to support Israel will cost him all those Socialist Jewish votes and their money.

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Sonny…I can see that you have GREAT admiration for Villa. Almost to the point of fawning. Have you been smoking the wildwood weed?

    • Dancer2

      Yes, RON PAUL 2012!!! OR NOT AT ALL. He is the only true constitutionalist, non flip-flopping candidate running. Not a war monger, believes in liberty and what our founders built this country on; he would mop the floor w/Obama. All the rest of the candidates or more of the same; maybe just a few differnces but not enough. RON PAUL GO

  • AlleyOops75

    It was very disheartening to learn that Governor Mike Huckabee and former presidential candidate, threw his support to Romney today according to News Max…There are those of us who supported Huckabee in his race for the presidency in 2008 only to discover that he had rather take the riches from his Fox TV show than run for president in 2012…Of course that’s his decision but all the more reason he should divorce himself from the current group of presidential hopefuls…Huckabee also has this super PAC that is asking for contributions for other republican candidates on a regular basis..yes, the republicans stand an excellent chance of blowing the upcoming election because the same ole republican guard that chose McCain in 2008 is trying to give the nomination to Romney this time around…Let’s don’t let the ole republican guard get away with it this time.

    • MH

      You’re right we don’t need romney or newt we need a real honest conservative.

    • Frank

      Yep, I was shocked to hear Huckabee would support Romney. I thought Huckabee was a conservative. What’s he doing supporting a RINO? I’m losing respect for Huckabee’s opinions if he could be so misguided. I want a small government person elected… not another big government, establishment RINO.

    • Peter S. Chamberlain

      Why do the Republicans nominate people for President, etc., and then not support them, instead of nominating someone they can all get behind and winning?

  • Rex Perrin

    Not this time Bunky. If that McCain fiasco didn’t teach the party, we’re goners. I
    think the majority of Rebublicans learned. their lesson.

    Sho hopes so, anyway.

    • Texas Patriot

      If the Republocrats do it again they will be relegated to third party status. A new Conservative Party will rise to take up the fight for freedom, liberty, and the Constitution. I’m just watching and waiting, as are millions of true patriots!

    • Frank


    • TheThinMan

      If Obama wins again and a third Constitutional Party is born – it will struggle to just exist. Americans today don’t give two cents about politics – which is why we are where we are – and a third party – ho hum – trouble-makers, too much trouble to switch. Libertarians and Independent parties have already throw away much of their power to have a say in who is president – they have left themselves on the choice of two evils – their candidates have NEVER had a chance – only Ross Perot and his mulit-millions came even close to making a dent.

  • Jerry

    Sir I have often read your columns. You should have been in zero’s place as President, then I would not mind for you serving another four years. I also know that the best have no use for certain of government and you are one of them. It seems to appear there are few BLACK MEN few and far in between and there is not a sensible to have a chance at President with what zero has done now! He has brought drugs into his picture of an admin. We BLACK MEN are totally sunked now and men like you and I will never be heard! But we have done our teaching as best we could. Whether it has done any good that is for someone to cherish with great pride. Most of us have used the system but there seem to be no coming back with a prez acting in the stupidity of actionns of what we have now! There might just be a silver lining somewhere later!

  • Anumber1

    Before the candidates declared their candidacies and the non-candidates declared their non-candidacies, I was set to support former governor Mike Huckabee, whom I was sure would run. He’s for the Fair Tax, my number one issue. Then he declared his non-candidacy and I’m left looking at this field. I’ve been leaning toward Herman Cain at times. However, there is another candidate whom I must grudgingly acknowledge has been right for years about many things, including his warnings years ago about where the economy was headed. In spite of his insufferably obnoxious supporters, Rep. Ron Paul stands as someone right about many things: the income tax is intolerable, we should overthrow the foreign policy establishment and adopt an America-first foreign policy, we should audit the Federal Reserve, we must secure the borders, we must develop our energy resources, congressmen must stop spending like drunken congressmen and if they won’t then we need a president who will veto spending bills, the role of our government is to protect the people’s liberties, and, finally, we should allow farmers to grow hemp as an industrial crop. Dr. Thomas Sowell, who is smarter than Newt Gingrich, is right about the Republican party and the track record of moderate losers, only I would go back to include 1976 and the moderate incumbent Republican president, Gerald Ford, who lost to the peanut farmer. You could do worse than Ron Paul this time around. NO MORE JOHN McCAINS!

    • Jerry

      I still think Newt is the one for President?

    • http://InternetExplorer Homer

      If your not worried about losing your right to own a firearm, vote for him. I won’t.

    • Ltjg

      Were you at the NRA convention when he spoke? I was, and he fully supports Gun ownership.

    • Texas Patriot

      No more wacky wingnut senile old Ron Pauls!

    • Villa Merkle

      Yes, a Shill in action, my, my what Main Stream Media judgements you proclaim, are you a promoter of Rupert Murdoch or Ted Turner?

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Dear Villa, Is your name Hankisback or is it Awakenow?? Hard to tell, for youare soo llike both of them….

    • Sonny

      Funny Mr. Patriot from Texas, i voted for Reagan both terms and they said the exact same thing about him, too senile and a fool. Good company if you ask me.

    • Dancer2

      You are right on and I truly feel sorry for the people that are sheeple and would vote or trust any other candidate.

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Well, It seems that Villa has two new buddies. Wonder what their real names are???

  • Jerry

    All Thomas Sowell articles are good and well thought out! He’s right that there are no other time in history when we need to get rid of what’s in the WH now! Right now I think this country is on to zero! Anybody but o! His own liberal base do not want to tolerate him now and that is more than a known fact! In 2012, cnservative are going to come from every where to voice their disdain for this evil tyrant! We are tired of dims and their obstructions! We are tired of the likes of Franks, Kerry and Dodd leaving his bank trash after retiring! Right now I think the country has awaken if only we can get the voter ID!

  • Larry

    The SOB Republicans are not going to blow it they have already done it and when any of them from any side of the Ilse have said they have heard what the people want they mean they have heard what there friends want and they will stop at nothing to get it for them while the other 90% of the people in this country get absolutely nothing from any side of the Government other than these SOB’s pretend to listen when we say something but they are thinking about there next vacation on the Riviera

    • Texas Patriot

      Larry, you are obviously a product of the miserable public screwel system. My spelling and grammar were superior to yours when I attended third grade!

    • TooToo

      And you have grown up now to become the “Spelling Nazi???”

  • Louis


    • TheThinMan

      In all ways the two parties are responsible – every swinging Representative and Senator as well as President. If they didn’t like the way they are ruining it – they wouldn’t do it. They like it just they way the have it – the rhetoric – that’s to get your money and your vote. When you see them vote or sponsor a bill – that’s when you know you got took.

  • Patriot7

    The American people are going to look at substance, intelligence, experience, and proven ability when they vote for a GOP nominee in 2012. They are also going to vote for a person who has the reasoning ability and statesmanship to be able to wage a solid verbal defense against a seasoned debater who is able to persuade even the most sensible voter to vote for him. He must be able to counter liberal propaganda designed to defame and debase. Although he has baggage to carry, Newt Gingrich is the one person who can fulfill the criteria mentioned above. Other candidates do have positive attributes but Gingrich is the candidate who can win the election.

    • pat

      here comes mexamerica .

  • Gisela

    The GOP have allready blown it .they are a bunch of spineless wonders

    • Villa Merkle

      Regardless of any of these candidates, the truth is there is only one honest, non- elitist oligarch pro candidate running and he is Ron Paul!

      It is only arrogant people of judgement, who have anything to say against him – yet they cannot point to any policies or work that he conducted during his governance that harmed citizens as you can with Gingrich, Romney, Cain or Perry!

    • Dancer2

      Absolutely true! I hear nothing against his policies except for foreign policy especially and if people would REALLY listen they would know he is right. People aren’t really paying attention.

    • Texas Patriot

      People ARE focused – on candidates that have more than a SNOWBALL’S CHANCE IN HELL in a general election.

    • Texas Patriot

      Sounds like you are the one passing judgement, mindless Paulbot.

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Be careful!!! This is the Barney Fife crowd you are messing with. Andy will arrest you.

    • Texas Patriot

      What ‘governance’ on Cain’s part are you thinking of, dimwit?

    • Thinking gal

      I marked thumbs down, why was it marked thumbs up???????????????????????

  • Dale

    I’m trying to figure out a way to correct the form of government that we have in place right now, because it is failing so miserably. What would happen if we would take this list of Republican candidates and put them all in there together at one time for four years as the board of directors, rather than a president?

    • Texas Patriot

      just one little problem with that – it’s called the Constitution

    • TheThinMan

      Suggested reading – although “historical fiction” – Masters of Rome is a series of historical fiction novels by author Colleen McCullough (b. 1937) set in ancient Rome during the last days of the old Roman Republic; it primarily chronicles the lives and careers of Gaius Marius, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Pompeius Magnus, Gaius Julius Caesar, and the early career of Caesar Augustus. ( ). It is a PERFECT picture of the United States Government today – except our generals don’t become dictator because their men don’t worship them, although Patton and MacArthur came close to the adulation needed by their men.

  • Earle Belle
  • David

    Last time we goofed and lost Fred Thompson and got McCain. This time we are skipping over Bachman. She is the one that fits your descriptions above, common sense , non-RINO, and smart. But she doesn’t have a chance. The party elite have anointed Romney. Newt might spoil their appointment.

    • cmvbih

      Bachmann doesn’t have wied appeal. She will not win indepenents over and without them, BO gets back in. Ron Paul shows very favorably with independents and blue dog dems so he’ll also take votes away from Obummer.

    • cmvbih

      That should be Bachmann doesn’t have WIDE appeal. I’m having trouble typing today.

    • TheThinMan

      and then we can use the other poilitically charged word – sexism or Male Chauvanism

      you can read that : “I” don’t think a woman can be elected president. The only one with a chance is Hillary – and that is a maybe. I find it really amazing that America would elect a black man – before they would even consider a female for even the lowly position of VP.

  • Heylottylotty

    Wouldn’t it be nice if someone… (anyone that can be trusted truthful and informed)would make a chart comparing all GOP candidates as to their stand on the 10 most important issues? It truely seems that none of them will state their standing without ambiguity. It would be even better if each would sign their name to the document to be liable for that standing AFTER the votes go down. Just me askin’.

    • cmvbih

      What are the 10 most important issues?
      Aside from that, what is most important is vetting the candidates and know where they stood on positions in the past. That way we can cross off the flip floppers. If they’ve flipped before, they will definitely flip once they are president.

  • http://PatriotUpdate Michael

    If r when Romney becomes the candidate I will not vote in this election. The powers at be will insure he becomes the candidate so conservatives loose again like they did with McCain. Evidently it is still not bad enough in this country to wake up the masses.


  • Victor Barney

    Yes, they will blow it! Women are “gatherers” and men are “hunters” by their biologies! Did I also mention that women also have a 6,000 year old first-born blood covenant with Cain? They do you know and with death! No? Watch!p.s. I’m not even speaking about the abortion stuff, but I’m sure that it’s also a part of it!

  • Blackfoot AZ

    If anyone watched the debate last night you now know that Newt is for giving amnesty to any illegal that has been in the country for 25 or more years. Don’t break up the family, the Republican Party is the family party (his words). This would amount to amnesty for 11 million illegals and their children!!

    • daves

      “I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally,” Ronald Reagan

    • Peter S. Chamberlain

      Newt Gingrich has one characteristic I like, he speaks his mind and the truth whether or not popular yet. Any candidate who tells you he will deport 11-18 million people who have been here for years is a liar and thinks you are a fool. That’s about the number of soldiers we moved during all of World War II and we couldn’t do it. We have outstanding warants on 100-150,000 Registered Sex Offenders we can’t round up. Most criminal prosecutions are barred after about 5 years. JFK’s people told us this would happen and we would do nothing about it, and nobody in either party did. Too bad we can’t deport all the politicians.

    • pat

      If you come over the border you broke the law you got on welfare you broke the law you got on HUD you broke the law you cost the Americans 338 billion dollars , but let’s not break up the family . If someone robes the bank and has a family we would not wont to put him in jail and break up the family. would we.

    • TheThinMan

      It doesn’t matter who you elect as president – Obama again or one of these Republican candidates – illegals that have been here for years aren’t going to be deported unless they break other laws. IF they have settled, married and have children that are now – according to the Constitution and law – citizens – they are here to stay. By the time you manage to get rid of the really “bad” one, the druggies, the gang members, and killers – those that have been here and established themselves will be dead. The only way to run the illegals out is to begin e-verify and fine or imprison any “American” that hires or harbors an illegal foreign national. That’s how we sent our jobs overseas – we punished the businesses and manufacturers until they went looking elsewhere to make a profit. When it’s not profitable to have an illegal work for you or live in one of your rentals – they’ll be glad to head back south – probably would turn themselves in so they wouldn’t have to walk back across the desert.

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Thin Man… Yes!! that is some forward thinking and I agree.. Anyone who thinks that we can just load up millions of illegals and send them home is not being realistic. I am disappointed in M. Bachman for her self-serving attack on Newt about this. She did the same thing to Rick Perry but I don’t think it will work this time.

  • nvrpc

    The only was the republicans will blow it is if they select the wrong man to take Obama’s place and then because they don’t like the moderate either split the vote or don’t vote at all. If they do that we’ll have four more years of the socialist muslim mole and his cartel of anti-american traitors i.e “democraps in controlling your life and destroying America on a daily basis. Remember Republicans, you have the young demonstraitors,young socailist no loads, blacks, foriegn national, illegals and dead people voting for their Massiah and againt you come election day and every election from now on. It’s either you unite or give up America and go communist/ socialist/ fasist. Your call !

  • Shane

    It’s quite likely that the Republicans will blow it as all of their candidates have large flaws. Romney has the best chance of beating Obama, but the Ron Paulbots will not support him. It is idiotic to say Romney is just like Obama in one breath, and then say that Obama is a Communist and a Muslim in another breath. Obviously, Romney is not a Communist, nor is he a Muslim.

    The facts are that Obama is a far left radical who wants to “fundamentally transform America” and Romney is a moderate. If the choice comes to Romney or Comrade Obama, any good, patriotic conservative should choose Romney.

    • nvrpc

      What a shame we have to setle for some less than moderate who’d do no better than the Muslim mole we have now in fear of the hispanic / foeirgen national / freeloaders association vote. Again, it’s a choice between evil and far, far, far left wing socialist muslim mole democrap evil. None of the MoFo have any balls and will undo all that has been done to us in the last 50 years in the first year.

  • dem hater

    So what this article is saying, is that Obama is going to win… He will CHEAT WITH VOTER FRAUD TO WIN….. thats the only way he can win, is by voter fraud….

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      dem hater…. Hold It!!! you are getting carried away!!! Talk like that only brings trouble to the conservatives. The libs would love to put that on the FRONT PAGE!!!!

    • nvrpc

      And I’d have a party and smile all day. Better yet the people should drag him into the street and do as they did Gadaffi

    • pat

      The biggest drug pushers in America is the doctor withe the white cote on . and obama care. meda care 1500 a month dead.

    • TheThinMan

      Not 20% of American voters are truly virulent against Obama, the next sixty% don’t really care as they see no difference in who is in Washington, and the other 20% are Socialists or on the dole from the government and stand fully behind him.

  • http://at& Robert Beavers

    Remenber if you vote for a weak person your vote will be for Obummer & He will win the election & 4 more years of change left in your pockets. Both parties are one & the same they don’t pass the smell test.

  • Villa Merkle

    Gary Franchi
    November 22, 2011

    Ron Paul is leading by a significant margin in Iowa, according to preliminary results of a new TeleResearch poll.

    Revolution PAC, the Super PAC formed to support presidential candidate Ron Paul, has received early data from the commissioned Iowa poll. The TeleResearch survey is the first to incorporate disaffected Democrats and Independents who will not vote to re-elect Obama and instead crossover to participate in the Iowa Republican Caucus, as well as likely Republican caucus-goers.

    Survey sample size is approximately 2,900, with almost 700 likely republican caucus-goers. Indiana’s TeleResearch Corp., which has been polling voters for more than 18 years, reports that the margin of error is less than 3%.

    Factoring in both Republican caucus-goers in conjunction with disaffected Democrats and Independents who’ve indicated that they will participate in the Iowa Republican Caucus, Ron Paul leads at 25%, with an approximate 4-point advantage over Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain.

    Factoring in only Republicans voters, Ron Paul is in a three-way dead heat for the lead, with Paul and Cain tied and Gingrich trailing by 1 point.

    The poll also revealed that more than 25% of all respondents – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – stated that an interventionist foreign policy is the greatest threat to long-term peace and national security.

    • TheThinMan

      We will know when we know – and not before. Never believe any poll – they are fixed they are set up to give the response that the pollster wants to have.

  • TC Nichols

    Patrick Henningsen
    November 24, 2011

    “I have seen the future… and the future is dark.”

    CNN hosted the final preliminary Republican Presidential debate this week, whose theme was National Security.

    Much like their Democrat adversaries on the other side of the isle, Republican candidates for President normally lack the intellectual capacity and sincerity necessary to raise and properly discuss any genuine issues that are affecting America today. This latest GOP debate was no exception, turning out to be a virtual showcase for a variety of new loopy ideas and old arcane fears. In the end, only two candidates managed to remain within bounds of reality and sanity.

    In 2008, the topic of national security was owned by Rudy Giuliani, aka ‘Mr 911′, but as the housing market began to implode in 2008 – so did the fear market, and thus did Giuliani’s campaign of doom.

    In 2012, as the threat of the US State Department and CIA all-purpose widget – al-Qaida is fading into the background of history, the Republican candidates are left to fight over various new spins on older boogie men, and with some surprisingly creative results…

    When asked what is the most pressing national security issue facing Americans today, Former Sen. Rick Santorum responded that he’s worried about the “spread of socialism” in Central and South America: “I’m very concerned about the militant socialists and the radical Islamists joining together, bonding together”. A interesting, albeit creative observation by Santorum – the trend of jihadists in South America joining forces… with ‘the socialists’ ?


    A d v e r t i s e m e n t

    Then came Mitt Romney, the candidate who is most openly courting the military industrial complex, marketing himself as multi-tasking, high-powered technocrat and CEO, in the same vane as Donald Rumsfeld. Romney picked up where Santorum left off, and clearly couldn’t make up his mind what was the biggest threat – China, or a nuclear Iran, so he proceeded to pile everything into one multifaceted threat, stating wildly, “And we have, right now, Hezbollah, which is working throughout Latin America, in Venezuela, in Mexico, throughout Latin America, which poses a very significant and imminent threat to the United States of America.”

    Of course, Romney would insist he is not making any of this up on the spot. This is the genius of neoconservative rhetoric – it is designed to pander only to the lost common denominator.

    Next was Rick Perry of Texas, another suspected intellectual giant. When asked about the greatest concern regarding his country’s national security, Perry responded, “how we’re going to deal with China,” adding, “I happen to think that Communist China is destined for the ash heap of history because they are not a country of virtues”.

    When asked, Pizza tycoon Herman Cain said he’s deeply concerned about the issue of cyber security. “That’s something that we do not talk enough about, and I happen to believe that that is a national security area that we do need to be concerned about.” Sadly for Americans, Herman Cain was not able to go into any detail as to what the actual threat was, but his choice was impressive in terms of appearing to be modern and ‘with it’ on current events.

    Next was Rep. Michele Bachmann, who believes it is Iraq that threatens America most, clearly forgetting that Baghdad has already been subdued for the last eight years, with 150,000 US troops and contractors surrounding and occupying that country. Still though, she remains worried adding that Washington ” is intentionally choosing to give that peace away. This is a significant issue because we’re taking the terrorist threat away from the Middle East, bringing it to the United States.”

    Bachmann also noted the CIA’s new cut-out Islamic terror mercenary group Al-Shabaab, as a threat hitting her too close to home, even in sleepy Minnesota. “In my home state of Minnesota, we’ve just had two convictions of two women that are financing terror with Al-Shabaab. This threat, I believe, now is in the United States and now the threat has come home and that’s what we have to deal with.”

    Finally, the mantle for the most creative ‘fear for sale’ item goes to the long-expired former GOP Speaker of the House (who debate host Wolf Blitzer still addresses as “Mr Speaker”) Newt Gingrich, whose chief national security fear for America is the very same threat faced by the Machines in the film The Matrix, and Zion’s weapon of choice in film (the symbolism of Gingrich’s answer is somewhat telling) – the much dreaded ElectroMagnetic Pulse (EMP). Gingrich us warns here: “Electromagnetic pulse attack which would literally destroy the country’s capacity to function”.

    Indeed, it is Gingrich who clearly trumps Cain here, with the award for the most hip and hi-tech answer.

    Still proudly holding the torch for sanity were Congressman Ron Paul (TX) and Utah’s Jon Huntsman, who both managed to remain immune from the national security madness that continues to inflict the rest of the GOP field.

    Huntsman implored, “How can we have any effect on foreign policy abroad when we are so weak at home?” and adding, “we have no choice. We’ve got to get on our feet here domestically”.

    Ron Paul’s biggest worry is that of a U.S. “overreaction”, a chronic condition in Washington foreign policy which has already led to a string of costly wars. Paul also delivered another masterclass in history and pragmatism, reminding the debate panel and audience exactly “who the Taliban is”. Paul explains here, “Taliban doesn’t mean they want to come here and kill us. The Taliban means they want to kill us over there because all they want to do is get people who occupy their country out of their country, just like we would if anybody tried to occupy us.”

    It is intelligent answers like this that tell us why it is Ron Paul, and not Mitt Romney, who is leading the GOP polls in the run-up to the Iowa Caucuses in January.

    Ron Paul’s platform on foreign policy has been more or less iron-clad and consistent even for the early debates during the 2008 Presidential race. In Ron Paul’s world, common sense seems to rule over the creative science fiction and wild Hollywood screenplays which rule the rest of the GOP Presidential field.

    Or should we really be getting behind Newt, to shield us from those horrible EMP’s?

  • Villa Merkle

    Not only are they blowing it, they are going to blow up America if we vote any of these nominees into power save Ron Paul!

    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    November 23, 2011: The day before the Thanksgiving holiday brought three extraordinary news items. One was the report on the Republican presidential campaign debate. One was the Russian President’s statement about his country’s response to Washington’s missile bases surrounding his country. And one was the failure of a German government bond auction.

    As the presstitute media will not inform us of what any of this means, let me try.

    With the exception of Ron Paul, the only candidate in either party qualified to be the president of the US, the rest of the Republican candidates are even worse than Obama, a president who had the country behind him but sold out the American people to special interests.

    No newly elected president in memory, neither John F. Kennedy nor Ronald Reagan, had the extraordinary response to his election as Barack Obama. A record-breaking number of people braved the cold to witness his swearing in ceremony. The mall was filled for miles distant from the Capitol with Americans who could not see the ceremony except as televised on giant screens.

    Obama had convinced the electorate that he would end the wars, stop the violation of law by the US government, end the regime of illegal torture, close the torture prison of Guantanamo, and attend to the real needs of the American people rather than stuff the pockets of the military/security complex with taxpayers’ money.

    Once in office, Obama renewed and extended the Bush/Cheney/neoconservative wars.

    He validated the Bush regime’s assaults on the US Constitution. He left Wall Street in charge of US economic policy, he absolved the Bush regime of its crimes, and he assigned to the American people the financial cost necessary to preserve the economic welfare of the mega-rich.

    A d v e r t i s e m e n t

    One would think such a totally failed president would be easy to defeat. Given an historic opportunity, the Republican Party has put before the electorate the most amazingly stupid and vile collection of prospects, with the exception of Ron Paul who does not have the party’s support, that Americans have ever seen.

    In the November 22 presidential “debate,” the candidates, with the exception of Ron Paul, revealed themselves as a collection of ignorant warmongers who support the police state. Gingrich and Cain said that Muslims “want to kill us all” and that “all of us will be in danger for the rest of out lives.”

    Bachmann said that the American puppet state, Pakistan, is “more than an existential threat.” Bachmann has no idea what is “more than an existential threat.”

    However, it sounded heavy, like an intellectual thing to say for the candidate who previously declared the long-defunct Soviet Union to be today’s threat to the US.

    Unfortunately for Americans and the world, the US electorate lacks the intelligence and awareness of their plight as denizens of a police state to elect Ron Paul, the last defender together with Rep. Dennis Kucinich of the US Constitution. Nevertheless, there would be a silver lining in one of the Republican morons being elected president of the “world’s only superpower.” Once the rest of the world realized that a war-crazed idiot had his or her finger on the nuclear button, the rest of the world would organize and close down the Washington horror before it destroys life on earth.

    Any sentient American who watched or read about the Republican presidential debate must wonder what there is to be thankful for as the national holiday approaches.

    The Russian government, which prefers to use its resources for the economy rather than for the military, has decided that it has been taking too many risks in the name of peace. The day before Thanksgiving, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said, in a televised address to the Russian people, that if Washington goes ahead with its planned missile bases surrounding Russia, Russia will respond with new nuclear missiles of its own, which will target the Amerikan bases and European capital cities.

    The President of Russia said that the Russian government has asked Washington for legally binding guarantees that the American missile bases are not intended as a threat to Russia, but that Washington has refused to give such guarantees.

    Medvedev’s statement is perplexing. What does he mean “if Washington goes ahead?” The American missile and radar bases are already in place. Russia is already surrounded. Is Medvedev just now aware of what is already in place?

    Russia’s and China’s slow response to Washington’s aggression can only be understood in the context of the two countries experience with communism. The sufferings of Russians and Chinese under communism was extreme, and the thinking part of those populations saw America as the ideal of political life. This delusion still controls the mentality of progressive thinkers in Russia and China. It might prove to be a disaster for Russia and China that the countries have citizens who are aligned with the US.

    Belief in Washington’s trustworthiness even pervades the Russian government, which apparently, according to Medvedev’s statement, would be reassured by a “legally binding guarantee” from Washington. After the massive lies told by Washington in the 21st century–”weapons of mass destruction,” “al Qaeda connections,” “Iranian nukes”–why would anyone put any credence in “a legally binding guarantee” from Washington. The guarantee would mean nothing. How could it be enforced? Such a guarantee would simply be another deceit in Washington’s pursuit of world hegemony.

    The day prior to Thanksgiving also brought another extraordinary development–the failure of a German government bond auction, an unparalleled event.

    Why would Germany, the only member of the EU with financial rectitude, not be able to sell 35% of its offerings of 10-year bonds? Germany has no debt problems, and its economy is expected by EU and US authorities to bear the lion’s share of the bailout of the EU member countries that do lack financial rectitude.

    I suspect that the answer to this question is that the failure of the German government’s bond auction was orchestrated by the US, by EU authorities, especially the European Central Bank, and private banks in order to punish Germany for obstructing the purchase of EU member countries’ sovereign debt by the European Central Bank.

    The German government has been trying to defend the terms on which Germany gave up control over its own currency and joined the EU. By insisting on the legality of the agreements, Germany has been standing in the way of the ECB behaving as the US Federal Reserve and monetizing the debt of member governments.

    From the beginning the EU was a conspiracy against Germany. If Germany remains in the EU, Germany will be destroyed. It will lose its political and economic sovereignty, and its economy will be bled in behalf of the fiscally irresponsible members of the EU.

    If Greeks will not submit to the tyranny, why should Germans?

    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts is the father of Reaganomics and the former head of policy at the Department of Treasury. He is a columnist and was previously an editor for the Wall Street Journal. His latest book, “How the Economy Was Lost: The War of the Worlds,” details why America is disintegrating.

    • TheThinMan

      “legally binding guarantee” from Washington. After the massive lies told by Washington in the 21st century–” You can go way back farther than that – as any American Indian about making a treaty – any treaty – with the US Government. You put a noose around your neck if you get in bed with Washington – ask Bautista, Marcos, Noriega, Saddam Hussien, or even poor ol’ Osama Bin Laden.

      If Germany is smart – they will dump the EU – Obama is in bed with Sarkozy and allied against Israel – a bad combination of karma there.

    • http://verizon Ann Rand

      Hey, Villa . Did you ever find the size 13 pumps to go with your red dress? You are just a slave to fashion. The black wing tips would look fine, but I guess you think they would make you look dorky,,huh?

  • http://verizon Ann Rand

    Are they planning to turn the White House into a nursing home?LOL