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National Party News

Can we sell conservatism in the foreseeable future?

There is simply no way to sell conservatism to people anymore; people have other values now. Obama has fulfilled left-wing dreams that go back decades, bringing universal health insurance to a once-limited government, outlawing Catholics from owning businesses and getting rewarded with four more years for doing so. I can only tremble to wonder what Valerie Jarrett meant when she said that Obama’s second term will be about punishing their enemies, if this is what they have already done.

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For the right, a lone bastion left

The Republican Party is now almost exclusively a creature of the House of Representatives.
 
Perhaps that is why Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan to be his running mate.
 
From the House perspective, it was a pretty good night.
 
They picked up a few seats despite a relatively easy victory by President Obama.
 
When you look at that sea of red in the map of the United States, that is all represented by House Republicans. Only a few of those districts voted for Barack Obama in this election.

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Romney and the illusory black vote

With President Obama in the White House it remains an illusion for the Romney camp to break the stranglehold the Democratic Party continues to exert with the majority of American blacks. American blacks don’t vote Republican because they can't seem to identify with the platform and conscience of the GOP hierarchy. Many continue to feel unwelcome and underappreciated in the Grand Old Party.

Makes sense. On the federal level, the Republican Party doesn't have a single black senator and only has two members of Congress. Their greatest support is in rural and suburban areas. Those Republicans with experience as big-city officials who maintain regular associations with black-American venues tend to do OK with the black vote. But certainly, the Republican Party is not a party of big-city officials. On the whole, black American communities and venues remain unfamiliar turf for Republicans.

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Are conservatives racist?

Well, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is having its annual legislative week in Washington, D.C., this week, opining about members’ favorite subject, "racism.” They can't seem to stop reminding their audience that President Obama and his Democratic machine continue to champion their causes and if Romney is elected, we will return to the days of the great plantations.

They have taken Romney's covertly videotaped comments about the 47 percent and are creating a new political industry and campaign. However, the president's record on fighting crime, closing the education gap, reducing unprecedented poverty in minority communities and creating an entrepreneur class during his tenure has taken a massive nosedive. Why is it that conservatives — white and black alike — are always the biggest impediment to the progress of many blacks in this country, according to the high-pitch rhetoric of the CBC and Democratic machine?

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Will the Tampa convention address the ‘swollen, bureaucratic, monster’ government?

Two American moments cast the fate of politics here since post-war: the Chicago Democratic convention marked by riots and massive demonstrations at the height of the ’60s, and the second-term election of Ronald Reagan in 1984. These two events, one of rage, one of consensus, would claim us until today. But today we enter a turnstile and something else awakens. Maybe something just ahead in Tampa. Maybe in 2016.

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The storm in Tampa

While weather analysts are tracking the route and impact of Hurricane Isaac, the Republican National Committee is developing contingency plans for its convention next week. Were it the Democratic convention, super-religionists would be blaming such a confluence of events on liberal-endorsed practices like same-sex marriage or abortion. Democrats are remaining silent, though they could note that the Anglicized name Isaac derives from the Hebrew term Yishtaq, meaning “He laughs!” according to Wikipedia.

It would be mean spirited sangfroid for Democrats to laugh at Republicans if their convention is rained on. But those Republicans who exalt the Bible might take note.

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Sarah Palin takes the initiative

It was an error for the Republicans to bring in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the key speaker at their convention. While all of the excitement and adventure in politics in the last three years has been among conservatives, Christie is the great, faithless bet against conservatives’ future and a futile attempt to institutionalize the past. At CPAC events these last three years, up to 40 percent of young conservatives yearned for Ron Paul and Judge Andrew Napolitano; STATES’ RIGHTS, SOUND MONEY AND CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT. The other 60 percent — the National Review crowd, the neocons, the Bush apparatus, the entire Eastern Conservative Establishment — could think only of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Christie is their front man, as animated and clownish as a carny barker at the Dixie Classic. Going into the future, conservatives hold all the cards. But they chose the past. Obviously, they should have chosen former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as their lead speaker.

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‘Legitimate rape’? Nude bathing? House GOP majority in jeopardy!

And now comes another Republican with another comment offensive to women. In my last column about Paul Ryan's war on women, I emphasize the damage to women from Republican opposition to women's pay equity, Social Security and Medicare. Now we have Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) making deeply offensive comments about "legitimate rape,” following House Republican opposition to House Democratic efforts to protect women from violence. And now we have a large group of House Republicans embarrassing our nation and their party in a trip to Israel, including, in behavior that should be reprimanded by every conservative Christian, nude bathing!

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Karl Rove insults American women with sexist comment about Nancy Pelosi

Don't miss the story in The Hill about Karl Rove calling Nancy Pelosi the "Mad Red Queen.” I guess the war against women takes many forms. Rove never uses that kind of language to describe men. Of course what Rove said was sexist. Obviously Pelosi is getting into Rove's head. Does this suggest he fears Democrats might take back the House? Methinks he does. Come on, Karl, cut the sexism out of your act. It is an insult to women. And get with the program and support pay equity for women!

I notice a group of conservative women are going to spend a lot of money attacking the president, who supports pay equity for women.

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On Republican orthodoxy

Several days have passed since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shocked the GOP and said both his father and Ronald Reagan would have had difficulty in today's Republican Party because of a new "orthodoxy that doesn't allow for disagreement." Even worse, Bush credited his father's 1990 deficit-reduction bill that raised taxes as a bipartisan compromise and an example that the elder Bush — like Reagan — was willing to find common ground to solve big problems.

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