Saturday, November 10, 2012

Bright future for our liberty-loving brand of GOP?

by Clifford F. Thies

While the President claims a mandate by reason of being re-elected with 50.4 percent of the vote, and in spite of the Republicans holding onto the U.S. House of Representatives, we could see a very bright future for the GOP?

The Republican Party is shifting big our way. First, while we were unreserved in supporting Mitt Romney once he emerged as the prospective nominee of the Republican Party, his brand of moderate Republicanism didn't win. And, not only did he lose in the Presidential, but his disregard of the base cost us Senate seats in four Red states, and did not help us in any Purple or Blue states. As a result, the Democrats added to their majority in the U.S. Senate, as well as retained the White House.

Second, the turnover within the Republican Party is decidedly libertarian and conservative. We are very happy to see Jeff Flake move up to the U.S. Senate, and to see many victories in Congressional races and in state and local races of Republican Liberty Caucus-endorsed candidates.

Third, contrary to the claims of the liberal elites, our party is well-positioned for the future racial and ethnic diversity of the country in the places where we are strong. No, not so much in the midwest. I will grant that. But, in the south and southwest, and in the Rocky Mountain west, our party has a strong line-up of candidates reflecting the diversity of the country. True, at this time, we don't have the support we need to have from blacks and non-Cuban hispanics; and, our minority candidates - like Gov. Susanna Martinez and Gov. Bobby Jindal, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll and Cong. Tim Scott - are mostly elected by white voters based on their policies and personal qualifications. But, their success within our party personifies our commitment to judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.

Fourth, we have the prospect of monster gains in the upcoming midterms. I'm not going to make an economic forecast based on merely a couple days of post-election news, but the stock market has tanked, and layoff notices are everywhere. If the President does not work with the Republicans in Congress to find common ground (notice I didn't say compromise) so as to deal with the federal government's on-going fiscal crisis, the results could be devastating in terms of the economy and Democratic prospects in 2014.

Fifth, and this is uber exciting, is the line-up of potential candidates we have for the next Presidential election. This year, the pickings were slim. But, just think about some of the potential candidates we have for 2016: Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Marco Rubio. For various reasons, they and others like them were not candidates this year. Yet, they represent mainstream conservative values both in terms of social and economic policy; and come from big, swing states; and, so, look to be ideal candidates four years out.

Sixth, and finally, Joe Biden. Need I say more?


Reaganite Republican reports that Allen West may actually be ahead in the vote count, albeit by a small margin of 195 vote. If true, this would result in a recount. I don't know if this change is due to the counting of the absentee ballots or to the correction of one or more of the "irregularities" noticed in the initial counting.


Jesus Christ said...

What color is the sky in your world?

Matt from Denver said...

Liberty-loving? ROFLMAOPIMP....

Outlaw legal, safe abortion? Check.

Work to enact invasive and unnecessary medical procedures for women? Check.

Opposed marriage equality for same sex couples? Check.

Opposed adoption by same sex couples? Check.

You guys love liberty as much as Pinochet.

Eric Dondero said...


Pro-Choice - Check!

Pro-Women's Health Care so long as they don't make taxpayer's pay for it - Check!

Could care less if two gays want to get married. They're fucking business. Good for them - Check!

Eric Dondero said...

Now how bout you Matt?

Seat Belt laws - ?

Lower the Drinking Age to 18 - ?

Legalize Marijuana - ?

Allow individuals to opt out of Socialist Health Care - ?

Oppose Smoking Bans - ?

Charlie said...
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Charlie said...

Here's my prediction so you can hold me to it:

The Housing Bubble 2.0 peter's out late 2013 early 2014.

The recession that never really ended ramps up as capital leaves treasuries for better yields.

Interest rates rise.

Asset values again swing downward causing decreased tax receipts at all levels of government.

The sheeple get mad at Bronco Obama and the Dems get creamed in the mi-terms with the GOP taking back the Senate

The downturn continues as the Federal government is gridlocked.

Marco Rubio is elected presidenrt in 2016.

The Right Guy said...

And as interest rates rise, so does the debt by the fact of the rise.

jgeleff said...

"Now how bout you Matt?

Seat Belt laws - ?

Lower the Drinking Age to 18 - ?

Legalize Marijuana - ?

Allow individuals to opt out of Socialist Health Care - ?

Oppose Smoking Bans - ?"


jgeleff said...

Good predictions, Charlie.

Eric Dondero said...

Jerry, you rock! Glad to have you on our team.

You do know we got 142,000 hits day before yesterday, right? Previous record 4,700. Over 90,000 yesterday.

It's fuckin' mind-boggling. And you're part of our team. So, this is your success as well.

Charlie said...

RE: Jim

Correct Jim. And at that point either the FED monetizes EVEN MORE debt and inflation spikes (which of course would hurt residential RE as other costs bite into what people can afford to pay for housing), or we finally start to take our medicine.

This was going to happen regardless of who is in the WH. I'm stoked to see Barack sweating the last years of his presidency worse than 'Dubya :-)

Will said...

"This was going to happen regardless of who is in the WH. I'm stoked to see Barack sweating the last years of his presidency worse than 'Dubya :-)"

I'm on board with your assessment, Charlie. Woody Wilson's nightmare is going to plan... and always has!

Mike Humphries said...

Marxism-Leninism-Maoism is the only path. Libertarians and their anarchist, fascist and liberal allies will be marginalized until their false beliefs die out. Socialist civilization will replace capitalist barbarism. This is an objective law of history which cannot be controverted.

Will said...

One can only hope that you renounce your citizenship, where ever that may be, Mike Humphries, and take up residence in, say, North Korea. A day or two in one of their many gulags will sort you out in short order. Welcome to "paradise!" And by the way, did you say fascist allies? Tsk tsk, what is it they used to say? A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Grow up, Mike. You sound like a dim witted college freshman, enraptured by his commie professors, who live off the labor, and creativity of the productive, at the point of a gun. You see my dull minded friend, capitalists do things voluntary. It is the state that has a monopoly on deadly force.

Will said...

Look out, LR regulars! Mike is about to call me a racist, sexist, homophobe white male. So predictable, so tired, and full of cliches. These unfortunate souls really do live in a world of perennial infantilism.

Mike Humphries said...

All capitalist relations are coerced.

Vincent Scarsella said...

It's not going to be Joe Biden, it's going to be Hilary, and she is not going to be easy to beat with Billy Clinton and the Obama machine behind her. We are now the United Socialist States of America and will remain that way until the next revolution transforms us back to what the framers of our constitution intended us to be.

Eric Dondero said...

You know Vincent, oddly as it sounds, I'd almost be relieved with Hillary as President. I know she was actually born in the United States. Is an American. And I do think she loves her country.

She's a tiny bit decent on economic issues. When she was a Senator her voting record was only 90% socialist, not 100% socialist like Obama.

So, Hillary would be an improvement.

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Eric Dondero said...

Vincent, Hillary has a problem though. Her looks. She looks older than her age. Sometimes she looks downright awful. I don't know if she can overcome that.

America does not want their presidents to be unattractive. Think back. Who was the last ugly president we had?

Calvin Coolidge?

Vincent Scarsella said...

Eric - I just spit out my coffee. are you kidding? She is a died in the wool socialist, or a megalomaniac like her husband. That is good for the country?

Eric Dondero said...

Vincent, what I'm saying is I know for a fact, she was absolutely born in Chicago, Illinois. She is an American.

Can anyone with a straight face say that about Barack Hussein Obama?

And yes, she was awful as a US Senator, but not the worst in the Senate. I think her first year she had a 14 score on the NTU. That's a far cry from 0 like Obama had every single year.

Chuck said...

Eric, Hillary Clinton is as much a Stalinist as Brakabama is.

Chuck said...

Outlaw legal, safe abortion?

i.e. Kill defenseless children. Check.

Work to enact invasive and unnecessary medical procedures for women?
Less invasive than ripping a living child to pieces for profit? Check.

Opposed marriage equality for same sex couples?

Destroy the real definition of marriage for the sake of some 1% fringe pervert group? Check.

Opposed adoption by same sex couples?

Systematic child abuse? Check.

Leftists are the scum of this earth. Make them pay a price for it.