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Sunday, September 06, 2015

Republicans did not learn from 1992



Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal last week: “If by now you don’t find Donald Trump appalling, you’re appalling.”

Stephens is the deputy editorial page editor of the greatest newspaper in the world. He should know better. He -- and the rest if the Republican Party leadership learned nothing from 1992, when they mocked not only Reform Party nominee, billionaire H. Ross Perot, but his voters as well.

Here is a useful tidbit: If you want to win in politics, do not mock the voters.

His surprisingly childish taunt at Trump voters shows he has no argument. None. Vermont Royster has to be shaking his head.

Perot was rich, crazy, and right. He collected 15% of the vote by advocating a balanced federal budget, a simple idea that the first Bush rejected as irresponsible, naive, and impractical. Oh sure, Bush had just raised taxes and sent us into a recession in the name of balancing the budget, but he had no intention of balancing the budget. It had not been balanced in 20 years.

Many Republicans mocked Perot's supporters that year, which was an odd way of wooing their votes. If anything, the mocking made them more determined to vote and to vote for Perot.

Two years later, Newt Gingrich tapped into those Perot voters, and Republicans won the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Within five years, the budget was balanced.

Trump supporters deserve better -- and frankly, readers of the Wall Street Journal deserve better. You can disagree without being disagreeable.

6 comments:

  1. The Republican base has little to no faith in/dislikes/severely dislikes the GOP establishment because the GOPe appears to have no faith in/dislikes/turns its nose up at the base. As do some and some parts of the conservative media.

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  2. I don't call the Republican Party the Stupid Party for nothing. Newt created a Republican revolution that won the House for the Republicans for the first time in 40 years. Four years later the Republicans turned on him and stabbed him in the back. They tried to ram two RINOs, McRINO and Mittens down our throat while taking advice from the New York Slimes (motto: All the news that's fit to distort) and the DNC on how to win elections. How did that turn out? The conservative voters stayed home. The only reason McRINO did as good as he did was conservatives voting for Palin. Now, they're trying to give us another crap sandwich with Jeb!. Like the country wants to elect another Bush. The Stupid Party. I rest my case.

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    1. Walker is an establishment Republican so I can't see how he's on your list. Carson and Cruz are great, but Cruz is unelectable. The public have been so indoctrinated about evangelicals that they fear an evangelical president would institute a theocracy. While that may not be what would happen, people are driven by fear. And what adds to that against Cruz are that he sounds harsh, which people don't like. That is mostly because he's so young (too young in fact to take on the biggest job in the world, he needs more life experience. It's amazing what you learn between 45 and 60.) and when someone is young and has a harsh tone people think they are extremist. If he were 15 years older and sounded the same, people would not feel that way. Let him stay in the Senate and get him into McConnell's position so we really have control of the Senate.

      The American people are fed up and want someone who is going to tear down the system. Anything less won't be acceptable unless someone or something scares them so badly they run to what they know, which is the establishment.

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  3. Jack Kelly (Pittsburgh Gazette) sums up the present spineless weasel Republican leadership with an editorial entitled "Two Battles Worth Fighting." You can find at realclearpolitics He hit a bullseye with it.

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  4. Had Perot not entered the race, the Socialists would have handily beat the communists, and it would have been business as bad as usual in Washington. When people have a choice between a bad socialist and a bad communist they tend to pick the communist. Why? Because they have no earthly idea what the socialist will do, and hope that the threat of the ballot box will keep the socialists in congress somewhat in line.
    Some how we need to kick the socialists to the curb and their owners as well. I am sick of bought and paid for politicians, and I am tired of the people who control them.

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  5. The irony is that I can't stand Trump, think he is Hillary! with larger boobs and a better hairdo, and predict he would be a lousy President is elected. I'll take Cruz, Carson, or Walker (in that order) over The Donald.

    But the more the Grand Bipartisan Fusion Party dumps on Trump, the more tempted I am to vote for him just to give the MSM/DNC/GOPe axis the middle finger. It would be sweet....

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