Some of the more radical elements of the GOP need to get a good beat-down from within, otherwise the party won't stand a chance in the 2016 presidential election. But the way state and local politics is now fractured, their internal strife probably won't hurt them too much in the U.S. Senate, House, and gubernatorial elections of 2014.
One issue will galvanize the nation for the foreseeable future (at least the next 12 months). Republicans, independents, and even some Democrats are lining up TOGETHER on that one (you know what it is).
Let me take a far out guess here... could it be the ACA?
Sure, it had a hard time getting up on its feet. Such a massive program almost guarantees computer glitches and gremlins. Some of those gremlins were and are real human beings such as Hudgens here in Georgia who has done everything he can to derail the ACA. But it will, IMHO, be yesterday's news by the time the elections roll around.
It's not computer glitches that the polls reflect. It's people who are not Kool-Aid drinkers telling the pollsters that ObamaCare stinks. The core constituency are what constitutes Mr. Obama's 30+ percent approval. Nobody else is buying the propaganda anymore, because they are feeling the results.
The Dems don't want to admit that the web site is the least of the problems with this program. They'll have to admit it next November. Perhaps they'll wise up sooner, but I doubt it.
I hate to be the one to break it to you conservatives but BHO's constituency is EXPANDING not CONTRACTING. America is ready for the Hillary juggernaut to come make things copacetic. It may entail the force feeding of some conservatives that survive their civil war. But we Liberals are acquainted to the practical application of administering a political enema.
And...if some of you tough talking conservative boys can't take the medicine we will be force feeding, no worries.
We will have opiates on hand.
How about that Jimmy, the bipartisan bill passed 332-94 in the House with 169 Republicans and 163 Democrats signing on. Paul Ryan is quite a leader and knows how to pick his battles so that we may focus on the War in 2014 and 2016. “Keep Obamacare debacle in the forefront”
The Obamacare train wreck can’t be fixed without repeal and replacement. It is amongst the most flawed legislation ever passed in US History. Like you said it’s massive and falls in the same categories as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare which were all passed under a Democrat President with bipartisan passage. ACA had not one Republican vote because Obama, Pelosi and Reid failed to reach across the aisle during the legislative process.
Obama tried to compare the ACA to the Civil Rights Act. Healthcare is not a civil right; you don’t have citizens pay a penalty, fine or tax for not signing up for a service.
Bi-partisanship is all I want Funk. That is all.
You and Sebe have demonstrated an administrative boondoggle as it pertains to the ACA. I MUST point out though that it came without BODYBAGS. Inanimate paper legislation can be fixed. Dead American Soldiers looking for non-existent WMD's cannot.
It is far more than an "administrative boondoggle." And we AS A NATION are well past blaming Bush for Obama's woes, aren't we? (Maybe you and the Kool-Aid drinkers aren't, but everyone else is.)
"I hate to be the one to break it to you conservatives but BHO's constituency is EXPANDING not CONTRACTING."
Jimmy - what are you smoking? They are jumping ship BY THE BOATLOAD. The latest today is that the "millennials" are STILL abandoning ship:
So he's lost the independents. He's lost his advantage with women. His support among other constituencies was never particularly strong. His approval rating is down in the 30s and his "blue state," black, youth, and Hispanic constituencies have been "abandoning him in droves." See:
No, Jimmy - the worm has turned. And what do we have to thank for it? OBAMACARE! It's the best thing that's happened to the Republicans all year.
(...and it's the worst thing that happened to ME and millions of others all year. Come election time next year, we will not forget.)
Sebe: just one point. I think you should ask the families who lost loved ones due to W.'s war if they are in fact "over it." And I also think that you are counting your chickens (votes) before they hatch in the voting booths.
Try not to get too testy on this one Sebe. There will be more to come from both sides that will provide fodder for these pages.
Okay - Jimmy. Thanks for the advice. But see my prior comments (which I know you already have) regarding the "body bags." Families of the deceased will blame who they will, and I am fortunate that my son's military service was sandwiched between Gulf Wars I and II, or perhaps I'd be able to respond first hand to your comment on the "loved ones" and how quickly (if ever) I "got over it." But I've had close friends die in combat, and I certainly didn't blame the Commander-in-Chief at the time (who happened to be Ronald Reagan and Bush the Elder.) I don't recall any of their families blaming the Prez either.
As to the votes, I'm pretty confident of my 2014 prediction that the GOP will hold the House - perhaps even make some gains - and they will definitely make gains in the Senate. Whether they regain control of the Senate is problematic - especially if their candidates keep stepping on their cranks the way Kingston did last Saturday (as reported in PN's blog today).
The Republicans need to remember the old adage that when your opponent is trying to commit suicide, just get out of his/her way. When you shoot YOURSELF in the foot, it only distracts and makes it easier for them to change the subject.
....and one reason I'm confident in my predictions is that this "killer ad" WILL be a very, very inexpensive way for the Republicans to "carpet bomb" in contested states, especially in the 60 days leading up to the election.