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Stephen Kruiser

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August 5, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Sweet dreams.

The old saying goes that, come election time, Republicans fall in line and Democrats fall apart. The tradition in the GOP has been that, if you ran for president and came up short — Ronald Reagan in 1976, George H.W. Bush in 1980, John McCain in 2000, Mitt Romney in 2008 — next time, it would be your turn. Among Democrats, it was a free-for-all. Hillary Clinton was thought to have a lock on the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, but Barack Obama had other ideas.

That’s how it has long been in our politics. Republicans were the party of order, Democrats were prone to chaos.

No more. In 2013, the Democrats seem pretty well organized. All of them eyeing the presidency — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, et al. — seem to be waiting to see what Hillary Clinton will do in 2016 before announcing their intentions. Last week, in Washington, Clinton even had a cordial lunch with an old friend who she ran against once and may run against once more — Vice President Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, Republicans are engaged in a series of messy food fights.

You have Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas vs. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida over immigration; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vs. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky over domestic surveillance and the cost of preventing terrorism; Paul vs. Sen. John McCain of Arizona over whether the Kentucky senator would — if he ran for president — be preferable to Hillary Clinton; Rubio vs. the GOP establishment over defunding Obamacare; and Cruz vs. well, just about everybody over just about everything.

The only thing even partially relevant in this ridiculous fantasy is the notion that the GOP used to have a defined waiting list when it came to running for the presidency. This is somewhat true and, with the exception of Ronald Reagan, a system that hasn’t worked very well in the modern era. (George H.W. Bush was nominated and won solely because of his years in the Reagan White House, not because he was a dynamic candidate or “part of the plan.”) It’s given us Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney as “electable” options, two of whom lost to vulnerable incumbents. George W. Bush hadn’t been waiting around for his turn to run for president — everyone knows the long-term family plan was to get Jeb into the Oval Office.

So, if that’s the kind of stability the press would like the Republicans to return to, yeah…no.

The GOP is a party in transition and that is a very good thing. A little ideological throwdown between people who might be running for president in THREE FREAKIN’ YEARS is hardly a cause for concern. And anybody who says that it’s getting more personal than ever really isn’t well-versed in American political history.

True, the Democrats used to bicker more. They also used to be a party that brooked dissent. As the ’60s era progressives began to have more influence, the hive mind began to take over. Now they view any disagreement between members of the same party as a sign that the apocalypse is nigh.

Let them think all hell is breaking loose in the GOP. Then let the GOP produce a battle-toughened candidate to run against the 69-year-old white woman that the party of youth and diversity is coddling until 2016.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Where do most 18 to 34 year olds get their news from? Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Tosh.com, Letterman, Leno, Chris Matthews, MSNBC, CNN, and broadcast TV (ABC, NBC, AND CBS) to a lesser extent PBS. All these are apps on hand held devices... most in this age group communicate with and receive information. Progressive New Left Activists are practiced at Saul Alinsky's tactics, especially one of "message vs. messenger!" This age group is so inbued with and in "lock-step" with the "Pied Piper" syndrome...their response to any debate or relevant issue is, "Well, you're a tin foil, pin headed grunt!" The "message" never has to be debated because, in a Progressive New Left Activist's eyes, destroying the "messenger" vanquished their need to debate the "message!" Besides, if they did debate the "message" their lack of "critical thinking " abilities becomes demonstrably lacking in rational, cogent thought.
Pick any subject, try it out on a Progressive New Left Activist, willing to bet results will be as described above. Pray. Amen. God Bless Home Schooling and the US Constitution.
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my neighbor's mom makes $77 every hour on the computer. She has been without work for eight months but last month her paycheck was $13099 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more here..>> http://www.cnn32.com
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I dont know if it's been said yet, but Ronald Reagan was an outsider, who the Establishment GOP tried to run out of town.
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Where do most 18 to 34 year olds get their news from? Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Tosh.com, Letterman, Leno, Chris Matthews, MSNBC, CNN, and broadcast TV (ABC, NBC, AND CBS) to a lesser extent PBS. All these are apps on hand held devices... most in this age group communicate with and receive information. Progressive New Left Activists are practiced at Saul Alinsky's tactics, especially one of "message vs. messenger!" This age group is so inbued with and in "lock-step" with the "Pied Piper" syndrome...their response to any debate or relevant issue is, "Well, you're a tin foil, pin headed grunt!" The "message" never has to be debated because, in a Progressive New Left Activist's eyes, destroying the "messenger" vanquished their need to debate the "message!" Besides, if they did debate the "message" their lack of "critical thinking " abilities becomes demonstrably lacking in rational, cogent thought.
Pick any subject, try it out on a Progressive New Left Activist, willing to bet results will be as described above. Pray. Amen. God Bless Home Schooling and the US Constitution.
36 weeks ago
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The GOP doesn't have any meaningful issues for average voters. The dems are appealing to the masses because...and ONLY because...they have a message of : " if you work in the private sector and you're black or female, you haven't been treated fairly. WE will change that! YOU deserve to get an equal piece of the pie and WE will make sure you get it!"
Our (the GOP) issues are(1) Bengazi indifference towards 4 state dept employees whose jobs the general public will NEVER have, (2) IRS mistreatment of POLITICAL GROUPS, and(3) forcing Catholic & evangelical restrictions on the entire population.
As a lifelong GOPer, I know we're not rich, accept that blacks & women have to work twice as hard for half the money in the private sector, and most of all know that the road to success starts with Personal Responsibility!
Hey GOP leaders: we have no issues for the general population voter! First of all, we need to announce that we know that black/female discrimination exists...and go from there. If not, we're just going to continue to lose elections!
36 weeks ago
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Identity Victimization Greivance Politics works! The GOP should jump on that, quck like! Principles schminziples!
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It doesn't matter if the Democrat Party is organized since it has no idea of the real world only its phoney-baloney ideology. As Brett Stephens over at the WSJ has just written: "The second shortest distance in Washington now runs between an Obama speech and its empirical disproof." With a MSM intent on pushing Hilary over the top, we CAN hope that like another Hindenberg, the old Hildebeest crashes and burns in the storm of the election year.
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Frankly my dear I don't give a damn to what the MSM said, nor what happens to the GOP. They are weaker than a weak president, have less brains than a log of wood.
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If there's chaos in the GOP, good. No more "his turn" nominees, TYVM.
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Yes, give us a nominee that we can vote for without holding our noses. Romney was not the one; he was foisted on us by the RNC.
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He was? Who else in that clown show would have had a better chance?
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Who was?
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