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January 7, 2014 - 7:07 am

Larry Sabato whips out his crystal ball and declares that 2014 could be a GOP year. He cites three factors: The president’s unpopularity, the weak economy, and the playing field — who is having to defend what in the House and Senate elections. All three favor the Republicans, even if the economy starts improving a bit.

Obamacare is the issue of the year, and that will not favor the Democrats unless the president’s unpopular program turns a sharp corner. That’s not likely. The administration will keep moving the goal posts on what constitutes success, and the national media will mostly get in line, but the fact is, Obamacare is driving health insurance costs up for millions, reducing access, increasing deductibles, and the employer mandate hasn’t even kicked in yet. It is not going to be a winner for them, less so now that progressives are admitting that Obamacare was a scam to push a government-run system all along. The program has never been popular. Now it’s revealed as every bit the scam that the Tea Party said it was.

The usual caveats apply: The Republicans could blow this opportunity in several ways. They could fritter away finite resources on unnecessary primaries against each other. They could nominate dopes (establishment or Tea Party, dopes come from all corners) who cost them seats. They could decide that beating up on each other is more important than beating the other side.

Sabato didn’t add those caveats, I did. For instance, I’ll go on the record right now and say that the primary against Sen. John Cornyn in Texas is a bad idea. I have no particular problem with his opponent, Rep. Steve Stockman, but Cornyn is far from the worst Republican senator. He’s usually among the best. He made a huge blunder in backing Crist over Rubio, but his overall voting record is quite conservative. National Journal rated him more conservative than conservative lion Jim DeMint, based on his actual votes. It’s hard to see Stockman or anyone else improving on that record, and Ted Cruz’s influence has drawn Cornyn into articulating ever more conservative stances. The pair give the nation’s largest conservative state a strong blend of experience and edge. Even the Tea Party’s best can turn out to be disappointments, with Sen. Rubio a shining example of that for supporting the Senate’s immigration bill while not challenging Democrats who smeared that bill’s opponents.

Allowing the imagined perfect to become the enemy of the actual good is a big risk.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Seriously. Debate is good for the Republican Party, just like it's good for Liberty.

I'm really shocked at Bryan.
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Cornyn is a sham. He has voted a dozen time to repeal Obamacare but he will not fight to do it. Nor will he use his whip position to rally votes. It was Cornyn and McConnell who undermined Ted Cruz when he sought to defund the law with the shutdown. It was Cornyn and McConnell who refused to play hardball with Reid over the nuclear option. It was Cornyn and McConnell who routinely capitulate over the cloture votes thus allowing Democratic legislation to proceed and then they vote against the very legislation that they just ensured would pass. Cornyn is a fraud.
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Unnecessary primaries?

I always thought primaries were for assessing the attitude of all party members toward potential nominees. Maybe we should just do away with the idea of primary elections altogether, and have the Party leadership, in consultation with the big donors, decree who is to be the nominee for any given office? The Party would conserve resources that way.
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How much do you want to bet the GOP blows it?
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No Water = No NSA Data Center. #NullifyNSA campaign from OffNow.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ANUo8BnYoo
40 weeks ago
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Republican jackasses need to get right with the base. End of discussion.
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The "establishment Republicans" seem to be intent upon ripping defeat from the jaws of victory. Their "tent" is not so big after all. I WAS a 30 year loyal Republican voter and was rewarded with a never ending stream of insider bozos to vote "for." After what the "establishment Republicans" did to Ron Paul in the last convention (changing the rules during the game to steal his delegates and muzzle his message) I will never trust them again.
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I never planned on voting for Ron Paul during the election anyways. He may be second to none on fiscal policy, but the other ideas he has, they're way too loony, and considering Obama was considered a Constitutional Scholar, I'm distrusting of him being one.

I mean, come on, withdrawing our forces, including from South Korea and all of that. Maybe its not clear to him, but we're still at WAR with North Korea. Until an ACTUAL peace resolution is drafted, and not a stalemate/truce, we can't afford to make the same mistake we made with South Vietnam (ie, abandon them and basically let them be conquered by their Northern neighbors). Not to mention 9/11 had absolutely nothing to do with any actions we did in the Middle East (heck, Afghanistan hadn't even been touched by us Americans since we repelled the Soviets (outside of a failed assassination opportunity on OBL thanks to Clinton's bundling), yet they were directly responsible via the Taliban and their support of al Qaida in causing the 9/11 attacks, not to mention the other attacks).
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I won't argue the Korea deal, because as you point out we are still technically at war, but why does the US need the following deployments: Japan - 50,000, Germany - 42,000, Italy - 10,000, United Kingdom 9,500, Kuwait - 14,000, Bahrain - 2,800. Other smaller deployments in Spain, Turkey, Portugal, Belgium, Greece, The Netherlands, Thailand, Australia. And Kyrgyzstan (WTF ????) - 3,400. Still many more, but my point is we are not and cannot afford to be the world's police force especially in countries that are rich enough to defend themselves.

Like Ron Paul or not, the point of my post is that he got completely SCREWED by the Republicans during the last convention.
40 weeks ago
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don't count yer chickns'...............youth still perceives the ReThugs as retarded....
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Your post is proof positive of how many "youth" are semi-literate imbeciles and why we have the worst president in American history.
40 weeks ago
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‘Republicans Could Win It All This Year’

There's no point to it if the wrong people win the primaries.

The win has to be worth the effort. We need people who will fight for fixes to the centuries old structural problems progressives have created, not fight for the trough.

If Tea Party types aren't overthrowing the RINO establishment, my money can better go to dry beans, ammo, and whiskey--or the garden for that matter.
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"They could fritter away finite resources on unnecessary primaries against each other. " Yawn. Translation: "Tea Party, shut up and sit down. Stop picking on the poor wittle estabwishment. They know what's best for you."
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"The usual caveats apply: The Republicans could blow this opportunity in several ways."

Yep, but there is one recent bright spot - Liz Cheney's withdrawal from the Wyoming Senate primary race against Enzi.

But never underestimate the ability of Republicans to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
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Yeah, Bryan. I have to challenge you on Cornyn. I don't understand where all this "he's more conservative" stuff originates.

I've listened to the man speak.
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