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Your Take: is the Republican party headed for a resurgence?

As part of The Washington Post's occasional series exploring the state of the Republican party, Post writer Dan Balz wants to know where you think the Republican party is headed? Is the GOP is on it's way back to prominence, or were this fall's election results an abberation? Weigh in with a video response via YouTube below.

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Republican obstructionism is very disappointing. What kind of game is politics when one of the teams sits on the ball? Why do they do that? So the opposing team cannot score any points. There are problems to solved and Republicans believe the problems can wait until Republicans are back in power. For a 65-year-old Republican Senator to behave like a petulant schoolboy is unbecoming to a member of Congress. However, they know no shame AND they believe most Americans aren't aware of the hypocrisy. In fact, many Americans applaud the hypocrisy.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | November 17, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Hope for the GOP?


Let's hope NOT.

Posted by: johng1 | November 17, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

If you have written anything in capitol letters and talk about sentiments over facts you are the reason the Republicans are seeing a drop in party ID.

Most people have a balance of conservative, moderate and leftist principals based on their upbringing.

African American the most loyal group to Democrats went in some measure to George W. Bush based on some Christian principals.

I am not very religious but get pretty conservative when it comes to taxes. And I would not follow the Republicans based on their spending.

I am a Democrat but I believe in the balance of two parties. I hope for another alternative to Republicans because you cannot base a party on the word "no."

You have to tell people why you are "for" something for someone to be for you.

I think the Democrats will be fine. If Rammusan was correct McCain would have won the election with a landslide.

It is ashame polling has to have a bent. You can really learn a lot from your constituents.

Posted by: 411Tibby | November 17, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

This is a typical Washington Post slanted headline! Did you ever see negative headlines like this when the Dems were when in the mionority??? Give us a break - might as well be the Democratic Washington Post. The good news is they had their head handed to them when they backed Deeds in Virginia.

Posted by: Independent23 | November 17, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

My biggest issue with "Democrats" nowadays is how truly devoid of thought they are. A simple test. Sit down with your coworkers or neighbors that are raging and ornery about all things Bush. Just ask simple questions about, well, anything. It will take maybe 3 questions for them to go off on a wild-eyed tangent, often involving truly silly stuff like the birther thing or some robo-email full of pure lies. Very normal, honest Americans, except unhinged and just not thinking straight. Hopefully the condition is temporary. The hysteria has to stop. Until it does, they are doomed.

Posted by: pkhenry | November 17, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

My biggest issue with "Democrats" nowadays is how truly devoid of thought they are. A simple test. Sit down with your coworkers or neighbors that are raging and ornery about all things Palin. Just ask simple questions about, well, anything. It will take maybe 3 questions for them to go off on a wild-eyed tangent, often involving truly silly stuff like the birther thing or some robo-email full of pure lies. Very normal, honest Americans, except unhinged and just not thinking straight. Hopefully the condition is temporary. The hysteria has to stop. Until it does, they are doomed.

Posted by: pkhenry | November 17, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Look, when the GOP is in the White House, they spend more than any Dem. President. See Reagan, Nixon and Bush. They may spend on different things, Military-Industrial-Complex vs. social programs. What the conservatives want, they don't really want. Very limited government. First pot hole on the Interstate, and they spend the money. We are not a small nation, with two-three hundred millions people. We are heading to four hundred millions people. And you want limited government?! All we need to do is put the cheats in jail, Wall Street midnight thiefs, physicians who bill Medicare for billions of fraudulent claims, big business thiefs, contractors who are thiefs, and the thousands of millionaires and international corporations who don't pay their fair share of taxes, etc., nd we'll have some of the $$ back. But not tax the fiflty rich, because its good for the economy. Stop it! The GOP is lost, and now that there is a BLACK president, educated at the best universities in the nation, they can't deal with it. Where were the tea parties, when Mr. Bush was ruining the economy, and talking like a fourth grader. PLEASE STOP IT.

Posted by: colorao46 | November 17, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Republican candidates maintain a six-point advantage over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 38% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

Posted by: pkhenry | November 17, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

My biggest issue with "Republicans" nowadays is how truly devoid of thought they are. A simple test. Sit down with your coworkers or neighbors that are raging and ornery about all things Obama. Just ask simple questions about, well, anything. It will take maybe 3 questions for them to go off on a wild-eyed tangent, often involving truly silly stuff like the birther thing or some robo-email full of pure lies. Very normal, honest Americans, except unhinged and just not thinking straight. Hopefully the condition is temporary. The hysteria has to stop. Until it does, they are doomed.

Posted by: steveboyington | November 17, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

A bunch of stupid response, one dumb dumb criticized the party by stating WHEN EXTREMISTS TAKE OVER A PARTY" which I happened to agree with until the loon focused that extreme behavior only exists in the GOP. Well, what we are experiencing with this ELite Intellectual ADD ADHD do nothing administration is a radical LEFT which of course the Far Left chooses to ignore.

The resurgence of the GOP will take diversity, reaching out to Blacks and Hispanics who only support the Democratic Party because no one else will. I have friends who are interested in the GOP who are interested in joining since Steele took over but they have said, they have sent their resumes and visited the GOP Hdqtrs on the Hill and NO RESPONSE. WHat is Steele thinking, is he surrounding himself with a bunch of white folks and a small circle of blacks and hispanics...EARTH to Steele if any minority wants to sincerely join the GOP he should personally walk down and receive them in the LOBBY. I like Steele and worked for Steele, he is a good man, I dont chalk down the victories of late to his leadership, but to people who are sick of the present administration in less than a year in office. If Steele doesnt pay closer attn to those who want to help the party then the party will never change, a lily white GOP will result in the end of the GOP.

Posted by: Fred23 | November 17, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

The GOP resurgence is a fantasy. When extremists take over the party (remember the Newtzies in the 90s), the public becames very alienated.

Now the GOP represents total obstructionists, the party of no, and now close allies of the 'teaparty,' racists, miliitas, anti-abortion terrorists, and various other nuts. By the next two elections, the nuts within and outside the party will accumulate even more damage and extremism. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | November 17, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I have hope for America; only a declining 17% can be fooled all of the time.

Posted by: walker1 | November 17, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I think this past election spoke more in this way: "Do the job, or we'll throw you out too."

People in general are finally waking up to what is really going on... that neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are really interested in doing the right thing. They are only interested in increasing the party power base while padding their wallets with monies from the special interests they now represent instead of the constituents who elected them. Both parties are on their way to a big fall. Both parties are going to find themselves at odds with a viable independent candidate who will come from the middle and tell the extremists in these two parties to sit down and STFU while he (or she) gets to doing the work the people want them to do.

Let's be realistic... the Democrats are pushing through bills that will raise our tax burden (may I remind you of the speech by JFK that said that we cannot tax ourselves into prosperity). The Republicans are only interested in regaining the upper hand... so they suddenly (re)discovered the fiscally conservative principles they so recklessly abandoned early in the decade. Neither of them is really interested in doing what's right.

Posted by: kiltedknight | November 17, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Will the Republican Party rise again? What a foolish question: of course they will! The question is whether the GOP will look the same. Neither party can hold power indefinitely. I remember Republicans claiming an eternal victory in 2000. The Democrats seemed much more confident after last November than they should right now. The real thing to ask is how much either party will change.

Posted by: Publ1us | November 17, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The GOP has no credible leaders, no credible ideas, and they are tearing themselves apart in a bloody internal civil war. Outside the South, their popularity is at about ten percent.

On the rise? Um, no.

Posted by: HelloDollyLlama | November 17, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It's an odd question. The Republicans who won did their best to seem like moderates (whether in sheep's clothing is another question). No tea-bagger, birther or whackjob won anything. A moderate Democrat even ousted a moderate Republican in a House seat that's been Republican since Edison invented the light bulb. What GOP resurgence are we talking about here?

The GOP know-nothings are eating their children in complete disregard for the consequences. I would never have thought they could be this stupid. On the other hand, Democrats haven't been brilliant or self-disciplined, to say the least. Republican idiocy only leads to Democratic laziness and self-indulgence.

As a Democrat, I hope the GOP knock themselves out. As an American, their cannibalism scares me to death. It represents the triumph of "high-octane bile" (Richard Cohen's today in WP) that always signal the start of fascist movements.

Posted by: corbinb | November 17, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

whistling,
Even people like the Almighty Reagan would be unwelcome in what has evolved into this new GOP. Sad but true.

Posted by: creamit20 | November 17, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

You rightards might want to pop on over to dictionary.com and read the definitions of tyranny, socialism, Marxism, communism, dictator, and fascism. You misuse them so often it is clear that you failed 9th grade history class.

Then google the US Constitution and READ IT.

Then for a giggle go to the Onion and read about yourselves. there is a marvelous satire about a rightard staunchly defending what he imagines the Constitution to say. Very funny stuff. Gets you to a tee - and takes a shot at the folks who think the Constituion says there should be universal health care.

Posted by: John1263 | November 17, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

gross old prigs? gonner old poobahs?

the republicons are in the process we saw with the Federalists in the early 1800s, the whigs mid 19th century, and the republicon party of Lincoln in the 1870s. Soon what was the republicons party will no longer exist, or it will no longer be recognizable as the rpeublicon party.

It is simialr to what Democrats did in the 1930s-50s, only the Dmeocrats expanded their caucus and pushed the crazies to the sidelines. In the case of the contemporary conservative party they are doing the opposite. The crazies are pushing everyone else out and narroing the caucus, hopefully until it can at best win only regional elections in the deep heart of Dixie.

Posted by: John1263 | November 17, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party as it is now constituted is a cesspool of religious and extreme right wing debauchery. It has been taken captive by crude, anti-American demagoguery. It will not regain its credibility as a major political party until Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, and Sarah Palin are permanently purged from its ranks. What has it done right?

Nothing.

Posted by: heuristic77 | November 17, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

To those who complain about conflating the Republican party and Palin: Sadly, that is the product of the Republicans. I recall when Steele, the chairman of the RNC, was forced to backtrack when Limbaugh objected to what he said. Now, Limbaugh has actually been invited to speak at Republican party events (he is not just some independent pundit). And only this Sunday eleceted Republicans were saying how good Palin is for the Republican party. And of course remember that the candidate that the party nominated and funded in the NY election was forced to resign by Palin's followers!

So, for better or worse, when one hears 'Republican' one naturally associates 'Palin', 'Limbaugh', 'Beck', and other nutcase. Noone's fault or doing, I might add, just the Republicans' own.

Posted by: AMviennaVA | November 17, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Firstly, I do not know of a 'Democrat' or 'Dem' party, but I do know of a 'Democratic' party. I tend to ignore the posts of the obvious party hacks.

As for the resurgence of the Republican party: the only victories Republicans have recently had is when they ran against the party platform, as well as their own history (witness McDonnell here in VA who went out of his way to repudiate his own writings). At the same time the extremists are having a field day, with rotten results (witness NY-23).

If the extremists have their run and fizzle out, thus allowing a semblance of reason to express itself among Republicans, the party will have a chance. That will actually benefit the Republic as a whole. But the important thing is that the extremists must be pushed aside.

On the Democratic side, love him or hate him, Obama is carrying through on his campaign promises, however painful and difficult. That is why although I do not agree with all his positions, I have more confidence in him than the Republicans.

I still remember that Republican dominance in the Congress and the Presidency gave us the wrong war, trampled the Constitution, and bankrupted the country! All along, no Republican complained!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | November 17, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the Obama compaign has three more years to fund raise and stiffle media,
it is not a question of democrat or republican... we are almost to the tipping point.. of free men vs. TYRANNY.

Posted by: simonsays1 | November 17, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. Just the fact that you labeled it the "Republican Party and Sarah Palin" leads me not to take you or the question seriously. When only 9% of the population would vote for her, the Post should not try to purposely conflate one with the other. Bad form.

Posted by: cardonap | November 17, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Why does the headline conflate the Republican party with Sarah Palin? Is she somehow the de facto head of the party? The only thing that can save Republicans in the near term is the Democrats' failure to revive the economy. Unfortunately it doesn't look like the steps they pushed through have done enough, and a second round of stimulus is unlikely with Republicans, Blue Dog Dems and the media against it. I really hope that the Republicans are willing and able to cut ties with the nativists, the militia types and the know nothings that currently hold too much sway in their party and come to their senses in hopes of helping to govern sensibly. We need at least two viable parties who bring ideas to the table for balance. Not one to bring ideas and the other to reflexively say no.

Posted by: Gutavo | November 17, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The only way the Republican Party can be saved is to get someone like Obama who is intelligent, educated and works for the American people not Wall Street/Banks. Now many Republicans want the 2012 ticket of Palin/PreJean. Rush is stilling pushing the policy for Obama and the US to fail. The GOP Law Makers are showing the public just has stupid and ignorant they are each time they face the Press.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | November 17, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

..."The Republican Party is TOAST! They only won New Jersey and Virginia because New Jersey dissapointed in their Governor and Virginia didn't really have a Democratic candidate that appealed to Virginia, McDonnel did, simple as that.

American's don't pay attention Virginia and New Jersey is proof of that to this registered Voter/Vet USAF, not only did these two states forget the last eight years they will regret voting REpublican for the next four here's why...

...America's economy cannot be turned around overnight expecially when you had the "BLEW IT BUSH/REpublicans/Administration run it into the ground the last eight years, who left office with the lowest job approval rating in the HIstory of the UNited States Presidency, left all American's in record debt.

Posted by: ztcb41 | November 17, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The Democrat party represents liberalism/socialism. That is pure fact. Conservatives have no interest in the Democrat party.

There are those that feel the Republican party must be more liberal. That should never be. Americans should have a real choice on election day. The Republican party should be the conservative choice.

If America has two liberal parties, only, then there is no real choice. Election day would become meaningless.

The Republican party always loses when it goes squishy and nominates old RINOs for high office.

It mostly wins with solid, patriotic conservatives in the forefront.

Posted by: battleground51 | November 17, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me for the history,

but I worked two Reagan campaigns, in the field and at HQ,; worked in the first Reagan WH, second term at a top cabinet agency.

Changed registration last year and worked for Obama, recall with great pride and satisfaction.

The 10th of this month was invited to the Big Reagan 20th Anniversary reception at the Library of Congress.

Saw who was going to be there, who speaking and nearly threw up. The said old
mouldy, nasty screaming conservatives unrelated to decent mainstrean republicans I once knew. The bunch so discredited with GWB. Did not wish to dine with THEM. Threw away my old Reagan alum books. With sadness.

The republicans come back? Maybe if the
conservative uglies go away. Until then,
until the Rockefeller Republicans come again, don't bother me.

Posted by: whistling | November 17, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me for the personal,

but I worked two Reagan campaigns, in the field and at HQ,; worked in the first Reagan WH, second at a top cabinet agency.

Changed registrations last year and worked for Obama, recall with great pride and satisfaction.

The 10th of this month was invited to the Big Reagan 20th Anniversary reception at the Library of Congress.

Saw who was going to be there, who speaking and nearly threw up. The said old
mouldy, nasty screaming conservatives unrelated to the decent mainstrean republicans I once knew. The bunch so discredited with GWB. Did not wish to dine with THEM. Threw away my old Reagan alum books. With sadness.

The republicans come back? Maybe if the
conservative uglies go away. Until then,
until the Rockefeller Republicans come again, don't bother me.

Posted by: whistling | November 17, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The G.O.P. will always be back as long as their main opposition is the feckless, Democrat party. It looks like the liberals wasted no time in creating mass confusion and demonstrating complete incompetence bordering on fraud.

The Obama-Pelosi, train wreck is threatening to pull America down into third-worldom and even the squishy moderates are frightened.

The clueless moderates got B.O. the job as CiC and they are going to be the ones that run him outta town in 2012.

Hopefully congress will have fallen on his head by then. Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton deja vu time.

Posted by: battleground51 | November 17, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

People will always go back to a brand that is full on promise but little on delivery.

"A sucker is born every minute."

WC Fields

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | November 17, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

The dems will be routed next year if things keep going the way they are going now. Wall Street moguls are making massive $--(look at the market lately), while unemployment rises. We owe everything we have to the Chinese, and every poll shows that the majority of Americans are really scared right now about jobs, overall economic health, and national debt. I'll be the 1st to say that when the Republicans had the majority, they messed up, but if they make a promise to get this budget balanced and help businesses to get back on track and hiring again, then not even Obama can turn that tide... bottom line, we cannot sustain this debt and more entitlement programs. We just don't have the $ for this madness and people know it.

Posted by: danminter | November 17, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It's just sad. Once upon a time, the Republican Party was a sensible and
respectable group, with nominees like Eisenhower and Goldwater. Today,
'conservative' has come to mean 'right-wing flat-earth nut case,' with a
laundry list of mandatory antis -- abortion, Darwinian evolution, gay
rights, scientific sex education, recognizing global warming, stem-cell
research, and even contraception. It's high time for the Republican
Party to follow the Whig Party into the dustbin of History.

Posted by: chuck8 | November 17, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Of course the Republican Party is not on the rise! However, the Democratic Party was never on the rise either. Each just moves according to the screw-ups of the other.

Clearly, more people are afraid of the Democratic screw-ups now so the Republicans will gain.

Posted by: scott3 | November 17, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

No way, the Republicans are losing ground big time with the Airhead Palin in the limelight.

Posted by: Classic60 | November 17, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I now consider myself out of the REPUBLICAN PARTY...I can not be a part of an extremist, and self avowed hater of all the things an opposition advocates. I am an American and served this country in the Marine Corps for the love of the American ideals of free expression and liberty for all!!! Not liberty according to hate mongering few. Viva la Rush, Beck, and FOX no news.

Posted by: echoaxle | November 17, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yes.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | November 17, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

First, forget Sarah Palin, even the leaders of the extreme right know that she's a non-starter. She's strictly for the Obama's a socialist, Obama's a fascist, Obama's a Muslim crowd. They'll buy her book on audio, forget print. As far as the GOP's resurgence, they'll be back. Why? Because their propaganda arm, led by FOX, is functioning beautifully. As Karl Rove used to say, don't worry about if it's true or not just get it out there and people will believe. Sadly, he's right.

In addition, there really isn't whole lot more that the government can do to pick up the economy. People just aren't going to spend money they don't have any longer. So that means that the monumental debt economy that Americans created by their spending habits is a thing of the past. And the Republicans just have to hammer Obama, get out the smoke and mirrors, and many people will forget that George W. Bush had eight years to do something and did nothing but exacerbate the problem. The Republicans have nothing to offer on any issue. And they still are the lead representatives of big money. The big banks and industries may donate to both parties, but the GOP ALWAYS gets the lions share.

Posted by: curtb | November 17, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I love what FergusonFoont says - I would dearly love to see the media protections replaced again. Actually, there was a push to kill some legislation a few years ago that would have allowed rebuttal on the same channel that a questionable item was spoken. That seemed to just go away.....

I don't mind a good populist centrist Republican - they are a necessary balance to the picture. But the ultra rightist lobby pandering fundie allied right seems to have hijacked the party. Ford was NOTHING like those bozos and he saw the danger. I don't know if they are ever going to resurrect.

P.S. Ha ha, I am considered far left for having ideas like rent control and not solely funding schools on their property tax bases. I do not believe this system is truly representational, witness what happened to Ralph Nader a few elections ago. I think we've never really had a true democracy yet, but there are some of us that keep on trying for that ideal.

Posted by: liska33 | November 17, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat who has always voted Democratic and worked on a number of Presidential Campaign going back to Bobby Kennedy.

I've also held in high regard and followed the writing and musing on Firing Line of William F. Buckley for nearly two decades.

Short of resurrecting William F. or finding a surrogate (good luck with that) to impose some sort philosophic discipline and rigor the GOP is destined to wander further and further into the pucker brush and out of the main stream until it experiences a near death experience that will snap it back to reality or it will expire and join the communist party in the ash heap of history.

It is ironic that among those leading the GOP off into the pucker brush is Dr. Igor Panarin, a Russian academic, and former KGB operative.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2009/11/igor-panarin-doomsday-tea-party?page=1

Posted by: teoc2 | November 17, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Question, Is the Republican Party in a resurgence?

Simple answer: Just take a look at what happened in Virginia and New Jersey.

Done.

Posted by: TonyV1 | November 17, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republican Party is going through a transition. The Palin Party even though well meaning in their perspective will further divide the Republican Party as demonstrated by the recent NY election causing the Dems to win. The split could casue another independent party to emerge with disastrous consequences for them. Until they learn to be a centrist party they will continue to lose..

Posted by: Fonz | November 17, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I am a lifelong Democrat who has never voted for a Republican in his life and who never will. I sincerely wish that they could be on the road to utter ruin and the dustbin of history because they represent the true interests of so little of the total electorate, maybe one-half of one percent at the tip-top of the economic ladder, that their electoral victories invariably put the rest of us on a very bad road, to recession, privation, and war.

Now that "full disclosure" is out of the way, I believe that the Republican Party in America is indeed on the verge of a resurgence. The reason is their pollution of our system of justice through the appointment of right-wing ideologues to the bench, and the increased influence of big money in our election campaigns, not only through campaign contributions but through "issues" spending for television time. The big money flows to the Republicans, and the statutory limits on their use of that money to sway our elections, as mild and easily circumvented as those limits may be today, are destined to be further crippled or eliminated entirely by right-wing partisan courts.

When television was a new technology, our government wisely implemented important safeguards to ensure that it could not be exploited by the upper classes, the only people with enough money to exploit it, for their exclusive political gain. Over the past quarter-century, however, those safeguards have been done away with, replaced by an illusory notion of the salutary effects of the "diversity" brought about by the addition of so many new television channels that new technology allowed. This, however, has little bearing on political reporting, as you still have no means by which the lower economic classes can propagate their political views widely, and it merely afforded the rich the opportunity to further saturate the minds of those who follow mass media, and put their deceits into common knowledge. Nowhere has that become more apparent than in the debate over health care.

I believe that the Republican Party will recover quickly simply because the playing field of information distribution is so steeply tilted in their direction that their resurgence is inevitable, despite the fact that it is utterly regrettable.

Posted by: FergusonFoont | November 17, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

There is a wonderful piece in the Onion this week about a right winger vehemently defending what he imagines the Constitution to say. A must read. It gets to the core of how amazingly ignorant the tea party crowd is of the Constitution, and their rabid defense of things that simply don't exist, a defense based on "facts" that are actually easily shown as fiction.

Posted by: John1263 | November 17, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The gop is headed for the ash heap of history. they should keep purifying, keep purging, until the few remaining sane members leave, and then a new opposition party based on ideas and thought can emerge to take the place of the shrill lunacy that defines modern conservatism.

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Posted by: yatoukezhan | November 17, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

jjcrockett,

Many have not forgotten about the considerable damage to our country that was caused by the Republican party as well. Besides, both parties are equally beholden to special interests. You don't actually believe there is really that much of a difference do you...

Posted by: JKJ88 | November 17, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

as long as there is a democrat party, there will be a Republican party...
to have one party is to have a dictatorship, a facist state...
and seeing how the dems are screwing up so badly...
an alternative must always exist...
what would it take for there to be no parties in the house and senate...
and every citizen who serves votes their conscience...
the speaker of the house and the senate majority leader could be elected officials by the people, with no vote in either house...

Posted by: DwightCollins | November 17, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

History: The Republicans lost big time in 2008, because of their decisions to engage in war in the Middle East, export jobs and support unregulated capitalism, as well as ignore the Constitution; resulting in an economic meltdown, a multi-billion dollar rescue of Wall Street gamblers, destruction of the Middle Class, an apparently pointless occupation in Iraq and a total contempt for the 98% of American citizens who aren't "rich".

Their Response: Their "message" was diluted by foolish pandering to moderates. Time to "purify" their message and their party, thus the confused voters would recognize their value,flock to them and they would regain power.

Results: "Tea Parties", screaming about non-existing Gov't "Death Panels", demanding concessions to health care reform bills, then voting against them as a block. Allowing unelected tv and radio entertainers to determine their national direction. Allowing the US to flounder while they scheme.

Lord help us all.

Posted by: shadowmagician | November 17, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Reader "jjcrocket2" predicts that "The U.S. Constitution will survive with the Republicans victories!" in 2010 and 2012.

Is that the same Republican Party that sanctioned illegal wiretaps and the warrantless reading of private mail and email during the Bush-Cheney years?

Tell me again where that's supported in the U.S. Constitution?

Posted by: DoreDad | November 17, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I think the Republican party has two options. First, they can adopt a big tent approach and allow for a variety of opinions to shape their agenda. The second course is to adopt a hard right ideology and exorcise any moderates from their ranks. If they adopt the former approach they will have periodic opportunities to regain power nationally. If they adopt the latter strategy they will be in the minority for the foreseeable future. They must determine who their leaders will be and who will speak for them. Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have deep but not broad appeal. Their current congressional leaders are not very appealing to a broad segment of the public. They seem to be inclined to offer ideology in lieu of competence which is a problem in a national race.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | November 17, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are doing a great job burying Democrats!

The Republicans will win big time next November, and be back in focus! 2012 will produce the same Republican victory!

The Democrats and leftists want to believe we are dead! For get about it!!

The U.S. Constitution will survive with the Republicans victories!


Posted by: jjcrocket2 | November 17, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are doing a great job burying Democrats!

The Republicans will win big time next November, and be back in focus! 2012 will produce the same Republican victory!

The Democrats and leftists want to believe we are dead! For get about it!!

The U.S. constitution will survive with the Republicans victories!


Posted by: jjcrocket2 | November 17, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't think it's a question of where the Republican party is headed, as it's now hostage to fanatic conservatives. I am a former Republican and left the party because those who have a stranglehold over it only want to impose their believes on others and not pay any taxes.

As long as fanatics are in charge, Independants like me will try to remove their power, so we can return to the real party of Lincoln. Republicans like me believe in the equality of every American, helping those less fortunate and giving back to the community a part of what we have we have been bestowed through taxes.

Posted by: DGSPAMMAIL | November 17, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

As Chickenhawk Cheney has shown by bashing Obama from bowing to a foreign leader while ignoring at least a dozen similar bows of Republican presidents like Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican party has no real principles. They are like a bunch of idiot hyenas running around screaming about anything they see.

They have absolutely no interest in solving the nation's problems. This may appeal to a lot of people and even win some elections, but they are only capable of doing great harm to our country, as Bush and Cheney demonstrated.


Posted by: TheDukeStir1 | November 17, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are "irrelevant" in New Jersey and Virginia? So much for being the reality-based crowd.

Posted by: JakeD
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No kidding..they ran as REAL Republicans

Palin and the RW Media Wrecking Crew was not allowed to HELP..them lose.

ISA

Posted by: Issa1 | November 17, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

They do great when they pretend to be moderates. When you can't run on your party's platform, I'd say your party is well on the way to irrelevant, yes.

Posted by: nodebris | November 16, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

nodebris:

The Republicans are "irrelevant" in New Jersey and Virginia? So much for being the reality-based crowd.

Posted by: JakeD | November 16, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

What is this "Republican Resurgence" bug the Post has? It's every other political story.

Yeah, I think they are prime for resurgence, all the way up from insignificance to irrelevancy. And the Post will breathlessly document each stumbling footfall of the depressing, crooked climb.

Posted by: nodebris | November 16, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I'd prefer to submit my response in writing, rather than YouTube. I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat. Right now, the INDEPENDENT vote will go to either moderate Republicans or Republicans who do not sell out their core values. While it may seem tempting to pacify the middle, we know that undecided voters respond to confident politicians, even those who are more conservative than they are. The Republicans need to offer a clear and concise alternative to Obama/Pelosi in 2010/2012.

Posted by: JakeD | November 16, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The question is not "Is the Republican Party Dead", the question is "Where is the intellegent Republican party?" Clearly with all the people registered as independents, a large part of the American electorate is less concerned about party loyalty and more concerned with pushing their narrow agenda. I wuld like to see an intellegent debate on all the issues facing the nation. Why should we paint swastikas on poster board instead of sitting down and actually discussing healthcare? It's the rise of the idiots and they are everywhere. People would rather poke fun at Levi Johnston than discuss environmental goals. People would rather wear a NOPE T-shirt than join in the American political process.

I would welcome a GOP platform with ideas and an inclusive message. But if the tea baggers are all you've got - I hope you fade into oblivion.

Posted by: zaralawson | November 16, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

During the 1960's a fellow named Richard Farina wrote a novel called "Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to Me".
In 1948 the Republican National Convention adopted a platform calling for health care reform, housing supports and increased social security benefits. In a surprise move, at the Democratic Convention, Truman announced that since the Republicans were for all these, he would call a special session of Congress to give them the opportunity to act.
In a fury, the Republican Congress failed to pass any of the reforms in any fashion whatsoever.
The famous Republican "Do Nothing Congress" lives again only without a majority. The party of "NO" is repeating history.

Posted by: MikeKelly45 | November 16, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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