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Do Republicans need a new "Contract with America"?

House Republican leaders gathered this morning to unveil the first piece of their plan to build a set of policy proposals for GOP candidates running for office this fall.

"America Speaking Out" is the name for the website unveiled by House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) -- among others -- that is designed to allow average Americans to offer the policy proposals they believe the party should focus on if they are put back into the majority in the midterm elections.

"There's nothing more powerful or inspirational than the common voice from the common man," said California Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R). "We want America to know we are listening."

The unveiling of the site confirms the fact -- long known behind closed doors -- that Republicans leaders have decided to proceed with plans to create a document to take to voters this fall that will seek to tap into the sentiment behind 1994's "Contract With America".

But is that the right approach to maximizing what -- if history is any guide -- should be significant gains at the ballot box this fall?

Opinion within the Republican party on that question is somewhat divided.

The argument for some sort of "Contract" is simple: voters always want to vote for something rather than just against something and, by offering some broad issue principles, Republican ensure that they are giving voters that chance.

"If Republicans want to be taken seriously as an alternative party they need to provide voters with an idea of what we stand for and what the majority would do under a Boehner-led majority," said one Republican strategist who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the strategy underlying the Contract idea.

The source noted that the goal of unveiling the website first to gather policy proposals was to make clear that the ultimate document would be the result of a bottom up process rather than the top down approach that House Republicans -- led by then Georgia Rep. Newt Gingrich -- employed in 1994.

(The better model for the approach being adopted by House Republicans in this cycle may not then be 1994 but rather 2006 when House Democrats unveiled their "Six for '06" plan to outline the bare bones of a governing philosophy if they won back the chamber.)

There are also no illusions that whatever is produced from "America Speaking Out" will have the level of depth and specificity that was contained in the 1994 Contract.

"If Republicans roll out policy proposals, I would expect them to be more generic in nature," said Carl Forti, a long time House Republican strategist and consultant to American Crossroads, an outside conservative group aiming to be influential in the coming midterms. "What Republicans don't need right now is to appear out of the mainstream and too far to the right by making specific policy agenda items part of their new contract with America."

The counter argument? No matter how broad the policy proposals produced for the fall, the idea of a contract of any sort runs counter to the way they want to frame the election.

Adherents to that point of view believe that Republicans best chance of picking up large numbers of House and Senate seats is to make the election a referendum on President Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Congress.

They argue that the American voter is not looking for a series of specific policy solutions from Republicans but rather an assurance that if the minority party is restored back to majority status that they will serve as a check and balance on the Obama agenda.

A May NBC/Wall Street Journal national poll suggested the idea of divided government appealed to most Americans. More than six in ten said it was better for two different parties to control Congress and the White House.

By offering a Contract, Republicans will allow Democrats to turn the race from a referendum into a choice between the two sides, these sources argue -- a far less favorable electoral frame for the GOP.

Already, Democrats are seeking to poke holes in the idea of a GOP policy platform for the midterms. "This latest Republican effort has already put Republicans on the defensive over whether this is the best use of taxpayer dollars especially in these tough economic times," said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Ryan Rudominer.

One senior Republican consultant argued that "before you tell people you have the answers to all their problems you have to define the problems Democrats have created."

The source added that while the Contract with America is widely credited with delivering House control back to Republicans, the truth is that it may have actually slowed the momentum for the party as Democrats picked up on the idea that the GOP would cut Medicare and may have actually led to smaller gains than might have otherwise happened without the Contract.

Gingrich said that "a contract, if it is properly designed, is what you want them to shoot at," noting that Republicans were for a balanced budget and welfare reform and were more than happy to fight it out with Democrats on those issues.

House Republican leaders have made a big strategic bet that Gingrich is right. On Nov. 2, we'll find out if that bet was the right one.

With Felicia Sonmez

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 25, 2010; 2:46 PM ET
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Republicans need something because they are floundering and flailing -- wait -- how about common sense? Nah, never mind.

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The "caveman" reference is RACIST towards whites - there can be no mistaking Eugene the little twit is venting his anger at white people.


Yea, Eugene is trying to sterotype the redneck, gun-clinging, religion-clinging and white man who Eugene is convinced just isn't up to his standards of intelligence and "leftist" advancement.


So "caveman" and "knuckdragger" have become the new racist slurs against these sterotyped people.


The only question that remains is: has littl Eugene-the-twit realized that he has become what he is against?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 26, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

mikeomatic


The money controls the country - and the tricky thing about it is that the money people are constantly selling us out - so it is difficult to keep track of - all these people constantly selling us out - so you never really know if you have been at the selling end or the buying end of the latest deal.


That is the truth about this country.


They love having Obama in there because his frauds distract everyone from the buying and selling which has actually increased with the health care bill - Obama sold out to the pharmaceutical firms and the doctors and the insurance groups so they would not run "Harry and Louise" commercials against him.

So you got sold out by Obama.

Obama found himself in a position in which he could sell you to the pharmaceutical companies - what a laugh, huh ?

The doctors' groups got what they wanted - the insurance companies got what they wanted.

You got completely screwed, have you noticed yet ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Why blame President Obama for the oil spill?

It was not a natural disaster that he ignored the days long warnings for and did a flyover of after a nice vacation.

It is a workplace accident and the corporations that were involved are the ones who are responsible for the cleanup.

Does the GOP or the Tea Baggers really now want Big Government to pay for and take responsibility for Big Corporations or more specifically, Big Oil?

Do you really think that is a winning strategy?

You disdain the bailouts that George W. Bush started, yet now you want Big Government to bail out Big Oil?

Surely you jest.

Posted by: bbsnews | May 25, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

LOOK folks


Chris has his reasons for doing what he does.

It's all part of an evil plot.

So, you have to trust that it will work out in the end.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I feel that both the Republicans and the Democrats are resposible for the government "machine" to fall in disrepair. Whats so very disappointing is what appears to be so many people just allowing this Great Country to slip away. Are there that many people out there that really beleive that America should become a National Socialist government? There will probably never be a nation ruled by The People again on the face of the earth let alone the history of human existence.

Posted by: mikeomatic | May 25, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

lcarter0311


Have you ever written a post which blamed Bill Clinton for de-regulating the derivatives markets?


Or for repealing the Glass-Steagall Act ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

""Bsimon, Chris C opens #2 of the morning fix with Simmons."

good point. thanks for the reminder, I kinda glossed past that.

Posted by: bsimon1"

You asked why Chris C didn't have the tinest blurb about Simmons. Well, that's exactly what he had...the tiniest blurb. I guess he isn't happy that McMahon will be the nominee.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

12bar


We probably agree on those things.

AND when you really start to put the good of the nation FIRST, then you will start to see that Obama is bad for the country and it is time to throw out the democrats.

At this rate, America will have a Greece-tyep financial crisis in the near future - ALL BECAUSE OBAMA REFUSES TO DEAL WITH THE RECESSION AND INSTEAD WANTS TO DO SOMETHING "BIG."


This kind of creepy ego-driven personality usually moderates itself in one's 20s, however the affirmative action programs have prevented Obama from growing up.


If Congress doesn't put SERIOUS BRAKES ON OBAMA'S SPENDING SOON, this nation will have a serious financial crisis on its hands.

AND YOU CAN BLAME YOURSELF THEN FOR SUPPORTING THIS SPENDING NOW.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues

You are wrong - Obama has been mismanaging the oil spill since day one.


It is that simple.

There was a pre-approved oil spill plan WHICH OBAMA REFUSED TO FOLLOW AND NOW THE OIL SPILL IS MUCH WORSE THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | M

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It's Cheney's 'DEREGULATED' Oil Spill.

Tell him to go management it.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 25, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

37th, I would be really worried if you EVER agree with me on anything.

Do me a favor. If ever in the future, you do agree with me on ANYTHING, including the time of day or the name of our planet, please keep it to yourself.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues

You are wrong - Obama has been mismanaging the oil spill since day one.


It is that simple.

There was a pre-approved oil spill plan WHICH OBAMA REFUSED TO FOLLOW AND NOW THE OIL SPILL IS MUCH WORSE THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The one and only reason the BP oil spill disaster that's been going on for nearly a month now, is not being blamed on Comrade Obama is because the Main Stream Media is in Comrade Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties hip--pocket.
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Hey, it's always something isn't it? Right--Americans do NOT blame Obama. Get a grip. The problem lies with the companies and the regulators who have obviously fallen into a lackadaisical "what can go wrong?" attitude. This didn't start in 2008 with Obama's election, it's been going on for years.

I am a very pro business person. I have started businesses and everything I have is due to business success.

I would like to see permits approved speedily, but not at the risk of overlooking safety concerns. We can have all three--speedy permitting, good safety regulations and effective risk management. The problems when you let up on safety or risk management are now obvious.

You sound kooky to blame it on the Obama administration, when the Bush administration (and perhaps even previous admin) were just as lax. What is wrong is this insane belief we have had for the last 30 years that regulation is bad and that these industries will regulate themselves.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Had he and that dopey a-hole Janet Napolitano responded with the 1994, "In-Situ-Burn" Plan, that called for immediate use of Fire Booms, 95% of all the oil comming from this well, could have been burned off
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God, I can't believe that anyone would be so foolish to believe this, hook, line and sinker. Even if you believe the government is incompetent, do you also believe that BP and all its partners are crazy? They are betting their companies against this oil gusher. So, now you are saying that there was a very obvious fix that EVERYONE just ignored because management is suicidal. You are naive beyond belief.

I don't defend BP, but one thing I know, they are NOT crazy or suicidal. They are running through the fixes at breakneck speed based on the risks and probabilities of success. If you believe differently, you better be prepared to prove it to me. I'm definitely a pro-business person.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse


Obama goes to Capitol Hill today and asks the Republicans to be bipartisan.


IS OBAMA COMPLETELY OUT OF HIS MIND???

After Obama refusing to be bipartisan on health care -

and after being rude to the Republican on the wall street bill-


and AFTER ALLOWING HIS ATTACK MACHINE TO FALSELY CALL PEOPLE RACIST,

NOW Obama wants to be bipartisan ???

The cocaine must have done something to Obama's brain.

Obama should get a brain scan or something.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's referendum against President Obama is a referendum against the real issues that need fixing in this country.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 25, 2010 5:25 PM
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Here's some things that need fixing.
From today's USA TODAY:

"Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year . . . At the same time, government-provided benefits---from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs---rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.
"The trend is not sustainable, says University of Michigan economist Donald Grimes. Reason: the federal government depends on private wages to generate income taxes to pay for its ever-more-expansive programs."

No wonder 63% of the electorate now want the HCR bill repealed. About the same percentage as those who favor the Arizona immigration bill.

Add to this: 10% unemployment, oil still gushing into the gulf 35 days after the original incident, more troops now in Afghanistan than in Iraq, the national debt soaring . . . well, you get the idea. Sounds like a fair environment for Republicans.

Oh, wait---at least Obama has Don't Ask/Don't Tell on the front burner. That'll really excite the voters.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

If Bush was President right now, every news outlet in the nation would be on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico recording every drop of oil, and every bird and every little plant affected.


But this is OBAMA'S OIL SPILL.


The media lets Obama blame BP for weeks, trying to dodge responsibility - and then Obama goes on vacation.


The media almost seemed to want to bury the story, but they had to bring it back when it became clear that the oil spill was huge.

Meanwhile - Obama is back at the White House working on the oil spill -- OH NO HE ISN'T - Obama is in California on a fundraising trip for the democrats.


This weekend Obama will work on the oil spill - OH NO HE WON'T - Obama is going on vacation this weekend.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to go sign up for detox.


Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 6:53 PM

None too soon.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Americans DID blame Bush for the Katrina aftermath. Americans DO NOT blame Obama for the BP oil gusher. And no amount of equivocation will make it so.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 5:21 PM
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I guess we'll have to wait and see about that. From today's USA TODAY editorial:

"During the Bush and Obama administrations, the federal Minerals Management Service repeatedly tossed aside warnings from government scientists about environmental risks of drilling, pushing instead to approve energy exploration quickly.
"BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling permit was issued last May on the watch of President Obama and his interior secretary Ken Salazar. And it was Obama who, on March 31, moved to allow more offshore drilling in areas previously off limits."

Hmmmm. And 35 days after the original disaster . . .

With Obama being attacked from both the right and the left for his failure to act and people calling for Salazar to be thrown under the bus, it looks like 37th has been fully vindicated on this issue. There will always be SOME who will not hold Obama at all accountable, but they do not speak for Americans in general.

I guess Obama was more interested in cooking up some Cap-and-Tax carbon-credit scheme to enrich his cronies than dealing with a real emergency right under his nose.

Let's see. Obama's in the tank for BP; liberals, such as Noacoler and Drindl, are in the tank for Obama; so where does that leave us?

It's beginning to look like this empty vessel called the Obama administration is incompetent even at being incompetent. What a shame for our great country and the people of the gulf coast.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Yet another failed gimmick. The Party of No No No should have probably invested a little more in a Web site that would actually work.


Posted by: bbsnews | May 25, 2010 5:00 PM
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Seems to have worked fine if the goal was to frustrate inbred morons.

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

AH BULLST## WHAT THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD DO IS GET OUT OF AMERICA BECAUSE THEY SURE AS HELL DO NOT HAVE A PLAN FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT HOPING FOR THE FAILUAR OF PRESIDENT OBAMA THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Posted by: mernatti123 | May 25, 2010 4:12 PM

How many monikers do you post under, Noacoler?

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

America can't stand another contract with the GOP,Newt and the last one started our downfall

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | May 25, 2010 4:29 PM

You mean balanced budgets and surpluses started our downfall? Gee, I mark the economic collapse to not too long after the Dems regained control of Congress in November 2006. What planet you from, Bozo?

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

An interesting take on some conservative women and some liberal women in the news today.

http://www.cornswalled.com/2008/09/republican-women-vs-democratic-women.html

Posted by: Brigade | May 25, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse


The voters in this country realize that voting for the democrats is just being irresponsible with your country.


Obama is spending too much money.

Obama is taxing too much.


Time to get rid of Obama and the democrats.

Be RESPONSIBLE with your country.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The one and only reason the BP oil spill disaster that's been going on for nearly a month now, is not being blamed on Comrade Obama is because the Main Stream Media is in Comrade Obama's and the Democrap Socialist Parties hip--pocket.
While both GW Bush and Comrade Obama didn't have anything to do with the actual event, Katrina and the BP oil spill's aftermath was. Comrade Obama, as we have all have seen has failed miserably--which is not surprising, consitering his lack of any experience in anything exept as a Communist rabble--rouser. Had he and that dopey a-hole Janet Napolitano responded with the 1994, "In-Situ-Burn" Plan, that called for immediate use of Fire Booms, 95% of all the oil comming from this well, could have been burned off, according to former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Ron Gouquet. Instead we now have the worst oil spill disaster in America's history, all thanks to the incompetent simpleton Comrade Obama. Our Main Stream Media as we all can see also, has no shame, integrity, honesty, nor credibility in their quest to hide the facts in order to cover up for Comrade Obama. They'd have crucified G. W. Bush!

Posted by: armpeg | May 25, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse


You can now see OBAMA'S OIL SPILL up close


http://www.bp.com/liveassets/bp_internet/globalbp/globalbp_uk_english/homepage/STAGING/local_assets/bp_homepage/html/rov_stream.html


What is Obama doing today about the oil spill ???

- Fundraising for the democrats in California


- Preparing for his vacation


IT IS ABOUT TIME the democrats stop being irresponsible with this nation - and stop supporting Obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

You can now see OBAMA'S OIL SPILL up close

What is Obama doing today about the oil spill ???

- Fundraising for the democrats in California


- Preparing for his vacation

IT IS ABOUT TIME the democrats stop being irresponsible with this nation - and stop supporting Obama.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

You are really hurting this country with your constant refusal to recognize reality.

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Yeah like some deranged methhead posting 20 hours a day in the dark is the arbiter of reality.

Go sign up for detox.
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Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!!! The Party of No now wants ideas. How about distancing yourselves from Sarah Palin, the mouth that bores. Or having one positive response to desperately need legislation - like the healthcare or financial regulatory bill. I know, it's hard to think while assuming the position for the various insurance, healthcare and bank lobbyists, but try harder. The only plan Republicans ever have, in good times and bad, is "cut taxes".

The thing Mr. Boner can't ignore, is that Republicans had 8 years governing this country and all we got were deficits, an unnecessary war (exactly where are those nasty WMDs) and a financial meltdown. You were there for that Boner, you intrepid House louse. You're disgusting!

Posted by: joachim1 | May 25, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

By the way, doesn't putting up such a website smack of that supposed democratic weakness, making their platforms and campaigns subject to whatever the polls say 50%=1 thinks they want?

Posted by: ceflynline | May 25, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"By offering a Contract, Republicans will allow Democrats to turn the race from a referendum into a choice between the two sides, these sources argue -- a far less favorable electoral frame for the GOP."

Of course, by running against Obama, they make it a choice between two sides, one side working to undo the damage done by George and the Republicans, and the other side working to extend the damages as long as they can.

It will be the economy that determines the results. When it has decidedly improved, and shows signs of continuing to improve, the R's will be running against the economy. Maybe they need a better tactician.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 25, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow, 37th agrees with armpeg. Now THAT'S news.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


You are really hurting this country with your constant refusal to recognize reality.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

12BarBlues


America is beginning to blame Obama for the response to the OIl Spill


Take the lack of action on the permit to build up the sand along the shore.

Obama is still deciding on that one.

The fact of the matter is the democratis in the State and the democrats in the City of New Orleans were PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EVACUATION OF KATRINA.

The democrats blamed Bush - but they didn't take the responsibility for what was primarily a local responsibility.

Your insistence that no one is blaming Obama is silly.


IT IS OBAMA'S FAULT - Obama just appoved an expansion of offshore drilling - AND OBAMA SHOULD HAVE HAD A PLAN IN PLACE - IT IS A FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY.

Let's just face it, Obama really doesn't know what he is doing.


Maybe Obama should go on vacation this weekend - INSTEAD OF WORKING ON THE OIL SPILL.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The GOP's referendum against President Obama is a referendum against the real issues that need fixing in this country.

Tell the GOP to go for it and let's see how far it gets them.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 25, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights ARE the contract. All they need do is stand by that and all will be well.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 25, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

True believers (like armpeg) try to get the word out that the BP oil gusher is Obama's Katrina. This shows the gut-punch taken by the Bush Administration for Katrina and the enduring resentment from the right.

The only problem is that Katrina and the BP oil spill are two different events, viewed differently by the American people, notwithstanding armpeg's failure to perceive a difference.

Americans DID blame Bush for the Katrina aftermath. Americans DO NOT blame Obama for the BP oil gusher. And no amount of equivocation will make it so.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

'America Speaking Out' will probably help a little, but it isn't what will drive the vast majority of voters to vote against Comrade Obama and the Democrap Socialist Party in the midterms.
What will drive them to the voting booth, and to vote for the Republican candidate, will be Comrade Obama's Communist agenda that he's been forcing on the American people; the realization that Comrade Obama is a racist white and America--hater (had they checked his record they'd have known that before voting for him in '08), and the Democrap Socialist's in congress who are supposed to represent them, but are'nt, but going against everything they stand for passing Obama's Communist bills like Health Care (which 63% of all Americans are against).
And now, with Comrade Obama's inept Keystone Cop handling of the BP Gulf Oil spill disaster, they'll probably throw every Democrap Socialist candidate under the bus for it.
What's still surprising though in all this, is how blatantly dishonest and partisan the American Main Stream Media still is, covering up for Comrade Obama's incompetent handling of the BP oil spill going on for just about a month now. Unlike when GW Bush was crucified for a year and more for waiting 4 days during the Hurricane Katrina disaster, before responding (he couldn't because of the Stafford Act), Comrade Obama didn't respond for 11 days (the Stafford Act doesn't apply past 3 miles offshore, so it's totally a Obama/Fed. problem). The Comrade Obama administration did nothing exept fend of all blame by just blaming BP for it, with the suck-up and a-kissing Main Stream Media accepting this cop--out as if it were gospel. To read what the incompetent Comrade Obama boop should have done, but didn't go to: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/05/fire_boom_oil_spill_raines.html

Posted by: armpeg | May 25, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Their "new" Web site has now been down for about an hour.

I logged in two hours ago. It took nearly an hour to complete that and enter a three paragraph idea.

When I refreshed, that idea was no longer there. For the last hour I have been trying to get to my profile, and deduce whether my idea was actually deleted, but the site is down and unreachable.

I suggest WaPo assign an enterprising young reporter to submit a few ideas and see which ones get censored/deleted.

I tried on on Israel and American AID. I'm assuming anything positive about gays will also probably be removed.

Yet another failed gimmick. The Party of No No No should have probably invested a little more in a Web site that would actually work.

Posted by: bbsnews | May 25, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

When Republicans took over Congress in 1995, they had been out of power since 1954. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president when the GOP lost control for 40 years.

Now, Republicans have been out of power for 4 years. Has the world really changed that much? Have Republicans really changed that much in those 2 Congresses?

We already know the GOP agenda. It hasn't changed from 2006, except now they hate the White House instead of rubber stamp it:

1) Cut taxes for the rich
2) Deregulate
3) Subsidize corporations
4) Attack the poor for being lazy
5) Rally the right by attacking gays
6) Bloat the Defense Department budget
7) Invade other countries with no strategy
8) Complain that Obama expanded the deficit

Posted by: AxelDC | May 25, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

An Ode to Sarah Palin


(Oh oh, here she comes) watch out boy, she`ll split your vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) she`s a teabagger
(Oh oh, here she comes) watch out boy, she`ll split your vote
(Oh oh, here she comes) she`s a teabagger

with apologies to Hall and Oats

Posted by: areyousaying | May 25, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who still believes in market self-correction etc belongs in a mental hospital, a prison, a pillory, or an electric chair.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 3:52 PM
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I used to be a BIG believer in market self-correction. And I still think that markets do self-correct. It's just a matter of how much damage is done before the correction.

Here's the latest real-life example: On May 6, the stock market careened down 1000 points and back up 600 points in 20 minutes. Some individual stocks went from $40 down to 1 cent and back to $40, as an example. Despite investigation by the exchanges and SEC, no one has come up with a cause. The only "explanation" so far is a "lack of liquidity". No sh'it Sherlock. That means that nothing will change. Even the simplest and most obvious step, of reinstating the uptick rule, hasn't happened.

We have the most stable stock market in the world, which is supposed to rationally respond to market dynamics. Now it's acting like some kind of penny stock market. Something is seriously wrong. The public already believes that the stock market is some kind of rigged game, and this certainly validates that belief. A respected stock market is a national asset and contributes to a strong dollar and lower interest rates. If we scr'ew this up, believe me, we will pay a price.

I've been an active investor for years, and nothing has discouraged me more than this swing and the failure of the exchanges to find and correct the cause.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | May 25, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

1994's "Contract With America".

ah yes, fond memories of a sneering, jeering adulterous Newt. Please bring him and his legacy back again. He could be Palin's running mate - oh please, dear God.

Posted by: areyousaying | May 25, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

America can't stand another contract with the GOP,Newt and the last one started our downfall

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | May 25, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"...a Boehner-led majority..."

The most frightening words I've read in a long time.

Posted by: VAreader | May 25, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Republicans need leaders that are not entertainers. They have no political leadership, so their positions are whatever the never elected and elected a long time ago celebrities come up with to keep their audiences tuning in (or clicking, in the case of Palin).

Posted by: shrink2 | May 25, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

It's been 2 years since the GOP lost control of the House, Senate, and White House. They were voted out. But they have spent that time shouting, lying, and stamping their feet in opposition to EVERYTHING. They have refused to participate in trying to clean up the mess they helped to create.

Now, right before midterm elections, they decide to roll out a general plan for the country?

How about this- start doing the job you were elected to do which is to serve your constituents through legislation instead of constantly playing politics simply to regain power.


That would be a good start to a meaningful "contract."

Posted by: VAreader | May 25, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

There were probably a lot of people who just voted against Bush rather than for Obama in 2008. There are probably people who will do the same thing in the opposite direction this time around, simply because its easier to just be against something instead of actually having to think about it.

It will be interesting to see what comes from the Web poll, though since it's open to anyone people can post so cranks from both sides can express their opinions.

In the end, I'm thinking they'll just cherry pick what agrees with their talking points and would have proposed anyway and claim it was based on input from "the people." Which, in one sense, it will be, but probably not in any truly significant way.

Or perhaps Republicans will just adopt the new Maine GOP platform: http://www.mainegop.com/PlatformMission.aspx as a time-saver.

Posted by: Gallenod | May 25, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

AH BULLST## WHAT THE REPUBLICANS SHOULD DO IS GET OUT OF AMERICA BECAUSE THEY SURE AS HELL DO NOT HAVE A PLAN FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT HOPING FOR THE FAILUAR OF PRESIDENT OBAMA THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

Posted by: mernatti123 | May 25, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

So the Repubs are thinking about recycling the same failed 'Contract on America' that the disgraced Newt Gingrich fooled people with in the 90's? Hahahaha!


Yeah, that'll work.....NOT!


The good ship GOPer is sinking and the Wingnuts are still partying on the deck.


I hope the corporate media has finally figured out what everyone else already knows. The Teabaggers aren't new voters who are suddenly "waking up". They're the same people (20% Republican base deadenders) who reflexively vote Republican every single election, faithfully. They voted for Bush twice and they voted for McCain in 08 and they'll vote for whatever Republican slug that gets their partys nomination in 2012.


The Teabaggers are the very same 20% deadender Republicans who thought Bush Jr was doing a great job to the bitter end. They're the nuts that show up in response to every GOP wedge issue (abortion, gay rights). They're accounted for, and they always have been.

Posted by: DrainYou | May 25, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Someone please give 37th his pacifier and his rattle

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Bsimon, Chris C opens #2 of the morning fix with Simmons."

good point. thanks for the reminder, I kinda glossed past that.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

We should not forget that in the seventeen months since President Obama was inaugurated, the Republicans have had opportunities almost every day to demonstrate that they had an alternative direction to offer. Almost every day, they have let these opportunities pass without making that demonstration. We should not take seriously this latest attempt to rescue their credibility.

Posted by: jlhare1 | May 25, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Obama still WONT GIVE THE PERMIT TO BUILD UP THE SAND IN LOUISIANA


What is he waiting for ?


This is a complete joke

Obama is the worst president since before the Civil War

Obama is an unprecendented DISASTER.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 25, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's a policy proposal for the GOP. Do something other than obstruct. Instead of complaining, make suggestions.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 25, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh, we don't want to forget the Bush presidency and what a miserable failure it was, otherwise we could have some yahoo try to sugarcoat it like they do with Reagan's.

Au contraire, we need to keep that memory alive and hold Republicans' feet to the fire and not let them get away with trying to rerun all those bogus notions. Belligerent foreign policy, free-market lunacy, scientific ignorance.

Make them come up with some actual working ideas and make them die out if they can't. I don't think they can. They're too insular and too delusional.

Anyone who still believes in market self-correction etc belongs in a mental hospital, a prison, a pillory, or an electric chair.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party is dead. To fix it, get rid of the memory of the Bush Presidency, disconnect Limbaugh, send Palin back to Alaska & try to act like you care for more things than Wall Street & Big oil. Quit forcing your ideas on people who don't want them. Try to act like real people instead of the snobs you are now.

Posted by: wasaUFO | May 25, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzzzzz

First another Pawlenty pugg, now this nonsense.

Before you craft a contract you need to have at least one deliverable.

Before they have a Contract the GOP would need some policies, some proposals, some ideas. They don't have any. Just more BS about hating Obama, calling him a Socialist-a, and sugarcoating their consistent record of failures.

The Reagan era is fondly recalled and the myths grow bigger the more his corpse decomposes, but it's not a time we'd want to go back to even if we could and we can't.

And only the most hot-eyed crazies want to go back to Bush policies.

Republicans, take a dive out a high window. You have nothing to offer.

Come up with some better columns, Fix, this is bitrot.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 25, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Bsimon, Chris C opens #2 of the morning fix with Simmons.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"they need to provide voters with an idea of what we stand for and what the majority would do under a Boehner-led majority"

Being led around by a fluorescent orange Boehner, eh? Remind anyone else of that scene in Skin Deep?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that the United States has lost its influence in the Middle East due to its failure to contribute to regional peace, in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. U.S. President Barack Obama ''raised hopes'' in the region, said Assad, but has failed to accomplish any significant peace maneuvers.

Perhaps some more bowing????

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why do the Republicans need a new or replacement Contract With America? They still haven't delivered on the 1994 version.

Posted by: Lefty_ | May 25, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

It’s fascinating to see the ideological blinders slipping a bit in the Obama administration. First the president had to acknowledge that his efforts to reach out to Iran were going nowhere; now a similar outreach effort to North Korea mounted over many years by South Korea has been officially declared DOA.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 25, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Off-topic; I'm wondering why there's not even the tiniest blurb about Simmons exiting the CT GTP Primary race. This is still a politics site, right?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Their Web site is extremely lame. They force you to accept an "avatar", even though not a one of them is even vaguely representative of Americans, in fact they are insulting to many.

And the sheer slowness. One wonders what kind of Mickey Mouse Windows server these folks decided to put up.

Page load times are close to two minutes, and given the dearth of any real activity on the site, it seems that it stems from a lack of robust Web infrastructure, not a spurt of users.

Even as I am writing this, the Web site in question is STILL trying to load a single vote.

Yet another lame stunt by the Party Of No No No.

Posted by: bbsnews | May 25, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

in 1994, Republicans were out of power for essentially 50+ years. They could make a contract stating what they would do because they hadn't had a chance to do anything.

This is not the case in 2010. People saw what they did in power. No need to tell us anything. And people don't like what they did while in power. Invariably, any CwA is going to rehash Bush era policies. This is going to make it that much easier for the Democrats to run against them because that operative is right. Instead of it just being an election voicing disapproval at Dems, there is a risk for Republicans asking voters to choose the lesser of two evils because they might not like who voters think is less evil when their decision is framed in such a manner.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I am skeptical that the GTP are actually open to suggestion. This seems like a mechanism designed to reinforce their own echo chamber. For instance, if I post an idea like "return to fiscal sanity - let the Bush tax cuts expire" will they accept it as a valid idea, or reject it as conflicting with their ideology?

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 25, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

It's less than 6 months until the midterms. If a national political party has no platform with less than 6 months remaining, and they come up with the platform based on a crowd-sourced website, they're doomed.

I suppose it's possible that Republican leadership has completely given up. More likely, this site is just a marketing gimmick. The Republicans pretend they care what "you" think, and they gather voter information for GOTV and fundraising drives. There's no way this has anything to do with creating a new platform.

Posted by: Blarg | May 25, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that if Republican politicians and or their staff simply read a lot of bogs, they'd get a pretty fair idea of what Republicans want.

Posted by: thebink | May 25, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The GOP mission is; OBSTRUCT, SLOW, DELAY, DERAIL, STOP, DIVIDE, STAGNATE, STATUS QUO.

Considering that Millions of Americans are Unemployed and Tens of Thousands along the Gulf Coast have recently lost their livelihoods as a result of the Oil Spill, I'd say they are pretty good at their jobs.

Mr. President, you cannot expect any support for Jobs and improving the Economy from the GOP unless it’s for allowing Oil, Coal, and Livestock Industries to continue Polluting at the Public’s expense, and skirting the Safety regulations meant to protect the people who work in those industries.

Keeping Millions of Americans Unemployed and using that as an excuse to delay legislation is the GOP Modus Operandi. While military men and women fight to protect our freedoms the GOP leadership delays improving our Economy and National Security. They delay and stall against meaningful financial regulation of Derivatives, Swaps, CDOs and Ratings agencies. They delay against creating Renewable Energy Jobs. They delay against supporting American Innovation, Efficiency and Technology to replace dirty Coal with clean energy. The list goes on and on...

Right now Senator Shelby (R-ALA) is holding up Hundreds of Government Management Positions so that he can win concessions for even more government funded contracts (Socialist Welfare) in Alabama, despite the $350 Billion in Taxpayer money going to the Littoral Warship that's built in Alabama.

He is Blocking Critical Jobs responsible for Preventing Terrorism in spite of *Hundreds of Billions* of Taxpayer money towards the Alabama based Littoral ship building program.

Mitch McConnell loudly proclaimed for weeks that we needed a bipartisan commission to make recommendations for Debt reduction then he voted against it.

In 2008 McConnell called for a $700 Billion fund to be paid into by banks but now that he has been bought off by Wall Street he’s blocking practically all regulation of them.

There is no limit to how low and disgusting these Traitors will wallow in the Stinking Slime of the Oil Polluted Sludge of their Policies and Positions.

Not to mention that they are also doing all they can to Kill Jobs, Financial Reform and BP reparations Legislation; Negligence and Crimes against Americans that resulted in the loss of Jobs, Livelihoods and Businesses of Millions of Americans. May God deliver Justice.

End the Bush Era $2 Trillion in Tax Cuts for the Rich; and Tax Imported Gasoline .50~$1/Gallon to pay for JOBS Programs.

Posted by: liveride | May 25, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The real problem is that the Republicans, for eight years, had a contract ON America.

Now who's the contract out on?

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Is "Obama's Katrina" really an accident?

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

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DNI Ouster Appears to Embolden a Multi-Agency Extrajudicial "Gestapo"

FED 'FUSION CENTERS' ATTACK, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER- BASED MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 25, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Republicans already try this with the recently closed "National Council for a New America?" And how well did that work for them? For all their attacks on Obama they're doing a poor job of establishing exactly why they should be back in power. They got the tax cuts, deregulation, and strong foreign policy in the Bush administration and it drove the country into a ditch we're only just now getting out of. What's going to be different this time?

Posted by: thecorinthian | May 25, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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