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Thursday, March 25 - 6:00pmSanction this postReply
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The lessons of the Tea Party have already been forgotten by some. Repealing socialized medicine isn't seen as an overriding goal so much as a pretext for easy electoral success. To hell with them.



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Thursday, March 25 - 6:05pmSanction this postReply
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Here's Jay Cost whose pragmatic partisan Horse Race Blog is aptly named.

Here is his advice to forget repeal and focus on winning a Republican Majority:

The Republican Message Writes Itself

The talk among Republicans is that their November message should focus on repealing the new health care bill - or some version of repeal and replace. Meanwhile, other analysts have suggested that Republicans risk over-reaching and appearing too aggressive.

I think this debate is misframed. The Republican message is going to be put together by campaign strategists looking to maximize the number of votes won by their candidates. While there is something to be said for emphasizing repeal, I expect the Republican argument to focus on more visceral, immediate points. Here are the five big arguments we should expect the GOP to emphasize. . . .

Here is the comment I posted:

Posted by: Ted Keer
Mar 25, 07:34 PM

Thanks for the advice, Jay, but no thanks.

What do I care whether Republicans or Democrats are in the majority if we citizens are to accept socialized medicine as a fait accompli?

Practical partisan hacks like yourself are the problem, not the solution. I'd just as soon vote Communist as for a pragmatist who follows your prescription for partisan victory at the price of the surrender to socialism.

Have you even heard of the Tea Party movement?

The only reason I will vote for a candidate in November is to work towards repeal of this unconstitutional legislative abomination. Brand loyalty has nothing to do with it. I am not interested in giving candidate a cushy job in Washington simply because he has an (R) after his name. We had that for eight years under Bush, to what end? I expect Republicans and conservatives to put principle first and to reverse this monstrosity even if it means the end of their elective careers and forty years in the wilderness.



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Thursday, March 25 - 6:29pmSanction this postReply
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Well, said!



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Friday, March 26 - 6:17pmSanction this postReply
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Ditto.



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Friday, March 26 - 8:18pmSanction this postReply
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What are the lessons of the "tea party" movement?



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Friday, March 26 - 8:42pmSanction this postReply
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Scozzafava.



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Saturday, March 27 - 12:28pmSanction this postReply
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The problem I had with the Tea Party movement is that it has no single message behind it, but rather it contains all the complaints of a host of people. It's good to air grievances, but it's better to explain why you have them in the first place. For example, the healthcare reform debates never seem to touch on the issue that the State cannot judge what's best for each person in their circumstances medically speaking (or any circumstance of any type of speaking). Thus, the entire healthcare reform debate revolves entirely around a false dichotomy of doing nothing versus doing something. And that's all the Democrats needed to get their ball rolling. The Republicans and the Tea Party folks need to get their act together on explaining the issues from a systematic perspective, otherwise the Democrats and Statists will always win. They could take that as a hint to read some Hayek and Mises as to get the education on economics that they're lacking. Then again, they may not like the prescription of laissez-faire that both offer. *shrug*



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Saturday, March 27 - 12:56pmSanction this postReply
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There doesn't yet seem to be a Newt Gingrich to set an agenda, but I am quite sure that 95% of the Tea Partiers would happily endorse this platform:

Cut Taxes
Cut Spending
Uphold the Constitution





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Saturday, March 27 - 1:05pmSanction this postReply
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I like Ted's reply and I'll piggy back on it like this....

Cut taxes significantly
Cut spending significantly
Uphold the constitution
Get serious about eliminating corruption
Be transparent and ethical



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Saturday, March 27 - 4:51pmSanction this postReply
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Good comments, Ted!



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Wednesday, March 31 - 4:06pmSanction this postReply
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All of this makes me very glad to enjoy coffee.



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Wednesday, March 31 - 5:31pmSanction this postReply
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Garofalo



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Sunday, April 4 - 8:41pmSanction this postReply
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God bless you
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Sunday, April 4 - 9:01pmSanction this postReply
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Did you watch the grilling of Congressman Hare on the main page, Steve? That sort of thing is what some of us hope for from the Tea Party. None of us are Pollyannas. We know that for the last 100 years "progressives" have been treated by "moderates" as if the "progressives'" claims to other people's property are just a minor political quibble, not the sanction of outright criminality which makes actual reasoned political compromise impossible.

It is not the Democrats' fault that the Republicans have let them get away with pretending they are respectable opponents, not outright liars, would-be tyrants and honorless thieves.

The point of the Tea Party is that it has so far shown the courage of its convictions, and has not voted for the easy "mainstream" candidate like Scozzafava in order to win elections.

Note that appeals to emotion and claims of victimhood are the favorite tactic of those who realize they cannot win on the merits.

The media and the left are scared shitless, witness their hysterical lies. Their protests that they detest the "end of civility" means only this, the end of the willingness of certain people to remain silent and act as if those on the left are worthy of the benefit of the doubt, while they hog tie, strangle, back stab, and pick the pockets of free men.


(Edited by Ted Keer on 4/05, 4:13pm)




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