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Republicans Do Have Leverage; Use It!

arianwen Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 10:03 AM
I understand where this article is coming from to a point I agree. However, if there's one thing we learned in the election it's that Republican poll pundits get it all wrong. What I see is NOT 89% of the people want spending cuts if taxes go up on the rich. I see 99% of the people who will blame Republicans if taxes go up on the middle class and who will assure that no Republican will ever again have a chance at being elected. I think it's time for the Republican leadership to realize that we did not receive a mandate in the election, the democrats did. This inability to back off the party position just makes us all look greedy, and as we know, image is everything. The cost is too great for this silliness to continue.
samswede Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 11:28 AM
Agree, so why not give the Dems their way this year and announce to the world that this is Obama's economy. When things unravel- as anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of economics knows is inevitable, we can have ALL the leverage in the next budget debate. If there is a single republican fingerprint on this- it will be portrayed as the fault of Republicans. Let the Dems own it!
Rich L. Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 3:41 PM
Because with the help of the Fed and the MSM, they can put off the inevitable crash almost as long as they want. If that were not so, the crash would have already happened.

Besides, the Reps have no leverage because they have no spine in their leadership. You can only have leverage if the other guy believes you are serious about your stance and principles. Boehner and McConnel have no principles or cojones.

At this stage of the fiscal cliff pseudo negotiations, do the American people have any idea what the Republicans stand for other than to protect the wealthy and cut Medicare and Social Security to harm the sick and aged?

People constantly invoke Ronald Reagan, but one thing is certain and very relevant: If Reagan were on the national stage today, the public would not be confused about what the Republican Party stands for and why it matters.

The GOP is having difficulty even consolidating around a central message, much less selling it to the public. There is no excuse for that.

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