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A Republican Retreat -- or Rout?

ksatifka Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 11:01 AM
I've been an avid reader and follower of Buchanan even before he first ran for the republican nomination against GHWB in '92. I know that Pat understands power politics better than almost anyone. Therefore, I am surprised that he continues to say that Obama is refusing to negotiate with the defeated opposition. Obama is currently at the height of his power. All presidents take advantage of this when they are in his position. It would be folly for him to capitulate on the tax issue when he campaigned on it for the past year.
ksatifka Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 11:26 AM
Perhaps the biggest reason why I am a big Buchanan fan (though I don't always agree) is because of his principled stand against the neocons and our seemingly endless wars of choice. Therefore, one of the good things that could come out of sequestration would be that mlitary (as opposed to defense) spending would have to take a serious haircut. Unforuately, neither of our two war parties would allow this to last for long.
Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy -- that Mitt was headed for a big victory -- the jolt of defeat hit especially hard.

Now, what had seemed an orderly retreat has taken on the aspect of a rout, with Beltway Republicans calling for abandonment of fixed positions all along the line.

After Senate candidates Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri bollixed the question of abortion in cases of rape, Republicans are being counseled to downgrade or dump the social issues. As young people seem to support same-sex marriage, why not be good libertarians and get on board?...