Thursday, January 24, 2013

Is the GOP insane?

[VV note.... Definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting different results.]

Can Republicans Change Their Spots?

By THOMAS B. EDSALL, NYT

If the Republican Party were a profit-seeking corporation, the current management would be tossed.

A post-election study conducted Dec. 12 by Resurgent Republic, a conservative think tank, concluded that the market for right-wing ideologues is just not there anymore:
Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters. For the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. Trying to win a national election by gaining a larger and larger share of a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate is a losing political proposition.
Stan Greenberg, a Democratic pollster, released findings on Jan. 16 from a Democracy Corp survey that echoed that conclusion:
The Republican Party brand has steeply eroded since Election Day. Half of all voters (51 percent) now give the Party a negative rating and a third rate the party very negatively (under 25 on our 100-point scale).
(More here.)

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Blogger Minnesota Central said...

Maybe some Republicans are heeding Piyush Jindhl's advise -- Stop saying "stupid things" as there has been little published response from Republicans regarding women being given the opportunity to serve in combat roles.

While they continued to battle the "gays" openly serving in the military last session, on women serving they have stayed silent.
Unlike when this was discussed in 2005 and House Republicans, with Minnesotan John Kline speaking in support, they wanted the Congress to dictate policy.
WASHINGTON (May 11, 2005) - Dismissing objections of the Pentagon, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel voted on party lines Wednesday to bar all women soldiers in forward-deployed support units from moving to front lines during combat operations.
Recorded Votes
Bill: H.R. 1815
Amendment to bar women in forward support companies from combat.

Tally: 8 Yes, 7 No, 0 Not Voting

Republicans (8)
Y McHugh (R-N.Y.)
Y Davis (R-Va.)
Y Kline (R-Minn.)
Y Drake(R-Va.)
Y Conaway (R-Texas)
Y Saxton (R-N.J.)
Y Jones (R-N.C.)
Y Hayes (R-N.C.)

Democrats (7)
N Snyder (D-Ark.)
N Sanchez (D-Calif.)
N Tauscher (D-Calif.)
N Andrews (D-N.J.)
N Davis (D-Calif.)
N Udall (D-Colo.)
N McKinney (D-Ga.)

Yet, there are voices out there on the subject ... such as Pete Hegseth, an unsuccessful candidate for the 2012 MN-GOP US Senate endorsement and possible challenger to Senator Al Franken, who published his objections. Wannabe-Senator Hegseth fails to acknowledge that the Army has been gradually opening combat-related jobs to women, opening six Military Occupation Specialties (MOS) in a pilot project announced last summer. Already, Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general of Training and Doctrine Command, that it should be be relatively easy to open two field artillery jobs, 13F (artillery field support specialist) and 13B (cannon crewmember) to women.

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