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The GOP: A Most Unpopular Majority Party

By David Limbaugh · Nov. 20, 2012

Isn’t it tragically ironic that the man who rode the perfect storm into public office on the horse of national unity has now perfected the politics of division so spectacularly that he won re-election despite the worst record in decades?

For when you sift through the rubble from the Republican Party’s 2012 nuclear catastrophe, you find consistent clues pointing to a simple explanation: We lost because Barack Obama convinced enough voters that he cares more about people than Mitt Romney, a rich white guy who is contemptuous of the poor, women, blacks and seniors. Never mind results; Obama cares and Republicans don’t.

In his fundamentally transformed America, Obama has replaced “e pluribus unum” with “us against them.”

So before the GOP rewrites its party platform, it better study the tricks its community organizer opponents used so successfully against it. Before it surrenders to the conclusion that its policies are unpopular, it might contemplate a simpler explanation: The voters neither rejected our policies, nor endorsed Obama’s failed record. Rather, they bought into Obama’s lies and distortions.

For example, a friend told me his retired, intelligent mother-in-law voted for Obama because she believed Romney didn’t care about her as a woman and a member of the “47 percent” and would take away her Social Security benefits. I kid you not.

Common threads connect these rationales: They are all grounded in fear, they are products of Obama’s divisive politics, and they are completely untrue.

While Romney took the high ground and presented a substantive critique of Obama’s failed record and offered his own concrete solutions, Obama mostly ignored policy, refused to put forward his own agenda, grossly mischaracterized Romney’s agenda, blamed his predecessor, demonized Romney and worked up various identity groups into a frenzy with the politics of fear and division.

We are headed inexorably toward financial collapse because of overspending, especially on entitlements, and Obama won’t even suit up for the game. He’s on the sidelines mocking those competing their hearts out in trying to save this nation. To this day, he has not presented the first syllable of a plan to reform entitlements, which he casually referred to as recently as last week as “long-term impediments to growth.”

No, they are not merely long term, and growth is not the only thing they will impede. We now begin every fiscal year in the hole some $250 billion, the figure by which our entitlement layouts and interest on the debt exceed our revenues, before we spend a dime of discretionary spending. This is a real, present problem, and Obama is denying it even exists.

The dirty little secret – and it apparently remained a secret to millions – is that under the Romney-Ryan plan, seniors, and everyone else, would have received their “entitlement” benefits. Under Obama, they very well may not, because those programs, and the nation along with them, are going bankrupt.

When you also consider exit polling data showing that people were duped into believing the anemic economy was still George W. Bush’s fault, it’s clear that Obama’s despicable strategy of deceit, slander and divisiveness worked. He dedicated millions to depicting Romney as a felon who reveled in killing and firing people, exporting American jobs and illegalizing contraceptives, and as one who didn’t care about the poor or minorities and would rob seniors of their government retirement, and the voters bought it.

So before the GOP panics into believing the country is irreversibly changed and reordering its priorities or abandoning time-tested conservative principles, it might reconsider its messaging techniques and strategies. It might want to reevaluate its approach to so-called negative campaigning and how to respond to Democratic lies. Indeed, it’s time to jettison its pristine approach, take the gloves off and warn the people in bold, stark terms about the hellish nightmare that awaits them under Democratic policies.

It is sobering to realize that a substantial majority probably agrees with us, but there is so much misinformation and propaganda in the air that they can’t see through the fog.

Surely there is a way to figure out how to win the votes of people who actually agree with us but have been led to believe they don’t. Surely there is a way to convince seniors of the truth: that Romney’s plan would have preserved their benefits, while Obama’s greatly jeopardizes them. And, yes, surely there is a way – somehow, someday – to convince Hispanics and even the black community that we are not ogres who don’t care about them, and that our party actually stands for policies that many of them prefer.

Republicans must learn how to level the playing field by discrediting and neutralizing Democratic propaganda before the GOP can even begin to sell its superior ideas.

If we can’t figure out how to win elections when the majority of the electorate actually agrees with us, demographics and the rest are academic anyway.



Ct-Tom in NC said:

The main reason for the Republican loss was the fact that GOP voters stayed home in large numbers. So, the BO forces, even with fewer troops than they had in 2008, could carry the day. Why didn't the GOP show up? Some say it was because Romney is a Mormon. Whatever, it is unforgiveable. This was suicide, plain and simple.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

richard ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

David, you have nailed it, but as to how to get through to people, I am at a total loss. If millions of Republican voters actually stayed home because Romney, a truly good, patriotic American is Mormon, it is despicable beyond words. It is beyond understanding why anyone would put their Christian theology ahead of the good of the nation. Christian theology and what this great country stand for, go hand in hand.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas said:

"[a] friend told me his retired, INTELLIGENT (emphasis added) mother-in-law voted for Obama because she believed Romney didn't care about her as a woman and a member of the "47 percent" and would take away her Social Security benefits."

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand there's your problem right there.

Intelligent people do not believe transparently stupid things. This woman is not intelligent - she's a dupe. She does not understand high-school level mathematics, nor does she grasp cause-and-effect. She does not comprehend that the most important attribute of the President of the United States of America is NOT that, "He likes me."

We have decreed that "intelligence" means the kinds of things measured on I.Q. tests, which is an excellent place to START, but fail to consider that a complete lack of objectivity and/or a big dose of gullibility renders it moot. It's like praising a car for being fast because it has a powerful engine - while ignoring the fact that it has no steering wheel or brakes.

I'm willing to believe that she may be able to tie her own shoes, do her own laundry, and maybe even make a nice meatloaf. She may have been competent as a secretary or (public school) teacher (in other words: unionized baby sitter), but she is not "intelligent" regarding complicated issues, and she probably should not have the right to vote.

If this woman is an example of a mature adult who possesses above average intelligence, then that implies that most voters are even LESS intelligent than her - and she's clearly a tool. The fact is: the average voter is a functional moron, and a representative democratic-style republic cannot survive indefinitely if a large percentage of voters are no more savvy than this "intelligent" woman.

This. Cannot. Continue.

If we do not have the balls to create a system whereby the franchise is something one EARNS, then "intelligent" voters like her will be the death of this republic. But we won't do that... it wouldn't be "inclusive" or some such crap. So we'll continue merrily along until we finally run out of other people's money.

Then it will get ugly. History is not kind to the belief that elderly women (even "intelligent" ones) fare well when the bottom falls out from under a society. Let's hope she is intelligent enough to understand her folly when it comes to fruition.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Gregory in Yakima said:

Like a wounded snake twisting itself into spasmodic contortions David Limbaugh manages to misread and mislead. In Limbaugh's tortured analysis he misunderstands or refuses to acknowledge that voters said no to both Romney and the Party Platform.

Instead of looking within as for a cancer he projects outward: " contemplate a simpler explanation: The voters neither rejected our policies, nor endorsed Obama's failed record. Rather, they bought into Obama's lies and distortions."

Mittens and the Republican Party scared the hell out of so many voters they were left with few independents. That's the lesson or at least part of what must be acknowledged. Limbaugh's invalid conclusions are part of a belief system that blinds. You won't see empirical evidence if you keep believing and insisting doesn't exist.

I like this last quote because it encapsulates a losers mantra of sealing the misdiagnosis, the wrong treatment and assuring even greater failure: " Indeed, it's time to jettison its pristine approach, take the gloves off and warn the people in bold, stark terms about the hellish nightmare that awaits them under Democratic policies." Yes, yes, yes, scare the people some more.

The sky is falling, set your hair aflame and follow us to the gasoline supplies, we'll solve this problem now! Please do because it will hasten the end of your party as a viable political entity.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Rod in USA replied:

Wow. You are so completely ignorant of facts and "fished in" by stupid, baseless lies and rhethoric (propaganda, marketing slogans, whatever). Amazing that anyone lacks the ability to critically examine the BS the liberal promote as truth. Wake up, Gregory.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Gregory in Yakima said:

In case you didn't bother to read Limbaugh's pre-election column he was very confident of a solid Romney win. He included these points copied and pasted for your reading pleasure.

"--According to Gallup and Pew, Republicans are winning by 7 points in the early voting. In the crucial swing state of Ohio, Karl Rove and others say that Republicans are 256,000 votes ahead of where they were in early voting in 2008, and Obama only won the state in 2008 by 260,000 votes. Also, polls are tightening in Ohio, and regardless, Republicans traditionally do better in Ohio than pollsters predict. Moreover, the conventional wisdom that Democrats outperform Republicans in the "ground game" is being obliterated.

--Romney is recognized to be competitive in states that he was believed not to have had a remote chance to capture. There are no such anticipated swings in Obama's direction.

--Romney is killing it with independents and has narrowed the so-called gender gap.

--Republicans have never been more energized, as evidenced by the election of Scott Brown, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz, by the 2010 congressional races, by the universal outrage over Obamacare, by the robust tea party movement and by the spontaneous outpouring of support for Chick-fil-A. If this election is to be decided by turnout as everyone says, it's already over.

--Paul Ryan is an all-American phenom.

There is a Romney-Ryan spirit in the air." What a loser and you're reading him to gain insight? Now wonder you're losers too.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

What all the pre election polls of the Early voting, is suggest to the Democrat urban machines exactly how many ballots must be altered, fabricated, found, not- counted, or counted in order to obtain the desired Democrat result.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Gregory in Yakima said:

If the conservatives want to win they must demonstrate superior solutions. For decades Republicans made careers out of scaring voters over communism, homosexuality, race and "whattyagot" issues. Like a baby who has outgrown the ability to manipulate by crying, the successful conservatives must abandon the frantic sky is falling antics and appeal to a majority of the public with greater logic and empathy.

The public has repudiated religious conservatives who are determined to impose their ideas of morality by legislation. Those who sought to control women and their reproductive rights are also repudiated. Far right and extreme policies are now rotting produce. Offending minorities? Mission accomplished. Offending and scaring seniors?: done.

Tin eared and tone deaf with blinders of hubris and false beliefs, the Republican Party continues as a doomed ship of fools launched by the selection George W. Bush and his gloomy band of neo-nitwits just over twelve years ago. Anyone care for another round of Republican paradigm setting?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM

PH in DE replied:

No, you have totally misunderstood. The public has not repudiated America and our liberties and our shared values. The Democratic party has in its platform and has used fear tactics, bully tactics, illegal tactics and just plain lying, as well as promises of large gifts of other people's money, to con a majority of THOSE WHO VOTED, or at least what the tallies said voted. And most of us are tired of having a vocal mini-minority and activist judges imposing their immorality on the rest of us. It is also a shame that most of the racists in this country vote Democrat, because Obama was only elected based on his color. He sure wasn't, either time, elected based on his abilities or experience. But why should he care? He succeeded again in his major con, and gets to live the high life on the backs of the taxpayers. Rising prices? Why should he care? He doesn't pay them. And God help us all to survive the destruction the Democrats are trying to do to this country and the whole world.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:57 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

"frantic sky is falling antics " that is the main strategy of NewIceAge/GlobalWarming/ClimateChange advocates.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:46 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA replied:

"The public has repudiated religious conservatives who are determined to impose their ideas of morality by legislation." You say TomAto I say TomatO. The public (Right) has repudiated secular Leftist who are determined to impose their ideas of morality by judicial activism.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

you are as out of touch with amercans as rmney... in one of the 47 percent said:

your exactly what we need when the next presidental election comes around so we can get Hillary elected......

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Kevin from Arkansas in USA replied:

What's that? Ah -- Hillary? Don't talk about -- Hillary?! You kidding me?! Hillary?! You mean the Hillary who can't even stay awake, Hillary?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Gregory in Yakima said:

Here's from one of your young darlings "Republicans need to: stop being the Stupid Party.” That was a blunt post election declaration of independence by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal."

Here's a good compilation of what other Republicans think is stupid: anti-science such as denying global climate change and evolution.

Stop fighting Obama Care: it's the law of the land. Stop the crusade against abortion, it's killing us.

Stop offending seniors and minorities. Ditto with religious crusades, the public has decided. What is it about "no" don't you understand?

The political future is about: opportunity in education and jobs, trust, fiscal responsibility and broad personal liberties free of moral judgements that offend.

You're predicting a collapse of our government and way of life. You've proven yourselves consistently wrong up till now with no signs of learning, you're wrong about this too.

While you were denying and then blaming, setting your hair afire and pronouncing the end of the world....reasonable conservatives have moved on. Your calls won't be returned, your greetings won't be answered. In political triage, you're unclean, lepers, the nutty relative who lives in a community of nuts.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Army Officer (Ret) in Kansas replied:

If something CANNOT continue indefinitely it WILL NOT continue indefinitely. Liberalism and it's associated beliefs are not based in reality, and no amount of wishful thinking will change that. The Western world in general and the U.S. in particular became rich and powerful due to a number of factors - one of which is that our society was founded on a (more-or-less) clear-eyed view of reality.

We have become SO rich and SO powerful because of that that we dreamed that we could create the trappings of Utopia. We could make our fantasies come true and create a society based on how things OUGHT to be. The problem is that to maintain the illusion that things are they way they OUGHT to be requires an underlying society that views things as they ARE and continues to function accordingly. We wanted to create Disney World without considering all the unseen machinery that makes the facade possible.

Liberalism is an expensive fantasy based on the idea that productive people will continue to be productive when the fruits of their labor are taken for the benefit of the non-productive. A rich society can afford that... for a while. In that way it is not unlike feminism, which is the radical idea that women should have the rights of adults and the responsibilities of children, with the obverse for men. Women thought they could be sluts in college, then high-powered professionals in their 20's, then become June Cleaver when their biological clocks went off, while retaining the right to divorce him and take his stuff later. (Then they wonder why they can't seem to find a nice guy who wants to marry them.) But I digress - feminism is just one of the more obvious departures from reality that liberals tend to support.

But an entire society cannot all live at Disney World indefinitely: somebody has to keep the machinery running.

It may not happen in January, but whether we experience a catastrophic discontinuity or a more subtle slide into oblivion, it WILL happen. And when it does the pretty lies upon which these fantasies depend will evaporate like dew in the sun.

It doesn't matter if 53% of votes went to Obama. It wouldn't matter if 95% of the electorate voted for him: what CANNOT last WILL NOT last. Reality doesn't give a flying crap that most people reject it. Is the American experiment in republican government coming to an end? Perhaps soon: that seems to be what most voters want. Gloat if you like, but you won't like what happens next.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Capt. Call in New Mexico replied:

Oh, I don't know....YOU sure seem to come here often enough! And FYI, murdering babies is NOT reproductive freedom! Just so you know.
BTW, evolution is NOT science.....sorry to have to burst your bubble!!
Evolution is a belief system about the past. When you stand before Yahshua on Judgement Day, you will not be able to say that you were not told!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

Gregory, dude, you're back. And your paranoia is showing, bud. So scared of the Republicans? You may be right that the Republicans are going to have to regroup. But all conservatives are not a slave to the Republican Party. Conservatives will not go away, regardless of what happens to the Republican Party. So, we conservatives will still be here, bud, trying to look after our country as you reckless dudes on the left try to destroy it. Don't hold it against us, we just like freedom too much. Look to Europe for a picture of America tomorrow. More money going out than money coming in. You're smart enough to figure that out, aren't you, Gregory?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Robinius in Broomfield, Colorado said:

If Obama didn't have the "mainstream media" spreading his misinformation and outright lies he would not have won the election. Republicans will not be able to overcome this combination alone. Until the "journalists" of this country decide that he truth is more important than their own opinions Obama and his ilk will continue to win. As for now, most "journalists" care nothing about truth.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 7:32 PM