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GOP snatches defeat from jaws of victory

Published 10:03am Friday, November 9, 2012

Wait until next year — 2016, that is. That’s what disappointed Republican spinners kept saying Tuesday night as they watched Mitt Romney’s hopes crash and burn in swing state after swing state.

How many times did I hear a Republican talk about how their party’s deep bench of future all-stars will return it to power in Washington in four years?

But all the Ryans, Rubios, Bushes, Haleys and Christies in America can’t put the GOP — or the country back together again.

The GOP is a wreck — and not just in California, where the party’s registration is now below 30 percent.

Look how easily the Republican Party managed to turn what should have been a sure victory over an incompetent and dangerous incumbent into an embarrassing defeat.

First they tore each other to shreds in a bitter primary, smearing their eventual nominee in debates as a rich, uncaring profiteer who put working people out on the street and shipped their jobs overseas.

Then, while Obama’s ads in the battleground states reinforced the Republican-made caricature of Mitt, the Romney campaign did just about everything wrong.

It squandered the GOP convention and tried to make their candidate into “Mitt the Moderate.” Team Romney also shunned their natural allies in talk radio and didn’t reach out for help from conservatives like me.

I would have been glad to help the Romney campaign in Ohio or Pennsylvania, where I worked for my father in 1980. I offered, but the phone never rang. It didn’t ring for Bill O’Reilly or for the other major radio and TV talk shows, either.

But Team Romney’s biggest mistake was playing prevent defense after his big victory in the first debate. It was a terrible, fatal blunder.

Instead of hammering away at the horror of Obamacare, the cover-up in Benghazi and President Eye-Candy’s four years of failure, Romney ran the last five weeks hoping the clock would run out before Obama could recover.

But you don’t play prevent defense when you are running in second place in Ohio, Virginia, Florida — and Tuesday’s results proved it.

Hurricane Sandy struck Mitt a final blow, giving Obama the chance to look presidential and making Mitt disappear from the media for four days.

But give credit to Obama’s Chicago Gang. They ran a much better campaign — on the ground and in the air. They got out the vote and Obama got out his message of class envy and federal entitlements for all, without any trouble from his toadies in the media.

Now bigger deficits, higher taxes and a stagnant economy lie ahead for as far as the eye can see. And socialized medicine — which my father warned was coming to America 50 years ago — is going to soon become a reality via Obamacare.

Team Romney blew an easy win because it had a poor game plan. But it also lost because the Republican Party is all talk and no guts when it comes to fighting for real conservatism — Ronald Reagan conservatism.

GOP bigwigs constantly praise my father. For years they’ve used him to suck true conservatives into the party, but they’ve never really embraced Reaganism or its ideals.

They didn’t in the 1980s and they still don’t today. They only talk about him. The party bosses don’t really think like him.

Most of those Republican candidates who lost Tuesday played the same game of pretend. “I’m like Ronald Reagan!” “No, I’m like Ronald Reagan!”

But most of them aren’t like my father. They weren’t waving the “bold colors” of real conservatism he talked about in 1975. The banners of the losers — like Mitt’s — were colored in “pale pastels.”

The GOP needs a new playbook. Unless it starts embracing my father’s conservative ideals instead of just paying lip service to them, the so-called “Party of Ronald Reagan” may never win another national election.


Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan, a political consultant, and the author of “The New Reagan Revolution” (St. Martin’s Press). Visit his websites at and Send comments to




  1. mikehaney

    Boy,Florida voters sure are dedicated.
    The West team is singling out County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker and requesting a comparison of voter signatures from all polling places with the total ballots counted because the numbers do not appear to match.

    Officials have “already stated they had a 141 percent voter turnout, which I think should cause everyone alarm,” West told Fox.
    Better than Philadelphia voter turnout, which only got into the ninety percent.

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  2. mickakers

    bigkahuna; A thought provoking point of view (McKinley high school teacher). Thanks for sharing.

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  3. mickakers

    anticon; As a PS: My apologies for cutting my remark short, but my glass of Scotch was becoming a bit watery and it became necessary to make a trip to my bar to refresh it. As your are well aware of, there is a hierarchy of values.

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  4. mickakers

    anticon; I found your comment “We’re all conservatives in our heads and liberals in our hearts.”, food for thought. That way of thinking, encourages cooperating across the aisle. We could accomplish more.

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  5. bigkahuna

    A Linden McKinley high school teacher in Columbus said it best when he posted on his personal facebook page-”Congrats to those dependent on government,homosexuals,potheads,jay-z fans,non christians,non taxpayers,illegals,communists,muslims,planned murder clinics,enemies of america,satan you won!”

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  6. mikehaney

    more indie/keta world
    Saturday, November 10, 2012

    Judge: Parents have no right to know what homosexual activist taught their children in school

    by Peter Baklinski

    HAMILTON, Ontario, Novembe 9r, 2012, ( – Parents and ratepayers in a Hamilton area school board will never know exactly what a homosexual activist told their children during a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) assembly a year ago.

    The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario upheld last week the decision of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) to “deny access to the record” of the speech.

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  7. “keta; Shame on you for inferring Noesis was at home.”

    Whether he’s been here…or Toledo…or Tennessee, or wherever it is he might be, there’s no way you’ll convince me he hasn’t seen what’s been said.

    He simply cannot refute any of it.

    If, after being such a vocal mouthpiece, what can you say in the aftermath of such a tremendous beating? The latest polls???…..LOL

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  8. ‘anticon; Your lack of perception is showing”

    Mick, at LONG last, get off your high horse. You have no qualification, no ability and no right to tell someone else on here that their logic…their thinking….or their perception is lacking.

    If you ever come up with something new to say, say it. That gives you something to think on, other than trying to passive-aggressively bully on people to keep them from saying things you don’t like to hear.

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  9. mikehaney

    And colleges are teacing our young adults. Even in the sixties I had a professor talking about playboy as a book to discuss. One student spoke up. “Playboy? I thought it was a skinbook” End of discussion.
    I also had a history profesor that set his chair on top of his desk, to look cool I guess. I cancelled his class.
    Sad thing about college professors, the immature goble it up and believe the junk they are taught.

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    • Mike, we know you’re frustrated because your and Noesis’ guarantee that Romney would win was proven to be laughable. If I ever latched on to such a pathetic candidate…then held my ground even after I knew he was lousy…and I stuck with him all the way up to and including going down with the ship on election night…….I’d be looking for something else to talk about too.

      But college oddities? C’mon man. You’re really reaching. I’d suggest maybe sit back and actually watch objectively as Obama does whatever he’s gonna do over the upcoming months. I would…but won’t….because I’ve extended friendly offers like that before and you guys have no interest in it. You guys just want to demonize the other side….and probably sit around figuring out who you all can run next time that will have a chance in heck of winning.

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      • mikehaney

        indie–watch objectively——-LOL
        Past 4 years was enough for me. It just takes a true liberal to want more. And please spare us all your list of Obama’s past accomplishments, “again”.

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  10. mikehaney

    The sickness of the liberal world. We are no longer living in America!! Can we survive 4 more years of Obama?

    OLYMPIA, WA, November 9, 2012, ( – A Washington state college has decided it will not prevent a 45-year-old man from lounging naked in a women’s locker room, in an area frequented by girls as young as six.

    The 45-year-old man, who calls himself Colleen Francis, presents himself as a transgender “female.”

    Evergreen State College shares its locker room with Capital High School, Olympia High School, the Evergreen Swim Club, and Aquatics Academy. The latter has students as young as six.

    On September 26, teenage girls on a high school swim team were using the facilities when they saw “Colleen” Francis exposing male genitalia through the glass window in a sauna.

    According to the police report an eyewitness stated, “There were girls 6 to 18 years of age and they were not used to seeing individuals in situations like this.”

    Later that week, the mother of one of the girls as well as their coach contacted the police, only to be told the university would not bar a biological male from the premises.

    Joe Wheeler of the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office said he will not prosecute the matter as indecent exposure.

    Instead, the college set up curtains that the girls were instructed to change behind.

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    • I guess you want Obama to submit stimulus money to stop that kind of aberrant behavior (that knows know political affiliation)? Maybe you want an executive order from Barack Hussein Obama on what people can and cannot do in cases like this professor…and even other areas of our personal liberties where Obama could be the arbiter of reason.

      Oh, wait. This has nothing to do with Obama does it? You just bring it up since you can’t come up with anything really bad to say about Obama himself.

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  11. mickakers

    keta; Shame on you for inferring Noesis was at home. Your comment about Michael Reagan may have merit, but was it really necessary? As an afterthought, probably he would not have any mercy on you, BUT.

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    • No, shame on you Mick. If there’s one thing Noesis has demonstrated over recent months, it’s that he’ll bend or break the truth whenever it fits his agenda. I agree with Keta that Noesis has seen and could have responded to some of this. Maybe he went into the hills too…sounds par for the course….but he’s also dodging us here now that his day of reckoning is at hand.

      And, if lying is still something against your religion, you will admit it’s almost certain if Romney’d won then Noesis would have been on here nonstop with comments so degrading they make all we say look like bipartisanship.

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  12. mickakers

    anticon; Your lack of perception is showing. Please check out the Democratic Parties Platform, President Obama’s voting record and stand on right to life issues and also Obama Care when it comes to freedom of conscience. I concur with your comment no one is “against marriage between a man and woman”, but the Democratic Party and President Obama endorse and support marriage between same sex individuals. Don’t you find this rather odd? I find your comment pertaining to “ridiculous wedge issues designed to inflame people like you into voting for somebody.”, more than ridiculous.

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    • anticon

      We’re all conservatives in our heads and liberals in our hearts, aren’t we? That’s what makes politics so perplexing.

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    • What’s your stand on prohibition? I know you can split hairs on whether the Bible is against drinking alcohol or just being drunk (or just being drunk in public), but don’t you see that as inconsistent with the scriptures and….dare I say it…..lacking?

      If you want to legislate morality, shouldn’t you go all the way with it?

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  13. mickakers

    indieVoter; Noesis’s comments are no more radical than your own. You both are in the same boat, only on different ends, one is in the bow and the other the stern. I’ll let you two gentleman decide which is which. I also see President Obama’s administration as “a turning point in America”, from morality to immorality.

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    • Mick, I find your abundance of opinion lacking in reality. Who was the one making up stupid names like “Obambi?” Who said abortion is good because it reduces the surplus population in the inner cities? Was it me? No, it was him.

      Your latent affection for the republican party is blinding you. The fact that you’ve let it put Noesis on the same moral level as me just demonstrates you’ve gone off the deep end. If I had an AM radio shock jock loading my mind up with buzz phrases every day, I’d say you were “drinkin the kool aid” Mick.

      Let’s get this straight. It’s very simple. America decided and one side was right, one was wrong. One was victorious and one was the loser. One side used hate, fear and demagoguery while the other side ran on the truth.

      I’m sorry it’s not the same divinely-endorsed version of the democratic party you grew up on in 1960, but it’s still the party of the people…and I refuse to side with the ultra rich who’d sell out a million American jobs to make an extra 1% on their investments.

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  14. keta

    Noises (who is certainly reading these comments, probably at home) got one thing exactly right: “Don’t worry, people. Our will shall prevail in only a few more days.” This column by Michael Reagan would be funny if it weren’t so sad: Why didn’t they call me to help? I offered, but my phone never rang! I could have gone to Pennsylvania and Ohio!

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    • We can expect no more from him. His entire line of propaganda was rejected. He’s on the wrong side of history.

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  15. mickakers

    indieVoter; Do you not recall, Noesis informed all of us he would be in the mountains of Tenn. and be out of touch for awhile. He provided this information to us prior to the election.

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    • Yeah, he did that right at the end when it was clear Obama was going to win…though he still wouldn’t admit it.

      He also made sure to twist my arm trying to make me commit to be here if (by some miracle) Romney had won.

      So he wanted indie to be here to take lumps if Obama lost, but he has a convenient out to not do the same since his side…his guy…his ideas….his comments over recent months ALL lost last Tuesday and were rejected by the American people.

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  16. mickakers

    anticon; I also hope the Republican Party “keeps doing exactly whats it’s doing”, standing up for the unborn, marriage between a man and woman and respect for freedom of conscience in regard to religious beliefs. The Democratic Party and many members of American society have “embarrassed themselves” by their lack of morality and sound judgement. This cancer on our society must be endured at the present time, but eventually, a cure will be found.

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    • anticon

      I don’t think anyone is really “pro-abortion” or “against marriage between a man and woman” or “against religious freedom”, do you? Those are just ridiculous wedge issues designed to inflame people like you into voting for somebody.

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  17. anticom, welcome to the forum. I agree with your take on the republican party and I think that, if they don’t move to the center, they’ll lose at least the next two election cycles…probably to the Clintons.

    As for the republicans at large, I seem to remember some joker on here pushing me about being here to “take my lumps” when Romney won on election night. He made it sound like I’d have been a coward if I just went MIA after my guy lost. Well, he got a surprise on election night and guess who turned out to be the on to go MIA???

    While I promised that I’d be here election night either way, after months of propaganda, our right-wing friend did exactly what he hinted I might do and what I predicted he’d do. He’s vanished without a word.

    Oh well. I can’t be too disappointed since I knew he’d never stand up like I would have. I was ready to congratulate Romney on a win and just move on. This other guy who had all the big comments up until the election did a vanishing act that would’ve made Houdini proud.

    As for going forward, I expect him to come back and start the rush limbaugh act all over again…complete with absolute justification for why he’s not here “taking his lumps” as he wanted me to do….before history proved him out to be oh, so very wrong about America and its future.

    The polling time is over. It doesn’t matter if you come back with a snappy poll that says what you want to hear. The election is done. Now there’s no doubt about who was just talking nonsense and whose observations were based in something we like to call reason.

    I hope the democrats get the 5 more seats they need to take back the senate and the little over 50 they need to get back majority of the house. Mick, I’ll understand when you find my reasoning “lacking” but we’ve got 4 more years to debate those issues you base your case on.

    As for now, America has spoken and we get 4 more years of President Barack Obama. I believe that once his policies have actually been implemented and given a fair chance, they’re going to be seen as a major success and a turning point in America…no, not from capitalism to socialism, but from deep recession to prosperity.

    How many jobs will they be creating just to rebuild New Jersey and all the places hit hard by Sandy? This recession is soon to be a distant bad memory and millions of jobs are going to be created over the next 4 years.

    One last thought for now. I hope Obama nominates a republican to fill a cabinet as a couple of his people will be retiring after the inauguration. Maybe he could bring in a Colin Powell or Condi Rice to replace the retiring Hillary Clinton???

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  18. anticon

    Mike, like you I hope the Republican Party keeps doing exactly what it’s doing–relying on ridiculously one-sided Fox News, self-absorbed talkshow hosts, religious extremists, chicken little-ists who predict the economic and healthcare sky is falling, and billions of dollars in payola by greedy corporations to get their political message to the voters. Republicans have embarassed themselves and America enough lately, the voters agree, so please crawl back into your holes for another 2 years and try to stay out of the president’s way so he can get done what needs to be done.

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  19. deist

    The problem with the GOP is they do not understand about demographics. The GOP is still trying to win elections with white men. White men make up 33% of the electorate. Not too many elections are going to be won with that slim amount. The Democratic Party understands that a coalition must be formed, if election is possible. This had nothing to do with hurricane Sandy or Chris Christie hugging Obama. The GOP is out of touch with America. Now as a liberal, I am happy for that. I hope they contimnue to put weak candidates up. I hope they continue to strive to get the white men vote. The democrats have won 5 out of the last 6 Presidential popular votes. With statistics like that, the GOP will be a thing of the past.

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