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Hispanic votes wouldn’t have given victory to Mitt Romney

Reporters and pundits are figuring out that even if Mitt Romney had sharply increased his Hispanic votes in Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin and other swing states, he would have lost to President Obama. And Byron York quotes Charles Murray as saying that his sociological studies show that there are no reasons to believe Hispanics are "natural Republican" voters as some delusional Republicans and the Wall Street Journal claim. Question: How many non Hispanics voted for Obama in sympathy with Hispanics? Millions, I'd guess.

Also, how long will it take HIspanics to "forgive" Tom Tancredo Republicans? Blacks still are mad at President Hoover and grateful to FDR. Hispanics still are mad at former California Gov. Wilson about Prop. 187, which was very tough on illegal immigrants. Political memories can be very long.

LINKS:

Amnesty won't magically make Hispanics more Republican, By W. James Antle III, 11.16.2012

The GOP shouldn’t count on tapping latent Latino conservatism, By Charles Murray, 11.20.2012

Assessing how pivotal the Hispanic vote was to Obama's victory, By  ALLISON KOPICKI and WILL IRVING

York: Hispanics favor Dems but didn't decide election, By Byron York. 11.22.2012

The GOP turnout myth, By Kimberley A. Strassel, 11.23.2012

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/24/12 at 04:40 PM
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Democrats elected an extremist in Obama, but a Republican extremist can’t make it to the White House

Because Republicans ran weak and incompetent candidates in 2008 and 2012, Democrats elected a liberal extremist, Barack Obama, president. But there is no way a conservative extremist will make it to the White House. And the GOP extremists already are stumbling into oblivion:

Jindal's denial of the Moocher Nation makes him toast before he leaves the bakery.

Christie's toast because he re-elected Obama.

Rubio's toast because he denies evolution.

Ryan's just personhood toast.

Santorum's burnt toast because he's Rick Santorum.

Jeb Bush not only is a Bush, but he's an easily demonized anti-women, anti-gay Bush.

Everyone of these guys is a Big Intrusive Government Republican who can be beat by any mediocre Democrat, I fear.

LINKS:

Republicans, 2016: In full swing, Politico 12.21.2012

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/21/12 at 02:29 PM
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What should Republicans be for?

What should Republicans be for, I've been asked by a prominent Colorado Republican. In addition to sending him the reply below, I posted it on my Facebook page.

I think Republicans lost in 2008 and 2012 because the Rick Santorum social issues folks scared independents, young men and women and Hispanics to death. It's time to reassure, not scare voters.

Here's what's practical, if not politically possible: GOP governors, legislators and other officials should take social issues such as abortion and marriage off their political agendas. Small government's stay out of our personal lives. They enforce fair tax laws. They encourage private investment and job creation and they ensure national security and a safe and healthy environment.


Small Government Republicans should make sure that laws and regulations apply to all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual preferences or citizenship (other than voting). Anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage laws violate the civil rights of women and men alike.

Eliminate crony capitalism and government tax credits, subsidies, grants and contracts for the favored few industries, companies, universities, hospitals, charities, unions and other contributors to political campaigns.

Messages for voters that Republicans should be using include:

!. Women, young and old: We will invest in teaching school board members and school administrators how to run better schools. We want schools that will help you and help you help your kids be more academically successful and prosperous. 

We respect your ability to make decisions about you and your family that are best for you and everyone you love. A small government's job is to make your environment, you and what you consume as safe and comfortable as possible, not to tell you what to buy, do or believe. Everyone is entitled to her or his beliefs, but no one should have the power to use the government to impose her or his beliefs or values on others.

2. Hispanics. Republicans want to help all Hispanics and all Americans educate their kids, get good jobs, enjoy being Americans and prosper. We do this by limiting governmental interferences in your lives, jobs and businesses and by making sure that you enjoy the best infrastructure, safety, schools and health insurance markets in the world. 

Republicans want Hispanics—immigrants as well as American born—to feel at home in the United States. We support applying to everyone all laws and regulations regardless of ethnicity, place of birth, race, income, wealth, or spiritual beliefs. 

We will ensure that tax credits, tax incentives, government subsidies and government grants are available to all citizens and to those who have applied for citizenship.

A path to citizenship should be available to everyone who is in the country upon the date of the enactment of an immigration reform law. That law must ensure our border security and create a fair immigration system and a fair path to citizenship for future legal immigrants.

3. Gays and Lesbians. We will make sure that government enforces the civil rights of all Americans and keeps politicians out of your bedrooms and weddings. Whether you're married or not and whom you marry is none of the government's business. Limited government means equal treatment in tax and welfare laws, employment and education laws and regulations of all Americans regardless of whether they're married, single, straight or gay.

4. Non Christians and non religious. Republicans believe Americans should learn to respect and live with their neighbors, co-workers, employers, educators, health care providers, insurers and competitors regardless of their religious beliefs and practices.

5. Young people. Republicans want equal opportunities for all to make the most of their talents and ambitions as cost effectively as possible. We want you to have big dreams and to live your dreams. 

Republicans believe schools should be reformed to ensure that they graduate students who are functionally literate in the basics—reading, writing, math, risk taking and learning. Once students have proved their mastery of the basics, they should be taught civics, history, science and healthy living. 

We want school reforms that give children more high-quality learning hours in school, more small class time for students who find one of the basics difficult and the best educational materials available in all schools. 

Upon graduation from high school, we want young people to feel that if they want, they can and should be helped to afford to get advanced educations in colleges, trade schools, the military and in other training environments. All schools should be for the students.

LINKS:

 
Is Mitt Romney a leader or just a salesman? By Donald E. L. Johnson, 5.12.2011.
Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 11/20/12 at 06:25 AM
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Mitt Romney may have tough time raising money for November election

Mitt Romney may have a tough time raising enough money to be competitive in the general 2012 election. (Nov. 20, 2012 update: Romney wasn't able to raise enough money after the primaries to fight Obama's successful character assasination ads. He raised billions later in the campaign, but spent the money on lousy ads and a dumb campaign strategy. And he turned out to be a weak campaign strategiest and candidate. As predicted below, he turned off young women. And he turned off young men. The social issues libertarians and the Moocher Nation won.)

His potential contributors are


Mitt Romney’s Bain Capital and the private equity and venture capital industries

Since the attacks on Mitt Romney by Obama Republicans like Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman began, several writers who've worked with and at Bain and in the private equity industry have written about how Bain and private equity companies turn around struggling startups and companies that are headed for failure. See the links below:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 01/13/12 at 07:07 AM
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Mitt Romney looks like GOP’s presidential nominee after winning 31.365% of non Ron Paul Iowa votes

Mitt Romney looks like the Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee.

The Iowa primary finished off Ron Paul as a serious contender. But he never was in the running for the GOP's presidential nomination because he is more of an Obama Democrat on foreign policy issues than a Republican. He's being labeled as a "dangerous man", and he won't be able to shake that label. 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 01/04/12 at 08:22 AM
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Iowa Poll: Mitt Romney 24%, Ron Paul 22%, Rick Santorum 15%, Newt Gingrich 12%

Mitt Romney leads 24% to 22% for Ron Paul and 15% for Rick Santorum in the final Iowa Poll by the Des Moines Register, which reported:

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 12/31/11 at 06:06 PM
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President Obama’s jobs speech the same old song; what a disgrace!

President Obama's cry for help in a feeble campaign speech to a joint session of Congress probably hurt him politically more than it helped him. It will do nothing for the American economy.

What a disgraceful pander to public sector and construction unions. How empty can a presidential suit look and sound? Now we've see and heard one of the weakest and most self serving speeches a president has ever delivered in an appearance before Congress.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/08/11 at 05:52 PM
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Mitt Romney and Rick Perry win GOP debate with smart, slick and flawless performances

My quick reaction to the GOP debate tonight is that Mitt Romney and Rick Perry didn't hurt or help themsleves. They both turned in smart, slick and flawless performances. Jon Huntsman's defense of Al Gore's global warming alarmism in the name of appealing to gullible Goreans was the biggest fumble of the night. He's toast.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/07/11 at 07:51 PM
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GOP debate

I'm live blogging the debate:

Gov. Perry gets the first question. Dodges question about education in Texas.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/07/11 at 06:03 PM
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Barack Obama’s non stop campaigning, economic polices are unpopular

Barack Obama is turning out to the president I thought he would be: Weak, rolled, self-interested, untrusted and wrong for America. The Atlantic's blog summarizes three polls that were released Tuesday.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/07/11 at 10:53 AM
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Mitt Romney’s 59 economic reforms

Mitt Romney introduced his economic reform plan today in USAToday. The 59 points follow:


Colorado one of 7 super swing states in 2012 presidential election

Colorado is one of the seven "super swing states" that President Obama and his Republican opponent will fight over in next year's presidential election, says Larry J. Sabato.

So we'll see much more of the candidates than most other states between now and November 2012.

In 2010, Ken Buck and Tom Tancredo proved that social issue radicals like Perry can't win Colorado. Three smart, good government Republicans---Walker Stapleton, John Suthers and Scott Gessler, won the other three statewide races. State Treasurer Stapleton, Attorney General Suthers and former Gov. Bill Owens are supporting Romney.  
 
That tells you who the successful politicians think will win in 2012.

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/06/11 at 07:28 AM
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Jennifer Rubin likes my 8 ideas for stimulating the economy and hiring

Every Friday, Jennifer Rubin, the Right Turn blogger on the Washington Post web site, asks her readers a question. On Sundays, she picks one or two answers posted by commenters on her blog and comments on the thread that she started.

This week's question: "What does [Rick] Perry need to do to maintain his momentum and begin to minimize doubts about his electability?"

This morning she picked two answers. My post about my eight ideas for stimulating consumer spending and hiring was one of the two answers she picked out of a bunch of good comments that followed her question. That thread is here. My slightly edited and expanded version of my comment, which I posted on this blog, is here.

Rubin summarized the answers this way:

I was struck by two important assumptions running through the answers. First, unlike many in the right blogosphere, the readers did not dismiss criticisms of Perry out of hand or characterize them as creations of the liberal media. They want to put Perry through the paces, and they understand there are real concerns about his candidacy. Second, it is apparent that readers are sick of platitudes and one-liners; they want detailed proposals and an explanation as to how the candidate’s background equips him to deal with our current national challenges. If Right Turn readers are representative of the Republican primary electorate, the party is in very good hands. The primary process is a time for not only choosing, but probing and testing.


Barack Obama’s running for president of his 6th grade class (His grades are a secret)

President Barack Obama is looking very juvenile today after trying to shut down the Republican's long-scheduled joint apperance on Sept. 7. Having been put in his place by Speaker Boehner, the president will give his latest campaign speech before a joint session of Congress next Thursday, Sept. 8.

Obama's an empty suit, even with 

Posted by Donald E. L. Johnson on 09/01/11 at 08:54 AM
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