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Romney Shadow Looms Over Leaderless GOP; No Shortage of Politicians Trying to Fill the Void


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: republicans, government, americans, media, elections )

Carrie
- 628 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Mitt Romney's shadow looms over a Republican Party in disarray. The face of the GOP for much of the last year, the failed presidential candidate has been a virtual ghost since his defeat Nov. 6



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Terry V. (30)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 3:46 pm
"leadership vacuum"? LOL!!!
 

Jason S. (57)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:37 pm
good posting, thanks
 

Kit B. (277)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 4:37 pm

It's kind of fun watching the many postmortems of just what went wrong, by republican pundits. Some blame Romney as being rudderless, floundering in his own lost agendas, few acknowledge the real facts. A party that is living in the past, still looking for a leader that can or will inspire both trust and likability in the majority of Americans. A few, very few have acknowledged the reality of the changing "face" of America, or that people do not want a political party to decide for them how they will make their deepest most personal decisions.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 8:07 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:25 pm
If the Republicans showcased their brightest and their best in their presidential primaries, they're in very bad shape. Rick Perry? Herman Cain? Michele Bachmann? Most Republicans didn't even like the candidate they selected. And he lost --in spite of all the lies and tricks. The GOP is a party in need of a lot of soul-searching.
 

John B. (215)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:31 pm
Thanks Carrie for the link to the article. With all the infighting among the different factions in the party I don't see a strong leader coming forward anytime soon. Maybe another defeat in the 2014 and 2016 elections will help them get things together.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday December 1, 2012, 9:49 pm
You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:01 am
The election result must have shaken some of their strange beliefs to the core. They must be bewildered.
"What, one can't buy the love of the people one has exploited and one plans to exploit until they perish of exploitation?............How could that be? Money is Go!. One can do anything with money! There must be something wrong!!"

So they are staggering a bit, but that does not mean that the republicans can afford to let their guard down. Wounded beasts are often more dangerous.
 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:03 am
I meant to write "money is God!"
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (379)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:04 am
Thanks Carrie, noted.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:18 am
Thanks.
 

Diane O. (149)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 3:25 am
This is an opinion article detailing what one person thinks. Everyone has their own personal opinions. Just because this "author" tells us the GOP is leadership doesn't make it so.

The GOP is doing fine. Americans put 9 new people in the House one month ago. The GOP is performing exactly the way 49% of Americans want them to perform.....no new spending. Seems to be working.
 

Arielle S. (316)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 8:26 am
I still remember the article that said, "the hardest part of the circus is cleaning up after the elephants". Kind of a sad comparison because I love elephants - maybe the GOP could come up with a new symbol that better characterizes their stance? Buzzards, for instance....
 

Chris C. (147)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:33 am
Hey, Diane O - why don't you run for office?

Romney was the best they could come up with...pretty scary!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:40 am
I don't see the GOP being at a loss for leadership. It is amusing, the Obama invited Romney to the White House to "discuss the economy through the eyes of a successful businessman". This gave me every comfort in having Obama in the White House.
 

Roseann D. (178)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 10:41 am
They should learn we don't like to be lied to...SuperPac ads can be fact-checked. We know such SCAMpaigns are indicative of how they would govern. We saw where extremist leadership in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida, among others would take us and we decided pain, suffering and Hell on Earth was not where we want to go. That being said, corporate power has infiltrated government to the deepest levels so a citizens' uprising is still coming and needed.
 

Chris C. (147)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:11 pm
Arielle S - I can't give you anymore green stars but your comment about howthe new symbol for GOP should be buzzards rather than the noble elephant made me laugh out loud! Thanks!
 

Angelica C. (84)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:12 pm
Arielle,
Buzzards are just carrion birds. I favor a mascot animal for the GOP more along the lines of the programming you currently see on the Animal Planet. Tapeworms and other exotic intestinal parasites could be effective symbols. They need to leave the poor elephant alone.

And Diane - yes, you could go into politics. Now would be the time. If you do, I hope you do it with compassion and a concern for working people and the poor. Make them a party worthy of the elephant.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:13 pm

Nine candidates that ran unopposed in newly gerrymandered districts. That hardly speak of where the American people are or what they believe. Even in Texas, republican judges have spoken to how unconstitutional the gerrymandering of these districts has been, for too many years.

Alexandra is correct those wounded beasts are often the most dangerous.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 12:26 pm
http://www.care2.com/news/member/663679641/3494438
West's own pollster and another author speak of the public losing enthusiasm for the Tea Party perspective...
 

Shelly Peterson (213)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 1:31 pm
I like Arielle's buzzard idea, so much I am sending Carrie an e-card and asking her to forward to Arielle!!...........I am laughing so hard!!..I agree, that they have lost the grace to be symbolized by Elephants, for over 20 years now!
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 2:58 pm
American politics need to become less partisan and more about the issues; instead of dirty mud smearing attacks. Those are puerile and sophomoric. The independent candidates were the ones who impressed me.
 

Jim Phillips (3208)
Sunday December 2, 2012, 4:05 pm
Hey, I like buzzards.

After all, buzzards pick the "dead" to the very bones of carcasses which is what the
g o p pukes and teabaggers are! Carcasses!

Someone above has been tipping into the "Kool-Aid" once too many times... lol...

Ty, Carrie.
.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday December 3, 2012, 10:09 am
You cannot currently send a star to Jim because you have done so within the last week.
 

Lois Jordan (54)
Monday December 3, 2012, 5:08 pm
Kit, wounded beasts may be "often the most dangerous," but once wounded, additional blows serve to eventually lay them to rest. Hopefully this will be true. The vast rightwing conspiracy amped up during the Bush Regime, and got away with destroying many of our rights, while allowing people like Bachmann & the rest to be a mouthpiece for the American Taliban. I'd like to see every single one of them put to rest.
 
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