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The Republican Party's Talent Gap


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Americans, talent, intelligence, politics, government, democrats, republicans, elections, candidates )

Carrie
- 154 days ago - theatlantic.com
The GOP doesn't have enough smart people working on its campaigns, and those who do are playing out of position. Republicans who run campaigns gripe they lose races because of candidates and ideology.



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Elle B. (81)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 2:59 pm
Ty Carrie . . .

“Conservatism is the blind and fear-filled worship of dead radicals.” ― Mark Twain

“Some fellows get credit for being conservative when they are only stupid” ―Kim Hubbard

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home--but not for housing. They are strong for labor--but they are stronger for restricting labor's rights. They favor minimum wage--the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all--but they won't spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine--for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing--but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.” ―U.S. Pres. Harry S. Truman

“Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Bablyon and evil as Hell.” ― Edward Abbey
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 3:28 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Explains why they're attacking voting rights. But, I don't think the Dems are doing much better. There's a split in that party, too, which is why so many are registering "independent." If I recall the latest numbers correctly, in AZ about 1/3 of the voters are GOP, 1/3 are Dems, and 1/3 Independent.
 

Barbara K. (87)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 7:05 pm
The Republibaggers need to stop trying to push their idiotology on the rest of us. Stupidity will never be able to run this country, and that is what they are doing. They are religious in name only. We can see their phoniness all over them. They are nothing but crooks and liars. We have learned that we cannot believe a word that escapes their garbage-filled mouths. They lie and attack the President with impunity. They show no respect at all for the position, yet they want think we should vote them to fill a position they cannot even respect. Well, they are trying to get the clown car filled and on to campaigning, but they are falling like flies with their crookedness and lies and showing just what hypocrites they really are and it is disgusting.
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Alfred Donovan (44)
Monday February 24, 2014, 2:18 am
The reason that they are short of talent is because those with talent are to embarrassed by the insane statements of their superiors.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:18 am
noted
 

Maria A. (12)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:04 am
The Tea Party has not made the situation better. Change does not come easily and rigid thinking hinders progress. I would love to see other parties growing to be truly competitive with Republicans and Democrats. It doesn't have to be a 2 party system!
 

Terry King (108)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:30 am
Lack of talent is a big problem for the GOP but the incredible weight of the religious right will continue to cripple their relevance.
 

Edwin M. (366)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:53 am
I think they have plenty of talent, why look at all the jugglers in the party that juggle facts until they are unrecognizable.
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:51 am
Shhhh, don't wake the GOPers up, they might take notice and read this.
But then again, that won't change much: too many difficult words and no quotes from the bible.
 

Louise D. (38)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:55 am
As a political party the GOP has gone down the road of how far it can beat a dead horse and unlike a Sade-masochistic, Zoophiliac, necrophile they just don't know when to stop. As it appears common decency is not one of the things you find in the current GOP these days. With initial successes with Mrs Palin there is an opinion that being ignorant, ill informed and lacking intellectual curiosity. The current crop GOP/ tea party senators in the past five years have acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute, to obstruct the constitutional processes of the Senate, and to impair its dignity. With the pushing of pseudoscience, outright lies and ignorance and with the use of religious support is just icing on the cake.
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday February 24, 2014, 8:29 am
....sigh....tiz true, tiz all so very true.
 

Joan E. (19)
Monday February 24, 2014, 8:37 am
Republicans' problem isn't about technology. It's that they hate and mistreat too many kinds of ordinary people. Their policies favor the rich and let too many others starve or barely get by in a world that has been polluted, outsourced, deregulated, sexually over-regulated, and made unjust and unfair and wildly unequal. They're losing whenever they don't cheat enough to win. They're losing because so many of us know they deserve to lose. The author of this article thought Romney was a good candidate.. He lost because of how he treated his dog, how he treated the people in the companies he bought out, and how he talked about despising the people of America who aren't rich. He lost because we won't tolerate the likes of him.
 

Jason R. (57)
Monday February 24, 2014, 8:47 am
Ty Elle!

The dumbed down teaching the dumbed can only lead to this.
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Monday February 24, 2014, 9:15 am
Tell me where to find a smart republican!
 

Ben Oscarsito (355)
Monday February 24, 2014, 9:18 am
And, don't forget:
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience"
(Mark Twain)
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Monday February 24, 2014, 10:27 am
The GOP throws money on the fire and the democrats throw talent on the big show.
 

Birgit W. (140)
Monday February 24, 2014, 10:53 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Monday February 24, 2014, 3:41 pm
What all of the Repugs efforts can't do,is make up for lost time and people. A decade of ignoring its own political practices has left the GOP in a deep hole, one it can't climb out of in a single election cycle. Republicans will need a focused effort for years to catch up to Democrats—one the party will have to maintain even if it manages to win big in 2014 without it. The waste so much money on TV ads, appearances that amount to nothing because they never use actual facts only fiction and lies.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Freya H. (298)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:17 pm
I am a member of Mensa - if I am permitted to toot my own horn - and the majority of members by a comfortable margin are progressives and left-wingers. There are some Repubs in our ranks, but they are a minority. I used to identify as a Republican/Libertarian, but my political views have drifted to the left.
 

Terry King (108)
Monday February 24, 2014, 5:45 pm
Welcome into the fold Freya! :O)
 

Bill and Katie Dresbach (79)
Monday February 24, 2014, 11:31 pm
Thank You for the interesting Article TomCat
 

Bill and Katie Dresbach (79)
Monday February 24, 2014, 11:32 pm
I am sorry I mean thank You Carrie
 

Ingo Schreiner (6)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 1:38 am
noted
 

donald Baumgartner (4)
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 5:25 am
Talent gap?? Didn't know they had talent!!
 
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