GOP in Full Retreat

2013 February 6
by bc3b

27 months ago things were looking up. Backed a the Tea Party and a massive turnout by conservatives, the Republican Party recaptured the House of Representatives. It appeared that the GOP was ready to fight Barack Obama. Voters self-identifying as Republicans were close to the number self-identifying as Democrats.

Then the toothless GOP House leadership started caving on issue after issue. The GOP let the media beat them up without fighting back. “The Only Republican that Could Beat Obama” ran an uninspiring, horrid campaign that resembled a football team playing not to lose in the final minutes of the game. As a result, not only did Mitt Romney lose but the Democrats retained control of the Senate and the GOP lost seats in the House. Republican leaders decided they had to aggressively pursue the elusive minority vote.

Yesterday Majority Leader Eric Cantor talked about “re-branding the party,” bringing back “compassionate conservatism” and citizenship for the children of illegals. What point is there in having a Republican Party if it is nothing more than Dem-Lite and, in some cases, tries to out-pander the Democrats?

Eric Cantor, the often combative second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, sought on Tuesday to rebrand himself and his party, voicing hope that they can work with President Barack Obama for the sake of all Americans.

While not wavering from his conservative principles and desire to tame the record U.S. debt, Cantor expressed a new eagerness to help the needy in such areas as education, health care, immigration and moving up the economic ladder.

“Over the next two years, the House (Republican) majority will pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families,” Cantor said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank.

But Charles Schumer, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, hailed the House Republican leader’s tone and message.

“If House Republicans can adapt their agenda to match Leader Cantor’s words, this Congress could surprise people with how productive it can be,” Schumer said.

The House Republican leader did not endorse immigration reforms backed by Obama but voiced an openness on the matter.

Cantor said he favored providing “an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”

That appeared to represent a reversal for Cantor, who in 2010 voted against the Dream Act, which would have cleared the way for such young people to remain in the United States.

“Re-branding” is a marketing smokescreen used by under-performing companies with poor leadership. Brands that have recently gone through “re-branding” include Saturn, Pontiac and Mercury. What do these brands have in common?

It appears that “re-branding” the GOP means returning to the days of Bush43, when Republicans spent like Democrats. Will the GOP go the way of Mercury? One can only hope.


If you’ve never seen the Great American Crapweasel, here’s what it looks like.

Hat tip: Christian Science Monitor

63 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 February 6 7:38 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Sorry OT,

    Chile as bugout location? — — Have to do more research but it might be a opportunity.

  2. 2013 February 6 7:45 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    Does Chile have cheerleaders and ice girls?

  3. 2013 February 6 7:46 am
    bc3b permalink

    Seriously, is there any reason to vote for RINOs any more?

  4. 2013 February 6 7:56 am

    There once was a party called the GOP,
    At one time it represented thee and me,
    But alas and alack the rinos they do strive,
    Kissing the ass of the enemy with whom they connive,
    From this gang of quislings we must flee.

  5. 2013 February 6 7:56 am
    justrand permalink

    bc3b: “Seriously, is there any reason to vote for RINOs any more?”

    I LOVE easy questions!! Answer: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    the tiny sliver of a reason (as a foil against the Democrats) no longer applies…so screw ’em!

    I’ve essentially given up on voting anyway, so it’s all Rock & Roll to me! 🙂

  6. 2013 February 6 8:01 am
    mulletover permalink

    This is a nice ‘un.

    Chambered in .308 with a 10 shot detachable ….

  7. 2013 February 6 8:02 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Seriously, is there any reason to vote for RINOsGOP any more?


    Seriously. RINOs out number the Rand Pauls and Cruz’s by about 10:1. The RINOs hold all the key committee assignments. Its a losing battle.

  8. 2013 February 6 8:05 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Nice piece. But it has some scary bits on it so it would probably get banned.

  9. 2013 February 6 8:09 am

    Kai “Spicoli” Hatchetman saves the day. (not work safe – language)

    “Seriously, is there any reason to vote for RINOs any more?”

    Not to sound like I’m channeling WEC but – “Seriously, is there any reason to vote for RINOs any more?” I mean let’s face it maybe 1 out 10, federal candidates, if that, even mean well (on any side) and even less after they’ve been in touch with DC for more then a cycle or two.

  10. 2013 February 6 8:19 am
    mulletover permalink


    My second choice behind the Ruger would be a sling shot with a belt pouch for small rocks. It doesn’t need a flash suppressor and weighs in less than the seven pound Ruger. It does, however, have a pistol grip that might disqualify it.

  11. 2013 February 6 8:22 am

    Sorry Dr (#7) I didn’t mean to duplicate your post, was typing while you posted.

  12. 2013 February 6 8:28 am
    gnqanq permalink

    Seriously, is there any reason to vote for RINOs any more?

    LIB – “Let It Burn”.

  13. 2013 February 6 8:30 am

    Bottom line … the RINOs would rather vote for a DIM than a Tea Party patriot.

  14. 2013 February 6 8:30 am

    The HHR turds aint gonna like this thread…

    GO STEVE KING !!!!

  15. 2013 February 6 8:32 am

    Prediction: The GOP loses the House in 2014

    (before you call me crazy shall we recall my 2012 predictions?)

  16. 2013 February 6 8:33 am

    “If you’ve never seen the Great American Crapweasel, here’s what it looks like.”

    LMAO !!!

    -Great thread BC

  17. 2013 February 6 8:40 am

    PSA: Women’s Unclean Breasts Cause Diarrhoea, Says Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil

    While overall I didn’t have big problem with taking out pappa bear (Anwar al-Awlaki) due to his extensive activities, what was the justification for specifically targeting and killing the 16yr-old (us citizen by birth) son weeks later??? Crickets from the administration on that particular issue is worrisome not only for this incident but for the future.

  18. 2013 February 6 8:41 am
    gnqanq permalink

    Eph – I think you are right about 2014. The GOP is doing everything possible to piss off the Conservative vote.

    How much of the Conservative vote stayed home in 2012? How about 2008?

    Going back through to 1992, how much of the Conservative vote has given up on the GOP? How many Libertarians have been sitting it out waiting for a true Conservative/Libertarian candidate?

    Since 1992 I have been holding my nose. Only going to vote on issues from here on out.

  19. 2013 February 6 8:43 am

    15 – Why would you think that is a “crazy” prediction?
    It’s certainly in the realm of the possible and if they do lose it it’ll be entirely of their own making.

  20. 2013 February 6 8:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    KH, 11,

    No foul man, post away!

  21. 2013 February 6 8:49 am

    “Since 1992 I have been holding my nose. Only going to vote on issues from here on out.”


    You realize one person might be responsible (and thanked) for bringing down the GOP…

    The RINOs butchered Sara Palin for no reason and thus in doing so signed their own death warrant.

  22. 2013 February 6 8:50 am

    I should have voted for Gary Johnson!

  23. 2013 February 6 8:53 am
    drdog09 permalink

    House flipping. The Reps would have to lose 50 seats. Only a third of the House is up for votes next year, 178 seats. 28% of the votes up for election would have to flip. If you assume a parity split between the parties in those elections that really means 56% of the GOP House seats would have to lose.

    That’s a pretty tall order. Not impossible but even the Dim decimation that gave the GOP the house did not reach those numbers.

  24. 2013 February 6 8:54 am

    Haha – Hey Anonymous next time your in there maybe you could do something useful like wipe out the all the records relating to say a couple trillion in us treasury purchases. 😉 Yeah I know it’s next too impossible but one can dream right. 😉

  25. 2013 February 6 8:58 am
    justrand permalink

    Eph: “Prediction: The GOP loses the House in 2014″

    agreed…and I will add the prediction that it won’t matter one bit anyway!

    Our Republic is being steamrolled…and the citizenry don’t give a damn. So who’s driving the steamroller hardly matters any more.

  26. 2013 February 6 9:04 am


    The entire House is up for re-election in 2014. They only serve two years.

    I think you have the House and Senate confused

  27. 2013 February 6 9:06 am

    22 – Given his position on a couple things though I’m surprised to hear you say that so I’m assuming you meant that in jest – that or you really have finally reached your wit’s end with the GOP. 😉

  28. 2013 February 6 9:08 am


    I’m in 100% third party mode from this point on.

    I’m hoping for a “Tea” third party, but anything but the GOP will be an impovement at this point.

  29. 2013 February 6 9:11 am

    26 – Entirely correct, though I think he meant only about 1/3rd will really be in play after all the gerrymandering that has gone on. That’s how I was translating it anyway.

  30. 2013 February 6 9:14 am

    28 – Wits end it is…. glad to hear it.

  31. 2013 February 6 9:16 am

    30 Amen

  32. 2013 February 6 9:18 am

    29 KH,

    I’m not sold on this “in play” stuff. For example, in 2012, the AZ -GOP lost three House seats they should have easily won. And they had a “numbers” advantage in all three districts.

  33. 2013 February 6 9:23 am

    I’m guilty of this (are you?) but it’s never been 60-80% of my time, nor any co-workers I’ve ever know by any stretch, even the worst offenders I’ve known probably didn’t exceed the 40-50% range not that that isn’t pretty fing bad.

  34. 2013 February 6 9:27 am

    only 80% ?!?!?!?


  35. 2013 February 6 9:27 am

    32 – Oh I understand that, which is why I don’t think your prediction is “crazy” per-say, I was just suggesting what the Dr. may have meant (and how I interpreted it) since he’s not unaware of the House election process. 😉

  36. 2013 February 6 9:34 am

    Interesting idea to help address the “stationary bases eventually get buried” problem.

  37. 2013 February 6 10:03 am
    PRNmeds permalink

    This is an incredible article that I think everyone needs to take the time to read. Not sure if it’s been posted here yet, but enjoy:

  38. 2013 February 6 10:08 am

    House flipping. The Reps would have to lose 50 seats. Only a third of the House is up for votes next year, 178 seats. 28% of the votes up for election would have to flip.

    The house votes ALL of their seats every 2 years, the SENATE votes a third.

  39. 2013 February 6 10:09 am

    post 38

    If they come for them, there will be a shortage of shovels.

  40. 2013 February 6 10:20 am
    bc3b permalink

    “PSA: Women’s Unclean Breasts Cause Diarrhoea, Says Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil”

    Damn. Women’s mud wrestling is one of my favorite sports.

  41. 2013 February 6 10:26 am
    bc3b permalink

    The amnesty of 3 million illegal aliens (estimated at 300k) in 1986 is gonna lead to the amnesty of 20+ million (officially estimated at 11 million and holding since 2002). What will this amnesty of 20+ million in 2013 lead to in the amnesty of 2021?

  42. 2013 February 6 11:25 am
    justrand permalink

    bc3b: “What will this amnesty of 20+ million in 2013 lead to in the amnesty of 2021?”

    ANOTHER easy question!! (thx, I needed some softball questions today)

    Answer: Zip…er, ah…NADA!! Long before 2021 several things will have occured.
    (1) the U.S. will stop even pretending to “enforce its borders”…making it legal to be here illegally! 🙂
    (2)the U.S. will cease to exist as a recognizable entity (at least, by today’s “standards”). Either splitting into Autonomous or semi-autonomous regions…or as the People’s Republic of Obama!

    America hit the iceberg in 2008…then backed up and RAMMED the sumbitch in 2012! Even the Captain of the Titanic had better sense than that!

  43. 2013 February 6 11:30 am
    justrand permalink

    PRNmeds…great article in #34. Great!

    We can only hope the Obama Regime overreaches sooner rather than later. Else they will simply use the bullshit media to convince most Americans to disarm themselves. Sad but true. But if they try to disarm people forcibly in the next 5 years they will indeed get a fight…and then some.

    I truly believe this country is about 1 spark from a conflagration that will make 1775 look tame by comparison! Very.

  44. 2013 February 6 11:34 am
    gnqanq permalink

    Some stuff you just can not make up. From Rush today.

    “Folks, I want you to sit down for this. Well, no, don’t sit down. This is just a stunning number, and this is why this is unsustainable, and this is why at some point we’re gonna collapse. Over the next decade, we are going to spend $31.6 trillion in the entitlements and Obamacare. Over the same ten years, the government will collect only $2.6 trillion dollars in dedicated revenue for that spending. We’re gonna spend $31.6 trillion and collect $2.6 trillion to pay for it.”

    And it is all sunshine, lollipops and unicorns too!

  45. 2013 February 6 11:45 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Just for the record, yeah I mixed my Houses. Though KH’s gerrymander comment has merit if you count in safe seats. Don’t know if it would account for a third.

  46. 2013 February 6 12:08 pm

    The final building blocks of the socialist state are falling into place.
    Obamerrhoid care will soon lead to single payer, followed by the gun grab and amnesty. Once these are in place, there will be no need for a two party system, because the damage will have been done. What would be the point of a GOP??


  47. 2013 February 6 12:16 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Found this on

    Total NICS Background Checks
    November 30, 1998 – January 31, 2013
    These statistics represent the number of firearm background checks initiated through the NICS. They do not represent the number of
    firearms sold. Based on varying state laws and purchase scenarios, a one-to-one correlation cannot be made between a firearm background
    check and a firearm sale.

    Please also note that these numbers do not include people who have CCW as they do not do background checks on those people in many states. One poster on AR15 stated that he did not have a background check as he has a CCW permit AND he purchased 4 guns at the time.

  48. 2013 February 6 2:10 pm
    justrand permalink

    gotta give a nod to Glenn Reynolds again. This is THE best summation of the state of our (used to be) Republic:

    The political class doesn’t want citizens. It wants subjects.

    Bingo…and it is increasingly easy to see that. At almost every level the government ASSUMES we are theirs to do with as they please…using OUR money to boot!

  49. 2013 February 6 2:18 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “What would be the point of a GOP??”

    ip – What’s the point of a GOP now – at least on a national level?

  50. 2013 February 6 2:21 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    “The political class doesn’t want citizens. It wants subjects.”

    That’s something that crosses party lines. Karl rove wants to be the puppeteer pulling the strings behind the scene just as much as Obama, Peroli and Reid want to rule.

  51. 2013 February 6 2:34 pm

    ip – What’s the point of a GOP now – at least on a national level

    Not much

  52. 2013 February 6 3:11 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Yes. But lets us examine the cause of the comment —

    Another words The Militia, as our Founders intended, showed up for the next meeting, many armed. Patriots all. We edge closer to the abyss.

  53. 2013 February 6 3:21 pm
    justrand permalink

    from the Oak Harbor article:

    William Frail had an M-1 rifle on his shoulder as he testified. “Sir, my mother was Jew,” he said. “My family went to the chambers. I will not go into the night quietly while these two ask me to board the train.


    The ban was overturned…but the bastards will keep trying, everywhere!

  54. 2013 February 6 4:33 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Apparently FNC is in talks with Scott Brown to be a “contributor.”

  55. 2013 February 6 4:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Talk about Hispandering: Rubio to give SOTU response in English and Spanish (or is it Spanish and English)>

  56. 2013 February 6 6:14 pm


  57. 2013 February 6 7:10 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Would rather not. And talking about same sex, the BSA delayed their decision about gays in the org. If ever an organization has a death wish right now its BSA.

  58. 2013 February 6 7:20 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    A bunch of whereases, but the bottom line is VA is thinking of minting its own money — — Succession in the wind??

  59. 2013 February 6 7:23 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “If ever an organization has a death wish right now its BSA.”

    More so than the GOP?

  60. 2013 February 6 7:39 pm

    It’s weird, I saw BSA and thought of the Business Software Alliance first not the Scouts. ha ha

  61. 2013 February 6 7:43 pm

    59 – Real bottom line is it’s just an excuse to create a committee to ponder the issue, maybe hold a couple hearings and report their “findings” at the end of a year. At least it’s got a default spending limit attached of like 22k.

  62. 2013 February 6 8:09 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    HaHa. The true indication of a Techie. 🙂 By the way the software alliance is running their turn in your boss ads around here again.

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