Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Future of the GOP

EDITOR:

After Mitt Romney lost the election, Reince Priebus, the National GOP Chairman, promised a thorough post-mortem of why the party had lost so badly. Various GOP grand poobahs opined that the GOP did not need a survey; it simply had to put new lipstick on the old message pig and allow FOX to run with it: the young, and people named Gonzalez, Sanchez and Rodriguez, would inevitably follow. The GOP’s conventional wisdom was that the problem lay in the messenger, or how the message was delivered, not with the message itself.

The long-awaited study is out and can be found at scribd.com (Grand-Old-Party-For-a-Brand-New-Generation). It is summarized in a single line, on page 69. The young view the GOP as: “close-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.” Remember: This is a study commissioned and financed by the GOP.

A firm conducting a study softens unpleasant findings for its client by putting as much positive spin on the results as possible. So one has to wonder how bad the results actually were if “close-minded, racist, rigid and old-fashioned” were the least offensive words the survey writers could find.

What did the study say about Democrats? Well, young voters are not in love with the Democratic Party (“soft on spending,” they claim, disregarding Reagan’s and Dubya’s follies). However, they also described Democrats as “tolerant, diverse and open-minded” (page 69 of study).

As with all facts that contradict their ideology, Tea Baggers and their Republican acolytes will refuse to acknowledge the validity of the survey’s findings. I hope they stay the course, but suggest they pick up a book entitled “A History of the American Whig party;” it’s about their future.

JOHN C. GARON
Placerville

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Discussion | 12 comments

  • Ken SteersJune 10, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    John, one day I promise, I will tea bag you.

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 10, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    Patience, Ken, patience. I think that your day may be right around the corner. - LINK - John - June 06, 2013 - 5:02 pm - Mr. Veerkamp, the National Enquirer? Really! You should be ashamed. If it is ever shown that Mrs. Clinton is a carpet muncher I will publically switch party affiliation. I will become a Republican Tea Bagger on the Placerville Court House steps at high noon. - Report abusive comment

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  • James E.June 10, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    Phil, excited utterance.

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  • G. BradshawJune 10, 2013 - 5:37 pm

    Of course most of us have always known Mr. Garon has never really been the brightest bunny in the forest, but as he continues to deny the obvious while still doing his "Baghdad Bob" impression in the MD, everyone must surely know by now he's a man whose not dealing with a full deck....

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  • Phil VeerkampJune 23, 2013 - 12:39 pm

    Cookie . . . Garon alert!!! . . . Cookie . . . Get yer a$$ back home . . . NOW!!!

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Garon alert. Should I look? Oh, what the heck, why not. I'm interested in the future of the GOP. I'd like to to go the way of the Whig Party. Wonder what Mr. Garon has to say about their future?

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    *** strike to, add it. strike their, add its

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 1:09 pm

    Oh, not a new letter. I don't think the Democrats need to worry about the Tea/Republicans, as the Republican Party will soon destroy itself with its Party of No philosophy and its ever smaller group of old white supporters. I'm amazed they aren't changing, but guess it is hard to change your horse in the middle of the stream and if you do, you lose many of your old white supporters. I will not miss Senator McConnell or Representative McClintock, to name just two.

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    Before Republican defensive fires fall on my head, I'm off to the real world for a bit -- want to beat the rain. Back in a bit.

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  • R J Cowboy CarterJune 23, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    James ...Your living proof that Democrats can stop thinking / worrying about the Tea Party....You it's obvious you wake up in the morning and go to bed in the evening thinking about the tea party...

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    I wonder what Placerville will look like in 100 years with 23 roundabouts?

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  • cookie65June 25, 2013 - 4:20 pm

    A study that proves Pavlov’s theory. Train little kids to believe something thru endless propaganda and you will end up with bigger kids believing it. Mention the GOP and garon and a bunch of know nothing little kids start drooling. It’s an appropriate crowd for garon to identify with. This is why the streets of London filled up with a bunch of 20 something’s celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher because they were so tolerant and open-minded. The fact is those indoctrinated lemmings weren’t even alive when she was Prime Minister so they only know what they have been trained to believe just like the kids in this study. It is no different than the process used to spread the global warming fraud. The kids are indoctrinated with endless programing of it from birth. The media (all forms) is a powerful tool that the left uses to promote itself and endlessly slander any and all opposition. obama and his campaign were terrified of the tea party which trounced the left in 2010 so they used the power of the federal government to shut them down. Asking a bunch of dumb kids what they believe, is going to get you exactly what they have been trained to believe. Their “opinions” are no surprise. Joseph Goebbels used the same technique in Germany to indoctrinate an entire generation. History tells us things didn’t turn out too well for that generation, but the wizards of smart like garon have no use for history. obama was re-elected through the use of the IRS to intimidate opposition, restrict fundraising and suppress voter turnout and with the help of vote fraud, like 108% of eligible voters in Ohio County, the same place the IRS was targeting any and all conservative groups. Palm Beach County had 141% voter turnout. And let’s not forget obama got 100% of the vote in areas with 85% illiteracy. Where are the jobs?????? These kids will eventually learn how the left uses them. They measure their tolerance, diversity and open-minded using the same standard garon uses for himself. Technically you could call it garbage in garbage out or more simply, groupthink.

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