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The Hatfields vs. the McCoys

July 28, 2009

“We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It’s the southerners. They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners. The party’s being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?’ ”

This quote is from Republican senator George Voinovich (R-OH).  This seems to be the prevailing sentiment in many circles, given the overall performance of the republican party in the past two elections.  The party has a rock solid grip on the south, but other regions of the country are beginning to lean heavily to the left, with almost  the entire Northeast portion of the United States without a single GOP representative in the house.  The “populist party of the people,” cannot be that if its representative strength is limited to one part of the country.  Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele has an enormous task before him.

So what do you think?  How can republicans expand their influence to other regions of the country besides the South?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. pobept permalink
    July 28, 2009 2:31 pm

    Well, the fact is ‘they’ have the guts to tell the truth, expose pork barrel spending and unlike most not only do they see the problem the are willing to put forward solutions to the problem!

    • Matthew Wright permalink*
      July 28, 2009 3:13 pm

      Okay. How does that answer my original question? It seems obvious that your rationale doesn’t seem to be working on the West coast, in the Midwest, and in the Northeast. How do you get that your message to those people?

      • pobept permalink
        July 29, 2009 11:33 am

        Grin, well, we just keep posting sooner or lated some will read and pass on our thoughts to others. Good luck

      • Matthew Wright permalink*
        July 29, 2009 11:48 am

        You got it buddy. Thanks for reading. I really appreciate it.

        I do enjoy reading your blog.

  2. Mike Weidner permalink
    July 28, 2009 7:08 pm

    “Other areas of the country are beginning to lean heavily to the left.”

    I don’t think so. Compared to countries in Europe, America is a center-right country. The GOP has traditionally been strong in the Southwest, in Ohio, in the North Central states, in Missouri. One election isn’t evidence of a permanent reversal.

    I’d argue that the Democrats won Congress in 2006 because they nominated conservative candidates – Blue Dog Democrats. The same Blue Dogs, who are in rebellion against Obama’s public health plan.

    Polls show that Obama personally is popular, but his policies are not. The way for the GOP to take back the states they traditionally carry is simply to allow Obama to push Leftist policies – cap and trade, public health, higher taxes, etc.

    • Matthew Wright permalink*
      July 28, 2009 7:16 pm

      You have a point about the elections in 2006. In fact, Rahm Emanuel was very clever in his strategy to nominate centrist candidates for open house seats in those more conservative districts,in order to inflate the democrat majority in the house.

      And Michael, I’ll even admit that for the most part, we are a center-right country. But, we don’t vote like we are in most elections. That is pretty obvious.

      At least it is as long as we’re not voting for the Presidency.

      • Mike Weidner permalink
        July 28, 2009 7:51 pm

        I disagree about presidents. In fact, since 1964, only one Democrat has been elected twice – Bill Clinton – and even then in both elections, he never won more than 49% of the popular vote. Republicans, meanwhile, have won four landslide elections since 1964: Nixon in 72, Reagan in 80 and 84, and Bush I in 1988. I’ll concede that Obama won this election decisively, though certainly not by the margins of the aforementioned candidates. And Obama outspent McCain 3 to 1 in campaign funds and media buys.

        A lot of Obama supporters see this election as the beginning of a trend, but I don’t. Obama’s making the same mistakes in office that Bush did: just as Bush governed too far to the right, Obama’s governing too far too the Left. That’s the best way I know for the GOP to get back in power.

      • Matthew Wright permalink*
        July 28, 2009 7:58 pm

        No, I meant that Americans don’t seem to vote very often for democrats for the presidency. I’m agreeing with you there.

        I think part of the reason he’s governing to the left is because of the hyper-partisanship on both sides. Conservatives are hell-bent on preventing him from enacting his agenda, and democrats are using their strength in mubers to push forward (on everything but health care that is). There doesn’t seem to be much room for compromise anywhere. You may be right Mike. We’ll know a lot more during midterm elections won’t we?

  3. Mike Weidner permalink
    July 28, 2009 7:54 pm

    By the way, I’m not one of these critics who hopes Obama fails. I’m an American and he’s my president. But as a conservative, I worry a great deal about his proposals.

    • Matthew Wright permalink*
      July 28, 2009 10:02 pm

      I got you. I’m one of those Obama supporters, but I preface that by saying that I wanted to see some bi-partisanship. A lot of people voted for him because they believed that he could be a unifier. That seems like a pretty naive thought now.

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