Party Politics and Power Plays

The GOP is certainly becoming unattractive of late. I don't understand how they can take this all-or-nothing attitude about what it takes to make a good Republican ["Democrats Poke Fun at GOP After Specter Leaves Party," usnews.com].

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The GOP is certainly becoming unattractive of late. I don't understand how they can take this all-or-nothing attitude about what it takes to make a good Republican ["Democrats Poke Fun at GOP After Specter Leaves Party," usnews.com]. Whatever happened to the GOP being about conservative taxing and spending, personal freedom, and less government? Now it's all about ending abortion, banning gay marriage, and bringing prayer into school. If you follow the Constitution, you're never going to achieve those things. Just stick to the basics that you can handle like taxes, personal freedoms, and less government. I think it's probably too late for the GOP though. I think this is the beginning of the GOP slowly going down in flames.

Comment by Brian P. of TX

The Republicans are being slaughtered in the minds of America. They have set themselves up by not having a leader or a solid message. Although their prospects look dim right now, they should keep their heads up. They know that the Democrats' message of "The government knows how to run your life and your wallet better than you do" is a tried message that sounds great until it is put into play. Soon the average person realizes that their money and their freedom are more important than a warm fuzzy feeling. Hopefully by then, the Republicans are prepared with a leader and a message. Becoming more inclusive wouldn't hurt. Democrats ... enjoy your time in power ... it was handed to you on a silver platter.

Comment by Gary W. of VA

I voted for Obama, and I'm proud of the job he's doing, but the Democrats in general are a little high on their horse right now, riding his coattails and thinking they have a free pass to act like children. People like President Obama, for the most part; the Democratic Party in general however, isn't viewed much more favorably than the Republicans. I've seen a lot of these types of ads coming from the DNC, and it's pretty silly, especially when they're asking me for donations. Donations to spend on pointless ads mocking the Republicans, just to mock them? Enough already. You're not clever, DNC. You're not the Daily Show or the Colbert Report. Do something meaningful.

Comment by Bryan of MI

Both parties have been corrupted by the ruling class. They no longer represent the interests of the people. They are for the banks and the credit card companies and the insurance industry. The people are being eaten alive. We are force-fed the illusion of choice in every election where only the candidates who've sold their souls to the corporate oligarchy are entitled to the funding necessary to run their campaigns. Private campaign finance has proven to be a serious threat to democracy.

Comment by Hilary Smith of CA

The Dems have control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, but I think they should remain humble and simply work for the good of their constituents in their respective states. I know the temptation of "to the victor goes the spoils," but I would say that the Democrats should enjoy their power, but use it ever-so-wisely. President Obama is doing the right thing in trying to reach out to the Republicans, even though he doesn't have to. That's what a good leader does. Obama is showing himself to be a good leader.

Comment by Kim of MS


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