The 10 Rules In The Establishment Republican Handbook

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    Exactly so. At least they are being exposed... these RINO holdovers from 2000-2008. A pox on all of them...

    http://m.townhall.com/columnists/jo...he-establishment-republican-handbook-n1729372



    1) There is nothing ever worth fighting for except Democrat policies: If you're going to fight for something, make sure you're fighting your own base to help the Democrats achieve some policy goal that makes Tea Partiers want to stab themselves in their eyes. This makes you appear reasonable to the mainstream media and the howls of outrage from your base make it more likely that the New York Times will say nice things about you.

    2) You must systematically destroy any person, place, or thing that excites conservatives: Nothing good ever comes from conservatives getting excited; so make sure to target anything and anyone that gets them fired up. If it's a person like Ted Cruz or Sarah Palin, trash him or her publicly or have your aides leak stories to the press if you're not brave enough to go that far. If it's a strategy, put it down and undercut it at every opportunity. If it's a group like the Senate Conservatives Fund or Freedomworks, scorn it and complain that it's bad for the Republican Party.

    3) You're a winner just by virtue of being an establishment Republican: When Tea Partiers rally behind a candidate who loses, it's because those guys don't know what they're doing. When establishment Republicans rally behind a candidate who loses, then they obviously selected the best candidate and no other candidate could have won. Establishment Republicans have a great formula: Win races, do nothing with that power that will make the media mad at you, which leads to more victories, which leads to doing nothing with that power that will make the media mad at you and so on and so on until the GOP totally dominates. Sure, that strategy may have lost the GOP the last two presidential elections and has produced only 45 senators so far, but it should start working any time now.

    4) Trash conservatives, but hold your fire against Democrats: There's a reason that both John McCain and Mitt Romney fought harder against their Republican primary opponents than they did against Barack Obama. The liberal media applauds you for saying mean things about conservative Republicans, but they hate it when you go after Democrats. If it comes right down to it, it's better to go down to an honorable defeat than to win and have the media angry at you because you won a bruising race against a Democrat.

    5) Communication skills are completely irrelevant: Think of yourself as a placeholder. Your job is to do just enough to keep conservatives from hating your guts so badly that you end up like poor Arlen Specter, while not making the media angry at you. Keep in mind that nothing makes the media angrier than a Republican who's effective at anything. If you seem too charismatic or clever, liberals will perceive you as a threat who needs to be destroyed. That's why you're much better off mumbling boilerplate that people will forget 5 minutes after they've heard it.

    6 Don't freak people out by discussing how bad things are really getting: You don't want to start freaking people out by suggesting the country could be so bankrupt we can't even afford to borrow the money for our entitlement programs in a decade, do you? What do you think Paul Krugman would say to that? If you start telling the public that the Obama Administration got people killed with Fast and Furious and Benghazi, how do you think the Washington Post will react? Besides, if things really go south, important people like you will be living on an island somewhere; so who cares what happens to the rest of the country?

    7) Accept that conservatism can't win: Your job is not to win battles for conservatism, since that can't happen. Instead, your job is to stave off inevitable defeat long enough to enjoy the perks of being a career politician before you start making the real money as a lobbyist. The last thing you want to do is go out and actually start trying to move the country to the right. That's how you get MSNBC talking about you every day and Jesse Jackson calling you a racist.

    8) Moderate is always better than conservative: Come on, how could any intelligent person back Pat Toomey over Arlen Specter, Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist, Rand Paul over Trey Grayson, and Ted Cruz over David Dewhurst? Granted, Rubio is coming around, but the rest of those guys have been rocking the boat since they got in the Senate. Why can't they be more like Charlie Crist, Lincoln Chaffee, and Arlen Specter? Sure, all of those guys left the GOP, but anyone who can make it in either party obviously appeals to a lot of voters.

    9) It's fine to lie to your base: Just tell your supporters what they want to hear to get them to vote you into office and then keep your promises if it's convenient. Tell them you'll NEVER support amnesty and then lead the charge on it or say, "Read my lips: no new taxes," and then push through a massive tax increase. The media loves it when Republicans screw over their own supporters and besides, what are they going to do? Vote for the Democrat?

    10) Don't make the mistake of talking about conservative principles when it matters: When you talk about conservative principles, mention them occasionally, quietly, as if they're something your base is forcing you to do. Don't ever make a big deal over it, even if your opponent is taking wildly unpopular liberal positions. Sure, the American public may ferociously oppose partial birth abortion and refusing to deport illegal aliens who've committed serious crimes, but if you make an issue of it, the media will think you're one of THOSE Republicans. You know, the ones that actually believe in things. Better to just mumble some platitudes about your commitment to life and the rule of law as you get back to your talking points about the corporate tax rate.
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    Loved it. Spot on.
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    Very accurate
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    Today's beloved conservatives are tomorrow's RINOs.
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    Mental illness spilled out on paper.

    Extreme conservatives cannot garner more than 30% of a general electorate.
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    Please Google Ronald Reagan.

    I'll wait....
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    I would say #5 applies to the entire populations. No one communicates proactively anymore.
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    Repped for that accurate OP.
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    Reagan is a RINO by your definition.

    The GOP you want to have rule were the John Birchers back then.
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    and the ultracon tent gets smaller and smaller----with each ultracon claiming to be the most ultra and all others are RINO's.
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    Their tent is getting smaller... in the universally most out of touch place in the country. That actually isn't bad news in a lot of ways. The one-eyed man is king, y'know?
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    Does nothing to diminish the idea that "true conservatives" are the consumate victims, even of their fellow conservatives.
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    Democratic Playbook:

    1. Increase the deficit dramatically;

    2. Foist off the insurmountable deficit on our children and their children with no concerns.

    3. Believe that the deficit will never have to be repaid.

    4. Do not expect the United States to balance the budget.

    5. Be unconcerned that Congress refuses to comply with the law that it passed.

    6. Be unconcerned that insurance premiums are rising dramatically.

    7. Be unconcerned that full time employees will become part time employees because businesses cannot afford to pay the premiums required by ObamaCare.

    8. Be unconcerned that the federal government is exceeding the limited powers granted to it by the Constitution.

    9. Be unconcerned that the majority of American people do not want ObamaCare.

    10. Be unconcerned that the IRS is abusing its powers and acting illegally.

    11. Be unconcerned that the federal government is expanding and encroaching further and further into our private lives.

    12. BE HAPPY! TRILLIONS LOANED BY CHINA IS A GIFT.
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    That playbook sucks.

    Unfortunately, it's the Republican playbook, too.
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    You have no Earthly idea what you are talking about. The RINO's hated Reagan just as they now hate Cruz.
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    This... Reagan was the first true Tea Party conservative.
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    Yes. The modern day bagger would loooooooooooove all the tax increases he signed into law.
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    Ideologically or in what he believed in his heart of hearts, he may have been comparable to the TP, but he was the establishment after 1980 and often cut deals with Democrats to advance conservative priorities. In that sense, he'd be indicted as a "establishment RINO" according to this list.
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    Reagan would be the poster child RINO if in office today. He raised taxes, increased spending, signed a immigration amnesty law, and was very pragmatic about cutting deals with Democrats. Here's a good article on the Reagan Revisionism of today's Tea Party.

    I wish we had more pragmatist and less idealist in the White House today. Reagan and Clinton were both pragmatic in their approach, and the results were much better than Bush II and Obama, who are much more idealistic.
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    I'm not trying to be picky, but the Democrats don't even like to "Pass a Budget." :sad:

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