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    Warning to the GOP from conservative Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

    I posted this within another thread, but this from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher is worth repeating. BTW, he was reeelected last night to another term in the House:
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    U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who was leading in the fight to retain his 46th District seat against Democratic rival and Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, was reflective and chose words that didn’t soothe the wounds of those in attendance.

    The result of the presidential election was not a rejection of the fundamental Republican values, he said, but that of the Republican leadership.

    [b] [color=red]"It’s a rejection of Karl Rove and George Bush and John McCain. I am sorry to put it this way,
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    Well, let's see, the erosion of our manufacturing capacity accellerated, the working poor got pushed out of jobs by a wave of eager illegals, formerly safe white collar jobs got sucked out the door and replaced with foreign workers, our data and livelihoods were shipped overseas at the speed of photons in fiber, the price of necessities skyrocketed even as wages stagnated, wars droned on and on as did their casualties, our infrastructure was left to rot, empty homes, empty warehouses, empty storefronts and offices spread over the land ....

    I think people wanted something different, anything different.
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    Republicans are going to have to figure out how they turn themselves into advocates for the vast majority of Americans who simply work in nine-to five jobs. Sure...those people don't carry the mantle of responsibility that businesspeople must carry. But they don't know that...and they still have the same voting privileges.

    Republicans were shot down because:
    1. They don't have a very good plan for moving US industry into the new territory of alternative energy. If we don't stay in the forefront of exportable products---that no one else can produce---as well as the jobs that follow, we're finished as an economic leader. Republicans blew this---big time.
    2. The Bush administration had an inflexible bureaucracy---largely personified to me by Donald Rumsfeld, totally oblivious to suggestions from the field. Had they listened they could have wrapped up problems a lot sooner.
    3. The GOP has actually been living on life support since 1980. Had it not been for religious conservatives jumping ship en masse from the Dems the GOP would have faded into irrelevance. Reagan is only deemed great in retrospect and due to Americans' propensity to form personality cults. IMO the guy was as clueless as they come.

    Now, however, we will have to see if the Democrats destroy America as we know it... Wish I had all the answers. I keep sending my Congressman real news releases from the US government about our situation on the border.
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    Got that right Betsy Ross. I am stunned so much damage was done in such a short time...........I remember Bush saying history would tell a different story.......sure wish I could know now so I could RIP knowing what good is supposed to have come from all this distruction. Then now wondering if miricles will happen or if we get the final blow to our freedom.
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    Well, Obama owes his win to a lot of people, not just a few loyalists, and I hope he remembers that as he goes forward.
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    Obama has a lot of promises to keep!!! And ill be there breathing down his neck the whole way!
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    Yup -- not to take anything away from Obama who ran a disciplined campaign -- but he did benefit from the anti-status vote, anti-GWB environment, PO'd electorate who blamed Republicans for the financial meltdown and who want to try something different. Although many people still like govt freebies, I don't think that this is a great embrace of liberal values over traditional conservative values which is the point that Rohrabacher is making.
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    Thank God Congressman Dana Rohrabacher prevailed over Debbie Cook. Cook is another open borders, amnesty proponent that we need to keep as far away as possible from the Congress! I would not have been pleased to have had to call her my Represenative!
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    Re: Warning to the GOP from conservative Rep. Dana Rohrabach

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    The result of the presidential election was not a rejection of the fundamental Republican values, he said, but that of the Republican leadership.

    [b] [color=red]"It’s a rejection of Karl Rove and George Bush and John McCain. I am sorry to put it this way,

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    Rush Limbaugh is making the point this morning that conservatism didn't lose last night. He said when conservative measures are put on the ballott and clearly defined as conservative like Prop 8 in Calif. (yes, even in Calif) -- they win.

    BTW, just heard that Prop 8 is already being challenged legally (i.e., can't win by the ballot and by people's votes, take it to the courts...)
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