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Yes, Newt Gingrich is nuts. But sometimes even a nut sees reality. And last week he summed up why the Republican Party is on the road to disaster:
 
“We are caught up right now in a culture – and you see it every single day – where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious, as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to worry, so we don’t.”
 
Newt said it to an RNC summer meeting. And he traced it to Republicans’ determination to self-immolate over Obamacare:
 
“I would bet for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home and you look at them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ and they will have zero answer.”
 
This is how Newt sees his own party: “Negative…vicious…zero answer.”
 
Check, check and check.
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dap916
# dap916
Monday, August 19, 2013 10:00 AM
Newt is right. The republican party is in shambles. But, it's not because of its reaction to Obamacare specifically. Oh, sure, that's one of the loose lug nuts, but it's a lot more far reaching than just that issue.

We have a big riff within the party between two factions. We have the "old guard" vs. the Tea Party types. The old guard, to me, is the majority of the current leadership within the GOP. It is the representatives and senators that have been in office for eons and their cronies and followers who want to make sure they stay in office and who are willing to sacrifice what they originally ran for office to achieve to maintain their positions of power, influence, notoriety and perks.

The Tea Party types are hard core constitutionalists that believe that "giving in" on the fundamental principles of conservatism in an effort to be "bipartisan" and to "get along" is a breach of trust.

I'm not sure how we republicans are going to solve that dilemma, to be honest. We're fighting within ourselves far more than we're fighting against our democratic opponents in many cases. If you read some of the posts in the various threads here on the TAP Forum, you'll see that there are calls to primary many of our long standing republican U.S. House members and U.S. Senators in many states. Looks like we republicans are going to fight it out at the polls rather than trying to change our approach to winning elections and becoming a unified party through inner-party negotiations and compromise. We're a house divided and that can only spell victory for the democrats.

Obamacare is most certainly disaster legislation. I'm positive that most democrats know that. And, they're playing it exactly like they should be by letting republicans come out swinging with hateful, distasteful and sometimes idiotic remarks pertaining to it. Just presenting the true facts about this act so that it actually gets press time even by the liberal media seems to be something the republican leadership cannot get done. Instead, they choose to make snide remarks and in some cases have misrepresented the truth on some of the provisions within it. All it takes is one skewed fact that is "outed" by the press and everything else said, regardless of truth, becomes suspect. Our republican leadership has gone about fighting the Affordable Care Act in the wrong way and in doing so have given the opposition stockpiles of ammunition to use against our efforts to negate the disaster that looms within that legislation.

To me, the only good replacement for Obamacare is to not have it in the first place. I personally do not believe there can be any bill that can correct the problems within our health care system in America under one umbrella. There are just far too many ills within our system of health care in this country for anything as sweeping as Obamacare to help solve. We're not England and we're not Canada and we're not Sweden or any other country, for that matter. What has supposedly worked for them (which is questionable, at best) won't work for us. We're so much more diverse and far more complex than any other country on Earth.

Newt is dead on. Unless republicans change our negative, hateful and childish attacks that all seem to make the front pages of the daily newspapers and top story lines in broadcast media, we could see some major losses in the midterm elections and beyond.

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