Archive for Friday, November 9, 2012

Moran: GOP needs to assess election’s meaning

November 9, 2012


U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran would like to help recruit candidates to run for the Senate two years from now, he says.

But what strategies he or other Republicans might pursue when it comes to the next congressional election, he said, aren’t yet clear.

“I think we all need to sit down and have a conversation, try to figure out what this election has meant,” Moran said Friday. “What was the story behind the election?”

Moran spoke with the Journal-World briefly Friday before his appearance at a U.S. Marine Corps birthday celebration at the Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University.

The Capitol Hill publication Roll Call reported this week that Moran is interested in leading the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which aims to help the election of Republicans to the Senate, during the next two-year election cycle.

Moran said Friday that he would indeed like to help find Senate candidates for 2014, though that doesn’t mean he’s not focused on working with the current class of elected officials to solve problems.

“Two years from now, if we don’t like what we’ve seen in the last two years, then we go back to work to try to change the nature of who represents us in Washington, D.C.,” Moran said. “And so I’ve expressed an interest in trying to help recruit and elect individuals who would be good members of the United States Senate for the good of the country.”

At this time, he said, it’s unclear exactly what lessons can be drawn from this year’s elections, which left the presidency and the Senate in control of Democrats and the House in control of Republicans.

“The development to me that’s interesting is that, while many people were complaining about the way that Washington, D.C., didn’t work, we really have the same makeup of the House, Senate and the same president after the election,” Moran said.

But, he said, that development likely means that the issue of creating and protecting jobs should remain front and center, as it was following the 2010 elections.

In the near future, he said, it would be important for the two parties to immediately work together in spite of the divided government to avert the impending “fiscal cliff”: the January deadline after which tax increases and spending cuts will kick into effect if nothing is changed.

He said the president has the most ability to overcome gridlock and help leaders work together.

“I hope that President Obama, now that the election is over, is interested and willing to do that,” Moran said. “It also means that Republicans in the House and Senate need to be open to that effort.”

Moran said he would push for Congress, during the so-called “lame-duck” period before the end of its session, to come up with a permanent tax-code solution rather than a temporary one meant to just stave off crisis.

“Let’s stay at it, hold our feet to the fire and actually get something done,” Moran said.


bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

^^belief that they're surrounded by free-loading, job-averse parasites who not only want to smoke weed and have recreational abortions all day long, but "belief that they're surrounded by free-loading, job-averse parasites who not only want to smoke weed and have recreational abortions all day long, but "

sounds like the democrat party convention vagina monologue. plus, majority of dem convention goers wanted to either outlaw or sharply limit profit, all profit. ignorant.

mandate? Obama lost 8million votes from four years before! he was only reelected because Romney got fewer votes than did Mccain!
also, obama ran a sleezy, race baiting ugly campaign not to be proud of with no big idea.

tax the rich, and put more amerikans out of work. "pay your fair share and put amerikans out of work!" studies prove this.

higher achieving class higher class voted for Romney overwhelmingly, middle class voted for Romney overwhelmingly. poor voted for obama overwhelmingly. another poor choice of the poor.


Kirk Larson 1 year, 5 months ago

I think that as the next election approaches republicans should make more remarks about how rape is god's will and maybe how forced pregnancy is good for women. Maybe throw in some racist and homosexual jokes. Talk about their servants and their vacation homes and extra cars. That would probably have the best outcome for the country as a whole.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

Two words explain the 2012 election results... FREE STUFF. Half the voters want more government freebies and the other half are expected to pay for it through confiscatory taxes. During the campaign, Obama would not talk about the national debt or his budget deficits because he was too busy handing out election candy to his greedy base. Furthermore, Obama demonized a morally-ethically superior candidate and experienced turnaround specialist who gave 30% of his income to charity in 2011. Romney talked about fiscal responsibility and fixing bankrupt government programs, a message that society's takers did not like it. Three days after the election, the stock market is down big, many companies have announced layoffs and Fitch Ratings warns of another credit downgrade. The wrath of business will now begin at the expense of ignorant Obama voters. The three major political players (Obama, Boehner, Reid) have not changed so I expect few positive changes in the coming years. Unlike Bill Clinton's triangulation strategy, Obama will continue his division strategy because that's who he is, a Chicago union organizer and committed socialist. For now, the pendulum has swung extreme left, but it will eventually swing back right when the US economy finally collapses under the weight of government free stuff. God help us all.


verity 1 year, 5 months ago

Looks like the radical right has a new meme--- only the uneducated voted for Obama.

Rolls eyes.


Joe Hyde 1 year, 5 months ago

The downward slide of the GOP began, in my view, with Ronald Reagan's campaign promise in 1979, that he would "get the government off the backs of the people". This and other anti-government comments stirred resentment among party faithful, and after Reagan left office it seemed to me that every Republican politician tried to prove their worth by trying to out-do Reagan. They've kept proposing and trying to enact into law ever-more-extreme views of foreign and domestic policymaking.

It was only after Reagan was elected that we saw a resurgence of racial hate groups, anti-government groups wrapping themselves in the American flag while waving Bibles to justify their hate. The KKK came out from under their rock, voter suppression tactics became more prevalent, militia groups sprung up in many states. There were nationwide efforts to suppress women't rights, especially their reproductive rights.

I think what the GOP has morphed into is a party whose representatives, in order to gain power or stay in power, reflexively preach to us the evils of government (both on the national and state level), yet they fail to comprehend the lurking danger of such rhetoric.

Without government we are not a People. Without government we are a rabble, a dog-eat-dog, "Lord of the Flies" rabble.


jonas_opines 1 year, 5 months ago

“I think we all need to sit down and have a conversation, try to figure out what this election has meant,” Moran said Friday. “What was the story behind the election?”

Well, I suppose there are a couple possible trains of thought.

One: We're alienating a large number of voters through our regressive social-control policies, that we like because it forces other people to make sacrifices rather than ourselves, we're having trouble selling our view of personal responsibility and fiscal conservatism because we can't acknowledge that our failures are ever in any way our own fault and we have special interests of our own that we give huge amounts of money to.

Two: Over half the American Electorate, at least 60 million people (hell, let's just say the full 150 million), are lazy, ineffectual liberal atheists who just want free stuff.

Three: We need more dark-skinned people to woo the idiots, because obviously they only care about race.

I'm not sure which of these is a more effective lesson. I suppose it depends on what your actual goals are. But I recall reading a quote by Andrew Sullivan that I think was pretty dead-on. While it specifically is about Fox, a topic I personally try to avoid as being too easy and common of a target, I think it can be modified pretty well to apply to a lot of the right wing, not just the media figures, but those who consume the product (call it what it is, a product for consumption), that comes out of that echo chamber.

"Last night, Roger Ailes' walls came tumbling down. Because their foundations were not based in reality, just ratings. Fox deserves a great deal of credit for re-electing president Obama. Because they refused to see who he actually was, they could not effectively counter him. They countered a figment of their imagination - and it was a particularly nasty, bilious, mean figment."

And Obama, in this sense, is pretty interchangeable with "those who voted for him".


saraj 1 year, 5 months ago

Moran's implying that President Obama has not tried to work with congress is laughable. Mr. Moran needs to begin listening to someone other than the Koch brothers if he Intends to continue to be fed and clothed by the voters.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 5 months ago

Is the job ofthe elected representative of Kansas in trhe senate? Folks, what we have here is another Kobach, a Kansas elected official that feels his business is anywhere but bleeding flyover Kansas.

Oh, yeah, and by the way. What happened in the recent electin is that the facist right wing teabagger nuts in the GOP got their collective asses kicked and there is yet more to come if the clueless voters in Kansas ever get their heads on straight. But I do not hold much weight in that happening, there are just too many hayseeds, hicks and rubes that seem to think that the Republican party actually gives a rat's ass about them and is looking out for them.


David Albertson 1 year, 5 months ago

1992: The Democrat won the popular vote.

1996: The Democrat won the popular vote.

2000: The Democrat won the popular vote.

2004: The Republican won the popular vote.

2008: The Democrat won the popular vote.

2012: The Democrat won the popular vote.

I'm beginning to see a trend here. The GOP is in trouble.


Liberal 1 year, 5 months ago

I think you are wrong KansasLiberal. The GOP was not repudiated having nearly half of the vote. What it tells you that the Romney could not excite the base to get out and vote. A real conservative needs to be nominated to run, not another Dole, McCain or Romney. The lesson in 2010 is that if you have truly conservative candidates those that the teaparty largely supports, the will kick a$$, beat republican and democratic opponents.

The lesson is this, the Republican establishment is dead, the GOP needs to start listening to the Tea Party if they ever want to have success again. Conservatives had to hold their nose to vote for McCain and Romney, not much motivation to go out and vote.


blindrabbit 1 year, 5 months ago

Jerry: Karl will probably be looking for a job soon, he is real good at predicting election results and holding the line on spending. May not want to bring him to Kansas anytime soon, especially around Wichita, if he does make sure he is drinking a Koch-a-Kola and not a Pepsi.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey, Rush Limbaugh: 'Starting an Abortion Industry' Won't Win You Female Voters by Matt Taibbi


"(T)he fact that so many Republicans this week think that all Hispanics care about is amnesty, all women want is abortions (and lots of them) and all teenagers want is to sit on their couches and smoke tons of weed legally, that tells you everything you need to know about the hopeless, anachronistic cluelessness of the modern Republican Party. A lot of these people, believe it or not, would respond positively, or at least with genuine curiosity, to the traditional conservative message of self-reliance and fiscal responsibility.

But modern Republicans will never be able to spread that message effectively, because they have so much of their own collective identity wrapped up in the belief that they're surrounded by free-loading, job-averse parasites who not only want to smoke weed and have recreational abortions all day long, but want hardworking white Christians like them to pay the tab. Their whole belief system, which is really an endless effort at congratulating themselves for how hard they work compared to everyone else (by the way, the average "illegal," as Rush calls them, does more real work in 24 hours than people like Rush and me do in a year), is inherently insulting to everyone outside the tent – and you can't win votes when you're calling people lazy, stoned moochers.

It's hard to say whether it's good or bad that the Rushes of the world are too clueless to realize that it's their attitude, not their policies, that is screwing them most with minority voters. If they were self-aware at all, Mitt Romney would probably be president right now. So I guess we should be grateful that the light doesn't look like it will ever go on. But wow, is their angst tough to listen to."


dipweed 1 year, 5 months ago

Figure out what the election means? It's not too tough. The GOP is out of touch with Latinos, Blacks, Asians, women, and young people. As long as they continue to pander to rich white men and extremist right-wing Bible-beaters they will continue to lose more elections as time goes on.


lunacydetector 1 year, 5 months ago

they need to recruit very conservative blacks and hispanics with about half of them being women.....the uneducated or clueless that elected obama again wouldn't know what to do. then, the koch brothers and any other super rich conservatives need to buy up yahoo news, aol, time warner, abc, cbs, nbc and FIRE all of the biased liberal reporters and replace them with reporters that are unbiased - or they could hire conservative reporters like all the mainstream media only hires liberal reporter 99% of the time. get rid of all the homosexual anchors. that should do the trick....oh, and give the poor a free cell phone.


gccs14r 1 year, 5 months ago

Admit that science is a good thing, raise taxes, cut military spending and corporate welfare, enact single-payer healthcare, realize that the 14th Amendment applies to marriage, get out of people's bedrooms, and quit jailing people for marijuana, and maybe, just maybe, you'll be subject to less derision from the electorate.


observant 1 year, 5 months ago

Too bad this moron (moran) is a clueless idiot.


KansasLiberal 1 year, 5 months ago

Get a brain, Moran. The meaning of this election is America repudiating the teabaggers. The republicans control the House only because of gerrymandering at the state level, and more Americans voted for Democrats and liberal ideas than voted for republicans and conservative ideas.


Paul R Getto 1 year, 5 months ago

Watching the Right's navel gazing when they lose is always precious. I love their discussions of the "original intent" of the constitution and the hagiographical treatment of the founders. They were men with good ideas, nothing more. Check this out:

In 1757 George Washington ran for the Fairfax County seat in the House of Burgesses. His campaign expenses included twenty-eight gallons of rum punch. There was also wine, beer, and cider. This seems modest compared to today's campaign spending, but in 1757 Fairfax County Virginia, had only 391 voters.

Cod--A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. Mark Kurlansky pp. 95-96.

In other words, GW was a politician - Gasp. There were probably Karl Roves around too.



truman1902 1 year, 5 months ago

I assume the gag order on obscure senators from rural areas has been temporarily lifted. For the last two years, the compilation of sound bites & position papers via Sen. Moran could fit into the glove box of my Honda Civic. We can start by tossing Mitch McConnell overboard and handing the minority leadership of the senate to Marco Rubio. On the House side, in the words of Dave Letterman, I wouldn't give Speaker Boehner's pile of troubles to a monkey on a ROCK!


Steve Bunch 1 year, 5 months ago

His grasp of the obvious is overshadowed only by his cluelessness.


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