View Full Version : Seven Reasons Why the GOP Comeback Will Begin in 2010

04-07-2009, 01:45 PM
John Hawkins (http://townhall.com/Columnists/JohnHawkins/2009/04/07/seven_reasons_why_the_gop_comeback_will_begin_in_2 010?page=full&comments=true)

I always like lists!

Although trying to play Nostradamus with U.S. politics is always a risky endeavor, particularly this early in a political cycle, the odds would seem to heavily favor a GOP comeback in 2010.

Here's why the smart money should be on Elephants instead of Donkeys:

1) History is on our side: Typically, the party in power loses "23 seats in the U.S. House and two in the U.S. Senate in a new presidentís first midterm election."

Certainly, that's not always the case. For example, George Bush actually gained seats in the post-9/11 environment that the GOP ran in back in 2002, but you've still got to love our chances.

2) The GOP is starting to pull it together: Throughout George Bush's time in office, particularly in his last term, the GOP was a pile of mush that tried to please everyone and as a result, ended up pleasing no one. They talked ceaselessly about cutting the size of government, cutting the deficit, and enforcing immigration laws even as they expanded government, pumped up the deficit, and worked towards amnesty and open borders.

However, in the first two months of the Obama Administration, we've seen Republicans put teeth behind their rhetoric for the first time in eight years. For example, no Republican in the House and only three in the Senate voted for the Stimulus Bill while not a single Republican in Congress supported Obama's extravagant budget. For the first time in years, voters are being genuinely presented with a clear, unequivocal choice: capitalism or socialism? Out-of-control deficits that destroy America economically or fiscal responsibility? A government that believes in limits on its power or power-hungry statists who want to take permanent government control of banking, finance, the auto industry, the Internet, and health care? In a center-right country, that sort of clarity favors us.


7) Barack Obama's radicalism: So far, Obama has turned out to be worse than the worst case scenario that the GOP posited during the 2008 election. He is on pace to run up a larger deficit than every other U.S. President combined, he has repealed welfare reform, he's trying to take over and micromanage large segments of the economy, and via Cap and Trade he has proposed the largest tax increase in history -- one that would hit the poor and middle class particularly hard.

Even though Obama has been in office for less than ninety days, a lot of people who pulled the lever for him are probably already wishing there were more Republicans in office to help keep him from governing like such a Hugo Chavez wannabe.

04-07-2009, 08:59 PM
There is only one that is relevant:

1. Americans tend to prefer divided government.

Many many Obama supporters (like me) will probably end pulling a lever for a Republican in 2010. I'm registered to vote in Virginia, and as far as the gubernatorial race in November is concerned, I'll be voting for Bob McDonnell (R) over Terry McAuliffe (D), and then voting for President Obama again in 2012.;)

04-07-2009, 10:07 PM
Great points in the article. I'm still not a trumpeter for the GOP and I wont be until they throw out people like McCain, Snowe-job, Specter, Collins, etc. (the list is TOO long:mad:) I'd love to see a serious Third Party candidate snatch a top position somewhere in the country; God knows we could use a Libertarian in Congress. :cool: