Republicans Bet Big and Lost








Republicans put all their chips on the table when it came to beating President Obama this past November.  See, they knew the economy was improving, but they had to continue with their lie that it wasn’t… HOPING that somehow they could beat Obama and take credit over the next 4 years for the economic recovery.

But, they didn’t win.  Not only did they not win, they lost seats in the House and Senate.  Not only losing seats in Congress, they lost the overall popular vote in Congress by more than 1 million votes.

*On a side note: Doesn’t it say enough about the state of the Republican Party (post George W. Bush) that the best “chip” they could play in this big hand against President Obama and Democrats was Mitt Romney?  But that’s a whole other topic for another day.

Now, they really don’t know what the hell to do.  They tried to push the situation that happened in Benghazi the best they could, but it’s hard to seem appalled over 4 American deaths in Libya, when your party is responsible for over 4,000 American deaths in Iraq.

They talked about “changing the party.”  The person they picked for the rebuttal of the President’s State of the Union speech was Marco Rubio, in an attempt to appeal to Latino voters.  Of course, this went terribly wrong.  Rubio made Nixon’s appearance during our first televised Presidential debate seem calm and relaxed by comparison and added a new meaning to the phrase “Watergate”.

Then the sequester came, and to no surprise they blamed it entirely on President Obama.  The problem is, it was their antics during 2011 with regards to our debt ceiling that created the sequester.  Had Republicans simply voted to raise the debt ceiling, as they had done every single time under George W. Bush (7 times total in 8 years actually), the sequester would have never existed.

Then Rand Paul decided to stick his name in the race for party leader by planning a 13 hour Presidential campaign speech, by way of another Republican filibuster.  This did nothing more than showcase the fact that he doesn’t understand the powers our Constitution gives the President during a time of war.

Most recently, it’s been House Speaker Boehner admitting that we don’t have an immediate debt crisis, going against everything he’s been preaching since Obama’s election. Now we have Congressman Paul Ryan’s delusional budget, which is the same budget Americans voted against last November.

Oh, we can’t forget Michele Bachmann and her recent joke of a speech about the Affordable Care Act killing women, children and the elderly. Or Sarah Palin’s Big Gulp photo-op to make herself feel relevant again, while mocking President Obama’s use of a teleprompter as she read from —-a teleprompter.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

Facts are:

-The economy is improving
-We’ve reduced our deficits by over 3 trillion dollars
-We’ve created over 6 million jobs in the last 3 years
-Bin Ladin is dead
-The Iraq War is over
-The Afghanistan War is nearing its end
-Unemployment has dropped from a high of 10.1% to 7.7%
-Stocks have set new records, seeing their best 10-day stretch since 1996
-Stocks have also increased by more than 100% since their lows in 2009
-Taxes for 98% of Americans are at some of their lowest levels in history
-Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied medical insurance
-Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is in the history books as gay soldiers can now proudly serve in our military
-Women can now serve on the front-lines in combat
-We’ve increased domestic oil production to its highest levels since the late-90’s
-The American auto industry, on the brink of death just a few years back, is now thriving

Just to list a few items.

All of this has been done without a single shred of help from the vast majority of Republicans.  In fact, they’ve done everything they possibly could the last 4 years to prevent basically everything listed above.

Now, the average Republican will deny most of the facts I’ve listed, because Fox News tells them they should.

It’s a dangerous cycle.  They’ve created voters who don’t question what they’re told and only support what they want to hear.  Their politicians can’t tell the truth (as Boehner did about the lack of a debt crisis), because that’s not what most Republicans want to believe.  They really can’t be more moderate on immigration reform, because that’s not how most Republicans want to handle immigration.  They can’t be more moderate with taxes, because they’ve spent the past 30+ years conditioning their voters to fear any  tax hikes.  Hell, they can’t even back off the “repeal of Obamacare” (39 attempts and counting…), because if they stopped, their voters would be outraged.

They bet big and lost, and now they don’t know what to do.  All they can do is sit back and continue to deny reality, which is what they’ve done for years.

But the funny thing about reality is this–it’s real whether they want to believe it or not.  So they can continue to deny it’s happening, but that’s not going to change a damn thing, nor is it going to help the Republican Party one bit.

But hey, as a Progressive, I hope individuals like Palin, Bachmann, Rove, Beck, Ryan, Boehner, Rubio, McConnell and Fox News continue to be the face of the Republican Party for many years to come. Because that’s great news for myself, Democrats and every person who shares similar ideological and political beliefs.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Joey W.

    I just wanted to point out that currently health insurers are only required to cover children with pre-existing conditions — coverage for the rest of us won’t be required until Jan. 1, 2014. Worse still, thanks to funds being cut (imagine who did that), the federal Pre-existing Condition Insurance Program (FCIP) stopped accepting new applicants several weeks ago. So those of us who lost jobs this year, and have pre-existing conditions, are being denied coverage left and right. Thank you, GOP. Thanks a lot.

  • Told it like you should… Simple, straight facts. But, is that too simple for those determined to keep it overcooked and past the point of being palatable.
    This Rhetoric has become painful.
    They Shoot horses, don’t they?

  • Madison Native

    Excellent summary. One ‘error’ though: Didn’t you mean George H. W. Bush when you mentioned GOP POTUS that agreed with assault weapons ban? Wasn’t it his son, George W. (not H.W.) Bush who allowed the ban to expire?

  • Ray Williams

    I’m sure most of you Liberals know how Obama won the last Election so I’ll tell you then you can google it and see for yourself.
    Obama hired a Company in Spain to count the votes. That Company is owned by George Soros. Get it now? There were many Counties across the Country that had ZERO votes for Romney. Someone want to explain how that happened? It’s never happened before. How many Democrats were CAUGHT voting more than once? How many Republicans were caught voting more than once? That’s right, NONE.
    So, is the party of cheaters, liars, and bigots?

  • Marion Nelson

    Well Ray I did just that and a quick google/bing search revealed the same; you and a functioning outhouse have a lot in common. But lets take your fantasies one at a time. Here is a couple of links, I picked the simple ones with small words especially for you;
    But the fact of the matter is this; local precincts/beats/boxes [depending on where you live] are tabulated LOCALLY and these are forwarded to state’s elections commissions who in turn forward their compiled counts to the feds. Follow me so far; it would take each of these polling sites being in collusion to steal an election and bribery on a scale even Midas could not touch. Overseas voters vote by “absentee ballots which are mailed back to their ‘home’ districts and go through the same processes. Don’t recall a county that received zero votes for Rmoney; however, if there were I complement their prowess and intelligence. Perhaps they just didn’t buy the bs your party was selling IF it did happen. I would also like to know where so I can move there. Well so far as people voting more than once I will take this article as a little more credible than some FAUX news wannabe spouting dribble everywhere:
    On this point you are nearly right, comparative to the total votes cast–NONE. Even the watchdog data sharing set up in your bleeding red state of Kansas admits its very rare and very small numbers that even attempt to vote more than once. But how many people were caught trying to register ONLY repugnican voters, several that I saw film of; and how many threw away voter registration forms because they had selected Democrat, at least one that was caught in Virginia of all places; and how many states did their absolute best to curtail voting times and short the vote–well I seem to recall they were all Red states too. So before you want to ask who is the party of cheaters, liars, and bigots; you might want to actually turn off the television and back away from the remote–it is the Repugnicans [as in repugnant-look it up you said you can use the net]. And since you gave me this wonderful opportunity to comment/rehash the election I think I will continue from here. You didn’t lose the election because of some theft or because you didn’t get your message out well enough; you lost because the American people did hear your message and realized they just did not want such ego-maniacal vulture capitalist running their government. In other words, we heard you and judged you full of shyte. Now my most absolutely favorite moment of the entire election? That snake Karl Rove melting down on national television when he realized he had just had his arse handed to him. Loved it and wish I had TiVo’d it.

  • jabberwocky

    Romney was a joke as a candidate but who else did they have.
    Bush was horrible. Obama is just really bad. I’m looking forward to Hillary. She can reunite us.