Departing GOP lawmakers warn that the...

Departing GOP lawmakers warn that their party could lose majorities in 2018

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Dittoe

Bernalillo, NM

#1 Dec 24, 2017
The Washington Post
Karoun Demirjian54 mins ago

Republicans could easily lose their congressional majorities in 2018, two retiring GOP lawmakers warned Sunday, pointing to a lack of diversity in the party and President Trump's pattern of catering to his narrow conservative base as likely harbingers of bad news for their party.
"When you look at some of the audiences cheering for Republicans sometimes, you look out there and you say,'Those are the spasms of a dying party,' " Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said on ABC's "This Week." "By and large, we're appealing to older white men, and there are just a limited number of them."
"Clearly the Republican Party, my party, is going to experience losses. It remains to be seen whether we'll lose the majority," Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.) said, appearing on the same program. "I tell my colleagues, look, we're going to be running into a head wind, you've got to be prepared for the worst … it's going to be a very tough year."
Flake and Dent are frequent critics of the president and his advisers, particularly former chief political strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who has promoted what Flake termed "ultranationalist, ethnonationalist, protectionist" politics in the GOP. Yet their criticism is taking on new significance in the wake of Democrat Doug Jones's U.S. Senate victory in Alabama this month — a loss that many blame on Bannon and his allies insisting that the GOP base would secure a win for conservative Roy Moore in the deep-red state, despite allegations against him of sexual misconduct with teenage girls while he was in his 30s.
Since that loss, GOP leaders who in the past refrained from directly criticizing Bannon's politics have challenged him head-on.
"Let me just say this: The political genius on display of throwing away a seat in the reddest state in America is hard to ignore," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters on Friday when asked whether he blamed Bannon for the loss.
Despite McConnell's criticism, it is not clear that Trump will pivot the GOP away from Bannon's brand of political strategy.
Trump finished off last week by signing a sweeping tax bill into law, the first significant legislative achievement of his presidency. But he interrupted his own victory lap over the weekend with tweets disparaging FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, after reports that McCabe would be retiring in the new year, while the White House scrambled to disavow a report in the New York Times that Trump had used racially charged language to describe Haitians, Nigerians and other ethnic groups in closed-door discussions about his immigration policies.
Trump, who is vacationing at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, also took to Twitter on Sunday to address the weekend's news, touting the very thing that lawmakers like Flake and Dent have cautioned against relying on: his base.
"The Fake News refuses to talk about how Big and how Strong our BASE is," Trump tweeted.
In their interviews, which were taped before Sunday, Flake and Dent had words of caution for the president: If you cater only to your base, other voters will look for an alternative.
"If we continue to go down that path, just to drill down on the base, then I think you have a lot of people realize there's no future for them in this party," Flake said. "I do worry that in the future we'll be faced with President Trump running for reelection on one side, drilling down hard on a diminishing base, and on the other side you might have somebody like [Sen.] Bernie Sanders … that leaves a huge swath of voters in the middle that may be looking for something else."
Flake said that if Trump finishes his term and seeks reelection, he will face an independent challenger in 2020, if not also a Republican challenger. The senator did not rule out running himself in 2020, though he added, "That's not in my plans."
Pragmatist

Rancho Mirage, CA

#2 Dec 24, 2017
Drumpf and his base made a big mistake promoting Moore, only to do an about-face when he lost and say he was a bad candidate! Only fools trust a man who would deliberately promote a bad person, admitting he is a bad person. Sad that this is what has become of the Republican Party.
Good Luck

Rio Rancho, NM

#3 Dec 24, 2017
Pragmatist wrote:
Drumpf and his base made a big mistake promoting Moore, only to do an about-face when he lost and say he was a bad candidate! Only fools trust a man who would deliberately promote a bad person, admitting he is a bad person. Sad that this is what has become of the Republican Party.
Well Trump enriched himself faster than he ever could in the honest working world ,He just go home and call it a day . It is all going to be downhill from here for him I predict.
None

El Paso, TX

#4 Dec 24, 2017
Trump made a calculated decision on Moore and it backfired. He wanted his guaranteed senate votes. Nothing more. He was a terribly flawed candidate and he still only lost by a point. Watch, Jones is only gonna be there for 2 years and won’t even be a factor. Kinda like when you step on a goat head, annoying, but you just pull it out and are done with it.
Trapper 74

Meridian, ID

#5 Dec 25, 2017
Trump is doing a victory lap and more to come, even the liberals like better roads and bridges not to mention more of their own money in their pocket. Great job Mr. Trump.
Dittoe

Bernalillo, NM

#6 Dec 25, 2017
Trapper 74 wrote:
Trump is doing a victory lap and more to come, even the liberals like better roads and bridges not to mention more of their own money in their pocket. Great job Mr. Trump.
The only safe course is the open road to truth. Lies once begun, pile up, and lies require lies to bolster them.
Bob

United States

#7 Dec 26, 2017
I look for both parties to work with the President to continue trying to break new records in all different areas of commerce. His first year has been nothing short of spectacular! Let's see what we can accomplish when everyone is on the bus together, and not trying to throw someone under it.
Dittoe

Bernalillo, NM

#9 Dec 30, 2017
The only safe course is the open road to truth. Lies once begun, pile up, and lies require lies to bolster them.
Carol

Phoenix, AZ

#10 Dec 31, 2017
Pragmatist wrote:
Drumpf and his base made a big mistake promoting Moore, only to do an about-face when he lost and say he was a bad candidate! Only fools trust a man who would deliberately promote a bad person, admitting he is a bad person. Sad that this is what has become of the Republican Party.
Please see Mount MEETME, Mount GROPEMORE and Mount PEDOMORE, and let know if you need help pulling that embellishment cord out of your mouth.
Dittoe

Bernalillo, NM

#13 Jan 13, 2018
The only safe course is the open road to truth. Lies once begun, pile up, and lies require lies to bolster them.

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#14 Jan 13, 2018
Apparently, Florida isn't having anything to do with it!

The Central Florida Post, along with the help of Dixie Strategies conducted a poll, and had President Trump at 49.91% to Oprah's 23.95%.

Lipservice, lies, rhetoric,embellishment, propagating purple pumpsters ,at mouth-piece central, spewing it, but eventually chewing on it. The people have spoken!! All aboard!!

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