The Political Landscape Ain’t So Bad for the GOP

As usual, Sean Trende provides invaluable sober insights into the post-election self-flaggelation by Republicans as well as the “adapt or die” dishonest counsel from Democrats and weak-kneed Republicans. There are problem with the party, no doubt,but they also have a great many successes.  As a party we need to build on these successes and coalesce around a unifying message that brings Americans together rather than pitting one group against another.

Trende lays out the current post-2012 landscape and Republicans are in far better shape than the media dirge would have you believe:

  • Republicans are still almost at a postwar high in the House of Representatives, with only 1946 and 2010 resulting in a larger share of the chamber going Republican.
  • The Senate picture does show some signs of decline for Republicans, although it is still nowhere near the depths it plumbed from the late 1950s through the early 1970s.
  • Republicans have steadily increased the number of governorships they have held since their debacle in the mid-1970s. In fact, since 1876 there have only been six years where Republicans held a larger percentage of our nation’s governorships
  • If you look at the number of individual statehouse seats held by the party, once again, Republicans are near postwar high
  • These last two data points are especially important for the Republicans, since governorships and statehouse seats represent the “farm teams” for statewide and national office.

Keep fighting the good fight because there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful in 2014 and 2016.


  1. Posted November 16, 2012 at 10:19 am | Permalink | Reply

    Nobody is questioning that the GOP has come a long way since the dark days of the 1970’s. Nobody sentient, that is.

    The problem is not that Republicans lost this year’s election cycle it’s the manner by which Republicans lost this year’s election cycle. Romney lost by the margin of Republicans who somehow managed to stay home and not vote. You have to really sit down and get your mind around that to realize what a disaster this cycle was. Romney did things politically speaking that are incredible. White women, for example, broke 56-42 for Romney. Romney won the Independent vote. For cryin’ out loud even the white 18-29 demographic voted for Romney. But he still lost the election. Literally millions upon millions of Republicans from ’04 failed to participate. That affected down ticket contests too. With the net effects of redistricting and retirements the GOP should have gained several net seats in the House. Instead they lost ground. The Akin and Mourdock fiascos speak for themselves, but solid Republicans also lost close Senate contests in North Dakota and Montana. Utterly absurd.

    If four years of Obama and the prospect of four more years of Obama could not self-motivate Republicans to show up en masse and to vote in lock step then the inescapable conclusion is that we’re truly FUBAR.

    Maybe things can turn around in ’16. We could cobble together a formidable ticket using any permutation of the following prospective contenders: Rubio, Portman, McDonnell, Kasich, Toomey, Sandoval, Martinez, Jindal, Daniels, Ryan. But exactly how ludicrous will the GOP’s primary “base” be that year? Will we have a serious discussion about serious issues that will frame the debate and turnout effort for the fall general election? Or will that primary season quickly devolve into a pissing and crapping match about abortion, deportations, vaccines, contraception and evolution?

    • Kevin Paradine
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Lots of dancing to avoid the obvious: Republicans out of tune with public, news at 11. No one wants to ignite a social war by electing small government conservatives, so they don’t.

      After 2016 there will be more people with freaking fish with GOP emblems inside on their car claiming it was because we weren’t ‘conservative’ enough. No bullshit, i see this crap all the time in Harford County, Maryland. It’s a very R county but still…who are you convincing with that shit? No one, that’s who. Or doing reverse recruitment for the Democrats.

    • MikeN
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Martinez and Sandoval are OUT as they set up health care exchanges in their state.

      • M.White
        Posted November 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for letting us know this, your right, they are out!

    • Derclaw86
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Permalink | Reply


      At the end of your post, you show concern about the make up of the 2016 primary discussion. I share these concerns. That is why I believe in regional and national primaries, instead of the early single state primaries and caucuses like IA, NH, and SC. In order to be able to compete for a much larger electorate, candidates will have to be able to appeal to a wider coalition of voters, they will have to have sufficient resources, and they will have to develop substantial organizations. Debates should also be limited to candidates that have reached a minimum national polling threshold. Under these reforms, candidates would have to demonstrate their mastery and appeal across a wide variety of issues. Single issue crackpots and blowhards, like Rick Santorum, would not have the resources to compete or participate, so that should cut down on the goof-ball comments and issues of the 2012 primary. However, if we keep allowing IA, NH, and SC to dictate the course of the entire primary race, we will probably see, in your words, “that primary season quickly devolve into a pissing and crapping match about abortion, deportations, vaccines, contraception, and evolution.”

  2. Prescient11
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink | Reply

    Marco Rubio-Tom Cotton 2016…

    Yes, it’s not all dark days. Pubs need better minority outreach and also need to appeal to libertarians.

    I supported Romney, but even I said during the debates there was no discernible difference between the two.

    Limited government, fiscal sanity. NO FRIGGING OBAMACARE. That was hardly ever brought up.

    Those are winning messages. Now the pubs need to make the demorats own the train wreck that will be the economy in the next 4 years.


    • Fred S
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I think that once the real impact of Obamacare hits, workers going from FT to PT and losing employer coverage, doctor shortages, Medicare benefits being cut to fund Obamacare, death panels, insurance exchanges with rapidly escalating premiums. The 2% will be fine, they have access to high quality care, but will just have to pay for it out of pocket as many doctors wiil not be part of any insurance networks.
      The pain of Obamacare will surely drive many of the Obama voters to someone who would repeal this monstrosity.

  3. Prescient11
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 11:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    And if one pub mentions rape again I think we need to collectively baseball bat them. I mean seriously, that is the most obvious gotcha from the libs and we have two less Senators because they were too stupid to provide a proper response.

  4. wholefoodsrepublican
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 11:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    action talks, bs walks…time to organize GOTV.
    who is going to take the lead.
    there needs to be redundancy in GOTV

    • Barf
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink | Reply

      i agree, time to organize now, set up offices. We can’t wait. Rubio has to be the nominee.

    • Prescient11
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I am I am I am I am. Dan Frahm and I and one other commenter on this blog are going to do it.

      My email is

      The next month will be hectic and I will be in sporadic contact, but after that the 2014 warm up for the big show in 2016 happens.

      Barf, I am all over Rubio-Tom Cotton. We need to get them in a room and see if bromance happens!!!

  5. mr Dave
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    When you lose its good to look at why. We need a concerted effort to recruit candidates that can win. Look at what the Democrats did in 06. They expanded their map and took their message into republican turf nation wide. When Bush fatigue set in they were ready to reap the rewards. 08 was an extension of that.

    One thing that is not mentioned is that Obama had some advantages that were easy to overlook for Republicans. Being the first black president, it would be natural for minorities, even aside from blacks, to want to vote for him. He lost a lot of his support but he held enough to get elected. They ran a good ground game, and sadly he never really stopped campaigning. So he pulled out a win. I think beyond Obama, the democrats have quite a lot to worry about as well. The leaders of their party will all be in their 70’s or close to it by 2016, Reid, Pelosi, Hillary, Biden. I’m sure they have some talent I don’t know. But I don’t think they have the bench republicans have.

    We have 30 Governors, Cantor, Ryan, Paul and lots of other rising stars. We gave a away some senate seats, but we didn’t lose because the public rejected conservatism, we lost because they were bad candidates. We can’t give away senate seats. The RNC needs to get serious about recruit candidates that can win. We don’t have to sell our souls, but it would be nice if these guys could sound like rational humans when they talk about abortion and rape.

  6. punkster
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    We lost because for the past several years Obama has been using taxpayer money to build, develop and support his true base. They are not single women, Mexicans or blacks as the media is portraying. Rather it is the ones who collect government benefits that are nothing more than handouts.
    – 47 million on food stamps
    – 1 in 5 on Medicaid
    – Millions on welfare (and welfare to workfare requirements have been changed so more people can continue on welfare)
    – Housing, healthcare and other basic needs paid for
    – Special “bonus” stuff like free cell phones, free contraception and who knows what else

    How many millions of people is this? 60 million? 70 million? How the heck do you complete against this wave of voters who are getting “stuff” from the status quo leadership?

    How come there were no exit poll questions asking: “Do you currently have a full-time job that you have worked at for the last 6 months?” I would love to see how these groups voted. Or “Do you collect government benefits excluding Social Security and Medicare?”

    Obama and the Dems built up these coalitions of freeloaders over the past few years. The Republicans failed to stop it when they took over Congress in 2010 and it continued. Then Obama gave even more free stuff.

    51% of people who voted did not believe Barack Obama deserved to be re-elected. Yet, he won because he took care of them. He effectively bought their votes with food, housing, contraception, phones, healthcare and whatever else he could give away. Mitt Romney was the guy who told the country I’d rather see you earn things for yourself. But, sadly, half our country is not interested in working. The amazing thing is a lot of these freeloaders only get a little each month: a few hundred for food, low-quality housing, low-rate healthcare, poor education, etc. but it is just enough to make them satisfied.

    The only solution at this point is to cut their free benefits. They have to be forced to work because they take no pride or responsibility and simply have no dignity. They would rather take the free stuff and do nothing than take a job because it would involve sacrifice and they simply don’t care to do it. So, force them into it by making them earn their benefits or doing something to change the way things are. This has to start in Congress because they control the purse strings. Of course, I don’t think Boehner has the capacity to make hard choices but that is the only way I see to fix things.

    All this talk about single women, gays, blacks, etc. is silly. They are going to vote for the Democrats regardless. If some of them are forced to work, have their benefits cut and learn what it means to earn their keep, then maybe they will realize a thing or two and stop voting Democrat and possibly switch. For others, if their benefits are cut, they have no incentive to vote and will simply stay home (which is fine because it would hurt the liberal cause).

    The country is going bankrupt and right now, there is a void of leadership.

    • Tony
      Posted November 18, 2012 at 6:03 am | Permalink | Reply

      That’s just dumb. Do you really believe Obama won bc of that? Delusional.

  7. jason valerius
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Permalink | Reply

    “The Political Landscape Ain’t So Bad for the GOP”

    Right. A party that could not defeat a failed President presiding over his fourth year of economic malaise and national decline will NEVER win a national election again. The GOP is dead as viable Presidential contender, it just hasn’t sunk in yet. It can maintain majorities in state governments, but this will become increasingly meaningless as the leftist-run central government asserts ever more control. National elections will be run by and decided by the Democratic Party from here on out. Just like 2012, only more obviously.

    As Stalin put it, “Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.”

    • Prescient11
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Aside from Jimmy Carter, no incumber HAS EVER lost the WH when the opposite party held the WH immediately before him.

      A bunch of interesting stats on this election.

      • jason valerius
        Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        No incumbent had ever been reelected with 8% unemployment. No incumbent had ever won with an approval rating under 50%. No incumbent had been reelected while losing the white male vote by 25 points.

        The old rules don’t apply anymore. Welcome to the New America.

      • Prescient11
        Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

        To your first point, FDR comes to mind. To the last point, white males used to make up a much larger share of the electorate.

        So surprise, that one ain’t gonna hold if the free shit army continues to outnumber working americans.

        Try as they might, eventually they cannot hide from math….

  8. jason valerius
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Permalink | Reply

    punkster: “The only solution at this point is to cut their free benefits”

    The reality now is that “they” will decide what happens with those “free benefits”, and I really don’t think they will be making any cuts. It’s their country now, we just pay for it. Fundamental Change has happened, as promised.

    • punkster
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Congress can and should decide that. This is something they should have been doing the last 2 years but they let Obama lead and spend like crazy.

      Of course, those “free” benefits can only last so long.

  9. Rod
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    If we can take back the senate in 2014, then Obama’s second term really shortens to 2 years instead of 4. We would need 6 seats if 2014 becomes a wave election. Chances are it will be a wave election if we head into another recession and/or economic decline.

    • M.White
      Posted November 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

      You are right…in 2014 there will be 20 Democrat and 13 Republican seats up for grabs. The 13 Republican seats seem to be in fairly safe states for Republicans. They are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. I feel sure barring a major crisis that Republicans can hold all of their seats, even Maine because it’s Susan Collins. Now if she were to decide not to run then we could have another debacle there like we had this election with Olympia Snowe retiring and so-called Independant Angus King winning her seat and he has decided to caucus with the Dems, no surpise there, but we need to watch Maine really closely.The Democrat seats that should be targeted are: Alaska/Mark Begich, Arkansas/Mark Pryor, Colorado/Mark Udall, Louisiana/Mary Landrieu, Montana/Max Baucus, North Carolina/Kay Hagan, South Dakota/Tim Johnson, Virginia/Mark Warner, West Virginia/Jay Rockefeller. These are the ones I see to be the easiest targets, especially NC, AR, LA, SD, WV, AK. We will have to work hard but all of these are doable. Alaska should be a easy flip since it is very much a Republican state. West VA is really trending red and with the destruction of the coal industry, this seat should be easy to flip. North Carolina, where I live should be fairly easy to flip as well. Kay Hagan was elected in 2008 with the wave of Obama, she ousted Elizabeth Dole, which was a shame but Hagan will be vulnerable to say the least. NC elected a Republican Gov. this election for the first time in many years. Richard Burr is our other senator and he won another term easily in 2010. South Dakota can be flipped with lots of hard work, it is traditionally a red state. Arkansas should be an easy flip since it is a very red state like Alaska. Virginia and Colorado will be the hardest since they have trended light blue as of late but VA does have a Republican Gov. and Senator so maybe Mark Warner can be taken down. I see Colorado as the hardest challenge of the states I mentioned. The other Democrat seats up in 2014 would take a miracle to flip unless things are really bad and the country is trending away from Democrats and Obama. Here are the rest of them: Delaware, Illinois, Iowa (this one is a maybe), Massachusetts (will have to wait and see if John Kerry gets a job in the White House Admin., this could offer Scott Brown another chance and he could probably win this seat), Michigan, Minnesota (This is Al Franken’s seat and since he stole it the first time, maybe he can be taken down, sure hope so), New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Rhode Island. Other than Iowa, Massachusetts and Minnesota, I would say the other ones are fairly safe for Democrats. But 2014 could offer a real strong chance of taking back the Senate if Republicans will run good candidates, keep them out of the weeds on certain issues and run a stellar marketing and get out the vote campaign.

      • MikeN
        Posted November 17, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

        Republicans held a seat in New Hampshire, in an election where they knocked out over 100 Democrats.

      • MikeN
        Posted November 17, 2012 at 11:36 am | Permalink

        NM, NJ, Ore, NH, Michigan should not be ceded. These states need to be targeted hard for the Republicans to win again.
        I can see path for winning in all but Oregon.

      • Bill Lambert
        Posted November 18, 2012 at 7:27 am | Permalink

        Agreed… except for WV & MN…. old south roots r still very democrat… Southerners feel traditional to vote democrat… there r still way too many kindhearted old democrats who can b flipped on the pres ballot but who somehow naively think they r altruistically improving the world to vote downballot democrat… demographic shifts more than equal out these poor souls who awaken slowly.
        I still have hopes for the MN buffoon to b escorted to the exit n 2014. He stole his seat n ’08 & won’t have oblamers coattail n 2014.
        I’m an old south guy n NC… if Hagan ges reelected i may b looking for tall buildings
        2014 shud b our chance to retake the senate if we have a decent GOTV. Count me n to start taking back our country n 2014!!!

  10. arao
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The ploy employed by Obama was divide & rule perfected by British to rule colonies. He was enabled by slanted media. The way to counter this is again divide & rule.

    The minority (non Black) vote: To get to this segment, Rs with Congress can neatly divide this segment by bringing up bills for easier legal immigration & being tough with illegal immigration. Why do you think D’s say comprehensive immigration reform? The legal process is extremely lengthy process & leaves employees at the mercy of the employer for duration. Bring up bills to streamline this process and quietly cut down the current parent immigration (only 3 to 5 months of a US citizen). This is one of the major reasons the State Medical program is exploding. The parent gets a green card & since doesn’t earn becomes almost immediately eligible for State medical program. Then 5 years in, become citizen & become eligible for whole host of govt. programs. This way the country gains the high tech workers and will split out this segment.

    Women: Yes, please stop talking about Abortion/Rape/Contraceptives. No matter the personal opinion, stick to the talking point of yes the legality is a settled matter. The media waits for these stories and blanket the airways with it, making anyone supporting Rs as seeming to be a lunatic fringe and as a woman an almost a crime. Apart from hard core Womanistas, most reasonable women are not tied to contraception or rape or even abortion.
    To divide this segment: Very simple. Stick to the talking point on controversial topics but amplify the core selling point, the economy. To frame policies will help a woman and her family. The single woman is most afraid of losing her job so tell her how a strong economy will help her.

    Young Demographics: This demographic is very cocooned from reality and unfortunately is voting against its best interest. This demographic has been told that winning is not everything, trying your best is good enough. If you wish for something, you should be entitled to get it. To get this demographic’s attention – do a Al Gore.. with his one movie he scared the whole world into Green bandwagon.. instead present an argument on how these current policies they will be worse off than their parents. In your face hard truths needs to be broadcast, not just in some article, but in format that will get to this segment. List out how the older generation for their own greed, are stealing from them.
    Divide this segment from the liberal (older generation) academia.

    But most of all according to me(a former Democrat – voted Bill Clinton twice – still a registered Democrat – an asian origin – a woman) but a moderate Independent, please stop talking Religion. It is personal issue, whether to believe in God, or not.

    Divide the religion & law.

    Sell the strongest point – Fiscal Conservationism
    Bury the weakest point – negative items associated with Rs.

    Sell, sell, sell your viewpoint.

    But the best advertisement – Governorships/Congress
    Make the states Rs have into a model government.
    Next election – Use it to contrast this to D run states.

    Use the House Majority – Craft the house bills wisely. Advertise it. Make the Sale. Contrast it to the D Senate.

    In this day & age of communication – need to get your message out on a constant basis.

    • Dave
      Posted November 17, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

      “need to get your message out on a constant basis.”

      Agreed. A permanenet presence in people’s lives with advertising on tv, radio and other media would be a good idea.

  11. Tom
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Turnout is not down by that much. It’s at 125 million now, and there are still ballots to be counted so turnout should be between 127-130 million once Cali, Ohio (350,000 haven’t been counted), Alaska (lots of rural counties haven’t come in yet), Oregon (vote by mail), Washington, Arizona, and Florida come in.

  12. billyboy
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 3:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    we arent winning Va. SD, or Wv. Warner, the most popular politician in Va., If Rockefeller runs on WV we lose and SD has a soft spot for a guy who suffered a stroke while in office.

  13. billyboy
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 3:02 am | Permalink | Reply

    and I hope there are no tea partiers who want to “purify” the party by challenging Collins in Maine

    • Barf
      Posted November 17, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      I live in Virginia and Mark Warner is liked for some odd reason. Gov Bob McDonnell is very popular here and could possibly pull the upset.

  14. sane_voter
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Maybe we will have a swap in Va, Warner for Gov. and McDonnell for Senate.

  15. M.White
    Posted November 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Very interesting article about the election results…a must read, and what’s in the article should be done!

    • Posted November 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Permalink | Reply

      truly delusional

      • Prescient11
        Posted November 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

        Delusional is thinking that in certain inner city precincts, turnout reached 100%.

        That NEVER HAPPENS.

        That should be investigated very very hard. Voter fraud continues to be rampant. One liberal in NC bragged on the internet that he early voted 5 times and was going in for his 6th on election day.

        10 years minimum jail time for such offenses. That is how serious what he is doing is. The intentional deprivation of a fundamental right of 5 other citizens.

        Fucking shocking.

      • Kevin Paradine
        Posted November 20, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

        Peter, not all of us are idiots. There was no rampant cheating in this election. There were too many republican elected officials who supervised these elections to believe in a vast conspiracy of cheating. Don’t you think that, say, the Ohio SoS or the equivalent Virginia official would question the results in say, Cuyahoga or Fairfax if they thought there was any evidence of organized electoral fraud? Both of those officials are Republicans. I’m sure of Mr. Husted in Ohio and not so sure about VA but it’s fairly likely. This is evidence of the silliness in play here. Hell, Florida was even closer and once again, the government above the county level is owned by Republicans. I don’t know what the hell the wingnuts here are smoking and I consider myself fairly right wing myself.

        If you’re complaining about the urban turnout, you’re ignoring the fact that your side didn’t come out to vote for ‘their’ guy. Ask yourself why. The answer is annoyingly obvious: they didn’t think of him as ‘their’ guy at all.

  16. Posted November 19, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I don’t know if this item got into the thread yet. Does anyone have a reaction to this, and is it legitimate? Is it the full story?

  17. me
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I am so sick of idiots like Kevin who apparently believe that nobody voted for Romney even *by mistake*, in some of the Cleveland precincts, out of many hundreds cast. If you go to some of the reddest areas left in the US, you find a few instances of crushes, but those are not on the level beyond that achievable even in dictatorships with threat of bodily harm to dissenters. It’s obvious to any thinking individual that something does not add up here. I suspect this has been ongoing awhile, given some similar figures for McCain. 100% or 99% easily beats the national average of 93-7 among AA’s. We already had open defiance of court appointed poll watchers in Philly, to suggest there is no problem is delusional. How much is the question, not if…

    • Kevin Paradine
      Posted November 20, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Was their election fraud? For certain, I know it better than you. I spent most of my life in New Jersey, where the dead vote regularly and often. That said, was it systemic and a significant proportion of the total? No. Is there an easy way to crush it? No. Is it worth setting up a police state to make the fraud go away? No. Even ID laws have limits when the poll workers are colluding.

      It still doesn’t add up to enough to change the outcome of the 2012 election, though. If it was a Bush-style 2000 result, yes. Not this time.

      You sound like a mouth breathing conspiracy theorist. Grow up, the Republicans lost, badly, because they are unrepresentative of a large swath of the population and scared people more than the status quo did. Next time, fix that, and maybe you have a chance of winning.

      • Posted November 20, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

        Meanwhile Romney already got more votes than McCain (so much for the base not turning out) and Obama’s lead in the popular vote continues to grow. It seems Romney will end up getting 47% of the vote, how appropriate.

      • Kevin Paradine
        Posted November 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

        I’m not so certain that the hurricane had anything to do with this. Wonder what the excuse would have been then? Romney appeared headed to defeat before early October in any event. Weak candidate, weak campaign, and party leadership disconnected from real issues that real people care about. A very weak sauce.

        Romney’s only proven skill was spamming my inbox and phone with requests for more money. I am very glad I resisted any further fundraising after the first time.

  18. Kevin
    Posted November 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’m very amused at how some people think the social Conservatives are the problem. I guess we’re just suppose to merge the two parties, then have one wing with big spending, the other wing is for small spending.

    The cultural rot not only has infested our society, but the rot has also infested some peoples brains.

    People that give up and give in will never be winners.

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