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Romano: Is The GOP Risking Its Majority?

IMMIGRATION AND TRADE ISSUES THREATEN REPUBLICAN RULE || By ROBERT ROMANO || In 2006 and 2008, Republicans were all but annihilated politically, losing both the House and Senate, and then the White House in very convincing fashion. A combination of unfavorable political circumstances and then a devastating recession were enough to sweep…

IMMIGRATION AND TRADE ISSUES THREATEN REPUBLICAN RULE

|| By ROBERT ROMANO || In 2006 and 2008, Republicans were all but annihilated politically, losing both the House and Senate, and then the White House in very convincing fashion. A combination of unfavorable political circumstances and then a devastating recession were enough to sweep Democrats into supermajorities.

Yet, the victory was short-lived, particularly in the House of Representatives, where Democrats subsequently lost the majority in 2010 on the heels of a recession that wasn’t getting any better, a “stimulus” that didn’t work, and a health care law that nobody wanted.

That victory was consolidated in 2014, such that today, with 247 members, Republicans have the largest majority in the House they have ever seen since before the Great Depression. But will it last?

In a January 13 piece for National Journal, journalist Ron Brownstein looks at a Next America study of U.S. Census Bureau data to show how the new Republican majority was built.  Largely, it was on the back of 61 seats that were held by Democrats as recently as 2009, in districts that are predominantly white and “the share of college-educated whites trail the national average.”

In fact, almost 61 percent of Republican representatives, or 150 lawmakers, hail from districts of this type, Brownstein writes.

It is fair to say that without these districts, there is no Republican majority.  Writes Brownstein on January 8, “nothing has done more to power Republicans’ ascendance in the House since 2010 than their success in routing Democrats across these working-class, culturally conservative, often exurban and rural districts — many of which once served as the strongholds for the moderate House Democratic ‘Blue Dogs.’”

Brownstein adds, “Republicans have consolidated a crushing hold on 76 percent of the 263 districts where whites exceed their share of the national population, and 72 percent of the 245 districts(many of them overlapping) with a smaller than average share of white college graduates.”

Yet, two powerful issues coming up this month in the House may threaten that ascendancy, and create an opening for Democrats. Those are Obama’s illegal immigration amnesty and fast track trade authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Why?

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Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of Americans for Limited Government.  This piece (reprinted with permission) originally appeared on NetRightDaily.com.

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43 comments

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 8:28 am

Leave it FITS to find some wishful thinker that the GOP will lose…before they even get out the gate…

And: I have to laugh that you stress the fact that the voters putting Republicans in office are white…then portend those Obama beaten-down white voters will turn on the GOP, when we have the most White-Hating president, in the Most Blatantly anti-white Racist Democrat Party since the Democrat Racists of the 1950s.

Also: you say JOBS are the determining factor. Then why in the WORLD would people desperate for jobs, return Democrats back to office, when there is NO question the Democrats have so F*#ked up the economy that there are no jobs…and left families struggling and broke…???

Your logic – as usual – is that of a Dumb@$$….H#!!-bent on attacking Republicans…while glossing over the ABJECT failure of Obama and the Democrat Party for the last Six-Plus years….

The GOP will get it right because the people are speaking to them…and the Democrats are Tyrannical, tone deaf, @$$-holes and elitists…

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Rocky February 9, 2015 at 8:56 am

Maybe you should re-read the article – which I would say is a very interesting Monday morning brief. You could actually make the headline – GOP Control in Congress Based on Winning Stupid. BTW – how is it this morning in Crapville. #)$(*%#!!!!

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GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

No…Dumb@$$…like so many, he is already looking for a way to DEFEAT himself…That’s the problem…Worry about GOVERNERNING, instead of focusing on F*#king it up…like the media cliché demands…
He even admits the House has REJECTED Obama’s immigration Bull-$#!t…already…
Again: Obama is the MOST RACIST @$$-hole to hold the executive office since Fritz Hollings was Governor of SC.
Voters may DUMP the Liberal-Tarian-leaning Republicans for CONSERVATIVES…but NO ONE is STUPID enough to think going back to the Democrat Party is the answer, as Romana suggests…Not after the TOTAL F*#king mess they have made of this country….

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Rocky February 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

257K new jobs in January, $2 gas, 5.7% unemployment down from 13%, yeah, a real #$$ing mess. Idiot!!!!

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GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 9:24 am

Unemployment rate went UP at last report, after SIX years of Obama…

And Read Gallup. Those jobs Obama is crediting himself with are temp, even 3 or 4 hours a week, counted as FT. And those who quit looking are not included in the stats, or it would be a much, much higher unemployment rate….

You just a F*#king Liar…who believes if you keep telling the same Bull$#!t it will come true. But PEOPLE out in America KNOW who you are now…and what you’ve done. It AIN’T Bush’s fault.

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 9:37 am

Gallup is a polling firm, not an econometrix firm. Maybe you should take a look at the reports by top economists at the banks – try starting with Bank of the West. Sorry to pee on your parade, but the economy is getting better and better – and that’s good for America. Even participation edged up, and you said that was proof are economy sucked. Every indicator is good. Why can’t you be glad for America? Why do you want your country to do poorly? Aren’t you a Patriot? And why are you such a poopy mouth? Why do you hate Americans? Why? Why Grand Tango? Why?

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 10:41 am

Everything Gallup is saying, the people on the street KNOW to be true…Dumb@$$…why do you think you got the S#!t kicked out of you on Nov. 4?

grandtangosuglydog February 9, 2015 at 10:10 am

oh no…..when Bush left office the country was in great shape..Mission Accomplished…besides those two poorly planned never ending wars, the collapse of the economy, the housing market in the shitter and the stock market at 7000…yeah it was great.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 10:40 am

For almost ll of ALL of Bush’s EIGHT years, the US had one of the most Robust economies in its history. It began to lag a bit after Democrats got Congress in 2006. And it was worse, especially after the Democrats’ Community Re-Investment Act MADE banks give Billions to people who had NO intention to pay it back…Bush warned Congress about it over and over….
Even w/ that: A downturn in a cycle is not rare…but a F*#king Idiot who wallows in it, like Obama has…shows how F*#king incompetent Obama is…

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 11:21 am

You’re such an idiot. Why don’t you look at facts. The average year-of-year GDP growth under Bush was 2.1%, versus 3.9% for Clinton, and Obama’s 2.2% last four years after saving the economy from the worst recession since 1929 – 1934. It’s real easy – go the BEA web-site, pull up the excel sheet and highlight the Bush years, look in the lowe right corner of your Excel window and it will show you the average. You don’t even have to use a pencil – nitwit. There’s a reason your lover boy Bush is considered the worst President in history – because people know it. “Most Robust economimies in it’s history” – pure fantasy. Bam!!!! You been b$#%ch slapped again – Tiny!

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 11:23 am

And another thing – you can tell I’m right and you’re full of crap by counting up the like votes – would appear most everyone agrees with me – and not you. #)$%*#)$(

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm

This site is infested w/ leftwing, American-Hating pieces of S#!t like you and Obama…
And I’m not trying to name-call or insult. I’m just accurately calling you what you inadvertently admit about yourselves…

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Sticks and stones – brotha’ – again, facts? Down to name calling are we? The sign of a truly sore loser.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Didn’t you claim Sandy Burglar committed no crime and anyone pointing out what he did is a conspiracy theorist? ….
I’d rather be down to calling you what you are… than the F*#king trip of Ignorance you’re on…LMAO…

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Your “look, pretty penny” effort won’t work to divert the debate. Your boy blew it, caused 3,000 Americans to die in NY and DC, and killed another 5,000 kids in Iraq, left 35,000 on disability for life, all because his little National Security Advisor was too interested in academic studies on Russia to be worried about terrorists even after the warnings. Sorry, but that is a huge failure. Compared to Bush and his gang, Obama is the smartest man alive. You want some more old man?

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 3:42 pm

To quote Hillary: “What difference does it make?”

You’re begging to try to hide from who, and what, you are…and what you did. Just be glad you got away w/ it because the media (the “watchdogs” suck you, and people like you, in the @$$…

You are a filthy, lying, un-American, dis-compassionate piece of $#!t. Most of the time, you admit that…but then deny it when called out for it..

You care about power and feeding your nasty Greed…You are corrupt and un-wholesome….

If people die…no problem, as long as your gods are exalted. You get your reward here on earth, because you have no belief in God, or anything bigger than what you can steal in the here and now…

We both know all of that…so quit busting your @$$ to try to represent yourself as something else.

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

WTF does that rant have to do with the price of tea in China? The issue at hand was the improving economy and the failure of the prior administration. Now I’m un-American and God-less. If I weren’t a good Catholic boy I’d give you what’s for, but the good Book says turn the other cheek.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Give it up…you’re a lost Dumb@$$…in severe denial…

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Denial – ain’t a river in Egypt – Dumb@$$. Better luck next time.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm

How creative..if it were 1980…LMAO…
I think you dolts are full of yourselves because you’re told how ‘Best and Brightest’ you are…but you are really very dull, and deficient, people.
I don’t have a problem w/ stupid and the lesser-witted…God made you and put you here…but you’re running the country into the ground via the Democrat Party….The fact that you run your mouths – never acknowledging who, and what, you are – is what is so disgusting…

grandtangosuglydog February 9, 2015 at 6:24 pm

Not once in this whole rant does he directly address Rockys comments or the facts..just goes off on another tangent any wonder his so called blog failed?

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 11:44 am

I know REALITY. You F*#king imbeciles use these fudged stats, because you are LIARS…and you can COOK numbers that YOU create…

WHAT MATTERS are JOBS..you DUMB@$$…and the REAL unemployment rate was under FIVE PERCENT most of Bush’s Terms…That meant if you WANTED to work, there was LOTS of opportunity…

In addition to that, TAXES were low…and we even got REBATES….We had MSAs and insurance WORKED for those who sought it. We even had lots of money to pay for social programs like Medicaid and welfare…That’s how our economy works… We’re BEST when we’re prosperous, not laid low, like Obama wants us to be….

Not only that: Gas prices were EXTREMELY low under Bush….and Bush had to bring the country back from 9-11 after Clinton let national security drop to such a low level, we got attacked…

You dwell in Mythology…you F*#king idiot…but anyone who is old enough to compare the reality of Bush and Obama…knows what a F*#king liar you are…

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 11:55 am

Again you’re a complete idiot. 911 – here’s a 911 fact – when the CIA tells you in freakin’ July that terrorists are trying to hijack domestic flights – you don’t take a nap, you order Air Marshall’s into the planes. Just think, stupid, 911 could have been a simple incident where some Air Marshalls shot 19 terrorists on four different planes. Just think of all the 3,000 families that would still have loved ones, in particular the many NYFD families. But your boy let them all die because he was lazy. Taxes are the same rate now as they were in 2002 nut job. And insurance not only still works, it’s even better. And the highest gas prices in the last 10 years were under your Man Pal in 2007 / 2008. Bring the country back from 911 – where did it go? The economy didn’t go into a recession in 2001 despite your desire to tell that BS story. If there’s anyone with their head up their @55 around here buddy, it’s you. It must suck to have to face that fact that everything you believe in is a pile of crap. Oh well. But then, you wake up every morning hating the President of the United States.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 12:12 pm

What was Sandy Burglar stuffing down his pants when he stole papers from the National Archives?

Clinton had EVERY reason to stop 9-11. He even hurt the CIA and FBI by treating enemies as due process candidates, and refusing the sharing of intelligence.

Clinton knew another WTC was a VERY Imminent possibility. He bungled the response to the first one. And Clinton was scared of offending liberals and Islam. He did nothing.

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

Oh boy, here comes the conspiracy theories.
Hi – I’m Rob Lowe. Hi, I’m Paranoid Rob Low. And I have cable.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Typical liberal. Can’t handle reality…Can you?

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Really, because as you say, he new it was a very imminent possiblity – and as I recall oh Great One – he made sure it didn’t happen. It was your Boy who blew it.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

Bull-S#!*…if you think Bin Laden planned 9-11 in 7 months…oh wait..you are that F*#king stupid…

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Didn’t say that. Difference is, W had two months after the alert to do something about it – and he did ——- Nothing!!! Fact. People died because he did NOTHING!! (See my caps lock works too). Again, the intel community built by Clinton told him it was coming and he did – NOTHING!!!! NADA!!!! BIG GOOSE EGG!!!!

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Clinton had shut down intelligence sharing. That was a fatal f#*k up and YOUR fault….

grandtangosuglydog February 9, 2015 at 6:22 pm

shhhh dont use facts..its scares him, like the light outside.

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 11:56 am

And the numbers aren’t cooked you fool. It’s the same people doing the numbers that did them under Bush. What are you – like 10?

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm

The economy is a F*#king mess. Ha been for 6 years. End of story.

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Supported by what facts Einstein – the 5.7% unemployment rate, the 17,900 DOW, the average of 275K a month new jobs created or the declining rate of uninsured Americans? You’re pathetic. Oh yeah, you live in Crapville SC.

GrandTango February 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm

You have to be a gullible F*#king idiot to be a liberal…and you are most qualified.

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Gots no facts – eh big boy? You enjoying this @ss kicking? @)#$*@!!!

Saluda Rapids February 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Game, set, match to Rocky. Nice work

Rocky February 9, 2015 at 3:03 pm

Thank you, thank you. I couldnt’ have done it without GT’s total lack of facts, intellectual thought and rational thinking. OK – so it was like snagging guppies out of a pond. #)$%*#)($@@@!!!!

grandtangosuglydog February 9, 2015 at 6:21 pm

You’re pretty much kicking his ass again but lets be honest;.winning an argument with Grandasshatliarwithnoblog is kinda like Michael Jordan challenging Corky from Life Goes On to a basketball game, its just not even fun to watch and almost everyone here can do it in their sleep. Where else can you witness delusion, hatred, racism, ignorance and the stupidest logic probably witnessed on earth. The guy honestly believes the country was thriving until the day Obama took office, completely mentally blocking out the entire economic collapse..the wars….the bailouts etc..you can witness this daily for free…weee…All without an “E” ticket!

Tunes'n'News February 9, 2015 at 9:43 am

So many people vote against politicians and parties now rather than for someone they believe in. The winners are given the chance to govern, mis-read the vote as for you as opposed to against the other guys, and squander the opportunity. Then it happens all over again an election or two later.

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Yep! February 9, 2015 at 10:58 am

Sounds like the answer isn’t politics or government to me.

But who knows, maybe another 100 years will prove me wrong.

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Gerrymander much February 9, 2015 at 10:06 am

Gerrymandering, we already knew that.

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Honky February 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

The republicans have the uneducated, white vote? Stop,the presses!

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