Ted Cruz offers new formula for Republican Party – The Dallas Morning News

By TODD J. GILLMAN
The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau
tgillman@dallasnews.com
Published: 30 November 2012 10:04 PM

WASHINGTON — As Republicans regroup from their drubbing on Election Day, Texas’ Sen.-elect Ted Cruz is offering a prescription to rebuild: The party must be less timid toward Democrats, less hostile toward Hispanics, and more focused on upward mobility than on protecting big business.

“It’s easy to be demoralized, to look at these elections and throw up your hands in despair,” he told conservative activists at a fundraising dinner Thursday, but history teaches that “things can change very, very quickly.”

Republican hand-wringing and finger-pointing have been in full swing over the president’s victory and Democratic gains in the Senate. Cruz, a 41-year-old who takes office in six weeks, is already a heavy hitter among conservatives.

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Mercedes Olivera: Latino voters show political clout nationally, but Texas may take longer | Mercedes Olivera Columns – News for Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Morning News

To many Latino political veterans, President Barack Obama’s heavy support among Latino voters in Tuesday’s presidential election came as no surprise.“I saw a lot of husbands and wives — a lot of new citizens — who were voting for the first time,” Dallas City Council member Pauline Medrano said Friday. “And a lot of them feared Romney. Latino seniors were also very afraid of what he would do their programs, such as Social Security and Medicare.”Nationally, Latinos voted for Obama over Mitt Romney 71 percent to 27 percent this week, with more than 11 million Latinos — a record number — turning out at the polls.Equally important was the increase in the number of Latino elected officials. Latinos made historic gains in Congress and in statehouses across the country, according to data compiled by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

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Why Obama will win re-election

By the InkDemon
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Shortly after their crushing victory in the 2010, some jubilant Republicans were sure that President Barak Hussein Obama’s days in the White House were numbered.

His approval numbers were down and unemployment was close to 9 percent. Republicans only needed to find a suitable opponent in 2012 and win back the White House.

Many things have changed since 2010.

Who would have thought that the Republicans would have devoured themselves in early 2012? Mitt Romney is the current frontrunner. He has yet to get a clear majority of the votes in any of the three primaries where GOP voters vote directly.

Meanwhile Obama has a billion dollar campaign war chest and has solidified his base on the left.  He is concentrating now on the independents (Indies).   The Indies will be the crucial voting bloc in the 2012 election.  What will Obama give them?

With war clouds gathering across the Middle East, Obama has removed all U.S. troops from Iraq. He is pulling out of Afghanistan. He has told Israel in no uncertain terms that he will not support an attack on Iran. The Iranians are indeed building a nuclear weapon and the means to deliver it.

Appeasement (peace) is the big carrot that Obama will dangle before the Indies for their votes. Lyndon Johnson used it to defeat Barry Goldwater in 1964.

By November the unemployment rate will be manipulated below 8 percent. Mr. O will give the economy a happy face and say he kept his promise to bring the unemployment rate below 8 percent. His big government advisors will put out the word that the crucial economic indicator, growth in Gross Domestic Product, will be 1.1 percent in 2013.  No one remembers that the GDP growth was once 4.24 percent.

The Main Stream Media including the Fox News Channel will trumpet the “Obama Economic Recovery”. Then the media will play Obama’s biggest trump card. They will “go Alinsky” and demonize the right and the Tea Party. They will try to connect the Tea Party with every “evil and hated” right-wing group in existence.

They will call the 2010 House of Representatives the Do Nothing Congress which put a drag on Obama’s economic recovery plans.  Campaigning against Congress worked for the Democrats in 2006 and as far back as 1948.

The media, the Democratic National Committee, and Obama will demonize the rich. Of course, later when the tax bill comes in, Obama’s supporters will find out that they are all “rich”.

The Ron Paul-ites will remember how they and their candidate were the victims of Alinsky tactics by their fellow Republicans. They will either find a third party candidate or fold their arms and stay home.

Will liberal politics trump religion?  Some staunch right wing Evangelical Christians will refuse to vote for Mitt Romney if he is nominated.  He is a cultist to them. Other Evangelicals will simply say that Jesus whispered in their ear to stay home or vote for Mr. O.   Many Indies won’t vote for Romney because the media will point out his ties to the Evangelicals.  It will be a circular firing squad.

Conservative members of the public sector unions will close ranks with their left-wing co-workers and vote for Obama.

Will it be another “Kumbaya moment” and 2008 all over again? The InkDemon fears that it will be.