Haley Barbour is saying that a few "stupid comments" from recent GOP candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock cost the GOP the Presidential election in 2012. I couldn't disagree more! If a few stupid comments by candidates or elected officials could sway elections, then the Democrats would be losing elections all the time! Need I remind you of Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson saying Guam would tip over due to overpopulation! Doesn't anyone remember Anthony Weiner and "Weinergate"? What about the multitude of tax evasion issues that so many Democrats seem to have, from Timothy Geithner to Rahm Emmanuel!
The issue that Republicans and Conservatives have with the media and public perception isn't saying stupid things! The problem is that the media will replay every dumb thing that a conservative says, and will even edit video and statements to make GOP candidates officials appear ridiculous. The main stream media and late night talk shows take pleasure in finding anything that makes a candidate seem foolish, naive or uninformed. How many times did we see Governor Palin saying she could see Russia from her front door, or that she couldn't name a magazine she reads for Katie Couric? I remember seeing former Senator Scott Brown's half-naked body pictures all over the internet and news (not a bad memory, I might add)! Who could forget the 2012 GOP Primary Debates when Texas Governor Rick Perry had is "Oops!" moment? Even though Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney did a good job at avoiding a verbal misstep, the media still played his comments about "binders full of women" over and over!
So what do conservatives and GOP candidates and elected officials need to do to combat the obvious media bias? Don't play into the media's memes, for one! Stick together even when you disagree! This is what the liberals and Democrats do, and they do it expertly! They will deflect and defend always. Conservatives can't even ignore misstatements and disagreements with eachother on Twitter (See #TGDN) or in a grassroots organization (see FreedomWorks)! Even at the very basic levels, we seem to be incapable of defending eachother or ourselves! Many GOP leaders were more than eager to throw Governor Palin under the bus for Senator John McCain's loss in 2008, and have not welcomed her back into the party since!
The Grand Old Party has become the party of compromise and moderation, and has left their conservative values and principles in the past. Republicans have turned into the Democrat Party of the 80s! They are a lost party, unable to stick to a coherent message. The GOP is trying to moderate to win over the liberal media and independent voters, and in case they haven't noticed - IT ISN'T WORKING!!!! In the meantime, they are isolating their conservative base by voting against their principles.
I am not interested in voting for Republicans who continue to compromise their values for the sake of getting something done in DC! It is okay to refuse to compromise on something when you believe it is the wrong thing to do for the country. If the GOP really believes in the legislation they continue to vote for, we are truly without conservative representation in our Federal Government. Fiscal conservatives need a voice in our nation's capital, and if the GOP refuses to be that voice, then we need a new party!