The battle to take over the Republican Party begins today and the failed Republican leadership should resign. . . . Tea Partiers will take over the Republican party in the next four years.
~ Richard Viguerie, a top activist and chairman of ConservativeHQ.com. via The Hill
For those of us who believe that America, as founded, is the greatest country in the history of the world – a 'Shining city upon a hill' – we wanted someone who would fight for us. We wanted a fighter like Ronald Reagan who boldly championed America's founding principles... What we got was a weak moderate candidate, hand-picked by the Beltway elites and country club establishment.
~ Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin via USNews
We can’t do the Republican Party’s job for them. We can’t do the candidates’ job for them/
. . . We need to do a better job of not looking like your daddy’s Religious Right.
~ Evangelical Leader Ralph Reed via Right Wing Watch
Both sides, moderates and social conservatives, will engage in recriminations but must realize this truth: politically, one cannot survive without the other, not right now. Fight together or hang separately.
~ Dana Loesch
Today the takers clearly outnumber the makers. Government has grown to take over this country instead of a government of the people. Reasons for this loss of our freedom can be found in all national, statewide and local candidate and tax issues. We will be a socialist nation within months. However, a revolution is rising and all those elected officials that are blind to what they have done to this country should be encouraged to become enlightened, should be encouraged to step down and should not be reelected.
~ Lebanon Tea Party of Ohio near Cincinnati the day after Obama won Hamilton County and the rest of Ohio
It is time for conservatives to withhold any further support, financial or otherwise, to the Republican Party unless and until the GOP re-earns our trust.
. . . It should have been a landslide if Romney had run as a true conservative.
~ Brent Bozell of Media Research Center
Now, people calling for revolution and these extreme statements — when I talk about a civil war in the Republican Party, what I mean is, it’s time for Republican elected leaders to stand up and to repudiate this nonsense, and to repudiate it directly.
There has been a culture of fear and intimidation, that you are not a real conservative if you won’t, you know, if you won’t, you know, stand — if you stand up to these extreme statements, whether it’s Rush Limbaugh calling that young lady a slut, or a hundred other examples over the last four years.”
~ Republican Strategist and MSNBC pundit Steve Schmidt on Politico
Transcript CNN Anderson Cooper 11-7-12
COOPER: What about the Tea Party? People said the Tea Party decided it wanted "pure candidates," and I put that in quotes. Your party lost some un-losable races that they may have cost Republicans control of the Senate, because the Republicans can't win with the Tea Party, but they can't win without them. And a lot of leaders don't feel comfortable publicly, you know, even bringing this issue up.
GIULIANI: Well, I think what we really should try to do with the Tea Party, to get them to figure out what are your priority issues? Their priority issue, the whole reason they got established, was big government, heavy taxes, Obama care, government trying to direct your life, and then allow a certain amount of flexibility on social issues.
If we could organize around fiscal conservatism, conservatism on foreign policy, and on -- and on military policy, and then allow people to disagree with each other, sort of in the Ronald Reagan mold of "if you agree with me on eight out of ten issues, you're my friend."
Somehow, we're going to have to get around to that kind of party. Otherwise -- and I've been saying this for, you know, ten years, otherwise, we give away -- look at the map. We give away the entire northeast and we give away the entire West Coast. By the time we get to the electoral vote, we've got to win by one state, two states. And, you know, when you get a good campaign against you -- Barack Obama had a great ground game and a great campaign -- then you lose.
COOPER: I've got to go. But I want to ask you very briefly, do you think Mitt Romney has a role on the national stage in the Republican Party? Or do you think, you know, he goes kind of like Mike Dukakis, kind of disappears from the national stage?
GIULIANI: We don't do that. Republicans don't reject their prior candidates. I mean, we've had lots of candidates...
COOPER: I've heard a lot of rejection today.
GIULIANI: I know, I know. The day after we reject them, and then a year later -- a year later, they have a role in the party.
Mitt Romney -- Mitt Romney ran a very, very good race. You know, reality is, he's a very, very intelligent man. He's got a lot of terrific ideas. He's someone that can play a big role in this party.
Will he be a candidate again? I doubt that. There are an awful lot of candidates coming along. But will he be someone that we respect, admire? I gained tremendous -- I ran against Mitt Romney, and I saw in 2012 a Mitt Romney that I really, really admired.
COOPER: OK. Mayor Giuliani, appreciate you being on. Thank you very much.
GIULIANI: Thank you.
He didn't get enough votes.
~ New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on why Romney lost the election.
Perhaps the easy explanation is that two hurricanes and two betrayals by Chris Christie killed Mitt Romney's chances.
The first hurricane was Isaac, the one that skirted Tampa in late August during the Republican convention. That one seriously disrupted the official schedule.
. . . prime-time keynoter Chris Christie barely mentioned the nominee or Obama in a speech that sounded like the New Jersey governor was pumping his re-election.
. . . the second hurricane, Sandy, struck on Oct. 29. The campaign went into “freeze” mode while Obama swung into “commander in chief” mode. Romney's surge was suddenly frozen too.
It was perfectly fine for Chris Christie to join with Obama in the wake of the crisis. But to lather the president with praise, calling his response to Sandy “outstanding” in the immediate aftermath of the storm was completely unjustified.
~ Christopher Ruddy on Newsmax
The list of fools who have brought this disaster upon us certainly also will include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the gelatinous clown who (a) hogged up a prime time spot at the Republican convention to sing his own praises; (b) embraced Obama as the hero of Hurricane Sandy; and (c) then refused to appear at campaign events in support of Romney's presidential campaign. Good luck with the remainder of your political future, governor. It is unlikely Republicans shall soon forget your perfidious betrayal.
~ Robert Stacy McCain on American Spectator
Will Chris Christie Pay Any Price
. . . Have you seen anybody blaming Christie for Romney losing?
I'm seeing them blame the hurricane. I am seeing them blame the hurricane for destroying Romney's momentum. But are you seeing any Republicans or anybody in the media blame Christie for Romney...? (interruption) Yeah. (interruption) Well, I... (interruption) There are conversations everywhere where it's unforgivable what he did, yeah, but that's something that we're hearing. We don't know. Time will tell on that.
~ Rush Limbaugh on his Radio Show, Nov. 7, 2012
Congrats to @karlrove on blowing $400 million this cycle. Every race @crossroadsgps ran ads in, the Republicans lost. What a waste of money.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2012
Chris Wallace on Fox News to Karl Rove: Crossroads, which you helped found, spent what, $325 million, and we’ve ended up with the same president, the same Democratic majority in the Senate and the same Republican majority in the House. Was it worth it?
Karl Rove: Yeah. Look, if groups like Crossroads were not active, this race would have been over a long time ago. President Obama came out of the box on May 15 with $215 million of advertising over a 2½-month period, designed to demonize Mitt Romney.
~ Fox Transcript Via Politico
The billionaire donors I hear are livid. There is some holy hell to pay. Karl Rove has a lot of explaining to do … I don't know how you tell your donors that we spent $390 million and got nothing.
. . . I think there was a big bomb that just went off in the party and people need to see where the bodies lie and let the dust settle. The party needs to find the Rove of 1996, rather than Karl Rove who created George Bush and got him reelected twice and spent $500 million in the next two cycles.
~ Anonymous Republican Operative to Huffington Post
There will be a lot of blame to go around, but, if Republicans are honest, they’ll have to concede that the Romney campaign ran a bad campaign and only almost won because the President had a bad debate. Romney could not even win his home state, his second home state, or his vacation home state.
. . . Compromise? Like hell. We’re going to keep fighting. And we will find someone who actually doesn’t speak conservatism like he learned it from Rosetta Stone last week. For those of you on the left licking your chops thinking this spells doom — the nation just spent $6 billion for the status quo. I’ll take my chances.
The nation did not drift left. It was just unpersuaded Mitt Romney would actually take us right and sure as hell did not know what it would get even if it went with Romney. The next two years will set the vision of a more populist oriented conservatism of which I am excited to play a part....
. . . Just please, GOP, PLEASE — in four years let’s not go with the “he’s the most electable” argument. The most electable usually aren’t.
~ Erick Erickson, founder of Red State and CNN Pundit