We blame Paul Ryan!  And those who supported him.  Happy when we see his backside heading out the door.  But he will be back.


The results are in, and Republicans have lost the majority in the House of Representatives. This outcome was disappointing, but not surprising.

The president’s party loses an average of 32 seats in the House during a midterm election year. It has been this way since 1862, with only two exceptions. Republican leadership needed an unusually high GOP turnout to preserve the majority, and as luck would have it, they had the tools to make it happen.

Republicans had control over two branches of government, a strong economy, a president enthusiastically stumping for GOP candidates, even a last-minute enthusiasm boost from the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

If ever there was a year for a historic upset, this would have been it. Unfortunately, congressional Republicans failed to check off the most important box of all: They forgot to govern like Republicans.

When congressional Republicans govern like Democrats, likely GOP voters stay home. This is normally the moment when Republican Party “strategists” release a 100-page autopsy to analyze “what went wrong” this cycle, but I will save them the trouble.

Rather than seizing the once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an enduring legacy of free markets, lower taxes, shrinking debts, and economic growth, Republicans in Congress made four critical mistakes that ultimately cost them the majority.

Continue to see all four mistakes...

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While I agree with the content as well as the general theme of the article, I also looked at the conundrum of trying to defend/maintain forty (40) seats of retiring legislators who packed their do nothing bags, took their do nothing federal pension and headed for the islands to enjoy their "unearned" booty... It's been very sad indeed... And the way these hundreds of thousands of ballots continue to "magically" appear, there is concern over the senate as well... There "should be NO way that Senema should be beating Martha but that appears to be a possibility along with the races in Florida and Mississippi, all still up in the air. 

The outgoing GOP house members saw the writing on the wall, didn't want to be accountable … wanted to take their spoils and run.  Establishment republicans...

This just hi-lights what I have said for years. Which is that McCain and his crew are Democrats using an R as camouflage. They aren't even RINOs at all. The truth is out now that McCain is gone Flake isn't pretending anymore and neither are McCains former top people. Better put this into memory because these guys may come back claiming they are really conservatives and our brain dead brethren may forget these days of shame and truth for these liars and thieves.

Van, I too crunched numbers past and the current general   election and I AGREE the story that played out is full of conundrums. Fishy.

I turned in the form to put my name in for state committeewoman for we as you said "Political Civil War within the GOP and we had better Win It, or it's over in AZ."

Van, Of course the general and the primary elections are two different beast.

Wondering if there is any value to be gained from the results of these two elections in understanding the upsets that occurred.

I have been studying relative to U.S. Senator, SOS and Supt of Public Instruction.

Draining the swamp of the swamp dwellers is a big project!  He is doing pretty good I think

I agree with the article . Our state of AZ now has a Senator who is pro Taliban over a military person. Gov Ducey didn't wait for the official call on the Sec of State and offered his congrats to the Democrat. He then appoints a Democrat to the BD of Regents. No outrage voiced by any Republican about the stolen election. The AZ GOP was silent through out and then decides to announce an investigation to CYA. Ducey caved to the RedforEd placing our children in the hands of Marxists. The GOP prefers Democrats to Conservative Republicans. When Sen Mitch McConnell sticks his beak in other states his Establishment candidate loses elections
We do not have true Republicans, we do not have leaders we have McCainites and Sinema could not be happier

Yeah, chatter chatter. Offer a plan. talk is cheap.  everyone says what they think the problem is no one comes up with a plan

True both talk is cheap and a plan is short without $$'s to back it. We had a primary candidate for senator that had pretty darn good conservative credentials, not perfect, compared to McSally scored at least 60 points higher. She ran as a solid Trump supporter and for his America First Agenda. Lots of energy and worked her butt off to win the primary. Pro life too. She was beat by the GOP and many I suspect at AFA did not vote for her. A rule I have adopted, besides vetting, is if the GOP establishment is squarely behind a candidate run the opposite way.

We are expected then in the general to support the GOPs candidate that won the primary. They call for unity. Unity means throw your beliefs and values on the trash heap, hold your nose while in the dumpster and vote establishment GOP. 

I am not going to do that again.

We conservatives are now a fringe group viewed by the the GOP, who are really members of the uniparty establishment as a nuisance.

We are really leaderless.





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