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"make sure that we welcome others who are not yet Republicans"

Original post made by Pawlenty, another community, on Jul 30, 2009

"To move forward at a time when Republican numbers are shrinking in many states, the party should show "respect of those who don't agree with us"


By MICHAEL R. BLOOD (AP) – 26 minutes ago

SAN DIEGO — Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday urged fellow Republicans to welcome outsiders into the party ranks, not scorn them, as the GOP rebuilds from defeats that left the White House and Congress in Democratic hands.

The potential 2012 presidential candidate, addressing a meeting of the Republican National Committee, appealed to members to build bridges to independents and conservative-leaning Democrats that would win converts and, in turn, elections.

To move forward at a time when Republican numbers are shrinking in many states, the party should show "respect of those who don't agree with us," Pawlenty said. "Let's make sure that we welcome others who are not yet Republicans."

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD (AP) – 26 minutes ago

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Posted by YaThink?
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 30, 2009 at 7:23 pm

"The potential 2012 presidential candidate, addressing a meeting of the Republican National Committee, appealed to members to build bridges to independents and conservative-leaning Democrats that would win converts and, in turn, elections."

"urged fellow Republicans to welcome outsiders into the party ranks, not scorn them"

"the party should show "respect of those who don't agree with us,"

"Let's make sure that we welcome others who are not yet Republicans."

Now that's an idea! Ya Think?



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Posted by Troy
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 30, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Lets watch the conservitives jump all over this guy and his remarks!

He just may be one of the only people in their party who actally has a winning strategy.

However, I guarantee he will not win the support and self restraint from these angry conservatives that this strategy would require.

At the rate this party is going, they are have lost, or are loosing
any moderate or independent swing voters.


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Posted by Bummer
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 30, 2009 at 7:28 pm

This kind of thinking must really be a BUMMER for the people pushing all their anger, resentment and fear mongering on everyone.


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jul 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm

"This "group" is dead set on blaming every person, place or thing for the problems in their lives. They go out of their way to find connections between the problems in their lives and the so-called reasons THEY are not at fault. This group will watch television, read books and magazines, and listen to radio shows for the main purpose of discovering new ways of blaming someone or something else.

The problem with this group is that all the blaming and pointing of fingers does not make them one bit happier. Once they have pointed their finger at some issue and placed their blame on it, they feverishly move to another issue. The only level of satisfaction they ever get is bringing people down to their level of anger and unhappiness. After doing this, they celebrate their hard won battle and quickly step over the lives they have ruined."

This is so true!


Imagine that! The liberals are talking about Non Violent Communication, inclusion, effective communication and working together, while the Conservatives are talking about violence if the bill passes to cover abortions, making racist comments about Obamas family, shouting angry sediment at anyone who will listen and posting inaccurate fearful interpretations of a health care bill that is far from settles and wont take affect until 2013.

Their idol commentators, Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Huckabee and the like are spouting hateful angry rhetoric, every chance they get.

What the conservatives don't realize is that these guys get paid BIG bucks and are concerned mostly with ratings, while they severely damage their own party for the long haul.

A Republican Senator publicly called for cooperation of the party and restraint, as the Republican party is fast loosing any ground they had left.



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Posted by Allen
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 30, 2009 at 8:04 pm

This is friekin classic!

"To move forward at a time when Republican numbers are shrinking in many states, the party should show "respect of those who don't agree with us," Pawlenty said. "Let's make sure that we welcome others who are not yet Republicans."


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Posted by PartyRace
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Nothing Osama has done or plans to do is irreversibly damaging to America and in fact many steps he has taken have tuned out to be very good for the County.

Bush started the bail outs and Obama continued with this. The economic experts on most fronts agreed whole heartedly with the bail out that have taken place on Osama's watch.

Economic and medical profession experts agree that the health care system needs be revamped, just as most citizens do as well.

The Banks are repaying the bail out money! The auto industry is paying back the bail out money. Only the private banks that took Bush's bail out money and gave it away as bonus money is LOST for good.

The stock market is improving. Consumer confidence is rising. New housing starts are ahead for the first time in 3 years.

Foreign Countries have a favorable view of our president.

Unemployment is high and that ball started rolling a year and a half ago and can NOT be stopped by policy or stimulus altogether.

However, those who have lost their jobs have two extensions on unemployment benefits and the reinvestment act is paying 65% of their Cobra bill for 9 up to months.

People wanted HOPE and CHANGE and we have that for the most part. Things continue to get better day by day. Obama NEVER promised an overnight fix all, ever! In fact he was very candid on the campaign trail and continues to be candid as to the reality of just how high the mountain is, that we as a Country must climb together.

People want to believe thing will get better and Obama has already provided for this in many ways that people hoped for.

NOW, on the Right, people are openly freaking out and creating a mass epidemic of MORE of the SAME FEAR MONGERING that Bush used as a strategy. McCain continued with this strategy and LOST!

The Republican party strategist are just now this week, starting to realize that their base are further alienating the party from main stream Americans who are DONE with this negative hateful FEAR MONGERING and propaganda.

We shall see if the party base cam muster the discipline that is needed to salvage the party for the next race?


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Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2009 at 8:40 pm

You used "osama" two times rather than your intended Obama!

Well, good post any ways and at least you didn't copy and paste what you wrote from some radical web site.

Great points and great post!


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Posted by It's a really good idea
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

As a conservative politically and socially, I agree with Gov. Tim Pawlenty. I'm one of those "right wing extremists" (so ridiculous to label anyone as that) and I would like a little more variety in our party myself - the more people we can win over to understand that there is more opportunity with less government, and champion personal freedoms, the better off our nation will be.

While I don't agree with watering down of our beliefs in the republican party, I have always felt I had just as much in common with those that are registered Democrats as I do with those in my own party. We're really not that far apart just left or right of center.

It is the far left and the far right that I can't relate to - and fortunately, there are as many of them. Even as a Bible believing Christian, I know that it is the responsibility of the church - not the government - to care for people. It is the job of the government - not the church - to protect others.

The church - my collective brothers and sisters - have failed our communities by not loving on them as we were charged with by our professed Lord. We, for instance, started the instutions of higher education in the beginning of our nation and we have really abandoned our rightful place in society. Government has tried to "fill in" for us and it isn't right and it really isn't working.

Until the church and the government see and fulfill their rightful places in our society, just as the founding fathers hoped, we'll continue to have fundamental problems in our nation - it's time to step up and do the right thing.

That said, the Church is making strides, but we have a lot of trust to earn with a lot of skeptics who think church simply boils down to a lot of rules that ruins their fun. Sad that it came to that - it's never been my experience and I pray hard for my fellow countrymen and women that we will regain some sanity and balance our lives the way they were intended to be.

Just my soap box statement for the day. I enjoy reading all of your opinions as well. Only the best for the USA!


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Posted by It's a really good idea
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 31, 2009 at 8:32 am

Correction: It is the far left and the far right that I can't relate to - and fortunately, there are'NT as many of them.


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Posted by Amanda
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 31, 2009 at 10:05 am

I was about to ask? Thank's for the clarification.

"I know that it is the responsibility of the church - not the government - to care for people"

Could you outline, in an ideal world, exactly how the church would take care of all the peoples needs?


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Posted by One reply
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 31, 2009 at 12:07 pm

One reply from a conservative?

Interesting!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 31, 2009 at 12:24 pm

Find the Conservative! Web Link


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