GOP: Inept By Definition?


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without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit: He is inept at mechanical tasks.She is inept at dealing with people.

generally awkward or clumsy; haplessly incompetent.


inappropriate; unsuitable; out of place.


absurd or foolish: an inept remark.
No where does the ineptitude of Republicans more clearly on display than their absolute inability to articulate an easily understood message to the public on any serious issue; like ObamaCare, for example. The good Dr. Thomas Sowell wrote a blistering analysis of the GOP’s messaging problem the other day. This was his opening volley:
If the continued existence of mathematics depended on the ability of the Republicans to defend the proposition that two plus two equals four, that would probably mean the end of mathematics and of all the things that require mathematics.
Democrats, on the other hand, are very good at articulating their message in terms that the folks on Main Street can understand. They are very well coordinated and uniform in their messaging. Dr. Sowell says that Democrats could sell refrigerators to Eskimos, while Republicans couldn’t sell blankets to Eskimos. Apparently Republicans never learned the KISS principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid!
During the 2012 presidential campaigns, I was delighted when Mitt Romney choose Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Do you remember Ryan  explaining the debt crisis and the impending collapse of Social Security with all of his charts and graphs and numbers? I loved it! But, I’m an engineer. Charts and graphs and numbers were my life. But for John and Jane Doe out in the heartland it was gobbledygook.
And John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, is worse than useless. He certainly has Dr. Sowell scratching his head.
Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, epitomized what has been wrong with the Republicans for decades when he emerged from a White House meeting last Wednesday, went over to the assembled microphones, briefly expressed his disgust with the Democrats’ intransigence and walked on away.
We are in the midst of a national crisis, immediately affecting millions of Americans and potentially affecting the kind of country this will become if ObamaCare goes into effect — and yet, with multiple television network cameras focused on Speaker Boehner as he emerged from the White House, he couldn’t be bothered to prepare a statement that would help clarify a confused situation, full of fallacies and lies.
As Dr. Sowell points out, sometimes it is simple things like coming up with a buzz word that captures the publics attention. He reminds us how good Democrats are in creating buzzwords.

The Democrats have obviously given a lot of attention to articulation, including coordinated articulation among their members. Some years ago, Senator Chuck Schumer was recorded, apparently without his knowledge, telling fellow Democrats to keep using the word “extremist” when discussing Republicans.

Even earlier, when George W. Bush first ran for President, the word that suddenly began appearing everywhere was “gravitas” — as in the endlessly repeated charge that Bush lacked “gravitas.” People who had never used that word before suddenly began using it all the time.

Today, the Democrats’ buzzword is “clean” — as in the endlessly repeated statement that Republicans in the House of Representatives should send a “clean” bill to the Senate. Anything less than a blank check is not considered a “clean” bill.

Maybe the GOP needs to hire some Madison Avenue consultants to help them with their messaging skills. But then, maybe there’s a reason the Republican Party are called the Stupid Party.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?


16 thoughts on “GOP: Inept By Definition?

  1. The right is pushing now, not waiting for absent leadership. It’s beginning to gel now. The overt abuse of government power is getting the response they probably want so they can move against everybody, but they are making a mistake. We shall overcome, not those two-bit phonies who are trying to impose their alien philosophy on Americans. What a third rate government we have. Banana republic.

  2. Well done Jim. Having suffered through various pressers, you are right on. What I cannot find on video, is one where Boehner said a few same old words. Then at the very end, a woman asked him why some of the GOP doesn’t like him. I literally started to see him start to cry and mumbled something incoherent and rushed out the door. Said it all.

  3. He wasn’t crying, he was peeling onions, I think… What he mumbled was, “I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.”

  4. Why hasn’t the GOP caught on the the American electorate is now an electorate of sound bytes and buzz words? America is so dumbed down that no other strategy will work to turn the tide — if the tide can be turned, that is.

  5. There is no doubt that the Democrats are head and shoulders above the Republicans when it comes to messaging, but part of that has to do with the message. Democrats tug on the heart strings and make an emotional plea while Republicans try to deal with the cold, hard facts of reality and the truth is that most people don’t want to hear the truth. That is the conundrum the Republicans need to work around and it isn’t going to be easy.

    1. I don’t disagree with you; but, as Sowell pointed out, Boehner had a golden opportunity to deliver his message to all the MSM audiences and he he blew it. All he would have had to say is that ObamaCare is taking from the working poor and middle class to subsidize the poor. It’s a big middle class tax!

  6. I think Steve has the answer…a lot of people don’t want to hear the truth. It means they have to man-up and stand on their own.

    You point to one of the greatest frustrations I have and just discussed with my State Senator yesterday….messaging. It’s really hard to sell a winning argument when bullies are throwing lies faster than you can respond…and so many lies. Imagine a president who sends out park rangers to act as Gestapo and at the same time blames everyone else for his own actions. Never his fault or responsibility…with media lying right along with him. On messaging, this is why Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Rand Paul are be coming heroes….for getting through and telling truths that people finally can grasp.

  7. The Republican Party is a purchased party. Time and again, I’ve proven it to myself by linking the big banks back to funding the same Benedict Arnold republicans that screw us over and over again. Lamar Alexader for example, will vote our sovereignty away and act like he’s done us a favor. We a have a great challenger against him this year, but to be honest I don’t trust the machines. About 10 years ago we had a guy here in TN that tried to start a voting machine company that would be transparent and accountable. Yep, his car got ran off the road by a semi on the way to his job.

    The hate for Alexander runs big time in this state. More people show up to protest him than go to his fancy pancy fundraisers. My prediction, he’ll “win” by 80%. If he does, I’ll know it’s all rigged, and most of TN will know it too.

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