A year after Tampa, can the GOP fix itself with a third party?

Unfortunately for the GOP, there is truth to both concerns, and the present dichotomy between these two views from within the party is unenviable.

The problem is compounded by the fact that millions of people are abandoning the Republicans (as well as the Democrats), preferring instead to register with no-party affiliation.

So what is the GOP to do?

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, August 27, 2013

One year ago, the GOP convention came to town, albeit delayed for a day because of sensitivities to what Tropical Storm Isaac, brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, might do.

As Isaac passed and the party began to convene, Republicans began what they thought was the last leg of their road to retake the White House. The convention ended up being a seemingly seamless and perfectly choreographed affair — unless you consider the Isaac issue, Clint Eastwood’s performance with “Obama’s chair,” or the fact that the assembled delegates on the convention floor looked whiter than a bowl of cottage cheese.

Mitt Romney left the convention without much movement in the polls, and days later, the Democrats met in Charlotte, where they held one of their most successful conventions in recent times.

The hopes of Republican voters jumped after the first debate, but Romney couldn’t sustain the enthusiasm and lost big to Obama on Election Day.

Caption: Delegates cheer for Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa last year.
Caption: Delegates cheer for Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention in Tampa last year.

For the GOP, the Tampa convention and the Romney campaign with the flaws that came with the candidate are now mere asterisks in the annals of party history. The question is, what have we learned since, and when will the party change?

Since the election, the most common comments I hear about the party contain one of two views, one being Continue reading “A year after Tampa, can the GOP fix itself with a third party?”

Election outlook prediction

By Chris Ingram

Here are five things to look for tonight

As voters across the country head to the polls today, here are five things to look for tonight as the ballots are counted. My Electoral College and popular vote prediction is included at the end, along with a link to an Electoral College map creator.

Photo: Katherine Harris holding a Palm Beach County voter in 2000.

Here is the list:

1) It’s going to be a long night. Voting started and ended in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire shortly after midnight Tuesday. The handful of first-in-the-nation voters were evenly split between the two major-party candidates just like the rest of the country is divided.

Ohio is a swing state where the candidates are virtually tied in the polls. The Electoral College could hinge on Continue reading “Election outlook prediction”

A message to Romney and Obama

The next generation is the first generation in American history that is not expected to have a better quality of life than the one that came before it. All Americans should be ashamed of this. Most parents frequently remind their kids to share and to think about others, but no one seems to be thinking about them.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, November 5, 2012

Dear Gov. Romney and President Obama:

No matter who wins the election for the presidency tomorrow, many Americans are hopeful the winner will make changes that improve the long-term prospects for our nation’s children. For years, Republican and Democrat politicians alike have ignored long-term problems that will affect the next generation, in favor of taking care of those who will vote for them in the next election.

Not only does the next generation not have a say (because they can’t vote), they also don’t get many of the benefits that are targeted to other segments of the population. The real whopper is, they also get stuck with the bills for all of the goodies that went to everybody else.

To fix this problem, it will be necessary Continue reading “A message to Romney and Obama”

5 things Obama doesn’t want to think about

Ever the arrogant one, President Obama is crisscrossing the northeast like a pre-Election Day Santa Clause in the post-hurricane Sandy aftermath. Democrats are no doubt secretly thankful that the storm has taken Benghazi and the lackluster economy off of the front pages of the newspapers and the blogosphere. But in their gleeful moment, they shouldn’t get too confident. Here’s why:

 By Chris Ingram

Ever the arrogant one, President Obama is crisscrossing the northeast like a pre-Election Day Santa Clause in the post-hurricane Sandy aftermath. Democrats are no doubt secretly thankful that the storm has taken Benghazi and the lackluster economy off of the front pages of the newspapers and the blogosphere. But in their gleeful moment, they shouldn’t get too confident. Here’s why:

Obama Clause: Ho-ho-ho! Big government makes the people happy!

1) American voters have short memories, but they aren’t altogether stupid. Sure the TV moments with storm victims may help the president a bit, but who among the storm victims are going to vote for this guy just because he showed up to do what the president is supposed to do in these instances? No one. Anyone who would vote for him just for being the “comforter in chief” is an idiot who was probably going to vote for him anyway. And those short memories still remember they don’t have a job, that their kids’ future is not as bright as it used to be, and that the economy is currently floating on Monopoly money. Besides, most of the storm states were going to Obama (blue states) anyway.

2) The media has widely reported how Continue reading “5 things Obama doesn’t want to think about”

Irreverent View’s ballot recommendations

For president of the United States, Irreverent View strongly recommends Mitt Romney. If you need to know why, or haven’t already made up your mind on this one, you need your head examined by a licensed medical professional. I predict Romney will win Florida by three percent and will also win the presidency with significantly more popular votes than Obama, and a squeaker in the Electoral College.

By Chris Ingram

With apologies to early voters, Irreverent View’s annual general election ballot suggestions are indicated below. If you haven’t already voted, please do so today. This is going to be a close election and your vote counts.

For president of the United States, Irreverent View strongly recommends Mitt Romney. If you need to know why, or haven’t already made up your mind on this one, you need your head examined by a licensed medical professional. I predict Romney will win Florida by three percent and will also win the presidency with significantly more popular votes than Obama, and a squeaker in the Electoral College.

 

Photo: Mitt Romney meets with Adam Putnam and Jeb Bush in Tampa. Photo courtesy of Todd Marks.

 

For U.S. Senate from Florida, Irreverent View very reluctantly recommends Connie Mack IV. This guy is about the most ridiculous, unqualified, and unaccomplished candidate the Republican party in Florida has nominated since Mike Haridopolos became president of the Florida Senate. So why am I recommending him? Continue reading “Irreverent View’s ballot recommendations”

The advertisement Romney and Obama don’t want you to see

An out of the box political advertisement neither the Romney or Obama campaigns want you to see will be airing locally (in Tampa) this Sunday during Political Connections on Bay News 9 (available exclusively on Brighthouse Networks channel 1009HD/9SD). The program airs from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The 30 second ad will run at some time during the show. Following the show, it will be featured on the Irreverent View website.

By Chris Ingram

An out of the box political advertisement neither the Romney or Obama campaigns want you to see will be airing locally (in Tampa) this Sunday during Political Connections on Bay News 9 (available exclusively on Brighthouse Networks channel 1009HD/9SD). The program airs from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The 30 second ad will run at some time during the show.

Following the show, it will be featured on the Irreverent View website.

Be sure to watch for the ad the campaigns are too scared to air, and don’t want you to see.

Watch the ad this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Continue reading “The advertisement Romney and Obama don’t want you to see”

Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, October 27, 2012

What if you had to pass a knowledge quiz in order to have the right to vote? Some say it’s not a bad idea because there are a lot of people who have no idea about how our government or politics really work. Would you pass the test? Here are 10 questions to see if you’re a knowledgeable and qualified voter.

1. True or false: The only thing more boring than last Monday night’s debate is Continue reading “Fit to vote? Take this elections and politics quiz”