The Cost of Bashing the GOP

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Approval ratings for the Republican Party recently sank to their lowest levels in a quarter century. According to Pew Research Center, an appalling 62% of registered voters view the GOP unfavorably. This is not just because the American people don’t like the leading candidates – Trump and Cruz – but because both candidates ran for president by bashing their own party and its leaders.

John Boehner certainly deserves some criticism, but he also delivered GOP majorities in three consecutive elections, actually cut spending two years in a row, and succeeded in reducing the deficit by nearly three-fourths. Mitch McConnell conquered the Senate in 2014, after 8 years of Democratic domination, and not one Republican in either house of Congress voted for Obamacare.

If presidential contenders express only contempt for their party it not only undermines GOP chances for winning the White House, but damages candidates for House, Senate and legislatures across the country.

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  1. Mark Caley  •  May 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Ha! You lose AGAIN. Trump wins Indiana. Cruz quits presidential race in a huff. GOP voters want Trump. You don't and have done more harm than good with your selfish diatribes against Trump. There will be no brokered convention. Voters are sick and tired of all the do nothing status quo politicians. Try to get a clue.

    • Jason  •  May 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      No, America loses. Hillary will be president. God help us. Our liberty is in grave peril. I'm ashamed of my party tonight.

    • David Marshall  •  May 5, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      "Do nothing" and "status quo" are both lies, as Medved has pointed out many times, with facts and reality on his side. You might consider switching sides.

      • John D. Fiat  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:33 am

        No, if Hillary wins it's only because of the novelty of being a woman (just like Obama only won for being black). It's nearly impossible to compete with that, but Trump is different. He is our celebrity, he is our Reagan (Trump is just a better actor), so we've got a real chance here. Plus, Billlary might very well be in jail by November, so I wouldn't even worry about her.

      • John D. Fiat  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:47 am

        "Do nothing" and "status quo" politicians are lies that Michael has pointed out many times? Do tell!

        FYI, the Neocon, Michael Medved is not a conservative now, nor has he ever been. He is a globalist, Israel-firster, and war seeker! Zionist clowns like him are just afraid that the U.S. might get a Republican POTUS with his own foreign policy instead of Israel's. In fact, some prominent Israeli official recently said as much. He said, at least with Hillary we'd get an aggressive internationalist/interventionist. What does that tell us? It tells us that these Zio-clowns care more about Israel than getting a conservative in the White House. More warmongering and more blank checks for Israel, that's the only thing that counts to these vermin!

    • Carmen Grosse  •  May 7, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Selfish? Mr.Medved has become my hero in his efforts to save this elections and this country.I pray that soon we can make America Smart again by finding a way to defeat that evil and ignorant buffoon

  2. Nani  •  May 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Can the "base" of "real" conservatives explain how the only "real" conservative Cruz lost? I mean wasn't he supposed to be the real deal? Wasn't he the only one that fought the GOP tooth and nail and "courageously" shut down the government? Didn't he agree that anything short of deporting all Hispanics was amnesty? Didn't he push for everything that the talk show mafia told us was conservative?

    Explain please how the base had a real chance to vote for a real conservative — and FAILED.

    • David Marshall  •  May 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Simple. He's an unappealing human being.

      • Nani  •  May 6, 2016 at 5:41 pm

        So you're saying being a REAL conservative wasn't enough for the base? One had to be APPEALING too? Rather shallow huh?

  3. Jim Bird  •  May 4, 2016 at 3:26 am

    BOEHNER DID NOT DELIVER MAJORITIES IN 3 CONSECUTIVE ELECTIONS!!! Scared Republicans did!! Boehner, and the other old guys denigrated them for God's sake!
    The GOP stabbed all of us in the back 3 consecutive election cycles, squandered the majorities and for some unknown backroom deal put Trump, a New York Liberal on our nominee list. The fix is in, the Party's over for good, the GOP screwed the pooch for the last time. Just for the record Michael – the GOP constituency is not stupid. The RNC and the GOP are literally brain dead though. Happy trails.

  4. OhSoBored  •  May 4, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    This is rich. All I can say is, with Republicans like Medved on our side, who needs Democrats to denigrate and delegitimize conservative candidates. Has anyone ever notice Medved uses the tactics of the left? In is zeal to advance his personal favorite, Marco Rubio, he mocked, disrespected and belittled the other Republican candidates, which is what the left does. Look how his tone on Cruz morphed as candidates left the race. He said the most vile things about Cruz during most of the race. But when when Cruz was the only candidate left with a chance to counter Trump, Medved started praising him. The hypocrisy was stunning.

    • David Marshall  •  May 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      It's not hypocrisy to jump into a life raft if your ship sinks. Get a grip.

    • jabberwock  •  May 6, 2016 at 11:43 am

      "Has anyone ever notice Medved uses the tactics of the left?"

      That's where his roots are. His "conservative" veneer is very thin and wearing off, showing the real Medved underneath.

    • John D. Fiat  •  May 12, 2016 at 2:56 am

      Yep, you nailed him. And have you heard him regarding immigration laws/reform? OMG, he sounds like he's reading the Marxist playbook (or trying out for a new gig on MSNBC). He even repeats the Lefts' immigration mantras. For instance, he says that illegal aliens should be allowed to "come out of the shadows" and that they'll pay back taxes and fines. I've known what he really is for a long time now, but I at least thought he was smart. But anyone that believes that illegal criminal invaders will ever pay one damn peso is seriously stupid (or delusional). And if one believes the vermin will pay back taxes, even more so!

  5. SCOTT  •  May 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    This is unreal. Let me tell you, Cruz never got any momentum because he is so disingenuous when he speaks- long pauses, then says a few words- long pause, then a few more words. He speaks like a politician which is obviously what voters do NOT want. As far as negative views of the GOP- WHO CARES! They deserve it. And get a clue Medved, its not the GOP that the American people will vote for, they will vote for Trump and mark my words, Trump will absolutely crush Hillary. Sure the media will "start" attacking Trump but that has already begun long ago. Get a clue, all the drive by's say he is racist and all that other left wing media garbage. The people know the truth. You're not a conservative anyway, Medved. You are a republican and a voice for the republicans not conservatives.

  6. Andrew D.  •  May 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Thats a cop out Michael. Congress always held a Trump card they could have defunded Obamacare, they should have went as far as to shut the government down before they let it slide past them. The same with amesty for illigals there were ways it could have been fought and the establishment just went along, didnt want to make waves, and kept the door open to those cushy lobiest positions.

  7. Robert Williamson  •  May 8, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Cruz was a real constitutional conservative. That is why he was said to be unpopular. All the rest want to take the easy way to get elected – buying votes, For example, in Iowa, Cruz stood strong against taxpayers paying for ethanol production. Both Trump and Rubio went for buying votes instead. All this started a long time ago. Unfortunately it is now too late. The country is broke and the people are fat, lazy, and dependent. I'm glad I am as old as I am and don't have to watch much more of my country dying.

  8. Rangers1  •  May 8, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Cruz started loosing in the polls the day Jeb Bush endorsed him. 6pts. in the first polls in the following weeks. And 11pts following Lindsey Graham. Trump labeled Cruz an insider on that day and it stuck ever since. 62% of voters in Indiana exit polls said they wanted an outsider. Thanks Jeb. Trump has brought up some issues that needed to to brought to the front. But Im just not sure people will get what they think they will in the long run with him. Lets see what he says now that he is presumptive. He may blow it. I hope he continues down the good path he seems to be entering into for the first time in his life.

    • Brian  •  May 12, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      I totally agree.

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