The Republican Party of yes is not a new idea

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WASHINGTON, August 10, 2014 — The New York times writes, Uniting to Take Congress, G.O.P. Tries to Become the Party of ‘Yes’, only the idea is far from new. But they do revisit an interesting path that Republicans must take.

In April 2010, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke at the South Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans and said that Republicans needed to become the Party of Yes.

Today the question is “Can Jeff Sessions lead his fellow Republicans to become the ‘yes’ party?”


One rock that Republicans need to kick over is that at one time there was a difference between the Democratic party and liberals. Looking at the Democratic party as far back as 1950, or as recently as 1990, not all Democrats were mainstream liberals.

In fact, few were.

Today, few Democrats lean toward the center, staying firmly to left the with party ideology of big business, entitlements and a do-as-I-say administration. Only recent actions by the Obama Adminstration that have his poll numbers at historical lows may have Liberal Democrats moving away from Obama.

Even as Republicans have moved farther right, they have combated the very things most dear to a liberal’s big-government, welfare-loving heart.

Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is saying that Republicans need to unite around those things they can lead on — a balanced budget and approval of items such as the Keystone XL pipeline, or the repeal of the medical equipment tax.

Republican party leaders need to find items that they can realistically support, that will get them voter support, and that will create unity at the highest levels of the party in order to gain seats in the fall mid-term elections.

And they don’t have a lot of time once they return to session.

Items such as immigration, which Republicans would like to see changes in, need to be set aside until there is a larger consensus in the House and Senate. Recent world events have moved the issue of immigration from the media’s front burner to the warmer.

Republicans are favoring a more measured approach toward immigration, which is supported by the majority of Americans, versus a broad-brush and sweeping amnesty for all.

It’s a matter of simply defining party priorities, versus individual agendas.

“We need to change our mentality,” said Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican. “Because we have been in the minority, some people are used to saying no. We need to find something we can say yes to, something that advances our agenda.”

And that means some elected officials may need to accept defeat in some hard-line districts in order to achieve success in the future. It is unrealistic to think that every demand can be met; by attempting to do so and holding to that hard line, they are ensuring the party’s defeat.

Swing states like Illinois, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are particularly vulnerable for the Republicans. They have a very short period of time once they get back in September to show that they can get the job, any job, done.

One item that they can send forward is a budget, a sore spot for people both inside and outside the Beltway. Sessions says Republicans need to come together on a budget; failure is not an option if the GOP is to be a party of leaders.

For that budget to balance will require the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget to identify more than $5 trillion in reduction over the next decade.

“We have to be better informed about what is cuttable and what is not,” Mr. Sessions said. “This idea that the government cannot take reductions in spending is ludicrous, and the American people know that.”

Part of the strategy will be to send measures that already have bi-partisan support, but that have been sidelined on Capitol Hill to the president. In addition to Keystone XL and the medical device tax repeal, other items include exporting of natural gas and changing the definition of “full-time” work from 30 to 40 hours per week.

Another popular measure Republican can get behind is the Veteran’s Employment bill.

Republicans have battled and defeated Tea Party candidates in two important elections, Tennessee (Lama Alexandar) and Kansas (Pat Roberts). A recent poll of registered voters by NBC/WSJ/Marist showed that registered voters are favoring Republicans over Democrats by a slight lead – 43 to 31 percent with a 16 percent undecided.

A recent Gallup survey  shows Jewish voters leaning toward Republicans, in large part because of the Administration’s response to the conflict in Israel. A Pew Poll asking who was responsible for the violence was almost evenly split — 29 percent blaming Hams, 26 percent blaming Israel.

Republican voters, however, held Hamas responsible over Israel by 60 to 13 percent.

Speaking to The Hill, Noam Neusner, who worked for President George W. Bush as a liaison to the Jewish community said:

“The bigger issue is not whether the Obama administration imposes a cease-fire on Israel or not. The bigger issue is with the Democratic Party electorate, namely academic elites, African-Americans and younger voters.

As those blocs of voters become more skeptical of Israel’s right to defend itself — and that seems to be happening — that is going to make American Jews who are Democratic Party voters less comfortable in their own party.”

 

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  • acmaurer

    Republicans have a lot they can run on if they would just concentrate on policy instead of power.

  • Osalt Osalt

    Here is the problem with Republicans: The party represents a Right Wing Morals Group , Morality Police, Religion in Govt, Theocracy, etc. This is exactly the tact & ways of ISIS, the Taliban & other extreme religious conservative groups in other parts of the world. Do we really want this? We get it by voting Republican.

  • Joanna Thomson

    Either way this government is corrupt, whether it be Republican Pig Capitalist Nazi’s or Democrat Socialist Communists but sides of our government are evil and its just a ploy to keep you as cheap labor to serve them as slaves enforced by their Police Gestapo and Operant conditioned Military drones that lost their free will the moment they joined. Are you a man or a slave?

    • Terry Ponick

      Great, deeply intellectual summation of the current situation. So, Joanna, what’s your solution? More invective?

      • Joanna Thomson

        Revolution!……. We must exterminate the corruption just like one must would remove a tumor.The Patriots of America removed the red coats which were oppressing them we must do the same. This country was founded upon freedom anyone that would deny the vision of our founding fathers is a traitor and enemy of the state. I wish they could see that they have become the very evil that we sat to destroy over 200 years ago.

        If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.

        -George Washington

    • Joanna Thomson

      War…….. We must exterminate the corruption just like one must would remove a tumor.
      The Patriots of America removed the red coats which were oppressing them we must do the same.

      Synthetic Viral Synthesis

      Step I:Custom Oligonucleotide Synthesis

      Materials

      •Commerical Nucleic Acid Synthesizer

      •Solution of the four DNA phosphoramidite monomers (bases)

      •All the 5’-hydroxyl groups must be blocked with a DMT group for all four bases

      •All phosphorus linkages must be blocked with a cyanoethyl group.

      •Blocking solutions

      •Reaction chamber and a type of solid support such as controlled pore glass

      •The solid support should be prepared with the desired first base already attached via an ester

      linkage at the 3’-hydroxyl end.

      •Dichloroacetic acid or trichloroacetic acid

      •Tetrazole

      •Acetic anhydride and N-methylimidazole

      •Dilute iodine in a water/pyridine/tetrahydrofuran solution

      •Concentrated ammonia hydroxide.

      •Materials for one desalting method

      Process

      Step A: De-blocking

      The first base, which is attached to the solid support, is at first inactive because all the active sites

      have been blocked or protected. To add the next base, the DMT group protecting the 5′-hydroxyl

      group must be removed. This is done by adding a base, either dichloroacetic acid (DCA) or

      trichloroacetic acid in dichloromethane (DCM), to the reaction column. The 5’-

      hydroxyl group is now the only reactive group on the base monomer. This ensures that the

      addition of the next base will only bind to that site. The reaction column is then washed to remove

      any extra acid and by-products.

      Step B: Base Condensation

      The next base monomer cannot be added until it has been activated. This is achieved by adding

      tetrazole to the base. Tetrazole cleaves off one of the groups protecting the phosphorus linkage.

      This base is then added to the reaction column. The active 5’-hydroxyl group of the preceeding

      base and the newly activated phosphorus bind to loosely join the two bases together. This forms

      an unstable phosphite linkage. The reaction column is then washed to remove any extra

      tetrazole, unbound base and by-products.

      Step C: Capping

      When the activated base is added to the reaction column some does not bind to the active 5’-

      hydroxyl site of the previous base. If this group is left unreacted in a step it is possible for it to

      react in later additions of different bases. This would result in an oligonucleotide with a deletion.

      To prevent this from occurring, the unbound, active 5’-hydroxyl group is capped with a protective

      group which subsequently prohibits that strand from growing again. This is done by adding acetic

      anhydride and N-methylimidazole to the reaction column. These compounds only react with the

      5’-hydroxyl group. The base is capped by undergoing acetylation. The reaction column is then

      washed to remove any extra acetic anhydride or N-methylimidazole.

      Step D: Oxidation

      In step 2 the next desired base was added to the previous base, which resulted in a unstable

      phosphite linkage. To stabalize this linkage a solution of dilute iodine in water, pyridine, and

      tetrahydrofuran is added to the reaction column. The unstable phosphite linkage is oxidized to

      form a much more stable phosphate linkage.

      Repeat as need based on length desired between 1 and 10,000 times.

      Final Product: DNA Chains from 1 to 10,000 base pairs in length.

      Step II:Molecular Cloning: Polymerase Chain Reaction(PCR)

      Materials

      -Thermal Cycler

      -Taq polymerase

      -Generated DNA Fragments

      Process

      A. Denaturation – the DNA is heated usually to 95C to render it single-stranded

      B. Annealing – the two primers bind the appropriate complementary strand; the temperature for

      this step varies depending on the of size of the primer and its homology to the target DNA

      C. Primer Extension – DNA polymerase extends the primer by its polymerase activity; this is

      done at a temperature optimal for the particular polymerase that is used; currently the most

      popular enzyme for this step is Taq polymerase, the DNA polymerase from the thermophilic

      (“heat-loving) bacteria Thermus aquaticus; the extension is performed at 72C. These steps are

      repeated from 28-35 times. Since the reaction is essentially exponential and since each cycle is

      about 5 minutes, a large quantity of DNA can be produced for analysis in as little as several

      hours.

      Final Product: Exponential DNA cloning

      Step III:Mass Ligation Reaction

      Materials

      •Two or more fragments of DNA that have either blunt or compatible cohesive (“sticky”) ends.

      •A buffer which contains ATP. The buffer is usually provided or prepared as a 10X concentrate

      which, after dilution, yields an ATP concentration of roughly 0.25 to 1 mM. Most restriction

      enzyme buffers will work if supplemented with ATP.

      •T4 DNA ligase. A typical reaction for inserting a fragment into a plasmid vector (subcloning)

      would utilize about 0.01 (sticky ends) to 1 (blunt ends) units of ligase.

      Process

      The optimal incubation temperature for T4 DNA ligase is 16C and when very high efficiency

      ligation is desired (e.g. making libraries) this temperature is recommended. However, ligase is

      active at a broad range of temperatures, and for routine purposes such as subcloning,

      convenience often dictates incubation time and temperature – ligations performed at 4C overnight

      or at room temperature for 30 minutes to a couple of hours usually work well.

      Final Product: Every possible recombination

      Step IV:Activation and Reproduction:Plasmid Vector

      (sub-cloning)

      Materials

      -Anything with ribosomes

      -NotI Ligase

      Process

      Same as step III

      Final Product: Viral Vector