Awesome post from The Rio Norte Line. Great to see Conservatives of all stripes and shades actually starting to think and plan, rather than react. Much more important to embrace great solutions and avoid problematic traps rather than adhering to policies and perspectives that do not serve us well at election time. Now is the time to work through all these wrinkles and differences, rather than in the midst of a campaign. Let’s hash it all out.

The Rio Norte Line

Blogger Deb Tillman at practicalpoliticking.com posted a helpful list of “10 Things Republicans Should Discard in 2014”:

  1. The True-Conservative-of-the-Month-Club…
  2. Sarah Palin: ‘Nuff said.
  3. Birthers…
  4. Benghazi…let’s quietly table this until about September of 2016, if Hillary is running…
  5. Restaurants, coffee shops, and TV shows having political stances…
  6. Name-calling and infighting…
  7. Outrage out-of-context…
  8. Blaming everything on lack of prayer in schools…
  9. Single-issue voting…
  10. Founding Father obsession…

Go to her site for her full definition of these 10 items.

I can agree with several of these: I have written that we have to get away from the conservative flavor of the month club (#1), that birtherism and “natural born” efforts are quixotic (#3), that raising Duck Dynasty to the level of the Intolerable Acts (#5) and hyping every perceived sleight to the level of blood libel (#7) only dilutes our arguments.

I think she engages in a bit of hyperbole on…

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