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March 23rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Where do the Republicans go from here?

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Supporters of the Tea Party movement demonstrated outside the Capitol over the weekend against the health care bill which was just signed into law. (PHOTO CREDIT: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The health care debate represents the "most crushing defeat" for the Republican Party in four decades... and that's coming from a Republican.

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum says the GOP may be overly optimistic about its chances of winning seats in the midterm election; and that the party has only itself to blame for what has happened.

Not all Republicans feel this way - some think they haven't miscalculated; and they're prepared to campaign on a pledge to try to repeal health care reform. Their mission now will be to prove to voters that this bill is a bad idea and that it will cost them.

But that won't necessarily be easy. The Democrats were smart - and timing is good. Very good. Consider this: Some of the benefits of health care reform go into effect only weeks before the midterm elections - a lot of them being the most popular and least costly to implement.

Also, voters may be left with a bad taste in their mouths from the way some Republicans behaved at the end of this debate... including shouting insults in the House chamber and encouraging outbursts from the galleries.

Of course - there is hope for Republicans. They were very effective last summer at controlling the message with tea parties and town hall meetings; and polls show that Republicans are among some of the most motivated voters heading into the midterms. But it's definitely time for the GOP to step up and prove they're more than what the Democrats call the "party of no."

Here’s my question to you: Where do the Republicans go from here?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Chuck writes:
They could propose something on term limits. That's certainly a popular idea right now. All this repeal activity and lawsuits about the constitutionality of the health care bill are really dead ends and certainly won't do them any good in the midterms.

Jim writes:
The answer is simple. The House and Senate majority for the Democrats will be no more in November 2010... Hopefully the Republicans can stall any other attempts by Pres. Barack Obama to cause any further damage to the country until the Democrats lose their majority.

Jesse in Vancouver writes:
Hi Jack, Republicans should be very worried as there are 32 million people in America who now have access to health care and will be healthy enough to vote against all those who didn't want them to have it.

E. writes:
No ideas, no diversity, no record of helping Americans when they've had the chance. The Republicans have become the party of angry, bitter, reactionary whites. They will go the way another similar group consisting of such people went – into the lunatic fringe, like the KKK.

Tom writes:
Did all Medicare recipients vote Democratic since 1965? Neither will all new beneficiaries of Obamacare. More R's, less D's in November.

Doug writes:
Start looking forward, engage constructively in solving our nation's issues, and quit trying to fight Obama on every single initiative. Otherwise, the 'party of no' will get a resounding 'no thanks' from the voters.

James writes:
I know where I'd like them to go, but I don't think it should be read on national TV.


Filed under: Republican Party • Republicans
soundoff (177 Responses)
  1. Bob D. Morristown

    Why they go back to their base. You know the tea baggers and other right wing nuts who still think there were WMD's in Iraq. They can also go back to the insurance companies, banks and other financial interests and the wealthy, who really benefit from their policies.

    When the rest of the country has proof positive that their dire predictions for health care and economic disaster were just more fear mongering lies, they will lose a big chunk of this nation's center.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  2. Jeremy

    They do the only thing they are good at – fear mongering and willful deception of the American people. And it will work in generating cash from the tea baggers – even those that benefit from the legislation because this isn't about healthcare. It's about people living in the past... a comfortable world in which they don't need to think about helping others...a world in which they felt like they were at the top of the food chain... a world that has long since disappeared. So Republicans can stay on that sinking ship if they want, but all the outrage, fear and screaming won't stop it from going under.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  3. Healing Vote of Germantown Md

    They are the Leaders, we end up where they lead. If you don't like where we are going then you should pry that they receive guidance to lead us in the right direction. As of now they 're leading while bitter, same as drinking and driving, the Republican leader is driving. the bad news is the rest of them are entering his vehicle with out scrutiny.Here's my question Jack. Were did the Pharisee's go after trying to denie the Jews their health plan on the Sabbath Day?

    March 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  4. Gerry In Toronto

    The most crushing defeat for the republicans will come in November. By that time Americans will understand the benefits of Obamacare and realize the party of NO is nothing but a bunch of biogted lunatics.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  5. Yvette

    Hopefully they go somewhere to sit down and shut up for a change.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  6. Bonnie

    Republicans will need to regroup and campaign on the heels of the majority of the American people who did NOT want this health care bill to become law. It should be their focus to point out the flaws of the bill that will cost the American people more in taxes and health premiums and benefits in the end! This is a perfect example of our elected government officials voting on a bill that suits their own agenda instead of what the majority of the American people want.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  7. Leslie

    The republican parties constituents need to stand up to their party leaders and let them know that not working together within the congress is un-acceptable. They were sent to Washington to do a job. They need to do it. Threatening to stall and inhibit congresses ability to preform is not the way to resolve the problems of this nation. They cannot have their leaders out there chanting on hate filled groups because they did not get their way on one bill. They are acting child like. The great thing about this country is we have a forum for a healthy respectful debate where all voices are heard. There comes a time like this one, when the time for debate is over and the time for doing is warranted. We cannot have the insurance companies running this countries health care system. That's it and that's all. They will loose more seats this year because they are not in touch with the country. I did a poll of my own at work of 10 Dem's and 10 re pubs and only one did not want health care.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  8. Don

    start bye helping this country get somewhere instead of fighting everything they can unless they two would like to watch congress on tv like myself

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  9. Homeless D in Atlanta

    to a galaxy far, far away, i hope

    March 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  10. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    There are some really smart guys (with their hearts in the right place) on both sides of the aisle. We need a third party that represents the mainstream of America. Call it the 'Coffee Party' or Common Sense Party ... one that actually has a consistent platform. That would reduce the Republican Party to a small bloc of fanged and mean-spirited book thumpers who haven't had an original idea in decades. Democrats can join too, reducing their numbers to a small cadre whose most lucid comment might be 'pass the pipe, man.' The Common Sense Party would be so mainstream that in the absence of scandal, we can only lose elections to one another.

    Jack, it is time to rebuild America from the bottom-up, beginning with ideas and a place to expound and expand them.

    Rick,

    Medina, Oh

    March 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  11. Sue, Ct.

    Moderate Republicans need to separate themselves totally from the radical right–Palin, Beck, Limbaugh, etc. These three and their followers have mocked true debate and the values of the country they profess to represent. Spitting, name calling and posters mocking our President turn off most Americans (I hope). They need to quit saying "no" to everything and claiming they speak for the American people. They certainly don't speak for me.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  12. Pat from Nebraska

    Jack, once everyone sees what this is really going do to benefit them the Republicans will become an even smaller minority to deal with. They may pick up a few seats in Congress and Senate but I seriously doubt it.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  13. HJO

    We need to "clean house"!! Current Republicans as well as Democrats MUST go.

    March 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  14. Joe Rogers

    Thanks, Jack, this is an easy one.... further downhill!

    Joe from Annapolis, MD

    March 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  15. RC

    Most of the time I can agree with some agendas by both sides of the aisle. What is so disappointing is the blatant scare tactics, talks of communism and armageddon, and octaves resembling angered tirades that is turning me sharply away from Republicans. Americans want people in office who are willing to listen, compromise and act in the best interest of ALL Americans. I can't remember the last Republican idea that wasn't a sharp talking point about how they are AGAINST a democratic idea – that's not leadership, that's whining.

    Iowa City, IA

    March 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  16. Brian

    Hey Jack,

    The Republican Party needs to trash three things from here. 1) That "crystal ball" they're using that tells them what's going to happen (that doesn't work). 2) . The Tea Partiers. Just because they can make a whole lot of noise and spit on congressmen doesn't mean they are going to give you any more than one vote a piece. 3) They need an elected leader to rise to take back the party from Rush Limbough. Republicans can deny it all they want, but Rush controls the temperature of their party. And right know, he is turning up the ugly heat.

    Republicans let these things paint them into a corner. They need to get out of this corner of Health Care, dial down the rhetoric, move forward, and start coming up with other solutions and bills that help the American people.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  17. Ross M.

    Maybe they can crawl under a rock for awhile. With the constant negative message for an ENTIRE year, I think the rest of us need a break!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  18. Jesse J Vancouver Canada

    Hi Jack

    Republicans should be very worried as there are 32 million people in America who now have access to health care and will be healthy enough to vote against all those who didn't want them to have it.

    I think Obama should go after banks and regulate the hell out of OTC Dirivatives for his second year in office.

    Jesse J
    Vancouver Canada

    March 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  19. Jim from Chicago

    Hopefully back to Death Panel City, the capital of Delusionistan. Their penchant for spreading false claims and their vile tactics during this entire health care reform process was despicable. Now that their approach has been rejected, they still are barking at the moon, hoping somebody will listen to their sour grapes rhetoric.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  20. Martin

    Where do republicans go from here? Back to their caves. Back to a place that rewards willful ignorance and fear.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  21. Tom in Texas

    The Phrase : To Hell in a Hand Basket comes to mind

    March 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  22. Charlea from Vermont

    When the mobs realize that they were duped and stampeded by the GOP (just like the WMD and Iraq War scam).....there is only one thing the Republican Party can say......"Ooops, Just Kidding!!!".

    March 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  23. Brad (Boston)

    They sit back and let this Democratic majority destroy the future of our country. Let them pass all this crap and the independents will come out in droves for the GOP. Most importantly, get the best candidate in 2012 and Obama becomes a history lesson on why socialism does not work.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  24. Marlow Kurtz

    Where do the republicans go from here?
    Hopefully, down in flames...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  25. Shane

    To the Palin's camp in Alaska so that they can lean how to say yes.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  26. Annie, Atlanta

    The only way they can go, up. This is, of course, assuming they've reached their low. And you know what they say about assume. The incivility they're exhibiting and encouraging in their constituents is a disgrace. I'm ashamed, as an American, for them, even if they are not.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  27. david

    What the No-publicans should do is go to a corner and lick their wounds and go away. And then let the Democrats get on with the business of healing America from all the damage done during the Bush years.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  28. Brendan

    Well now Republicans have to defend taking away healthcare from 32,000,000 Americans.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  29. Karl from SF, CA

    Hopefully they will go into extinction like the Whig Party in the 1800’s. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell and John McCain are now as whacked as Sara Palin, Joe Wilson and Michele Bachman. They better start acting like the conservative centrist they used to be and not the wing nut racists they have encouraged too many of their following to become with their lies and bullying tactics. Once my fellow Americans see how they were lied to regarding health care reform, I think they are smart enough to know they don’t want it repealed. Some of the smarter teabaggers may even wake up to reality and realize how they were duped, but if the leadership keeps acting like crazed idiots, adios to the dead elephant.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  30. Judy - California

    If they are smart, they will attempt to do something meaningful for the "main street crowd". Having said that, I don't think they are smart, and instead will put their energy into putting a stop to the healthcare bill instead of focusing on a bipartisan bill for immigration reform, term limits, financial regulations, and jobs. It will be politics as usual for the elephants, and no end to political theatre – the media will love it, but the voters – not so much. After all their nonsense, I will love seeing many of them get their hats handed to them. Bye Bye Boys!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  31. Brendan

    Well now Republican's have to defend taking away healthcare from 32,000,000 Americans.

    Chicago, IL

    March 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  32. MrIndependent

    Well... they nearly drove the country off a cliff the last time, so...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  33. Miss M

    The GOP should sit back and enjoy the show as this health care reform bill, which the democrats bet the farm on, gets stuck in the court system. Meanwhile, they can talk about how their ideas would have resolved the problem of access, ensured coverage for all who wanted it, while not requiring a potentially unconstitutional mandate.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  34. John in Tucson

    Where do Republicans go from here?
    Back to the majority in both houses come November.
    Obama and Pelosi have made a huge miscalculation.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  35. Katy Heys

    The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. The first thing they need to do is to get rid of that big baby Michael Steele. They have nothing constructive to offer, so they scream insults and act proud of themselves. for their rudeness and bigotry. I'm sick of their rheoric. They are not interest

    March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  36. Mark

    Republicans won't change. They'll just get meaner and continue down the road using their usual tactics. If they somehow return to power, it would be a disaster for all of us.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  37. m johnson

    This is an easy question Jack. The Republicans look for the next big thing to spend all their time fighting against, because we all know that they are specialists at doing that. I would say the Republicans march out all the best and brightest talent they have so they can ensure the Finance Reform legislation never happens. That way we can have a repeat of the financial mess of past two years about two years from now. Then the timing could be perfect and they could focus on Obama's office and not those meaningless little Senate and House seats.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  38. Steven Gordon

    They need to have an all-hands meeting, put together a consistent and philosophically conservative plan for improving health care, call it by a catchy name (similar to the way Contract for America was handled) and then march into the midterm elections using that name at every interview and every speech. Uniformity will infuse that message into voters' consciousnesses.

    And secondly, they need to keep the idiots who are their current spokesmen from continuing to spout off half-truths ("Let's get the federal govt. out of people's healthcare") and idiotic lies. They need to divorce themselves from the talking heads' soundbites and rhetoric and adopt a logical, clearcut, and conservative plan and then saturate the media and their rallies with it. Consevative and consistent.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  39. Stephan

    The GOP has boxed themselves into a corner. If they try to work with the President to re-direct toward the middle they will be crushed by the radical right and tea party movement. If they remain aligned with the tea party groups they will continue to alienate the moderate center. The Contract With America was viewed as a group of energetic, reasonable legislators with a solid plan that struck a chord with the average American. This group is quickly becoming viewed a racist, irrational and scary. There is an ongoing civil war within the GOP that will extend well beyond November 2nd.

    Jacksonville FL

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  40. Jim Derouin

    David Frum is correct. Now lets move on so that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell can oppose vociferously any regulation of Wall Street. They bluffed Nancy Pelosi and ended up "making her day." And they are mad at her?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  41. tombomb

    Hopefully down. Had the democrats not passed this bill, they would have proven that they had no backbone, and lost not only some in-the-middle voters, but I am sure some of base would be defecting in disgust, as I was getting ready to. It was looking to me that they were on their way to proving this, and I was thankfully proven wrong by seeing they can actually stand firm and get some thing done!

    So, as it stands, this will improve Democrats chances in the coming elections, and may marginalize some of the Republicans to being perceived as continual obstructionists and naysayers, as they have become.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  42. DaveN

    However unlikely, it would be nice if the Republicans started making some rational proposals toward resolving the problems we're facing. All this negativity and obfuscation are long past boring and irrelevant. Whatever one thinks about the health bill, the Republicans could have contributed to make the bill better, rather than constantly attempting to subvert it.

    Has anyone noticed that the uncivil comments, bad language, outright lies, hyperbole, and rage all seem to be on the Republican side? When you and your followers fabricate threats about death panels, or call people the "n" word, you lose your right to be taken seriously by citizens whose opinions are subject to influence or change. I would have loved to hear some useful suggestions and proposals from Republicans on the health bill, but all the bluster and foolishness just got me to tune them out. Now, we've got a bill that could have been better, if only half the potential contributors had bothered to show up at the table.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  43. Gail Craig, Plano, TX

    Ah, Jack if I were only a witch I would cast a spell that would make the Republicans disappear! They are a blight on this country. Their mere presence creates a foul odor.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  44. Ann-Virginia

    Mars or maybe even Neptune would be nice.Wherever they go,they just need to shutup.Americ is sick & tired of their negative rehetoric.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  45. Janice from DE

    It is obvious that the Repulicans are not giving up since several Republican State Attorney Generals are going to challenge the health care reform law. In all honesty, I think independent candidates will win many seats in Congress in 2010. I think smart voters want an end to the fighting and they will not turn out Democrats in favor of Republicans. The Republican Party, as it stands today in arrogance, is on the way OUT.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  46. George in AZ.

    It's time to distance themselves from the tea party craziness and get invollved in some serious debates over some upcoming big issues. To stand on the sidelines and stall and obstruct does nothing for the country's problems. We should be above that kind of nonsense and show the American people and the world that the GOP does have some good ideas. Right now we have a one party system and that's not good for the U.S. It's also a reflection on the United States in the eyes of the world.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  47. Allen

    They should first go back to the book of common etiquette and relearn the accepted protocols on how people are expected to conduct themselves in public or private (Contrary to what we have witnessed in the last 14 months).

    They should next remember what got them ousted out of the House and Senate to begin with (no the Democrats didn't do it to them, "we the people" did)...apparently they have forgotten that part as well. They were tossed out on their ears and for good reason; they did not live up to our expectations and needs anymore.

    Allen (Ohio)

    March 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  48. Pat - Des Moines Iowa

    Interestingly, the government takeover of the health care in this country has resulted in the insurance company's stock prices going up – how can that be? Socialism of this magnitude should destroy these companies shouldn't it? Maybe the Republicans can answer that for us...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  49. RobC

    Jack – One of things I am sick of hearing in this country is where does one party go, or what does one group do now! I'm not sure what it is going to take for EVERYONE to wake up, and realize we are in this together? The day has come for all of to wake up and realize The Times, they are a changing. It's good to learn from the past, but bad to look to the past. We need to look to the future. Look at China....they're investment in light rail, and public transportation will shoot them light years into the future, and probably make their economy more efficient than our in years to come. We waste so much time and money in this country on ideology. When will we all unite and ask ourselves how do we do things better, and for less money.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  50. Tisha from Virginia

    Jack,

    I can not understand how the Republicans have allowed the worse people in this country to control their party. I have NEVER seen such hateful people in my life. I can't even bare to listen to anything a republican has to say because all I can think about is how their followers spit on a black congressman and called him the N word, or how they called a congressman the F word. I will NEVER support that party!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  51. Karl in SLC

    How about they just go away now. They don't want to be a part of moving our country forward. Better yet, why don't they get on every TV channel and tell the nutjobs they've riled up with their lies and rhetoric to settle down and act like grown ups.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  52. Chris

    If my taxes go up, then I will stop giving charitable donations as well.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  53. Steve in Seattle

    Republicans don't need to do much to make big gains in November. The same thing that sunk Bush Sr. is going to sink Obama and the Democrats. Does the phrase "it's the economy stupid" ring any bells. It was never "it's healthcare reform stupid". The fact that this administration has wasted close to a trillion dollars with virtually no job growth should have the unemployed furious at this point. Million's of Americans would prefer to have a job first, and healthcare second. Sorry Nancy and Obama, putting heathcare ahead of jobs was a huge misstep on your part

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  54. Ben, Los Angeles CA

    Republicans need to go back to the political middle.

    Remember that Ronald Reagan had the top income tax bracket at 50% from 1980 to 1987. By Tea Party standards, even Ronald Reagan was a freedom-hating socialist.

    The Republican Party has just gone too far to the right.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  55. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The republicans should redeem themselves and overwhelmingly vote to support the reconciliation Bill in the Senate and switch to coffee as their hot beverage of choice.....

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  56. Summer Z

    Republicans are the only hope left for this country, and the Republicans in Washington will have to ban together during the next elections to ensure a GOP majority in the House so that the healthcare reform bill may be overturned or revised.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  57. Larry

    Simply put. Away.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  58. barb

    They need to figure what they will be doing when they are voted out of office! Too bad they couldn't take off their partisan hats. They have wanted President Obama to fail since he was voted into office. The Republican party has no idea how the majority of the people in America live! TERM LIMITS NEED TO BE PUT ON THE BALLOT!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  59. Devin (Lake Placid)

    I think Obama should finish one job before he starts another. The military troops plan is already behind, when will they come back
    home?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  60. Mike McMahon

    The Republican party needs to move away from their current KKK tactics and start thinking about the American citizen, not the Corporate "citizens"....

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  61. Ms. Priss

    The republicans are doom as long as they try to conserve a changing America and world. The GOP is quickly becoming the party of older whites who want to live in a past time paradise while the rest of us are moving on.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  62. Richard from Michigan

    Probably back to the drawing board, only this time, let's hope they're not using Glen Beck's.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  63. Robert

    Hello Jack The republicanscan go to hell in a hand basket!!!
    The public can clearly see that all the lies they have told will kick them where it hurts come election day.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  64. Carol Sanger

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but everyone in this country is required to have auto insurance and that's not unconstitutional, so what possible grounds - other than blind partisanship - can these 13 AGs offer that makes health insurance different? I'm so sick of these Just-Say-No Republicans. We should send them all off on an ice flow... good idea since they don't beliee in global warming either.

    Carol S.
    Cincinati, OH

    March 23, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  65. jim Blevins

    The Republicans have been going from bad to worse. They keep becoming more and more extreme and lately have become totally obstructionist. Either they change direction or the Democrats will gain seats in November. Ultimately they have to moderate, or this will become a de-facto one party country.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  66. Saul- VA Independent

    Jack, they can all leave our country they have divided over the last year with their outright lies and deception. If they think that sitting on the side lines and routing for the president to fail will earn them my vote they must be in lala land.
    I dont care for the bill too much but appreciate the effort that lead to it being passed. Shame on republicans for getting paid from our tax dollars for DOING NOTHING!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  67. Michael Gerard

    Republicans need to have leadership which can communicate ideas effectively and organize without antagonizing reasonable people. Relying on the energy of the far right fringes as directed by the Limabughs, Boehners, and Palins is a path to continued defeat at the polls. Replublicans need to understand what it means to be the "minority" party and stop insisting that they speak for ALL Americans. They should be taking credit for the positive things they bring to the table instead of walking away from everything that is in reality bi-partisan (and leaving dems to take all the credit for getting things done).

    Michael Gerard
    Chagrin Falls, OH

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  68. Alex

    Republicans need to go back to the classroom and learn what Congress is about. It's to accomplish something for the American people, not to block any ideas that are not theirs. Following their leader (Rush Limbaugh), they work to destroy the president, regardless of what it means to the country. I have two quotes for the Republicans: (1) Mission Accomplished and (2) You Can't Handle the Truth.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  69. Dave

    I think since the democrats have shown they can actually get it done, republicans are in trouble. Their worse fears have been realized; the bill passed and now people will see that it was never some sort of socialistic power grab, but a common sense method to help fix a broken system. If they fight hard to repeal the bill they will be viewed as the obstructionists they are and any momentum they had may be stifled. They may pick up a few seats but they're dreaming if they think they can pull a sweep and take back congress.

    Dave
    Akron, OH

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  70. Terry

    The republicans have a terrific opportunity to go very very far, but they won't acting like a bunch of spoiled brats who lost their marbels in the school yard. I'm a republican but every time they have one of their yelling outbursts in the hallowed halls of congress I am acutually to embarrassed to admit it.....Terry

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  71. Joan Priester

    They need to have a Tea Party Manners Get Together! The honored guest should be Rush Limbaugh. When are they going to learn another word instead of "NO"!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  72. Richard

    After hearing at the rhetoric about healthcare, I must conclude that Republicans are the must selfish people in the country. It's basically I have mine, so don't expect any help from me. Selfish people can't lead anyone. They will not win elections unless they change.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  73. Sue, Gary, ID.

    To H E Double Hockey Sticks, I am so tired of those sellout that work for the Corporations and not the betterment of American People! That party will keep getting smaller and smaller if they keep showing that the American People are the last thing on their little minds!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  74. Carrie Ca

    Here we go again they have over 200 amendments in the bill and no one voted yes. The Republi-CON will lose big coming November and in 2012 they have no shot, the American people can see their true evil paces,

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  75. John McNeely

    The GOP is in terrible trouble. The wild thing is that they don't even realize it. Most Americans hold them responsible for the worst economic recession since the great depression because they and Bush were asleep at the wheel. Now comes the November elections. What one thing can the Republicans point to other than obstructionism that they have to done to help Americans suffering through massive unemployment, massive rates of foreclosures and record bankruptcies by people who "have" health insurance? They cannot point to a single thing....not one. If it weren't for the fact that the Democrats benefit from the competition provided by a "loyal opposition, " I would call for the disolution of the GOP. Abe Lincoln no doubt is turning in his grave.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  76. Tulie Laughlin

    Flushed down the tubes of ignorance and into the ocean of denial. Bon Voyage!!!
    Tulie from Michigan

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  77. M.A. Hughes

    They should give up their health insurance coverage paid for by the American taxpayers and show us how to deal with the health insurance companies on our own. In other words, lead by example!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  78. Sandra, Tempe AZ

    The GOP should go straight to hell! After the apalling behavior by so called tea party protesters and Republican elected officials, they should be worried because the American people will denounce such racism and homophobic acts! Their lies and distortions about the bill failed and we the people have spoken by electing Barack Obama to produce change that we now are witnessing! Yes we can and yes we did!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  79. William Beilman

    Jack The Rubublicans are very close to sedition, we can see the seeds that they have sown; mistrust in government, socialism scare tactics and promoting the basist behavior that is going on in the tea party movement and the very halls of congress. Shame on them!!!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  80. Ken in NC

    The way Republicans have acted, lied and threatened with fear, I would say that the moon comes to mind.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  81. Myra

    It seems that they have turned to "Lawsuit Abuse". I hope the Judge give them penalties for filing these "frivilous lawsuits." Shame on you, Republican Party. The Republican Party will probably fade away and Tea Party suddenly has a better sound. Republican Party is too negative and has never expressed real concerns of regular people. Most people do not live like the Republicans. I earn over $150,000.00 per year but that does not stop me from caring about my relatives and friend who earn only 40K, 50K, or 60K. I feel that they watch the evening news and never even think twice about the welfare any victim in the news. But his/her interest would be heightened when the Stock Market Reports come on. I am very happy about the Health Care Bill.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  82. Paul from Michigan

    Home and pout.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  83. Gary from Missouri

    I'm truly disappointed with the Republican Party. Why do we only see the immature rantings of the extreme right. It's time for the mature, honorable leaders of the Party to put these clowns in thier place. If republicans want repect from Americans, they need to clean house.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  84. Derek

    The Republicans will go back to the corner of the room where Dems put everyone who thinks logically rather than emotionally.

    "How can you be against health care for everyone?! How much more noble can a cause be?!"
    - Emotional argument

    "...Because it will bankrupt this country. Because Medicare and Medicaid have already proven what this government does when it's managing health care (bankrupt). Because socialism has already been proven to have failed multiple times in history. Because virtually every federally run governmental program is in a financial crisis..."

    And the list goes on and on. Dems think with their hearts. Reps think with their brains. That's the fundamental difference between the two parties.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  85. Pauline LaVange

    I will never vote for another republican for as long as I live. I was disappointed by Bush and they have shown what nasty people are since then.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  86. Lynne H

    They continue with their lies...how can it be unconstitutional to mandate health insurance but not unconstitutional to mandate auto insurance? It has been mandatory to have car insurance for years. But I guess cars are more important that people?!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  87. Jeff , Douglass, KS

    Jack,
    The campaign of fear and hatred was unable to block progress. In this one instance even Congress worked! We're not on a roll yet, but it is some kind of start.
    Between now and November, America will mull over the preference between some improvement -and no action at all. Between a bit of teamwork pulling together -and sitting in the mud, shouting hate words.
    Will America decide to have a future?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  88. Betty from Jacksonville, FL

    They go to the Attorney General in FL and tell him that the money he plans to spend on that "frivolous" lawsuit needs to go to the underfunded school districts in the state of Florida. Additionally, they should ask God to forgive their Republican cohorts in FL for blatabtly lying about the benefits of stimulus money to the state of Florida...especially since they used stimulus money to SUPPLANT school funding.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  89. Jeff

    The midterm elections will be determined primarily by the economy. If unemployment is still at 10% or higher the Democrats will not do well. The American people will start to blame them for the bad economy. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. My take on the health care bill is that the Democrats had to get it passed, but in my opinion it does nothing to get the costs under control and because of that it was a failure. We won't be able to afford it as a nation without getting the costs down, thats a fact.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  90. R. Williams

    The Republicans have spent the last few years defining what they are against, but not what they are for. If they want to go forward, they need to stop being the 'Party of No' and start building an agenda of solutions. They throw out huge amounts of rhetoric, but never actually say anything, and they need to change that. If they want to be fiscal conservatives, find the real waste in government and suggest ways to cut it, rather than ways to shift money from things the just 'don't like' to their own pet projects. The polls they used to show people were against this health care bill also showed an overwhelming majority of Americans want reform, so come up with real solutions that help the majority rather than those who pad their reelection funds.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  91. Merrill (portland Maine)

    They should try to find honest work. That could be a problem.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  92. Dave (SC)

    The Republicans are backed into a corner by making this health care debate as vigorous as they should have made about invading Iraq in 2003. Now they have no choice but to follow their opposition as far as they can - and trying to survive every single embarrassing step along the legal challenge highway. From here, they disappear into obscurity to allow room for their new party platform: The Tea Party candidate.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  93. Adam Stewart

    Q: Where do the Republicans go from here?
    A: In a perfect world, away...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  94. Eric Roe

    Also, they should all go buy history books to learn what their so called "socialism" is. This socialism that republicans love to talk about also brought us out of the Great Depression.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  95. Lloyd Ickes Great Falls Montana

    Where do the Republicans go from here?

    Stop the temper tantrums!

    They should move to the middle. Stop being the party of NO.
    HCR is law. Join the Democrats and make sure it works for
    all Americans.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  96. Jeff (Sarasota, FL)

    Jack,
    The only way I see that they are going to be able to regroup with half a chance of success is to actually have something to offer that is in the interest of the people, otherwise the same old we don't like it because it is their ideal, but we have nothing better to offer, will only carry them down farther...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  97. Lawrence

    Back to the drawing board!
    Contrary to Republican thought, their election gains in the Fall will not be as they expect. In their arrogance the Republicans are trying to dismantle the health care bill without taking into consideration the number of conservative Americans who will benefit from the Bill signed by President Obama today. Now people who will be re-employed will have insurance coverage! Shame on the Insurance industry for their greed supported by some in the Republican Party.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  98. Richard, St. Clairsville, Ohio

    After the 2000 Presidential election when the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in and crowned George W. Bush President, there were some who continued to complain about what the Supreme court did. Justice Scalia's response to those who complained was "GET OVER IT. That is my response to the right wing zealots, tea Baggers and the Republican Party regarding the new health care law; GET OVER IT.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  99. Jeff

    They need to step back and hope evolution hits them. Ronald Regan must be shaking his head in disgust at today's Republican party. The ugliness that they have quietly given a nod towards (N-word, F-word etc) is shameful and not worthy of our country.

    If they ever want this independents vote again, then they had better start contributing instead of just saying "NO". I never heard one concrete suggestion for solving the health crisis in this country.

    The party of white and rich, needs to just fade away.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  100. Olivia, Atlanta

    They had every chance to be on the right side of the history today and they chose not to. What a bunch of rage-full republicas!. So now they have two options
    (1) They can keep betting on Obama's failure and keep being as partisant as they are and with that underscored they are the party of NO. Which will be commiting political suicide since Obama has already proved to be succesful with the healthcare reform. We have a real policy in an elections year and that is a big ...deal.
    (2) Start being more bipartisan and jump to the wagon of change. If they want to keep some relevance they better pull up their sleves and start working with dems. Help to introduce GOP ideas as much as posible on the Finantial reform, Immigration reform as well as the Jobs, Energy and eviromental bills. In short, be part of US democracy and not an appendix.
    .

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  101. Dana in Oklahoma

    All they have are lies and fear. And 8 years failure to stand on. The party of no new ideas. All they offer is the hope that the country will fail. Now we move on to reform on Wall Street and a true energy policy. And I am sure they will offer nothing but fear and lies again. We have seen what they offer and it is nothing for the hard working people of the country.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  102. kendall

    I think they should move further to the right and become even more conservative. In fact I think they should start wearing wigs again. They should yell they're points of view no matter how dumb they sound. Basically keep doing what your doing. Just add wigs

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  103. Joan

    John McCain my Senator said today that he is not going to do anything to help the President from now on . Just a poor loser about the health care bill. Doesn't he realize that we are paying his salary and if he is not going to do the job to help the people of Arizona we will retire him to his ranch. He has never spoken out about the hateful people who are demonstrating for the Republican party. One of our representatives here had her office windows smashed in after she voted for the health care bill. What hulligans! They don't have any compassion. I am just glad my children and grandchildren are not part of this crowd.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  104. John

    Instead of allowing Democrats to portray them as the "Party of No", Republicans must focus on being the party of freedom and prosperity for all. Republicans must convice people that there is more to be gained with limited government than there is from handouts by a large government. What good is free health care if your employer goes out of business or moves your job overseas?

    John
    Phoenix, Arizona

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  105. phil

    I will be voting for the demc. the next time. Because we need the health care reform. But the one i vote for went against me. They don't care about the people. They vote what they want.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  106. RonNoSpam

    I would suggest that moving further right is not the wisest choice if the GOP wants to resume power. Centrists do not appear any happier with the far right than they are with the far left, despite recent gains by Republican candidates in a handful of slight-to-the-right states.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  107. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    To Jail for inciting their followers to attack Democratic offices across the country, if someone get hurt or dies the American people will fully turn their backs on the hateful Republican party!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  108. Tim Averill

    The Republicans sadly, have devolved into the party of deficits and cavalier disregard of human life (as in waging a menaingless war instead of ensuring doemstic security). The Democrats have reduced and are reducing the total deficit, and they are doing it while providing government services that will keep us all from being bankrupted and unhealthy. It's time for constructive, conservative Republicans (like the ones I grew up with in Kansas in the 50's and 60's) to join the Democrats in making laws that serve the people and not just corporate interests.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  109. Richard McKinney, Texas

    The only way for the republicans to go is up after this piece of crap has been signed into law by Obama. People that think they have found a gold mind in this healthcare plan with be left with nothing but the shaft when the democrats get done. If it sounds to good to be true then most likely it is.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  110. Mr. Briano

    The Reps need to understand what "Democracy" and "Majority" means and respect the final score, they are way more worry about the party's defeat than the decision of the majority. And it's time to gear up for the next enterprise, immigration, banks regulations, jobs etc...

    N. Hollywood CA.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  111. Joe from Brigantine, NJ

    The GOP has been so pre-occupied with criticism and outright rejection of everything that the Obama administration has tried to accomplish that they have lost sight of why they were elected. Consequentially, in my mind, they have failed the country as well as their constituents. They have played politics instead of doing the job they were elected to do and lost, big time.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  112. Joe in Kent Island, MD

    They should take out the trash . . . all those hate mongers that stir up the worst in America, and show within the halls of our congress that they have no respect for the American people or the institution it has been built on. This shouting out during sessions of congress and presidential addresses to attract attention and votes needs to stop!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  113. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    Find the best people they can to beat the Democrats in November and send them packing.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  114. Odner, Montreal, Qc

    Jack,

    I don't think they have any place to go. They can just stay in Washington – where think they belong while Mr. Obama hits the road like the super star that he is in order to bring real CHANGE in real folks' lives.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  115. JR

    If the republican AG's in the states that want to sue over the Bill being un-Contitutional are successful, wouldn't that open the door to making just about every law un-Constitutional, no more Social Security, no more Taxes, no more Medicare?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  116. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    When Republicans make the argument they represent and support the overwhelming majority of Americans who don't support what the Democrats doing they should have a diversity of faces of Americans and not just all white mn.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  117. Mark

    There's a lot of emotion on both sides of this issue, but the bottom line is this:

    If the Republicans had presented a cogent, articulate and workable solution to the health care issue (and, let's face it, they had 14 years to do it) then they would have already won on this issue. If they had spent half the effort on quality affordable health care that they did racking up debt for no good reason, then we wouldn't even be having this discussion.

    The Republican health care proposal essentially amounts to this: Don't get sick. If you do, die quickly. That's it.

    Is Obama's plan perfect? Not by a long shot. But it's light years ahead of what the Republican alternative.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  118. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Jack
    They need a viable platform foremost. If they continue hitting balls thrown to them, they may be destined to be the Party of GO

    March 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  119. IB

    Jack,

    Very good question, Alaska is where they should all go. That way they can all join Sarah Palin in having a magnificent view of Russia. We need real leaders in Washington and President Obama and fellow democrats just won themselves 32 million more votes, most of which will be rural republican adults.

    Finally, we all live in the land of the free!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  120. Sue

    Away . . . What makes the Republicans privy to "what Americans want." I'm an American and I am thrilled with the passage of healthcare reform. If it means I must pay more to help 32 million Americans get access to healthcare, then I'm happy to do my part for my fellow citizens. If the loud Republican minority knows what America wants, then why weren't they elected into the majority? Personally, I am very proud to be American today and am very proud of our President and Senate and Congress for standing up for what should be a right - health care for all Americans.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  121. Michelle

    Jack,

    They should continue doing the Democratic party a favor since the start of this administration by being the party of No but, HELL NO. Voters will remember who has made accomplishments and who just stood around throwing rocks on the playground. "WAY TO GO PRESIDENT OBAMA!"

    Michelle
    Little Rock, AR

    March 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  122. Chris

    Further into the wilderness where they belong with their deceitful tactics and their racist, wingnut 'Tea Party' supporters. (Nashville)

    March 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  123. sheldon, Deloraine, Manitoba, Canada

    Back to a time and place where there was civility in politics. The Dems can join them there as well. Disgusting to watch elected representatives speaking in sound bytes, playing to peoples fears, and actually believing the opposition are the devil incarnate. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make them bad people.

    If this is all we expected from politicians, we could send them to the neighborhood coffee shop or the neighborhood bar. At least the people there are funny to listen to, and they have a lot more common sense than politicians are displaying today.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  124. Leo

    Jack, Republicans are going "No"where. Throughout the healthcare process reform, you must know by now what "GOP" stands for: Grand Obstruction Party.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  125. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg

    Where the Republican Party ends up may not be where the rank and file intend or want. Thirteen Republican State Attorney Generals have already filed suit against Health Reform. One of them, Florida AG and candidate for Florida Governor Bill McCollum, calls it unconstitutional because it is a tax "just for being alive." Other Repbulican AGs lable the law as unconstitutional because it mandates State responsibility without providing federal funding...just like Bush's "no child left behind" policy. This is the same kind of la-la logic and misinformation that the Republican powers that be often refer to, but around the nation as well as here in Pennsylvania we pay several taxes just for the privilege of living here, a state income tax being one of them. If Republicans want to remain more than a joke or a footnote in history, the moderates who want to join in governing our nation better get their act together and regain control before it's too late.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  126. Danny

    GET OVER IT. It time to start working with the majority. That what they are called when they have more votes. If you don't your will be on the outside looking in again.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  127. Bob Thomson - Southfield, MI

    The "Republic" Party (they refer to the Democratic Party as the Democrat Party to be disrespectful) doesn't know where to go next because corporate America hasn't told them yet. They are working their tails off to block the removal of the Nebraska Cornhusker deal, the Lousiana purchase, and the Florida deal because they know these are unacceptable to the American people and are hopeful that they will help to ruin health care reform. Jim DeWit of South Carolina said "health care reform will be Obama's Waterloo – this will "breeak" him." DeWitt is a southerner who knows what "break him" meant to slaves – they were sent to a "breaker" who beat and tortured unruly slaves into submission. With people like DeWitt in the party – who cares what happens to the Republic party?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  128. David in Liberty

    The Republicans need to come up with a plan to scale back government. "Limited Government" has meant not letting it get bigger for too long, and under the Bush Administration it meant growing it like a Democrat.

    Republicans, in order to be viable and to get my 27 year old vote, need to end entitlement programs that are destroying the budget and that I will never see, end the federal control over the education system, and end the many wars we seem to be fighting right now.

    I don't want to hear about less taxes, that should be a given once you shrink government. This would be a platform AND enforcement that we haven't seen in nearly 100 years if it came to fruition.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  129. Dex, Houston TX

    The GOP continues to ride the backs of the Four Horsemen of Calumny: Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear.

    Are there any rational thinking Republicans left? For the past year all we have seen are the crazies in the GOP.

    DX
    Houston TX

    March 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  130. Brad

    The democrats now know they dont have to listen to the American people, republicans, or anybody else, except Nancy Pelosi. All the republicans have to do is wait for November and hope the baby wont be thrown out with the bathwater. The Democrats are dead in November when the American people exercise the only power avaiable to them, the vote.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  131. Cdidan

    Republican need to know that people won't vote for them in the next election because they don't want to work this country.
    Republican want war against other countries, they want people to die and they don't like their uinted states of america.

    I use to be Republican but this time no more republican i will vote for democrat because i have a son in bad health and hospital start billing me 1000 of dollars to pay but this bill that Mr President have signed for us today he will help my son

    Thank you very much Mr Obama The president of United States Of America

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  132. Ann

    You're right, its time for the GOP To step up to situation and begin to think about all the good things this bill does. It's not perfect and I'm sure they can add something positive once it's finally totally passed.
    GOP, I voted for Mccain in the primaries but after vicious campaign the party waged I voted for Obama.As a conservitive, I'd like to be proud of my party but the good guys have to take back our party and be the statesmen and women I know they are capable of.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  133. Ray from Temecula, Ca

    They are the party that did more damage to America than any Terrorists have don. They should springle pixy dust on themself and fly off to Neverland, so the World can have a little peace for a change.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  134. Oner Bicakci, California

    I commend President Obama and the Democrats. Too often, US presidents avoid championing important domestic changes precisely for the reasons we're seeing – the minority party wants to prevent the majority party from succeeding.

    Republicans seem to have no plan or desire to help the millions of uninsured Americans – other than opposing the Democrats who are trying to help the American people and screaming that folks should be afraid because the sky is falling. I and most I know, are not afraid of President Obama's health care reform – quite the opposite, we welcome it.

    If there is anything I am afraid of is the impression that Republican opposition is funded by big insurance. If they want to win the hearts and minds of middleclass America, perhaps they should begin to offer the American people true, constructive leadership.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  135. Maggie

    Republicans should be forced to live by the rules they believe in and those of the insurancers they champion. They ALL should go to a hospital in need of life-saving care, only to find that their health insurance policy has cancelled. and be then unable to find a new policy with another carrier because they have a pre-existing condition. Then be faced with the prospect of banckrupcy or losing their home if they want to proceed with the required care.

    .

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  136. linell, Winter Park, FL

    Personally, I'm hoping they just 'purify' themselves out of existence...they have done nothing constructive and have nothing positive to contribute.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  137. Greg Destin, Fl

    Jack, the GOP needs to go back to their first President and reflect on, "with charity to all and malice toward none".

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  138. Kevin SW Michigan

    Jack, to me, the GOP is the do nothing party. What did George W. Bush do that was positive in eight years?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  139. Beverly from Minneapolis

    I don't know where the Republicans go from here, Jack. But what I do know is that I wish they would participate more dealing with some of the issues they were sent to Washington for. I would agree that maybe they have good ideas, but instead of voicing them it seems that since Obama took office, all they do is spend time attempting to undo or discredit anything that this President feels necessary. The new thing is the threat they are making about Democrats facing reelection in November – how they should worry about getting reelected. They act like they are still in grade school. I would say that it is them that need to worry about getting reelected. Sad, really sad! We shouldn't tolerate it!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  140. Jason

    Easy. Continue to show how the Dems are over-reaching what they percieve as thier "mandate" for sweeping change. 56% for Obama is not a clear enough victory to pursue the "change he can beleive in". And really, with near single-digit approval ratings for Dem leadership in the House and Senate, can they continue to believe they understand the will of the people? Whoever can show they understand the will of all Americans, not just thier base, will tap into the power of rising disgust with Washington.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  141. anthony

    Hey Jack the repubs. need to tread softly, cause if they don't and they keep letting the far right talk for them they will start another civil war. I am really scared for our country, this isn't the 50's or 60's anymore....... there wont be any peaceful marches.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  142. Bob in Sarasota

    Where should the Republicans go from here?
    They should crawl into a cave for 6 or 8 years and come out when they figure out how to act on behalf of the people of this country, and after they've sworn off fear-induced political interests and promoting more the interests of corporate donors than of real struggling people.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  143. Donaldo

    Jack:

    In all seriousness, they all need to go to Waffle House to see how a successful enterprise is run, cause it is obvious neither parties get how pissed off the American public is over anything going on in Washington. Good friggin luck to those who will have to fight the fight, but truthfully it is time for this nation to speak as one.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  144. Lewis beyer

    I believe republicans need to stop. Just flat out stop. They lost. They lost the election they lost on the healthcare part too. They jusy need to realize that they lost and they need to take a back seat till the 2012 election. Then if they win. They win. But till then they need to stop wasting Americans time

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  145. valeree robinson

    The Republicans remain where they have always been, alone in their separatist box. An African American president drives them to the most disrespect ever seen, by justices and congressmen/women; the likes of Michele Bachman, who feels she has the right to hug a president in public, but disrespect the diverse population with what I see as her racist views,Sarah Palin, who knows what is written on her hand, talking loud and saying nothing. Grown adults spitting on black men and calling them names? Hmmm wonder if they were democrats... Keep it up, you are campaigning and we see what you are saying.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  146. Michael - Portage, Mi

    How about coming up with some CONSTRUCTIVE ideas of their own? I would welcome a debate that was actually a civilized exchanging of ideas that laid the groundwork for middle-ground solutions to our problems. Right now, the Republicans are probably the more guilty party in terms of strident obstructionism and vitriolic spewing....fanning the flames of the nutjobs on the right. If all you can really point to in terms of what you have done is sow seeds of division, hatred and intolerance, then you are a sad lot indeed.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  147. Suc Mi Wang

    You liberals can gloat all you want, but do you really think the electorate, almost half who was against this pathetic joke of a bill, is going to just going to start drinking the Obama kool-aid? Not likely, but rather their revenge will come against any and all who voted for this.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  148. Pamela holt

    The republicans need to surprise the democrats and tell them that since there is to be healthcare reform , then there should be a public option, showing we, the people , that they are on our side, not the insurance companies... Then they should show them how to help pay for it: by letting we Americans know exactly how much money each state is paying for the feeding- foodstamps, government housing, and yes, free healthcare, and how we should stop immediately, the health and welfare of our country is at stake...our economy has been stripped and the congress is pretending that they are oblivious to this fact and that the American people are to stupid to knowvthat this is taking place..

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  149. Jon

    Its amazing to see so many liberal nutcases do nothing but complain about conservative nutcases. I think both need to step back look in the mirror and understand that they are both part of the problem.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  150. Mike Dishnow

    There are reasons that all OTHER modern Westernized countries have universal health care, compassion and fairness being major issues; Lower cost and more efficiency being considered as well. This does not bide well for 'profit margins' and the rich and powerful have no need for universal coverage. I hesitate to paint with too broad a brush, but it is hard not to concede that power, money, and greed, not to mention racism and arrogance, play a part with the Republican leaders. They need to return to the moderate and sensible roots of the Republican Party of earlier years and away from the extreme right-wing ideologies. Have you ever considered the hypocrisy of their calls to get "government out of the lives of individuals" and their stands on most social issues? I have.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  151. babs in Barstow, California

    I hope the answer to this question is away. Far away.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  152. Pat

    Crushing defeat? The Democrats had to bend the rules in the middle of the night on Sunday to pass this one. God knows what Nancy Pelosi promisted people to get their votes and they still couldn't unite their own party on the legislation. The left views this as incremental and the right views this is corpratism at its best. The Democrats have only succeeding in alienating everyone from them.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  153. VinceP, Dallas TX

    Hey Jack,
    Where do the republicans go from here? They can start by working for the people rather than for their party. It seems the Republicans are only interested in the next election and really could care less about actually solving problems. They need to stop lying, obstructing and associating with hateful people for starters.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  154. hawk in texas

    Hopefully very very far away. thes so called people haven't the slighest idea what they are doing to the american people. with the republicans it is only about getting reelected and holding power. i for one hope and pray that this is the end of the republican party as it is known today. all i have seen from the republicans are lies and more lies.thes people are very sick.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  155. Donn

    It is sad to see how ignorant so many Americans really are.
    The middle class will soon be gone due to so many so easily lead.

    Donn, Las Vegas, NV

    March 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  156. lynne j. in nc

    They can go away. And that will probably be for good if they don't stop acting like a spoiled child and work for us instead of party.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  157. Jeff

    I think we need to increase taxes on the rich to reduce the deficit. That would be my next move if I were Obama. The deficit must be reduced before inflation gets going. Stagflation 70s style is a definite possibility otherwise.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  158. anthony

    I have a question who pays for Congress's both Republican and Democrats health care? If helping out a fellow American is so bad they( Congress) should pay for their own health care. And who will pay for these lawsuits that will take forever?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  159. Roger MacDonald

    A new USA/Gallup poll reports that Americans now favor health care reform by a 49-42 margin. These numbers will climb precipitously as more and more people understand the very real benefits for them in this bill. The R's gambled and lost. Now they can only backpeddle.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  160. Steve

    Point out that the Republican party is the party of adults. The Democrats are like children, wanting goverment to give, give, give, but with no sense of what it will cost. Point out the lies the Democrats told. Democrats called Republicans the party of no, but Democrats were the party that said no to bipartisanship when they refused to allow a bipartisan bill of low cost reforms. The expensive stuff is hidden in the future. This is dishonest of the Democrats. The Republicans have low cost ideas to control costs of health care. The Democrats want to create an entitled class, raise costs, then when the Republicans take control and have to tear down the fiscally irresponsible mess tmey created the Democrats will blame the Republicans for taking away benefits.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  161. Lorene Floyd

    Jack,
    I don't know where the Republicans will go from here, but I can't tell you where I wish they would go. I have never witness such barbaric behavior that has been displayed in the Republican Party. They constantly incite fear, hatred and prejudice. They have no respect for the President, their fellow congressman nor the floors of congress. Who called the president a 'lie' , and who called one of congress members 'baby killer? The answer to both questions is a Republican. I always encourage my students to watch the news, and sometimes watch major events within the classroom. I was so ashamed today when trying to explain this lastest outburst on the floor, and the slapping of the Speakers picture. It is a shame that I must now screen all events coming in from the floors of congress for fear that some Republican may 'go ape' again. I would be ashamed to be a member of such a party.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  162. bvilleyellowdog

    Let's hope they double down so they can get really hammered in November. So far so good. Didn't Elba come after Waterloo?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  163. Richard DeMarco

    Where do republicans go from here? That's easy-hoping the economy-and America-fails.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  164. Greg in CA

    They should all resign and make room for people that will represent the masses (all income levels) without influence of special interest groups and big money donors – their real constituents.

    It's unfortunate they have made such a mockery of our political system – with junior high school outbursts and comments.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  165. Martin

    Back to their districts and ask their voters what they really want.

    Republicans were only fighting this as they didn't want to see the Democrats succeed, and need to find out from the people what is important to deal with next.

    I like the idea of moving on to immigration reform.

    I didn't see a single objection to Obamacare on the grounds that the fast food outlets will now have to post calorie counts on their menus – obviously the fast food lobbyists didn't read the bill.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  166. Sheryl

    I have no hope for the republicans they have allowed the teabags to dictate their behavior, and god knows they lie so much, they seem to think the American People are stupid and lets not forget how mean and hateful they have become......I have always felt like most republicans are racists, look how they allow their party and the teabag folks disrespect The President of the United States!!!! It's shameful!! NEVER EVER WILL I EVER VOTE FOR A republican!! NEVER!

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  167. ProfTom

    Where do the republicans from here? Start over.

    The republicans have to keep the pot boiling but they don’t have anything to cook. They have no good ideas, no innovations, or creative solutions to offer America. They keep yelling tax cuts followed by a bunch of hyper anger, threats and name-calling. They don’t seem to stand for anything that makes America a better.

    The democrats on the other hand seem to stand for social causes like healthcare, environment, education, and social security. Offering good ideas and innovations and realistic solutions. They keep cooking things that make America better.

    The republicans need to start over. They need to offer the voters something other than complaining about big government.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  168. Brian

    Republicans are like a boxer that has been knocked out by a crushing Democratic blow, but stupidly tries to pull itself on the ropes up when everyone knows the fight is over. (Very embarrassing) The Republicans should really let this Health Care defeat go, and live to fight another day. Republicans should be careful. There is no refs to stop this fight, so if they keep getting beat up on this Health Care, there may be irreversible damage.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  169. Larry

    And Im incouraged that fiannally some Truth is coming out about the supposed Polls...when you add up the in favor of and the what more liberal it's clear why was this not in the media until now...?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  170. Coney

    While President Obama and the Democratic Party are doing the hard work, and trying to create real solutions to the problems average middle class Americans are facing, the Republican-Conservatives only have to offer what they always try to sell, empty slogans and fear.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  171. Richard H.

    It's simple Jack, if the Republicans say what they mean and mean what they say, they will win in November. There is no way the Democrats can hold on to the majorities they gained, while running against Bush the last two election cycles, in a center-right country.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  172. Dennis

    The Republicans represent the majority of Americans who oppose this monstrosity (20% more oppose the health care bill than support) because they are the adults in the room who will somehow have to pay for this. The Democratic line has always been that only productive people (Republicans) who employ other people (Democrats) will have to pay for Democratic ideas. Obama said over and over that your (read Democrats) taxes won't go up. Do you think the wing nut supporters of this bill would still support it if Obama said they would have to pay for it, too???

    March 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  173. Connor

    After being a card carrying Republican for over 40 years, I have switched to the Democratic party. Largely due to the fact that the GOP has lost touch with the citizenry, and truthfully, I find them embarrassing any more. I would like to see them return to a little decorum, respect and restore some honor to the party. They are just sad.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  174. Jim Murphy

    For the Republicans, the healthcare debate wasn't about what is or isn't best for the American People. It was about doing whatever it takes to make President Obama fail. If he had failed, the spin would have been that he's a weak leader. After all, you recall the words of the GOP's leader Rush Limbaugh who early in the game said "I want President Obama to fail."

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  175. Paul in Boston

    They need to lose further before they'll face the truth. I can't believe they are doubling down and turning up the hatred and the ignorance. This is NOT what America needs right now. Where are the smart, moderate Republicans who used to give us common sense?

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  176. Mark from Boston

    It appears many Republicans have already arrived. With all the spitting and condescending names they've called other Americans, all the shouting and pushing and yelling.... crying and pointing fingers. Welcome to 1963

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  177. Rick McDaniel

    November......of course.

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm |