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Taking office early, New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon is assembling his administrative team: Interesting, a money guy who managed the Clark campaign - David Grimaldi - will serve as Chief Administrative Officer.

Former G.O.P. state Senate candidate Eric Bodenweiser, facing child sexual abuse charges, reportedly tried to get permission to attend services at Sussex County Bible Church in Harbeson; the church even put together a safety plan to shield children from Bodenweiser during services. The judge still denied the request.

The parents of two children in that tots' fight club at a Dover day care center have filed suit against The Hands of Our Future LLC and its employees.

Just what we want: Another Middle-East war, as the Israel--Hamas conflict escalates, and Israel prepares to launch a ground invasion of Gaza. It'll be interesting to see if a ground invasion leads to a breach of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Israel. I predict Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood government will stop just short of severing relations. But Muhammad Morsi wants to show his people that he's no Hosni Mubarak.

Let's see how much disruption WalMart experiences on Black Friday: Some WalMart employees vow to carry out their largest walkout ever on the day after Thanksgiving. Customers could be caught in the middle.

I already predicted how Mitt Romney would become persona non grata within his own party. But the defeated Presidential candidate arguably accelerated his journey to limbo with his remarks in a conference call to campaign donors. Romney suggested his defeat came, in part, as a result of "gifts" that a "very generous" President Obama gave to African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and young people. To many observers, it was another "47 percent" comment.

Some G.O.P. governors immediately pushed back. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal told reporters at the Republican Governors' Association meeting in Las Vegas: "I absolutely reject that notion, that description." Also, "We need to stop being a dumb party, and that means more than stop making dumb comments." But Jindal also said: "We need to modernize our party. We don't need to moderate our party."

All this prompted POLITICO to pose this question in its daily forum: "Should Mitt Romney exit stage left?"

Former General Petraeus testifies behind closed doors to some members of Congress.

This tabloid story has not gone unnoticed in Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Taliban described Petraeus as a "bastard"; said he would have been executed for adultery under a Taliban regime; and blamed America's "free sex society" for Petraeus' infidelity. On that last assertion, perhaps the Taliban representative makes a somewhat valid point. On the other hand, the Europeans seem to be much more tolerant of such indiscretions than many of us are...

Posted at 8:21am on November 16, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 1:13pm
If Romney is "persona non grata" in the Republican party, who will carry the presidential flag in 2016? Maybe Chris Christie? Will Newt Gingrich try again?

For the Democrats, I will bet $20,000 that Hillary Clinton is the 2016 nominee, edging out Joe Biden in a close primary. Hillary will pick Andrew Cuomo as VP running mate.

Don't look now, but the 2016 presidential election is only three years and 50 weeks away!

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 1:35pm
Obviously Ryan will carry the Republican banner in 2016. He is the only one completely unbounded by any such thing called the truth. The ones who will be run out of the party by 2016: Christie, Jindal, Huntsman, and Rubio. They will be deemed too un-Republican because 1) they show intelligence, 2) have compassion for those making less than they do, and 3) believe that women are part of the human race as well...

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 1:54pm
Why should Romney step away from the truth and the 47%? He has nothing to lose talking now...there is no way he will run again for president. A large percentage of our country are loyal Democrats because they benefit economically from D-policies...a numerically smaller portion is loyal to the Rs for the same reason.

I think we may see a Cheesehead run for prez in 2016...but I think it will be Scott Walker, not Paul Ryan.

Chris Christie is toast in the Republican party...but I could see him running in 2016 as a Democrat...one of few Ds I would vote for.

Mike from Delaware
Fri, Nov 16, 2012 7:07pm
EarlGrey: You explained quite well why the GOP lost the election rather than the DEMS. You said, "A large percentage of our country are loyal Democrats because they benefit economically from D-policies...a numerically smaller portion is loyal to the Rs for the same reason."

That is exactly correct. That is exactly why the GOP loses, there economic polices do not benefit MOST of the population, just the upper 2%. So why is that a surprise that they don't get as much support as the DEMS who's polices benefit the other 98% of the population?

What gave the GOP more support than they'd have gotten is their moral values. But as we've seen in this election, most of the nation, does not care about those moral values IF it gets in the way of their wallet or pocketbook. So if the GOP were what the DEMS used to be back when FDR, Harry Truman, and JFK were Presidents, good fiscal policy that benefits the little guy rather than the wealthy robber barons, I believe they'd have easily won, because their economic values benefited 98% of the population AND the DEMS back then ALSO had good solid Moral Values that today's DEMS lack. THAT's where the GOP needs to move to, in my opinion. Keep the moral values, but be the party of the little guy. The Rich don't need help, the rest of us do.

Fri, Nov 16, 2012 8:11pm
That was a good comment by Earl Gray. I don't think I've ever seen it put so well. And Mike's comment about morality is probably right on target as well.

I guess you are both then conceding all Republican victories far into our future? Those sharing your visions don't have enough votes to matter? Are you the new Green Party?

Sat, Nov 17, 2012 1:40am
At some point America will have to pay the piper just like Greece.

Mike from Delaware
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 10:45am
Kavips: I think the GOP will throw the moral part of their party under the bus, because it adds baggage that doesn't win elections in today's America. The GOP only added those issues back when the Moral Majority [early 1970's] as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson were pushing for those issues to be in the national spotlight. With their Moral Majority idea, for the first time since the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, the Fundamentalist (Evangelical/Pentecostal) type Christians were getting back into the political arena and VOTING in big numbers. They had pretty much kept to themselves and didn't vote in large numbers after the embarrassment of the Scopes trial and how the nation back then reacted to it. The Fundamentalists won the court case [battle]; Scopes was fined for teaching evolution; but the Fundamentalists lost the bigger war of national opinion that creationism was correct vs. evolutionism and that ONLY creationism should be taught in schools.

An interesting sidebar to that is Tennessee where the Scopes trial happened (Dayton, Tennessee) didn't get rid of that law about ONLY teaching creationism until 1960. There has been some effort within the past couple of years for Tennessee to reinstate that law.

Since 1972 when Roe vs. Wade happened, the nation has been fighting over the issue of abortion and a woman's right to choose, etc. Also gay/lesbian issues. 40 years later, most of the nation seems - especially women generally (be they DEMS or GOP)- want abortion to be available AND probably also want health-care to pay for it. I've heard it argued that health-care quite often pays for Viagra so why not birth-control pills and abortion?

The gay/lesbian marriage thing too is becoming more acceptable to people. The big issue for many Christians, myself included, is that a church would not be forced to do this. If the state (Caesar) wants the Justice of the Peace to marry them, that's the state's business, but the state should NOT force any church to have to marry, ordain gay/lesbian ministers or priests. The state should not forbid the church from preaching from those parts of the Bible that say homosexuality is an abomination. That is the fear for many that once the gay/lesbians get their way, the government will then force churches to do things that go against their religious beliefs. So even though I disagree with gay/lesbian marriage, I realize the state isn't moral and will do what it wants and it will eventually be the law of the land, but it shouldn't force churches to do it.

So bottom line to this is these moral issues, no longer have the vote-getting strength as the population's values have changed where those issues chase voters away from the GOP.

Most Republicans are fiscal, want low or no taxes, want small or next to no government, want little or no regulation, etc., etc. Even conservative big-mouths like Limbaugh, Beck, Ingraham, and yes even WDEL's Rick Jensen never discuss abortion or gay/lesbian marriage as important issues (Sean Hannity does mention abortion, not gay/lesbian issues; he is very Roman Catholic and his anti-abortion belief is important to him, but even Hannity doesn't give it a high ranking with the other conservative issues). So look to see the GOP throwing those moral voters under the bus, as those issues will no longer be part of the party's platform.

Also with the voting block of Hispanic voters growing as their political voting voices get heard, and with the passing on their ballot of Puerto Rico becoming the 51st state (would need Congressional approval), look to see the GOP soften its anti-illegal immigration stance and will offer a pathway to citizenship (for illegals), etc., as the GOP realizes that Hispanics tend to vote DEM (Even Cuban-Americans, I believe, for the first time in Miami voted DEM; they had always been a loyal GOP block) so the GOP will try to convince Hispanics that the GOP has got their back better than the DEMS, etc., to try to win their votes.

Sun, Nov 18, 2012 1:45am
MFD: Actually, Roe v. Wade was 1973, but what's a year when you're talking about 40 years ago and how many million babies?

Sun, Nov 18, 2012 8:50pm
I think the Republicans need to change their tune.... They need to say, while government can get too big, recognize that sometimes you need big government... then ask, who do you want to lead? Someone who is quick to turn off the spigot to save water, or someone who let's it keep running long after the fire is put out....

The big problem I saw in Republicans since 2004, was Republicans were running on turning off the water, while the fire was still raging...

Mike from Delaware
Sun, Nov 18, 2012 11:47pm
Kavips: Good analogy.

Mike from Delaware
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 10:50pm
Here's a great commentary, by Cal Thomas. enjoy


Tue, Nov 20, 2012 7:14pm
Tom Gordon. The gift that just keeps on giving!

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