Toritto in the Washington Post – 2008


“If the GOP goes down to crushing defeat next week (it aint over till its over) real Republicans will need to pick up the pieces.

Your platform for the future should read:

1. We will defend the United States and the Constitution against all enemies.

2. We will be careful stewards of your money and control spending.

3. We will not tell you how to live your life.

4. All are welcome in our tent.

Return to the days when the GOP was a fiscally conservative, socially moderate coalition.

Marginalize the extremist crackpots, neo-fascists, outright bigots, the purposely ignorant and those waiting for the rapture. They will vote for you anyway.

Build a true center-right Republican party.

America will respond.”

Posted by: toritto | October 31, 2008 5:20 PM


“If the hard right wants the GOP to remain the party of the angry white man, well so be it. Liberals want you to do that as well!

This election the GOP became the party of the old, undereducated, rural angry white voter. This group is becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of the electorate. It became the party of the Southern core of the Confederacy and states like Wyoming where nobody lives. It lost in every major metropolitan area. It lost affluent diverse suburbs in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Raleigh, Fairfax and Northern Virginia, Miami and Tampa, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Seattle and Minneapolis, Alberquerque and Las Vegas . It even lost Dallas and Houston. It lost hispanic voters by 2 to l. It lost virtually 100% of the black vote. It lost the “youth” vote 2 to 1. The Democrats won every growing demographic.

The is no longer a Representative in the House from all of New England. There are only three from New York and only one of those is urban. It will be very possible to flip Arizona itself in the next Presidential election.

Make Pallin the leader of your party! Please!!

The GOP needs to decide what it is FOR……calling the opposition names ain’t gonna cut it as “policy”. Continuing to emphasize the culture wars will lead to a smaller, waiting for the rapture, lily-white regional Southern party. Look at the faces of the new America……..the demographics are against you.”

Posted by: toritto | November 7, 2008 2:13 PM |

The above comments were published by good old Toritto 8 years ago in the Washington Post, just before and just after the election of President Obama.

Obviously the Republicans didn’t take my advice.  They moved from John McCain (who lost) to Mitt Romney (who lost) to Donald Trump who will most likely lose.

Who’s next?  Heinrich Himmler?  Are there any sane Republicans left?  Where’s Everett Dirksen when you need him most?

The saddest part for the GOP is that just about any mainstream Republican could have beaten Hillary Clinton or made it an all nighter  on election day.  Hell, Mitt Romney probably could have beaten Hillary.   Our Florida boy Senator Marco (whom I consider to be an empty suit) could have made it real tight.

But no.  The GOP alt.right base, consisting of perhaps 30 – 35% of primary voters wanted Trump, who is now ranting that the election is “rigged” by “crooked Hillary” undermining the basis of American democracy – that elections are open, fair and transparent.  His own Vice President had to go on the air this weekend and state that the Republican party will abide and accept the will of the voters.

Trump then threw his own running mate under the bus.  “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD,” Trump wrote on Twitter,

In Hillsborough, North Carolina over the weekend a Republican campaign office was fire-bombed, with flammable material thrown through a plate glass window and an adjacent building wall was spray-painted with a swastika and the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.”

Clinton denounced the attack as “horrific and unacceptable” in her own tweet, adding: “Very grateful that everyone is safe.  Trump tweeted “Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning.”

Authorities have not yet determined exactly who is responsible for the fire bombing.  Hopefully the perps will be arrested in a few days.

Leaving a spray painted “Nazi Republicans leave town or else!” indicates to my old brain that someone is either a wild eyed “leftie” OR it is someone who wants everyone to BELIEVE the bombing was done by a wild eyed leftie.  Will the Donald still think the perp an “animal” if it turns out to be one of his supporters?

We won’t know who the authorities think did it until there is an arrest.  Democratic contributors raised $13,000 in four hours to rebuild the place.

Meanwhile it was reported today that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with a boutique media deal-making firm about the prospect of launching a television network after the election.

It’s unprecedented for a major party nominee to be considering how to profit off his support before an election’s over. And conversations about a post-election media startup reportedly began long before Trump’s poll numbers dropped.   He wants to make sure “his people have a voice.”

Just what America needs – another cable news channel dabbling in swamp fever conspiracy theories and making Fox News talking heads look like Edward R, Murrow.


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Toritto in the Washington Post – 2008

  1. beetleypete says:

    It is just all too sad, Frank. America seems to be imploding. There was a time when I would have welcomed that disintegration, but now is not that time.
    (Still going to be ‘Madam President’, whatever the fallout)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jfwknifton says:

    As Commissioner Gordon once remarked, “Where is Batman when you need him?” And if he’d stood this year, he’d have won.

    Liked by 2 people

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