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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>\n DEAR MARK: October 31, 2014</p>\n<p>\n <img alt=\"\" src=\"http://conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Levy.gif\" /></p>\n<p>\n We&rsquo;ve all heard the story about the dog that chased cars until one day he finally caught one &mdash; now what does he do with it? Although Tuesday&rsquo;s midterm election offers Republicans a tremendous opportunity to capture the senate, the question becomes what should the Republicans do with that &ldquo;car?&rdquo;<br />\n After a celebratory toast Tuesday night it will be time for Republicans to tap the brakes on Wednesday because the GOP dreams could quickly become nightmares if John Boehner and Mitch McConnell aren&rsquo;t properly prepared to own both the House and the Senate.</p>\n<p> HERE&rsquo;S WHAT I believe the Republicans should do if they win the senate Tuesday night.<br />\n First don&rsquo;t overestimate the victory. Many wishful thinking Republicans believe that a senate victory is an opportunity to totally undo everything that the Obama regime has implemented during the past six years. I&rsquo;m not losing my conservative edge but Republicans need to take an objective look at the political landscape and realize they need to be patient and take incremental steps or they can kiss the 2016 presidential election goodbye along with the senate again.<br />\n It&rsquo;s easy to think that after a stinging Democrat defeat Republicans could view this as a mandate and begin to ramrod legislation through to the Oval Office. Or think that the president would suddenly rollover and want to play nice a la Bill Clinton in 1994. Don&rsquo;t be fooled, Barack Obama is a liberal ideologue like no other and he could very well dig in his golf spikes and choose to galvanize the country even further.<br />\n Despite approval numbers lower than Miley Cyrus&rsquo;s morals, Barack Obama remains the media&rsquo;s darling and they will circle the wagons around their messiah and report the debate as President Obama versus all those obstructionist Republicans in the House and now in the Senate.<br />\n Second, Republicans need to find a young leader who can clearly articulate what true conservatism looks like as opposed to the caricature represented in the media. Boehner and McConnell may be fine managers in the House and Senate respectively but they are not the kind of visionary leaders the Republican Party needs to go one on one with President Obama and his teleprompter.<br />\n As a result of a Republican senate victory on Tuesday, President Obama for the first time will have to deal directly with Republicans without the political cover of Harry Reid&rsquo;s Democrat controlled senate. Republican legislation will finally reach the president&rsquo;s desk and the president will have to make some tough decisions. This presents a tremendous opportunity to compare and contrast the visions the two parties have for our country but can only be successful if the right leader emerges from the GOP.<br />\n For years Democrats have done an excellent job of hyphenating Americans and playing identity politics with every issue. They have successfully painted Republicans as the party that is anti-poor, anti-woman, anti-minority, anti-education, anti-environment, anti-healthcare, anti-immigrant, and we&rsquo;ll throw in war mongering as a cherry to top this steaming pile.<br />\n Republicans need a leader who can explain how Republican policies benefit all Americans regardless of hyphenation. Republicans aren&rsquo;t anti-poor and anti-minority; they want all Americans to succeed. Republicans aren&rsquo;t anti-woman just because there is disagreement about abortion and who pays for birth control.<br />\n Republicans aren&rsquo;t anti-education because they recognize the current system is failing our children. Republicans aren&rsquo;t anti-environment because they realize that fossil fuels are still needed until wind and solar energy can be mass produced. Republicans aren&rsquo;t anti-immigrant; they are anti-illegal immigration and simply want a secure border. Republicans aren&rsquo;t anti-health care, they believe there are better ways to deliver health care than government mandates and the IRS.<br />\n Finally Republicans need a voice that will remind the country we are one nation under God not one hyphen-nation under some nebulous abstract deity.<br />\n Is this perfect advice? No, but it sure beats whatever Republicans have been doing lately.<br />\n AS AN ASIDE, I would love to see Harry Reid in a wrinkled suit walking down the hall carrying a file box full of office supplies and his thermos looking like Steve Martin in The Jerk as he moves to his new office in the basement of the Hart Senate Office building.</p>\n<p> E-mail your questions to <a href=\"mailto:marklevy92@aol.com\">marklevy92@aol.com</a>. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkPLevy</p>\n', created = 1575593767, expire = 1575680167, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:e39b27aaaac7c6d7205cbc626b6ae05d' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Dear Mark: What if Republicans win?

DEAR MARK: October 31, 2014

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