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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 08:16 AM

Procedures aren't the GOP's problem

The truth is that the issues that seem to be hurting Republicans with swing voters are simply not very controversial in Republican primaries. Instead, the way that every Republican nomination battle has been recently, wherever it takes place, is that candidates must jump over never-ending hurdles to prove they arenít ďRINOs,Ē and thereís simply no counterweight on the other side. Therefore, any process change short of eliminating the public portion of the process entirely isnít going to matter.

If Republicans want to stop taking losing positions on issues, they need to find a way to downplay those things they believe strongly in despite their unpopularity and to give up those things they donít really care about. As all successful political parties do. But thatís not going to happen when everyone is terrified of charges of moderation. Thatís what has to change for the GOP to get healthier. Process just wonít do it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/procedures-arent-the-gops-problem/2012/11/23/52471562-3599-11e2-92f0-496af208bf23_blog.html

In other words, Republican politicians need to lie more about their positions, then crawl out of their Trojan Horses when it's too late for hapless voters to stop them. But hey, everybody does it, right?

In this case the reader comments are better than the article. Here's a couple of them:

Modern Republicanism is now 20 percent politics and 80 percent fundamentalist Christian Reconstructionism. This is something they used to know enough to hide because they knew it was a losing minority position. I remember noting the TRUE percent of "lunatic fringe" Christians when Pat Robertson ran for president. IIRC, it was about five percent, and I doubt the actual numbers are higher today (40% of US now "non-religious").

30 years into the current episode of trickle-down, the economy's a structural mess, infrastructure is crumbling, the wealth gap is greater than ever, and there's a financial blow-out every ten years. But the Republicans chant that we just need to do more of it. No wonder young voters are turned off to the GOP. No wonder the tide has turned.

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:17 PM

1. The problem is their base

They need a new base. They kowtow to the demands of their loony base. Their other major problem is their ideology. Their ideology is wrong and it does their thinking for them. They are permanently stuck on stupid.

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Response to AgingAmerican (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 12:09 AM

3. Yeah, I want nothing to do with their vile voter base...

...that attacks my brother and cousin for who they are (gay)

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Response to Lasher (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 02:58 PM

2. THE GOP IS 100% FRINGE

 

There are many groups which comprise the right wing of the GOP. These groups are all radical and they do not have the cognizances to hide the fact that they are NUTS.

During the next four years the GOP can write their plans for the perfect TROJAN CONDOM to contain their wing nuts. Only then will more people be FOOLED to vote GOP. Today there are many people who live in the middle of the country who do not think but have reflective responses to mad prodding by the GOP.

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