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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 03:39 PM

64. It is a good summary, and it goes much deeper than the space allowed

 

The modern GOP is on the wrong side of every issue. If elections were decided strictly on the issues, they would lose 65% - 35% or worse every time. They have made the conscious decision not to adjust where they stand on the issues and instead do everything possible to get the elections decided on other bases, namely: disinformation, fear mongering, wedge issues, election system fraud, and voter disenfranchisement. I won't bore everybody with the details on those 5 things. You already know that.

But the key point of this election is that they had all the elements in their favor -- particularly the bad economy. Obama is a charismatic leader and Romney is a wreck. This should be an election that the GOP would win, but would somebody please tell me which of the primary candidates would be running any stronger than Romney? Santorum? Gingrich? Bachmann? Paul? Perry? Cain?

None of them would. 100% of their candidates would lose this election, because that's what the GOP has become. Those aren't the best possible conservative leaders in this country. Not by a long shot. But the better candidates cannot pass the party's litmus test.

Next time around they won't be going against Obama. That a plus for the GOP. But the demographics are slipping away. AND we are getting better at dealing with those 5 issues. I predict that by 2016, most of those 5 issues will be at least partially neutralized, and that is worth at least 5%. The ongoing demographic shift is worth another 3%. So if the GOP remains as ostrich-like as they are today, they will be fighting an 8% headwind.

Personally I hope they do change. I hope this election ends up as a real ass-kicking such that adults take over the GOP and they start holding up their half of the government responsibility. But I wouldn't put any money on that.

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