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Federalism Could be the Solution to GOP Branding Problem

amackent Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 1:44 PM
I agree entirely with the sentiment, but for the life of me I can't comprehend how we could get a country who would re-elect BO to understand the concept of Federalism.
Stuart95 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 6:03 PM
All too true. That's why the Republicans are going to have to re-brand themselves into something that people with conservative or libertarian leanings can understand and support as not perfect, but far superior to BO & the Democratic Socialists.

The concept of federalism allows a presidential candidate to dodge some of the social issues that the Democrats have used so successfully against Republicans, and still provides a model of a federal government that people will find credible. But neo-Republicans are going to have to stop using words like "conservative" if they wish to separate themselves from the RINO's who will not adapt to a new political challenge.

To understand why Republicans have a "branding problem," you first need to understand how the system is rigged against conservatives.

Such is the schizophrenic dysfunction of our politics: We constantly demand "conviction" politicians who will "do what's right" and then condemn them, often in the same breath, for being unwilling to put aside their conviction and their sense of what's right.

But such condemnation does not fall equally on conservatives and progressives alike. For the progressive's principle is, at its core, more. Do more. Spend more. Spend more doing more. Any compromise of progressive principle in this regard is seen as...