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Will Republicans Ever Win the Presidency Again?

bheffner Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 12:34 PM
I think that Mr. Shapiro is not dealing with reality when he states that Romney is not a real conservative. Does he truly believe that any of the other Republican candidates, all viewed by most as true conservatives, would have fared better than Romney. The problem with the Republican party goes deeper than a "pissing" contest as to whom is more conservative. The economic situation should have guaranteed a win by the Republicans, except for an extremely wealthy (and I do not view that as a negative) candidate who seemed out of touch with the common voter, but the albatross of the social (religious zealots) doomed the party's chances. Until that problem is removed, the party stands little chance of regaining the White House in 2016.
In the aftermath of the reelection of the worst president since James Buchanan, the question must be asked. Clearly, the Republican Party is on the downswing. But why?

There are two easy answers. Neither of them is correct. The first answer is advanced by proponents of liberalism. They say that the 2012 election was an ideological election, the seminal, long-awaited decision of the American public to fully embrace their inner socialists. This argument posits that Mitt Romney was an extreme conservative, Barack Obama was an extreme liberal, and the American people cast their lot with the liberal.

That argument is incorrect. As...