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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

coveyrise Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:54 AM
Republicans are missing the boat by not getting out the message of prosperity versus dependence. Talking about immigration, entitlements and social issues is a losing proposition for Republicans if they do not present a clear message that none of this is going to matter unless we get the economy going again. Obama won re-election back in November with 7.8% unemployment and more than 20 million people without a job. It is now nearly February and no one is talking about JOBS or growing the economy. All we're talking about now is how to violate the 2nd Amenement. Insanity.
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and...