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The Republicans' Primary Problem

dan17 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 9:43 AM
That is a too simplistic analysis. Basically, the extreme cultural and economical entrenchment of slavery in the South was the reason for the Civil War. If the Federalists under Hamilton had their way, and elected a king, the result would have been the same, albeit a different timeline.

Having just lost an election, many Republicans are anxious to remake our party in the image of Democrats. The theory seems to be that whatever we're doing isn't working, so we better change everything.

But in fact, whatever Republicans did in 2012 -- other than an overly long primary fight -- worked amazingly well, given the circumstances.

In a detailed analysis of the 2012 election, William A. Galston, a fellow with the liberal Brookings Institution, makes a number of fascinating observations that Republicans would do well to consider before embracing amnesty, abortion, gay marriage and Beyonce.

In my...