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GOP Has Trouble Settling on Candidates Who Can Win

Dan_NV Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 9:44 AM
This is pure gibberish. The reason that Republicans are not doing well isn't because they aren't pandering to this ethnicity or that or that they can't communicate with women, gays and the transgendered, it is because they are tone deaf when it comes to their base. Pundits like Barone, analysts like Rove and the whole of the gelding Republican establishment are running off waving Mexican flags and courting illegals, even as they spit on their own party faithful. This is the same base that gave the Republicans huge wins in 2010 and the same base the party establishment elite has been demonizing ever since. That, not candidate savvy is why the Republicans are losing elections and why a third party is almost inevitable.
Stuart95 Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 11:40 AM
Regarding the "party faithful": Either (a) they stayed home last November because they were in a snit over Romney, even though the incumbent was the worst threat to "conservative" values in a generation, or (b) there are not enough "party faithful" to defeat a Democrat presidential candidate. Either way, the "party faithful" cannot be counted on to win the next election alone.

We need a NEW leader who can open the tent for winning numbers.
Texas Chris Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 10:43 AM
It IS party candidate savvy. GOP needs to be training these folks in their primaries on how to answer based on the platform. If that platform is constitutionality, then the answers are easy.

One of the interesting things about recent elections is that Republicans have tended to do better the farther you go down the ballot.

They've lost the presidency twice in a row, and in four of the last six contests. They've failed to win a majority in the U.S. Senate, something they accomplished in five election cycles between 1994 and 2006.

But they have won control of the House of Representatives in the last two elections, and in eight of the last 10 cycles.

And they've been doing better in elections to state legislatures than at any time since the 1920s.