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In 2016, GOP Needs a Candidate Voters Believe In

dankbubba Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 10:52 AM
the comments from the devout "conservatives" that were convinced that Romney was not a good alternative to Obama show why America lost. Romney was too nice and too focused on promoting positive thinking to balance out the constant and varied barrage of negative ads and articles. Voters were peeled off the Romney side by nitpicky stuff and fabrications. Some Christians were convinced to be anti-Mormon. Some libertarians were convinced that Romney was an insider (????). Ron Paul or nobody. Who is perfect? Who has not made mistakes? Who has not changed their minds on key issues? Romney was not able to do what Reagan did and promote his positive message while pointing out the problems with the other guy. Enjoy the mess you made.

In the wake of Mitt Romney's loss, many Republicans say the GOP must make far-reaching changes to be competitive in future elections. White voters are a smaller and smaller part of the electorate, they point out, while Latinos and other minorities are growing as a percentage of the voting public. Unless the Republican Party reinvents itself to appeal to those voters, the argument goes, the GOP can get used to being out of power.

There's something to that. The electorate is changing, and the Republican Party needs to keep up with the times. But the more fundamental answer to the...