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What This Election Means

David238 Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 2:45 PM
Trying to appease Latinos is about as stupid as you can get. Republicans could suddenly start championing the DREAM Act, opposing eVerify checks, and granting blanket amnesty and it won't help them one iota with the Latino vote. Latinos aren't stupid --- they know that Republicans are being dragged into supporting this nonsense and that if they want to be pandered to then they should support Democrats. If Republicans want the Latino vote then they need to do a better job of convincing them, and apparently the rest of the public, that Republican policies of smaller government, fiscal responsibility, and personal liberty are better for the nation as a whole and for Latinos as well. Whereas the Democrat nanny state is a recipe for disaster.
Troglodite Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 3:02 PM
While this may not work, it is the ONLY course that offers any prospect of working. The Republicans cannot reasonably hope to out-flank and out-pander the Democrats in order to get the Latino vote. The La Raza gang will happily pocket anything that the Republicans give them and then continue supporting the Democrats.
Dreadnaught011 Wrote: Nov 08, 2012 5:11 PM

Republicans will reach out to Spanish-speaking voters or let them all vote for Democrats. What little choice this Party still has is with Latinos or not at all. A troglodite isn't distinguished by sharp rationale. We do not have to pander. We have to capture a share at least; of the 2nd largest minority voting bloc. It might be difficult. But for Americans of good will, it would pay off in further elections. Otherwise; this is the end of the GOP.

danr27 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 6:50 AM
Following Miss Gallagher's prescription, the GOP will not end--it will simply transform itself into a pale replica of the Democratic Party. The modern history of the GOP is one of surrender on any issue of importance: the FDR welfare state, feminism, immigration to the point of bolstering multiculturalism, "gay" rights (accepting "gays" in the military), and now Obamacare (Boehner just approvingly called it "the law of the land"). This is a conservative party only in relative terms, unprepared and unwilling to fight the culture wars or any other social war.

There is no point in spinning -- conservatives need to face honestly what this election means.

A first take: Gov. Mitt Romney tried to win while leaning on only one leg of the old Reagan coalition: jobs, jobs, jobs, economy, economy, economy. Against a president with a poor record on the economy, he lost.

The Mitch Daniels "truce" strategy on social issues is a clear loser in this election. The Reagan coalition, which honestly may not be the pathway to victory moving forward, had three legs: values issues, national defense and economic growth.

Romney adopted the most ineffectual strategy vis-a-vis the social issues: adopt...