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GOP Solution: Stick to Values, Pick Better Candidates

Doug3370 Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 9:11 AM
That's a bit of a reach. Strife takes two. Also, if Republican policies are so economically destructive, please, please explain how it is that Texas has a relatively strong economy and California, Illinois, New York, have relatively weak economies. If Republican policies are so socially destructive, how would you account for the relatively low crime rates and high educational achievements of Kansas? Of Utah? Or even Texas, if you want to say it's demographics and you're willing to match Texas with a Democrat region having comparable demographics?
Baron Wasteland Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 9:42 AM
The Texas economy is doing pretty well. At the same time, employment has not performed so well in Texas. That means the higher oil prices have substantially aided the economy there. So, since Obama is to "blame" for higher oil prices, I guess he gets credit for any positive economic measures in Texas. Or does that mess with the "everything bad is Obama's fault and everything good is because of the Republicans" theme?

These are days of hindsight and second-guessing for Republicans, which is human nature after a trauma like this election loss.

There are million “why” theories out there, from the Hurricane Sandy effect to pernicious media bias. Wringing our hands over those factors gets us nowhere.

We can’t stop hurricanes, and media bias is always there. Reagan and Bush 43 won twice against waves of poisonous bias, so that is not an insurmountable obstacle.

What Republicans need is a slate of candidates that can energize the base while expanding the appeal of a conservative message.


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