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GOP Solution: Stick to Values, Pick Better Candidates

elko-mike Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 8:47 AM
Stick to First Principles -- values is a red herring. People are concerned with their individual economic circumstance. The question Republicans need to answer for voters is "Will your economic circumstance be better if government grows larger or is made smaller." Conservative Republicans can answer that question in a heartbeat; articulate conservatives can explain why. A moderate Republican, presumably, would try for a compromise answer. But where is the compromise? Either government grows or it doesn't. Moderate Republicans try to position themselves, as far as I can tell, as a reasonable alternative to liberals, which means government grows slowly, liberal lite. That's a loser, and it explains the party's problems.

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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