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Time to Grow Up, GOP

Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 6:37 AM
Indeed, but the problem is rooted in the nature of a political party: It exists for one and only one reason: to get its candidates into office. In eras when party A is dominant, the other major party -- there are never more than two -- will emulate it in every possible way. Conservatives' mistake is relying on the GOP to persuade Americans away from left-liberalism. It's just not the right tool for the job. We need to emphasize other approaches -- many of them -- until we find ones that work. After that, the political landscape will change on its own.
Francis W. Porretto Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 2:54 PM
Political parties might come into existence because of a widely shared political philosophy, but a party, once formed, that doesn't make electoral victory its sole priority is soon relegated to the fringes. As a former State and Local LP chair, I know that dynamic rather better than most.
true liberal Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 7:56 AM
The GOP pulls the bait and switch better than any other. The Dems are relatively straight forward in their approach striving to build coalitions between the fractured groups to get a majority.

The GOP has a few token planks for the conservatives and then depends on them for their support knowing that there is no where else for them to go.

The GOP hasn't figured out that the conservatives and libertarian types will just stay home.
para_dimz Wrote: Jan 16, 2013 7:11 AM
I disagree, lightly. A political party exists because it is a repositoriy of a political philosophy. Electing candidates is the first, natural outgrowth of a community's desire to establish that philosophy in policy.
I see you forgot to mention even one other tool you might consider the right one for pursuading others besides the party platforms.
The Republicans' problem isn't messaging. Its performance. All they got it talk.

It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure to recognize the limits of that movement's success.

American conservatism began as a kind of intellectual hobbyist's group with little hope of changing the broader society. Albert Jay Nock, the cape-wearing libertarian intellectual -- he called himself a "philosophical anarchist" -- who inspired a very young William F. Buckley Jr., argued that political change was impossible because the masses were rubes,...