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A Republican Retreat -- or Rout?

Georgia Boy 61 Wrote: Dec 07, 2012 12:14 AM
The GOP, having become smug and arrogant, thought that it could mail it in and still beat Obama. Too bad the country will have to pay the price for their mistakes. Giving the devil his due, Obama is a masterful campaigner and the Republicans didn't take him seriously enough. They failed when the stakes were at their highest. For that reason alone, the party can wither and die as far as this conservative is concerned. This was the most important election since the Civil War era, and the GOP didn't even show up.
Given the expectations raised by the Republican punditocracy -- that Mitt was headed for a big victory -- the jolt of defeat hit especially hard.

Now, what had seemed an orderly retreat has taken on the aspect of a rout, with Beltway Republicans calling for abandonment of fixed positions all along the line.

After Senate candidates Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri bollixed the question of abortion in cases of rape, Republicans are being counseled to downgrade or dump the social issues. As young people seem to support same-sex marriage, why not be good libertarians and get on board?...