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Last Hurrah of Nixon's 'New Majority'?

IAdmitIAmCrazy Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 7:26 AM
Mr. Buchanan in a suprisingly sober language paintsa grim picture for the GOP's future. However, with a flawed anaylsis and an even more flawed suggestion on how to solve it, he misses opprtunities for a right of center GOP. "Once the principled position is yielded, where do we draw the line? At what point does constant accommodation cause True Believers to depart?" Mr. Buchanan, was Richard Nixon's majority really based on "principled positions"? I remember very well the Reagan wing of the GOP chafing under Nixonian pragmatism. While touting law and order, Mr. Nixon was far more liberal in domestic social programs than the current president. Nixon might have worried about abortion allowing more permissiveness but in case of rape
IAdmitIAmCrazy Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 7:44 AM
Conservatives don't like to hear it but electoral success and with it the possibility to at least partially reach some conservative goals, is to accept that compromises with slightly less conservative Republicans are necessary.

More than forty years of observing U.S. politics have seen a steady turn of your country in ever more conservative waters. Quite a remarkable success, as I hate to admit, but reading and listening to the current discussion, far too many conservatives seem completely blind to their own success story.

The times of conservatives as outcasts and victims of mainstream disdain have long passed but apparently most of them have so comfortably established themselves in their role of victims that they moan about coming doom.
IAdmitIAmCrazy Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 7:35 AM
rape and transracial pregnancies, he favored it. Ther fact that Nicon was as anti-gay as he was anti-Semitic, was less due to principles and far more to the prejudices of his time.

With minorities constantly growing, the attempt to turn the GOP into the party of whites will lead it into minority status. It might be in the mold of Nixon's Southern strategy which Reagan bought into by launching his 1980 election campaign in Philadelphia, MS but it would bely all its attempts to portray itself as a post-racial party, or Lincoln's GOP of racial integration.

Also, it would be blind to the fact that socially, Latinos are quite conservative and would grow much more into GOP territory if people weren't so darnedly fixated on "anti-immigration."

Looking back all the way to America's Civil War, there have been three dominant presidential coalitions.

The first was Abraham Lincoln's. With his war to restore the Union and his martyrdom, Lincoln inaugurated an era of Republican dominance that lasted more than seven decades and saw only two Democratic presidents: Grover Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson.

The second coalition was FDR's, where he and his vice president Harry Truman won five consecutive presidential elections. Only Gen. Eisenhower could break that streak.

The third was Richard Nixon's New Majority, cobbled together after his narrow 1968 victory, where he annexed the...