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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

James Carroll Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 6:53 AM
It's obvious that the democrats assume that we have seen our last Republican president. It's equally obvious that the democrats in the Senate anticipate a permanent majority, as witness Reid's recent efforts to mess with the filibuster. They figure that the fix is in, that they have a permanent voting majority, a permanent dependent underclass that will vote for the party who promises them their "fair shot" and their "fair share" of the nation's productivity and the government's largess.
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and...