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The Republicans' Primary Problem

jb234 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 10:04 PM
"Obama was an incumbent" Correction: Obama was the incumbent BLACK president. No way were the establishment elites (mostly liberal with a sprinkling of "respectable" conservatives) going to allow this "clean" Black man be humiliated by not being re-elected. Was there any doubt that Obama, as a “Black” president, was not going to be allowed to lose by the political establishment no matter what he did or did not do? How would they face the “developing world” that he “looked like” (not to mention the addled Europeans) if he was to be summarily dismissed after only one term? It was never in the cards.

Having just lost an election, many Republicans are anxious to remake our party in the image of Democrats. The theory seems to be that whatever we're doing isn't working, so we better change everything.

But in fact, whatever Republicans did in 2012 -- other than an overly long primary fight -- worked amazingly well, given the circumstances.

In a detailed analysis of the 2012 election, William A. Galston, a fellow with the liberal Brookings Institution, makes a number of fascinating observations that Republicans would do well to consider before embracing amnesty, abortion, gay marriage and Beyonce.

In my...