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The Republicans' Primary Problem

JDs Handsome-Son Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 4:13 PM
We want establishment GOP types gone. We want to see armed conservative zealots appear at the offices and homes of all GOP insiders - office holders, pollsters, lobbyists, and other parasites - to roust them out of their chairs and into awaiting trucks to be driven out into the woods, released with order not to come back. Thereafter, we want true conservatives to wage all out real war against the communists and beat them with clubs and tire irons until they too are gone. We want no compromise and sellouts.

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...