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Can GOP's Local Success Translate to Federal Level?

Jeff2422 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 4:57 PM
The answer is actually not that complicated. The rank and file, not the national GOP or even the state GOP apparatus, believe in limited government. At the state level this is less difficult to do. For instance, states don't print money or provide for the national defense. Thus, it is much easier to focus on the numbers and the individual departments and/or programs that are not working. At the federal level, there are over 20 departments, more agencies, and regulations that could fill the state of Iowa, not to mention the trillions of spending. So instead of a rational discussion of numbers, specific programs and tax provisions, we get this theme type campaigning at the federal level. Anyone who would try to do what Ross Perot did (cont)
Jeff2422 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 5:04 PM
in 1992 gets laughed off the stage. Federal elections turn into a beauty contest with plenty of mud slinging. This plays right into the liberal play book as they have more terms for marginalizing people than Carter (showing my age) had little pills. Combine the printing press of the federal government and even the big corporations will jump on the bandwagon with liberals. The feds are such a mess, that the governors and state legislatures in a majority of states have learned to go their own way on programs and limit their exposure to the feds and thus the influence of elections. If you look at the map, it is the metros versus the rest of the country. Thus, Dems win on the national level, but state houses go to the GOP.

The Republicans are doomed. Conservatism is over. President Obama is conducting a mop-up operation at this point.

That's the basic consensus in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and other citadels of blue America.

And let's be fair, liberals have every reason to gloat -- a little. The GOP has its troubles. Long-term demographic trends; often-irrational animosity from Hollywood, the media and academia; a thumbless grasp of the culture on the part of many Republicans: All of these things create a headwind for the party and the broader conservative movement.

But here's the weird part. That's all true of presidential...