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GOP basic strategy for 2016 looks deeply unsettled

Jim Oakland Wrote: Jun 22, 2013 9:55 AM
The main reason Obama won was that conservatives did not show up to vote. A GOP pandering to moderates does not excite conservatives to vote. People vote for candidates that stand for something in a clear way. By 2016, Obamcare is probably going to be very unpopular and privacy issues are going to be an issue too. Those are the GOP's opportunities, not immigration reform.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican Party's road map for winning presidential elections looks hazier than ever as GOP lawmakers and others reject what many considered obvious lessons from Mitt Romney's loss last year.

House Republicans are rebelling against the key recommendation of a party-sanctioned post-mortem: embrace "comprehensive immigration reform" or suffer crippling losses among Hispanic voters in 2016 and beyond.

Widespread rejection of warnings from establishment Republicans goes beyond that, however. Many activists say the party simply needs to articulate its conservative principles more skillfully, without modifying any policies, even after losing the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections.