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The Republicans' Primary Problem

John5103 Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:36 PM
The population lives conservatism, but votes liberalism because it has such a strong emotional appeal. So the liberal always has the automatic advantage, the conservative always has the greater burden to convince people to make the tougher, yet wiser, choices. That takes a caliber that is rare. Any buffoon like Obama can get elected if the conservative isn't several orders of magnitude more substantive.

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...