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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 10:56 AM
And swing voters have no interest in candidates that appeal to the base (think Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, or Newt Gingrich). The only real hope I see for Republicans in the short term for a candidate with national appeal is Chris Christie, the question is whether or not the base would consider voting for him. In preliminary polls he's the only candidate that not only gets within 10 points of Hillary but is running almost dead even with her. Second, policy is an issue. I'm not saying things should be completely revamped, but things need to get tweaked. Why go for a "no-abortion ever" approach when most of the country considers themselves pro-life, but not to that degree? Why insist on keeping or reviving tax cuts for the...
ppotts Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:48 AM
But Christie is way too fat on all that pork. A real turnoff from the viewpoint of most people
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and...