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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

LaramiePeak Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 8:35 AM
Michael doesn't seem to understand the rules have changed, how many votes are needed by the left? Well that is how many they will produce. Only recourse, try 1776.
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...