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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

LastStand Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 4:48 PM
I know enough to know that I'd never vote for one. I agree with Libertarians on spending policy, and I agree in shrinking the size of gov't. But on drug legalization, abortion, gay marriage, sorry, not going to agree with you. But when it comes to foreign policy, you guys are flat out nuts!! Just not living in the modern world....still think it's 1776. It's suicide to sit back and let your enemies gather strength while you stick your head in the sand.
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...