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The Republicans' Primary Problem

llee823 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:44 PM
The problem that Republicans have is that they ARE ALREADY TOO MUCH LIKE DEMOCRATS. They jumped on the moderate band wagon when Clinton was elected. GH Bush was more moderate than Reagan, but won on Reagan's coattails because the economy was turning around. He didn't stand a chance against Clinton, esp after the MSM fell in love with Bill. GW Bush was certainly more conservative than his father, but barely won even at that. Running against "I voted for it, before I voted against it" Kerry was a no brainer for reelection. Every time Republicans put a moderate up they lose. Surely they would get the picture by now. Look who won in 2010. CONSERVATIVES! Conservatives with a sound message are the only way to win in 2014/2016,

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...