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How Republicans Can Find Themselves

para_dimz Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:33 AM
For at least five months during the primary the meme was anyone but Romney. Why? Because a consistent 2/3 of primary voters were searching for a true conservative nominee. Yet that 2/3 was split several ways between socons, neocons, libertarians and economic centric conservatives. The other third were big business capitalists who supported Romney. 2/3 of the base refused to make nice with each other and defaulted to Romney who appealed to them all nicely when the other candidates self-immolated. And then there's this. 2/3 of the base are pretty much funded by the other third. That third, the crony in the capitalist world, being the money, do all the real talking for the party. The obvious discorance between the party walk and talk comes
jsmith541 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:19 PM
Perry would have won them if he had not made that gaffe. But that's life.
Illbay Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:55 AM
Everyone has his own definition of "conservative."

Romney to me was the only "true conservative." He didn't espouse "right wing social engineering." And he didn't go on some MSM talk show and criticize "right wing social engineering." He was about the fundamental things that made America great.

And no, that doesn't mean "fundamentalist Christianity," which is an aberration that reinvents itself about once every 25 to 50 years anyway (funny that today's fundies are so "pro-Israel" when just a generation ago "the Jews killed Christ.")

This nation isn't a "Christian nation" the way they mean it; it is a nation where each is free to follow the dictates of his conscience within carefully defined parameters of acceptable behavior.

Until...
Illbay Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:58 AM
...evangelical Christians realize they are a minority of even REPUBLICAN voters, and learn to work well with others, they are going to be a DRAG on the conservative movement. Not that they are wrong about much of what they say...they simply think no one else can possibly be right, and they won't accept that some things - like religious doctrine - simply are NOT political issues.

Evangelicals aren't the only problem, but they ARE the only ones I hear coming on MY radio every day griping about Mitt Romney. When pressed, many of them admit they didn't vote.

So now they have Obama.

And themselves to blame for it.
BigOlBear Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 10:05 AM
Oddly though, when liberal acquaintances learn that I am a conservative, they assume that I am a Baptist. It seems the evangelicals have defined us to the rest of the country.
Ross83 Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 10:29 AM
I am not a christian of any stripe at all but I also get that.
para_dimz Wrote: Nov 12, 2012 9:39 AM
And then there's this. 2/3 of the base are pretty much funded by the other third. That third, the crony in the capitalist world, being the money, do all the real talking for the party. The obvious discorance between the party walk and talk comes though loud and clear to the general electorate.
We were right the first five months. No disrespect to Mr. Romney. I would have been proud to have him as our president. See, the problem isn't what I and you think about him or McCain or Bush for instance. The problem is what the other side thinks. They hear principled, small government. They see big, globalist, imperialist business. Eliminate the discordant messages in the party and win the people.

Soul-searching is not in the GOP’s blood. Many Republicans see themselves as stoic, rugged and hardworking individuals. But after twice losing the White House to an ex-community organizer and failing to mobilize the base, Republicans need to take a trip to a mountainous valley, sip some tea and meditate.

In the quiet of nature, I think Republicans would find that the solutions to winning lie within themselves. After my own reflection, I developed three key insights into how the GOP can win presidential elections going forward:

#1 Keep an open mind

Early on, talking heads like Ann Coulter disparaged Romney...