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GOP Solution: Stick to Values, Pick Better Candidates

Peter906 Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 11:02 AM
I think this is an interesting and promising column, once it gets past making excuses for the election (and does not mention the accurate NYTimes 538 blog). To me, (an Obama supporter,) one question is, what are the real Republican values? Take immigration. There is so much anti-Hispanic stuff going on in the Republican Party (see Arizona): is that the real Republicans, or is there a sensible real Repub immigration policy? (Bush tried and could not find it.) Or take abortion: do real Republicans want to insist on no abortion in cases of rape? (Read the Platform.) Or is there another, more inclusive position.
Beeblebrox Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 9:49 PM
Because Arizona wants to stop criminal trespass that means they're against Hispanics. You are saying that Hispanic=criminal. We're saying that race or ethnicity has nothing to do without desire to enforce our borders. Technically, you're a racist Peter.

These are days of hindsight and second-guessing for Republicans, which is human nature after a trauma like this election loss.

There are million “why” theories out there, from the Hurricane Sandy effect to pernicious media bias. Wringing our hands over those factors gets us nowhere.

We can’t stop hurricanes, and media bias is always there. Reagan and Bush 43 won twice against waves of poisonous bias, so that is not an insurmountable obstacle.

What Republicans need is a slate of candidates that can energize the base while expanding the appeal of a conservative message.


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