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GOP Solution: Stick to Values, Pick Better Candidates

Publius4254 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 9:26 AM
If I ever ran for an office but I had to sacrifice the principles by which I have lived my life just to get someone's vote then I will never get it, because my principles are much more important to me than a vote.
Mark4414 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 9:52 AM
Fair enough, but just make sure your "principles" aren't bigotry and discrimination - that's a losing strategy as you just saw.
Publius4254 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 10:06 AM
What we just saw is that those who want to have the government give them everything and have someone else pay for it prevailed over those who believe that a person should work hard, accept personal responsibility, and build their own lives.

My principles are: A belief in smaller government and lower taxes, that the border should be secure, that the unborn are deserving of legal protection, and that marriage is between one man and one woman. I believe that law abiding citizens have the right to keep and bear arms if that is their choice and that the federal government has no buisness being involved in education. If you consider all that as being begoted and discriminatory then that is your problem, not mine.
A7 Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 10:55 AM
But bigotry won. Race-baiting won. Discrimination won. Big time.

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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