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The Republicans' Primary Problem

red state of mind Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:08 PM
Sorry, Ann - statism will be too ingrained by 2016 - no one (well, at least not enough) will want to give up their government milk and cookies for the sweet message of hard work and self-reliance. Steyn is right - this will turn into a campaign and who is the more qualified candidate the manage the welfare state America has become.
Peter841 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:26 AM
It'll be socialism tending toward the whole shabang, communism. Statism was the driving force in WWII Germany. But whether extreme left (socialists, progressives or extreme right (communists,) they all have the same objective, absolute power of their country.
Illbay Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:16 PM
I don't agree. Obama had far fewer votes this time than last, and his support was lukewarm at best.

But once again, the Republican challenger refused to take off the ****ing gloves and FIGHT. And conservatives stayed home, many because they didn't care, many because they hate Mormons (unfortunately, there is some limited validity to the notion of right-wing bigotry - it's just the Left is worse).

Reagan excited people. He had excited people in '76 when he mounted a stiff challenge to Ford in the GOP primary. He had ideas. He had leadership.

I was very high on Mitt, but he did NOT have the ability to energize rank and file - the people who shrugged and stayed home. And many actually bought the Dems' "Romney's rich, that's evil" negative
Illbay Wrote: Feb 06, 2013 6:17 PM
...campaign.

It's time to stop the "who's next?" madness. Fortunately there was never a substantial No. 2 challenger this last time, and you can't say that anyone has got the inside track to the GOP nomination. But rather than the stupid, fractious infighting that ALL factions of the GOP big tent are wont to engage in, it's time to stop the REAL madness: Democrat rule.

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...