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The Republicans' Primary Problem

RepubRob2 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:35 AM
Ann's smarter than I am, and certainly has a (ahem) somewhat bigger following than do I, but I can't understand how she can make a point about how badly Reagan beat the incumbent Carter in 1980, with an economy that was arguably better than the one we have now, and then be dismissive of Obama's victory over Romney given the same, or very similar, circumstances. Doesn't it seem like there was something else happening in 2012 that wasn't happening in 1980? Like maybe the electorate is either less informed, or has demographically changed substantially?
Winkmeister (Formerly David) Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:44 AM
Less informed. Take two people side-by-side; let's say a low income person driving a beater and a middle income person driving a nice vehicle that is taken care of.

Lo and behold, the government "fair share" fairy comes to help the low income person. Takes away the nice vehicle that has been taken care of by the middle income person to provide "fair share".

Try to sell that to America.
RepubRob2 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:48 AM
I think it's a little of the less-informed, combined with a lower percentage of white males of the voting population. Add on top of that the American Idol mentality of the younger voter, who votes almost strictly on celebrity and feel-good emotions, and you get what we got. Unfortunately for the GOP, I don't see that changing much in 2016 and beyond.

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...