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Trouble Brewing in GOP

Ress Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 12:54 PM
Sometimes it almost seems that the GOP, at the national level at least, exists only as supporting cast for the dominant progressive party. By providing an imitation of opposition, it harmlessly absorbs the energies of those who would fight against progressivism. During those occasional intervals when the dominant party needs a break from power, the GOP is charged with maintaining and modestly expanding the achievements of progressivism. That in turn will annoy enough of its base to ensure that its sojourn in power is brief.
For the first time, I am wondering about the long-term viability of the Republican Party. I say this not as an advocate of its demise or restructuring but as an observer of troubling signs.

The Republican Party is thought to be the institutional vehicle for the advancement of conservative policies, but for decades, the conservative movement has been frustrated with the party's deviation from conservative principles -- its refusal to live up to its decidedly conservative platform.

I believe that the disappointing results for Republicans in the 2006 elections and probably the 2012 elections, as well, were in no small part attributable to...

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