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Never Despair

sdoonan Wrote: Nov 09, 2012 3:01 PM
Jack2894 writes: "Dont' ask guys like this what went wrong. If they knew it wouldnt' have happened! If you want to know why you lost, then you need to ask your oppononents how they beat you." I hate to say it, but you're right. The real reasons Republicans lost can be found by actually learning from the other side (not just objective analysis, but true engagement with them in order to learn) what they did right, and which forces and trends within society helped them. What Republicans did wrong is very obvious to those on the left, so Republicans will find better answers in that camp than by any internal hand-wringing analyses. Other people can see you far better than you can see yourself. :-)
SteveL2 Wrote: Nov 10, 2012 7:57 AM
It takes a long time of living in denial before one is finally forced to face reality.

History lesson:

When Reagan won in 1980, the Left said that was just a fluke.

When Reagan won again in 1984, the Left said that was just a fluke.

But after Bush won in 1988, some moderate Dems got together (the Dem Leadership Council) and realized they had to nominate a Dem in 1992 who could actually appeal to blue-collar Americans who wanted to see a fiscally moderate nominee. And two appeared: Bill Clinton and Paul Tsongas. And this time, in 1992, the Dems won back the White House after 12 years of failure.

So if history is any indication, the GOP won't realize it has to change until it loses again in 2016.

Tuesday night was truly a bitter, disappointing result. There is no way around it.

My thoughts for the conservative movement: now is not the time to be discouraged. Now is not the time to point fingers at candidates who gave their all or at allies within the movement. Now is not the time to lash out at our opponents on the Left. And lastly, now is not the time to wonder whether or not we can turn things around. Of course we can. Of course we will.

In the months ahead, we are going to carefully study what we...