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The Republicans' Primary Problem

TS8 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:24 PM
I always thought the primary "debates" were catastrophic for Rebublicans.They went around destroying each other instead of addressing the real issues out there. By the time the nomination was made, the bloodied candidate had all those soundbites against him to fight, along with the media and the dem ads. A smart Republican candidate would ignore the accusations and the allegations and stick on subjects of the economy, morals, the constitution, etc. The only way to win is to have a solid platform, not a reaction platform. I'd also like the candidate to confront the idiotic press when they ask something reaaly stupid. A response of "Does anyone have a real question?" might shut these tools up.
Jeff2422 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 12:31 PM
Doesn't work. Newt Gingrich told the press people to stop baiting them and they just kept doing it. Any Republican candidate will need to lock-up the nomination early and start the general campaign by June at the latest. Need big money, because the Repub candidate has to overcome the media, big labor, and Hollywood. No shortage of money for the Dems and big metro machines that turn out the vote on the tax payers dime.

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.

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