>>In 2010, the GOP had its best performance in congressional races since 1938
Whoa, hold on a minute. The whole premise of this argument is flawed if by local you are referring to the US House. In 2012, the GOP won more seats but had FEWER total votes. Don't be blinded by the gerrymandering, more people may self-identify as conservative but more vote Democrat. The GOP needs to see that differentiation and do something about it.