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The Republicans' Primary Problem

wmou Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 7:44 AM
The republican base is very diverse. Libertarians to compassionate conservatives. Libertines to moralists. Rich and influential to poor and powerless. Military interventionists and non-interventionists. Each expecting something different from a political party. Romney's only significant appeal for me was a hope he might be a fiscal conservative. And the hair.
annfan_777 Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 8:00 AM
Nonsense. The base is passionately conservative - pro-life, pro-family, pro-marriage, pro-defense, pro-small government.

The "diversity" you refer to is not a part of the base at all, but rather, the establishment. The "moderates" have infested and infiltrated our party and watered it down to such a degree that we keep nominating weak wimpy candidates like McCain, Dole, and Romney, while tossing crumbs to the base by paying lip service to social issues and nominating quality conservative VP candidates (Palin, Kemp, and Ryan) to appease the base. Put a conservative at the TOP of the ticket and we will see victory again.
goldilocks Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 9:21 AM
A, But what do you mean by conservative?

There are many definitions of conservative.
wmou Wrote: Feb 07, 2013 10:32 AM
A political and fiscal conservative. Maybe
Not a social conservative who is politically liberal.

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...