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Republican Party Path Back From 2012 Election Requires Shift In Culture, Not Just Tactics

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The path back for Republicans, and for conservatives more broadly, is as much cultural as it is tactical.Tactically, they need better candidates, and younger, more diverse people at all levels: political consultants,field operatives,grassroots volunteers.

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Roseann d (178)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 12:45 pm
Considering wacko Paul Ryan just doubled down by co-sponsoring the Personhood Bill, looks like they are determined to remain a small obscure party that will fade into oblivion. Can't say I'll miss ya, GOP!

Jae A (316)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:26 pm
I suppose we can say that it's a Political Party that outlived it's use when it turned to abuse of power over the people....and who now continue to not learn by their past mistake.

I agree Roseann...can't say I'll miss em either.

Jae A (316)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:30 pm
..make that 'past mistakes' ..I left of the 's' ...Of which their pandering to the extremist/teabaggers klan at all the wrong times like they did; just to mention one of their biggest mistakes... and that was probably the one that did them irreversable damage. Oh well...their problem and all that.

Roseann d (178)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 3:52 pm
Once again, I cannot add to Jae's constellation because I have already done so this week. Sigh. ;-d

Jason S (50)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:52 pm
Good posting, thanks

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:25 am
It would be nice if there was less extremism and a more humanitarian approach in the republican party. Then this terrible polarization could stop and people could get on with what needs to be done for the country and the people of the country.
However, Republicans have been so devious, how can one trust them?

Danuta W (1249)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:00 am

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Friday January 11, 2013, 3:05 am


Michael M (60)
Friday January 11, 2013, 10:02 am
A most wonderful exposure of the relationship and ideology of the republican party and everyone who votes for it, was in the November petitions for secession.

Their comrades in that were some of the most egregious white supremacist and neoNazi organizations.

Since democrats promote corporate dominance over environmental and social concerns, they too, should be subject to strong criticism, in the interest of creating better ways of life.

Alexndra, many strategic plans of republicans are documented in books by republican strategists, outlining Machiavellian ideas and crediting Niccolo as sources, were on public sale during the 1990s.

Control of the public rhetoric and media were two of the strategies outlined for all to see. In those days I could read without feeling directly troubled, as I lived quite free in a large, little-populated land. I do not here attempt to list these popular books, but only mention that many are available in even small libraries still.

In no case were the republican thinkers concerned with reducing polarisation, but instead promoted its opposite.

Bill Koeppen (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:57 pm
After All The G O P is really The G rand O dessa P arty

Nancy M (197)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:14 pm
I know, love that banner the man is holding in your picture. Many in my family feel that way.

Gosh, just when you think they have gotten as wacky as they can get, they go out and prove you wrong.

. (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:03 pm
Articles like this are typical bashing of a party that , yes, America wanted to see in office. No where does this article bring up the fact that a little over 300,000 popular votes did not give Obama a :mandate". It showed that over 30 million more Americans wanted Romney. Is this why the inauguration can not sell tickets? This may be the first time in history where unpaid for/uninvited guest are allowed onto the Capitol stage because they could not fill the seats.
Go on travel websites and Google Washington hotels that are giving a discount because they cannot get people to book rooms.
So far, what do we know....we Biden is in charge of changing gun regulation in this country - yet we have no idea who this committee is composed of, nor what their objectives are, and under what time frame are they using?
John Kerry...a known liar, and a poor loser is targeted as Sec. of State. I hope his mentality has moved beyond Vietnam. It is a shame that Colin Powell came out for Obama, but wants nothing to do with helping the Democrats. He would have been an excellent Sec. of State. I simply don't see Kerry carrying any authority in the Middle East.
As for Obama's support for gay marriage- one of the many lies that people fell for, he has asked Illinois to begin discussion for gay equality , knowing this will fall flat- does this fall a LITTLE short of his promise?
The man has not even taken the oath of office for a second term, and he already smells of failure, and broken promises.

Carrie B (306)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:49 pm
Popular Vote 2012: Obama Wins That One Too, And Other Takeaways From Election 2012
Alex MarininPolitics,2012 Elections 2 months ago

While 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney continues to behave like a sore losers by decrying that Obama won reelection because of gifts to women, blacks and Hispanics the electoral blocs that propelled the president into the White House for a second time votes are still being counted towards the official totals of the 2012 election.

And though Obama won the Electoral College by a landslide, the popular vote gap between the two candidates is expected to be much closer than in the state-by-state competition. A little over two weeks after the election, here are 10 takeaways regarding the results obtained by the president and the former governor of Massachusetts:

1. Obama Wins the Popular Vote Too: In the days leading to the election, the supposed closeness of the polls suggested that Obama had a good chance of prevailing in the Electoral College while Mitt Romney could potentially win the popular vote. It didn't happen. Out of 122 million voters, a little fewer than 61 million (or 50.6%) voted for Obama while about 58 million (47.8% did so for Romney).

2. Libertarian Impact Not as Large as Expected: In the weeks leading into the election, analysts though Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson would obtain a considerable larger amount of the popular vote, with some suggesting the former New Mexico governor could win 5% of the vote. It didn't happen either. Johnson, who for some was seen as the successor of libertarian-leaning 2012 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, obtained just about 1% of the vote.

3. The Female Gap is Alive and Well in American Politics: Though, at some point after the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney seemed to close the gap among female voters, the president ended up winning this key demographic. Obama took an approximate 55% of female votes, though he lost the male one to Romney by winning just 45% of the male vote.

4. Whites Went for Romney and Non Whites for Obama: Not a surprising one. Romney won almost 60% of the white vote, which however wasn't enough to counter the president's support among blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans.

5. Millennials Are Still Fired Up and Ready to Go: When Romney picked Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his VP, Republicans thought the policy wonk would attract young voters with his talk about the debt and the clever "fading Obama posters" metaphor. It didn't happen. Not only did millennials stuck with the president in 2012, but they also showed up in larger numbers than in 2008.

6. The GOP is an Aging Party: As in 2008, in 2012 older voters went Republican by supporting Romney over Obama. In fact, voters over 40 tended to vote for Romney while those under 39 were more likely to go with the president.

7. Republican Voter Suppression Backfired: Despite efforts by Republican governors in the crucial swing states of Florida and Ohio, that tried to shorten early vote hours, Obama voters showed up in large numbers and didn't mind to be online waiting for hours in the cold or hot weathers to cast their vote.

Winn A (179)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:41 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:10 pm
Not every one is fooled all the time.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 3:30 am
It's clear what the GOP need to do if they want to do better at the next election, but from what I've seen them do so far, it's not going to happen. They're still acting like two year olds in Congress. They're more interested in playing politics than taking care of the people. They're still determined to insult women, through asinine comments or legislation. The conservative power within the party will never come out of the dark ages and until they do they'll continue to alienate those who they want to vote for them.

Michael M (5)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:54 pm
No, please GOP/t-baggers, please keep your ignorant and bigoted policies in place. It helps real Americans get into politics and abandon the gop as the party of hate and intolerance.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 2:35 pm
Noted and Read. Thank You Carrie.
The Repubs need to start over - I am sure most people know the party is not as interested in doing for the people, as they are for doing for big money, at least that is my own opinion.
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