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  •  Does anybody really believe (5+ / 0-)

    that this election is the straw that broke the camel's back?  We are reliving 2008 all over again.  Has the national electorate changed?  Absolutely, but there is still plenty of work to be done.  I still remember when the "schadenfraude" was on the other foot in 2010.  The GOP is not going anywhere anytime soon.  In fact, they are going to become even more vicious, in my opinion.  I will believe the big "change" in the Republican Party when the change comes from within, not lip service by Joe Scarborough and David Frum.  

    "Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me--and I welcome their hatred." Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by djbender on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 07:43:51 AM PST

    •  It's erosion (8+ / 0-)

      Unlike 2008, this was an election the Republicans were sure they couldn't lose.  How sure?  They nominated Romney, that's how sure.  Democrats have now won the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections.  And in 4 of the six they 've won the electoral college by whopping margins.  That's the current position. The derivative ain't much better.  
      Yes, it's true that electoral fortunes rise and fall, but, parties must evolve to ensure that that is true.  40 years ago, the Democrats and Republicans switched places in the South.  20 years ago, after 3 straight blowouts in the presidential race, the Democrats all but abandoned their traditional constituents.  The Republicans must change as well now.  The problem is that they are not the sort of people who are likely to let go of their old ways, nor are their constituent factions.  Which of the following is likely?  That big money will compromise on taxes and regulation?  That the Religious Right will change their mind on abortion?  That Libertarians will concede that big government is important?  That Southerners will change in any way?  No.  The Republicans have a very hard problem to solve.  Personally, I don't see how they do it.

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