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  •  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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