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  •  If the GOP wants to survive past the 2050s ... (12+ / 0-)

    ... they'll need to exorcise these folks out of the party eventually. I already question whether they can win a national ticket in the years to come. Their strength right now is in district, state and local races, but that won't help them if, in 2020, redistricting is taken out of Republican hands in many states they've effectively controlled in the past. They've got the big money donors on their side, but, unlike the hard-right base, the elites are not true believers; they'll switch sides based upon perceived return-on-investment after a few election cycles.

    The current GOP strategy appears to be to hold together a coalition of haters, intransigent reactionaries, and flim-flam artists against a rising tide of tolerant or enlightened attitudes in the more cosmopolitan areas of the country. Like the "Southern Strategy" embraced by both parties for several decades prior to 2008, a winning formula in the past does not necessarily translate into party success in the future. The Democrats have mostly figured this out, now. Without judging the actual merits of their party platform planks, I think it's fair to say that even the Republican Party leadership is aware that either a radical shake-up is in the cards, or the entire Republican Party will go the way of the Whigs.

    Personally, if I were steering their ship, I'd look to cut the extreme elements out of the mix as quickly as possible and refocus what remains on issues they can actually win on (whatever those might be). This confused notion of "bringing the country to them" on the politics is just representative of why they are losing the public on so many issues these days. They are clinging to the ultimate losing strategy in the age of information.

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    "God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance" - Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by dzog on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:00:19 PM PDT

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