I've said elsewhere that this was probably the last election where the Republicans stood a real chance of gaining the American Presidency with a program that mainly appeals to prosperous suburban whites and holds little appeal to most women and almost no appeal at all to racial minorities.
If the GOP is to survive, what do you think it would have to look like? What could it possibly look like?
Just heard Rudy Guilani say pretty much the same thing on Anderson Cooper.
You think the GOP will become more like the Libertarian Party?
I think it'll become more moderate on social policy. Foreign policy might become less interventionist just because the neocons will start retiring form the lime-light. Economic policy I imagine will remain unchanged. So yes, I think they will move towards Libertarian Party policies.
To me it seems that this election was the death of the Tea Party. With all the horrible comments that came out of their party over women's rights, the 47% and so on, they were their own worst enemy. If the TP doesn't dissolve by 2016, they will at least have no political sway.
I honestly can't even imagine how the GOP can recover from the damage they did to themselves by going along with the far right all this time.
Didn't even mention how many "TP" Senators/Representatives were kicked out of office. That alone's going to leave them stinging. I mean heck, in my own state we gave Rick Mourdock the boot, and for a damn good reason. I'd prefer not to have anyone's political views "inflicted" on me. By that logic, Hitler had every right to "inflict" his views on the various peoples he put to death. There's a list a mile long of stupid, insensitive, and out-right WRONG things he's said...
Regrettably, Michelle Bachmann squeaked through for another 2 years. But surely Sarah Palin realizes that HER day is done. Maybe she could still do Dancing With the Stars - do they still have Holywood Squares?
With the current bat-shit craziness they received almost 50% of the vote, so there's that. They are in a fairly good position as they only need to maneuver a bit more into the territory of sanity and towards the center, and they can win by a landslide. If they do this, which I'm fairly certain they will have to do, the Democrats will be displaced further left, and thus risk losing many of their centrist voters.
The GOP of Michael Steele and Jon Huntsman would run ring arounds the Democrats.
It amazes me how Romney and the GOP in general can't relate to how their prayers for an election victory went unanswered. It didn't seem to deter him though, as he offered his prayers for the Democrates in his "losers" speech.Do you think any of the GOP will attempt to play down the religious banter in 2016?
Why would they? I would guesstimate that at least 90% of the people who vote are religious and maybe 50% of those deeply religious. There's also plenty of religion among minorities and women, which means that there's substantial gain to be party most closely aligned with religious values.
@Arcus I think the religious arena in the USA has been sub-sectioned so much, that its hard to align yourself to one without alienating the rest. The Mormon declaration of affiliation didn't help, there. It would be good to have neither party affiliated with any religion. That would be a giant leap for mankind in the USA.
Just imagine if you were voting for real opinions on current affairs and the vision for hope in this life, rather than a fuzzy promise of joy in the next. That would indeed be progress.
Hey Strega nice! - kk
I specifically said "voters". Turnout among those under 30 is usually below 50%, and thus constitute less than 10% of all votes cast, and these have been leaning quite democratic anyway the last 20 years.
Religiously unaffiliated is not the same as non-religious. Atheist and agnostics constitute less than 6%, and I'm fairly sure they are a lock for the Democrats and considered as not worth it by the Republicans. I can understand their point when 94% are religious to some extent..