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GOP woes

Poor GOP, trying to figure out how to appeal to America's changing demographics. It's cute that you're trying, but honestly you can re-package, re-brand and change your tone all you want, but if your core message doesn't change, your base isn't going to change.

You see, the majority of people of color, the LGBT community, young people and women have a brain, and they're smart enough to realize that what you're saying is, "Ignore the fact that we're working against your better interests and vote for us anyway because now we're saying it nicer!" That's just not gonna fly.

Now I don't think the GOP is going to go extinct, but their platform as it stands will only ever truly appeal to the most conservative. And I think that moderate Republicans don't agree with all of the GOP platform, but they still vote for Republican candidates because they still align *mostly* with them (and I'm sure couldn't ever bring themselves to vote for a Democrat). And all that is fine - by all means, vote your conscience - but it also puts both the moderate Republican voter and the GOP in an uncomfortable relationship.

Now, if a third, moderate political party were to spring up, then I could see the GOP becoming a fringe also-ran. (I don't see it happening to the DNC, because I don't think the DNC has been hijacked by fringe liberals nearly as much as the GOP has been hijacked by fringe conservatives.)

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toll_booth
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:51 pm (UTC)
And their solution to all of this? Try to award electoral college votes by congressional district instead of statewide vote. Ex., the state of Virginia had >50% Romney votes in the vast majority of its highly-gerrymandered districts, so most of its votes would have gone for Romney and not Obama.

I'd love to see the Far Right split off from the GOP and form their own party, if for no other reason than to increase the chances of returning to a semi-functional Congress again. It's like in Lincoln, but with the parties reversed: Decent legislation would just need the Democratic party and a handful of Republican votes to go through.
esprix
Jan. 25th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
I am curious to see if the moderates will take back control of the GOP and the Tea Party will split off, or the radical right will retain control and the moderates will start their own party.
jkusters
Jan. 26th, 2013 01:14 am (UTC)
My current thinking is that the real schism will happen in the Democratic party between the moderates and "Blue Dog" Dems, and the more left-leaning Progressives. If that happens, the more moderate Republicans will join the moderate Dems (whatever they call themselves) to form the new center-right party leaving the hard-right Republicans in the old GOP.
jbriggs
Jan. 26th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
It takes several decades for a Party to change it's core. It's wise to remember that 100 years ago Democrats and Republicans were essentially polar opposites of what they are today. Alas I do not foresee either party moving away from their controlling fringes in my lifetime.

Edited at 2013-01-26 08:49 pm (UTC)
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