This election means change for the Republican party, even if Romney wins. The consensus, from opinions as diverse as the Boston Globe to GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, is that the party's current demographics and demand for purity are unsustainable. The question isn't if the party will change, but how.
The party will split down two lines: pragmatists versus purists. Party elites like Lindsay Graham are the pragmatists, according to Politico. They want to tackle immigration reform and the deficit while toning down the focus on issues like abortion and contraception - in other words, they want to appeal to voters beyond the Republican "base." But the purists, like Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum, won't consider abandoning conservative social issues.
If Romney wins the election, unity isn't guaranteed: he'll have to balance the purists in the House and Senate and party activists who opposed him in the primaries with the growing need to expand the party's electorate. As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Politico, "He'll have half the party watching him every morning."
If Romney loses, the Republican Party would still have to justify its growing internal problems, only without the benefit of a defined leader. Additionally, the two factions will only point to one another for losing the presidential election.
@Denizen_Kate It would certainly make for a more civilized world. I'm more pessimistic though. I can't see the GOP taking the sane route after a Romney loss. They'll honestly believe that he lost because he wasn't conservative enough.
@Denizen_Kate I am a family minded fiscal conservative and socially, i say to each his/her own. That said, i think both parties need to get their head but wired togeather and start paying attention to the tax payers of this country. We work,pay our bills,raise our kids only to see our goverment continue to make it harder for us to make ends meat. Bring our jobs home,stop wasteful spending and protect your own first.
@marine1 - I certainly can't argue with that. You're the very type of logical, reasonable, and realistic conservative I've been missing. I often disagree with you, but your comments are at least thoughtful.
Hopefully, this isn't something we, democrats, will have to worry about once we take the Senate and White House. Then they can just go to some corner somewhere and hammer their issues out amongst themselves. :)
What kind of question is that. Should have asked "Which side of the GOP will come out on top, the sane ones or the loons? In my opinion there will be more right wing loons in Congress than before. Sanity seems to be slipping away from them.
Don't worry liberals, the Republican party is just fine. The Tea Party has Republicans focused on the issues that Americans care about. From the fiscal to the economy to jobs to the preservation of the family, self reliance, and a healthy belief in God being creator, Republicans have found their core again. It is the Democratic party we should be saying a eulogy for.
there's a quick observation, Romney drawing bigger crowds than obama , and he doesn't have any hip hop or 60yr old rockstars appearing either. o how much of Obama's crowds are coming to hear Springsteen scratch out of tune out of what's left of his vocal chords?
This is a battle for the soul of the republican party. If the party had a heart it would be a battle for it too. Either the party can decide to try to return to sanity or they continue to pull even farther to the right and become more marginalized. I'm betting that the right wing loons prevail. Could be good news for the Libertarians though. I'm looking forward to seeing Hillary take on Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann in 2016.
Come on. I'd rather see it be a fair fight. Ayotte of New Hampshire or maybe the Okie gov, Mary Fallin. Hillary would still clean their clocks, but at least their would be some top shelf chick fights come debate time.
@Neo_NtheMatrix It's important to never give up to your dreams Neo. You are right about tomorrow. I predict you will have a marvelous day. At least until the polls close and the election results start coming in. Keep me in mind around 10 or 11 pm when they call it for Obama. Maybe Romney can try again in 2016. Peace be with you.
I really don't see it that way. The GOP was hijacked by the God Squad and has tried to focus on "social" issues for way too long. The answer is to concentrate on fiscal issues and pretty much ignore social issues. It's going to be the Tea Party vs. the Bible Thumpers.
@Denizen_Kate Bachman doesn't represent all Tea Partiers, just a small few. Many left wing groups started out representing good causes and were soon taken over by fundamentalists. the ACLU comes to mind......
Eventually the party of anger and venom at their core will turn it inward.......we've already seen that. They've targeted their moderates and voted them out, they insult good men that don't toe the party line. Hopefully this may be the end of the Republican Party as we know it......good riddance!!
@LGRepublican Ah the great right wing lie again,- smaller government. The right doesn't want smaller government. They have proven it with their chosen leaders who won the last 3 times. Government expanded under Reagan, Bush l, and definitely under Bush ll. And guess what? Under Clinton all the buzz issues, Sixe of gov't, fed regulations, and at least on paper the deficit all shrank while he was in office. Anyone who has witnessed Republican policy at work knows the promise of "smaller government" is just empty rhetoric.
@LGRepublican The lack of compromise by those that pledged to take down a President led to a credit downgrade that cost as much if not more than what the agreement would have entailed. As far as a balanced budget.....Democrats provided that for you a decade ago and it meant very little to you.
@MRMacrum In case you forgot, Clinton had a GOP congress to deal with, he didn't do it out of any sense of right and wrong. The examples you gave are the EXACT reason the Tea Party needs to wrestle control of leadership away from some of the current people. Standing for fiscal responsibility is NEVER a losing argument.
I've said before this is probably the last election in which we'll see the classic GOP ticket of two wealthy white men. Changing demographics have already damaged Republican prospects for the future, especially during those periods when the fringe membership starts up its immigration theme, which tends to alienate citizens from ethnic minorities. If the President wins re-election he has already said immigration will be on the agenda. That, in the current climate, cannot be a good thing for Republicans.
How the Republicans deal with the changing makeup of the voting citizenry will be crucial, I think, to their near term viability. There was a certain amount of scoffing when Michael Steele was made Chairman of the national party with some labeling the move "tokenism." It will be very tough for a Republican white southerner, like Haley Barber, Newt Gingrich, or Lindsey Graham to credibly address this. Marco Rubio and Susanna Martinez may have the minority bona fides, but when you look at the crowds at GOP rallies today you won't see many brown or black faces. Therein lies the party's problem.
As far as I'm concerned, social issues are a low priority and not really something I want the federal government to be too concerned with. We have bigger problems than gay marriage or abortion. We have a country that’s over its head in debt and stretched way too thin. I want to see a fiscally conservative, constitutionally oriented federal government. After we get that under control then we can argue over who does what with whom. And I’ll happily be worm food by then.
It has to be the pragmatists, because the purists are sinking the party. I was a loyal, lockstep republican for my entire 24 years in the Navy, but today's GOP is nothing like the GOP I supported. They are now heavily influenced by cruel, stingy, bigoted religious zealots who want to impose Dominionism on America. If the GOP ever wants my vote again, they need to come back to the center.
Hopefully the Libertarian aspect of the party will break off with the Tea Party members that voted Nay on NDAA 12. The Constitution and our freedom need defenders now more than ever. The economy won't mean a damn thing when we are all imprisoned slaves sustaining the Tyranny.
The left HOPES this will happen, but as we all know, the Republican party is really pretty diverse and willing to work together for the common good. It won't be R battling R, it will be all the Republicans trying, to no avail, to work at some sort of compromise with the D's who have let everyone know that they will obstruct each and every thing that comes down the pike. Sore losers need a time out to get their heads straight, or by mid-term their constituents will be so disgusted with them they will vote them out. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!
The Republican party; which I used to belong to, has been overrun by religious zelots. If they are not stopped, the party of Lincoln will look very similar to the Taliban. Our country was formed by great patriots who feared this very thing happening. Keep your religion out of my politics and I will keep mine out of yours!