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    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.
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    @dances-weebles In that they have been long gone for so long already, I am guessing they aren't sweating it.
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    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.
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    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?
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    @bsking "Romney drawing bigger crowds than obama , and he doesn't have any hip hop or 60yr old rockstars appearing either."
    No? What is Kid Rock considered now? Originally it was Nu-metal Hip Hop.
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    @Denizen_Kate - Am I supposed to be unpure? I don't understand your statement. America is in grave danger and my wanting to right the ship is somehow a bad thing?
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    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.
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    I'd expect that type of answer from a lefty. Amazes me how the left thinks the only time the GOP is being "reasonable" is when they just happen to agree with democrats......
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    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.
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    @PNWest - I can tell you who I'll be pulling for. I'll be pulling for Romney to get reelected. Palin is going to have to wait until 2020, if she still wants it then.
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    @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.
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    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!!
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    @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.
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    @MRMacrum that's where yea partyers come in, help the GOP elected remember their promises or we elect new ones next time.
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    @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.
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    @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.
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    I really don't care about any of them. I don't care about their beliefs, their policy and their social issues. Nothing the GOP does is appealing to me.
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    I sincerely hope you're right, Romney2012. I miss having rational political discussions with old-style pragmatic conservatives. It's why I come to this web site.
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    @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.
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    @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.
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    @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.
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    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.
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    i think all the other stuff is to jumble things up to take focus off us going off a cliff if things do not change in a drastic way.
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    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. :)
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  • #129
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    Because the purists will not back down, I predict that this party will split into two separate parties. Probably the purists will be relegated to a non-influential third party.
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    the screwball tea party will be the winner if Romney is elected! Do we REALLY want a theocracy based on fear and intimidation? That is what we WILL have if Romney is elected because he neither has the character or the backbone to stand up to the radical right. GOD HELP US if Romney wins. It will be FURTHER down the rabbit hole!
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    Republicans are now dominated by corporatists using willfully ignorant mouthpieces - Murdoch media, Tea Party and evangelicals. This is unsustainable in the long run. But in the short term, expect ever increasing extremist rhetoric and regressive policies/politics from the GOP.
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    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!
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