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Re: A New Era of Democratic Domination

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Sydney’s response to Bill’s post, “A New Era of Democratic Domination

Things certainly do look bad for the GOP this year, but I think you may be taking this one victory to mean too much. I say this for one main reason: both Barack Obama and George Bush are exceptional people. 

Barack Obama is exceptionally appealing, and George Bush is exceptionally unpopular. Democrats in the future won’t have Obama’s unique appeal, and they won’t have a disastrous Bush presidency to run against. We saw in Georgia how well a Democrat did without Obama’s coattails among the African-American population.

Democrats have total control now, and that means they can’t blame Republicans for the country’s problems anymore. Fair or not, everything that goes wrong will be blamed on them.

However, that’s not to say that the Republican Party doesn’t have some changes to make.

Step 1? Showing Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and Karl Rove the door. Divisive culture wars designed to “fire up the base” are an easy way to win elections if your base is bigger than the Democrats’, but as you said that’s not true anymore. 

Conservatism isn’t dead, and I still believe that this is a center-right country. Republicans just have to stop preaching to the choir and start reaching out to the American people and explain how traditional fiscially responsible, small-government values make sense for everybody. 

If Republicans remember who they are and what they stand for, there’s no reason to think that they can’t become competetive again in 2014 or 2016, if not 2012. That is, however, assuming they don’t spend very long experimenting with the Sarah Palins of the Party.


Written by Sydney Vinick

December 17, 2008 at 8:40 pm

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  1. The Sean Hannity’s and Rush Limbaugh’s of the day are not going to appeal to the center right American that you believe is existent today.

    Shall i say republicans are going through identity crisis. They know neither who they want or what they want in an election, which should be solved immediately, to even get in to the competition.


    December 17, 2008 at 9:41 pm

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