posted on Nov, 7 2008 @ 12:25 PM
There are three types of Republican Party: the fiscal conservative, the social conservative and the libertarian. The libertarian and the fiscal are
usually the same type as they want low taxes and less government. They also don't want the government to preach values and think the government
should stay out of the bedroom. The social conservative is the larger of the base of the party, and they would like to see government get involved
with "family values".
The problem is to attract both types without alienating the other. The Republican Party has had a very unpopular President and Congress, so there is
always a "house cleaning" in politics.
Here are some problems with the political parties:
1. Addressing the base only. Democrats would only have liberals and did not even go to rural areas. Sen Obama changed this by going after the rural
vote. Gov Dean of New Hampshire told the Democrats if they want to win they had to go after everyone, not just the base. The Republicans thought that
the base would be strong enough and they would get enough independents to get them the victory. The Republicans have to find a way to open their tent
to more urban areas if they want to do well.
2. It's the candidate, stupid. I really like John McCain and voted for him in the 2000 election. He did not tow the party line, and was a true
maverick. He was the complete opposite in 2008, and that cost him a majority of the independent vote. John Kerry was the same in 2004: Not a very
strong candidate (although he did rather well considering he was not very well liked).
3. Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, and Mitt Romney will be the ones who will try to get the 2012 nomination. The three of them are very different, and it
will be interesting to see who will win the fight. It is not in the bag for Gov Palin (nor any of the others).
4. As whatukno stated there has to be a new definition of what a conservative is. Reagan was able to win the "Reagan Democrats" and coast to a true
landslide in 1984. How much government do we want? How much should states be allowed to do? I am one of those who does think states should have
complete control of housing, education, medical care, and social issues. There are very liberal states that abortion will always be legal in. Why not
let the more conservative states have the right to abolish it? This is very controversial, but it is a perfect argument for the Republicans. Let the
locals decide their fates.
5. Minorities: Bush got a very large vote from the Hispanics (about 45%), and Sen McCain was not able to match that at all. The Republicans have to
find a way to attract non Cuban Hispanics (although more Cuban Americans supported Obama than any Democrat before him at 30%). There has to be a way
to discuss border security without sounding anti-Hispanic. The total white vote was at 74%, its lowest. It will be even lower every presidential
election because of population trends. White people are not having children, and black and Hispanics are having more children. By 2050, whites will
truly be a minority (although the largest minority). The Republicans have to address this issue if they want to grow.