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Arlen Specter’s break from Republicans is the latest in a trip-hammer series of reversals that leaves the GOP more beaten and less popular than either major party has been in decades...
... the Specter divorce is both symptom and cause of the GOP collapse — leaving the opposition party on the brink of irrelevance in Barack Obama’s Washington and facing few obvious paths back to power.
Originally posted by RetsehThey are due for a conservative cycle.
The Republican party is in disarray right now, but the US will need them again very soon when the true disaster of the Democrat election victory becomes apparent in a few years. They have until 2012 to get their house in order and it was more than unfortunate that the worst Republican president in living memory handed control of the country over to people even more incompetent than he was.
Originally posted by whaaa
But from my perspective the GOP actually isn't conservative. They only make noises like conservatives to appeal for votes. Didn't work to well in the last election did it? As GWB said....
"You can fool some of the people twice and maybe I can find Crawford with both hands"
Originally posted by Retseh
If the nation can hold itself together for the next 4 years, and yes that includes you Texas, we should be ok.
Originally posted by intrepid
reply to post by The Cyfre
Are you saying that they would benefit from acting more, any actually, bipartisanship?
Originally posted by grover
That in and of itself is part of the reasons why Specter bolted the GOP. Yes he knew he would lose in the Republican primary but that really misses the point...
Specter like all elected officials are supposed to represent all the people of their district or state... not just the party.
"Anyone who tells you the Republican Party is on its way back is smoking grass," said GOP strategist Frank Luntz. "For the party to win, it has to have a broad base. They've lost the broad base."
Republicans are losing ground in a fast-changing America where women, minorities and the young make up bigger and bigger slices of the electorate, and they all tend to vote Democratic.
"The changing demography is not on the side of the Republican Party," said Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway. "Republicans seem to be waiting for the single to get married and the young to get old."
One reason why Democrats made inroads into the Republican South in last year's presidential election by taking Virginia and North Carolina is the rapid growth of the Hispanic vote there, she said.
Another problem is the Asian-American vote, which went solidly Republican a generation ago but went 2-1 for Barack Obama in 2008.
It wasn't just the choice between Obama and Republican John McCain — the Republican brand itself is suffering.