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After the “more conservative than thou” primary season, will the Republican party be able to right itself to appeal to mainstream voters and independents?



  1. Don wrote:

    Here’s a scary thought. In at least some parts of the country, I don’t think they need to move back toward the center to carry states in the general election. Nothing really to base it on except a general sense of disease among large numbers of voters as to the current administrations actions, huge pockets of money just waiting to unleash the next round of disinformation about Obama (the last round is still doing awfully well – poll with majority of folks in Alabama thinking he’s Muslim?), the still perceived as faltering economy including the recent rise in gas prices. You know, those kinds of things.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
  2. Don wrote:

    Oops. I misread a summary of the story I alluded to re: voters thinking Obama is Muslim. It’s more that 50% of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi. I must say, though that ignorance is bliss, but knowledge based on a falsehood is divine.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  3. Michael wrote:

    I just got back from visiting my dad in Indiana. We had a very intense and frank discussion about politics, because I finally got tired of tip-toeing around his not-so-subtle racism. When he repeated the crap that Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim, I pointed out that the *Republican* governor of Hawaii has said that whole thing is a garbage myth, my dad’s response was, “I wonder how much he got paid off for that.”

    The next day, he showed me where he gets his news: Anonymous email forwards with no citations or explanations. Oh, and Fox News, of course.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink
  4. ThatGuy wrote:

    People have real short memories. And Romney can play both sides of any issue with the video evidence to back up the fact that, at least at one point in time, he has taken the right side of every issue for any crowd.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
  5. Don wrote:

    @TG – my gawd, you’re right. All along Romney has been using a very sophisticated strategy that will allow him to disavow any claim made against him by running ads with his counter-statements. Diabolical!! And counting on the electorate’s short term memories to erase much of what he’s said for the past few months is shear genius.

    Michael – I’m sorry. I have an uncle that’s very much the same way and we rarely see each other, but when we do, it’s almost always a discussion of Faux News opinions vs what I believe to be common sense.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Permalink
  6. TENTHIRTYTWO wrote:

    Michael – That is the definition of conspiracy thinking…anything that subverts the narrative simply becomes absorbed into the narrative.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

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