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Will GOP keep denying lessons reinforced by 2012 election?



Adam C. Smith:

This is a threshold moment in American politics.

A Republican Party that only a few years ago envisioned a permanent majority must take steps to avoid going the way of the Whigs.

In 2013, the aftershocks of President Barack Obama's comfortable re-election victory, especially soul-searching by Republicans, will continue to dominate the news.

But it wasn't just Obama's personal appeal or his campaign's mastery of social media and personal data that won him another term. It wasn't Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair or even America's fast-changing demographics.

Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections. The party's fundamental message is turning off a vast swath of middle-class Americans. The modern GOP's best path to success is when fewer people vote, not a healthy sign.

Full column here.

[Last modified: Sunday, December 30, 2012 1:36pm]


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