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How Conservatives Could Win

Republicans, after their comprehensive defeat on November 6, have been going through an identity crisis.  Defeated Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown said, “We need to be a larger tent party.”  A Republican aide adds, “We need candidates who are capable of articulating their policy positions without alienating massive voting blocs.”  The Economist advised that, if the Republicans ever expected to win, they had to become “younger and browner.”  The New York Times, on November 7, editorialized that Republicans should embrace new values if they want to avoid self-destruction and be left with a “shrinking loaf of Wonder Bread.”  The tendency of any mainstream party, of course, is to become more liberal as it reaches out for new votes.  So the likelihood is the Republicans will adopt the values of various Democratic voting blocs.

The people have given Republicans the power to control the government today.  Control of the House of Representatives gives them the power of the purse.  Why won’t the Republicans take what the people have given them and run with it?  Because they are hopeless.

The question for conservatives, however, is whether this is a good time to leave the failed party.  The Republican Party, in a country generally considered center-right, has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential...

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