At 10/29/09 12:02 AM, aviewaskewed wrote:
But the thought process is the "moderates" are synonymous with unaffliated "swing voters" and the "swing voters" get you elected.
perhaps, but without a base of voters, you'll never get enough swing voters to win.
I think the problem the Republicans have been having is they pander too much to the more radical and neo-con elements and try to break everything down into ridiculous "us or them" statements,
have you seen what's been going on in washington lately? yeah. it happens on both sides and everyone knows it.
and factually incorrect accusations (such as Glenn Beck's statements that net neutrality is "a Marxist plot").
When you appeal to this kind of individual it makes someone who might represent your values of smaller government, go "I like the ideals...but I can't vote for a candidate that spouts that the other side are akin to Hitler"
I still don't
get your point.
I've said forever that if Conservatives are unhappy with the Republican party they should either make their voices heard and force them to put out less radical and polarizing candidates, or just ditch the party completely and form something new.
a 3rd party would guarantee democratic domination. you got those who are blindly loyal to the republicans, those who are loyal to conservatism, those who have no loyalty, those loyal to liberalism and those blindly loyal to the democrats.
Conservatism does very well when its actually implemented. Bush was no conservative, McCain was borderline Liberal.
Because the biggest sin I see everyone committing in this country, liberal or conservative, it seems to me is subverting their beliefs to the big two because they just can't see a third party as electable.
that's because a 3rd party isn't electable unless one of the parties falls so hard that it becomes a permanent moot point, but still continues to try. If the republicans would go back to trying to elect conservatives, rather than trying to please everyone, which is exactly what the liberals want, they would find themselves being elected a lot more often.
the vote would be split between the republicans (and those who think voting 3rd party is a waste of vote) and those who believe the 3rd party can win, ensuring the democrats get even more seats in congress and keep the white house even longer.
the best way for the conservatives to regain power would be to take over the republican party and cast out the liberal swine who have infiltrated and seek to destroy the party from within. those who agree with the opponent all the time are not needed in the party.