No centrists, no majority ever again. We'd better hope some RINOs can win in those marginal districts in 2008.
Agreed. I may be in the minority here, but thinking that we can have a Republican majority without any 'RINO' is delusional.
Oh B.S.! No Rinos, NO DEFEAT! The reason why Repubs lost is exactly because of the rino factor. kowtowing to DBM/dems, putting factions together to defeat conservative ideas. All rinos need to be squarely defeated or move to the ass party and repubs need to either condone a conservative agenda and IMPLEMENT it, or stay in the minority.
The fault is in seeing politics as a spectrum from left to right. There is no-one who wants candidates who take weak and flip-flopping positions on any given issue. Rather, voters have certain issues that they agree with conservatives on, certain issues that they agree with liberals on. Also, there are certain issues that voters would get active about if they were vrought to forefront, issues that voters actually base their votes on, and issues that voters don't care much about.
Voters will support based not on simply how conservative or liberal the candidate is, but on whether the voter believes strongly about an issue, and whether the voter believes that the candidate will act forcefully to fulfill the voter's wishes.
Frequently, Democrats can get elected by faking conservative positions, like Mary Landrieu, Bill Nelson, Bill Clinton, Jim Webb, and Bill Casey. Republicans who adopt liberal positions usually lose however: Issues voters feel liberal out cause them to vote Democrat, not Democrat-Lite Republican. All RINO-ism does is reduce the number of reasons to vote conservative, so that those issues are outweighed by reasons to vote liberal. Worse still, when voters see Republicans abandon their core beliefs in moderate areas, it convinces them that Republicans are the party of big government also, and this breeds voter apathy and cynicism about more conservative candidates.
You're kidding, right?
Conservatives win even in traditional democratic strongholds when they know how to lead, instruct and stay connected with the common people. Reagan did it on a grand scale, but there are hundreds of Brent Schundlers out there who can do it locally. The key is to get them past the party machinery who prefers to choose from within the inbred country club crowd.
Terminology to results are different things. A "moderate" Republican who tries to attract the right seems to lose more often that not. A "conservative" Republican who is willing to bend and listen to the moderates has a better chance of winning.
Oxymoron, you can never have a majority with the devil as a partner.