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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely
Townhall.com ^ | January 28, 2013 | Michael Barone

Posted on 01/27/2013 10:19:23 PM PST by Kaslin

These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and Democratic in congressional and state contests. Now they're solidly Republican.

For most of the 20th century, New York was a target state in elections, and Vermont was the most Republican state in the nation. Now they're both hugely Democratic.

These are things to keep in mind as the political air swirls with talk of Barack Obama as a Democratic Ronald Reagan annihilating the Republican Party.

Neither of our two political parties is going to be annihilated. Both have suffered far worse defeats than Mitt Romney and the Republicans suffered in 2012.

Both have figured out how to adapt and win over voters who used to vote against them -- or at least to position themselves to win when the other side's president is seen to have massively failed.

The 2008-2012 Obama campaign -- it never really stopped -- did an excellent job of turning out just enough voters to win 332 electoral votes in 2012. But Obama carried just 26 states to Romney's 24, which is relevant when you look at future senatorial elections.

As for House elections, Obama carried only 207 congressional districts to Romney's 228. That's partly because Republicans had the advantage in redistricting after the 2010 census.

But it's also because Democratic core constituencies -- blacks, Hispanics and gentry liberals -- tend to be clustered geographically in big metropolitan areas. Obama's large margins there helped him carry many electoral votes, but not so many congressional districts.

And Obama's in-your-face liberalism, so apparent in last week's inaugural speech, antagonized some groups in a way that may hurt Democrats for some time to come.

The Obamacare contraception mandate helped Romney carry 59 percent of white Catholics -- probably their highest Republican percentage ever -- and 79 percent of white evangelical Protestants. Those groups total 44 percent of the electorate.

That's a counterbalance to Obama's 93 percent among blacks and 71 percent among Hispanics. They were just 23 percent of the electorate, and though Hispanics will be a growing percentage, blacks probably won't.

It's going to be hard for other Democrats to replicate Obama's coalition in 2014 and 2016. It's not clear whether other Democrats can generate the turnout among blacks, Hispanics and young voters that he did.

And it's pretty clear that under the Obama aegis, Democrats cannot make the kind of gains in congressional races that they did in 2006 and 2008.

Back then, Democratic strategists Rahm Emanuel and Charles Schumer fielded moderate-sounding candidates in Republican-leaning territory who were able to win because of discontent with the performance of George W. Bush. When his job approval fell below 40 percent, Republican candidates almost everywhere were hurt.

Democrats in 2014 will have to run as members of the party led by Obama. That could be a hard sell in the 24 states and 228 congressional districts that he failed to carry in November.

Take Georgia, where Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss announced Friday he will not run for re-election next year. Obama got 45 percent of the vote there, his second-highest percentage in a state he didn't carry. (The highest was in North Carolina.)

Examination of the 2012 returns in Georgia's 159 counties and in its 14 congressional districts reveals unusually high turnout among black voters -- considerably higher than in the 2010 off year or any election before 2008.

Georgia Democrats have high hopes of winning Chambliss' Senate seat. But it looks like an uphill climb.

George W. Bush's 51 percent re-election, with 11.5 million more votes than four years before, got his strategist Karl Rove musing about a permanent Republican majority. That didn't happen.

Now Obama's 51 percent re-election, with 6.8 million fewer votes than four years before, has Democrats talking about annihilating the Republican Party. That's not likely to happen, either.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barackobama; democrats; gop; republicangop

1 posted on 01/27/2013 10:19:37 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The Dems don’t need to devastate the Republicans. They only need to keep the Republican party sufficiently divided, so the Dems can walk up the middle.


2 posted on 01/27/2013 10:21:56 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

The Dems’ RINO allies are doing that just fine. It’s the conservatives they want annihilated.


3 posted on 01/27/2013 10:24:29 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Jonty30

I am sure you are everything to help the rats


4 posted on 01/27/2013 10:25:07 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Great post!


5 posted on 01/27/2013 10:26:09 PM PST by Kansas58
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To: Kaslin

I don’t know. It’s pretty hard to stop someone from shooting himself in the head.


6 posted on 01/27/2013 10:26:22 PM PST by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: Kaslin

Game, set, match.

There is already a gang of 8 out.

The Republic and GOP are done once they vote yes on amnesty.

7 posted on 01/27/2013 10:26:44 PM PST by Theoria
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To: Jonty30

That was the stated goal of one of the demcrat strategists.

Divide the republican party.


8 posted on 01/27/2013 10:28:16 PM PST by ckilmer
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To: Kaslin

Both parties are likely to survive.

The problem is the USA is headed into a debt induced economic death spiral and the republicans don’t have the votes to stop it and the democrats have zero interest in stopping it.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 10:31:36 PM PST by staytrue
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To: Kaslin

much as I despise Sherman’s march to the sea, it’s time to burn ‘em down and take no prisoners.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 10:32:20 PM PST by One Name (Ultimately, the TRUTH is a razor's edge and no man can sit astride it.)
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To: staytrue

that’s still great. the endgame is the collapse of the country so we can build it right back up. By that time, we should have eradicated the traitors...


11 posted on 01/27/2013 10:46:26 PM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Kaslin

Probably not, Kaslin.

I support getting the most conservative candidate possible. However, I would vote for the candidate that becomes available, in hopes of keeping the Dems out.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 10:46:40 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Kaslin

Rand Paul 2016!!


13 posted on 01/27/2013 10:47:33 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: Jonty30

That is fine, but then we all have to unite and stand behind the candidate, once we decide who we want


14 posted on 01/27/2013 10:55:08 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

I agree with you here. Fight for the most conservative, Constitution-supporting candidate possible, but don’t boycott your vote or vote for other, because your candidate didn’t win.

That’s how Obama and the Dems got in.


15 posted on 01/27/2013 10:59:23 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Exactly. Unfortunately many in here don’t see it


16 posted on 01/27/2013 11:11:17 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Jonty30

Yeah, how’s that DINO train workin’ out for you? Nominate a conservative next time. Maybe you’ll win.


17 posted on 01/28/2013 1:40:47 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

If you’re a Democrat, it’s probably working out wonderfully.


18 posted on 01/28/2013 1:44:58 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Absolutely. When both choices are democrat, you have 0 percent chance of failure.


19 posted on 01/28/2013 2:03:04 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

The willingness to vote for, what you consider to be, Republican-lite is not voting for a Democrat. The fact is that the definition of what is considered an acceptable Republican differs all across the country. A Georgian Republican could not, for his life, win a seat in most of the country and neither could a Massacheutts Republican win in Georgia.

My personal preference is a Republican that believes in being fiscally sound and supports the Constitution, unabashedly and stays out of what should be state business.

However, although that is my candidate of choice and the one I will push hardest to ensure a nomination win, I will vote for the nominated candidate in hopes that, if enough people would fight just as hard for the most conservative Republican, that party can be pulled to the right.

The alternative is to simply give the country over to the Democrats and be done with it.

It’s not my fault if the Republican voters can’t get their head out of their backside and see the light.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 2:18:00 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Kaslin
"As for House elections, Obama carried only 207 congressional districts to Romney's 228. That's partly because Republicans had the advantage in redistricting after the 2010 census."

It also has more than a little to do with "Majority-Minority" Congressional districts that are mandated by the courts and litigated by the DOJ. You CAN'T have "Majority-Minority" districts without producing even more ""Majority-MAJORITY" districts. It's gerrymandering, but it's Democrat-inspired gerrymandering. They can't push this and then complain about the results. (But of course they are!)

As for the November disaster, nominating a patrician who signed an AWB and is responsible for Romneycare in Massachusetts may not have been the best choice. From the perspective of many voters, there probably wasn't too much of a practical difference between the two candidates. (They are now finding out that there really is, though!)

21 posted on 01/28/2013 3:57:20 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: Jonty30
The Dems don’t need to devastate the Republicans. They only need to keep the Republican party sufficiently divided, so the Dems can walk up the middle.

Democrats proudly walk up the far left, it's republicans who try to walk up the middle and in the last election joined the leftists.

Romney was the most liberal candidate republicans have ever had, beating McCain for that "honor" by a long shot.

22 posted on 01/28/2013 4:17:39 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

Why blame the Eurocrats for division?

The conservatives have fragmented themselves beyond the ability to agree on almost anything


23 posted on 01/28/2013 4:26:52 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Kaslin
Examination of the 2012 returns in Georgia's 159 counties and in its 14 congressional districts reveals unusually high turnout among black voters -- considerably higher than in the 2010 off year or any election before 2008.

And if that was due to vote fraud rather than Obama's scintillating personality, I'm sure the Democrats will turn it off in 2014 so it won't look suspicious. /s

24 posted on 01/28/2013 5:16:17 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Kaslin

From the guy who predicted a Romney landslide.


25 posted on 01/28/2013 5:17:24 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Ted Kennedy's Oldsmobile has killed more people than my guns.)
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To: staytrue
Both parties are likely to survive.

Not if 25,000,000 illegals and their kids get the vote. If that happens, we'll be lucky if we don't have a civil war and turn into an unstable country where junta and caudillo rule alternate with unstable, nonperforming "democracy" administrations. That's been the pattern in South American politics.

26 posted on 01/28/2013 10:46:25 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Sooth2222
It's gerrymandering, but it's Democrat-inspired gerrymandering. They can't push this and then complain about the results. (But of course they are!)

Actually, it was Richard Nixon who pushed that idea -- partly to offset black bloc-voting and partly to reduce the effect of bloc-voting on other districts, which is pernicious.

A 1994 poli-sci study by three Michigan State dons looked at performance on issues by legislators at multiple levels of government, federal down to local, in areas that had substantial bloc-voting groups present. The blocs could be Jewish, black, Palestinian, Cuban, what have you. They didn't care about the politics of the blocs, but about the performance of the officeholders.

They found that bloc votes by as few as 10% of the population unduly influenced the issue-voting of the legislators, that the influence was pronounced at 15%, and preclusive -- game over -- before 25%. That meant that the rest of the community was totally unrepresented on any issue that mattered to the bloc. This is a big problem of democracy.

27 posted on 01/28/2013 10:55:37 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: Jonty30

“if enough people would fight just as hard for the most conservative Republican, that party can be pulled to the right.”

The problem is that the RINOS WILL. NOT. VOTE. for a conservative.

If conservatives vote for RINOS and RINOs vote for RINOs, who wins? RINOs everytime. Ergo - the only sensible choice for conservatives is to vote for conservatives, and conservatives only.


28 posted on 01/28/2013 11:22:35 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Which explains why 40 percent of white people support Democrats?


29 posted on 01/28/2013 11:23:37 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Sooth2222

No, there isn’t much difference at all between either candidate. With Romney out - we’d be seeing the exact same stuff, with Sandy Hook - Romney would be doing the same things Obama is doing now.


30 posted on 01/28/2013 11:26:08 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge
Romney would be doing the same things Obama is doing now.

Except that the republicans would be offering even less opposition than they are now because mitt supposedly had an (R) after his name, and they're surrendering all over the place as it is.

31 posted on 01/28/2013 11:29:36 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Sirius Lee

“Except that the republicans would be offering even less opposition than they are now because mitt supposedly had an (R) after his name, and they’re surrendering all over the place as it is.”

Exactly. Lots of things would become ‘settled issues’, abortion, gay marriage, illegal immigration. Since both parties would support both things - the push would be on to shovel everything out now.


32 posted on 01/28/2013 11:32:40 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: Olog-hai

Doormat RINO/Socialist Information File.


33 posted on 01/28/2013 11:35:42 AM PST by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Commune Obama"care" violates Anti-Trust Laws, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: Arm_Bears
From the guy who predicted a Romney landslide.

Prediction is one thing. Analysis after the fact is quite another.

"And it’s pretty clear that under the Obama aegis, Democrats cannot make the kind of gains in congressional races that they did in 2006 and 2008.

"Back then, Democratic strategists Rahm Emanuel and Charles Schumer fielded moderate-sounding candidates in Republican-leaning territory who were able to win because of discontent with the performance of George W. Bush. When his job approval fell below 40 percent, Republican candidates almost everywhere were hurt.

"Democrats in 2014 will have to run as members of the party led by Obama. That could be a hard sell in the 24 states and 228 congressional districts that he failed to carry in November."

Those rats did a number on RINOs in 2006 and 2008. They claimed to be prolife, pro 2nd Amendment, fiscal conservatives, etc. as needed where needed. Now, Obama has moved so far left that any of those remaining, if any, are looking like useless dupes.

34 posted on 01/28/2013 11:59:03 AM PST by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: JCBreckenridge

And having a crystal pure conservative party will never win an election and they will never get any of their ideas enacted, ever.


35 posted on 01/28/2013 2:02:22 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

Seems a crystal pure socialist party is doing just fine. You should join them!


36 posted on 01/28/2013 5:43:00 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: JCBreckenridge

Why not?

You’ve joined them by default.


37 posted on 01/28/2013 5:46:26 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30

By standing behind conservative principles rather than conceding them?

Democrats win 100 percent if the race is between one in D clothes and one in R clothes.


38 posted on 01/28/2013 9:23:35 PM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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