MT. VERNON —
What is there about the hard facts that the national Republican leadership, that is, the moderates, and the Rhino media talking heads cannot understand? From my viewpoint, these are the facts.
1. The success of the Reagan Revolution. 2. The first President Bush being rejected because he broke his “read my lips” promise. 3. The rejection of the Dole presidential candidacy. Remember how he boasted that he did not read the Republican Presidential Campaign Platform (like today’s platform, it contained traditional values). 4. The second President Bush was elected twice and then his party was rejected in the 2006 off-year elections because many of his policies did not reflect the perceived conservatism which got him elected. 5. The rejection of the candidacy of Sen. John McCain which ignored traditional values and stifled Sarah Palin. 6. The Tea Party success in the 2010 off-year elections. 7. Rejection of the moderate candidacy of Gov. Romney. His son recently said his father had not really wanted to win.
In the presidential elections of 2000, 2004, 2008 and again in 2012, voting percentages of the following groups have been consistent. Protestant and other Christian non-Catholic voters have been in the low 50 percents of the total voters. Catholic voters have made up a percentage in the middle 20 percents. In these elections, Protestants and other non-Catholic Christians have voted for the Republican candidates in the mid to high 50 percents. Catholics have voted for the Republican candidates in the high 40 percents. The Republican Party should do everything possible to encourage larger numbers of people in these groups to vote. Why do they not?
Also, in the 2012 presidential election, the total vote cast for the Republican candidate was not quite 1 percent larger than in the 2008 presidential election. Then, too, in the 2008 presidential election, 61.6 percent of the electorate voted while, in the 2012 presidential election, 59 percent of the electorate voted. Why a decrease in voting interest given what has transpired in our nation during the past four years?
In the 2010 off-year elections, the path to conservative victory for the Republican Party was retraced along the lines of the Reagan Revolution. Development in the Congress after 2010 and the moderate-led 2012 presidential campaign showed that nothing had been learned, revealing more of the same failed leadership. They are not conservatives at heart and actually blame conservatism for their lack of success. If they continue to think this way, Republican failure to get out a sufficient vote in future elections is guaranteed.
MT. VERNON —
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