A changing electorate poses challenge for GOP

  • Article by: MICHAEL D. SHEAR , New York Times
  • Updated: November 7, 2012 - 8:59 PM

Some Republicans voiced concern about the party's future as their base contracts.

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getacluemanNov. 7, 1211:42 PM

Here's a suggestion for the GOP far-right "base", who rule the primaries, be it at the state or federal level. Enough already with your obsession with both abortion and gays. Just drop these two subjects cold turkey. Focus your conservatism on fiscal issues. You'd be amazed where it might get you.

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comment229Nov. 8, 12 4:36 AM

I found it fascinating as to which republicans were interviewed for the reasons why the republican party floundered. Did you notice what they had in common? White, male, and old. NBC pointed out that the swing states were trending to become permanent blue states and that the new swing states were going to be Georgia, Texas, and Arizona, with all three leaning toward the democratic party because of the demographics change and increase in Hispanic numbers. If true, and the republican party does not change, does not adapt, and does not accept modern times, it will be a quagmire; a very small quagmire. I don't want the republican party to disappear. We need two political parties, but as long as you have people like Mitch McConnell unwilling to bend and you embrace him, you are not going to get much compromise, or sympathy. It's time for young republicans to take over and it's time for the good ol' boys club, to let them.

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kvarnoldNov. 8, 12 6:41 AM

Citizens who are conservative today need to stop making Fox their only source of information. Dump Rove, send Tea Partiers home, lower the drawbridge and come out of the castle. Romney? He thinks if the king throws some loaves of bread to the masses and goes back to his wine and turkey leg that will be enough. The only guy capable of beating O was Gingrich and Newt is...well, Newt. They don't have a party anymore, they have a group of people who hate Obama, and that is their brand. Which means in 4 years they disappear completely. And yes, I agree with the above, McConnell needs to join Rove...but...they won't...

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borborygmusNov. 8, 12 7:16 AM

I am a 65 or so white guy. The Republican party line stinks. Hoping that there will be a party that offers a significant choice for me next time around.

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cks1950Nov. 8, 12 7:22 AM

It's as simple as this. The same folks who would be on the phone to police if someone robbed them on the street or burglarized their home, are now swelling the ranks of the democratic party & led by a re-elected president who's primary message is that if you vote for us, we will use the power of government to take other people's property and give you their stuff.

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csjohn1Nov. 8, 12 7:23 AM

I'm happy with the outcome of the election - mostly. Sending Bachmann and Kline back gives me hope that it will be generation before the Republican Party regain relevance. The secret plan to success is to understand what voters expect: the majority (women) expect not to be talked down to - they demand he right to manage their own healthcare. Immigrants demand to not be treated as idiots - after all we are a nation of immigrants. Drop the nonsense of self-deportation, declare support for a positive solution to the illegal status of too many Americans.

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cks1950Nov. 8, 12 7:33 AM

I love all the suggestions by people saying the conservative party needs to compromise. Someone shows up to rob you of your property & you're going to compromise? Hardly! That's exactly what this nation is quickly decending to. Two parties. One which belives, no matter your race/color/creed you should be able to keep most of what you earn & the other that says to prospective voters....you don't need to be responsbile citizens, we'll give you more and more of other people's stuff. Anybody that thinks Obama will settle for simply going back to the "Clinton tax rates" if he didn't have opposition in the house, is sadly mistaken.

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onelesscarNov. 8, 12 7:59 AM

Euro-Americans are no longer in control of America. America will have to accommodate a new value system for different parts of the world.

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lawstarNov. 8, 12 8:02 AM

Politics is cyclical; principles are not. Wait and see what another four years of the present administration do to the economy and then judge the result. We needed Jimmy Carter to produce a Ronald Reagan.

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migliolaNov. 8, 12 8:07 AM

The GOP is wondering how to improve their image. Let's start with not being so mean and divisive, learn to compromise and govern and stop being hypocrites. Take a look at the GOP statesmen in your party like Durenberger and Carlson, and learn from them.

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