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Politico: The GOP Will Lose In 2016 If It Wins In 2014

From the Politico:

How Republicans lose by winning

By TODD S. PURDUM | May 22, 2014

It’s the predominant paradox of contemporary American politics: If Republicans prevail in this year’s midterm congressional elections, it will be because of their party’s sharp-edged stances on topics like abortion and Benghazi, Obamacare and immigration, gay marriage and the minimum wage — issues that energize the GOP’s core base of support.

But if Republicans lose the race for the White House in 2016, it will be because of their party’s polarizing, out-of-step stances on those very same issues, which alienate much of the broader electorate the GOP needs to win a national contest in a country whose demographics and political realities are shifting under its feet.

Once again we are supposed to believe that the Politico is truly concerned about the future of the Republican Party. In reality, this is just more attempt by the MSM to try to get the Republicans to abandon their conservative base. (As if they need any encouragement.)

By the way, how come the news media never warn the Democrats that they are at risk by running too far to the left in a center-right country?

Establishment Republicans had a good night in Tuesday’s round of primaries, but they did so in part by adopting positions at odds with the long-term need to broaden the party’s support and move away from litmus-test issues. A wide range of Republicans see the party courting the same disaster it did in 2012, playing a base game that will keep it shut out of the White House…

And never mind that the Republicans lost in 2012 because four million conservative voters stayed home. In reality, this is just one more effort by the news media to convince the Republicans to ignore the Tea Party and conservatives so maybe they will sit out the midterms, too. Which is just about the only chance the Democrats have of winning.

Republican House members seeking reelection may well benefit from their lockstep opposition to raising the minimum wage this year. But three past and future presidential contenders — Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum — recently called that a losing proposition in the longer term…

Republican House members seeking reelection may well benefit from railing against the Affordable Care Act… But overturning a law that has now enrolled millions of Americans, and given many of them health coverage they could not obtain before, will not be a winning proposition in 2016...

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) may make hay with his coming House hearings on the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. But even such prominent conservative voices as Charles Krauthammer have warned that Republicans risk playing with fire if they are seen as playing politics with a tragedy.

The Arizona Republican Party may satisfy its most vocal wing by censuring Sen. John McCain, as it did this winter, for an insufficiently conservative record on immigration. But congressional Republicans’ refusal to grapple with a comprehensive immigration overhaul that provides a path to legal residence for the millions of undocumented immigrants already here will not help the party in the most competitive districts around the country, where the recent POLITICO poll showed nearly two-thirds of Republicans back a comprehensive approach…

On questions like climate change and gay marriage, [veteran GOP pollster Bill] McInturff said, younger voters no longer believe there is anything to argue about. He summed up their views as: “‘We wouldn’t fight about that. That’s just presumed to be true.’” …

So the Politico’s prescription for Republican success in both 2014 and 2016 is to support both raising the minimum wage and Obama-Care. To ignore Benghazi and to push for amnesty. And to accept climate change and gay marriage.

Gosh, the Politico really does want to help the GOP.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, May 23rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Politico: The GOP Will Lose In 2016 If It Wins In 2014”

  1. So .. don’t even try.

    The Results are pre-determined


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