The fact they had candidates that out of touch probably did it.
It sure didn't help them - it was so stupid.
I'm sure it couldn't have helped them. This proved that the extremists are in the minority. Thank goodness the moderates were paying attention.
No. Inept discussion of abortion did in two Senate candidates. But it was still a winnable election for Republicans. Romney made bad decisions, such as running a one-issue campaign instead of offering a comprehensive critique of Obama, and his decision not to defend himself against Obama's virulent mudslinging over his honorable record as a businessman. Those were a lot more damaging.<br />
If it was all about "general views on women" why did Romney win married women by 7 points?
Because of unmarried women.
It sure looks like it now! But that is not the only mistake they made. The Republicans don't get a lot of support from Hispanic, African American or women voters overall, especially young women. As an Australian I did not have a say in the US election. No one really knows what a multi-millionaire Republican and leader of a very unpopular religion represents. Their biggest problem is they did not have a clear campaign message. However I do know what Obama represents. In my personal opinion the Democrats ran an engaging, intelligent and energetic campaign. Their success in this election is largely due to their reaching out do disaffected voters.
The biggest thing that did them in was the complete failure to cultivate the Hispanic vote. Even in Florida and VA which traditionally vote republican they lost because of the growing Latino communities. Alienating pretty much anyone who wasn't Lilly white like 87% of the republican party and fundamentalist like half of them (which is where the "rape" comments come from) did not help at all. Then to top it all off Romney calling half of Americans bums, refusing to release his tax forms, refusing to present a balanced budget, flip-flopping on every issue, etc. was just salt on the wounds. The real question is how could he even get as many votes as he did and the answer is not pretty.
Its there refusal to evolve and old right wing views that are going to have them left behind. America is finally growing up and moving on with the time.
Abortion is a tricky issue and it should be approached with a high degree of caution and respect from both sides of the isle. Those men demonstrated a salient lack of those qualities.
I think the republicans are in for a real gut check and have a major issue. They need to bring woman and latinos into the mix. But electing a moderate republican in the primaries is next to impossible. The majority of moderate republicans have identified themselves as independents, which leaves them out of the primaries. That leaves the most right wing / tea party to submit a candidate.
Ignoring Ron Paul did them in.
McCaskill would have lost if not for that comment. Not sure how it affected the entire party
There's probably something in that. Scary thought that there is some notion of 'illegitimate' rape out there.