Doesn't the GOP control both houses of Congress and the Governorships of 30+ States???? Somehow, I believe that is an indication that they are very electable.

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And you think that will translate into a general election victory ?

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We do not have a parliamentary system. The GOP is currently in control.

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Funny that , I had always assumed that it was the President who was in control. Isn't that why you have general elections ?

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Read the U.S. Constitution. The President is basically an administrator.... the person who is supposed to enforce the laws. Presidential powers are very specific and limited. Congress makes laws and provides the money to run the government.
We do not have general elections like the UK does.

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Yes you do , every four years.

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The US Senate is not on a four year rotation. Only about 33% of Senators will be up for election in 2016. Only about 35 - 50% of State Governors are on the same four year rotation as the President. The House of Reps is on a two year rotation. We do not have a general election in the sense you are saying.

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But you know that I am talking about the Presidential election.

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Again, you should read he U.S. Constitution. The President does not unilaterally have the right to make laws. His/her authority is very limited. The Federal Government is limited in general in its authority. Read the Tenth Amendment.... basically any authority that is not specifically afforded the Federal Government is provided to the individual States.

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The republicans win elections because of gerrymandering, and the fact that most people don't vote in local elections. You know what my town's local election's turn out was for electing our aldermen, treasurer, and a Sherrif? 12%. Wanna know what our turn out was for state elections? 45%. That means literally more than half didn't vote, and that two factions of 22.5% roughly are deciding the elections. Would you consider a vote where only 23% people voted to be legitimate?

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No, it is an indication that they have gamed the system. On a strict one-person, one vote election they would more often loose if they hadn't gerrymandered districts. Note that, in the last election, while they were able to make gains in Congress, they got their collective butts kicked on progressive issues such as MJ use and minimum wages in statewide elections where it was more difficult to game the system.

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Did you ever hear of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 that guaranteed the establishment of all liberal voting districts? That is gerrymandering at its finest,
An election is legitimate when the vast majority of citizens have the right and opportunity to vote. The fact that many do not care enough to vote doesn't change the outcome or the legitimacy of the vote.
You question was "What would the GOP need to do to become electable once again?" The answer is that the GOP is that they have been elected and hold office.

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And once again ........ you know I am talking about a presidential election.
You know you sound remarkably like another pedant on here who keeps getting her account suspended , funny that.

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Start cloning rich white homophobes over 55 yrs old ...For starters !

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:)

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A huge factory in Transylvania that just keeps cranking them out..." It's Alive"...LOL

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Apart from change their entire political strategy and platforms?

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...... and candidates.

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so yeah, apart from changing entirely, not much.

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I don't know for sure, but an infusion of pragmatism couldn't hurt.

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Stop nominating liberals. Romney lost. Mccain lost. Dole lost. Reagan (conservative) landslide win.

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They have to get their message out without pandering. Then they have to stick to what they believe, and stop acting like democrats.

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I'd have thought pandering would be one thing that they definitely need to be doing more of if they want to pick up votes from beyond their base.

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They do pander, they forget most of the country isn't hard right. Defunding the ACA is a lot harder to support when you're directly on insurance because of it.

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Problem is that a segment of their base despises appeasing others, so it's one or the other.

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Oh well, they'll die out soon.

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They don't need to pander. That is just telling voters what they want to hear. Just about every issue conservatives beat the liberal, progressive agenda. They just need a clear message.

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Well, that would certainly explain the expanding legalization of MJ and minimum wage raises - I know the GOP just loves those.

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Stop being corrupt

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Like the democrats?

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Four republican candidates that were or are facing corruption charges and/or probes, Bobby Jindall, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Scott Walker. Democratic candidates facing corruption charges? Zero.

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Democrats all saints, right?

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What did the Tories do to take England?

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Last time ? ....... stopped acting like nazis and found a leader who wasn't instantly repulsive.
This time ? ....... blamed Labour for the financial crash and ran on economic competence.

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US republicans probably need to narrow down their agenda.. Too many different types...to big of a candidate pool! They would improve their chances if the were just a bit more socially liberal. If we don't adopt some conservative values and practices, our days are seriously numbered, but we have to compromise of some social issues.

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You should be on the campaign team. ;)

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Not too much.

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