1. "1) One of the biggest reason I can think of for Obama's reelection is what I'd like to call the John Kerry Theory.The nomination of Mitt Romney reminds me a lot of Mr. Kerry in one big way.
John Kerry got the nomination, but he never really gained any real support to back him. No one believed in John Kerry or thought he was the greatest candidate to be president, they just wanted George W. Bush out."
very true, no one was super siked about Mitt Romney.
" With the nomination in hand, the only real advantage he had was simply the fact he was NOT Obama." Anybody but X movements fail more times than not.
"The democrats do speak out to the African Americans, the Latinos in america, the gays and lesbian groups in the United States. The Republican party has often viewed these groups of people as the problem, and that kind of mentality has put them at a disadvantage, and it will continue to cripple them if they don't change their viewpoints on the issues of race and life style."
yes and no. Things like this do change in a heartbeat. Remember, Reagan won the latino vote in the 80s over the Cuban issue.
I also think your talking about "social conservatives", as the term has changed of what they actually stand for. On social issues a good chunk of the GOP is left of mainstream democrats of the 1990s. Politicians change their views like they change their socks. You'd be a real fool to think that any politician is in office is going to stick to views that won't either
1) win him more corporate sponsorships 2) win him more votes
And this "republican losses", is definitely not as pronounced as you think it is. the democrats picked up two senators, one of which is an independent centrist who will caucus with the dems, but will avoid partisanism, and line towing. slight democrat gains were also had in the house, but the republicans still control the house
#1) I am well aware how a lot of republicans are more adapt on social issues, it's especially true up here where I live in WA state.
But the fact that many of the "social conservatives" that ran for congress and conservative talking heads that stand with them have certainly gained far more notoriety and publicity than the chunk of socially mainstream ones, and the GOP got viewed as such overall, whether they liked it or not.
#2)I know positions and outreach change in a heartbeat. I do remember when the GOP didn't give two craps about deficit reduction, and it was actually more of a democrat talking point. It wasn't until November 4th 2008 on the dot the GOP took a hard stance on fiscal responsibility and deficit reduction!
#3) Small Republican losses are still losses none the less!
" #2)I know positions and outreach change in a heartbeat. I do remember when the GOP didn't give two craps about deficit reduction, and it was actually more of a democrat talking point. It wasn't until November 4th 2008 on the dot the GOP took a hard stance on fiscal responsibility and deficit reduction!" thats awesome, you know sometimes out here, I feel like everyone things we've always been allied with eurasia against east asia.
"#3) Small Republican losses are still losses none the less!" I think my point is "stop getting cocky over small losses that could easily be reversed in two years"
my real question for the Dems is what is your stance, and what are you going to do about it. THis is about SOPA/PIPA. a good chunck of leftist bloggers, and other leftist grass roots activists and orgs took a hard stance against this nation's INSANE intellectual property laws and how we are starting to play world police with them.
The democrat party balked, and it looks like the republican party might take it up.
Now its still really really early, and if the dems don't want to loose everything they've worked really hard.(and they have), it'd be in their best intrest to get out and front and take this issue back before it sinks them. The republicans have really yet to hark on it, so its not a republican issue yet, but if they make it one, its not going to be good for the democrats.
Defending Intellectual property as it stands now is a loosing proposition that will split the democrats George McGovern Style.
Some free advice, is that the republicans, even libertarians don't like the concept of the public internet, or net neutrality, preserving the rights of networks to censor content as they see fit.
If the dems or anyone else, not the republicans want the high ground on internet matters, they have in my predictions about 6 months to take it.