Republicans Think They Can Come Back Without Changing

David Weigel has an article on how things have changed for those who talked about rebranding the Republicans after their 2006 and 2008 loss. Some Republicans were looking at ways the party should change direction and possibly take some less extreme position son some issues. At the moment, with Republicans appearing on the brink of doing well in the off-year elections, it looks like such rebranding might not have been needed. Republicans believe they are doing fine by sticking to their old views or moving even further to the right.

That is a rather short sighted view of the situation. In a two party system one party can have some victories even when on the wrong side of the issues. Many people are bound to vote for the party out of power when the economy is bad. Republicans also have an advantage this year because Democrats are trying to defend a large number of seats which have traditionally been held by Republicans.

Under these conditions it would come as no surprise that the Republicans could do well this year without changing, but it could be a dead-cat bounce. Numerous polls have shown that people who say they intend to vote Republican are doing so out of frustration but also have a very low opinion of the Republicans. Many even agree with the Democrats as opposed to the Republicans on the issues.

If the Republicans win under such a situation it could lead to another cycle of the voters being angry and voting them out in two years. Once elected to office, Republicans have to actually show they can govern responsibly, and that they are not pursuing positions opposed by most of the country. Those who vote for the Republicans out of a sense of frustration are not going to stick with the Republicans if they just provide a repeat of past mistakes. Regardless of how the Republicans do this year, their long term prospects are poor if they continue with the same policies.

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    Sherrielle Monroe says:

    RT @ronchusid: Republicans Think They Can Come Back Without Changing. In the long run they are wrong. #p2 #p21 #topprog http://bit.ly/bLF1WB

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