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Is the Republican Party going to be able to contend for power in the coming years?

Is the Republican Party going to keep doing what it is doing, or make a shift?

Will the Republican Party continue what it is doing and manage to get back into power that way?

Will the Republican Party continue what it is doing and marginalize itself perpetually?

Why is the Republican Party working so hard to appeal to the base even at the cost of turning off the middle?

Might the Republican Party go the way of the Whigs and a new conservative party be born (for the first time in more than 150 years)?


Will the Republican Party get back into power by changing into something more appealing to the American center and less geared to the base?

If the Republican Party moves back toward the sane middle --appealing to the kind of conservative suburban voters they used to get but have now turned off, toward something more like the Republican Party of Gerald Ford and Dwight Eisenhower-- would the Republican base (the Party of Limbaugh and the like) follow them?

How do you understand the forces at work that will determine the future of the Republican Party.

 

Andy Schmookler, an award-winning author, political commentator, radio talk-show host, and teacher, was the Democratic nominee for Congress from Virginia's 6th District. He is the author of various books including The Parable of the Tribes: The (more...)
 
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blub.... by GL Rowsey on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 11:57:52 AM
The Republican Party began as the Federalist Party... by Ruth on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 3:13:52 PM
assuming your new Messiah is wrong, my guess is th... by WML on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 4:15:37 PM
But at least the Left isn't repeating it's... by GL Rowsey on Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 7:18:23 AM
When the last Republican has his stinking carcass ... by Roger on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 4:12:01 PM
Point one:   It does not clarify the his... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Tuesday, Jun 9, 2009 at 7:37:55 PM
You, W.M.L. and Rowley missed the point, and obvio... by Ruth on Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:55:17 PM
Where are the policies intended for the USA recove... by Jason Paz on Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:55:07 AM
The current Republican party, or its successor--th... by Maxwell on Wednesday, Jun 10, 2009 at 8:59:57 PM
a Republican really cares what happens to the Part... by Jack Harrington on Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 1:30:05 PM
Civilized societies have always been plagued by ex... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 3:47:37 PM
I would not have entitled my comment as a complain... by Jack Harrington on Saturday, Jun 13, 2009 at 5:48:13 PM
Probably to "written" history. We are also childr... by GL Rowsey on Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 9:28:14 AM
"Did you even take a freshman introductory course ... by Andrew Bard Schmookler on Tuesday, Jun 16, 2009 at 9:57:11 AM
The title sounds fascinating, and 25 years is not ... by GL Rowsey on Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:53:21 PM