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Can Democrats Stop Republicans from Winning Big in 2014 and 2016?

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In other words, the anti-abortionists, as I prefer to refer to them, are not the majority in the polls, but they somehow manage to win in certain elections. Saletan does not explain exactly how this can happen. But he correctly notes that it does happen.


Unfortunately, he fails to note that the anti-abortionists did not win in their efforts to defeat President Obama in 2012. So anti-abortionists win only in certain elections, not in all elections. So when anti-abortionists do not win in other elections in which they made an effort to win, why don't they also win in those other elections?


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As a result of Edsall's complicated analysis of voter patterns over the years, he attributes the recent increase in "the percentage of voters holding anti-black attitudes" to "the intensifying conservatism within the right wing of the Republican Party." His attribution here will probably surprise no one.


In other words, the efforts of outspoken people who hold anti-black attitudes to voice their attitudes has attracted like-minded people also to join and thereby intensify the conservatism of the right wing of the Republican Party.


It would seem to follow from Edsall's analysis here that we should also expect that that the voicing of anti-abortion views would attract like-minded people to join and thereby intensify the conservatism of the right wing of the Republican Party.

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Therefore Edsall's subsequent analysis may surprise some people: "To win the White House again, it [the Republican Party] must assuage the social conscience of mainstream, moderate white voters among whom an ethos of tolerance has become normal."


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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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