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Republicans have pushed the hard lessons of the 2012 election to some distant place within their collective memories. They disregard these lessons at their own peril. Recall that until the moment voting results began to pour in on election night, Republicans were beaming with confidence. The polls, especially their favorite Rasmussen Poll, had Mitt Romney winning comfortably, by as much as 12 points. The comfort zone was short lived and by 11:00 that night their confidence had turned to disbelief. Many GOP leaders like Karl Rove ran from the truth. No one can forget his epic meltdown on Fox News where he stubbornly rejected the reality that Barrack Obama had carried Ohio and with it his reelection was now signed, sealed, and delivered.
After the election disaster of 2012, more rational minds within the Republican Party determined it was necessary for the party to reinvent itself. These party leaders determined that it was critical to the future viability of the GOP that it morph into a more palatable and moderate entity. After all, it's not rocket science to admit that Republicans were overwhelmed in 2012 because they lacked broad support from women and minorities.
This talk of conservative moderation and inclusion has now been shouted down by the divisive words of Republican Donald Trump. Regretfully, Trump has generated his own brand of popular support from a foundation of hate, fear, and alienation. Republicans have enabled Trump to turn their disconnect with women and minority voters into a wall of ethnic and religious hatred, which further alienates women and minority voters. Even now in 2016, the GOP is left with an angry, white, base of support. Their problem is, this may be sufficient to win in Mississippi but not on the national stage.
Trump and Republicans have forgotten that America is best served by leaders that recognize the good within the heart of America and the unity that has always been the source of our strength...the GOP does so at its own peril.
Bob Griffiths has been a progressive writer and blogger for the last 15 years. He has contributed numerous Op-Ed Articles on the topics of education and politics. As a freelance writer he has contributed to Yahoo News, OEN, and local news (more...)