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article imageOp-Ed: Reading the signs of the GOP's fall

By Robert Weller     Nov 6, 2013 in Politics
The signs of the fall of the Republican party, as demonstrated in Tuesday’s voting, may be underestimated because of the Obamacare fallout problems.
The answer will only come once the website is fixed and millions have enrolled. The GOP is betting the problem won’t go away.
If it is working it may not be platform they want to campaign on, and instead, will be just be another example of how they are out of touch with the nation.
Indeed, if the Tea Party anti-government mantra is the unifying philosophy the public eventually will notice that red states get much more money back from the federal government than blue states.
So what should be taken from Tuesday’s results?
Much is being made of the strong showing of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But Christie’s advance was made possible by distancing himself from the Tea Party, and showing up for photo ops with President Obama after Sandy.
Can he have it both ways: moving to the right while remaining to seem a moderate? Will it work to publicly oppose gay marriage while not appealing a Supreme Court decision legalizing them. What about abortion? George Romney was forced to move to the right and was easily defeated.
As a brand name, polls show only about 22 percent are buying the GOP’s message.
Virginia is seen, by some, as evidence that a swing state can be taken back by the Republicans. That is based on the fact that they lost by much less than pollsters predicted.
Terry McAuliffe, essentially a party hack never before elected to public office, won by nearly as much as President Obama.
And McAuliffe’s victory came during an off-year election, when only 37 percent voted, compared with 80 percent turned out in 2012 president vote. History has shown over and over that high turn outs favor Democrats, low turn outs favor Republicans.
Logic once again makes the nauseatingly repetitious comments about Virginia being a nail-biter an obvious non-starter. If they had counted the votes in northern Virginia first McAuliffe would have led from the start. Network software engineers could easily set up a vote page that projects what the vote really will be by factoring unreported areas.
In the only publicized head-to-head battle between the Tea Party and traditional Republicans, the moderate won in Alabama 53-47 percent.
Next year, if the Obamacare problem is solved, the GOP will be back to campaigning against abortion, same sex marriage and immigration reform. In state after state, voting and court decisions indicate the Republicans are not on the same page as the rest of the nation.
For many, opposition to government means keep them out of their lives: let women have abortions, let gays marry, legalize marijuana, pursue immigration reform and leave people alone.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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