Spencer, who is 29, possesses the insectlike eyes of a committed programmer.
...did not think to ask his subordinates why, for example, they were operating on the assumption that fewer black voters would turn out for Obama than in 2008.
Consider the performance of Mitt Romney, who carried the white vote by 20 points. If the country’s demographic composition were still the same last year as it was in 2000, he would now be president. If it were still the same as it was in 1992, he would have won in a rout. If he had merely secured 42 percent of the Hispanic vote—rather than his pathetic 27 percent—Romney would have won the popular vote and carried Florida, Colorado, and New Mexico. Republicans, in short, have a winning message for an electorate that no longer exists.
Can the Republicans Be Saved From Obsolescence?
The Republican nominees in five of the past six Presidential elections have disappeared from the face of the earth. Not literally, of course; Mitt Romney, George W. Bush, Bob Dole, and George H. W. Bush are all still alive. But all of them are gone from the political scene, absent at conventions, even the most recent inauguration. This is not a coincidence or a generational quirk. Rather, it reflects a fundamental problem with the contemporary Republican Party.
For a first-world nation, we pay a lot in taxes for what we get from it. Yes, (some) Europeans pay more. And they get a hell of a lot more for it
Republicans will need to embrace anti-Wall Street populism, champion immigration and promote lighter sentences for drug crimes, according to Senator Rand Paul, a leading Tea Party figure who is likely to run for US president in 2016.
Paul’s formula is a clear shift to “a less aggressive foreign policy, a little more toleration of individual characteristics, toleration of immigration and a less draconian approach to non-violent crime like drug usage”.
In the interview Paul railed against Obama “acting like a king” in ordering drone strikes and vowed to “stop the president from this arrogance that he’s going to act like executioner-in-chief and him and a bunch of his buddies with flash cards are going to determine who they’re going to kill, even on American soil”.
Republicans need to be able to “express that a bunch of rich bankers on Wall Street should not be getting bonuses on the backs of the middle class”.
Republicans had to persuade voters that “smaller government, lower taxes and less regulation” balance budgets and that school choice benefits the poor and minorities.
“We need to let every Latino in America know that if you have come to this country and you are someone who wants to work and you’re not interested in being on public assistance and you want to be a hard worker . . . we’ll find a place for you.”
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