I hope they do. And I hope the Democrats adapt as well. And every other party, both in the US and the UK.
Adapting is a good thing. Stagnation is a bad thing.
Problem is, there's a growing feeling of 'us vs them'. Thus any valid point one side has will be ignored, and all focus will be on the negatives. And a vicious circle begins.
The Republicans are certainly in denial. But so are the Conservatives, to a degree.
Republicans now want to do the same thing at a national level to change the outcome of presidential elections. Basically, they want to divide the Electoral College based on Congressional Districts. Based on the way the these have been gerrymandered, that means McCain would have defeated Obama for the Presidency despite being beat by 7.2% in the popular vote. It means Romney would have won this election even though Obama will end up beating him by 3-4% when all votes are counted. It's being pushed by Republican state govts in place like PA and OH, and could gain traction elsewhere as Republicans seek to "win" without having to change their Party's values.
No I do not think they will. What they need to do is accept the fact they lost, and do whatever they can to seem friendly and work towards improving the country instead of automaticly working against anything the democrats / Obama puts up. Even accepting that you need to tax the rich people for a while to gain the funds - if they don´t they have some funny idea of who is part of the country and who isn´t.
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The word you want to use is "have" not "of".
You may have alot of stuff in your country, but we got Lolland.
It does not matter what the GOP does now (or anyone else). This election was won by the "gimme stuff" party. We are past the tipping point now. No way to avoid collapse.
OP i think you are the one in denial. I saw your replies - and you don't think there is a valid point to arguing both sides of an issue? You feel that because you think global warming is real, woman should have the right to fuck around and when they messup - just kill a baby that's inside of them? Well, those are opinions you have the right to have - but to tell others their opinions are wrong and don't matter because they differ from yours is pathetic.
OT : I think it's about time for the Pubs to distance themselves from the "Family Values" and religious zealots and just focus on fiscal policy. It would have been much more beneficial for them in the long run as well as this past election. Also, Romney was just not likeable. Like I said above, a 3 million vote gap is relatively small. It's the same amount that Kerry lost to Bush in '04, so it's not like the '08 landslide.
The GOP needs to drop this silly adherence to primitive mythology. Religion isn't needed anymore. We have moved on past silly superstition and mysticism (well, the modern world has) and realize that it offers nothing but false hope and brainwashing.
If they would drop this crap, i.e. opposition to evolution, opposition to same-sex marriage, sticking their noses in women's bodies, cramming their own primitive form of morality down peoples throat, etc. and focused on their stances on the economy and promotion of self reliance and reward for hard work they would have a much better chance of being relevant again.
The only chance he would have is if the US was in a situation like being mired in Iraq at the height of the insurgency, and in that case his opponent could easily blunt that by saying they'd end the war too.
“The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” - Emerson
On your main point, they don't need to adapt because many americans still belive in them. They like those "less rights for women" and "less healthcare and wellfare" and whatnot. No clue why, but they do. So... yea. As long as these people exist, the republicans won't have a problem.
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The danger for them less talked about is how partisan the politics is now, and how the young vote is overwhelmingly Democrat. That means beyond just racial demographics the Republicans could be in a world of trouble.
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It's beyond me why they don't realize that when they alienate 60% of the electorate it's going to make it hard for them to win an election. It's proven that more women are voting than men, so making women's rights (Abortion, Contraception, etc.) a talking point for your party is not in the best interest. When you alienate 60% of the population with your far right social agenda on such things as gay rights, women's rights, immigration, etc. it's going to be extremely difficult to win an election.
That being said, they're already blaming everything from Obama's smear campaign to Hurricane Sandy for their loss. I'm a firm believer in a two party system where two different opinions are brought in front of the public and then they decide which ideas and plans they want to put into place. However, it seems we have one party of ideas and one party of naysayers. They down Obamacare, even though it was a Republican idea, and offer no other solution in its place. Unfortunately, I think we're in for a bit more of denial before they move on to the next stage of getting their act together.