I haven't read anything at all about the thread. Just gonna answer the title. They need to stop portraying themselves as angry rich white people. I'm not saying they are but that's how many people view them. I see it all the time. People always making remarks like that.
My pops is guilty of the republican stereo type. Zealot and all. I have an economic point of view that is pretty much republican but that's about it. Socially, I'm the other way.
If they want to become and stay relevant, the whole religion thing needs to go out the window, they need to lose the 1950 social views, and they need to stop caring about getting as many white Christian men as they can and start showing they care about people other than white Christian men with money.
They need to get away from discrimination politics (hate a woman, Hispanic, or gay, pick your flavor of the day!) and religion entirely. Furthermore, they need to update their brand of fiscal conservatism to reflect modern day analyses--you will not find a single serious economist who believes the trickle down theory and total market deregulation is viable for long-term economic policy (not counting the ones on party payrolls, of course).
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The fact remains that the core of the Republican party is the conservative white male, and the GOP's agendas are defined by that voter bloc.
Frankly I just don't see it happening. Republicans have relied on dominating the white senior vote for a long time. They really can't just shift gears and change their platform on social issues.
A lot of libertarians think that if the Republicans will just drop social issues they'll win, but (even assuming they could) there isn't any evidence to support that. Ron Paul lost the primary for a reason. Ron Paul has loud, extremely annoying supporters who will yell in your ear for an hour, but there aren't enough of them for him to win a general election. Does anyone really think a Ron Paul style candidate could win in Ohio, Florida, or Nevada? Not happening.
They need to drop religion completely, get rid of all of the morons that hold positions of power in places that DO NOT benefit the people they're elected to serve etc.
And then, MAYBE, they have a chance of being viewed as a somewhat sane group of people. While they have people spewing the asinine nonsense that they do without taking action against them, they're all as bad as each other.
Dump their awkward old fashion social wing as well as their religious wing.
Nominate moderates. The Obama campaign was the most scared of Jon Huntsman. If the GOP nominated Huntsman, he would have been president.
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