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Pretty solid Bruce Bartlett article on the GOP's failings through the Bush era up to now

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/revenge-of-t...

Bruce, a more traditional conservative, was blackballed by Fox and various other Murdoch-owned outlets after his 2006 book "Impostor: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy".

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At least a few conservatives now recognize that Republicans suffer for epistemic closure. They were genuinely shocked at Romney's loss because they ignored every poll not produced by a right-wing pollster such as Rasmussen or approved by right-wing pundits such as the perpetually wrong Dick Morris. Living in the Fox News cocoon, most Republicans had no clue that they were losing or that their ideas were both stupid and politically unpopular.

I am disinclined to think that Republicans are yet ready for a serious questioning of their philosophy or strategy. They comfort themselves with the fact that they held the House (due to gerrymandering) and think that just improving their get-out-the-vote system and throwing a few bones to the Latino community will fix their problem. There appears to be no recognition that their defects are far, far deeper and will require serious introspection and rethinking of how Republicans can win going forward. The alternative is permanent loss of the White House and probably the Senate as well, which means they can only temporarily block Democratic initiatives and never advance their own.

I've paid a heavy price, both personal and financial, for my evolution from comfortably within the Republican Party and conservative movement to a less than comfortable position somewhere on the center-left. Honest to God, I am not a liberal or a Democrat. But these days, they are the only people who will listen to me. When Republicans and conservatives once again start asking my opinion, I will know they are on the road to recovery.
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I was really also heartened to see a conservative espouse what I've been saying along about Obama... he's no progressive.

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The final line for me to cross in complete alienation from the right was my recognition that Obama is not a leftist. In fact, he's barely a liberal—and only because the political spectrum has moved so far to the right that moderate Republicans from the past are now considered hardcore leftists by right-wing standards today. Viewed in historical context, I see Obama as actually being on the center-right.
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Here is a not so solid

Here is a not so solid article by some guy with a crayon at Time:
http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/28/can-this-party-be-saved/

Southern Agrarian