okay, seriously, is that your final answer?

Coming hot on the heels of Shakha’s good points about government spending– and the GOP opinion thereof- comes this report about what Republicans think went wrong over the last eight years. Hint: Probably not what you expect.

Coming off a shellacking at the polls in November, the plurality of GOP voters (43%) say their party has been too moderate over the past eight years, and 55% think it should become more like Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the future, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 24% think failed presidential candidate John McCain is the best future model for the party, and 10% are undecided.

Only 17% of Republican voters say their party has been too conservative…

Seriously? That’s the problem? Bush wasn’t conservative enough? This just serves as more evidence that Conservapedia isn’t as far from the norm* as we might like to believe.

Yikes.

I would like to invite Scatterbrains and others to use the comments to this post to leave suggestions for how the Republican party could be even more conservative in the future. No suggestion is too absurd because, really, we know they’ll be taken seriously regardless.

What are my proposals for future Republican platforms? How about abolish all income taxes, impose a 20% sales tax, and change the national motto from “E Pluribus Unum” to “You betcha!

* As a side note, yes, I know the link may be broken. It's because Conservapedia has been running about as smoothly as a cheap Yugoslavian Pinto knock-off for the past few days. So if the link is broken, it isn't because I did something wrong.

3 thoughts on “okay, seriously, is that your final answer?”

  1. In the U.S. case, this is a completely standard response to losing a general election, and the phenomenon can be seen in both parties. After a loss — especially by a wide margin — the analysis afterwards is always a competition between (a) “We were too far out of touch with the electorate; we should have run a candidate more like the other team’s, and (b) “We moved too close to the center and lost touch with our core values, we should let the X party be the X party.” Basically, (b) always wins, at least in the short term.

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  2. I hope Kieran is right and that the GOP is taken over by that 55%, driving the rest to become Independents or even Democrats. I’ve seen it on the left — people who just don’t want to win an election if it means the slightest smudge on the purity of their ideology. I imagine the Palinistas getting together and agreeing that if only we’d invaded more countries, if only we’d given more of the environment over to private interests, if only we’d had a bigger increase in inequality and more people without health insurance. . .

    But does the hard core always win after a loss, especially a big loss? After Nixon lost narrowly to JFK, the GOP came back with Goldwater. But after Goldwater’s huge loss, they went back to Tricky Dick. After the Dems lost that very close election, they came back with McGovern, but after that debacle, they went more to the moderate Carter.

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