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Well, Akin's whole, "The female body knows how to shut down during a rape," thing sure didn't help the Republicans' chances with women.
term limits would solve a lot of problems. you'd get people who were truly interested in being there to help, instead of career politicians only interested in staying in power. you'd cut the influence of lobbyists in half or more, as they can't have and keep their puppets installed over decades. this in turn would introduce viable third parties.
When Mitt Romney was asked why he was against abortion (remember that he used to be for legal abortion), he responded something along the lines of "Well I'm a Republican". Didn't stop like 45% of the country from voting for him.
I agree that social issues will become less of an issue over time. The population is going to become/is becoming less religious over time (both in terms of taking the bible literally on gay marriage and increased numbers of 'nones') and republicans are simply going to lose steam on gay marriage. And considering that something like 70% of americans are opposed to overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion won't be an issue eventually either. It definitely will be an issue longer than gay marriage, but not indefinitely.
3 Major Ones:
1. Gay marriage
America is for gay marriage at the end of the day. But even people who are more on the fence about it were turned off by republican senators and congressmen (the Michelle Bachmans of the world). There was one guy from Mississippi who quoted the Leviticus passage that gays should be executed on his facebook page, and that went viral. Then there was Bachmann saying Hurricane Katrina was god's judgement on New Orleans (she also recently said 9/11 was god's judgement too).
Even if you aren't pro gay marriage, the overwhelming majority of america isn't for execution of homosexuals, and those statements turn people off from the whole party.
Not just being against casual abortion, which is a mixed bag issue. I'm talking people like Paul Ryan who doesn't care if you were raped by your dad, are 7 years old, and will die carrying out the pregnancy, he still would outlaw abortion. Or Todd Akin. There were a few others.
Mitt Romney wanted to give full personhood rights to every single fertilized egg, which is obvious nonsense (roughly half of all fertilized eggs don't implant in the uterus, meaning that the woman would be guilty of manslaughter, etc. etc.) This would ban most forms of contraception, as well.
America is fine with someone who says abortion is a tricky issue and won't disqualify a candidate who says that abortion isn't right. But they are not okay with someone who makes 0 exceptions whatsoever, tries to ban contraception, etc. etc.
3. Rick Santorum/Evangilism
The whole any time something bad happens, "this is god's judgement for [insert policy that we don't like]. That turns people off.
The whole attack on universities and education (not talking funding at all, though that's part of it too probably), saying stuff along the lines of "universities are corrupting our children". America is pro-education and pro-universities.
Rick Santorum. All of his campaign. The idea that he was running 2nd at one point despite being such an evangilized nutjob turned people off. Women in particular, who voted decidedly in favor of Obama.
There are lots of other misc. stuff you could put in the 3rd category, but that's the gist of it.
So let me make sure I got this right:
GOP wants to beat homosexuals to death with Bibles while preaching about God's hurricane machine originating with post-rape abortions, while Dems want to make pro-gay posters out of recycled paper from Bibles while preaching about Bush's hurricane machine originating with Al Gore, and promising the freedom to kill anything with a toe still in a vagina.
Pretty much, yeah.
Wish I was 18 again. Picking between those two gems would be really fun
Obama was opposed to gay marriage and won the presidency four years ago. Abortion hasn't been a vote decider in year. Santorum didn't run against Obama so irrelevant. None of those issues determined the presidency. Obama won because he was/is more popular, plain and simple. Issues are secondary in a presidential election. Those on the left vote for their guy. Those on the right vote for theirs. Those who pay little attention, never vote in off elections, etc vote for who they like. That ultimately determines who wins.
This post was edited by dpfenny 14 months ago
Scored 4 touchdowns...in a single game. Polk High!
I joined the Tea Party, seem less interested in Left/Right and more about what's good for America. Some IRS papers came in the mail yesterday, however.
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