1. An inattentive electorate coupled with a media that is slavish towards democrats means people get their "news" in soundbites that are managed by people who want to see democrats win. This gets you a public that perceives Palin to be too inexperienced to be VP, despite being the top executive for both a city and a state, while Obama is perceived to be experienced enough to be POTUS despite his age, his meager service in the Senate, and that he'd never had a buck stop on his desk in his entire life. Like I said before, I think the GOP should stick to easy-to-digest, conservative core issues and leave the complex, big-idea stuff until once they have office and have gained trust with the electorate. Trying to explain Fair Tax and social security plans to an electorate who hasn't the time, inclination or energy to listen is a losing proposition. For pete's sake...look at the bleating on RTF before the potus site was started..."This is a dog site, I don't want to see anything about politics and will be offended even if you warn me ahead of time not to open a politics thread...but I will happily read the hell out of any thread having to do with puka shells, someone's ass size or whether Ford diesels are better than Dodge diesels because, you know, that stuff is so much more important than who our next president will be." Let the libertarians, greens and socialists educate the electorate. I want to get elected. Hate the game, not the playa.
2. Poor candidates with poor messages. Bless their hearts and their heroic military service, but Dole and McCain couldn't inspire a troop of girl scouts to run out of a burning building. Both Bushs proved that you don't need to be a world-class orator or champion of big ideas in order to get elected. Just pimp the conservative mantra (as opposed to McCain running from it) and don't have a bunch of skeletons in your closet and that should be good enough. The same applies to all levels of elected office on down to dog catcher.
3. Once elected, the GOP let the public down and became what they fought against. That shat has to stop. But first they have to get elected again to regain the trust.
I enjoy the discussion.