How Do Republicans Win in 2016?

Moving from election 2012 to 2016

Election 2012 is Over

It’s 11pm on Tuesday November 6th, 2012. The election hasn’t been called for Barack Obama yet, but the writing is on the wall. Obama is trading at 96% on Intrade after hanging around 60% during the months leading up to the election. Romney didn’t have a chance, and everyone knew it before the polls opened this morning.

I’m an independent. I haven’t voted in a presidential election, and I don’t plan on it until I am presented a candidate who doesn’t make me feel like I am choosing the lesser of two evils. Right now the Republicans are unstable, and the Democrats are unsustainable.

We all know the Republicans are already back at the drawing board asking how they win in 2016. Here are three simple solutions:

  1. Get rid of the Tea Party. Don’t mention their name. Act like they don’t even exist. Their ideas make the rest of the party look crazy. As we’ve seen, this constituency has little staying power, and is too radical to provide any ideas worthy of a national platform.
  2. Legalize It. Republicans still and will have trouble with voters under the age of 30. Flip the switch on the Democrats and admit defeat on an unattainable goal. Doing so eliminates one contradiction in the party, frees up resources to tackle other issues like the budget, and radically shifts the party “cool factor”. I’ve never understood why and how the Republican party takes moral stances on issues that involve personal choices.
  3. Embrace Social Entrepreneurship and make it a household word. I hear Republicans bemoan how government is not the solution to our problems. It may not be, but, we do have problems, and we must begin to solve them. One potential solution is social entrepreneurship, individuals developing creative, sustainable business solutions to social problems. That needs to be a term that every Republican knows.

I’m not saying any of these will happen. To all of my Hampden-Sydney friends out there disappointed about the loss, you heard it here first, make these changes and the Republican party will be competitive again. Continue on this path and the Republican party may be extinct by 2020.


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