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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Okay, well, let's try that again.

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.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Dan Hirschman said...

It's worth noting that many people who used to identify as moderate Republicans are now identifying as Republicans. So, some of the shift right in Republicans may be an artifact of people on the left of the party bailing.

I don't have a good cite for the shift in party id right now, but 538 has covered it some and Gelman (I think).

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger Drek said...

Yeah, I expected that was part of it. Nonetheless, given how powerful party loyalty can be for some voters, I don't think we should feel too comforted by that possibility.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 9:19:00 AM  

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