It's not the whole 'moderate' thing that's sinking the Republican Party. It's spineless moderate candidates who turn off independents by their tendency to embrace, placate and pander to the fringe elements of conservatism in order to solidify their support.
Right. So the moderates who are even more hardcore moderates will win. This is the blackjack strategy of doubling down on your losses so that when you eventually do win that you'll win all your money back.
It's simple brand loyalty. If you have a choice between fake socialism and the real thing - who are you going to support? The real thing. Every time. Republicans win when they offer a clear alternative. They lose when they try to be Democrat light.
It makes people fear that they will be controlled by them if elected.
Oh, that's just complete rubbish. Look - you want to expand government. Clearly, you aren't afraid of government control over your life - even over your food with food stamps. What happens when the food stamps no longer show up in the mail? If you're not afraid with letting the government essentially decide whether you live or die then it's not control you fear.
No - what you fear is lack of control. You fear people choosing to make their own decisions. That's what scares you.
The vast majority of the country does not share your worldview (I can empathize). Republican candidates could win again if they were actual moderates who stood for something.
So they'll win by standing for everything and nothing at the same time. Bullsh**t. Hasn't worked.
Think about Romney. Six months ago, a large portion of America thought him to be more liberal than he claimed to be - conservatives, liberals and independents alike. Many, many people still believe this to be true.
And this impression of him hasn't changed at all. I hope you do have a point in here somewhere.
In the broader context, he is to the right of Obama but still somewhat near the middle based on his record. In theory, he should be exactly what independents want, moderate enough to pull some Democrats away from Obama and acceptable enough to receive Republicans' support: he's not Obama. Yet this is not occurring. It's because he has no core, no spine and can't stand for what he believes. It is disgusting to swing voters.
He's alienated his own base. Plain and simple. You're assuming that independents are all liberal.
No, we're not.
Then consider McCain. McCain had a lot of disadvantages working against him; age, a decade of Republican failure
Yeah, with 4 percent unemployment. Republican 'failure', gotcha.
Yet McCain began to slide in the final weeks, once he endorsed the reactionary Sarah Palin
Again, McCain was leading in the polls early into September. His slide coincided with the rather conveniently placed market crash. He chose Palin in mid August, and his polls went up after choosing her, not down.
Suspending his campaign didn't do any favors.
And remind me why he suspended his campaign? Over Palin?