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The REAL Reasons for GOP Victory -- and Defeat

By the same token, McCain and Romney didn’t lose because they failed to turn-out conservatives: they each drew a more conservative electorate than Reagan did in either of his lop-sided wins. But Obama won both times because of success with moderates—beating McCain in 2008 with those voters, 60 to 39. Conservatives may resent the indecision of mushy moderates, but Reagan’s success shows that appealing to the center is indispensable to victory. Read more...

Thoughts from Michael Medved

GOP Can’t Write Off the Black Community

Polls show that at least 80% of African-Americans disapprove of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, leading some conservatives to give up ever making significant progress in the left-leaning black community.

But skeptics should recognize that as recently as the presidency of George W. Bush, Republicans did much better with African-American voters than they have recently. While Bush still lost the black vote badly, he got 11% of it in 2004, compared to Mitt Romney’s 6%. This is not a trivial difference: if Romney had gotten the same percentage as Bush, he would have come 1.6 million votes closer to catching Obama.

Surely, this sort of performance shouldn’t be out of reach for future GOP nominees, especially with Barack Obama no longer on the ballot.

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An Open Letter on Middle-East Confusion

A close-friend wrote to my wife with serious concerns about her nephew, a bright and idealistic young man who came home from his elite university full of indignation about the state of Israel and its alleged destruction of the once flourishing nation of Palestine. In response, I wrote back with a general point about any nation's "right to exist" and four specific questions about the recent history of the Middle East: Read more...

Filling a Void

The remarkable new film FILL THE VOID is richly romantic, overwhelmingly emotional, and full of inspiring religious overtones. Set among Israel’s devout Hassidic community, this film festival favorite tells the story of an 18-year-old girl, forced into new responsibilities—and opportunities—when her adored older sister dies in childbirth. Read more...

Why the Public Questions the Recovery

While economists and politicians celebrate economic recovery, the American people refuse to accept the good news. Only a third of the public sees the nation headed in “the right direction” – a figure that’s dropped ten points since President Obama’s re-election. Read more...

Choosing from the Center -- of the GOP!

Democrats regularly insist the GOP has been captured by right wing extremists and only hard-line conservatives can prevail in the primary process. Read more...

Does an Opposition Congress Doom a Presidency

President Obama blames Congressional Republicans for collapse of his “hope and change” agenda but those claims make no sense in historical context. Since World War II, all the most successful two-term presidents worked with Congresses where the opposition enjoyed far more strength than today’s GOP wields against Obama. Opposition Democrats dominated both Houses of Congress for six of the eight years of Eisenhower’s presidency, as did opposition Republicans for six of eight years under Bill Clinton. Read more...

Ebert's Death Means the End of an Era

The national outpouring of grief and praise in reaction to the death of Roger Ebert signaled the film critic’s ultimate victory in his long-running competition with cross-town Chicago rival (and on-air TV partner) Gene Siskel. When Siskel died of a brain tumor in 1999 his passing provoked few if any front page tributes, no effusive presidential proclamation, and scant sentiments like the LA Times headline anointing Ebert as “First Citizen Critic and Father to Us All.” Read more...

Missing Republicans -- Found!

On talk radio, in internet commentary and at right wing conferences, worried analysts and activists obsess over the dire electoral consequence of "three million missing Republicans" who doomed conservative chances in 2012. Read more...

Saying Goodbye to Cars?

I recently said goodbye to car I had enjoyed and cherished for several years, repeating an experience familiar to most of my fellow baby-boomers. Bringing our twenty-year-old son into the garage the night before taking the vehicle back to the dealer at the expiration of the lease, I unsuccessfully invoked the bittersweet nature of the moment. “Take a good look,” I urged. “This is the last night he’s going to spend in this garage, the only home he’s ever known.” Read more...