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Chris Stirewalt | Republican Soul Searching Probably Mostly Pointless

Heartbroken Republicans would do well to consider how much worse it was for  Democrats eight years ago.

In 2004, Democrats lost not only in a bid to unseat an incumbent president  much hated by the party’s liberal base, but also saw the Republicans solidify  what had been tenuous majorities in the House and Senate.

While President Obama’s re-election margin was more decisive that President  George W. Bush’s was in 2004, Democrats failed to roll back the large Republican  majority in the House and added only two seats to their Senate majority.

Some over-eager Democrats and deeply depressed Republicans are seeing the  collapse of the GOP: a demographic cliff and an eventual unraveling of the  conservative party. The conventional wisdom is that Republicans are doomed  without a move to the middle.

But in 2004, Democrats were looking at what seemed to be a generational  oblivion.

The combination of the Republican advantage on national security and social  issues combined with Democrats isolation as the party of the urban poor and  costal elites seemed to spell doom for the Blue Team.


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