I was referring to recent presidential candidates. ______________________I understand, I just think it is important to note that all this Republicans are dead and can not compete etc is grossly overstated. Republicans did a very bad job and fighting a media that does not call out your opponents when they lie and puts landmines in your way at eery turn is tough.It is a lot easier to do that on the national than the local level, which is IMO one of the reasons that Dems do well in national elections. But the Presidency is a whole bunch of state elections. Republicans need to run the table in the Conservative places and win some of the not clearly one way or the other states. A conservative IMO is a much better choice to do that. However, that conservative has to be a centrist, and does have to ensure all that the social issues may be important to him, but are not a focus and family issues etc are not really his job, and lay out what his/her job is and why what they will do is better than their opponentMost importantly, the candidate has to both battle the media and be completely consistent. This is where a right leaning conservative will fail. He will get inconsistent in knowing he can not change what he would like quickly and will botch up explaining that, similarly it iw were a Christie/McCain/Romney will fall as he well as the longer term vision and quick change will be impossible to reconcile so anyone sane can be attacked as inconsistent. We need someone who can pick out a message and stay on it, and lead all back to that message, A message of conservative economic policy, and a conservative belief in not interfering with people's lives, but also not imposing a rapid dis allocation of what is in place, with a constant focus on change and rather than on what the end position is which can be attacked, rather a focus on the action required for change how those actions will make people better. A conservative truth teller with a vision on a people level that Democrats have hurt old people, have hurt working people and are hurting children even worse than either of those two groups. Someone who understand a caring message and understand that there are a lot of policies with not way out of them in any meaningful way so who supports them and makes them better not just castigates them(and in so doing sound liberal)
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