Charles Krauthammer: Republican Party doesn't need an ideological shift

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  • Christian 24-7 Murray, UT
    Nov. 15, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    Have you ever read Charles' Bio? You should. The guy is amazing and freakishly brilliant.

    I hope the republican leadership is reading and listening to him. If he were a top adviser, they would have the next election in the bag.

    As for liberals, go ahead and rail against him. You have great reason to fear him. He just makes too much sense.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    It's amazing to me that despite how rigid and shrill a vocal minority of conservative voices have been in recent years, this presidential election was still decided by 1%, and Republicans still control the House (which, historically and intentionally is the most reflective of the current mood of the country). This tells me that this article is probably more correct than not.

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Nov. 12, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    In this past election only about 51% of those eligible to vote actually voted. Obama one the popular vote by about two to three million votes. The electoral college could have been as close as 333,000 votes in four states. Neither party has a mandate. Republican conservatism is as popular as democrat liberalism's big government. The school room is divided.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 3:30 p.m.

    @ Eric Samuelsen 9:55 a.m. Nov. 11, 2012

    This Libertarian (me) agrees with you. It would seem IMO that they prefer style over substance.

    If the GOP decides to *evolve* My advice is an upgrade over the last 2 "populists" they trotted as VP Candidates. ROFL!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 11:32 a.m.

    10cc that was a great post. Thank you.

  • Eric Samuelsen Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:55 a.m.

    Speaking as a liberal Democrat, this is the most cheering column I've read in a long time. "We don't have to change, we just need to express ourselves more artfully." Awesome.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:51 a.m.

    The nation is changing, charlie. If you stubbornly refuse to see it, you can watch your relevance, and that of the republican party, fall away.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    Ha ha ha.

    Krauthammer? When has he been right about anything???

    Just a week or so ago he was predicting a Romney win... In a landslide!

    Ha ha ha, if you want to know how to NOT run your Presidency, election campaign, or political party, just do whatever Krauthammer suggests. He is literally, wrong, 99 percent of the time.

    If he says that the GOP doesn't need to change then PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE my fellow conservative friends, believe the opposite. The GOP needs to change. It needs to. This no compromise, alienate everyone but well to do Christian white males, tough guy attitude needs to go if the GOP hopes to gain anything politically anytime soon.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 9:10 a.m.

    Krauthammer is, once again, showing that he doesn't have a clue.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    The GOP's "don't be a 47% leech" message doesn't resonate well with many, and I'm not sure trotting our Rubio or Ted Cruz will be enough to stem the demographic shift for Republicans.

    I was a 47 percenter when I was in college, was a single parent and took advantage of several programs that allowed me to be a good parent and achieve an education. I've made far, far more in wages than I would have otherwise, and I consider my taxes today to be not just repaying society for its investment in me, but investing in the future as others follow the path I travelled. (I understand those options are drying up.)

    There's no room in the conservative mindset for this type of story, so they'll go on characterizing those who would do greater things with their lives as leeches, if government programs are involved.

    Krauthammer and conservatives have no idea what to do with this ideological shift, as more group-oriented cultures grow in our nation. If they want to put their heads in the sand, it's fine by this Democrat.

  • higv Dietrich, ID
    Nov. 11, 2012 8:34 a.m.

    I know people that didn't think some candidates liked people of there race Mitt because of nationality. We need to be for legal immigration as they are hard workers trying to make a better life. Illegal immigrants is what we are against. Moving to the center, favoring gay mariage and abortion all that does is alienate your main voice. as no conservative third party will dominate.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    What do republicans really want? It isn't smaller government. Ron Paul was by far the most consertive candidate and was kicked to the curb.

  • Salsa Libre Provo, UT
    Nov. 11, 2012 1:22 a.m.

    Krauthammer is, again, irrelevant. His belief that Republicans need not adjust to a changing world runs counter to the notion of making the Republican Party an important force in the areea of political ideas. He is truly the reactionary voice in the wilderness.

    If you want a reasonable and rational path going forward, read the writings of Kathleen Parker, Peggy Noonan, Michael Gerson or David Frum. Krauthammer appeals to the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. That wing is essentially devoid of ideas and is essentially dead!