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November 04, 2013


Which Party is Stronger?

First Read: "If the polls are correct in Virginia... then we're likely going to re-learn an important point: The sign of a healthy political party is that you can appeal to the middle without alienating the base. That is precisely what McAuliffe has done in his campaign, as he's reached out to the state's business middle while mobilizing the party's liberals."

"By contrast, Republicans appear to have two problems right now. Either they are appealing to the base, which is alienating the middle (see Virginia). Or when they appeal to the middle, they are alienating the base (see Chris Christie in New Jersey)... To win national elections, you have to be able to appeal to the middle without alienating your base, as well as appeal to the base without alienating the middle. That's not happening inside the GOP right now."














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