Originally Posted by DementedLogic
Which is exactly why the party needs to stop trotting out moderates. Moderates are what got us into this mess. You don't pile up $16 Trillion in debt by being too conservative.
It's not the fact that they are moderates that cost them the presidential elections. It's the fact that they have to pander to the batshit crazy right to get the republican nomination. It leaves them with a primary resume that turns off most voters except for the extremists in the republican party.
Just take a look at how the tea party candidates for the senate fared. I'm not sure a tea party presidential candidate is going to have a very broad appeal. There's a reason Romney went hard center once the debates began. He knew he was appealing to the larger electorate. If he had kept up the crazy talk necessary to win the republican primary he would have lost by even a wider margin than he did.