Originally Posted by penchief
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.
You are referring to the social right-wingers, I'm referring to the fiscal right-wingers. Mitt Romney made no attempts to pander to fiscal conservatives, and that is what cost him the election. He shouldn't be pandering to the batshit crazy right-wingers. Those people are the ABO crowd and will vote for anyone with an R next to their name.