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  • Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They've alienated a number of natural constituencies among Hispanics, women, gays and lesbians, Americans not of European descent and the working class through antagonistic positions on social issues, immigration, health care, choice, etc.
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  • Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They've alienated a number of natural constituencies among Hispanics, women, gays and lesbians, Americans not of European descent and the working class through antagonistic positions on social issues, immigration, health care, choice, etc.
    What they don't realize is that most people are naturally fiscally conservative, family-oriented, prefer safe neighborhoods, don't like taxes, want a strong defense, and love their country. This absolutely includes many Americans listed in the categories that the GOP has managed to irritate or frighten, to the point of voting contrary to their natural inclinations.
    Recapture these folks by backing away from the racially tinged rhetoric, the homophobic diatribes and hyper-religious positions, and Republicans might find themselves adding committed voters who share their core values. The GOP has become the party of hate and fear instead the party that freed the slaves.
    If they want to stop the loss of voters, then stop driving them away. These guys are getting really scary. — Roger Lemstrom, Medford
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