The Inconvenient Truths Of 2012
washingtonpost.com — As Republicans dig out from a defeat that their poll-deniers said was impossible, they need to acknowledge many large failures. Yet Obama and his party need to understand that running a majority coalition is difficult. Managing a coalition that includes African Americans, Latinos, white working-class voters and suburbanites in the new and growing metro areas will take skill and subtlety. And Democrats need to recognize that some of their core constituencies typically vote in lower numbers in off-year elections. The party requires a strategy for 2014. But these are happy problems compared with what the GOP and the conservative movement confront. They need to rethink their approach all the way down. A party that wants to govern has to do more than run against government. For the right, this is the inconvenient truth of 2012.