]Doesn't help that case when your last president's policies were more aligned to the social conservative side than the fiscal conservative side of the party.
And that's exactly what I was talking about. In what possible way can you argue that Romney was more aligned to the social conservative side than the fiscal side? Romney was as non-threatening in terms of social conservative position as possible.
None, and because he didn't have a strong social conservative side I found more likable than the nutters.
That still doesn't change the past track record of the party though. Why should people trust you to do something you guys didn't do last time you had power, especially since it was so recently? (Heck even Reagen increased military spending by no small amount...) There's trust that needs to be rebuilt there. Romney did well downplaying his religious connections certainly, to his benefit, and his personal stance on controversial issues was fairly mainstream. The rest of the party hardly helped him out though, and to some degree that publicity certainly didn't help him.
In short: When a Republican says they're going to shrink government and lower taxes I hardly believe them. Whereas when a Democrat says they want to raise taxes to pay for new social programs I don't doubt it will happen.
Edited, Nov 13th 2012 12:13pm by someproteinguy