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Republicans Lose Way by Misreading Bush History: Ramesh Ponnuru

Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- In 2006 and 2008, voters inflicted on Republicans the worst back-to-back electoral drubbing any party has received since the Great Depression, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt all but destroyed the Party of Hoover. Republicans quickly reached a consensus about why they lost so badly: They had failed to be sufficiently Republican.

This consensus still moves the party -- and since it is false, it moves them to make mistakes.