Less than two years after being written off as all but extinct as a political party, Republicans posted historic midterm gains. All who contributed from long time party stalwarts to newly energized Tea Party activists are to be congratulated.
However, 2012 will be very different and the elections of 2010 no more guarantee our success than 2008 guaranteed our doom. Despite huge electoral gains Republicans, there is evidence that the victories were not based on a national partisan shift and still more evidence that Republicans, as a party, failed to maximize their advantage in the political environment. If we are to win in 2012, we must continue to make common-sense arguments about the direction of our country and we must maximize every advantage when it comes to ground game and turnout efforts.
The most surprising data to many will be finding that Republican turnout, as a percentage of available Republican vote was lower in 2010 than in 2006...
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