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Are the Conservatives losing their grip on the control of the Republican Party?
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answered:    January 24, 2012
Like so many political questions, this one requires a precise definition of the term. If you are referring to the old-style conservatives like Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan, then the answer is yes. If you are referring to the extreme far right then they are the ones that are tightening their grip on the party. The current crop drop the name "Ronald Reagan" all the time, but they do not have a solid idea on what he stood for. If you study what Barry Goldwater said, it is clear that he would have been contemptuous of most of the far right Republicans of today.
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January 24, 2012
I asked this question because the people that seem to wield a lot of clout are the pundits (Hannity, Levin, Limbaugh, Crowley, Ingram) that insist that all Republicans should be bowing to their commands and thinking like they do and they bash people who take more moderate views on certain issues. They want Santorum, Bachman or someone like that to be nominated where Romney and Gingrich seem to be leading and it seems to piss them off.
 
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answered:    January 12, 2012
If you think they're LOSING control, you must be gone. The Neoconservatives have taken complete control of the Republicans, and they've turned the party of some of our greatest Presidents - Lincoln, the first Roosevelt - into a circus revolving around which candidate can exclude more people. It seems to have really kicked into high gear since George W. Bush. 

Conservative grip on the Republicans is GONE. Fortunately, real conservatives who still believe in the values of community building, low taxes, individual liberty, free trade, a balanced budget, and a non-interventional foreign policy apear to be finding a new refuge in the waiting arms of the Libertarian party.
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answered:    January 16, 2012
Conservatives meaning, Tea Party Conservatives or Far Right Conservatives or Family Value Christian Conservatives? There's a lot to choose from for the Republicans. I think that the only thing keeping Mitt Romney from successfully taking a huge lead in the party is that he's Mormon. And God forbid there's a Mormon in the White House, they had once said that about Catholics though until JFK. So, if you're talking about the Christian Conservatives, no, I don't think so. Then, again, there are those ABO (Anything But Obama) "Conservatives" to consider and of course, they have the strongest grip on the future of the Republicans.
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answered:    January 19, 2012
??? Conservatives have never had control of the Republican Party. Not TRUE Conservatives, anyway.
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