APIA Releases Autopsy Report

In October 2013, American Principles in Action (APIA) released an analysis of the 2012 election titled, “Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012″. This analysis stands in sharp contrast to the Republican National Committee’s report, “Growth and Opportunity Project”, popularly known as the “autopsy.”

“Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012″, takes a hard-headed, skeptical, and primarily political look at the lessons Republicans must learn from 2012 in order to build a winning national GOP coalition. It challenges the conventional wisdom that the national GOP’s loss in 2012 was a result of a focus on extremist social issues, which hampered candidates touting a winning economic message.

This document challenges the existing “truce model” and puts forward a case for integrated conservatism. It argues social issues are winning issues, and that a winning economic message must address the concerns of middle-class voters.

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Just a few quick follow-up thoughts: 1. If the GOP Missouri and Indiana candidates had been more aggressive on the issue of abortion, things would have worked out for them? Those candidates social conservative views had nothing to do their loses? 2. If the GOP argues for a Gold Standard Policy, which will stagnate their incomes, along with perhaps some prices, and make all of their debt harder to pay-off, folks will start voting GOP in droves? Call me skeptical on this approach... Frank