This iReport provides an analysis of 4 key speeches from the Republican National Convention that demonstrate the conflicting strains within the GOP. How can any GOP nominee win a national election when their base has been radicalized beyond recognition to the rest of the electorate? If our only option for productive government is veto proof majorities in Congress and a President of the same Party, which Party's vision for America would the broad electorate select? We will find out in 9 weeks. My best guess is the electorate would support the Party presenting moderate views and a willingness to compromise across Party lines. The Democrats are next. Listen to how they demonstrate the President's record of incorporating historically Republican ideas into his Democratic agenda. All the vitriol regarding the American Care Act obscures the fact that the individual mandate was the conservative approach to healthcare reform. Liberals wanted single payer (Medicare for all). Global warming and Cap & Trade were policies strongly advocated by Newt Gingrich, John McCain, and even Sarah Palin prior to these policies being supported by President Obama. Dodd-Frank did not restore Glass-Stegall as supported by liberals, nor did it impose hard caps on the size of financial institutions. Dodd-Frank expanded the regulatory authority of the Federal Reserve and created a Consumer Protection Agency in response to the private sector's failure to self regulate bad actors in the marketplace. Even Alan Greenspan acknowledged the failed assumption of a self regulating financial market. All these policies incorporated ideas from both Parties and include no provisions from the radical elements of our electorate. Next week, the Democrats will present their moderate case to America. And then the electorate will decide.
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