Republican participation was down 1.2% from 2008.<quoted text>We lost the last election because a huge number of the base didn't show up.
Hmm. That ain't much, but considering there were 8 million or so new eligible voters, then yes, that over-simplification might hold water....
...if it weren't more than offset by a Democrat reduction of 4.2% over the same period.
4.2%. Almost 4 times as many Democrats stayed home, which more than cancels out your gratuitous bit of denial.
And President Obama still won by a considerable margin.
As long as you all keep stroking each other with fairy-tales rather than face reality, the Republican Party will continue to struggle on the national stage.
You might think I'm fine with that. I'm not. I believe in the give and take inherent in a healthy democracy, and it doesn't work when one side is self-crippled, and willfully ignorant, reduced to circulating in-house fairy tales and lies to "explain" why they're Victims.
I heartily wish to see the Republican Party do some serious soul-searching, and change their course away from base-pandering to a return to representing the broader views of all conservative-leaning moderates, which - newsflash - happen to be the majority. Right-wing media have discouraged participation in the national democratic process, which BY DEFINITION, includes debate, compromise, and acceptance of majority decision. There have been any number of Republicans stepped forward to lead the party out of their self-imposed wilderness, but the "base" either yawns them away or tears each other down before they even reach the partisan opponent portion of the game.