⚧ C.T.L.W. You figure it out
My Endo doc went over my blood work. "I see your estrogen level is now at 315, do you feel like you have too much Estrogen now?"
I told her "... N... N.. No..." and started crying.
The bolded states are those that can be described as liberal, while the rest are either swing states or solidly conservative. The ten states I bolded account for 386 total delegates of a total 2,171 delegates. While having all closed primaries may help I don't think they make nearly as much of a difference as you give them credit for.
The bigger problem with the Republican Party primaries is that most of them are some form of winner take all. Because of this the will of the primary voter will not be properly represented. An example of this hindering the Republican nomination process is the 2008 California primary. Even though John McCain only received 42% of the total he received 155 of a total 170 delegates. Despite not even winning a majority of the votes in California McCain received about 90% of the delegates. This problem can be seen in other states such as New York, Florida, Missouri, and New Jersey, which all carry large delegate counts and use statewide WTA.
This problem is only compounded for Republicans when a majority of the larger states are more moderate/liberal leaning. Given that a more moderate candidate will have a better chance to win plurality in these states, it then also gives them a better chance to clinch the nomination. Thus you end up with a candidate like John McCain rather than a "true" conservative like what conservatives want. Until Republicans do something to fix this problem I have no doubts that "moderates' will continue to represent them.
Just my observation, but I think Obama was elected for his more Libertarian leaning positions on social issues. People were also getting tired of hearing a guy try to say "The fundimentals of our economy are strong" with a straight face while Wall Street pops the anxiety pills. It could also have something to do with the opinion polls related to Iraq. Public opinion polls still show to this day that Americans are not in favor of the Iraq war... But I guess those war polls don't really matter when you are a Republican.
Vote John Schnatter (Papa John) 2012!
I think a Republican win in the House (winning the Senate is very unlikely) would be a good thing for the country. The last time we had a Democratic president and a Republican Congress (Clinton's presidency), we saw a significant drop in federal spending as a portion of GDP (source). A Democratic president with a Democratic Congress is too eager to launch into new entitlements. However, a Republican president, especially one with a Republican Congress, is too eager to expand the military and get the country into wars, which then increases federal spending. But a Republican Congress lacks the power to deploy US troops without presidential support while a Democratic president lacks the power to force through more big spending measures without Congressional support. That's a win-win for advocates of small government.
Do taxes suck? Well, yeah they do. However, we need to pay taxes for our government to operate, and to pay down the debt our government incurs.