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Election 2012 Debrief: What went wrong and how to fix it

Analyzing Election 2012 is vital to understanding what needs to be done in order for the conservative movement to succeed in 2014 and beyond. Jon Huntsman, Erick Erickson, Ned Ryun and others deconstruct the failures to build a brighter and smarter path forward.

Even as some Republican politicians publicly say it‚??s time to look forward, privately they and others acknowledge that Republicans must begin a clear-eyed autopsy of Election 2012; that is, if Election 2014 and 2016 can hope to advance individual liberty. Human Events is starting the conversation‚??and signaling the urgency‚?? as we present the perspectives of a number of committed members of the conservative movement in these essays, and encourage the discussion to continue.

Far away as it may seem, the mid-term elections and 2016 will come fast, and the opportunity to elect limited government conservatives will be upon us again, but those chances may not be as strong unless Republicans and conservative activists can learn effectively and humbly from the failures of 2012.

In light of the election defeats, we at Human Events have decided to investigate the root problems and think through the best practices that will benefit conservatives in the future, but also help us avoid the technological, branding, and messaging issues that kept us back.

The Democrats operated intelligently and strategically in this past election, and it showed. Let’s hope conservatives can work together — with innovation and efficiency –now to retake the field.

Finding our Inner optimism: Conservatives offer better solutions
by Jon Huntsman
‚??We need to appeal to those who are conservative by temperament but not necessarily by ideology, everyone from Reagan Democrats to young Hispanic families and independent young voters.‚?Ě

How conservatives can reach Hispanic voters
by Israel Ortega
Hispanics, like all Americans, will be drawn to a hopeful message that is forward-thinking and inspirational.

Donor misgivings: Money on right only preserved status quo
by Erick Erickson
Donors can take a number of steps to make their contributions more productive going forward.

Invest in grassroots now, or lose again
by Ned Ryun
In the end, this election was lost by 381,000 votes total. Going forward, conservatives must invest in a permanent grassroots infrastructure and it must be a priority.

Military who spoke up against Obama say message was lost amid media barrage
by Hope Hodge
Two military Super PACs were unable ultimately to sway swing states, but they still have funds and are leading efforts on new fronts.

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Cathy Taylor joined Human Events in December 2011 from The Orange County Register in California, where she was Opinion Editor and a member of the Senior Leadership Team and the Executive Team. Taylor worked for The Register for more than 25 years in various news and opinion positions and led a number of cross-functional initiatives. She was named Opinion Editor in November 1996. She graduated with honors from the University of Southern California, where she was editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Trojan. Cathy later attended the MBA and Executive MBA programs at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Taylor has received a number of awards, including the Gerald F. Loeb award for business writing, recognition from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for the Register Opinion pages and The Register‚??s highest company honor, the R.C. Hoiles award. Cathy‚??s email is CTaylor@EaglePub.Com