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GOP's Troubles Just Beginning
Issues and demography favor Democrats

The U.S. started swinging to the right with Ronald Reagan's election to the White House in 1980. But the mix of issues in 2016 are more favorable to Democrats. (Roll Call file photo)

Both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have glaring weaknesses as presidential nominees, but that’s only the beginning of the GOP's problems. Just as important, the current mix of top issues is simply terrible for Republicans in general and conservatives in particular.

The country moved noticeably to the right starting in the early 1980s with Ronald Reagan and continuing through the presidency of Bill Clinton (“The era of big government is over”) and even the first years of the George W. Bush administration.