Has any GOP candidate won a close race anywhere, since Bush v. Gore?
Having said that... according to Newt Gingrich today... part of the reason that republicans have not been able to win national elections (and why Bush won with the smallest presidential reelection vote ever)... is that the left has so indoctrinated generations of Americans in public schools and the press has sold the republican brand as being an uncaring Neanderthal sub species who just want to starve blacks and count our money.
Since the election, Newt has spoken with many students on America's College Campuses. Many people that he talked with agreed with the republican party this year... but could not vote for them... because as many have told Newt to his face, “I can't vote for you even if I agree with you... you are a republican”. Newt says we have to change the way we are perceived and he actually gave several good ways to do so. He says it is time for the right to go on these pop culture shows like the view, colbert and jon stewart. Go there with style and grace and counter their arguments with facts and humor and let them see for themselves that the perception of us is a lie. Of course Newt says this must be done by those with the intestinal fortitude to take on the left and their press and federal machine that manufactures reality as it is needed.
I personally think that most of these viewers are lost souls but Newt is convinced that we must reach those that should be voting for us... because of what we share in common beliefs... but that today they hate us for what abccnnnbccbsmslsd have sold us as being. Maybe Newt is right? One thing is crystal clear... the republican leadership has been WRONG!