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Future of the GOP : The List
Mitt Romney addresses an audience in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 8. Although Romney vowed Wednesday that he's for "100 percent of America," several prominent Republicans are still distancing themselves from his damaging 47 percent speech.

7 Republicans running from Mitt Romney's 47 percent remark

Plenty of GOPers second Romney's comments about government-dependent moochers. Republicans who have to face voters are a little more leery

 
Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Dana Liebelson

Dana Liebelson: 4 human rights the GOP forgot to protect

Gallingly, the Republican Party's platform barely addresses the preservation and spread of key freedoms abroad

 
Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) speaks during a rally in Tampa, Fla. on Aug. 26: Thousands of Paul supporters gathered to cheer the retiring congressman, and to decry GOP "politics as usual" ahead of the party's convention.

Is the GOP too splintered to succeed?

Centrists are at odds with social conservatives. Neocons clash with libertarians like Ron Paul. And the infighting threatens to become a huge problem

 
Future of the GOP : Analysis
In 2008, 37 million Americans tuned in to watch Sarah Palin claim the VP nomination. This year, Paul Ryan drew less than 22 million.

The GOP convention's so-so TV ratings: 4 theories

Republicans put on a big show for Mitt Romney's nomination. But TV viewers kept their remotes handy

 
Future of the GOP : Winners and Losers
Mitt Romney scored above-average marks for his GOP convention speech, while running mate Paul Ryan invited attacks from fact-checkers after he distorted President Obama's record.

The GOP convention: Winners and losers

Mitt Romney's big week is over. How did he and his fellow Republicans fare?

 
Future of the GOP : Fact Sheet
Condoleezza Rice's GOP convention speech is already being touted as the best of the week, and many politicos are daydreaming of a future Condi-for-president campaign.

Condi Rice for president? 6 predictions for the GOP star

The former secretary of State was a big hit at the Republican convention. Is she headed for a big new role in the party?

 
Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
It was reportedly 16 minutes before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie even mentioned Mitt Romney in his keynote address at the GOP convention.

Is Chris Christie really the GOP's 2016 frontrunner?

New Jersey's pugnacious governor played a high-profile role at the GOP convention — traditionally, a stepping stone to a presidential nomination

 
Future of the GOP : Photos
The GOP convention's most eye-catching hats: A slideshow

The GOP convention's most eye-catching hats: A slideshow

Whether statements of party pride or hometown glory, these elaborate accessories often say what mere words can't

 
Future of the GOP : The List
Mia Love, the Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, gave a much-anticipated speech at the GOP convention Tuesday, but MSNBC didn't broadcast it — nor did it air several other addresses by minority speakers.

4 racial controversies at the GOP convention

Despite the Republican Party's attempts to put a diverse face on its Tampa gathering, racial tensions have erupted on the floor, behind the scenes, and on TV

 
Future of the GOP : The List
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joins his wife Ann on stage at the RNC in Tampa on Aug. 28: Ann delivered a speech describing her relationship with her husband as not a "storybook marriage," but a "real marriage." 

The GOP convention's opening day: 4 highlights

From Chris Christie's tough love to Ann Romney's ode to love, a look at the best of Tuesday at the Republican National Convention

 
Future of the GOP : Slideshow
The GOP convention: Who will be this year’s Sarah Palin?

The GOP convention: Who will be this year’s Sarah Palin?

Mama Grizzly won the hearts of conservatives in '08 by cracking jokes about hockey moms and pit bulls. This year's lineup has plenty of potential breakout stars, too

 
Future of the GOP : Instant Guide
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus gavels the 2012 Republican National Convention into session on Aug. 27: The big TV networks will each only air three hours of convention coverage this week.

The GOP convention: A viewer's guide

There's something for everyone at the Republican National Convention, whether you're a political junkie or a casual voter. Here's what to look for, and how to find it

 
Future of the GOP : The Bullpen
Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey: It's time to cancel all national political conventions

Even before Isaac rained on the parade, the GOP convention was sure to garner only modest interest and make little impact. Why do party leaders even bother?

 
Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) speaks with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News about his decision to remain in his Senate race: Republican opposition to Akin's remaining in the contest seems to signal a watershed moment for the party, according to Washington Examiner's Philip Klein.

Will the Todd Akin debacle actually save the GOP?

Republicans are almost unanimously against the Missouri congressman's decision to stay in his Senate race. That unity is great news, says The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein

 
Future of the GOP : Controversy
During a fact-finding trip to Israel in 2011, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) stripped naked and jumped into the Sea of Galilee.

Should skinny-dipping get you kicked out of Congress?

A Kansas Republican apologizes for taking a naked, late-night swim while traveling in Israel. But conservative defenders say he has nothing to be sorry about

 
Future of the GOP : Opinion Brief
Republicans are in for "a huge slice of New Jersey attitude" when straight-talking Gov. Chris Christie gives the national convention's keynote address.

Chris Christie: The best person to headline the GOP convention?

The popular and combative New Jersey governor gets the coveted keynote speaker gig when the party gathers to nominate Mitt Romney. Will he be too blunt?

 
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