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The GOP must deal with the ideological extremists driving its policies

Mitt Romney was a bad candidate facing a president saddled with a bad economy, but he could have won if he hadn't been critical of President Obama's auto bailout plan. All he had to say was that the auto rescue was the right path and that he hoped it would work.

He also should have taken the issue of rape, pregnancy and abortion off the table. All he had to do was insert language in the party's anti-abortion platform calling for exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

If Mr. Romney had done those two things, he could have taken Ohio and probably Wisconsin. The women's vote also might have broken better for him. The GOP lost any opportunity to gain control of the Senate when it backed Republican Senate candidates Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin and Richard "God Intended Pregnancy from Rape" Mourdock.

I am being very honest here. For the sake of this country, the GOP must listen to Ronald Reagan Jr., who said his own dad couldn't get the nomination in today's GOP. The party has spent years pandering to ignorance. Ignorance demanded and got a seat at the table and now it is driving policy.

The GOP must purge its extremists. Only when it does that will the part of its philosophy that is worth discussing be able to be heard.

Mel Mintz, Pikesville

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