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Why 2012 Is The Republicans' Last Chance

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Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul (L), Rick Santorum (2nd L), Mitt Romney (2nd R) and Newt Gingrich during their debate on February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul (L), Rick Santorum (2nd L), Mitt Romney (2nd R) and Newt Gingrich during their debate on February 22, 2012 in Mesa, Arizona. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Of the various expressions of right-wing hysteria that have flowered over the past three years—goldbuggery, birtherism, death panels at home and imaginary apology tours by President Obama abroad—perhaps the strain that has taken deepest root within mainstream Republican circles is the terror that the achievements of the Obama administration may be irreversible, and that the time remaining to stop permanent nightfall is dwindling away.

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