GOP takes a surprisingly frank look at itself

Republican ConventionReince Priebus, head of the Republican National Committee, has been pushing what he calls an “autopsy” of the GOP in the aftermath of its fifth popular-vote defeat in the last six presidential elections.

The autopsy was released this morning, and Priebus and his colleagues deserve a great deal of credit for candor in acknowledging the party’s problems and what it will take to correct them.

Boiled to its essence, the message is “Let’s join the 21st century.” In fact, much of the report will be familiar to those who read this blog on a regular basis. Here’s a quick digest, divided by subheads:

THE PROBLEM:

“Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. States in which our presidential candidates used to win, such as New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Florida, are increasingly voting Democratic. We are losing in too many places….

Public perception of the Party is at record lows. Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us….”

THE GOP’S ‘BRAND’ STINKS

“As part of the Growth and Opportunity Project’s effort, focus groups were conducted in Columbus, Ohio, and Des Moines, Iowa, to listen to voters who used to consider themselves Republicans. These are voters who recently left the Party.

Asked to describe Republicans, they said that the Party is “scary,” “narrow minded,” and “out of touch” and that we were a Party of “stuffy old men.” This is consistent with the findings of other post-election surveys.”

THE ‘GRAY OLD PARTY’

“At our core, Republicans have comfortably remained the Party of Reagan without figuring out what comes next. Ronald Reagan is a Republican hero and role model who was first elected 33 years ago — meaning no one under the age of 51 today was old enough to vote for Reagan when he first ran for President. Our Party knows how to appeal to older voters, but we have lost our way with younger ones. We sound increasingly out of touch.

As Mike Gerson and Pete Wehner wrote recently, “It is no wonder that Republican policies can seem stale; they are very nearly identical to those offered up by the Party more than 30 years ago. For Republicans to design an agenda that applies to the conditions of 1980 is as if Ronald Reagan designed his agenda for conditions that existed in the Truman years.”

BLOW UP THE ECHO CHAMBER

“The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.

Instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac, we need a Party whose brand of conservatism invites and inspires new people to visit us. We need to remain America’s conservative alternative to big-government, redistribution-to-extremes liberalism, while building a route into our Party that a non-traditional Republican will want to travel. Our standard should not be universal purity; it should be a more welcoming conservatism.”

STOP WITH THE ‘47 PERCENT’ MENTALITY

“The Republican Party must be the champion of those who seek to climb the economic ladder of life. Low-income Americans are hardworking people who want to become hard-working middle-income Americans. Middle-income Americans want to become upper-middle-income, and so on. We need to help everyone make it in America.

We have to blow the whistle at corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare. We should speak out when a company liquidates itself and its executives receive bonuses but rank-and-file workers are left unemployed. We should speak out when CEOs receive tens of millions of dollars in retirement packages but middle-class workers have not had a meaningful raise in years.”

DIVERSITY DIVERSITY DIVERSITY
… DID WE MENTION DIVERSITY?

“If we believe our policies are the best ones to improve the lives of the American people, all the American people, our candidates and office holders need to do a better job talking in normal, people-oriented terms and we need to go to communities where Republicans do not normally go to listen and make our case. We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too. We must recruit more candidates who come from minority communities. But it is not just tone that counts. Policy always matters….

In both 2008 and 2012, President Obama won a combined 80 percent of the votes of all minority voters, including not only African Americans but also Hispanics, Asians, and others. The minority groups that President Obama carried with 80 percent of the vote in 2012 are on track to become a majority of the nation’s population by 2050.

Today these minority groups make up 37 percent of the population, and they cast a record 28 percent of the votes in the 2012 presidential election, according to the election exit polls, an increase of 2 percentage points from 2008.

The pervasive mentality of writing off blocks of states or demographic votes for the Republican Party must be completely forgotten. The Republican Party must compete on every playing field.”

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM A MUST

If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence. It does not matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy; if Hispanics think we do not want them here, they will close their ears to our policies….

As one conservative, Tea Party leader Dick Armey, told us, “You can’t call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you. We’ve chased the Hispanic voter out of his natural home.”

We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only. We also believe that comprehensive immigration reform is consistent with Republican economic policies that promote job growth and opportunity for all.”

THE PARTY HAS TURNED OFF A GENERATION

“Younger voters are increasingly put off by the GOP. A post-election survey of voters ages 18-29 in the battleground states of Virginia, Ohio, Florida, and Colorado found that Republicans have an almost 1:2 favorable/unfavorable rating. Democrats have an almost 2:1 favorable rating….

The RNC must recognize that today’s young voters will be voters for the next 50-plus years. For many of the youngest voters and new 2016 voters, their perception of the two parties was born during the Barack Obama era, and that perception will help determine their worldview moving forward. The Party is seen as old and detached from pop culture. The RNC needs to make immediate efforts to reverse this narrative…

On messaging, we must change our tone — especially on certain social issues that are turning off young voters. In every session with young voters, social issues were at the forefront of the discussion; many see them as the civil rights issues of our time. We must be a party that is welcoming and inclusive for all voters.”


STOP TALKING LIKE HATEFUL FOOLS

“Throughout our discussions with various Hispanic groups, they told us this: Message matters. Too often Republican elected officials spoke about issues important to the Hispanic community using a tone that undermined the GOP brand within Hispanic communities. Repairing that relationship will require both a tone that “welcomes in” as well as substantial time spent in the community demonstrating a commitment to addressing its unique concerns.

The Republican Party is one of tolerance and respect, and we need to ensure that the tone of our message is always reflective of these core principles. In the modern media environment, a poorly phrased argument or out-of-context statement can spiral out of control and reflect poorly on the Party as a whole. Thus we must emphasize during candidate trainings, retreats, etc., the importance of a welcoming, inclusive message in particular when discussing issues that relate directly to a minority group. This includes flexibility for allowing candidates to run as Republicans who may break with the Party on certain issues, whether economic or social.”

“GROUPTHINK IS A LOSER”

“Peggy Noonan recently wrote about how our Party has stifled debate and how groupthink has taken over. She quoted Joe Scarborough saying, “Everybody’s afraid to talk.” She then related that in 1994 the Republican Party “was alive with ideas: John Kasich on the budget, Jack Kemp on taxes, John Engler on welfare reform, Tommy Thompson on crime control. This was the bubble and fizz of a movement at its height.”

Third-party groups that promote purity are hurting our electoral prospects. As Noonan quoted Scarborough again, “The national conversation is more constricted, with radio stars, websites and magazines functioning as unofficial arbiters and limiters of domestic and foreign policy debate.”

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The weakest section of the report deals with the problems with female voters. It acknowledges that President Obama outperformed Mitt Romney by 11 percentage points, and recommends addressing that shortcoming by steps such as “implement(ing) training programs for messaging, communications, and recruiting that address the best ways to communicate with women.” It does not address the reality that many of the party’s problems with women voters can be traced directly to policies that stand at the GOP’s ideological core.

The report also delves deeply into more technical matters, among other things advising that the party allow fewer presidential debates, adopt a more compressed primary schedule and invest much more heavily in technology, citing the Obama campaign as its model.

Changes of that professional sort, while certainly necessary, will be far easier to implement and in the end less important than the changes in message, policy and outlook outlined above. As the Priebus report makes clear, the modern Republican Party has a serious and self-inflicted identity problem. Over the past 40 years, it has consciously designed and defined itself as the vessel for the fears, hopes, biases and dreams of a specific subset of Americans, and in pursuing that mission it has closed itself off from the technological, demographic and social changes that have redefined the rest of the country.

That approach has run its natural course and is no longer sustainable.

– Jay Bookman

734 comments Add your comment

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 18th, 2013
9:08 am

Denial will continue despite the findings… a GOP trademark move

gadem also known as Benghazi

March 18th, 2013
9:10 am

The message stinks and the Radical Right owns the party…

Brad Steel

March 18th, 2013
9:10 am

Evolve or die.

But since several republican core constituencies don’t believe in evolution, this seems unlikely.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 18th, 2013
9:12 am

The idea that cutting the number of debates when the GOP needs to make change and get that message out is likely another failure. If they are not making changes, it makes some sense. It may be a recognition that GOP change is going to be a long long process.

Skip

March 18th, 2013
9:13 am

Lets play pretend.

BK37

March 18th, 2013
9:14 am

That’s a lot of lip service, but we all know the real deal. The GOP will continue to turn off anybody who isn’t in their core base. As long as the inmates continue to run the asylum, the party will continue on its current course.

Brad Steel

March 18th, 2013
9:15 am

Or as opposed to making these onerous long-term changes to the party, individuals can become a democrat.

Boom…. problem solved.

Gale

March 18th, 2013
9:16 am

Group think is something they have driven for years. It will not change because of one position paper. For me, it is a major difference between the parties. Reps vote in lockstep. Dems rarely agree on anything.

Aquagirl

March 18th, 2013
9:16 am

Thanks for the book report Jay, they didn’t need 100 pages to say “we need to stop being @$$holes.”

Mick

March 18th, 2013
9:16 am

The brand is not appealing and as long as you have leaders like boehner, mcconnell, ryan, and newer tards eager to take over the reins such as ted cruz, rand paul, rubio, another generation or two may go by without any change or progress…

saywhat?

March 18th, 2013
9:18 am

Right now, the future of the Republican Party is looking good……..for the future of the Democratic Party.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 18th, 2013
9:20 am

Is the release of this report this morning to distract from the hilarity of CPAC as being the coverage for the next few news cycles?

Jefferson

March 18th, 2013
9:20 am

The GOP does what it accuseds the democrats of doing.

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:20 am

” “Everybody’s afraid to talk.” She then related that in 1994 the Republican Party “was alive with ideas: John Kasich on the budget, Jack Kemp on taxes, John Engler on welfare reform, Tommy Thompson on crime control. This was the bubble and fizz of a movement at its height.” ‘

How can you emulate this ^^^, and still cater to the t-party crazies? Can’t happen, and all this introspection is a waste of time until the GOP grows a pair, and choose to either coronate the tea-party, or kick them out.

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:21 am

Monday morning and it looks like the angry little kooks got a head start on their hatefest for the week.

Stevie Ray

March 18th, 2013
9:21 am

JAY

That about says it…doubtful they can fix it in the near term. Those who now look ill upon them will require much more that an examination of character defects to sell them.

Saying these things and making honest efforts to change are two completely separate issues.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

March 18th, 2013
9:21 am

This should have run 2 weeks from today. Because only an April fool would believe the Gray Old Party is sincere about any of it.

Georgia

March 18th, 2013
9:23 am

The GOP can redistrict their way out of it.

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:23 am

tea party craziness- Because according to the kooks the crazy ones are the ones who believe in fiscal sanity and living within your means. George Orwell would be proud of the Bookmanbots.

Jeffrey

March 18th, 2013
9:23 am

I like the part about group think and only talking to like minded folks. They should start there.

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:24 am

“Monday morning and it looks like the angry little kooks got a head start on their hatefest for the week”

Sounds like Mr. Doom has no comment on the subject at hand. Don’t you have any opinion at all on the GOP’s introspection?

Just Saying..

March 18th, 2013
9:25 am

“Monday morning and it looks like the angry little kooks got a head start on their hatefest for the week.”

You’re right, Thulsa.

Go back to admiring yourself in the mirror…

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:25 am

I almost forgot. The cons are a bunch of Rushbot, Foxbot, right wing talk radio tea party Hannitybots. Glad we got that out of the way early. I feels better already.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 18th, 2013
9:25 am

Right now, the future of the Republican Party is looking good……..for the future of the Democratic Party.

Just keep thinking that way.

Dems, believing they have a permanent majority, will overreach and Republicans will correct. And the Dems will again be on the outside and discussing what’s wrong with their message. As it has been, it shall be again.

F. Sinkwich

March 18th, 2013
9:26 am

Just become DemLite. Problem soved.

Got it.

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2013
9:26 am

If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e. self-deportation)

heh heh heh.

How do those bus tires feel, Mitt?

Jay

March 18th, 2013
9:26 am

Thulsa, these are the words of the chairman of the Republican National Committee, not the chairman of Moveon.org.

Your unwillingness to even acknowledge that fact speaks volumes about the deep denial that pervades the GOP and that will make Preibus’ reform effort difficult if not impossible.

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:27 am

“The cons are a bunch of Rushbot, Foxbot, right wing talk radio tea party Hannitybots”

Partly true, but still, have you no opinion on the evolution attempt described above?

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:27 am

“Go back to admiring yourself in the mirror…”

I have 3 mirrors for that. One just don’t do me justice it don’t.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 18th, 2013
9:27 am

“As the Priebus report makes clear, the modern Republican Party has a serious and self-inflicted identity problem”

But the fact that the Democrats are never mentioned suggest you don’t think something similar applies to them.

Speaking of things “running their course”, I’d just suggest you wait a little while and see what happens in another year or two after the Democrats have joined with the Republicans in beginning the ultimate dismantling of the remnants of the New Deal, at a time when those programs have been more in need than at any time since their creation, and then let’s see if it’s just the GOP that has the “identity problem”.

Aquagirl

March 18th, 2013
9:28 am

I have 3 mirrors for that. One just don’t do me justice it don’t.

Did the report mention “never brag about your bod in a speedo?” :)

Anton Chigurh

March 18th, 2013
9:29 am

If this type of introspection does not also occur in the states … Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, I’m looking at you … the process of actual change, if it happens, will be a long and painful one.

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2013
9:29 am

I know, I shouldn’t feed it, but…

the angry little kooks got a head start

So routinely referring to people who propose solutions to problems that you take issue with as “kooks” (and you do that a LOT, in here)–that’s somehow NOT hateful?

Just checking.

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:29 am

“Just become DemLite. Problem soved.”

That’s one approach, Mr. F. So, what is you opinion of Mr. Priebus, above?

saywhat?

March 18th, 2013
9:30 am

thulsa isn’t in denial, he’s just holding his hands over his ears while shouting “NA!NA!NA!NA!NA!NA!NA!”

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 18th, 2013
9:30 am

“Ronald Reagan is a Republican hero and role model who was first elected 33 years ago — meaning no one under the age of 51 today was old enough to vote for Reagan when he first ran for President. ”

not only that, if Reagan was in office today, the majority of people who like to color themselves GOP would call him a RINO

Welcome to the Occupation

March 18th, 2013
9:30 am

F. Sinkwich: “Just become DemLite. Problem soved.”

Shouldn’t be too hard. The Democrats are already GOPLite.

It’s part of America’s two-party division of labor, you see.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 18th, 2013
9:30 am

I have to agree with the troll, them kooks in the GOP got a great start on their CPAC hatefest this weekend. :lol: :lol:

Jay

March 18th, 2013
9:31 am

“I have 3 mirrors for that. One just don’t do me justice it don’t.”

Either that, or they keep breaking.

Or maybe he looks into them and finds no reflection at all, and only THINKS the mirror is broken.

Mick

March 18th, 2013
9:32 am

doom

Good morning! Now proceed with the bashing but remember that if you can dish it out, prepare to take some…

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2013
9:33 am

If this type of introspection does not also occur in the states … Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, I’m looking at you …

They’ll come around…dragged kicking and screaming to the grown-ups’ table. Eventually.

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:33 am

Jay,

Doesn’t matter what the GOP does. Our message of self reliance, a limited central govt, and greater economic freedom simply isn’t going to resonate with some people- especially those that are now dependent on govt social spending programs or those who want some type of right, advantage, or benefit that only govt can give to them. It is what it is.

DannyX

March 18th, 2013
9:34 am

This coming the day after CPAC. The lily white gathering that excluded Chris Christe and didn’t allow gay Republican groups. They did find room for Allen West, Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Donald Trump.

This “frank look” ain’t going nowhere. Unless of course by “frank” they mean “Bawney Fwank”.

JamVet

March 18th, 2013
9:34 am

Great stuff.

And, almost certainly……………………………….. empty words.

As even a precocious child knows, talk is cheap. And these big talking 1950s loving reactionaries are not going to change a damn thing. Or as little as humanly possible. At least until they get ripped a new one a few more times on election day.

Stay the course, cons…

Skip

March 18th, 2013
9:35 am

And right on schedule Doom says we don’t need no stinking change.

Mick

March 18th, 2013
9:36 am

**Doesn’t matter what the GOP does. Our message of self reliance, a limited central govt, and greater economic freedom**

So that’s your message GOP? Wouldn’t ever know it with the clowns you’ve got for leadership, starting with dunce priebus…

Jay

March 18th, 2013
9:37 am

That’s fine, Doom.

Blaming your prospective customers for being too stupid or lazy to recognize the brilliance of your product is a great approach. Go with it. Work it hard.

In the end, though, the people in those three mirrors will be your only buddies, but at least you’ll know that you’re hanging out with an incredibly good-looking crowd.

Take consolation in that.

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:37 am

“Did the report mention “never brag about your bod in a speedo?”

There aint much to brag about when looking at Doomy in his speedo- in fact it might be downright scary for you women. I just thought that was a good bait line to throw out to the trolls. Hell even Jay responded to it.

Butch Cassidy (I)

March 18th, 2013
9:37 am

F. Sinkwich – “Just become DemLite. Problem soved.”

Hey, your party said it.

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:37 am

“Our message of self reliance, a limited central govt, and greater economic freedom simply isn’t going to resonate with some people…”

Mr Doom, I find that to be an honorable position: you’re sticking to your views, knowing that you’re not going to win many elections with them. It seems you feel that a politcal party is not about winning, but about the positions it holds. I respect that.

No why do you have to act like such an evil bustard in your posts, with the gratuitous insults, and such. It kind of undermines you position of taking the high road, don’tcha think?

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 18th, 2013
9:38 am

“It does not address the reality that many of the party’s problems with women voters can be traced directly to policies that stand at the GOP’s ideological core.”

TESTIFY!

St Simons

March 18th, 2013
9:39 am

but what-evah you do, don’t change your leader heheh

JamVet

March 18th, 2013
9:39 am

Somebody explain to Frankie (like that would help!) how the Dems becoming Republican-lites worked out so fab for we the people… (Or is we the corporations?)

Finn McCool (the system isn't broken; it's fixed)

March 18th, 2013
9:41 am

“The Republican Party must be the champion of those who seek to climb the economic ladder of life. Low-income Americans are hardworking people who want to become hard-working middle-income Americans.

Dreaming, maybe?

bookman parrot

March 18th, 2013
9:41 am

IMHO, the decline of the GOP is also related to the foolishness and easy manipulation of the voting public as well;

also, IMHO, i think too much is made of “minority” this and that concerns… how about changing
(both Dems and Reps) to American concerns as a whole… but Dems will continue to manipulate and fracture down to specific and special concerns in an effort to just win… no matter the consequences to the whole

Latrina

March 18th, 2013
9:41 am

The most cathartic move the national GOP could make would be to acknowledge – and renounce – the toxic Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/rubberstamp Congress mistakes.

Not only did those arrogant fools alienate young people and minorities, they drove away millions of previously loyal GOP voters who were disgusted by their WMD, Patriot Act, waterboarding shenanigans.

M

March 18th, 2013
9:41 am

GOP Problem: “We can’t stop saying dumb stuff.”

GOP Solution: “Fewer debates! Then we’ll have fewer microphones to say dumb stuff in front of!”

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2013
9:42 am

Ok, I’ve got the pdf downloaded and searched for a few things. No reference whatsoever* to reproductive rights politics, which if these guys were honest is the 800# gorilla in the room — so long as the GOP basically bans any elected officials of any prominence whatsoever who agree with the vast majority of the nation that abortion should be legal, they’re basically effed.

Maybe that’s too much to cope with this early in the game, but they’ll have to address it sooner or later.

I tried “pro-life”, “pro-choice”, “contraceptive,” “abortion,” and a few others, got zilch. If you go to their section on women voters, you get a lot of happy talk about how the GOP needs to stop alienating them, but nothing remotely honest about WHY they’ve lost so many of the female persuasion.

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:43 am

“Blaming your prospective customers for being too stupid or lazy to recognize the brilliance of your product is a great approach”

You’re right Jay. Rs should just change their product and mimic the Democrats. They should just offer as much free stuff as they can to garner votes, appeal to the worst in people, run up trillions in new debt to pay for all the new stuff, worry about paying the bill for it later, search out and find some new problems just begging for a big gubment solution, pick winners and losers in the economy via crony capitalism, and just keep encouraging folks to look to the gubment first to solve their problems. Yessir. That’s the ticket it is.

HDB

March 18th, 2013
9:43 am

“Too often Republican elected officials spoke about issues important to the Hispanic/African-American/LGBT/female community using a tone that undermined the GOP brand within Hispanic/African-American/LGBT/Female communities. Repairing that relationship will require both a tone that “welcomes in” as well as substantial time spent in the community demonstrating a commitment to addressing its unique concerns.”

Wise man says: “I’m from Missouri….SHOW ME!”

I’m not counting on this happening in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee……..

Just Saying..

March 18th, 2013
9:43 am

“Dems, believing they have a permanent majority, will overreach and Republicans will correct. And the Dems will again be on the outside and discussing what’s wrong with their message. As it has been, it shall be again.”

Ah, the gauzy afterlife that awaits.
If I continue to do nothing today…

Scratch It

March 18th, 2013
9:45 am

I’m wondering when the dem party will take a look at itself. Obviously this country is center right. To prove this point just look at how many state legislatures and Governorships are controlled by Republicans. Look at how easily the Republicans kept control of the House and will probably win the Senate in 2014. Before touting how the Republican Party must rebrand itself the dems might want to look in the mirror…

Welcome to the Occupation

March 18th, 2013
9:45 am

Thulsa Doom 9:43: “They should just offer as much free stuff as they can to garner votes, appeal to the worst in people, run up trillions in new debt to pay for all the new stuff, worry about paying the bill for it later..”

Wow, you got it pretty bad, don’t you?

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2013
9:45 am

I will acknowledge that I am at least encouraged by what I see on pages 29-30 about early/absentee voting. maybe their polling has revealed what should be bleedin’ obvious–Americans can tell that GOPers have been actively working to keep people from voting, and all but the most die-hard ideologues know that this is un-American and disgusting.

Look before I leap...

March 18th, 2013
9:45 am

Priebus artfully dodged the 800 pound elephant in the room.
Gay bashing and the obsessive desire of the GOP to control women bring in the big bucks.
The plan for smaller government and fair taxation, not so much.

Until THAT changes, it is very unlikely that the GOP will either.

Peadawg

March 18th, 2013
9:45 am

“run up trillions in new debt to pay for all the new stuff, worry about paying the bill for it later”

Y’all already did that w/ Medicare Part D and 2 wars

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 18th, 2013
9:46 am

Introspection?

A day late and a dollar short.

Scratch It

March 18th, 2013
9:46 am

Just Saying..:

Dems don’t have a permanent majority and never will. The American people have rejected liberalism time after time….

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:46 am

“also, IMHO, i think too much is made of “minority” this and that concerns… how about changing
(both Dems and Reps) to American concerns as a whole…”

Mr parrot, interesting idea. Can you give us an example of the type of issue you mean?

Aquagirl

March 18th, 2013
9:47 am

Our message of self reliance, a limited central govt, and greater economic freedom simply isn’t going to resonate with some people

When self-reliant people end up in worthless houses because of lax oversight people understand the Republican mantra of limited government and economic freedom doesn’t apply to them. Corporations aren’t just people, they’re the only people Republicans recognize.

When banning gay marriage is a central obsession the limited-government mantra is also clearly crap.

A few people in the GOP have noticed hand-waving these things away doesn’t work. This report will sail right over the core constituency’s head and it’ll be the same ‘ol same ‘ol babble from them.
Honestly I don’t know what the GOP can do now but wait it out, they better prepare for a long war in the trenches.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 18th, 2013
9:47 am

“If you go to their section on women voters, you get a lot of happy talk about how the GOP needs to stop alienating them, but nothing remotely honest about WHY they’ve lost so many of the female persuasion.”

maybe if they all just called us “purty liddle ladies” we’d swoon and fall all over ourselves to vote for them!

Erwin's cat

March 18th, 2013
9:48 am

I get a sense that the GOP will morph to something more libertarian…or it should

leave me and my stuff alone, a low profile on social issues, and, be fiscally conservative

DannyX

March 18th, 2013
9:48 am

Where are these Reagan Republicans?

Amnesty for millions of illegal aliens.
Medicare expansion.
Earned Income Tax Credit.
Deficits don’t matter.
Tax increases.
Gun control.

Republican hero?

Deep Cover

March 18th, 2013
9:48 am

It would have been “nice” if this report had been released BEFORE CPAC.

It seems like none of these issues were addressed at CPAC. The Oak Ridge Boys singing “Elvira” were the featured entertainment for the large dinner/banquet. Good luck trying to attract younger voters.

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 18th, 2013
9:48 am

“A day late and a dollar short.”

ask the Koch brothers … a little more than that …

which is why they now want to buy newspapers: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/13/us-tribune-kochbrothers-idUSBRE92C03120130313

BK37

March 18th, 2013
9:49 am

Do we still have people in here repeating the “free stuff” narrative that the GOP has been stuck on ever since the election? That speaks volumes.

Scratch It

March 18th, 2013
9:49 am

stands for decibels:

Minority voting is at an all-time high yet you loons still tout voter’s being hindered to vote. ID laws are common sense… How about your friends trying to hinder me when I want to buy a gun????

JamVet

March 18th, 2013
9:49 am

Public perception of the Party is at record lows.

Stupid public! The makers (not takers), job producers (what jobs?) and winners (but not on election day) certainly don’t agree. Just ask every one of our Republicans here. LOL

…the Party is “scary,” “narrow minded,” and “out of touch” and that we were a Party of “stuffy old men.” This is consistent with the findings of other post-election surveys.”

Out of touch?? Not with Strom Thurmond, they ain’t!

At our core, Republicans have comfortably remained the Party of Reagan…

And he was vastly overrated and STILL has the record, by a mile, for the most criminals in an administration. The B actor is not deserving of a grade above C+. (And that is generous) And until the faithful figure that one out, their paragon of good American governance is very weak…

Peadawg

March 18th, 2013
9:49 am

“limited central govt”

Wanting to ban gay marriage and wanting to ban abortion says “You’re full of crap”.

M

March 18th, 2013
9:49 am

“The American people have rejected liberalism time after time….”

Yep, in five out of the last six elections.

(what passes for liberalism in America, anyway)

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 18th, 2013
9:50 am

Ah, the gauzy afterlife that awaits.
If I continue to do nothing today…

I said the GOP will correct.

Read, then reply.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 18th, 2013
9:50 am

ask the Koch brothers … a little more than that …

OH, SNAP!

Regnad Kcin

March 18th, 2013
9:50 am

“Look at how easily the Republicans kept control of the House and will probably win the Senate in 2014″

Mr. Scratch, the republicans lost seats (anfd the popular vote) in both houses. Could you clarify what you’re talking about?

thanks in advance…

USinUK ... no longer a rainy Friday, but still mildly cranky

March 18th, 2013
9:51 am

“I get a sense that the GOP will morph to something more libertarian…or it should”

not as long as the religious whack jobs run the show

Scratch It

March 18th, 2013
9:51 am

It would seem dems have a real problem reaching out to white voters since obama garnered only 39% of that demographic. It should tell them something. The informed is certainly rejecting their idea’s…

Seriously Folks

March 18th, 2013
9:51 am

Well as the old saying goes, “talk is cheap!” I wish both parties would steer clear of “focus group” politics. It is now “how you say something” its how you implement that! Here’s the thing, as I have said it is much harder to stand FOR something, than to stand AGAINST something. And for all the chatter from Doom and others about “standing for economic freedom, etc.” when your party uses divisiveness to implement those, (such as “takers vs. makers” and “47%’s”) then you will NOT get someone to your side. NOW, if your policies are about creating opportunities (which, EGADS, means leveling the playing field) then by all means, lets talk about those. But remember, when both parties are beholden to a very very few people, its hard to create those opportunities. As a friend used to tell me, in life its hard to get from 1st base to 2nd, when you have a very small group of people who where born on 3rd and have stolen home!

MiltonMan

March 18th, 2013
9:51 am

coming soon…Georgia Democrtaic Party to discuss why they cannot win a state level election with the clowns they nominate.

JamVet

March 18th, 2013
9:52 am

BK37, getting “free stuff” is ONLY an issue for our fiscal liberals if one is not incredibly wealthy and powerful.

Then, it’s a problem…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 18th, 2013
9:52 am

ID laws are common sense…

…but yet when the COST OF ISSUING THOSE IDs is brought up ………………… crickets.

Thulsa Doom

March 18th, 2013
9:52 am

“How can you emulate this ^^^, and still cater to the t-party crazies?”

Regnad,

You speak of gatuitous insults undermining one’s position. Were you perhaps referring to your own gratuitous insult of calling the tea party crazies? The tea party basically stands for fiscal sanity and decreasing the enormous size and scope of Federal spending which now has us on a cataclysmic course with fiscal collapse in 10-20 years. Can you explain to me exactly what is crazy about expecting our govt to live within its means and not drive us into bankruptcy? I’ve asked this question numerous times in the past and I’ve yet to hear a cogent reply from one liberal as to how or why its crazy to expect fiscal sanity from our govt.

Scratch It

March 18th, 2013
9:53 am

Regnad Kcin:

They lost only a few seats and easily maintained control in the House. How about Google how many state legislatures and Governorships Repubs control. Its the most in history….

Just Saying..

March 18th, 2013
9:53 am

Thulsa:
Are you pathologically unable to acknowledge that the Report is NOT from Jay, nor Democrats, nor left-wing kooks, but from the head of the Republican National Committee?

Who is kind of like an self assured, smug blog poster.
Except he has, like, actual responsibilities…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 18th, 2013
9:53 am

Georgia Democrtaic Party to discuss why they cannot win a state level election with the clowns they nominate.

Elmer Fudd Mitt Romney says, “What?”

Jay

March 18th, 2013
9:53 am

“It would seem dems have a real problem reaching out to white voters since obama garnered only 39% of that demographic. It should tell them something. The informed is certainly rejecting their idea’s…”

———–

Ah, so white voters = informed voters?

Interesting. Scratch must be what you call a Frederick Douglas Republican.

“Paging Chairman Priebus, Chairman Reince Priebus …”

Stevie Ray

March 18th, 2013
9:53 am

stands for decibels

March 18th, 2013
9:29 am

Are all kooks stupid or are all stupids kooks…or both?

M

March 18th, 2013
9:54 am

“It would seem dems have a real problem reaching out to white voters since obama garnered only 39% of that demographic. It should tell them something. The informed is certainly rejecting their idea’s…’

Incredibly racist or troll?

JamVet

March 18th, 2013
9:54 am

The American people have rejected liberalism time after time….

I agree.

Then 1963 came along.

So, would you describe to us what a fifty year losing streak feels like, meat?

Look before I leap...

March 18th, 2013
9:54 am

“Could you clarify what you’re talking about?”

It is very difficult to clarify anything when one is talking through a sock.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 18th, 2013
9:55 am

Thulsa Doom: “run up trillions in new debt to pay for all the new stuff, worry about paying the bill for it later”

What the hell do you think Ronald Reagan did, dude?

Seriously, get a clue.

Michael

March 18th, 2013
9:55 am

Thusa, you keep dodging the problem, so it makes you part of the problem for Repulicans and you wont draw a moderate like me back into your old party for many, many years. National Party No More, by Zell Miller. Read it.