Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gave his
assessment of the GOP’s problems on Monday based on the results of a
months-long review, and he called on the party to reinvent itself. RNC chairman gives blistering assessment of GOP’s problems:
Referring to the November election, Priebus said at a breakfast
meeting: “There’s no one reason we lost. Our message was weak; our
ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in
both data and digital; and our primary and debate process needed
“So, there’s no one solution,” he said. “There’s a long list of them.”
Among the report’s 219 prescriptions:
a $10 million marketing campaign, aimed in particular at women,
minorities and gays; a shorter, more controlled primary season and
earlier national convention; and creation of an open data platform and
analytics institute to provide research for Republican candidates.
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The $10 million outreach effort to includes hiring national political
directors for Hispanic, Asian-Pacific and African American voters and
elevating minorities within the party. “We’ve done a real lousy job
sometimes of bragging about the success that we’ve had” with minorities,
in particular Hispanic candidates, Priebus said. To target African
Americans, he plans to launch a pilot project in 2013 mayoral races
aimed at identifying and turning out potential supporters in urban
So the solution is to spend $10 million on a marketing campaign to sell the GOP's tarnished brand to minorities whom the GOP has marginalized and demonized for decades? Dude, just stop being a bunch of nativist, racist bigots — that costs you nothing.
And another thing: any report that has 219 prescriptions to correct problems isn't serious — any businessman will tell you that is a disaster not worth the cost of saving, shut the doors and go out of business (just ask Willard "Mittens" Romney, he'll tell you).
[T]he group made one major foray into policy. If Republicans want to reach
Hispanic voters, the authors say, the party “must embrace and champion
comprehensive immigration reform.”
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Yet some conservative pundits have already voiced strong opposition to the call for immigration reform.
Well there you go, that plan is already a failure.
But wait, there's more. This falls into the "unintended humor" category:
“The way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely
enough,” he said. “Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’
‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the
party of the rich continues to grow.”
In response, his report urges Republicans to “blow the whistle at
corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare” as well as big CEO
retirement packages. It also suggests that there should be less focus in
the party on Ronald Reagan, saying that “Republicans have comfortably
remained the Party of Reagan without figuring out what comes next.”
Tea-Publicans are trying to kill Dodd-Frank financial reforms and are holding the nomination of Richard Cordray to head the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau hostage in an attempted "filibuster nullification" of that agency. They are the party of the banksters of Wall Street, that's not a perception but a reality. Tea-Publican candidates are funded by a handful of far-right billionaires with Super PACs. "The RNC aims to rein in, as much as possible, the many deep-pocketed outside conservative groups." Riiiight. Who are they kidding? *
More "unintended humor":
The document calls for Republicans to embrace different points of view,
“instead of driving around in circles on an ideological cul-de-sac.” Gay
rights are singled out as a critical example.
“Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative
movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays —
and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the
Party is a place they want to be,” the report reads. “If our Party is
not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters
will continue to tune us out.”
If the GOP embraces gay rights, as it should, the Christian Reconstructionists and Dominionists who comprise the GOP base are going to bolt the GOP to form their own party. They are all about moral certitude and litmus tests, they do not tolerate differences of opinion on matters of religious dogma.
Best laugh line:
Also in hopes of attracting younger voters, the report calls for an ”RNC
Celebrity Task Force” to host star-studded events and fundraisers.
GOP-a-Palooza! Who are they going to book? Pat Boone, Hank Williams, Jr., and Ted Nugent? Haven't they already done this? There's not a whole lot of conservative entertainers out there who people like.
There's a lot more of this nonsense. Some night when you are suffering from insomnia you can read the full RNC report: A self-examination (PDF).
UPDATE: Ed Kilgore at the Political Animal blog succintly sums it up: "As always, the GOP has 99 problems but conservatism is not among them."
* UPDATE: Think Progress adds this detail from the report. Republican National Committee Plan: More Money In Politics, More Influence For Rich People:
It encourages a nationwide assault of state and local laws by
creating “model legislation” to “improve state campaign finance laws.”
The report proposes coordinating with the corporate-backed ALEC, the group behind model bills to suppress voting.
And if the states and local governments reject the corporate assault
on their political system, the report suggests, the RNC should just turn
to the GOP-controlled federal courts:
Where legislation cannot be adopted, litigation should be
considered to lessen the burden on the parties’ ability to support
their candidates. Where partisan obstruction or other obstacles
stand in the way of common-sense improvements to a state’s campaign
finance system, litigation may be necessary, particularly where there are constitutional concerns.
The report further argues the country should “increase contribution
limits for federal campaigns,” because “in the age of SuperPACs and
other such organizations, the contribution limits to federal candidates
must be increased so candidates have more control of the message and
voters have a better understanding of the viewpoints of candidates
rather than of third-party groups.” But even the Supreme Court’s 5-4 Citizens United
ruling noted that unlimited spending by outside groups was different
from unlimited contributions to political candidates because “by
definition, an independent expenditure is political speech presented to
the electorate that is not coordinated with a candidate.” This plan
would cut the middle-man and allow rich people to buy even more
influence and access directly from candidates and elected officials.
Sound familiar? This is what the "Kochtopus"-funded Goldwater Institute and a member of ALEC already does.