Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

GOP Issues Scathing Self-Analysis
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/18/2013 | Neil King, Jr.

Posted on 03/18/2013 11:56:55 AM PDT by darrellmaurina

The national Republican Party released a scathing self-analysis Monday that party leaders hope will be the first step toward returning the GOP to a winning track after its election losses of November.

The report, issued by a Republican National Committee task force, minces no words.

"Public perception of the party is at record lows," the report says. "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."

In page after page, the report—compiled over the past several months by five veteran GOP campaign operatives—describes the party as ideologically ossified, unable to speak to a wider electorate and increasingly seen as representing the rich and the old.

In focus groups, voters who said they had left the Republican Party described the GOP as "scary," "narrow minded," "out of touch," and as the party of "stuffy, old men."

Unless something changes, the report says, "it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future."


The report comes at a moment when Republicans aligned with the tea party and insurgent candidates are arguing that conservatives should reject the guidance of party insiders and consultants, urging that they look instead to the GOP's conservative grass roots for renewal.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; rinos4amnesty; rnc4amnesty
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-35 last
To: darrellmaurina

Sarah is right, don’t pander, lead! Taking polls and using them to calculate how to pander to various demographics is a certain loser.

People really don’t know what they want until they hear something that gives them direction, gives them perspective and inspires them. Most people can’t figure out what they want so they go with a fad or a seeming consensus until they get a sense of what they want. Right now the Roves and Romneys are definitely not what they want. And they don’t particularly want Obama either. So it’s a become a game of fad and fashion, frivolous engagement of meandering views.

And the Stupid Party aka the GOPe is trying to win the beauty contest by wearing what they think the fickle public wants to see. What crap!

Here’s what needs to be said:

“Look we are Republicans! All we want is to get the friggin government to step back and stop trying to take over all of our lives but like dope pushers the democrats are hooking you into their brand of government addiction. You’re selling out when you take what they offering. You’re sellouts! How long is that gonna last?! Is that what you want all your life to be selling out?”

“Look we know you need the EBT and the healthcare and all that; we all need food and doctors! But will give you that and more! And we don’t mean more welfare; we mean a ladder to climb out of the hole they put you in and you volunteered to climb into. Don’t you want to grow strong in yourselves and have some control over your lives? We’ll give you a little but then you got to give back! You got to break the addiction and we’ll help you but we got to work together. We, the Republicans are the adults, the democrats are the pushers. For God’s sakes, and yes we say God a lot, learn how to fish and be free! We’ll teach ya and coach you until you get it.”

21 posted on 03/18/2013 12:38:48 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina
...the party of "stuffy, old men."

It seems like the only thing left for the likes of McConnell, McCain, Hatch, et. al., is to compete to outlast Byrd, Helms, and Thurmond for longevity in the Senate, regardless of what it does to their party.


22 posted on 03/18/2013 12:44:14 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina

The dems live and breathe identity politics organized primarily around incessant calls to loot the Treasury to fund vote buying boondoggles. We cannot, and should not try to, beat the dems at this game. The GOP must continue to speak to higher principles and the national interest.

That said, identity politics is undeniably effective because it is immediate, direct, panders to grievances both real and imagined, and dangles money in front of people. The national interest is abstract. It’s a harder sell.

My own view is that we have bring out the sledgehammers and go after the dems on the RESULTS of liberal governance. Call them out, and make it personal. I’d start with education and hang every illiterate student around the neck of democrat pols. Move on to the unemployed and hit on the taxes, regulation and crime that cripple small businesses in urban areas. Etc, ad infinitum.

There is nothing new in this and in theory most republicans agree. But we have to learn to speak with real passion, to be relentless, and to carry the battle onto democrat turf instead of preaching to the choir out in safe GOP precincts. It has to be scorched earth, 24/7. And we have to be willing to call out the liars to their faces.

It’s a dirty job. It has to be done.

23 posted on 03/18/2013 12:46:49 PM PDT by sphinx
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina
These candidates should be well rehearsed and ready for these questions.... You know you are going to get them if you are against abortion.

I wish someone would turn the tables on this subject for once and say something like: I realize from your line of questioning that you are pro-abortion.... you know very well that I am against abortion.... but I am not a hardliner and I am willing to compromise.... How about if I agree to vote for the post-uteral abortion of the rapist.... would that help you feel better about my candidacy?

24 posted on 03/18/2013 12:47:46 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: mrsmith

“Republican governors are America’s reformers in chief. They continue to deliver on conservative
promises of reducing the size of government while making people’s lives better. They routinely
win a much larger share of the minority vote than GOP presidential candidates, demonstrating
an appeal that goes beyond the base of the Party.
It is time for Republicans on the federal level to learn from successful Republicans on the state

But the tenor of the study is just the opposite!

25 posted on 03/18/2013 12:50:56 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina

Two things jump out to me:

(1) The Democrats NEVER publicly assault their own supporters. Republican leaders should imitate THAT since they plan to imitate everything else the Democrats do.

(2) After 45 years of relentless, vile, deceitful attacks by the Hard Left MSM, Republican leaders still have no coherent national strategy to deal with that.

26 posted on 03/18/2013 12:51:03 PM PDT by zeestephen
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina

I’m tired of fighting them. If they don’t want conservatives in the party, fine. I’ll leave. But I won’t become a liberal, not for them or for anyone else.

27 posted on 03/18/2013 12:56:49 PM PDT by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina

This is why this black conservative just doesn’t care anymore. If the GOP is going to become Demo-crap-lite, then let it fall the way of the Whigs. If it takes a situation like Cyprus for the American people to wake up and stop being idiots (many will NEVER wake up), then so be it.

28 posted on 03/18/2013 1:29:13 PM PDT by Clock King
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: jimbo123

It is much better to be a wild goat than a Republican.

29 posted on 03/18/2013 1:42:45 PM PDT by Scarlet Pimpernel (And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina
Roll over and pander to the parasites...they SURELY will vote Republican when you buy their votes with Taxpayer money, you FOOLS.

Republicans will give out Nike Aire Jordans (to out-do the Obamaphone gambit)????


30 posted on 03/18/2013 2:40:29 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Da Coyote

“...Sorry, but our only hope is another party...or another civil war...”

At this point, we’ll probably get both, one the result of the other.

A complicit, subservient RINO party rolling over and taking it up the wazoo from the Dems (”Just so long as they LIKE us”), a split-off Conservative/Liberatarian dominated party that has neither the numbers nor the cohesiveness to win at the national level, and an energized, grinning Democrat/communist party that is entrenched at all levels.

Sounds about right...

31 posted on 03/18/2013 5:50:29 PM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Cyman
the masses shall return

Unlikely in my view. As long as dems can dispense $1.40 of gravy for every $1.00 coming in, they will be unbeatable. Two generations of progressive education, liberal control of the MSM and major internet portals, and massive illegal immigration adds up to a permanent Dem majority.

32 posted on 03/18/2013 5:56:49 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: darrellmaurina
This is a **SERIOUSLY** bad report.

Nah, this is a **SERIOUSLY** bad report - one the progressive RINOs have been sweeping under their lumpy carpet for years. 
"Ohhhhho say can you seee...."
Eyes Wide Shut
"8-1984 - Lawrence King [Homosexual and alleged Pedophile] throws a lavish party in Dallas, Texas, after singing the National Anthem at the Republican National GOP Convention."

Same Ol' manure, more progressive toilet.

33 posted on 03/18/2013 6:16:44 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: kevkrom

>>but leverage social media better.

So they’re going to continue throwing Truth Logic and Reason under the RINO-drawn Jackwagon they’re hitched to and “lead” by allowing the inertial tyranny of the social majority. Uhuh.

Goebbels would’ve loved “social” media.

No “like” for them.


34 posted on 03/18/2013 6:23:32 PM PDT by TArcher ("TO SECURE THESE RIGHTS, governments are instituted among men" -- Does that still work?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator
Consultants have taken over the party....They care about themselves, and not for the party.

Politicians need to ditch the consultants. Reliance on consultants suggests laziness, and lack of political savvy.

It's just that simple.

35 posted on 03/23/2013 12:53:57 AM PDT by rdb3 (I'm NOT a movement conservative. I'm a conservative in the movement.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-35 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson