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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."

(SNIP)

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 online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amnesty; rinos4amnesty; rnc4amnesty
This is a **SERIOUSLY** bad report. It appears to take direct aim against conservatives in the Republican Party, and if my read is correct, its conclusions need to be fought against as hard as possible.
1 posted on 03/18/2013 11:56:55 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina
"Scathing" = "we're going to keep doing the same things that got us here, but leverage social media better".

The wolves have just written the recommendations for the security of the sheep pasture.

2 posted on 03/18/2013 12:00:27 PM PDT by kevkrom (If a wise man has an argument with a foolish man, the fool only rages or laughs...)
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To: darrellmaurina

This is exactly why this “stuffy” old man is no longer a Republican. And neither are my checkbook and credit cards.


3 posted on 03/18/2013 12:03:00 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Whatever happened to the land of the free, home of the brave?)
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To: darrellmaurina
"voters who said they had left the Republican Party"

We'll lose the RINOs. Fine.

What did the people ATTRACTED to the party say? Why didn't the report focus on them? Because the writers of the report wanted a foregone conclusion of More Liberalism?

4 posted on 03/18/2013 12:03:32 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Due Process 2013: "Burn the M*****-F***er Down!")
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To: darrellmaurina
"Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the party represents,
“Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” featuring Jay Z
“Sitting next to Hillary smelling like dank”
“Obama on speed dial”
5 posted on 03/18/2013 12:03:51 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Can there be nothing Great and Good in this world?)
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To: Antoninus; Diamond; wagglebee; little jeremiah; AmericanInTokyo; Lazlo in PA; Dr. Brian Kopp; ...
Note this reference which is an obvious attack against Mourdock in Indiana and Akin in my state of Missouri: “He also chastised GOP candidates last year who undermined the party's cause with remarks on abortion and rape, saying that many members of the party said “some biologically stupid things” during the campaign.”

I can't speak regarding Mourdock because I don't know the details. With regard to Akin, it's hard to argue that Akin was wrong when he almost immediately apologized for his own comments — but that's not the same as saying that Akin’s views on abortion were wrong. Saying dumb things is not the same as being wrong on the underlying issue of defending babies’ lives.

6 posted on 03/18/2013 12:04:02 PM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: darrellmaurina

So do we want to become more Republican?
I think not!
It is time for a new party. The Grand Old Party is just that. OLD
If they believe that they can compete with the party of free stuff, that means they will have to become a party of more free stuff.
I won’t be able to afford it.


7 posted on 03/18/2013 12:05:08 PM PDT by lucky american (The Democrats will follow the big "D"even if it means going over a cliff.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I’m another stuffy old man who has registered Independent.


8 posted on 03/18/2013 12:08:11 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: darrellmaurina
The writing is on the wall.

Maybe its just as well - the GOPe has a deathgrip on the party and will not let it go. Might as well accept that and see what other options develop.

9 posted on 03/18/2013 12:09:12 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: darrellmaurina

My problem with the GOP is that you don’t attack your own team, unless you’re damn sure you have a replacement that can win...otherwise you stick with them, and go to war with the army you have.


10 posted on 03/18/2013 12:09:36 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: darrellmaurina

The Vichy Poop GOPe blames conservatives for their problems

any surprise?


11 posted on 03/18/2013 12:11:53 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: skeeter

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.


12 posted on 03/18/2013 12:12:10 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Luke21

I never signed on to the new Whig Party anyway. See ya’ later Tokyo Rove.


13 posted on 03/18/2013 12:13:25 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: darrellmaurina

Yes....I guess they think that Sarah Palin is an old man.


14 posted on 03/18/2013 12:18:50 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Aesop for Children (1919)

85. THE GOATHERD AND THE WILD GOATS

One cold stormy day a Goatherd drove his Goats for shelter into a cave, where a number of Wild Goats had also found their way. The Shepherd wanted to make the Wild Goats part of his flock; so he fed them well. But to his own flock, he gave only just enough food to keep them alive. When the weather cleared, and the Shepherd led the Goats out to feed, the Wild Goats scampered off to the hills.

“Is that the thanks I get for feeding you and treating you so well?” complained the Shepherd.

“Do not expect us to join your flock,” replied one of the Wild Goats. “We know how you would treat us later on, if some strangers should come as we did.”


15 posted on 03/18/2013 12:18:52 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: dfwgator
Unfortunately most GOP politicians are more lost without them.

The beltway is a very insular place. A few years inside it and congressmen end up getting their information from just two sources - consultants and the MSM.

Changing the culture within the GOP for the better will take a complete paradigm shift in thinking by its politicians. They will need to get back home and into alternative media ALOT more often.

16 posted on 03/18/2013 12:26:24 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: darrellmaurina

The actual report:
http://growthopp.gop.com/RNC_Growth_Opportunity_Book_2013.pdf

The authors:
Henry Barbour
Sally Bradshaw
Ari Fleischer
Zori Fonalledas
Glenn McCall

Mostly they just talked to consultants, pollsters: political insiders.

Will try to read the whole thing...


17 posted on 03/18/2013 12:27:28 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: darrellmaurina

I have to disagree. It’s time to leave the GOP. The Elites tell us over and over it’s our fault they can’t get elected so lets see how they do when most of the base simply walks away from the progressive wing of the Republican Party.


18 posted on 03/18/2013 12:29:48 PM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: darrellmaurina

No GOP for me any more....evah!

Should a real conservative run under the GOP banner, I’ll vote...else...not.

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

Take your pick.


19 posted on 03/18/2013 12:32:43 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: darrellmaurina

Stay the course of conservative principles and the masses shall return. True conservatism is not based on relativism but on it’s core values. Relativism’s inevitable collapse is coming sooner than we think.


20 posted on 03/18/2013 12:36:44 PM PDT by Cyman
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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!)
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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.

-PJ

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.)
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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
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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")
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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
level...”

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!)
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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
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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.)
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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
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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?)
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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)????

DUMBASSES!

30 posted on 03/18/2013 2:40:29 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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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.)
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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)
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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."
http://www.google.com/#hl=en&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&q=Lawrence+king+singing+pedophile+franklin&oq=Lawrence+king+singing+pedophile+franklin
 
http://www.franklincase.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=9
 

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?)
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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.

FAIL


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?)
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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.)
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