Skip to comments.How embarrassing: Priebus tells Latinos, “The GOP has changed.”
Posted on 07/02/2013 3:56:12 AM PDT by onyx
This past weekend at a Latino conference, Priebus told the audience that the GOP has changed. We have? How so?
Republicans have reshaped their outreach, Mr. Priebus told the group, which represents some 6,000 officials. Republicans get community; they get neighborhoods and churches. They get immigration and educational reform plus economic opportunity. In America, it doesnt matter where you come from; it matters where youre going, Mr. Priebus noted.
This embarrassing RNC leader just accepted an unchallenged critique as truth and then proceeded to flog himself.
Somehow, the Republican party never ‘got’ community or neighborhoods and churches, or immigration and educational reform etc. until now. Now we get it. We’s jes been hangin’ around here in the corner with the dunce cap on, wonderin’ why nobody likes us. But we’s get it now, we’s get it.
Republicans know we cant truly represent America until were engaged in every community and every state. The old GOP didnt do a great job of that. But the new GOP – the Growth and Opportunity Party – is doing things differently, Mr. Priebus said.
Ah yes, the new GOP, the Growth and Opportunity Party, the one side-stepping all social issues and denouncing Reagan’s legacy. It’s a new world, don’tcha know, and in order to get with it, we are going to have to accept every tenant of the left so we can ‘have a conversation,’ and ‘find common ground.’
The party has had a difficult time getting pro-lifers, gun owners and veterans to vote for them, presumably because we didn’t engage in conversation and find common ground. But we are moving on.
At a training meeting sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party, I sat there in amazement as the speaker, in front of a roomful of grassroots leaders from all over the state, at least half of which were women, actually said that we as a party need to figure out how to be more inclusive of women. We are at a point in this nation where there is no reality anymore. There is simply perception, and it can kill you.
If we Republicans are to gain votes from sections of the electorate we have not had luck in, we are going to have to start being colorblind and speak to voters as Americans who hold a common view. That slavery in any form is wrong, that justice, not wealth, must be equally distributed, and that freedom comes with a heavy price. The nation is at a point that we actually need to describe and define America in order to stir the passions of people who either have no idea, or are adverse to the concept. We are actually at the point that we need to recruit people who think an idea such as America is worth the price we will have to pay. We actually have to sell a vision of a nation where men are free, rather than where we are at now.
The current leadership of the GOP must change. In all my observations of this party, it is not the grassroots person who is against reaching out to people in their communities and churches, it is those who are detached from the actual lives of regular people, those who look at data instead of into someone’s eyes, that come up with these cockamamie plans to serve people better. The way the current leadership can learn to make a better GOP is to stop assuming we are what the left tells them we are, and to stand on principle and core American values and define the other side as the one needed to change.
We are not against Hispanics or women or blacks or Asians or left-handed Albanians. We are one people seeking a better life for our children and our children’s children in the one nation designed to put us in charge of our destiny. We are reliant upon ourselves and refuse the yoke of a government so large it has become our slavemaster. Increasingly, Republicans at the grassroots level are speaking to this, what they always thought the Republican Party was around to show, yet almost as quickly, so many elected Republicans are failing to profess.
With the leadership accepting the argument that we are some kind of party for old white guys, and we must fix that perception, maybe they would do well to acknowledge that we are not, rather than agree with a lie, flog its own supporters, and accuse us of being a bunch of racists.
If the leadership will not fight back against lies coming from the other side, how do we at the grassroots level do so? We cannot, and for the life of me, I cannot understand why Priebus, a guy who I am positive is not a racist, would stand before an audience of Latinos and suggest his party is, but we are just now seeing the light.
If this is the grand plan of the Bushies and their ilk, to put down their own party members because of a false perception, based on feelings and not the true rule of law, they will find no pathway to electoral victory. It is because of this asinine posturing based on perception and not reality, that deflates the party members and tells us we must accept the injustice of being blamed for something we have not done, just because leadership has no idea how to win elections.
The GOP has a messaging problem alright, it begins with accepting lies and punishing itself rather than speaking the truth to anyone, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. The leadership has got it so wrong, and as they continue down the path of the ‘Growth and Opportunity Project’, they will find out that their messaging problem has lost them their own grassroots.
Vote for us, we don’t hate you any more!
He’s a total embarrassment.
The leadership of the GOP has no idea what it’s base is thinking.
They listen to RINO’s like McCain and Graham and go off on tangents far left of it’s membership.
In fact there is no GOP any longer, it’s a party that has committed suicide.
The GOP is shot through with Democrat agents who have a world view that is much more compatible with the RATs than Conservatives. We cannot win with the present GOPe leadership and the war within the GOP assures that we will lose. I have been one of those who advocated that we for the GOP because that alternative was worse. However, I think it is time to split off, face the inevitable charges of splitting the party and start over. There are no good alternatives.
Yep. The party has focus grouped out.
Yes, you and me both, but the Grand Old Party has finally left us.
This guy, Priebus, illustrates precisely what’s wrong. He’s completely tone deaf and wrong on almost every salient issue.
yes forget the GOP’s unswerving principles.
Because now they have swerved
Their new motto:
The GOP: We Have Principles!
(and if you don’t like them, we have others)
Priebus is a total WEENIE. Get this guy off the stage.
He campaigns against himself and the party... basically admitting to the charges the democrats make.
Can he please shut the H up!
i could care less what they say. Freedom Party or nothing.
Oh good Lord! There is another thread here on FR about how Rubio polls exactly even with Mitt among Hispanics. Pandering to them will not work. Pandering to ANY group will NOT work!
Hispanics from South America are like liberal Yankees, they bring their voting patterns with them and 72% vote for the same type of politicians and policies that turned their home areas into insufferable crapistans.
The GOP has turned into the Whigs, standing for nothing. I’m working to change it from within, and along with other small government folk, we have had significant success in my district and state. However, the squishy Midwestern and Northeastern people remain in charge nationally and I’m not sure our nation has time to change it from within.
That’s the problem for Republicans. The party has changed; it’s strayed from its principles, which have always been basically conservative. It’s never been the party of slavery, or segregation, or big government (until now). If the voting populace does not want to embrace Republican principles (and the last two presidential elections indicate they don’t), what good does it do to adjust our philosophy to theirs? Demonrat Lite may attract a few Latino and black votes (not enough to matter in an election) at the cost of losing core conservative Republican votes. It’s a path to the dissolution of the party. If the party is doomed to extinction, let it at least go down adhering to its principles.
Priebus is right, the GOP has changed. However, I haven’t and that’s why I am no longer a member of the GOP.
Now wait a darn cotton pickin moment... Rubio is making some headway with Latinos... he is NOT polling 28% (100-72)... if fact, due to all his hard work on immigration reform, he has managed to get his numbers from that group all the way up, NOT one, but TWO POINTS! Yes, indeed, he is now polling 30% with Latinos!!!
Yeah, right... All they have to do is see a picture of dumb old John McCain or Boehner... Old stodgy farts and their idiotic faces..
People are smart enough to know that NOTHING has changed.
What’s a Latino conference?
After hearing those transformative words from Priebus, tens of millions of Hispanics will swarm the polls to vote for the Republican nominee in 2016. (snicker)
That little weasel should have been fired on November 7, 2012.