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Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’
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Posted on 01/25/2013 10:38:24 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News

Political Reporter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican National Committee members gathered here to re-elect Chairman Reince Priebus for a second term. But by week's end, that vote seemed secondary to the question of the party's long term survival.

After three months of denial, anger, despair and depression over the results of a bruising national election that gave Democrats an edge in Congress and kept President Barack Obama in the White House, Republicans know they must adapt if they are to move forward.

They acknowledge that it's time for a serious gut check. (Or as Haley Barbour put it in November, a "proctology exam.")

Whatever bodily metaphor you choose, the fact remains that the election so jolted and shocked the party that it is taking real steps to change.

And change they will! As soon as they figure out how.

While Republicans in Virginia and other battleground states launched an effort this week to alter electoral college rules so that votes are doled out proportionately--which would likely give the GOP at least a short term edge--GOP leaders here discussed their party's own shortcomings and sought areas of internal improvement.

Almost every conversation in the bar of the Charlotte Westin Hotel this week involved a discussion about what the party must do to win the next elections. Floating through the air is a desire to re-capture glorious days of the past, a challenge made difficult by a country that refuses to stand still. Demographics are changing, minorities are growing in political influence and views on social issues like gay marriage are drifting rapidly leftward. Something's got to give.

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To: rodguy911

Screw Rubio, he’s fighting for the other team.


51 posted on 01/25/2013 11:34:26 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Sub-Driver
hmm...how about tying; "Real Conservatism"
...imagine that...but, it'll never happen..not w/ GOP/e.

52 posted on 01/25/2013 11:39:32 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: Sub-Driver
‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

Starting with that quote means that the Republicans have learned nothing and will continue to fail as a real opposition party. but then they have ceased to exist as politically independent entity, anyway. The republican Party now is the Official Opposition wing of the Ruling Democrat Party and, at the appropriate time, will provide the first defendants for the Great Show Trials of Racists(the current term for what were once known as Enemies of the State or Wreckers).

53 posted on 01/25/2013 11:42:01 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: hinckley buzzard
ALL excellent points. ;-)

54 posted on 01/25/2013 11:43:56 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: OldPossum

Well, the reason I haven’t been 100% out-the-door was solely through supporting and voting for Ted Cruz last year. That was the ONLY reason I even bothered with the election.

Otherwise, the combined situation of the GOP convention not even allowing the words “tea party” be uttered, and the blatant “get lost” message conveyed towards Palin... that was the final straw. The GOP directly spit in my face with those actions. Bastards. I’ve lost every tiny remaining bit of faith, trust and respect I once carried for them, forged back in the days of Reagan.


55 posted on 01/25/2013 11:46:06 AM PST by greene66
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To: JacksonCalhoun
They put up a good ticket

No they didn’t and the result proves that.

Unless you want to talk about fraud then you have to accept the fact, we lost.

56 posted on 01/25/2013 11:46:13 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: BwanaNdege

“I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.” - Alexander the Great

Mobilisation Order by Emperor Haile Selassie - Abyssinia 1936

’ Everyone will now be mobilised and all boys old enough to carry a spear will be sent to Addis Ababa ‘

’ Married men will take their wives to carry food and to cook. Those without wives will take a woman without a husband. Woman with small babies need not go ‘

’ The blind, those who cannot walk, or for any reason cannot carry a spear, are exempted.’

’ Any one found at home after receipt of this order will be hanged.’


57 posted on 01/25/2013 11:50:15 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Sub-Driver

Chris Moody of Yahoo News has been selected to fire the perhaps the first of many rounds from Yahoo News aimed at demonizing of what is any conservative element in the Republican party.
The conservative response should be
DEMOCRATS
GOD DENIERS AND CONGENITAL LIARS
WANT FIRST YOUR MONEY
AND THEN YOUR GUNS


58 posted on 01/25/2013 11:51:01 AM PST by mosesdapoet (Should the "Chicago Mechanic" come out of retirement ?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Millions of us “angry old white guys” stayed home last November and did not vote for the liberal-lite Romney. That is why he lost.


59 posted on 01/25/2013 11:51:07 AM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: rodguy911
How bout’ a Rubio/Palin ticket!!!

Nope, but I could go for a Palin/Palin ticket. Rubio is not eligible, unless you want to ignore the Constitution like the progressive dimms do.

60 posted on 01/25/2013 11:53:01 AM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: Sub-Driver

And they ran an old dull RINO against this tall charismatic black man who represented the liberal lifestyle. After that they ran yet ANOTHER moderate RINO who didn’t represent the Republicans and lost AGAIN! Republicans don’t understand how conservatism works, apparently.

“I look forward to 2016, when the GOP really learns their lesson and shows that they’re really ready to fight when they dig up Captain Kangaroo to run against Jay-Z” - Alfanzo


61 posted on 01/25/2013 11:56:10 AM PST by Epsdude
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To: Sub-Driver

Why is being white bad?

Isn’t that racist?


62 posted on 01/25/2013 11:56:37 AM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: ArmstedFragg
They [Republicans] need to retake the cloak of populism. They’re the party of freedom, common sense, and working Americans.

Are they really though? I mean wasn't it the GOP that introduced and pushed forward the Patriot Act? Wasn't it the GOP that started the bailouts with "saving" the airlines after 11 Sep?

The dems are the party of the elites, the anal retentive, and the government. They just need to start making that clear day after day.

Hm, the Republican party has shown, by its actions, that they too are a party of elites. Don't you remember the retro-active primary rules-change to deprive Ron Paul's supporters of delegates and hand them to Romney? Or the "Teleprompter/Vote incident" where the 'results' of the vote were on the teleprompter before the vote was finished?

Time to say, “if you want to run your own life, stop voting for people who want to run it for you”.

But when was the last time the Republicans pushed for the dissolution of any government agency? Isn't it by the regulationd (formed by the burearchy) that the government intrudes?

63 posted on 01/25/2013 11:57:18 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sub-Driver

We need a new, credible opposition party to counter the socialist democrat party. CFR members need not apply.


64 posted on 01/25/2013 12:03:36 PM PST by Enough is ENOUGH (Pick the date when the national debt collapses the dollar and destroys our Republic)
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To: jeffc

-— Well then use black and women Repubs to state your case, but for damn sure, don’t give up on the angry part! Get in the media’s face and tell them what you think of them as the propaganda arm of the DNC, and do it in a unifying manner (use the same buzzwords and catch-phrases and to hell with the media trying to call you on it). Do NOT be afraid of the “media” (they think you are anyway). Take the fight straight to them. Do NOT back down! -—

Well said. This has to be job one, because if we don’t get our message out, we don’t exist.


65 posted on 01/25/2013 12:03:57 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: itsahoot

I accept we lost, and I’m not blaming fraud one bit. I’m simply stating the people of this country have changed.


66 posted on 01/25/2013 12:06:09 PM PST by JacksonCalhoun (CT Yankee in NC Exile - the only swing state to flip (barely))
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To: OneWingedShark

I now absolutely hate the Bush/Rove Republican Party. It is a traitorous group and I’m not wasting any more time on it.


67 posted on 01/25/2013 12:06:43 PM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: pgkdan
Well I AM an angry old white guy!

As am I, and I intend to remain angry.

People need to learn that if you want to pick a fight, pick it with a young man. A young man will fight you, an old man will just kill you.

68 posted on 01/25/2013 12:08:02 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: itsahoot

The whole Palin/West dream by some is just that ...a fantasy. Jindal,Rubio,Jeb,Ryan,Cruz run the show now.

The McCain....Newt..Palin....yesterdays news.


69 posted on 01/25/2013 12:08:35 PM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

NOTICE TO THE RNC and the GOP Congressional Leadership!!!!

WE - the GOP - and the GOP candidates for national office did not “come across” or campaign as a bunch of “angry white men”.

HOWEVER - that was the lie the DNC was telling, a lie the media was prostituting itself to sell for them, a lie YOU REFUSED TO AGRESSIVELY PUT DOWN.

If the public has a perception of the GOP as a bunch of “angry white men” its is because YOU FAILED - YOU FAILED TO AGRESSIVELY COMMUNICATE HOW MUCH THAT WAS A LIE!!!!

Change?

Yes, the GOP needs change - CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP, to leaders who will quit apologizing for our Conservatism!!!!!; leaders who will quit leaving the American people in the hands of a Liberal media that operates as the self-appointed unofficial media arm of the DNC.

As long as you - the RNC and the rest of the GOP leaders - are in denial on that score, you will keep doing to the GOP what the Liberal-Left has been doing to the nation, creating “solutions” that deepen our problems.


70 posted on 01/25/2013 12:09:36 PM PST by Wuli
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To: JacksonCalhoun
I’m simply stating the people of this country have changed.

Yes they have but fully a third of the eligible voters did not bother to vote. Monied Conservatives better invest in getting the message out, or they will lose their wealth.

71 posted on 01/25/2013 12:14:00 PM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Yes we need new blood but being civil with the media or the left is no longer an option.
There is no one to talk to if they tried. McConnell had to dig up Bidens phone number just to find someone in this administration to speak with. Obama hates us. Reid slandered Romney in the well of the senate.
Bonier was right by telling him to f off.


72 posted on 01/25/2013 12:15:44 PM PST by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Blackirish
Jindal, Rubio, Jeb, Ryan, Cruz run the show now.

Some of those are favorites of the GOPe and some media, but so far only Cruz has creds.

73 posted on 01/25/2013 12:17:48 PM PST by itsahoot (MSM and Fox free since Nov 1st. If it doesnÂ’t happen here then it didn't happen.)
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To: Blackirish
Wait....what?

Palin is "yesterday's news' but Jeb BUSH is running the show?

No wonder the GOP-e is the Stupid PartyTM.

74 posted on 01/25/2013 12:17:48 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Sub-Driver
The GOP gets killed in the last election and they reelect the same head for the RNC.

What a loser Party.

75 posted on 01/25/2013 12:18:44 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: Sub-Driver
‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

Oh, okay. I don't vote for obscene perverts or harridans anyway. Let me know, when a party of decency and proper American culture exists.


76 posted on 01/25/2013 12:18:52 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: marron

This is not the nineties anymore. The takers have taken over. Handouts win, not growth/jobs.


77 posted on 01/25/2013 12:20:30 PM PST by webstersII
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To: Sub-Driver

Reince Priebus? Yeah...that’ll work.


78 posted on 01/25/2013 12:27:15 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Sub-Driver

...so Mr. Prius...are you going to start closing GOP primaries? We’re tired of crossover dems picking loser candidates for us...


79 posted on 01/25/2013 12:30:57 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: greene66

Re your post 55, well-stated. I couldn’t improve upon it.


80 posted on 01/25/2013 2:22:50 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Boogieman
No, no, no. They have been trying that for years already, and everyone sees it as cynical window dressing.

Be that as it may, although I doubt that it is "everyone" that sees it as "window dressing". I disagree that it is. Female and black Repubs should be getting out there on their own and telling the "media" that they are NOT "window dressing" and that it is cynical and hypocritical on the part of the "media" to imply such things. Be proactive, don't wait for the "media" to accuse them of it. Go right out there and make it part of their speech.

But it can't be just one or two people, it has to be so many that the "media" can't ignore them and what they say. Make sure it's in every interview, casual on-the-street or in the studio. Whatever the question, be sure to mention how the "media" FALSELY accuse Repubs of things and protect the Dems.

This is war, folks. If you didn't know that, well, now you know what Zero's plan for his second term is. Get with it!

81 posted on 01/25/2013 2:51:49 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: forgotten man
Millions of us “angry old white guys” stayed home last November and did not vote for the liberal-lite Romney. That is why he lost.

And....

That's why we have Obama for four more years. Do you really, honestly think it will be better than if we had Romney in office now?

Too many conservatives/Repubs condemn everything we try to do because they refuse to accept a step-by-step approach to things. It's everything-right-now, or nothing; only the purest of the pure will do. Good luck with that. Oh, and "thanks" for four more years of Obama.

82 posted on 01/25/2013 3:19:33 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Sub-Driver

“to re-elect Chairman Reince Priebus for a second term”

NOW, he says he will play offense and not defense... WHERE has he been???

LOSERpublicans


83 posted on 01/25/2013 4:02:16 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: jeffc

“Be that as it may, although I doubt that it is “everyone” that sees it as “window dressing”. I disagree that it is.”

Well, obviously not everyone, I was generalizing. I mean the majority of people, be they Democrat, Republican, or Independent. People are gullible, but they are not gullible enough to see a Republican convention where more than half of the speakers are minorities, while 90% of the attendees are white, and not see it as window dressing.

We are an overwhelmingly white party, and our representation generally reflects that, so you don’t achieve those levels of minority prominence in the party, especially not in such a short span of time, without it being a deliberate tactic. I mean, if I were a black Democrat Congressman or Lt. Governor languishing in obscurity who wanted a shot on the national stage, I would just switch parties. Within 2 years, every Republican in the country would know my name and I would be getting prime time speaking gigs at the national events, even if I had accomplished nothing of note.


84 posted on 01/25/2013 6:02:28 PM PST by Boogieman
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