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RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch'
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Posted on 03/18/2013 9:04:13 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch' By: Maggie Haberman March 18, 2013 07:00 AM EDT

The Republican National Committee concedes in a sprawling report Monday that the GOP is seen as the party of “stuffy old men” and needs to change its ways.

Among the RNC’s proposed fixes: enacting comprehensive immigration reform, addressing middle-class economic anxieties head on and condensing a presidential primary process that saw Mitt Romney get battered for months ahead of the general election.

The committee also proposes major improvements to the party’s voter database and digital technology, which paled next to that of the Democrats and contributed to the party’s losses last year.

The suggestions are among dozens the committee makes in what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has dubbed an “autopsy” of the party’s 2012 failures and a roadmap forward. Priebus unveiled the 98-page report at a news conference Monday morning at The National Press Club.

“There’s no one reason we lost,” Priebus said. “Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement. … So, there’s no one solution: There’s a long list of them.”

The report devotes many pages to the need to better connect with minority, female and young voters. Comprehensive immigration reform is a critical first step, it says.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


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To: AuntB
Translation: “We’re not going to give you time to vet the limp candidate we pick for you”

The longer the primary process, the more it favors those with lots of money. I don't see how condensing it favors the "GOP-e" candidate or future Romneys.

51 posted on 03/18/2013 9:57:28 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Logical me

Running a candidate whose appeal to conservatives was “at least I’m not Obama”, and “plus, I’m not a Muslim”, just wasn’t enough evidently.

It is especially weak all these months later, you need a new line.


52 posted on 03/18/2013 9:57:36 AM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnÂ’t for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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To: AdaGray

That is funny but excellent description


53 posted on 03/18/2013 9:57:40 AM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: ansel12

The Republicans slogan might as well be, “Vote Republican - We Suck Less.”


54 posted on 03/18/2013 9:58:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Not sure that it will be a problem in the future. Many who disagreed with the direction of the GOP and who were not happy with Romney have merely left the party and given up. I think that the GOP will manage to chase off the last of the conservatives in the next couple of years. The GOP has been neutered, and conservatives have been banished to the desert. You will see conservatives vote for the few conservative candidates who manage to sneak past the GOP machine. Other than that you will see lots of GOP candidates lose to Dems in 2014.


55 posted on 03/18/2013 9:58:30 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: Strategerist

“”The longer the primary process, the more it favors those with lots of money. I don’t see how condensing it favors the “GOP-e” candidate or future Romneys.”

You may be right, but nothing the GOPe does ever works, so why should this.


56 posted on 03/18/2013 10:00:35 AM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: wardaddy
Yep, immigration is the defining issue our our time.

And let's get real about legal immigration. Every ten years we have what amounts to an amnesty. With 1.2 million LEGAL IMMIGRANTS ENTERING ANNUALLY, they will be able to vote eventually and two thirds of them will vote Dem. Illegal immigration is the shiny little bauble that distracts us from the real game changer--legal immigration. The status quo will make the Dems the permanent majority party. Amnesty just hastens the process

57 posted on 03/18/2013 10:02:30 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Strategerist
The soccer mom types in the 1980s who may have voted Republican out of fear for their own and their children's safety are now going Democratic because of gay rights and abortion.

LOL, yeah, move left, that'll work. Romney couldn't get people to vote for him because he was so far left, but you want to keep going that way, you have an agenda, not an honest theory.

58 posted on 03/18/2013 10:03:40 AM PDT by ansel12 (" I would not be in the United States Senate if it wasnÂ’t for Sarah Palin " Cruz said.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch’”

Nah, Republicans are not ‘scary’. Conservatives are ‘scary’ because the voters are ‘scared’ of losing their freebies and handouts.


59 posted on 03/18/2013 10:09:21 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Logical me

“Romney was not perfect but would have stopped the onslaught.”

Interesting thought. I didn’t see much difference between the two.


60 posted on 03/18/2013 10:10:52 AM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Strategerist
A "real conservative" (as defined by the majority of FR) will lose fare worse than Romney did. Not understanding that is a symptom of being out of touch with a variety of people across the political spectrum in a variety of geographic settings.

So, I take it you're in agreement with the GOP-e, that we must now embrace abortion, gay 'marriage', amnesty, and big government Socialism to win elections?

I hope that's not your thinking. If it is, or if you've succumbed to the idea that the leftward slide of the Republican party is inevitable, then you've essentially given up on the Founding Principles of our country.

Perhaps you're like me, and believe that a showdown of sorts is approaching, and that this thing will be decided outside the bounds of our established civil mechanisms.

But to address your contention above, I disagree. I believe that the majority of people in this country are hungering for adult, sensible leadership, and would support a dedicated, courageous conservative in numbers strong enough to steam roller the Democrats.

61 posted on 03/18/2013 10:13:19 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Strategerist
And spare me the Reagan stuff. First, he wasn't nearly the "true conservative" that people have sort of invented memories of.

Resgan was a conservative who supported limited government, individual liberty, capitalism, and lower taxes. His actions helped spur a 20 year recovery from the Carter years.

The real problem for the GOP is that we are no longer the same people (electorate) that we were in 1970 or 1980. Immigrants account for one in 8 U.S. residents, the highest level in more than 90 years. In 1970 it was one in 21; in 1980 it was one in 16; and in 1990 it was one in 13. In a decade, it will be one in 7, the highest it has been in our history.

Multiculturalism, liberal control of the education system, and government programs that reinforce racial, ethnic, and gender identities, e.g., affirmative action, minority business set asides, etc., have affected assimilation into America and respect for the vision and ideas of our Founders and the importance of the Constitution. We are being colonized by the Third World.

Reagan would never be elected Governor in CA today. It has nothing to do with his political philosophy or his ideas. He would have an R after his name, which would make him unelectable. Reagan didn't change but the electorate of CA has. The consequences of that demographic change are permanent and long lasting. It will be many generations before any Rep candidate for President is ever victorious in CA.

And that same process that transformed CA is happening now in CO, NM, AZ, VA, FL, NC, and NV.

62 posted on 03/18/2013 10:22:03 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

The free republic that we loved is dead, i am sorry to say that but they killed it. 5-20 years ago while our leaders were either complacent(like John McCain) or asleep like most of the rest.

We cannot hope to salvage everything


63 posted on 03/18/2013 10:41:43 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Strategerist
A "real conservative" (as defined by the majority of FR) will lose fare worse than Romney did.

Okay. Let's run one and find out.

Are you with us?

64 posted on 03/18/2013 10:44:44 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: kabar

If that is so than the party is indeed effectively dead, at least until we can break the race barrier and free the democrat’s slaves.


65 posted on 03/18/2013 10:45:21 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: kabar

If that is so than the party is indeed effectively dead, at least until we can break the race barrier and free the democrat’s slaves.

If you feel that is not possible and don’t wish to help find a way, we really don’t have any choice but to roll over and die.


66 posted on 03/18/2013 11:01:11 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: kabar

Whatever happened to the immigrant that came here in search of freedom & importunity?

Are not legal immigrants offended by the illegal immigrants cutting lines just to take advantage of the fruits of liberty without bearing any of the burden?


67 posted on 03/18/2013 11:03:59 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: kabar

Whatever happened to the immigrant that came here in search of freedom & opportunity?

Are not legal immigrants offended by the illegal immigrants cutting lines just to take advantage of the fruits of liberty without bearing any of the burden?


68 posted on 03/18/2013 11:04:28 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Sub-Driver
The elite progressives are giddy these days, as they are finally realizing their decades long planned/executed utopia is becoming a reality...in large part using the principles, methods and teachings of Saul Alinsky in order to disrupt/discourage/destroy the traditional middle-class...hence turning suburbia/beyond(making exceptions for their own elitist bastions of self-serving greed of course)into an(original test-case)urban class of poverty/decay, and with it, create an easily manipulated/controlled society of dependency...eventually making them into an ELECTORAL MAJORITY in this Constitutional Republic "democracy".

...THEN...

...creatively using a controlled media/education system to successfully put the blame of this(deliberately created)misery squarely on your opponents, thereby destroying THEIR credibility...and(if successful)their utter existence.

(Saul would have been proud...)

Rather successful societal transformation on their part, don't you think?

Message to the victorious progressives...

"For over a thousand years Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of triumph, a tumultuous parade. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. And a slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning that...

...all glory is fleeting."

69 posted on 03/18/2013 11:51:49 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Monorprise
Whatever happened to the immigrant that came here in search of freedom & importunity?

Milton Friedman said that, “You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.” We have both.

Are not legal immigrants offended by the illegal immigrants cutting lines just to take advantage of the fruits of liberty without bearing any of the burden?

Not really. Many of the illegal aliens are related or know the legal immigrants. And the legal immigrants still vote two to one for the Dems.

70 posted on 03/18/2013 12:40:17 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Sub-Driver
Voters The moochers, bums, deadbeats, and parasites who comprise the Democrat party base see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch'

It's amazing the GOP continues to control the House and 30 out of 50 state governments.
I don't understand it...?

This freaking moron Reince Priebus needs to get his walking papers, like, yesterday.
Meanwhile, my checkbook remains slammed shut.

71 posted on 03/18/2013 12:49:02 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Strategerist

???

Lemme guess... you’re a turd poker?
Or just a coward?


72 posted on 03/18/2013 12:51:20 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: kabar

Yes demography is destiny but those voters didn’t vote for BO because they are social libs.

They voted for him beacause of the ‘safety net’ that gov’t has been providing. They don’t want it to stop. Surveys revealed this shortly after the election. Social issues and amnesty are not at the top of the list, but free stuff is.


73 posted on 03/18/2013 2:54:46 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: webstersII

When you bring in hundreds of thousands of high school dropouts, what do you expect. There is a direct correlation between educational levels and the use of welfare.


74 posted on 03/18/2013 3:03:55 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Logical me

Willard was a ringer. When are you fellas gonna wake up to that ? We were warning you for years.


75 posted on 03/18/2013 3:34:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: kabar

So democrats have been importing their voter base. I guess that makes sense in the grand scheme of things sense their native counterparts have been aborting their own.


76 posted on 03/18/2013 5:30:29 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Lancey Howard

Our success at the state level is our most crical asset, and our best hope for reshaping the political landscape.


77 posted on 03/18/2013 5:31:49 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: webstersII

“Yes demography is destiny but those voters didn’t vote for BO because they are social libs.

They voted for him beacause of the ‘safety net’ that gov’t has been providing. They don’t want it to stop. Surveys revealed this shortly after the election. Social issues and amnesty are not at the top of the list, but free stuff is.”

So your saying our only hope is to get canadits that at least claim to give more free stuff than the Democrats. Or to wait for the Federal be curacy to crash to such a point where it is no longer able to pay for the democrat’s votes.

In either case you should take a look at your wallet and start thinking about ways to hide or otherwise secure your assets long term.


78 posted on 03/18/2013 5:34:59 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
Conservatives are ‘scary’ because the voters are ‘scared’ of losing their freebies and handouts.

Precisely.

79 posted on 03/18/2013 5:42:57 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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