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  • Big Government GOP's Common Core Rebrand Hustle

    04/30/2014 4:52:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | April 30, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    This weekend on "Fox News Sunday," anchor Chris Wallace credited his guest, Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, with leading the nation as the "first state to fall out of the Common Core national education standards." If only it were true. Wallace didn't do his homework. And presidential aspirant Pence was too busy daydreaming about 2016 to correct him. Reality check: Last week, Pence faced the anger of hundreds of Indiana parents, educators and activists at a public Indiana Business Roundtable meeting to discuss his phony charade. The protesters openly booed Pence's derision of critics as out-of-staters and elitists. They roared...
  • Two Cheers For Rebranding

    02/08/2013 7:20:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | February 8, 2013 | Jonah Goldberg
    Ever since Mitt Romney lost the presidential election, there's been a lot of talk about how the Republican Party needs to "rebrand" itself. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wants, among other things, for the GOP to stop being "the stupid party." Rep. Paul Ryan has concluded that the watchword for the Republican Party needs to be "prudence." Sen. Marco Rubio is the front man for the most tangible aspect of the rebranding effort: getting on the right side of the immigration issue. In the process, he's become something of the de facto point person for the party. The latest entrant into...
  • Obama Admin Rebranding Healthcare 'Exchanges' as 'Marketplaces'

    01/20/2013 11:42:42 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/20/13 | Ben Shapiro
    Democrats understand that when they are losing a political fight, their best move is to change the political lexicon. When progressivism fails, they become liberals; when liberalism fails, they become progressives. Now they’re using that rhetorical trickery to try to save the wildly unpopular centerpiece of President Obama’s first term: Obamacare. Obamacare sets up what were originally termed state health care “exchanges.” These “exchanges” were supposedly set up to pool risk between health care insurance companies. Of course, if the market saw a benefit in such pooling, it would have done so already. In fact, many insurance companies already pool...
  • 'Couldn't Be More Wrong, Absurd!': Deutsch And Cupp Clash Over Republican Need To 'Re-brand'

    11/15/2012 6:23:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    For adman Donny Deutsch, there's really no difference between pushing a political party or a bag of potato chips: it's all about the branding. S.E. Cupp, in contrast, is a conservative with bedrock principles. Seated next to each other on today's Morning Joe set during a discussion on GOP strategy going forward, a blow-up was clearly in the cards. And clash they did, with Cupp arguing that the GOP doesn't need to re-brand itself, but rather to "spend more time explaining why their policies work for everyone." Deutsch, repeatedly trying to cut Cupp off, exclaimed that she "couldn't be more...
  • Judicial Watch Releases Special Report "The Rebranding of ACORN"

    09/28/2011 11:57:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch/facebook ^ | 9/28/11 | Judicial Watch
    Scandal-Ridden Activist Group Lives on in the Form of “Bullet Proof Community-Organizing Frankensteins” Created Across the Country Contact Information: Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305 Washington, DC -- September 28, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest organization that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released “The Rebranding of ACORN,” a special report on the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) network, following an extensive investigation of the organization’s transformation into various “spinoffs” and affiliated organizations. The ACORN-affiliated groups existing today are ACORN in all but name. These groups tend to occupy ACORN’s former offices, are staffed in many cases...
  • Here’s Why Microsoft MUST Rebrand as BING Now

    03/10/2011 6:29:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | 03/10/2011 | Damien Hoffman
    Face it, Bill Gates: Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) brand tells consumers the underlying product is buggy, susceptible to viruses and hackers, and often crashes. For that incredibly important reason, Steve Balmer et al MUST rebrand Microsoft as Bing now. Bing has a Slick Brand Conveying Quality and Great User Experience According to comScore (NASDAQ:SCOR), Bing has done an awesome job taking search market share from Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO), Interactive Corp (NASDAQ:IACI) and AOL (NYSE:AOL). The young search engine already has 13.1% — only a few percentage points behind Yahoo’s 16.1%. The bottom line is users like Bing’s slick user interface and...
  • Bill Lockyer: CA Republicans may need to re-brand, but Dems need to govern (Rep brand in CA "dead")

    01/23/2011 10:52:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1/23/11 | Joe Garofoli
    Republicans in California "as a brand," said former GOP party chair Duf Sundheim, "are dead." Ouch. Not that we didn't already know that -- and we told you the other day about some trying to do mouth-to-mouth on the GOP (sorry about the image). But Duf's nugget at the end of a discussion about California's 2010 gubernatorial primary was one of several things we learned here at the lovely Hotel Shattuck at UC-Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies looky-loo-back at the 2010 Guv race. As the name hints, this confab is like a rave for political geeks-- and those who aspire...
  • GOP brand pronounced dead in deep-blue California

    01/22/2011 9:31:16 PM PST · by thecodont · 61 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Saturday, January 22, 2011 | Carla Marinucci,Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Political Writers
    The Republican Party, as a brand, is dead in California. That's the eye-opening consensus of a crowd of political observers, lawmakers and strategists - Democrats and Republicans - gathered at a UC Berkeley symposium this weekend to mull over California's defiantly blue status in the wake of a conservative tide that swept the nation in November. Many of the 200 attendees at the two-day Institute of Governmental Studies conference appeared surprisingly unified on one issue: that, barring dramatic upheaval, the GOP's prospects may be doomed in the voter-rich Golden State. "Republicans, as a brand, are dead," Duf Sundheim, the former...
  • Steven Spielberg smacks down Nancy Pelosi’s request for rebranding help

    12/23/2010 4:40:26 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 23, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Steven Spielberg smacks down Nancy Pelosi’s request for rebranding help. In what can only be termed yet another high-profile and public loss for Nancy Pelosi, director Steven Spielberg has flat-out rejected the fired house speaker’s latest attempt to help her rebrand the Democrats and herself, too. It was originally reported in yesterday’s Washington Post that the famous director was approached by Pelosi for help in marketing her damaged brand and her damaged party’s brand. While Spielberg did not respond to Pelosi at press time yesterday, a source today is quoting Spielberg’s spokesperson as saying that Spielberg only directs actors and...
  • Republican 'Young Guns' critical of Bush legacy and party hierarchy

    09/05/2010 6:45:09 PM PDT · by jakerobins · 121 replies
    Calling themselves the Young Guns, three members of America's House of Representatives are about to publish a template for new era of Republican domination in Congress. With the economy failing to live up to President Barack Obama's hopes for a strong recovery - unemployment remains just below ten percent - Republicans are poised for major gains on Nov 2, when all of the House and a third of Senate seats is contested in midterm elections.
  • EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO Reveals White House Using NEA to Push Partisan Agenda (latest -Breitbart)

    09/21/2009 9:12:57 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 114 replies · 4,186+ views
    Big Government ^ | Patrick Courrielche
    *NEA conference call full audio and transcript here** Should the National Endowment for the Arts encourage artists to create art on issues being vehemently debated nationally? That is the question that I set out to discuss a little over three weeks ago when I wrote an article on Big Hollywood entitled The National Endowment for the Art of Persuasion?” The question still requires debate but the facts do not. The NEA and the White House did encourage a handpicked, pro-Obama arts group to address politically controversial issues under contentious national debate. That fact is irrefutable. But some have claimed that...
  • Let's win one for the Swimmer

    08/31/2009 8:23:36 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 5 replies · 279+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 8/31/09 | alaphiah
    [...] rebranding. If your product falls on public disfavor or it is found inferior in some way you just simply change the name and keep on selling the same old hash. Prior to this August recess Congressmen and Senators alike were briefed for hours on how to sell (or defend) Obamacare to constituents back home. When these Democrat politicians came home and attempted to regurgitate party line support for their unpopular Health Care agenda Democrats found that their constituents and their political opposition alike were not buying the Obama Pelosi Health Care balderdash. In the interim Sen. Edward Kennedy passed...
  • Gingrich signs on to GOP re-branding effort [McCain-Romney NC4NA] [RINO Party]

    05/19/2009 2:40:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,092+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has signed on to the latest high-profile effort to re-brand the Republican Party — but don't expect to see him take a major leadership role for the National Council for a New America, or make a starring appearance at any of the events on the group's national tour. Organizers of the effort, spearheaded by House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, originally told reporters that Gingrich had not been included in the newly-launched group because his 527, American Solutions, was a partisan entity. (The organization describes itself as a "tri-partisan" network.) Gingrich supporters dismissed...

    05/17/2009 11:48:59 AM PDT · by Moseley · 69 replies · 2,126+ views
    US News and Views, ^ | May 17, 2009 | Jonathon Moseley
    The Republican Party certainly does require a "Big Tent" -- the kind of tent we sometimes see covering a house infested with termites. Unless conservatives can rid the GOP of Democrats hiding out in their midst, the Republican Party can never recover. Liberals are sapping the GOP's strength from within. It now seems that a looming divorce within the GOP has grown inevitable. Unless the Republican Party returns to its conservative principles, a number of conservatives will go on strike. They feel it is no longer acceptable for conservatives to do most of the hard work of winning elections, while...
  • GOP: Resurgence or R.I.P.?

    05/15/2009 5:08:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,137+ views
    Renew America ^ | 2009-05-15 | Ken Connor
    Contrary to popular reports by Democrats and members of the chattering class, the Republican Party is not dead — not yet. In the aftermath of the 2008 elections, however, the GOP is hemorrhaging badly. It is dazed and confused. It is moribund, but it is not dead yet. Whether the Party of Lincoln will recover remains to be seen. Its prognosis is, at best, guarded. Having had their heads handed to them in the last election, and finding it difficult to take on a popular president, Republicans are casting about trying to find a new direction. But news of their...
  • Some Consider Meghan McCain 'New Voice' Of Republican Party For Young Voters (who are these people?)

    05/15/2009 10:43:31 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 62 replies · 1,585+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 14 May 2009 - 3:00 PDT
    Some Republicans seeking to "rebrand" the party are looking to Meghan McCain -- daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- as a figure who can attract younger voters, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A prolific blogger and Twitter contributor, McCain in a recent blog post described herself as a "pro-sex, 'pro-life, pro-gay-marriage Republican,'" and some experts believe she could "be at the forefront of a new GOP breed: the 'Meghan McCain Republican,'" the Chronicle reports. However, some Republicans have criticized McCain's positions as departing too far from the party's core principals, while other critics have attacked her as a political...
  • Want Another Bigot on the Court? You Got It.

    05/08/2009 7:41:16 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 7 replies · 1,334+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 April 2009 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Sometimes even when you attend an event, and take part in it, it still takes time to understand it. I had the honor to speak at the Knoxville Tea Party, as Ben Franklin, a printer from Philadelphia. The visible, massive driving force for that and all 750+ Tea Parties with 1+ million people in attendance was taxes. But the real issue was larger and deeper than taxes. When the mainstream media attempt to deal seriously with this phenomenon, they phrase it as “conservative” as opposed to “liberal.” Sometimes it’s no such thing. The Tea Parties are related to the present...
  • Palin Joining GOP Rebranding Group

    05/04/2009 10:27:57 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 497 replies · 14,477+ views
    Roll Call ^ | May 4, 2009 | Jackie Kucinich
    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), the 2008 vice presidential nominee, will join a new Republican policy group aimed at reshaping and promoting the party brand. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.)announced Palin’s decision to join the National Council for a New America on Monday night. The group launched late last week and held its first town hall-style forum on Saturday in Virginia. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the 2008 presidential nominee, indicated during a conference call last week that his former running mate had been invited to join the policy panel. The group, which is made up of prominent Republican leaders,...
  • GOP set to launch rebranding effort

    04/29/2009 9:58:08 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 185 replies · 4,262+ views
    CNN ^ | April 29, 2009 | John King
    Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a new effort to revive the image of the Republican Party and to counter President Obama's characterization of Republicans as "the party of 'no.'" CNN has learned that the new initiative, called the National Council for a New America, will be announced Thursday. It will involve an outreach by an interesting mix of GOP officials... [John McCain and Jeb Bush]. In addition to Sen. McCain and Gov. Bush, GOP sources familiar with the plans tell CNN others involved in the new group's "National Panel Of Experts" will include: [Barbour, Jindal and Romney]...
  • Meghan McCain: A new gay icon?

    04/18/2009 6:32:43 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1,048+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-04-19 | Patrick Gavin
    The Log Cabin Republicans are holding a convention in Washington, D.C. this week and weekend to discuss the future of the Republican Party and how gay Republicans can feel at home within it. POLITICO caught up with Terry Hamilton, the group's chairman, and interviewed him about whether it's easier to be a gay Republican or a gay Democrat, if the Republican Party is becoming more accommodating of gay conservatives, and whether Meghan McCain — who speaks Saturday at the convention's closing dinner and who has passionately encouraged the GOP to support gay marriage — has become a hero for Log...
  • Barack Obama's New World Order (Time mag - Behold the 're-branding' of America)

    04/03/2009 7:16:44 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies · 2,323+ views
    Time on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/09 | Michael Scherer
    The United States is still the same country it was a year ago, give or take about 6 million jobs. But its international branding campaign, as led by the new President, Barack Obama, is so different that the rest of the world might be forgiven if it has to do a double take. Most of the hallmarks of the foreign policy of George W. Bush are gone. The old conservative idea of "American exceptionalism," which placed the U.S. on a plane above the rest of the world as a unique beacon of democracy and financial might, has been rejected. At...
  • The Goldwater Myth

    02/28/2009 7:55:28 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies · 1,335+ views
    The New Majority ^ | February 27, 2009 | David Frum
    ...The Goldwater myth shuts down all attempts to reform and renew our conservative message for modern times. And it offers a handy justification for nominating a 2012 presidential candidate who might otherwise seem disastrously unelectable...
  • 5 Mistakes GOP Made That Cost Them Hispanic Support

    11/26/2008 6:42:32 AM PST · by AJKauf · 40 replies · 1,236+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 26 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    Republicans need to re-brand their party and convince Hispanics they’re welcome. If they believe their ideas on education, economics, defense, trade, foreign policy, and other issues are superior, let them make that case to Hispanics. That doesn’t mean ditching their core principles, but it might mean changing their tone. It doesn’t mean alienating core voters, but it does means being more inclusive. And it doesn’t mean giving up the party’s opposition to illegal immigration. Polling suggests that Hispanics will go along with enforcement measures that seem reasonable such as increasing the number of border patrol agents and giving them resources....
  • Licking wounds, GOP determined to heal

    11/16/2008 10:06:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 1,190+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | November 16, 2008 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    Looking at the ruby-red splotch showing shrunken Republican strength on county-level national maps of presidential returns, many party leaders are fretting over what went wrong. Debate is raging over how to position the party to begin a comeback, and several would-be saviors - and potential presidential candidates - were trying out their moves last week at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association in Miami. Some say the party has drifted from its fiscally conservative, small-government principles. Others say too much emphasis on issues such as opposition to abortion and gay rights, important to the party's dominant social conservatives, created...
  • The Third Way There is another way forward for the Republican Party

    11/14/2008 5:53:14 PM PST · by tj21807 · 103 replies · 3,469+ views
    Reason ^ | 11/14/2008 | Anthony Randazzo
    A new conservative movement that takes libertarian ideas seriously could use the inertia created by the nation's new progressivism to slingshot itself into the future on a platform of reduced government, lower taxes, and limited interventionism, while also respecting climate change (adjusting the tax code to encourage green reform without any expense to taxpayers) and reforming the immigration system (opening the borders as the market demands labor without sacrificing security). The Republican Party has a chance to transform itself into something it has never been: a party of small government based on classical liberal principles. It doesn't have to be...
  • Grand New Party: How the Republicans Can Win the Working Class and save the American Dream

    09/09/2008 9:25:34 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 5 replies · 136+ views
    The Long View ^ | 2008 Summer | John J. Reilly
    Grand New Party: How the Republicans Can Win the Working Class and save the American Dream By Ross Douthat and Reihan SalamDoubleday, 2008 244 Pages, US$23.95 ISBN 978-0-385-51943-4 Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam have perhaps already reached the stage among people who follow applied political science where they need no introduction, which doesn’t mean they don’t get one: Douhat /Dow-thut/ is now a senior editor at The Atlantic, for which Salam is an associate editor and also a Fellow of the New America Foundation; readers may have encountered them at the blog, The American Scene. For the purposes of this...

    09/04/2008 7:00:17 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 10 replies · 157+ views ^ | September 4, 2008 | JOHN P. AVLON
    TO REBRAND THE GOP THEY'VE PICKED THE RIGHT GUY By JOHN P. AVLON September 4, 2008 ST. PAUL John McCain is leading a party with a deeply unpop ular president in office. Eighty-one percent of the American people believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. But, against the odds, he's still very much in this race. Tonight's acceptance speech will be McCain's best chance to make his case for the presidency - and, in the process, to start rebranding his party for the post-Bush years. It'll be an uphill effort. Many conservative activists still can't believe that their...
  • Possible McCain Running Mate Pawlenty Offers Ideas for Reforming Republicans

    08/07/2008 9:55:35 AM PDT · by djsherin · 22 replies · 151+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 7, 2008 | JOHN D. MCKINNON and DOUGLAS BELKIN
    WASHINGTON -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, viewed as a possible running mate for Sen. John McCain, brought his ideas for reforming the Republican Party to Washington on Wednesday. In two appearances here, he criticized the party leadership for sometimes being out of touch with voters in recent years, offered a few kind words for Sen. McCain's Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, and discussed possible new solutions for problems in health care and education -- areas many Republicans have written off as the Democrats' domain. When it comes to addressing many middle-class voters' concerns, the Republicans' "idea factory has been a...
  • Pawlenty: GOP needs to recast its traditional image (Minnesota's Governor Barfs On Us)

    08/07/2008 8:50:27 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 44 replies · 214+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 8/06/08 | Kevin Diaz - Staff Reporter
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty rolled out his "Sam's Club Republican" brand to a national audience Wednesday, making two well-covered speeches calling for a more hopeful message to check recent Democratic electoral gains. Pawlenty, billed by the National Press Club as a top contender to run for vice president with GOP candidate John McCain, said Republicans must broaden their appeal to a new generation of "Reagan Democrats" -- the same young and working-class voters being targeted by presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Sketching a profile that in many ways describes himself, the 47-year-old governor said a new generation of Republican leadership is...
  • Meghan McCain: "I Almost Registered as a Democrat"

    07/31/2008 6:02:47 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 179 replies · 299+ views ^ | July 31, 2008
    Republican presidential candidate John McCain's daughter Meghan is just 23-years-old, but she's had her own political evolution. "I almost registered as a Democrat to be rebellious, but I registered as an Independent instead," she tells Glamour in its September issue. "Then my dad bragged about it, so it backfired." Meghan, a self-described "total daddy's girl," registered as a Republican as a Father's Day gift last month. Though she's been crossing the country by bus to help the campaign, she takes issue with parts of the GOP platform. "I don't relate to the hard right," she admits. "I think it's time...
  • U.S. conservatives scramble to find a new direction

    07/20/2008 9:24:35 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 527+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | 2008-07-20 | Patricia Cohen
    Almost anything can happen in an election year, but among conservatives, almost everyone seems to agree that no matter who captures the White House in November, the movement that has ruled the Republican Party since the 1960s and mostly dominated American politics since 1980 has lost its way. Across the spectrum of the right, writers and thinkers have turned their relentless analysis inward, a kind of political EST seminar aimed at self-transformation.
  • GOP - Damaged Brand? Can McCain restore the Luster?

    06/21/2008 5:36:51 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 23 replies · 61+ views
    Newsweek ^ | June 21st, 2008 | Eleanor Clift
    "It's hard being a member of the mean party," says Bob Borochoff, a lifelong Republican who was on Capitol Hill this week asking legislators to support bills that will benefit disabled people like his son, Bradley, and returning veterans suffering from mental illness. There's no shortage of horror stories when it comes to health insurance, but Borochoff's tale on behalf of his son took him on a political journey, as well, and his disillusionment is emblematic of the uphill climb the Republicans face in November. Borochoff's tidy life as a restauranteur and happily married father of three, including newborn twins,...
  • McCain's Election Strategy, YouTubed

    06/09/2008 9:02:44 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies · 93+ views ^ | Junt 09, 2008 | Ed O'Keefe
    <p>The "McCain 2008 Strategy Briefing" is voiced by campaign manager Rick Davis, who admits the political environment is "among the worst for in modern history for Republicans."</p>
  • Calling Dr. Doom (Why McCain Can't Win)

    06/03/2008 6:36:54 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 64 replies · 84+ views
    NYT ^ | 3 June 2008 | David Brooks
    ...More fundamentally, McCain’s problem is that his party is unfit to govern. As research from the Republican pollster David Winston has shown, any policy becomes less popular when people learn that Republicans are supporting it. If the G.O.P. sponsored the sunrise, voters would prefer gloom. Many Republicans are under the illusion that they are in trouble because they’ve betrayed their core principles. The sad truth is that if they’d been more conservative, they’d be even further behind. I’ve spent the past few years trying to find conservative experts to provide remedies for middle-class economic anxiety. Let me tell you, the...
  • The Way Back to a Republican Majority is to the Right

    06/02/2008 1:32:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 77 replies · 98+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 06/02/2008 | Rep. Mike Pence
    I am deeply honored to have this opportunity to address the 41st Annual Silver Elephant Dinner here in South Carolina. I am grateful for the leadership of Chairman Katon Dawson and for the gracious introduction by Senator Jim DeMint. Senator Jim DeMint is a hero to his former colleagues in the House and has done more, in less time, to shake up the United States Senate than any other conservative in recent history. While Jim’s introduction was overly generous, there really are some great men here. I am humbled to share the stage so many great conservatives in South Carolina,...
  • Tom Coburn: Republicans Are in Denial

    05/26/2008 9:44:18 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 66 replies · 234+ views
    WSJ ^ | May 27th, 2008 | Tom Coburn
    As congressional Republicans contemplate the prospect of an electoral disaster this November, much is being written about the supposed soul-searching in the Republican Party. A more accurate description of our state is paralysis and denial. Many Republicans are waiting for a consultant or party elder to come down from the mountain and, in Moses-like fashion, deliver an agenda and talking points on stone tablets. But the burning bush, so to speak, is delivering a blindingly simple message: Behave like Republicans. Unfortunately, too many in our party are not yet ready to return to the path of limited government. Instead, we...
  • Feeling depressed? Turn that frown upside down with GOPEXOR.

    05/25/2008 2:46:49 PM PDT · by lightman · 19 replies · 121+ views
    The YorkDaily Record/York Sunday News ^ | 25 May AD 2008 | Mike Argento
  • John McCain's GOP converts

    05/21/2008 9:06:34 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 37 replies · 57+ views
    POLITICO ^ | 5/21/08 | JOHN FEEHERY
    think I know how a Christian convert feels in Saudi Arabia. When I worked for the House Republican leadership during the 2000 presidential primary, I voted for John McCain. I was then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s spokesman at the time, and while he had his issues with McCain’s chief rival, George W. Bush, it was clear that Bush was his choice. Bush also had the backing of the rest of the House Republican leadership. On the day of the 2000 New Hampshire primary, we had a leadership meeting in the speaker’s office. Rumors were rife that Bush was getting his derrière...
  • Schwarzenegger calls for 'rebranding' GOP (Barf-o-rama)

    05/20/2008 4:12:22 AM PDT · by Tabi Katz · 20 replies · 83+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2008 | Carla Marinucci
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger created shock and awe in the Republican Party when he warned years ago that the GOP was in danger of "dying at the box office" by failing to make the sale to a wide swath of voters. And with the presidential election looming, the Republican governor of the nation's most populous state - a decidedly blue state - has now found a chorus of agreement. The Republican "brand" - thanks to an unpopular president, a war, gas prices, foreclosures and deficit - has become such damaged goods that GOP Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia groused last...
  • Schwarzenegger sees economic boost in gay marriage ruling

    05/20/2008 7:54:18 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 129 replies · 210+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 20, 2008 | Kevin Yamamura
    In the wake of the state Supreme Court's recent legalization of gay marriage, the Republican governor said Tuesday in San Francisco he wants gay couples to flock to California for wedded bliss. "You know, I'm wishing everyone good luck with their marriages and I hope that California's economy is booming because everyone is going to come here and get married," said Schwarzenegger, prompting laughs and applause. The governor appeared at an Environmental Defense Fund event ... The governor reiterated that he opposes an initiative backed by conservatives to ban gay marriage in the state constitution.
  • The stupid party strikes again: “The Change You Deserve”

    05/13/2008 4:41:47 PM PDT · by pissant · 101 replies · 102+ views
    Michelle ^ | 5/13/08 | Michelle Malkin
    Oh, dear Lord. The hapless Republican establishment has gone and made a public embarrassment of itself again. Can your hearts take much more of this? Mine can’t: Hoping to get things moving in a positive direction, House Republicans will on Wednesday begin rolling out their own policy agenda, trying to showcase their differences with Democrats on issues such as health care, the economy, energy and national security. In a memo to be sent to Republican members today, the leadership hints at a new slogan building on the change message that has already been shown to have political resonance with a...
  • GOPER COMPARES BRAND TO BAD DOG FOOD (GOP "leader" finds problem but can't diagnose cause)

    05/14/2008 5:06:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 23 replies · 115+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/14/2008 | Mike Viqueira
    A former House GOP leader is calling this year's political atmosphere "the worst since Watergate and is far more toxic than the fall of 2006," citing "deep seeded (sic) antipathy toward the president." Rep. Tom Davis wrote a 20-page treatise (see earlier note) assessing the state of the Republican Party as we head into the summer and presented it to House GOP rank and file this morning. Davis, who is retiring, is rumored to be interested in finishing his term as the head of the GOP House campaign arm.
  • House GOP unveils 'change' agenda for fall (change from closet libs to openly lib)

    05/14/2008 6:48:54 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 81 replies · 164+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/14/2008 | Ed Hornick
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sensing trouble in the fall, the House GOP leadership on Wednesday addressed recent losses in special Congressional elections by unleashing a new agenda aimed at changing that party's image. House Republican leaders pushed the retooled message, which they call "Change You Deserve." They rolled out the first version Wednesday, which focuses on working mothers and military families. "This agenda is a reflection of House Republicans' commitment to providing American families with the change they deserve: common-sense solutions to the challenges they face in their daily lives," according to the agenda provided to CNN. "Today's families face challenges...
  • Republicans still do not get it

    05/19/2008 4:27:55 PM PDT · by bstein80 · 28 replies · 273+ views
    The Conservative Revolution ^ | 5-19-08 | Brendan Steinhauser
    The Republicans in Congress continue to baffle me. They are spending all of their time trying to use the marketing tool of “re-branding” the party, while at the same time they refuse to vote against terrible public policy. The most recent example is the disastrous farm bill that the Senate passed overwhelmingly. The House has already passed the bill, and although President Bush will veto it, Congress will likely override the veto. As long as the Republicans in Congress pay lip service to conservatism while voting like liberals, they deserve to lose in November. Those leading the Republicans down the...
  • GOP turns to McCain to reinvent party

    05/18/2008 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 85 replies · 184+ views
    Politico ^ | 5/18/08 | JONATHAN MARTIN
    In a delicious piece of irony, many dispirited Republicans, devastated by Tuesday’s special election loss in Mississippi, now believe their savior to be John McCain — a not-so-constant conservative many of them also have long intensely disliked. The logic: McCain, the vaunted maverick, can move the party away from President Bush and reinvent a Republican brand that, at the moment, is in tatters. “The public is prepared to believe that McCain is a different kind of Republican,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Frank Donatelli, McCain’s point man at the committee. “This is not some political idea that was cooked up.”...
  • Dick Morris: A Roadmap for John McCain ['Run to the center--the base will be there for you']

    05/19/2008 9:29:55 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 55 replies · 418+ views ^ | 19 May 08 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    John McCain is America's favorite kind of candidate. With his record of extraordinary patriotism and his distinctive Senate tenure, McCain is a nominee whom voters from both parties — and independents, too — could easily support. But he has been dealt a terrible hand: a tanking economy, an unpopular war, a Republican incumbent whose approval ratings are at their all-time low and a gloomy national mood, with 82 percent of Americans saying in a Washington Post-ABC News poll last week that the country is on the wrong track. Political scientists add all that up and predict that the Democrats are...
  • Quality, not Rebranding, is what Republicans Need

    05/19/2008 1:02:16 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 35 replies · 622+ views
    Flash Report ^ | May 18, 2008 | Ray Haynes
    [ Ray Haynes is a Republican from California. He served in the California Legislature from 1992-2006 as a Senator and Assemblyman. ] Now that I am in the private sector, I have learned an important lesson. Last month, I was in Costa Rica on behalf of a company that I have been doing some work for. We found that one of our distributors had been taking our product and diluting it. It still worked, just not as well, and our customers were blaming us. To protect the brand, and the quality of our product, we got rid of the distributor....
  • Schwarzenegger calls for 'rebranding' GOP

    05/17/2008 6:44:54 PM PDT · by Hazwaste · 124 replies · 156+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 17, 2008 | Carla Marinucci
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger created shock and awe in the Republican Party when he warned years ago that the GOP was in danger of "dying at the box office" by failing to make the sale to a wide swath of voters. And with the presidential election looming, the Republican governor of the nation's most populous state - a decidedly blue state - has now found a chorus of agreement. The Republican "brand" - thanks to an unpopular president, a war, gas prices, foreclosures and deficit - has become such damaged goods that GOP Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia groused last...
  • A Thoughtful Critique Of The Governor's Comments (on rebranding the GOP) in the Chronicle

    05/19/2008 9:09:41 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 153+ views
    Flashreport ^ | May 19, 2008 | Jeff Greene
    I agree with our esteemed Governor and many other critics both right and left that the GOP is a rudderless disaster and out of touch with the general voting public (especially in CA), or at least incapable of expressing themselves in a way that is both heard and understood by the great unwashed masses. But while he gives a lot of examples of where we are "wrong", he has no examples whatsoever of where we are right. No examples whatsoever of how we can successfully distinguish ourselves from the Dems and become a winning party...
  • Quick. Change the Brand. In Five Weeks (Rebranding Kerry)

    09/26/2004 7:03:35 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 66 replies · 1,523+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/26/04 | JOHN TIERNEY
    WASHINGTON — Senator John Kerry tried reintroducing himself last week with a new speech against the Iraq war, but he promptly ran into an old problem. To Democrats, it was a fresh, tough speech that put him in good position to challenge President Bush in this week's debate. To Republicans, it was a familiar opportunity. They gleefully labeled it Mr. Kerry's ninth different position on Iraq and put up a commercial showing him windsurfing to the strains of the "Blue Danube" waltz while a narrator dismissed his Iraq policies as going "whichever way the wind blows." By sticking to their...