GOP Growth And Opportunity Plan Looks To Be Mostly Squishy

Perhaps there will be more in it once it is released than media outlets are reporting, but, probably not. The entrenched GOP leadership doesn’t seem to have a clue

(Daily Caller) Why did Republicans fail to stop Barack Obama from winning another four years in the White House and what can they do to get back on the path to victory?

Those are the topics tackled inside the 100-page report being released by the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project on Monday.

“The GOP today is a tale of two parties,” the report states. “One of them, the gubernatorial wing, is growing and successful. The other, the federal wing, is increasingly marginalizing itself, and unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future.”

That’s because the State level Republicans have caught a clue and are sticking with Conservatism, and have been willing to go on the offensive along with standing for Conservative principles. At the federal level, we often nominate non-conservatives. Look, I liked Mitt Romney, he would have been the right guy at the right time for this dismal economy, but much of his past agenda was slightly liberal. He was more JFK than Reagan. His campaign was also too nice, refusing to get down in the mud.

One way to attract younger votes, the report states, is having Republican leaders spend more time going on “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” and MTV, and giving interviews to publications like People and Us Weekly.

Sadly, in today’s Inside Hollywood type politics, this is necessary, and seems the only way to reach the low information voters.

And citing how outside Democratic groups successfully dug up dirt on Republican candidates in 2012, the committee suggests that well-funded conservative groups improve their opposition research on Democrats in order “to define our opponents as early as possible in the process.”

In case the GOP missed it, the groups do. But the GOP mostly refuses to use the research. Nor their own. They want to play nice with the bullies on the left. Here’s where we start getting really squishy

“If Hispanic Americans hear that the GOP doesn’t want them in the United States, they won’t pay attention to our next sentence,” the report states. “It doesn’t matter what we say about education, jobs or the economy.”

Does that sound like they’re getting squishy on illegal immigration? Let’s flip to the Washington Post

To broaden its appeal, the party must reach out to minority voters and others, according to one recommendation in the report obtained by The Associated Press before its release: “We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink,” it said.


The RNC will also push for a tone of “tolerance and respect” in the immigration debate….

That theme seems to be infused throughout the report and in many stories about it. In other words, the GOP just needs to become Democrats in everything but name. To give up conservative principles. To approve of legalizing people who are in the US illegally.

The report does offer some smarter ideas, like long term outreach to minorities and younger voters, a better ground game, better infrastructure and modern technology programs (seriously, how many bloggers, from big to small, were ever engaged by anyone in the GOP?)

In his Monday speech, Preibus will say that the perception of the GOP as the “party of the rich” continues to grow, and that focus groups described Republicans as “narrow minded,” “out of touch,” and “stuffy old men.”

“The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself,” the report says. “We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.”

One cannot be persuasive when one doesn’t stridently defend one’s ideas. Too many of the GOP insiders fail to make their case strongly, often pushing their ideas softly with the idea that the Media and Democrats will attack them. Clue for the GOP: they’ll get attacked regardless by the 90% liberal media, so attack as well as forcefully defend your own ideas.

Crossed at Right Wing News and Stop The ACLU.

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6 Responses to “GOP Growth And Opportunity Plan Looks To Be Mostly Squishy”

  1. john says:

    “Liberal media” is owned by the largest conglomerates in the US, their only agenda is PROFITS.. The one right wing cable news station attracts only about 10% of American TVs during the prime time news hour. American do NOT want right wing news, there just isn’t a market there that will generate profits. When Americans look at CPAC they see angry old people, gun nuts, birthers,war lovers,and a whole bunch of antis (anti science anti gay, anti abortion, anti immigrants) . Teach, attack adds do not win elections anymore. Americans just do not believe that Obama is a socialist, a muslim or that he was born in Kenya.
    My fav CPAC moment was Pam Geller and her accusation that CPAC had been taken over by elements of the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD.
    So Teach what do you think?? Do you think Pam has gone over the rainbow? or IS CPAC enforcing “Sharia”

  2. gumball_brains says:

    “Liberal media” is owned by the largest conglomerates in the US, their only agenda is PROFITS

    you know what john, once again, you are right. Amazing how profits is ok for one group of people you support, but wrong for others? Why is that john?

    American do NOT want right wing news, there just isn’t a market there that will generate profits.

    Yep, that’s why CurrentTV has to be sold to an oil nation in order to survive. No one wants it. John, the reason that stations like Fox News are not top-of-the-market for normal news, is because most people are too busy working to sit down and watch the morning or early evening news. Those that do are the low information people. If you dare to find, Nielson’s has had Fox News on top for last 10 years for post-dinner news shows.

    Teach, attack adds do not win elections anymore. Americans just do not believe that Obama is a socialist, a muslim or that he was born in Kenya.

    Actually, many do john. They just don’t care. Most of the voters that put him in to office knew what they were voting for because they want more free stuff. Or they voted for him because he was black.

    the only reason he won this time around was due to the conservative base staying home. Granted, Obama won the new young voters. But then again, those are the very low information voters that started to pay a small bit of attention in 2012.

    Teach, as far as the RNC, they are squishy and will be squishy as long as the continue to want to seek validation from their friends in DC and the media. And, when the RNC leaders attack and villify their own members for standing up for the constitution and our personal freedoms, then you know the RNC is in serious trouble.

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  4. david7134 says:

    My advice to the Republicans, if you want to win, push conservatives. Romeny was Obama-lite. He did not know what the conservative message is. Then, get off the religous agenda, about 50% of conservatives are more liberaterian and have no problem with abortions, or gays, or drugs. Lets the social agenda go and concentrate on the economy, taxes, and getting rid of most elements of the Federal government. Reduce rules and regulations. Promote capatilism and profit. Set an agenda for stability, how? You promise an amendment to limit the amount of taxes that can be imposed on us. Get rid of the commerce clause. In short, preach less government. People that are anti-aboriton, or ant-gay are actually progressives and have more in common with the Democrats in that they want to use the government to tell others what to do.

  5. gumball_brains says:

    Agree mostly, though not sure how will get rid of the Commerce Clause as it tells states that commerce between the states can not be unequal, and it manages the trade between nations on behalf of the states.

    But, I agree, we need, needed to, focus on the economy. And get hard and nasty on the campaign.

    I thought Romney was going to rail against Obama on the second debate, but then left it without forcing obama to ANSWER his questions. And then the third debate was squish galore.

    But, it does need to be affirmed that it cannot be used against commerce that is not happening.

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