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Monday, March 18, 2013

GOP Tries To Right Its Wrongs

Is it no surprise that the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reibus Prince, picked today, March 18th, to launch the Reibus Report ? (At least that's what we're calling it here).

It's his birthday.

So, the 37 year old releases a report titled the GOP (Growth and Opportunity Project), nonetheless - to explain why the Republican Party lost the election, and to also see how best the party can repair its self from its own collateral damage of not being able to connect with the American people.

"At our core, Republicans have comfortably remained the Party of Reagan without figuring out what
comes next', states the report. "Ronald Reagan is a Republican hero and role model who was first elected 33 years ago — meaning no one under the age of 51 today was old enough to vote for Reagan when he first ran for President. Our Party knows how to appeal to older voters, but we have lost our way with younger ones. We sound increasingly out of touch."

Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. States in which Republican presidential candidates used to win like New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada,

Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Florida have been lost to Democratic voters.

Hey RNC, rational thinking people are just not that into you.

At least they recognize this.  They say that identifying the problem is half the battle.  So with that, Reibus and his party have come up with a plan that give the RNC a $10M "top-to-bottom tuneup" they claim will help better connect with African Americans, women, and Hispanic populations.

Remember this comment from their front running presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the2012 election campaign?

"Plan parenthood, I'll get rid of that."  That turned off women right there.

What about escorting illegal immigrants out of the country and calling it Immigration Reform?  

Did you really expect 15 million people to vote for you when you're talking about ridding them from the United States of America?

African Americans don't care for you because of the way you've treated communities of color: that whole war on drugs thing that incarcerated millions of African Americans while giving whites a pass for the same indiscretions; the driving while Black thing; the lack of educational opportunities, quality health care and jobs in under served areas; and that whole if-you-aren't-a-Republican-screw-you, mentality.

Those items are hardly items to run a campaign on in a changing new world order.

Reads the report, "Public perception of the Party is at record lows. Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us."

Like we wrote earlier, realizing the problem is half the battle. Winning it, however, is another elephant altogether.

You can read the entire GOP report here.

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