The Gingrich Briefing: What it will take for Republicans to catch up

posted at 1:21 pm on March 1, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, Newt Gingrich appeared on CBS This Morning to explain just how far in the hole Republicans are in relation to Democrats in voter outreach.  “You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned.  “You have to be a party that has a better alternative.”  Even when the GOP has a better alternative, though, the party lost elections it should have won because of poor strategy and direction from its consultant class.

Gingrich isn’t just voicing that message on the airwaves.  He met yesterday with Republican staffers on Capitol Hill on strategy and messaging, and a Congressional aide has passed along Gingrich’s handout at the meeting to Hot Air .  Gingrich warned Republican staffers that Barack Obama has a strategy of “relentless cynicism” and demagoguery, designed to marginalize Republicans as “extreme,” and relying on the media to carry his water:

  1. There will be a permanent 24/7 campaign to dominate the media
  2. There will be a constant issue focus shifting to topics which isolate Republicans and arouse the President’s allies at the grassroots
  3. Relentless cynicism will characterize the manipulation of facts, the choice of issues and the willingness to harm the American people and American institutions ( “maximum pain for political gain” is the underlying system)
  4. The entire coalition of left wing allies will be mobilized over and over to overmatch the Republicans ( think Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, unions, gay rights groups, etc etc)
  5. The Republican Party will be relentlessly attacked and defined in extremist language ( anti-immigrant, homophobic, racist, waging war on women, etc) so the collapse and isolation of the brand makes candidates unacceptable and unelected  with no regard for their  personal characteristics
  6. The 2012 turnout mechanisms will be modernized, improved and strengthened to try to make 2014 turnout resemble 2012 rather than 2010.

The first step toward countering this strategy, Gingrich warns, is to admit that the gap exists in the first place.  Gingrich believes that Republicans still haven’t come to grips with the disparity between the two parties in speed and strength, and until the GOP gets past that denial, “they will continue to lose ground.”  Republicans then need to “match or surpass the combination of data and behavioral science” that proved so effective for Team Obama in 2008 and especially 2012.

Forget “red and blue,” too, and although Gingrich doesn’t explicitly say it, the 47% argument, too.  Republicans have to address the “311,000,000 Americans who deserve a better life than the Obama big government redistributionist model can give them.”  The GOP has to have an alternative that they can “communicate effectively, emotionally and in a compelling human way,” and learn how to handle the media more effectively as well.

Demographics are a big concern with Gingrich, and the only path to success is broadening the GOP’s brand to minority voters.  “Every Republican incumbent, leader and candidate,” Gingrich advises, “should allocate one third of their time meeting with minority Americans,” and be accountable to that in measurable data.  That doesn’t just mean face time, either, but a “listen-learn-help-lead” model that requires real engagement and long-term commitment to constituencies on which the GOP gave up years ago.

This isn’t new, of course; Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan have urged the Republican Party to start going back to the urban centers that Democrats have had by default for decades, and I wrote after the election about the need to provide real solutions based on conservative principles that will actually help ordinary voters in these communities and address their concerns.  That’s the “listen-learn-help-lead” model; if all we ever do is the first stage, it’s not much of a mystery why we fall behind.  Gingrich put this into a concrete model for the GOP to follow in his briefing yesterday, and we will see whether anyone chooses to put this into action.

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Newt Gingrich appeared on CBS This Morning to explain just how far in the hole Republicans are in relation to Democrats in voter outreach. “You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned.

Thanks for dissing us on national TV, Newtie.

BTW, who are you to teach us how to win national elections?

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

“You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned. “You have to be a party that has a better alternative.”

For the cattle, who chew their cud and wait, with big brown eyes, for the farmer to drop off some more hay – there is no better alternative.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 1, 2013 at 1:27 PM

What it will take for Republicans to catch up

Catch up to what? Abject failure in nearly all metrics? Is that something Republicans should be aspiring to?

You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned.

This country was founded on opposition. Opposition to failure and evil is what made us the greatest nation on earth.We need MORE opposition IMO.

HotAirian on March 1, 2013 at 1:29 PM

This seems spot-on to me.

crrr6 on March 1, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Gingrich warned Republican staffers that Barack Obama has a strategy of “relentless cynicism” and demagoguery, designed to marginalize Republicans as “extreme,” and relying on the media to carry his water:

Well, he knows how to state the obvious, anyway.

changer1701 on March 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

BTW, who are you to teach us how to win national elections?

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Architect of the 1994 Republican majority, first in over 40 years, in the House or Representatives.
Newt lost the primary because Romney had the money advantage and apparently had some degree of power to force right media outlets to go in the tank for him.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Karl Rove is to blame for this.

He is the one who instead of setting up an infrastructure for the future, just kept using the religious right and their networks for victory.

portlandon on March 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

How about supporting a TRUE Conservative candidate – Palin.

Palin 2016

ChuckTX on March 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Great. What has the next back-stabbing egomaniac to say?

Adjoran on March 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Newt would have been an astonishingly poor choice as a Presidential nominee, but that doesn’t mean that what he’s saying here is incorrect. In fact, near as I can tell from Ed’s summary above, everything he says is 100% correct.

Or are there people here who really just plain hate the idea of going out and engaging with minorities and urban dwellers? I do get the sense that what drives a lot of the most angry people around here is rural/exurban rage against perceived “urban” and/or “coastal” elites. Which is just reverse bigotry, and retarded on its face.

Esoteric on March 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Newt would have been an astonishingly poor choice as a Presidential nominee, but that doesn’t mean that what he’s saying here is incorrect. In fact, near as I can tell from Ed’s summary above, everything he says is 100% correct.

Or are there people here who really just plain hate the idea of going out and engaging with minorities and urban dwellers? I do get the sense that what drives a lot of the most angry people around here is rural/exurban rage against perceived “urban” and/or “coastal” elites. Which is just reverse bigotry, and retarded on its face.

Esoteric on March 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

There’s nothing wrong with the advice, just seems like common sense.

changer1701 on March 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The Gingrich Briefing: What it will take for Republicans to catch up

Here’s an idea. How about refusing to listen to tired old beached whale Republican has-beens, and not letting them run for President, when the haven’t got a chance in hell of winning either the primary or the general.

Mr. Arkadin on March 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Thanks for dissing us on national TV, Newtie.

BTW, who are you to teach us how to win national elections?

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I see a lot of great sports coaches on TV that were only so-so as players.

Newt makes some good points. The rats control the media, the education system, culture and are way ahead of us in new media advertising. (eg: my wife listens to a lot of Pandora – Obama was advertising on there all the time, never heard 1 Romney ad).

The reason we’re competitive at all is the number of people dwindling, but still substantial, number of people who teach their children to value liberty and unaffiliated voters that get scared off when they actually see enough liberalism in action.

We can’t do anything about the dinosaur media, but we have plenty of avenues available to us in new media. Due to our geographic disadvantage in mobilizing ground games in our districts vs their heavily concentrated districts, this strategy becomes paramount.

crrr6 on March 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

everyday I hear another plan by republicans to screw over conservatives (or worse they vote to screw us over).

everyday I hear another person talking about how behind repubicans are on technology and voter outreach.

everyday I hear about how Texas is going to go blue

everyday I hear about how women and middle class hate republicans

everyday I hear how republicans are doomed by demographics.

Let’s just pack it in.

earlgrey133 on March 1, 2013 at 1:51 PM

… have urged the Republican Party to start going back to the urban centers that Democrats have had by default for decades …

But, here’s the problem – democrats “win” urban centers because “urban centers” are where the FREESHIT is. “Urban Centers” vote democrat because the democrat party is the party of handouts, and democrat-voting minorities and other “entitlement” seekers congregate where they can get the best deal – where they can get the most free stuff, and where they do not have to work for a living, and that means living in an urban center.

The only way for Republicans to win over “entitlement” seekers is to buy their votes by offering them MORE free stuff than the democrats do.

But, is it really worth it?

Pork-Chop on March 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

It’s time for a 3rd party.

The two existing ones destroy the land, equally, the Rs enabling the Ds.

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

6. If you aren’t on offense you are on defense. There are no time outs. Every morning you know your status. If you aren’t on offense you are on defense. If you don’t win the argument you won’t win the vote( a Margaret Thatcher rule)

This one is good. The rest are filler, pablum, or counterproductive.

9. Including minorities is a key to success. This will be challenging, at times confusing,and fraught with frustration. Every Republican incumbent, leader and candidate shouldallocate one third of their time meeting with minority Americans.

The GOP is already open to all people who want freedom. If it’s going to start ethnic pandering with 1/3 of its resources, it loses that core message. Terrible idea.

Overall, D+

Compare this to

sauldalinsky on March 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Palin won’t run.

Unless we can find someone able to cut through the media crap with true OPPORTUNITY CONSERVATIVISM we’re dommed.

PappyD61 on March 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Well, he knows how to state the obvious, anyway.

changer1701 on March 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I don’t think it’s that obvious to the rest of the Republicans.

Vince on March 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

A bunch of coffee house, fill good pontificating. It’s all that Gingrich and Morrissey for that matter, is good at. Won’t change anything mind you, but they get to appear “concerned”.

lowandslow on March 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

William F. Buckley defining the current previous conservative movement in the National Review mission statement in 1955. Bold, forward focused and unapologetic.

It stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.

sauldalinsky on March 1, 2013 at 1:57 PM

You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned.

I’m waiting for that to start Newtie.

arnold ziffel on March 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

“You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned. “You have to be a party that has a better alternative.”

An alternative? Like a moon base…or attacking your republican opponent using liberal talking points…or making 10 year olds janitors…or being a liberal when you are not running for office?

Newt Gingrich assailed Romney about Bain Capital and played class politics and then, when he had no chance of getting the nomination, he stayed in and took just enough votes from Santorum to lose some very big states that would have made all the difference. Newt has been throwing conservatives under the bus since he was Speaker and demanded that freshman republicans vote for Clinton’s tax increase. If Newt wants to know why republicans keep losing national elections, he needs to look in the mirror.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Look, just agree with everything that Rachel Maddow agrees with, plug an “R” by her name, and let her have the Republican nomination.

It’s all about moving to the Left and winning, right?

Gotta get an “R” in the White House!

OhEssYouCowboys on March 1, 2013 at 2:01 PM

It’s time for a 3rd party.

The two existing ones destroy the land, equally, the Rs enabling the Ds.

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Couldn’t agree more. It’s, basically, an admission that Conservatism has been thrown on the dung heap of American history – but, what the hell – we might as well have a Party that we can identify with.

Ever since Ronnie got term-limited, I’ve been a Conservative without a Party.

OhEssYouCowboys on March 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Newt wasn’t a very good presidential candidate, but he’s a brilliant man with great ideas. I think his points are well-taken; the GOP needs to do more among all demographics and especially minorities. It’s not pandering to insist that everyone have the opportunity for a prosperous future, and we should begin to apply our principles and preferred policies to those who have been previously written off by our party.

youknowit on March 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Or are there people here who really just plain hate the idea of going out and engaging with minorities and urban dwellers? I do get the sense that what drives a lot of the most angry people around here is rural/exurban rage against perceived “urban” and/or “coastal” elites. Which is just reverse bigotry, and retarded on its face.

Esoteric on March 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Take that racist crap elsewhere. There’s no problem speaking the conservative message anywhere, any time to all people. Gingrich is saying we should send 33% of a GOP candidates resources pandering to La Raza or Al Sharpton-type race hustling groups.

sauldalinsky on March 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Here is what Newt and the other idiots are really saying… “We need to be more like Democrats.”
Yeah, that will work. Because everyone knows that people would rather vote for the democrat-light candidate over the real thing. No, the GOP needs to espouse conservative principals and sell it to the masses, like Reagan did. We are staring into the abyss and these political sycophants are worried about the Republican party, not about changing the direction of the country.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Gee Newt, you just reiterated what we’ve watched for years. Maybe your skills in observing all this and directing the party as to how to win, might have been employed by you in the last election if you know so much?

Don L on March 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Actually, if you take the time to read what Gingrich said, it makes a lot of sense. And his analysis of what Obama and the Dems are doing is right-on. The GOP would be wise to take Gingrich’s advice.

DRayRaven on March 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

It’s time for a 3rd party.

The two existing ones destroy the land, equally, the Rs enabling the Ds.

Schadenfreude on March 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

You got that right!

fight like a girl on March 1, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I rarely watch barry..but i watch some of his presser today. Fs need to parry each presser he does. Rs may not internalize this yet, barry hates them. The press hates them.

They leave barry free to call Rs liars. They do not respond. Barry believes the bestest government is the one that is all encompass. He believes that jobs are dependent on government. All good thing come from government. The press does not challenge that.

He is free to lie about everything. Oh, sure, the Rs might say something sub voce a week later. Call a presser Right after his and Call him Out.

Rs have this mindset that DC is a cooperative game, negotiated and reasoned. That is not the Left. The left will fight with all their armies for each inch of ground…and once victorious, will never yield.

Bary is fighting tooth and nail for every penny…and no, there’ll be no compromise on his side. He is calling for ‘the People’ to rise up and ‘correct’ the right-wing in their approach

r keller on March 1, 2013 at 2:24 PM

“…the party lost elections it should have won because of poor strategy and direction from its consultant class.”

I think I see the problem here…

Seven Percent Solution on March 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for dissing us on national TV, Newtie.

BTW, who are you to teach us how to win national elections?

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Architect of the 1994 Republican majority, first in over 40 years, in the House or Representatives.
Newt lost the primary because Romney had the money advantage and apparently had some degree of power to force right media outlets to go in the tank for him.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Things were a lot different 19 years ago. What’s Newt won lately?

Mitt had “the money advantage” because he had more supporters.
Because he was the better candidate.

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Thanks for dissing us on national TV, Newtie.

BTW, who are you to teach us how to win national elections?

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I see a lot of great sports coaches on TV that were only so-so as players.

Newt makes some good points…

crrr6 on March 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The sports analogy doesn’t work. Physical ability is very different from mental skill. But in politics, it’s all mental.

Yes, he does make some good points.

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Rush has been saying that Obama is trying to destroy the GOP for years. Newt is late to the party, as usual.

fight like a girl on March 1, 2013 at 2:45 PM

I’m waiting for that to start Newtie.

arnold ziffel on March 1, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Oh we’re an opposition party, we’re just a very sad and lame opposition party.
“NO! No! no! no…nnnnokay, just this once….”

But he’s right on this. He won the House for the GOP for the first time in howevermany decades by unashamedly stating what Republicans would do if elected. Reagan won the same way, by stating conservative principles, how he would enact them and how they would help America.

29Victor on March 1, 2013 at 2:47 PM

The sports analogy doesn’t work. Physical ability is very different from mental skill. But in politics, it’s all mental.

Yes, he does make some good points.

itsnotaboutme on March 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

I think the analogy works okay because there are different kinds of mental skill. Gingrich is a thinker and a planner but isn’t always the greatest in front of a camera. I mean, he can be awesome, but he his mental filter might need a good cleaning.

29Victor on March 1, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Or are there people here who really just plain hate the idea of going out and engaging with minorities and urban dwellers? I do get the sense that what drives a lot of the most angry people around here is rural/exurban rage against perceived “urban” and/or “coastal” elites. Which is just reverse bigotry, and retarded on its face.

Esoteric on March 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

No, it isn’t “bigotry.” The problem with the coastal cities is that the Democrats own them by dumping huge government handouts on minorities. I have no problems WITH minority outreach if we find some way to sell them on our ideas. But “minority outreach” is usually a codeword for entitlement expansions, welfare expansions, and amnesty. Sorry, I’m not interested in having my taxes increased – again – or the currency debased some more by Bernanke so your party hack can win his run for dogcatcher.

It’s always nice to hear what people supposedly on our side really think of conservatives, though.

Doomberg on March 1, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Boehner and Cantor, Chris Christie and Karl Rove are the ones stabbing us in the back.

Newt is providing a plan to win again. At least someone is. He has a record of winning. What record does Boehner have? Oh, I know.. passing the Democrat agenda. Telling Republicans they need to fall in line. Playing golf with Obama and stating “ObamaCare is the law of the land.”

The Democrats, including obama, win by default. Time and time again this past 4 years… Democrats win because Republican leadership caves or does nothing. Again and again. Over and over. The same freaking story.
Don’t tell me how clever Obama is. How smart he is. How powerful he is. No.. it’s not about Obama or Pelosi. It’s about the Republican leaders who do nothing.

You can’t rave about how powerful your opponent is on the battlefield when the other side keeps quitting and giving up before the battle even begins.

Quite frankly.. I think if the GOP were to unite and take on the Democrats we’d be shocked to see how weak they really are. They aren’t used to Republicans fighting. Republicans cave. They’ve been caving for years. You put a united GOP front out there, with good articulate leaders who believe in conservatism and have some passion about it… it would be a whole freaking new world!

Look at the people who are winning all around us and yet they are the minority. Look at the homosexual activists. 2% of the population.. and yet they are tireless in their pursuits!

The GOP leadership disgusts me. I’m beginning to have more respect for Obama than I do Boehner! Obama is acting exactly as a Marxist does! Boehner acts like he’s embarrassed of his own principles. It’s sickening!

JellyToast on March 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Architect of the 1994 Republican majority, first in over 40 years, in the House or Representatives.
Newt lost the primary because Romney had the money advantage and apparently had some degree of power to force right media outlets to go in the tank for him.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 1:33 PM

NO.

Newt proved in 1994 Conservative messaging works.

Newt was forced out of the House for his efforts.

Now Newt knows his enemies well and he has decided to join them rather than fight them.

Which is why he lost in 2012 no strong Conservative Messaging. He fought for FL Pork and thus lost. Stupid Mistake.

Steveangell on March 1, 2013 at 3:01 PM

I would point out the Democrats have succeeded without a more successful model than Republicans. So why do Republicans ASSUME that a superior plan will sway the country? Newt even points out the dominate factors in moving voters is demonizing our side. The superior Supply side has not swayed voters these last 4 years and the Democrat strategy has. I am not saying don’t talk about a better life but the simple Democrat solution is to say the Republicans are lying, its all a scam to help the rich, see you at the voting booth. You have to fight the direct message that is working not try and do an end around with “better” government.

Conan on March 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

The GOP leadership disgusts me. I’m beginning to have more respect for Obama than I do Boehner! Obama is acting exactly as a Marxist does! Boehner acts like he’s embarrassed of his own principles. It’s sickening!

JellyToast on March 1, 2013 at 2:58 PM

What principles? Seems Boehner has none or they change daily. What happened to the Hassert Rule?

Notice that Newt acts like our 2009 – 2012 wins (2012 in the States we did great when Conservative Messaging prevailed) is never mentioned. 2010 historic GOP wins and Newt does not suggest we do now what won in 2010. Why?

Because Newt is GOPe as well. He has sold his sole to the GOPe. Newt was destroyed for his 1994 wins not praised. We should talk about the Newt Contract with America instead we talk about Reagan who gave us Amnesty. Why? Well Amnesty and comprimising his principals in doing it.

All we need to do to win is repeat 2010.

Steveangell on March 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I would point out the Democrats have succeeded without a more successful model than Republicans.

Conan on March 1, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Because the DNC model makes no real difference.

Conservative Messaging by the GOP does. Every single time it has been used we have won the the DNC lost. It is the only commonality. Six GOPe candidates since Nixon ran all six lost with their GOPe messaging. Five Conservative Messaging Republicans ran and all five won their elections. 1994 Newt ran with Conservative Contract with America with Historic wins and got control of the House for first time in forty years. 2010 Tea Party Conservatism won historic gains nationwide.

But no do not talk about what actually wins. Just talk about models that make no real difference.

Steveangell on March 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

Newt doesn’t have a really strong track record to criticize anyone else. Maybe he should take his DOOM AND GLOOM show on the road.

GarandFan on March 1, 2013 at 3:16 PM

So, Newt. You want the R’s to become expert “class warfare” warriors? Just like BHO and the D’s? You said your suggestions would be confusing, and you are right!

BTW, Newt wasn’t kicked out of leadership because we lost faith in his achievments. It was because he cared more about power than doing the right thing!

tomshup on March 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

What it will take for Republicans to catch up …

A gigantic coalition of grassroots constitutionalists who are motivated enough to put 1,000,000 people in the Capitol City and win historic elections nationwide.

Oh wait – the GOP already had that and it was called the “Tea Party”.

And what did the GOP Ayatollah’s do to that movement? They berated it, criticized it, foiled it – AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.

If the GOP is “behind” the Dims well – it’s because the GOP Establishment Ayatollahs killed the Tea Party.

Enjoy the abyss Repubicans.

HondaV65 on March 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

BTW, Newt wasn’t kicked out of leadership because we lost faith in his achievments. It was because he cared more about power than doing the right thing!

tomshup on March 1, 2013 at 3:29 PM

LOL!
Seriously?
The man who proposed and actually pushed for the passage in total of the Contract with America was only interested in power, and achieving what he promised the American people?

The GOPe was interested in POWER. They saw Newt was handing it back to the American people and got angry that now that they had the reigns of government, he was lowering their power over the American people.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

HondaV65 on March 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

People who knew they were on the hook for all the extra spending that was coming along. They certainly were not constitutionalists! As far as I am concerned, just a bunch of little progressives who did not want to pay the bills for their causes.

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Support (but only as a plurality, not a majority)
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astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Republicans who believe that the times have changed and that our principles must change accordingly are precisely the Republicans who we must throw out of power. Principles are eternal!

Ceteris Paribus on March 1, 2013 at 3:45 PM

The GOPe was interested in POWER. They saw Newt was handing it back to the American people and got angry that now that they had the reigns of government, he was lowering their power over the American people.

astonerii on March 1, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Revisionist history has always been a problem in this country! Newt had a great start, but if you remember, within a year of becoming Speaker, he developed a new personna and arrogance, which did not go over well, even with supporters. He was quick to compromise values that won the 1994 election cycle. He joined the Establishment about half-way through his tenure. He’s always been a great idea man, but his ego was huge and took him down!

tomshup on March 1, 2013 at 4:09 PM

The conservative solution to most problems sounds hard hearted and requires an explanation so that the uninformed voter can understand it. Take the minimum wage as an example. The conservative objection to it is not because it allows “greedy” rich people to enslave the poor but because it kicks a few rungs off of the bottom of the economic ladder. Voters should understand basic economics but since many do not, it is vitally important that the message get out. Communication is VERY important and an honest news media is the most important factor. The right should buy the New York Times.

growl on March 1, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Hey, Noot,you loser. The Dem. lite party had a grassroots organization of at least a million conservatives in all 50 states,willing to work, contibute and help elect CONSERVATIVE Pubs., and what did the leftists like you do? Killed them, you loser, so quit trying to replace them with welfare bums. The dems. have that vote sewed up unless the Pubs are going to go even further left. But since all you politicians care about is power and getting elected, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Pubs. start going further left than dems.and give the damn country away. In fact, looks to me like it has already started.

Third party time. no, it’s waaaaay past time for third party. We have absolutely nothing to lose, as conservatives.

they lie on March 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Translation:

“We have to figure out better ways to fool conservatives into backing Democrat-Lite candidates whilst also somehow bullsh!ting the handout constituencies into voting for the party that doesn’t believe that the govt should be giving them money.”

Good luck with that, a$$hole.

Republicans like Gingrich make the fatal mistake of viewing the American public through the rose-colored lenses of history, when the fact is that way more than half of the adult population in the US believe that they are entitled to have some or all of the their needs and wants provided to them through confiscating the wealth of the other Americans.

IOW: the problem isn’t the Democrats…the problem is the American people.

As long the Republican party opposes wealth confiscation/redistribution, they are never going to receive more than 15% of the black vote. Period. As long the Republican party opposes wealth confiscation/redistribution and illegal immigration , they are never going to receive more than 30% of the Hispanic vote. Period. So if the only way to attract those groups is to completely abandon the principles upon which your party is supposed to stand, why even be a party at all?

The proper response to the endless litany of lies that the Democrats belch forth is not word-parsing and “messaging”; the proper response is to call them liars to their faces and to tell the American people the truth…in every instance and at all times. Will it cost the Republicans in elections? In the short term, of course it will. But not nearly as much as they think.

The last time Obama’s approval was above 55% was July 2009, six months into his presidency. And since 2008, the US news media has fully come out of the progressive closet. They don’t even make any pretense anymore about the fact that they are simply a PR firm for the Democrats. They flagrantly and blatantly do everything in their power to harm Republicans and to protect Democrats. But even with all of their power and resources…with all of the propaganda that they endlessly pour out onto the American public…the best he can do is 55%. And a big part of that is because he has a permanent positive approval rating from blacks and Hispanics, who wouldn’t turn on him if he ate a living baby on camera.

If Republicans would start to really stand on principle, the millions and millions of conservative voters who are staying home now would come out to vote. And it’s only by telling the truth and standing on principle that Republicans can put themselves into a position to say “told you so” when the Democrats policies inevitably result in failure and poverty. But until they realize that their problem is that they are “lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold”, a large segment of the American people will continue to “spit” them out.

rvastar on March 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

“You can’t just be an opposition party,” Gingrich warned. “You have to be a party that has a better alternative.”

You mean like the better alternatives Team Socialism offered? Like “Hope’N Change”? And blaming everything on Bush and the GOP?

Seems only one party is required to actually offer a real alternative. Any attempt by the GOP to offer substantive alternatives will be nitpicked to death by the Dems and their MSM lap dogs.

The GOP needs to demonstrate and convince people that big government and high taxes do not work. That they wreck the economy and they are unsustainable. Unfortunately too many in the GOP kind of like big government. Just as long as it isn’t too big by whatever their standard is and as long as they are in charge. And that is the problem with the GOP, Newt.

As long as many in the GOP stand for little more than Socialism Lite the GOP will be in power only when the party of full strength Socialism overplays their hand. And it will only be temporary.

Unfortunately, this game has gone on so long and the country is becoming so wrecked by debt, big government, and socialist policies and programs is probably too late to reverse course. There is too much momentum. This disaster, one that a majority of the electorate is choosing, will have to play itself out. The country is well on the way to committing fiscal and economic suicide. A century or two from now there will be ten of thousands of books written about it, assuming there are still enough people left on the planet who can read beyond a third grade level.

farsighted on March 1, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Gingrich warned Republican staffers that Barack Obama has a strategy of “relentless cynicism” and demagoguery, designed to marginalize Republicans as “extreme,” and relying on the media to carry his water:

That part’s accurate.

But Gingrich has taken up the McCain/Progressive GOP mantra of “let’s be Democrats, we gotta be Liberal if we want to win” nonsense.

No, we can’t “just be the opposition party” but we have to get moving with our own asserted values, beliefs, reality, goals.

We have to stop expecting Leftmedia to ever be reasonable because they aren’t and are nothing more today than a propaganda arm of the DNC. Recognize that and continue to assert the truth instead from the Right.

I don’t think moving the GOP more Left is the answer. It only results in losing more voters for the Right, not gaining more.

Lourdes on March 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM

The following is from “Rules for Dealing With Difficult People” — but this particular rule quoted below applies well to Leftmedia…

The Hospital Rule:

Imagine a very sick person that is lying on a hospital bed, hooked up with so many tubes that it’s almost impossible for him to move. You are sitting on the other side of the room feeling very thirsty. You notice that there is a glass of water right next to the sick person.

What do you do? Do you ask him to pass you the glass? After all it is just a small glass, no big deal, right? It is obvious that you would not bother him; you know better than that because he’s so sick! You don’t expect him to pass the glass to you and you don’t get angry or take it personally.

And that is exactly what you should do when you are with people that cannot understand what you need, or are incapable of doing, saying, or giving what you would want. It is much better if you do not ask them, and do not expect them to do something for you.

Lourdes on March 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The biggest problem for Republicans are the conservatives that are jumping ship.

lea on March 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

And AFTER the GOP becomes the DNC, what then, Mr. Gingrich? IF there is to be no substantive difference between the parties, we are left with a ruling political class bent on tending their own interests and career goals above the best interest of the nation.

Pandering to minority groups simply to garner votes is despicable… and entirely the realm of the grievance mongering LEFT. Leave them to it. The disaster that is wrought be this policy, and what passes for fiscal policy on the left, will convince people better than any lecture or speech from us that the left is possessed of and by a failed vision.

IF we can’t persuade people that our policies are best for everyone in the nation because they see to the needs of the nation first, rather than doing what is expedient at the moment in order to pander to specific special interest groups, one set against the rest, then we deserve to lose.

thatsafactjack on March 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

5. The Republican Party will be relentlessly attacked and defined in extremist language ( anti-immigrant, homophobic, racist, waging war on women, etc) so the collapse and isolation of the brand makes candidates unacceptable and unelected with no regard for their personal characteristics

No sh|t. That’s why it drives us crazy that the sissies in the republican party won’t fight back in the same way. When republicans capitulate to democratics it looks to us, and everyone else, like they agree. I’ve never voted for a democratic, but I’m moving closer than ever to voting third party. If the republicans want to broaden their “tent” at the expense of my reputation, they’ve lost me.

Reagan attacked democrats at their core.

jaime on March 1, 2013 at 10:17 PM

IF we can’t persuade people that our policies are best for everyone in the nation because they see to the needs of the nation first, rather than doing what is expedient at the moment in order to pander to specific special interest groups, one set against the rest, then we deserve to lose.

thatsafactjack on March 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

The entirety of politics is fighting over who gets to define “our policies” and “the needs of the nation”.
At the moment, the Democratic Party has a near-unanimity on their definition, and the GOP is still churning the factions to determine theirs.
(see the CPAC thread later tonight for examples).

AesopFan on March 1, 2013 at 10:25 PM

“Why won’t Gingrich just pipe down and go away?”
-Hot Air commentator

Oh wait, I got the wrong person. The shrill voices here only say that when Romney offers to continue trying to help save America.

What Newt is saying here is sound. As far as burying the hatchet, I forgive Newt for going populist pork pusher during the primaries. I forgive the primary electorate for almost forcing multiple time Bill Clinton-esque adulterer(s) as our standard bearer. I forgive Newt for sitting on a couch with Pelosi and regurgitating “Climate Change” propaganda at the country.

There, that was cathartic.

Hopefully this circular firing squad at Hot Air can stop, but I won’t hold my breath.

scotash on March 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Here are the solutions:

http://precinctproject.us

http://www.rVotes.com

Here’s what happens when conservatives get majorities on Republican local and county and state committees:

http://www.pimagop.org/index.cfm/article_1287.htm

http://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior/2012/12/07/1058/

And here’s what happens when you get organized and united inside your local party committee for effective Republican GOTV:

http://www.redstate.com/coldwarrior/2012/12/21/what-was-the-percentage-of-turnout-in-your-precinct/

There’s a power vacuum inside the Republican Party at the local level. About half the precinct committeeman slots are unfilled in every local. If conservatives fill those slots, they’ll OWN the Party.

Can you get involved? It’s not hard and it’s even fun.

If you don’t, we’ll probably lose our country.

Thank you,
Cold Warrior
http://theprecinctproject.wordpress.com

Cold Warrior on March 2, 2013 at 12:11 AM

The Stupid Party could start by not listening to “party elders” like that idiot Gingrich.

Hucklebuck on March 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM