One-year later: The RNC autopsy report

posted at 6:41 pm on March 17, 2014 by Dustin Siggins

One year ago, the Republican National Committee (RNC) published a post-2012 autopsy report. Numerous flaws in the party’s approach to grassroots support, the vast digital divide between the parties, and the national perception of the GOP as old, white men were just part of the analysis.

According to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in an interview with Politico, such big changes take time, but they are happening:

The 41-year-old Priebus, who is in his fourth year as chairman, is trying to transform the RNC into a more permanent, year-round operation by making atypical off-year investments in the digital realm and in field staff.

He’s especially proud of headway on the technological side. As suggested in last year’s report, the RNC now has a chief technology officer, a chief digital officer and a chief data officer. It opened an office in Silicon Valley and launched an initiative called Para Bellum Labs to experiment with new ideas in a start-up-like environment.

“That’s expensive, but if we’re going to get where [President] Barack Obama was [in 2012], these are the things we have to do,” Priebus said. “We’re spending two or three million dollars more a month than the [Democratic National Committee]. That’s an entirely new world, and it’s an enormous stress, obviously, because now you’re actually paying for the things that you’re talking about.”

And on the party’s lack of diversity:

One of Priebus’s top priorities is one of the more sensitive subjects for today’s Republican Party: attracting more ethnic and racial minorities to its ranks. In 2012, for instance, Romney won just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote. Democrats, meanwhile, are eyeing states such as Texas, which they believe can turn from red to at least purple due to the rising number of Hispanic voters.

Priebus has hired hundreds of people across the country to focus on engaging minority groups such as blacks, Hispanics and Asians, through special activities, attending events and advertising. Some of the RNC operatives focus in particular on cultivating relationships with media outlets that cater to minority communities.

At CPAC, Priebus sat down with about 15 bloggers and reporters to chat about the RNC’s progress in all of these areas, and take our questions. Ed and I were part of the group, and Ed asked an important question about the way Priebus plans to change the primary system. As Ed noted in our combined post linked above, his answer was enlightening:
The RNC chair noted that the debate schedule had gotten out of hand, plus the media involvement had created a “slice and dice” environment for Republican candidates. However, Preibus still spoke of “media partners,” so I asked him how he planned to address the latter issue if he still planned to partner with mainstream-media outlets. He replied that the RNC is now looking into just going with C-SPAN or perhaps even just their own streaming channel as the outlets for the debates, which I think is the smarter play. People don’t tune in to primary debates because they just happen to be on television or think the moderator is awesome; they tune in because they’re motivated to watch the candidates.  That audience will seek out the debates wherever they are broadcast — and so will the reporters who follow the political beat, whether their orgs get to moderate or not.
Two points of interest to me in the Priebus interview and the Politico article as a whole:
First, Politico mentioned social conservatives, but largely in a dismissive fashion. Priebus was quoted as generally having “never swayed from the principles of our party or what’s in the platform,” but nothing about his praise for those at the 2014 March for Life made it into the article, if he mentioned it at all. And former Senator Rick Santorum was specifically targeted for mention as a weak potential 2016 candidate.
Second, while Priebus said in January that he is opposed to amnesty, Politico spent 11 paragraphs quoting and talking about Republicans who support DREAM Act proposals and other forms of amnesty. Priebus was not quoted as saying he supports such programs, and hopefully he will continue to hold to his support for the party’s official stance against all amnesty, but this is something to watch in the future.
The RNC is making a major push with the report’s one-year anniversary — Priebus is on with Ed at 4:40 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, for example — so it looks like they are really gearing up for 2014. Hopefully, they’ll take the necessary lessons of 2012 to heart — like being strongly pro-life instead of running ads about being pro-choice, having likeable candidates, the importance of a strong ground and digital game, and the need for real, constructive spending, regulatory and tax reforms — and ignore the ones promoted by those who want the GOP to be Democratic-lite.

Dustin Siggins is the Washington, D.C. Correspondent for Lifesitenews.com and formerly the primary blogger with Tea Party Patriots. He is a co-author of the forthcoming book, Bankrupt Legacy: The Future of the Debt-Paying Generation. His work has been published by numerous online and print publications, including USA Today, Roll Call, Hot Air, Huffington Post, Mediaite, and First Things.

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Not one penny…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

The RNC ?

You mean the slut of the Chamber of Commerce?

PappyD61 on March 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

As a minority, and very active conservative…I think that the strategy is largely failing.

I think they are not really communicating in a meaningful matter to these minority groups in a way that conveys how conservatism will better their lives…and if we aren’t doing that, why bother?

Talked to my dad about this as well. We are both conservative Indian-Americans…and I for one have never really seen an active outreach to that community in a way that is going to get more of them into our conservative ranks.

neoavatara on March 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“In response to the concerns of diversity, Senators McConnell, McCain, Graham and Rep Peter King asserted that ‘to call the Republican Party monomorphic and old is preposterous!’ They then called for the reporters interviewing them to get off of their lawns.”

orangemtl on March 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“We have to change our messaging” – Everybody

tominsd on March 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

neoavatara on March 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Most Indian-Americans I know tend to be conservatives, why is that?

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Wasn’t that the “We Gotta Embrace Amnesty Or We Will Die” report? Consider it rendered to the circular file.

Bitter Clinger on March 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

He replied that the RNC is now looking into just going with C-SPAN or perhaps even just their own streaming channel as the outlets for the debates…

Wow, who would have thought that one could still find common sense in the RNC?

Valkyriepundit on March 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

In reality, we are a minority. Most Indians vote Democrat.

That said..Indians SHOULD be conservatives. They are among the wealthiest ethnic groups in the country, and among the most educated. They center their families on education and hard work, and socially…they live religious and conservative lives.

But we still fail to talk to them directly, and show them that they should be conservatives.

neoavatara on March 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Reince Priebus

I’m not interested the views of anybody whose first name is Reince and last name Priebus. Says all that needs to be said about establishment Republicans. The only thing that could make it worse would be if he were Reince Priebus IV. Country club Republicanism that doesn’t reflect the mood of the nation.

Happy Nomad on March 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM

I’m glad they are doing something but they won’t win by playing the Democrat’s game. It just won’t work.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Not one penny…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Yeah, I’m of the same opinion more or less. While they got it right that there’s major problems with their turnout machine, their “minority outreach” consists basically of “amnesty.”

The key demographic where they really got pummeled was single white women.

Then there’s the problems they’re having with their base.

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

One year ago, the Republican National Committee (RNC) published a post-2012 autopsy report. Numerous flaws in the party’s approach to grassroots support, the vast digital divide between the parties, and the national perception of the GOP as old, white men were just part of the analysis.
=============

The Report failed to mention:

RINO Purgation, should begin Culling, ASAP,..or……

regretfully,…implemented like yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Snark)

canopfor on March 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

I’ll get my “RNC autopsy report” from Dana Loesch, thank you.
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That’ll be the BEST, most accurate one.

I’m sure Sarah could do one as well, but I’m not sure she will.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

@neoavatara:

If Jindal and Haley were both devout followers of their parents’ religion (hinduism and sikhism) do you think they would’ve been elected to their governorships?

Genuine question.

What do you think about this survey, particularly the hindu responses:

http://religions.pewforum.org/comparisons

some similarities between hindus and jews shown by pew there.

uatu1878 on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

@oamahaconservative:

indian-americans vote more “D” than almost every other group.

uatu1878 on March 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I keep saying this: STOP PLAYING TO THE DEMOCRATS’ VICTIM GROUPS. The only victims are victims of the Democrats.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM

….Rinsed Peni$…

KOOLAID2 on March 17, 2014 at 7:07 PM

I think they are not really communicating in a meaningful matter to these minority groups in a way that conveys how conservatism will better their lives

neoavatara

Difficult for them to do considering they don’t even believe it themselves.

xblade on March 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Texas could change from red to at least purple because of rising Hispanic population? How do all the illegal aliens get to vote?
Could it be the RNC is stupid enough to think they can attract illegal aliens in some meaningful way? Let alone, the legal Hispanics.
The GOP used to pride itself on it’s big tent…because of their principles. All of a sudden they want to become more like democrats and promise the moon to all comers.

tomshup on March 17, 2014 at 7:09 PM

TERM LIMITS FIXES EVERYTHING

Game-Set-Match!

dmann on March 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

I’m glad they are doing something but they won’t win by playing the Democrat’s game. It just won’t work.

crankyoldlady on March 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM

In high school we had a friend who was very intelligent but couldn’t grasp a simple lesson. We would play chess and he would insist on going second. His grand strategy was to copy the exact moves of his opposition. Needless to say the games lasted less than 10 moves. All we had to do was to play as to open our King for checkmate and, never varying, he would do the same. Since we were a move ahead the win was inevitable.

That, my friends is the RNC strategy in a nut shell.

tominsd on March 17, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Then there’s the problems they’re having with their base.

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Rush says that there were 4 million conservative voters who stayed home in 2012. Yeah, I would call that a problem.

Kaffa on March 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Despite their best efforts to the contrary, it looks like GOP has some big wins coming this fall. However I have no doubts that GOP’s big win will result in a lull, and a false sense of complacency. After the midterms are over, the GOP will continue their slide, and losing streak, for the foreseeable future.

GOP’s slide will not reverse course until the GOP figures out that they’re not going to win elections by being Democrats-Lite. That they’re not going to win elections by promising to “work with the other side”, by being “bipartisan”; they’re only going to win election by promising to defeat the other side.

Except for one-time flukes like the midterms, the GOP will never win elections as long as Boehner and McConnell are inside the Beltway.

mrsam on March 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

@oamahaconservative :

indian-americans vote more “D” than almost every other group.

uatu1878 on March 17, 2014 at 7:05 PM

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Just to be clear here . . . . . you are talking Bobby Jindal “Indian”, right?

Not “Navajo, Cherokee, or Mohawk” native Americans.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:13 PM

We need a Grand New Party.

Fallon on March 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

neoavatara on March 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Most of my interaction with Indian-Americans is usually at political events…

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM

We need a Grand New Party.

Fallon on March 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

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I’d still rather take over the current GOP, and force the “Northeast Blue Blood Republicans” to start their own “third party” (or join the Democrats).

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Doomberg on March 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Many single white women think the GOP is anti-birth control, hates their gay shopping buddies, and wants to entirely eliminate welfare. Until the GOP can figure out a way to respond to their concerns, it will have serious difficulty regaining the White House.

DisneyFan on March 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Many single white women think the GOP is anti-birth control, hates their gay shopping buddies, and wants to entirely eliminate welfare. Until the GOP can figure out a way to respond to their concerns, it will have serious difficulty regaining the White House.

DisneyFan on March 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

If you are expecting a cure for stupid voters awash in ignorance it won’t come from the GOP either.

viking01 on March 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

If we repeat 2012 when a quality candidate like Romney is taken apart by circus clowns like Gingrich, Cain, Bachman and most of all Santorum, it will be a long decade of pres. Hillary

fishstick on March 17, 2014 at 7:27 PM

I think they are not really communicating in a meaningful matter to these minority groups in a way that conveys how conservatism will better their lives…and if we aren’t doing that, why bother?

neoavatara

Finally someone gets it. I always hear how we need to pander to progressive philosophy to win over minorities. That isn’t the case. Conservatism works wherever it is tried. Our job is not to look for what broken down liberal ideologies we are willing to live with, but to make a strong case for how conservatism helps minorities. We believe when people work hard, they should get the rewards of their labor. We believe everyone has value. We believe in a colorless society, but a values-based society.

Guess what? Most minorities believe in these things too. It is that they have been told day in and day out that Republicans aren’t fair, or that we hate minorities. Our job is to convince these people that the Republicans have the answers that will help them. Conservatism is the answer to their problems, not liberal platitudes.

jya lai on March 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

@listens2glenn:

yes, South Asian Indian-Americans.

http://isteve.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-asian-indians-vote.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-19473368

IIRC the numbers were in the low 70′s for 2012 in regards to obama voters in the indian-american community

uatu1878 on March 17, 2014 at 7:31 PM

I’ll get my “RNC autopsy report” from Dana Loesch, thank you.
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That’ll be the BEST, most accurate one.

I’m sure Sarah could do one as well, but I’m not sure she will.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Knowing Dana, I can sum it up in 5 words…

“They gave up on conservativism.”

Steve Eggleston on March 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

The 41-year-old Priebus

Hold up.

He’s only 41? Like Jollie, that’s a rough 41.

Man, these guys are my generation, and I cannot see me being friends with one of these dudes in high school. Ryan and Shock, maybe. Depends on how big a kissarse Ryan was.

Good Lord, I thought the sports and entertainment Gen X players were upward failures. It just keeps getting worse.

budfox on March 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I’d still rather take over the current GOP, and force the “Northeast Blue Blood Republicans” to start their own “third party” (or join the Democrats).

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I should have completed my thought. We need “new” Republicans, conservatives to replace the current entrenched and compromised moderate “old” Republicans. Thus, a “Grand New Party” emerging from the Grand Old Party. We need to take the party from the bottom up. As fellow poster Coldwarrior encouraged us, we need to become elected Precinct Committeeman and work within the system and change it. I’m on the ballot this spring.

Fallon on March 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

I’d still rather take over the current GOP, and force the “Northeast Blue Blood Republicans” to start their own “third party” (or join the Democrats).

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

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I should have completed my thought. We need “new” Republicans, conservatives to replace the current entrenched and compromised moderate “old” Republicans. Thus, a “Grand New Party” emerging from the Grand Old Party. We need to take the party from the bottom up. As fellow poster Coldwarrior encouraged us, we need to become elected Precinct Committeeman and work within the system and change it. I’m on the ballot this spring.

Fallon on March 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM

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Ok, that’s much better.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

We don’t need to abandon the regular networks for broadcast of the debates. We need to abandon them for running the debate.

In 2011, CNN broadcast a Republican debate where all the questions were asked by policy experts from the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute. There’s no reason we can’t have a Republican debate in which the questions are written and asked by actual conservatives and Republicans — and have it broadcast even on, say, MSNBC. What’s in it for MSNBC? Ratings. Instead of coming in third place among the news networks that night, they would come in first.

I don’t care what network broadcasts the Republican debates. I just don’t want to have that network’s liberal personalities running the debate. Any Republican candidate who would ever again participates in a debate moderated by, say, George Stephanopoulos needs to have their head examined.

J.S.K. on March 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I’ll get my “RNC autopsy report” from Dana Loesch, thank you.
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That’ll be the BEST, most accurate one.

I’m sure Sarah could do one as well, but I’m not sure she will.

listens2glenn

I was going to add “it would help if the RNC quit marginalizing Sarah Palin and started listening to her ideas since she’s been proven RIGHT on most everything (if not everything) she’s talked about since she’s had a national audience.” But that would be too hard for those RINOs with their itty bitty ears to hear, much less their pea brains to understand.

theotherone on March 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Priebus is the kind of guy who will pee on your back and tell you it’s raining. He doesn’t like the Tea Party or conservatives but will say he does with the right interviewer. Anyone who wants to trust this guy better do it with both eyes open and someone watching their back. Not a penny to the RNC! During the 2012 campaign he claimed Obama was a failure and didn’t deserve another term. Using that logic Priebus didn’t deserve a second term as head of the RNC.

Jackson on March 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Steve Eggleston on March 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Will yo be blogging here during AP’s absence?

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

.
Knowing Dana, I can sum it up in 5 words…

“They gave up on conservativism.”

Steve Eggleston on March 17, 2014 at 7:32 PM

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It would “boil down” to that idea/thought/premise, but I believe she would use considerably STRONGER terms, as any of us who know her can imagine.
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Yes . . . . . . . . “considerably STRONGER” (insert “evil” laugh-track, here) . . . : )

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Not one red cent. I’ll give money directly to conservative candidates. The RNC is in many cases little better than the Dems.

neyney on March 17, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Most Indian-Americans I know tend to be conservatives, why is that?

OmahaConservative on March 17, 2014 at 6:48 PM

By and large, they come here, work hard, buy business, and pay for their childrens education. It’s a recipe for conservatism.

massrighty on March 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

One of Priebus’s top priorities is one of the more sensitive subjects for today’s Republican Party: attracting more ethnic and racial minorities to its ranks.

More identity politics.

Lolo on March 17, 2014 at 7:56 PM

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 7:03 PM

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I was going to add “it would help if the RNC quit marginalizing Sarah Palin and started listening to her ideas since she’s been proven RIGHT on most everything (if not everything) she’s talked about since she’s had a national audience.” But that would be too hard for those RINOs with their itty bitty ears to hear, much less their pea brains to understand.

theotherone on March 17, 2014 at 7:48 PM

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I started to reply before I read your last sentence.

You “get it”. If they actually started using her ideas, they would all lose the “control” of the Republican Party they’ve enjoyed all this time. They’d rather lose elections than lose “control” of the GOP.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

I think they are not really communicating in a meaningful matter to these minority groups in a way that conveys how conservatism will better their lives…and if we aren’t doing that, why bother?

neoavatara

Finally someone gets it. I always hear how we need to pander to progressive philosophy to win over minorities. That isn’t the case. Conservatism works wherever it is tried. Our job is not to look for what broken down liberal ideologies we are willing to live with, but to make a strong case for how conservatism helps minorities. We believe when people work hard, they should get the rewards of their labor. We believe everyone has value. We believe in a colorless society, but a values-based society.

Guess what? Most minorities believe in these things too. It is that they have been told day in and day out that Republicans aren’t fair, or that we hate minorities. Our job is to convince these people that the Republicans have the answers that will help them. Conservatism is the answer to their problems, not liberal platitudes.

jya lai on March 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Where have all the heroes gone?

Lolo on March 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

As a minority, and very active conservative…I think that the strategy is largely failing.

I think they are not really communicating in a meaningful matter to these minority groups in a way that conveys how conservatism will better their lives…and if we aren’t doing that, why bother?

Talked to my dad about this as well. We are both conservative Indian-Americans…and I for one have never really seen an active outreach to that community in a way that is going to get more of them into our conservative ranks.

neoavatara on March 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM

I appreciate the fact that you and your Dad are conservatives.

That being said, I for one, do not want ANY politician
Communicating in a meaningful manner to Minority groups.
I want Republican politicians at least to be communicating
in a meaningful manner to AMERICANS.

That is what we are, is it not??

I am beyond worn out from politicians, esp. Democrats
appealing to Minorities…I was brought up that we are
all Americans first and foremost….the minute a politician
panders (that is what it is) to a particular group of
Individuals, they are now placing that group above others.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I started to reply before I read your last sentence.

You “get it”. If they actually started using her ideas, they would all lose the “control” of the Republican Party they’ve enjoyed all this time. They’d rather lose elections than lose “control” of the GOP.

listens2glenn on March 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM

This is for listens2glenn and neoavatara,

from a recent Palin interview with Newsmax.

With the GOP on the cusp of re-taking the Senate, what must the Republican Party do win?

“Don’t speak down to women. Don’t speak down to working-class, blue-collar Reagan Democrats. Don’t pander either. Everyone can spot a phony.

“You reach out to voters by speaking up for the American principles that have made our country great. Speak up for liberty and opportunity and prosperity. That’s a message that every America responds to.”

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

I appreciate the fact that you and your Dad are conservatives.

That being said, I for one, do not want ANY politician
Communicating in a meaningful manner to Minority groups.
I want Republican politicians at least to be communicating
in a meaningful manner to AMERICANS.

That is what we are, is it not??

I am beyond worn out from politicians, esp. Democrats
appealing to Minorities…I was brought up that we are
all Americans first and foremost….the minute a politician
panders (that is what it is) to a particular group of
Individuals, they are now placing that group above others.

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM

I get it. But surely there’s nothing wrong with taking a consistent message to a particular community, one articulated from some venue or via some medium. Provided it’s the same message to all, isn’t that what Jack Kemp exemplified?

Lolo on March 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

The autopsy was designed to do two things:

1. Absolve Reince Priebus nd the rest of the RNC, Team Romney, the liberal Republican strategists for the disastrous 2012 campaign

2. Shift the blame to conservatives

bw222 on March 17, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Priebus is on with Ed at 4:40 p.m. Eastern tomorrow

Thanks Dustin, I’ll try to tune in on that one. I presume that is on Ed’s show?

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 8:28 PM

I get it. But surely there’s nothing wrong with taking a consistent message to a particular community, one articulated from some venue or via some medium. Provided it’s the same message to all, isn’t that what Jack Kemp exemplified?

Lolo on March 17, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Absolutely. Spot on. IF politicians would appear at gatherings
of particular groups, and reinforce their message, they
would reap the benefits.

Kemp was one of the last politicians to do that…

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

The GOP Establishment broke its own rules to disenfranchise everyone who showed up to make changes in 2012. How do you unseat an elite that has that power? How can you make changes by following rules that lead nowhere?

Another Libertarian on March 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Absolutely. Spot on. IF politicians would appear at gatherings
of particular groups, and reinforce their message, they
would reap the benefits.

Kemp was one of the last politicians to do that…

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

It’s all in that word “attracting.”

In “attracting more ethnic and racial minorities,” the GOPe seems to think getting gussied up in high heels and fishnet stockings is the way to go. Why not just scrub your face and put on a genuine smile? That always works better.

Lolo on March 17, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Maybe Ed will ask Priebus how we are to build a bigger tent when it would seem we are busy shunning those already in it.

Bmore on March 17, 2014 at 8:44 PM

http://www.americanprinciplesinaction.org/gop-autopsy-report-2013-pdf/

understanding the real problems allows for finding the real solutions.

smitty41 on March 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

“New hotness, or old and busted?”

..naw, mate. Just more endless tedium.

The War Planner on March 17, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Absolutely. Spot on. IF politicians would appear at gatherings
of particular groups, and reinforce their message, they
would reap the benefits.

Kemp was one of the last politicians to do that…

ToddPA on March 17, 2014 at 8:32 PM

In the 1950s when Eisenhower and GOP were fighting for civil rights against the DixieCrats, de-segregating high schools, universities and businesses, Ike was never able to get 40% of the black vote.

The only way the GOP will win the black or Hispanic vote is by out-promising “free stuff.”

bw222 on March 17, 2014 at 9:50 PM

That said..Indians SHOULD be conservatives. … They center their families on education and hard work, and socially…they live religious and conservative lives.

But we still fail to talk to them directly, and show them that they should be conservatives.

neoavatara on March 17, 2014 at 6:50 PM

While I agree with you in principle, it is not simply that Republicans don’t talk to Indian-Americans directly – Democrats aren’t really any better at talking directly to Indian-Americans yet, as you note, all too many vote Democrat.

The root problem is that the Democrats manage the public perception of the GOP – not the GOP itself. The Democrats paint the GOP as minority/women hating demons through the Democrat-dominated media (news, papers, TV, movies, maganzines…), the academy, in addition to politicking – and the GOP does an absolutely horrible job of countering the perceptions created by the Democrats.

Until the GOP/RNC take responsibility for the public’s percpetion of the party and take concrete steps to change the public’s perception of the party, it does not matter who they talk to as it is too little, too late.

DrDeano on March 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM

I am a Deaf lawyer. One of the issues that I would like to see the GOP take a look how the GOP can reach out to people with disabilities.

I think it can help change people’s perception of the GOP in a positive way and help people understand where the GOP stands on how the government plays a role in our lives.

Conservative Samizdat on March 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Second, while Priebus said in January that he is opposed to amnesty, Politico spent 11 paragraphs quoting and talking about Republicans who support DREAM Act proposals and other forms of amnesty. Priebus was not quoted as saying he supports such programs, and hopefully he will continue to hold to his support for the party’s official stance against all amnesty, but this is something to watch in the future.

-Dustin Siggins

I like this blogger Dustin Siggins. I hope he becomes a regular.

bluegill on March 18, 2014 at 1:04 AM

Did you ask Priebus how many of the 400,000 or so Republican Party precinct committeeman slots were filled (it’s about half) and what he was doing to fill them with conservatives?

Did you ask him why the RNC didn’t just go out and license rVotes for the precinct committeeman for a fraction of the millions of dollars they are wasting on their “studies” for digital GOTV solutions?

Did you ask him what software the RNC provided the Texas precinct committeemen (called precinct delegates in TX) before the TX Republican primary elections? In which less than 10% of Texas voters participated?

Did you ask him what he is doing to transform the Party from a half-strength, ideologically-split Party into a full-strength, solidly conservative Party at the fundamental, precinct level? That is, filling all of the empty precinct committeeman slots with conservatives? Did you ask him why pleas for this are never made to donors?

Did you even know to ask these questions?

Thank you.
ColdWarrior
http://www.unifiedpatriots.com/2013/04/29/want-to-do-something-heres-an-11-minute-vid-that-tells-you-what-to-do-and-more/

Cold Warrior on March 18, 2014 at 2:48 AM

bad candidate that fought harder in primaries than in general.
see how simple a report can be?

dmacleo on March 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I am a Deaf lawyer. One of the issues that I would like to see the GOP take a look how the GOP can reach out to people with disabilities.

I think it can help change people’s perception of the GOP in a positive way and help people understand where the GOP stands on how the government plays a role in our lives.

Conservative Samizdat on March 17, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Then stop seeing yourself as a deaf lawyer. Start seeing yourself as a conservative American only. You don’t need special attention from the party. It has already been stated a few times on this thread. The GOP reaching out to whatever group you think you belong to, be that black, Hispanic, gay or disabled, will make the GOP promise said group free stuff.

A true conservative will shun that tactic. We conservatives are looking for one think only from a candidate or a party. That is if they are proposing conservative philosophy without looking at a Teleprompter or cue card. A true conservative will speak with the courage of their convictions. When that happens a true conservative will be drawn to said party or candidate like bears to honey.

Reagan was the last POTUS candidate to do this. The GOP hated Reagan. But he eventually overcame that GOP elite machine because of his mass appeal of drawing out conservatives from every single group they belonged in. The GOP is the problem. They have not changed since fighting Reagan at every turn. They won’t change until they can overcome their handicap.

Their handicap is they are acting just like democrats. Promising this or that to these special groups. That isn’t conservatism. So please stop looking at yourself as a special needs case looking for a party to recognize you because you are handicap. Look at yourself as a conservative American looking for a party or candidate that speaks with the courage of their convictions of the conservative philosophy.

For the record I’m handicap also. I will refuse all attempts from anyone looking at me differently as someone who needs TLC. I’m an American with a conservative soul. If they don’t look at me that way, then I want nothing to do with them. Which is why I shun the GOP & the DNC with equal vigor.

Conservative4Ever on March 18, 2014 at 10:07 AM