Can GOP Change Their Views to Get a Republican President?
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#1 Mar 19, 2013
Internal GOP study says party's policies are turning off most voters By Paul West, MCT March 18, 2013
Washington, D.C.- A smug, uncaring, ideologically rigid national Republican Party is turning off the majority of American voters, with stale policies that have changed little in 30 years and an image that alienates minorities and the young, according to an internal GOP study.
That blunt assessment on the state of Republicanism at the national level comes from a major new report, released Monday, that will likely shake up an already battered party. It was commissioned by the head of the Republican National Committee in the wake of Mitt Romney's defeat last year.
Without offering detailed policy prescriptions, the 98-page report calls on the party to "smartly change course," modernize itself and develop "a more welcoming brand of conservatism that invites and inspires new people to visit us."
There are extensive lists of proposals, many of them technological and procedural, designed to help the GOP better engage voters, especially women, minorities and the young, and reverse a losing pattern in five of the last six popular votes for president.
"Unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future," the report concludes.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in remarks in Washington on the release of the study by the party's "Growth and Opportunity Project," is unsparing in his analysis of the 2012 election setback.
"Our message was weak. Our ground game was insufficient. We weren't inclusive. We were behind in both data and digital. Our primary and debate process needed improvement," he says, according to an advance text of his remarks.
"We know we have problems. We've identified them, and we're implementing the solutions to fix them," he says.
#2 Mar 19, 2013
Maybe, but it's going to take a long time, certainly longer than one or two presidential elections.
#3 Mar 19, 2013
REPOST from a similar thread:
Yet Republican governors are very popular, holding executive office in many more states than their Democrat counterparts. What they are doing in their states is helping not only their states, but the national economy to improve. There's a good chance the 2016 GOP presidential candidate will come from their ranks. This article cites their discontent with Republicans in Congress.
"The GOP rules a large majority of states -- 30 of them -- and many executives, like Christie, Sandoval, McDonnell, and New Mexico's Susana Martinez, are overwhelmingly popular even though their states went for Barack Obama in the last two presidential elections."
#4 Mar 19, 2013
The GOP doesn't need to change their views at all. Rush Limbaugh says says the Republican Party's recent autopsy on what led to the party's election loss in 2012 is all wrong.
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