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GOP Requires ‘Drastic Change’ To Remain Nationally Relevant, Says RNC Chair

March 19, 2013 by  

GOP Requires ‘Drastic Change’ To Remain Nationally Relevant, Says RNC Chair

The Republican National Committee (RNC) issued a lengthy report Monday strongly criticizing the party’s inability in recent elections to reach outside an increasingly homogenous and single-minded core of traditional voters.

Essentially telling party members they need to learn how to stop preaching to the choir, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the GOP “needs to stop talking to itself,” according to The Hill.

“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.”

The report, which Priebus also presented to the National Press Corps, is intended to retool the perception that the GOP is intransigent in accommodating younger voters who may not share the old guard’s views on social issues. Priebus ascribed Republican Congressional and Presidential candidates’ failings during the 2012 election season as a function of several factors, including the inflexible platform behind many campaigns. Many would have fared better, he argued, if they had followed the more populist and grass-roots campaign strategy that elected many of their counterparts to state gubernatorial seats.

“The GOP today is a tale of two parties. 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,” the reports states. “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.”

The report indicates a key part of the RNC’s future strategy will require embracing the libertarian elements that Priebus himself eschewed at the 2012 Republican National Convention.

The RNC alienated supporters of Ron Paul in effectively marginalizing Paul’s 2012 campaign, but the recent popularity of Rand Paul’s smaller-government message has evidently resonated with Priebus.

The Washington Examiner quoted Priebus at last week’s CPAC event saying the party needs to embrace the “new generation” of young Republicans, even though their adherence to the party’s traditionally conservative social platform hasn’t jibed with party faithful in the past.

“I, for one, praise this new generation of liberty-minded Republicans. Just by speaking out, they got the attention and support of people who don’t vote for us,” he said.

Read the full text of Priebus’ vision for the GOP or watch the hour-long speech on C-SPAN.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Doc Sarvis

    This is the GOP’s first small step away from the tea party death grip. For the GOP to regain its prominence it will need to focus on wise fiscal policy that includes at least some support of social programs along with more progressive social justice policies.

    • John

      Both parties work for the same master. The Republican party is losing elections because the people who foolishly consider themselves to be Republicans continue to vote for the straw men Lord Rothschild presents to them. I call them foolish only because they do not comprehend the depth of the conspiracy they are facing. Naivete may be more accurate. That being said, anyone voting for any Democrat these days is a certified Idiot. They really hate freedom and have for a long time. Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, the two best Democrats ever, would never tolerate what has happened to their party. By the way, as an aside, Jackson was the man who kicked the Rothschild bastards out of this country.

      • John

        I should mention “They’re Baaack”. The Rothschilds, I mean. They own the Federal Reserve and most of our Senators and Congressmen. Not to mention Obama. Abolish the Fed! Freedom!

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Nice try, RP. Good luck getting the mindless servants of the plutocracy and corporate oligarchy to listen to you. They are so busy swallowing the koolaid and helping to build the corporate fascist state that your words will go unheeded. We will see the same screams of RINO and the insane circuses in the Repugnant primaries that led the the last electoral disasters. Actions speak louder than words, as the saying goes—-get the Repugnants to start supporting some candidates that can appeal to the middle and you might sound believable. An example of a “logic fail” is the snubbing of NJ Governor Christie by CPAC and many Repugs in general. A Republican with a 70+% approval rating in a blue state is scorned because he stood up with O’Bama in the midst of Sandy? Stupid, stupid, stupid! The Democrats will hold the White House for the next 20 years.

  • Dennis ardell

    Millions of Ron Paulers like me did not vote ,angry that Ron Paul was ignored by The Crazy Mormon! We Paulers,who wrote Ron Paul in taught those Zionist loving Neo-cons we are tired of them and their endless wars for Zionists, all foreign must end,for Everyone!

  • Uknowho

    Here is some think that could help the GOP and Conservatives be a little happier

    1. Blaming.

    People make mistakes. Employees don’t meet your expectations. Vendors don’t deliver on time. You hate Obama.

    So you blame them for your problems.

    But you’re also to blame. Maybe you didn’t provide enough training. Maybe you didn’t build in enough of a buffer. Maybe you asked too much, too soon.

    Taking responsibility when things go wrong instead of blaming others isn’t masochistic, it’s empowering–because then you focus on doing things better or smarter next time.

    And when you get better or smarter, you also get happier.

    2. Impressing.

    No one likes you for your clothes, your car, your possessions, your title, or your accomplishments. Those are all “things.” People may like your things–but that doesn’t mean they like you.

    Sure, superficially they might seem to, but superficial is also insubstantial, and a relationship that is not based on substance is not a real relationship.

    Genuine relationships make you happier, and you’ll only form genuine relationships when you stop trying to impress and start trying to just be yourself.

    3. Clinging. (a big one for conservatives)

    When you’re afraid or insecure, you hold on tightly to what you know, even if what you know isn’t particularly good for you.

    An absence of fear or insecurity isn’t happiness: It’s just an absence of fear or insecurity.

    Holding on to what you think you need won’t make you happier; letting go so you can reach for and try to earn what you want will.

    Even if you don’t succeed in earning what you want, the act of trying alone will make you feel better about yourself.

    4. Interrupting. (Another conservative hallmark on Radio and TV)

    Interrupting isn’t just rude. When you interrupt someone, what you’re really saying is, “I’m not listening to you so I can understand what you’re saying; I’m listening to you so I can decide what I want to say.”

    Want people to like you? Listen to what they say. Focus on what they say. Ask questions to make sure you understand what they say.

    They’ll love you for it–and you’ll love how that makes you feel.

    5. Whining. (Another conservative biggie)

    Your words have power, especially over you. Whining about your problems makes you feel worse, not better.

    If something is wrong, don’t waste time complaining. Put that effort into making the situation better. Unless you want to whine about it forever, eventually you’ll have to do that. So why waste time? Fix it now.

    Don’t talk about what’s wrong. Talk about how you’ll make things better, even if that conversation is only with yourself.

    And do the same with your friends or colleagues. Don’t just be the shoulder they cry on.

    Friends don’t let friends whine–friends help friends make their lives better.

    6. Controlling.

    Yeah, you’re the boss. Yeah, you’re the titan of industry. Yeah, you’re the small tail that wags a huge dog.

    Still, the only thing you really control is you. If you find yourself trying hard to control other people, you’ve decided that you, your goals, your dreams, or even just your opinions are more important than theirs.

    Plus, control is short term at best, because it often requires force, or fear, or authority, or some form of pressure–none of those let you feel good about yourself.

    Find people who want to go where you’re going. They’ll work harder, have more fun, and create better business and personal relationships.

    And all of you will be happier.

    7. Criticizing.

    Yeah, you’re more educated. Yeah, you’re more experienced. Yeah, you’ve been around more blocks and climbed more mountains and slayed more dragons.

    That doesn’t make you smarter, or better, or more insightful.

    That just makes you you: unique, matchless, one of a kind, but in the end, just you.

    Just like everyone else–including your employees.

    Everyone is different: not better, not worse, just different. Appreciate the differences instead of the shortcomings and you’ll see people–and yourself–in a better light.

    8. Preaching.

    Criticizing has a brother. His name is Preaching. They share the same father: Judging.

    The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything–and to tell people everything you think you know.

    When you speak with more finality than foundation, people may hear you but they don’t listen. Few things are sadder and leave you feeling less happy.

    9. Dwelling.

    The past is valuable. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the mistakes of others.

    Then let it go.

    Easier said than done? It depends on your focus. When something bad happens to you, see that as a chance to learn something you didn’t know. When another person makes a mistake, see that as an opportunity to be kind, forgiving, and understanding.

    The past is just training; it doesn’t define you. Think about what went wrong, but only in terms of how you will make sure that, next time, you and the people around you will know how to make sure it goes right.

    10. Fearing. (The biggest issue with conservatives of all)

    We’re all afraid: of what might or might not happen, of what we can’t change, or what we won’t be able to do, or how other people might perceive us.

    So it’s easier to hesitate, to wait for the right moment, to decide we need to think a little longer or do some more research or explore a few more alternatives.

    Meanwhile days, weeks, months, and even years pass us by.

    And so do our dreams.

    Don’t let your fears hold you back. Whatever you’ve been planning, whatever you’ve imagined, whatever you’ve dreamed of, get started on it today.

    If you want to start a business, take the first step. If you want to change careers, take the first step. If you want to expand or enter a new market or offer new products or services, take the first step.

    Put your fears aside and get started. Do something. Do anything.

    Otherwise, today is gone. Once tomorrow comes, today is lost forever.

    Today is the most precious asset you own–and is the one thing you should truly fear wasting.

    Please conservatives, use this helpful list to change your racist, religious dogmatic and ignorant ways. You can do it if you try.

    • Doc Sarvis

      Excellent points.

    • WTS/JAYS

      I just hope you don’t have “licence to practice”…however, you just provided an excellent example of “Psychological-projection”, and in the process, revealed much about yourself. But let me be of assistance…the answers to what ails you, ironically enough, are to be found in your very own post…open your eyes!

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Pretty feeble attempt, JAY. Why did you bother? Why must you keep making these transparent attempts to “turn it back” on others. How about countering what is said with some real argument instead? All our eyes are “open” and we see your game—-like I said, feeble.

    • John

      Drivel….pure unadulterated drivel. Republican candidates as well as Democrat candidates for most offices, be it Federal or State, work for the same master. You can pontificate till you are blue in the face about motive. The Rothschilds are the ones calling the shots and they want you, me, and everybody else in this country under their control or dead. They don’t care. Enjoy your slavery!

      • Uknowho

        Lighten up Francis…

    • John

      One other thing. What makes you so sanctimonious? From my life experiences and background you are full of Bovine Scat.

    • Vigilant

      It’s customary to avoid charges of plagiarism by citing the source of your “work.”

      The article you quoted, with the exception of the snide anti-Conservative tweaking, was from Huffington Post entitled “Workplace Happiness: 10 Things to Stop Doing Right Now,” by Jeff Haden.

      You may want to change your screen moniker to “Udon’tknowwhoI’mquoting.”

      • Uknowho

        Geez, you can’t even try to help a conservative without them whining….

        RBT, I guess its the liberal in me that tries to help those who are less fortunate but like a spoiled child, they don’t appreciate it.

        Oh well… I tried.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Vigilant says, “It’s customary to avoid charges of plagiarism by citing the source of your work.” It’s pretty obvious that it’s a clip from somewhere and it matters not a rodent’s rear end where it came from, since it’s the thoughts it conatains that count.. But Vigilant would rather just be “picky” about provenance than actually have to think and address any of the thoughts therein.

      It’s probably because Vigilant didn’t like “Please conservatives, use this helpful list to change your racist, religious dogmatic and ignorant ways”, since he knew that was directed at him, and he is very proud. I do not share Uknow’s optimism in saying, “You can do it if you try”—-too many of them are such motivated reasoners that they won’t even “try” to listen to opposing viewpoints, never mind consider changing their own.

      • Vigilant

        [personal attack has been removed]

      • WTS/JAYS

        Vigilant, that was sweet!!!

      • Right Brain Thinker

        WTS/JAYS is playing the fool this morning with, “Vigilant, that was sweet!!!”
        (Or perhaps he has been drinking? This early?)
        And what’s with the S on the end of JAY—-are you having trouble keeping all your handles straight JAY(S)? Must be tough if Shills’n’Trolls’r’Us has you posting on multiple sites.

        Let’s look more closely at what Vigilant says that JAY(S) finds so “sweet”. (And DO recall my suspicions that JAy and VIG may be the same person—-my language analysis software IS “pinging” a bit and the log of who appears when on what thread and talks to whom is also showing some interesting patterns—-be patient, folks—-I have not yet solidified the “smoking gun” evidence, but you KNOW I will let all in on my discoveries once I have).

        Aha! I see it—the “sweetness”! It’s Vigilant strutting around the barnyard like a demented rooster with his chest out and crowing about his imagined “victories”. Shades of Frank Kahn. And, like Frank, Viggie says NOTHING, repeat, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, of value as he demonstrates for us his skill at meaningless ad hominem attacks. And I will admit that he is somewhat skillful at that, although I find the comic pages of my newspaper to be more entertaining. At least there’s some variety there, rather than the limited repertoire Viggie shows us.

        Let’s see, is there anything in the pile of self-congratulatory horsepucky Viggie has thrown at us that is worth replying to? Hmmmmmm! Nope, just Viggie being the Ruch Limbaugh of the barnyard. Ignore and delete all of it, except for the one little “nail” that Viggie wants to hang his hat on for whjat he thinks is a devastating and earthshaking closure to his horsepucky.

        It approaches ludicrous to even talk about journalism, plagiarism, provenance, and attribution on a site like PLD, where 90+% of all postings are simple opinions, and most citations are to wing nut sites that have no connection to truth. It is TRULY ludicrous for Viggie to puff himself up and make his closing statement. He has gone from being “Barnyard Rush” to a good imitation of “Barnyard Benito” with his closing.

        Strut for us, Viggie-Rush-Benito with the brain of a chicken! Flap your wings and show us your ignorance! And remember the scorn with which the vast majority of thinking Americans regard Rush (and what the Italians did to Mussolini once they stopped buying his horsepucky).

  • STEVE E.

    The Repubs say we must change this, and do that. However, you wait. The voters will pick another RINO in the Presidential primaries and not a real conservative in 2016. They will never learn. If someone like Rand Paul were to get in the race, they will demonize him just as they did to Ron Paul. The Republican party is dead on the Presidential level. I’m sure I will never see another Republican President in my lifetime. The Rebubs voters will never get it. You can count on that. I’m sure the Democratic primaries will be pretty vicious among themselves because they know that whoever their nominee is, He or she is going to win the election because of the way the Repubs behave.

    • Jeanette

      Regardless of what the voters do, we likely will not see another Republican president because of what it would take to overcome this:

      • STEVE E.

        That article makes sense.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Actually, that article makes NO sense, just as it hasn’t for all the time that it has been on the list of “talking points” that are endlessly parroted by the sore losers. The truth of the matter is the the REPUGNANTS were caught redhanded in a a flagrant abuse of the voting rights laws and got hammered for it. Just as many southern states are still under judicial scrutiny under the law, the RNC still is because of these violations. And this “fraud” is now being attempted yet again by the Repugs, as they attempt to suppress voters around the country. If you have no program, and no appeal to the voters and they won’t vote for you, I guess your only hope for survival is to try to stop people from voting for the other side.

  • Jeanette

    The Republicans will likely never win another big election regardless of what they change, because they cannot challenge Democrat election fraud. So the Democrats can arrange for whatever number of fraudulent votes they need to win any election, with no repercussions. Why have the Republicans been totally silent about Obama’s pathetic farce of a “birth certificate” – which most fifth graders could see was a fake if they were shown it, with a real one beside it? Because it is tied to election fraud, which they cannot question, much less pursue. And so everything Obama has done is tied to election fraud, since he couldn’t have done these things if election fraud had not been used to put him into office. Thus the “mysterious” silence from the Republicans, almost no matter what he does.

    Judging by the past 31 years, the Republicans will go on pretending that this agreement is not in force, and go on withholding this information from us, while this country is being turned into a one-party country.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    It’s a pretty sad commentary that so few folks have posted comments on this thread. Do the “conservatives” and “libertarians” really believe that they can ever win elections by relying on the “base” and retreating to those far right positions that are less and less attractive to the voters? That’s self-delusion.

  • tncdel

    The RNC may as well fold up. Its leaders simply DON’T get it. Instead of going the right way, they are now going even worse towards the left. I’m voting Independent, and would like to see candidates run as Independents too. Not 3rd party.

    • The real redneck,me

      I’m afraid at this point the Republican Party’s elete are two entrenched to turn this around. Independents have no chance because there will never be the money available to mount a formidable race against the larger parties. The tri


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