After the loss in 2012 the GOP said it would do some soul searching and find a way to start winning elections……personally, I think it is a good idea….while I do not support many conserv ideas……I do think that the process needs a good viable party to compete……
The RNC had its winter meeting and the re-branding has begun…..
“We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before,” Priebus will say, POLITICO’s Mike Allen reports exclusively. “We must develop the best technology with the help of the best minds—and train activists, volunteers, and candidates with the modern tools of a modern party. … We can stand by our timeless principles—and articulate them in ways that are modern…relevant to our time and relatable to the majority of voters.”
Priebus will outline a number of steps the GOP should take to expand the base and get competitive in a broader swath of states. Among his suggestions: train “candidates, volunteers and operatives” on basic subjects like fundraising and campaign strategy — but through a variety of high-tech methods, including Skype sessions and Google hangouts; give the “next generation of organizers access to the brightest experts,” take the initiative on leading in the “digital space” and focus on being “welcoming” and “inclusive” without forgetting GOP “principles.”
“It means renewing those principles because only they can offer the solutions to the liberal induced problems of our time…” Priebus is slated to say. He will add, “And to those who have left the party, we want to earn your trust again. To those who have yet to join us, we welcome you — with open doors and open arms.”
And then there was the speech by LA. governor Bobby Jindal……….
Newser) – Bobby Jindal delivered the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting last night, a speech billed as a “rebuttal” to Barack Obama’s inaugural address, but he took aim as much at his own party as Obama’s. Jindal said that while Republicans should stick by their “timeless” conservative principles, “we might need to change just about everything else we do.” He repeated his much-quoted line that “we must stop being the stupid party,” decrying the “offensive and bizarre comments” that have damaged Republicans. “It’s time for a new Republican party that talks like adults.”
Jindal said conservatives had become too wrapped up in thinking about Washington. “We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping,” he said. “If our vision is not bigger than that, we do not deserve to win.” He called for “re-thinking nearly every social program,” among other, radical moves. “What we are doing now to govern ourselves is not just wrong. It is out of date and it is a failure.” The speech was clearly intended to position Jindal for an expected 2016 presidential run, but according to Zeke Miller at BuzzFeed, it “appeared to be coolly received” by Republicans in the room.
Does Jindal believe what he says? Not sure, but I am sure that he wants to run in 2016 and will say whatever necessary to make the case that he is qualified and a good option……..
These are pretty good words and sound like the beginnings of a plan…..but only if they are true and just not some talking points to make the 6 pm news……..I personally, have my doubts that the party will do much different than the last time they ran candidates……for one their quiet plan to game the electoral college……
(Newser) – Republicans in swing states that went for President Obama are pushing for a big change in how the Electoral College works, reports the Washington Post. The idea is to apportion electoral votes according to congressional district, instead of the winner-take-all system that most states employ. In Virginia, for example, the difference would be dramatic—Obama would have taken only four of the state’s 13 electoral votes in 2012.
“The last election, constituents were concerned that it didn’t matter what they did, that more densely populated areas were going to outvote them,” says the Virginia state senator sponsoring the bill. Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—whose legislatures are controlled by the GOP—are also considering the change, but Virginia could vote on the measure as early as next week. Currently, only Maine and Nebraska use the congressional district system. Critics call the proposed legislation “sore-loser bills” and point out ending winner-take-all would greatly reduce Virginia’s importance as a swing state.
It appears that the voter fraud stuff did not do much to help win an election so we will try something else……..I would not be so suspicious if they chose states that were not the key swing states in the last election……or if they plan to do this is every state to include the South where they would not get all the electoral votes…..but I have a feeling that is not part of the plan…….
But beyond that…..look at all the Repubs not running for re-election…..why? They are scared to death that they will be primaried and lose……….that is NOT re-branding! That is running scared!
Let me see if I have a grip on this……..the party firers Steele, the guy who led them to a massive victory in 2010 and rehires the guy that oversaw their massive defeat in 2012……….What does this mean? Sorry Bobby but STUPID is here to stay!