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The Republican Report on how to improve the party

by Rodan ( 24 Comments › )
Filed under Elections 2012, Elections 2016, Republican Party, Special Report at March 18th, 2013 - 5:41 pm

Here is the final report by a Republican commission on what went wrong in 2012. It also lays out a path forward on the GOP can improve its image and standing with the electorate.

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.
Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. States in which our presidential candidates used to win, such as New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Florida, are increasingly voting Democratic. We are losing in too many places.
It has reached the point where in the past six presidential elections, four have gone to the Democratic nominee, at an average yield of 327 electoral votes to 211 for the Republican. During the preceding two decades, From 1968 to 1988, Republicans won five out of six elections, averaging 417 electoral votes to Democrats’ 113.

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.

At the Federal level, much of what Republicans are doing is not working beyond the core constituencies that make up the Party. On the state level, however, it is a different story.

Republicans hold governorships in 30 states with 315 electoral votes, the most governors either party has had in 12 years, and four short of the all-time GOP high of 34 governors who served in the 1920s.

Republican governors are America’s reformers in chief. They continue to deliver on conservative promises of reducing the size of government while making people’s lives better. They routinely win a much larger share of the minority vote than GOP presidential candidates, demonstrating an appeal that goes beyond the base of the Party.

The document long reading.

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24 Responses to “The Republican Report on how to improve the party”
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  1. Bumr50
    1 | March 18, 2013 5:52 pm

    Start with dynamite.

    Then start over.


  2. Bumr50
    2 | March 18, 2013 7:22 pm

    Henry Barbour
    Sally Bradshaw
    Ari Fleischer
    Zori Fonalledas
    Glenn McCall

    Not impressed.

    It even LOOKS boring.


  3. 3 | March 18, 2013 7:25 pm

    As I understand it, many of the people behind this report are Bushies. I could be wrong, though.

    One of my co-workers said the party wants to spend millions hiring people to go out and ‘connect’ with minorities. What the heck, I’d be willing to do that job!


  4. brookly red
    4 | March 18, 2013 7:30 pm

    The GOP is like Nancy Pelosie’s face… look guys the (grand old) party is over.


  5. brookly red
    5 | March 18, 2013 7:32 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    Start with dynamite.

    Then start over.

    Bring that dynamite and a crane,
    Blow it up, start all over again.
    Build a town, be proud to show.
    Gives the name Tobacco Road


  6. Da_Beerfreak
    6 | March 18, 2013 7:35 pm

    The GOPee is FUBAR.

    Past time to scrap it and start over.


  7. brookly red
    7 | March 18, 2013 7:36 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    As I understand it, many of the people behind this report are Bushies. I could be wrong, though.

    One of my co-workers said the party wants to spend millions hiring people to go out and ‘connect’ with minorities. What the heck, I’d be willing to do that job!

    if you think it’s a job your not qualified.


  8. brookly red
    8 | March 18, 2013 7:39 pm

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    The GOPee is FUBAR.

    Past time to scrap it and start over.

    Paul ain’t the end all but a good start.


  9. Da_Beerfreak
    9 | March 18, 2013 7:44 pm

    brookly red wrote:

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    The GOPee is FUBAR.

    Past time to scrap it and start over.

    Paul ain’t the end all but a good start.

    Can’t be any worse than what we’ve been stuck with in the past.


  10. 10 | March 18, 2013 7:45 pm

    Just the first couple pages, I can see things I agree with.

    4. The perception that the GOP does not care about people is doing great harm to the Partyand its candidates on the federal level, especially in presidential years. It is a major deficiency that must be addressed.

    5. We need to do a better job connecting people to our policies. Our ideas can sound distant and removed from people’s lives. Instead of connecting with voters’ concerns, we too often sound like bookkeepers.6. The Republican Party must be the champion of those who seek to climb the economic ladder of life. Low-income Americans are hard-working people who want to become hard-workingmiddle-income Americans. Middle-income Americans want to become upper-middle-income,and so on. We need to help everyone make it in America.

    7. We have to blow the whistle at corporate malfeasance and attack corporate welfare. Weshould speak out when a company liquidates itself and its executives receive bonuses but rank-and-file workers are left unemployed. We should speak out when CEOs receive tens of millions of dollars in retirement packages but middle-class workers have not had a meaningful raise in years.


  11. Da_Beerfreak
    11 | March 18, 2013 7:52 pm

    @ mfhorn:
    There’s no one in Mordor on the Potomac willing to make real and lasting changes to the status quo. The coming collapse is unavoidable.


  12. 12 | March 18, 2013 7:53 pm

    @ brookly red:

    True- it’s about as much as job as Obama’s ‘job’ as ‘community organizer’. But it’d almost have to be an improvement over what I’m doing. :)

    Yeah, I know- I’m not really the kind of warm, engaging, personable type they’d need to succeed at that.


  13. Bumr50
    13 | March 18, 2013 7:55 pm

    The whole thing is just sad, IMHO.


  14. 14 | March 18, 2013 8:10 pm

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    I know. The problem comes from so many of the people behind this report. The Tea Party needs to be the group guiding the Republican Party into the future. Get rid of those who claim Tea Party but are just establishment types. Get rid of fools like Todd Aiken.


  15. brookly red
    15 | March 18, 2013 8:11 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    The whole thing is just sad, IMHO.

    Not sad. righteous. The lies come tumbling down.


  16. brookly red
    16 | March 18, 2013 8:14 pm

    O God, have mercy on our souls!
    Oh, slave driver, the table is turn, y’all; (catch a fire)
    Catch a fire, so you can get burn. (catch a fire)
    Slave driver, the table is turn, y’all; (catch a fire)
    Catch a fire …

    >Bob Marley


  17. Da_Beerfreak
    17 | March 18, 2013 8:21 pm

    mfhorn wrote:

    @ Da_Beerfreak:

    I know. The problem comes from so many of the people behind this report. The Tea Party needs to be the group guiding the Republican Party into the future. Get rid of those who claim Tea Party but are just establishment types. Get rid of fools like Todd Aiken.

    Short of the Red States stepping in and forcing reforms on the Orcs in Mordor on the Potomac I don’t see much hope for a better future.


  18. lobo91
    18 | March 18, 2013 8:22 pm

    They just released the confirmed speakers for the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, which is going to be held on Friday afternoon during the Annual Meeting in Houston:

    If you plan to attend the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Houston, Texas, I strongly urge you to reserve your seats today.

    This is going to be our most popular and highly-anticipated Forum ever, and due to space limitations, seating is very limited.

    This year’s Forum will feature some of our nation’s top Second Amendment leaders, including: former Governor Sarah Palin, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Rick Perry, Governor Bobby Jindal, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, and former Congressman Asa Hutchinson.

    Tickets are $10


  19. Bumr50
    19 | March 18, 2013 8:23 pm

    @ mfhorn:

    @ brookly red:

    Sad that they need a report.


  20. brookly red
    20 | March 18, 2013 8:26 pm

    Bumr50 wrote:

    @ mfhorn:

    @ brookly red:

    Sad that they need a report.

    we don’t need no stinkin report.


  21. Da_Beerfreak
    21 | March 18, 2013 8:31 pm

    Another report to be filed away with the rest of the reports that few have read and no one takes seriously. :roll:


  22. brookly red
    22 | March 18, 2013 8:38 pm

    Da_Beerfreak wrote:

    Another report to be filed away with the rest of the reports that few have read and no one takes seriously.

    new black panthers, fast and furious, Benghazi… LOL we don’t need no stinking report. The emperor has no clothes, we are the laughing stock of the world.


  23. buzzsawmonkey
    23 | March 18, 2013 9:07 pm

    There was an article at Breitbart today which showed that people overwhelmingly endorsed the Republican budget plan over the Democrats’—until/unless they were told it was “Republican,” at which point they reacted strongly against it.

    That’s the kind of branding you want for kiddie porn, not politics.


  24. Da_Beerfreak
    24 | March 18, 2013 9:39 pm

    @ buzzsawmonkey:
    Can’t really fix that, time to cut our losses and move on.


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