Memo to GOP: "We gotta win voters over so let's be fake-best friends now" is not a pivot, it's pandering.


Republicans lost Election 2012 in a big way, and now many of them are dazed and confused, disillusioned, scratching their heads, crying in their soup, even petitioning to secede, but one thing they're not doing is accepting reality. They are rationalizing, tantruming, pointing fingers, and completely missing the point. 

And that point is, their policies suck. They also disenfranchise voters, they alienate, they discriminate, they divide, they evade, they attack, they obstruct, they name-call, they insult, they lie, and then they buy ads repeating all of the above ad nauseam.

But they have yet own up, to open their eyes and see the monster that they have created. At best they're kind of squinting.

Now they're claiming to-- How did David Frum put it on Real Time with Bill Maher last night? Oh yeah-- crack the ice, meaning the party will self-examine, re-evaluate, think long and hard about their future, and of course, do a heap o' requisite praying.

The GOP can't believe they took such a drubbing, and they sure as hell don't want to continue to lose, so they're "rethinking" their approach. Or so they say.

Their talking heads still persist in peddling their "beliefs" and quasi-policies, so merely changing the wording isn't exactly reaching out. It's pandering. Acknowledging that people look, sound, and act differently from you, but not genuinely welcoming them in is not connecting, it's pandering. Saying the word "revenue" out loud at a mic a few times while proposing an extension of the Bush tax cuts is not pivoting, it's pandering. Bragging about the very tiny bit of diversity among your elected officials and spokespeople is not being inclusive, it's pandering. Using all the right buzz words isn't reconnecting with voters, it's pandering.

Cosmetic fixes aren't gonna cut it, guys. Perpetual dishonesty and delusion will only prolong the pain. Perhaps a little right wing hope and change is in order.

Oh and, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, whining that President Obama bribed "urban" voters, telling  dumbfounded donors on a conference call that he bought the election, well, that isn't even pandering, it's being an embarrassingly poor loser and continuing to show your true colors.

  • cognachas4paws

    They'll get away with it if people stop paying attention.  The only reason they didn't get away with it this time is because Romney was so awful a candidate.  He couldn't even put on a phony facade and wear it from one day to the next.  Hell, he couldn't wear it from one minute to the next.  But some of these other people are much better politicians than Romney is/was and they know how to play the game with a lot more skill.

  • Sally

    It occurred to me today to ask: how come SS and Medicare, which people worked for and paid for, are 'entitlements for lazy people,' while billion dollar tax cuts and subsidies for oil companies are 'good business?' How come government funds to save an industry are frowned upon, but government money for oil barons already making more money than their lawyers can count, is just fine? Wake up, GOP. People live in this nation, not corporations. WE make the corporations run, and we count.
    And vote.

  • Sally

    Mitt knows the truth, but has to appease the two dozen millionaires who wasted all that money on  his and Rove's promises of corporate domination. And none of them are very good at accepting blame anyway. Palin still thinks the media cost her the WH (make no mistake, she was NOT going to be VP.) So Mitt will continue to whine to donors, and then end up on FauxNoise in Sarah's soon to be empty seat, lying about the President until pigs fly. Hey, Mitt, maybe you can get Ailes to build YOU your own TV broadcast center too! The grandkids would lvoe it. And I bet Willow can be paid to do your hair and makeup, and Trigg is available for photo ops. Fun fun fun.

  • majii

    As long as they keep peddling failed fiscal policies, kissing the butts of people like Trump and Adelson, giving subsides to their corporate friends, trying to force their form of Christianity down others' throats, invading women's bodies, hating LGBTQ Americans, allowing the racists to alienate everyone in the country, including some White Americans who hate that type of mess, etc., they will never get my vote.  I know repackaged BS when I see it, and I know when someone is trying to con me.

  • Nahhhhhhhh....they're just pissed that Karl Rove wasted all their money............