Republicans are struggling to reinvent themselves, but that’s not going to be easy. They’ve stubbornly adhered to their extreme and/or small-minded conservative beliefs and policies, because that’s who they are, at least for the most part. Here are a few examples from a post I wrote back in 2011 during the Wisconsin protests:
The GOP wants to do away with unions.
The GOP wants to do away with the middle class.
The GOP wants to do away with the Democratic party.
The GOP wants to do away with free speech and expression.
The GOP wants to do away with human dignity.
The GOP wants to do away with health care for anyone but the wealthiest Americans… Especially women’s health care.
The GOP wants to do away with allowing two people who love each other to marry each other.
The GOP wants to do away with freedom of choice.
We need to do away with the extreme demands of the GOP. We have no choice… but that’s exactly what they want.
Which brings us to 2012, when Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.”
And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.” In that post I noted that it’s one thing to be introspective and see the error of your ways. It’s quite another to do an abrupt 180 and pretend you care, hoping nobody will notice that you’re pandering your ass off.
All these people who are professing to belong to the no-longer-divisive party are sadly laughable. Who did they vote for again? Who did they openly support? Oh yeah, the guy who wished self-deportation on undocumented immigrants.
Karl Rove is now saying something similar to what Jindal said. Notice the wording.
KFDI-FM: Rove said the Republican party is splintered because of intolerant and judgmental language and an unwillingness to acknowledge differences. He said the party needs to find the right language to talk about the issues without being judgmental or harsh, and it needs to have leaders who can create that kind of environment.
So as long as you don’t sound intolerant (or racist, or bigoted), as long as you can pretend you’re one thing while believing another, as long as you put on a good show, you’ll dupe Americans into voting for you. Never mind genuine outreach, just say the right words, sell the right product, be extra careful to couch your disdain in prettier language and voila!
Superficial fixes will pave the way to big election wins if they’re wrapped up real purty with a big bow. Those ignorami will never catch on, right Karl?
You can listen to the short audio clip of Rove’s mumbo-jumbo here.