If this Democratic source is correct, the GOP is even more tone deaf than we thought

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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.”

Karl Rove's advice to his fellow Republicans was just don’t *sound* intolerant. It's the language, see, not the policies. Sounding judgmental will lose you votes. Acting that way is still the way to go, apparently.

In other words, lip service, not introspection and attitude evolution, is the answer. They are certainly not the party of big ideas and change they claim to be. They're stuck in their own Neanderthal mud, whether it's about gay rights, women's rights, civil rights, voting rights, you name it. And yet they're shocked-- shocked!-- that they lost so badly in the November elections.

In fact, if the following report is accurate, and unless Boehner was intentionally offering up the most unrealistic proposal he could think of, they're straight up, whacked-out, ridiculously tone deaf, especially in light of all the polls:

Washington (CNN) – One of the reasons Tuesday night's conversation between President Barack Obama and John Boehner did not go well was because the GOP House speaker sent the White House a fiscal cliff proposal calling for a permanent extension of Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including for incomes in the top 2%, a Democratic source said Wednesday.

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  • Anthony_JK

    I guess they must have exhumed some of Ronnie Reagan's Teflon and attached it to their skulls, as a anti-reality shield.

    Public opinion and elections be damned....Sheldon Acheson and the Koch Brothers and the deVos family need their tax cuts. Full speed ahead, Tea Patriots!!!

    I say to Democrats and the President: Stay the course, and let them charge right into that windmill and crash and burn and flame out.

  • labman57

    There is simply no data to support the supposition that providing disproportionately huge tax cuts for the top 2% of the wealthiest people results in job creation or other significant economic growth.

    Enter the Congressional Republican think tank: since the currently provided huge tax breaks for the wealthy clearly have had no stimulating effect on job growth, let's conclude that we need to further extend said tax cuts indefinitely in order to stimulate job growth.

    In reality, the only result that the GOP truly expects is the one that will occur -- the rich will get richer at the expense of everyone else.

    Suggestions that tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy will stimulate job growth is simply their cover, their disingenuous talking point designed to try to sell their Reaganomic bill of goods to the public. 

    Ultra-wealthy Americans made a major investment in the Republican Party during the 2010 mid-term elections, and hundreds of millions of additional dollars were invested in Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential and congressional campaigns. The GOP has been simply carrying out the job for which they have been duly paid.