Here's something you'd never see at CPAC (h/t:
"WhackJobPalooza!" aka CPAC 2013 laid bare the rifts in the GOP as well as their hypocrisy and the vile "rock stars" they groom, pamper, and strut out like well-trained dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. I personally couldn't bring myself to watch much of it, but occasionally a standout moment would come to our attention:
Do those sound like people who are evolving and who want to reinvent themselves, broaden their appeal, and open their hearts to more Americans?
This is not a party that is making any real effort to see the errors of their ways and go out of their way to rectify them. Instead, they continue to insist on spewing infantile nastiness while still residing in an earlier century and trying to convince America that saying they're changing is tantamount to actually changing. Some even inexplicably expressed no desire to evolve, maintaining that everything is hunky dory except the way their message is framed.
National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) -- Under a large banner that proclaimed "America's Future: The Next Generation of Conservatives," the Oak Ridge Boys and Lee Greenwood belted out tunes such as "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Elvira" over back-to-back nights at the just-wrapped Conservative Political Action Conference.
Hardly Justin Bieber or Carrie Underwood.
As Republicans struggle with an intra-party feud over the direction of the party, the bold blue sign that hung over the stage here at National Harbor and the choice of artists at the evening dinners headlined by former Sen. Jim DeMint and former Gov. Jeb Bush seemed to send a mixed message. [...]
But Republicans lost the 18-29-year-old vote by a 23-point margin in the 2012 presidential race. ... [T]hey agree on this point: Recruiting younger voters to the GOP is a priority. "Elvira" doesn't seem to be the appropriate rallying cry.
Note to conservatives: It's not just about the music, which would be yet another cosmetic patch to slap on that might appear updated, more attractive and exciting, but in reality would be too insignificant to cover deeper problems.
Younger voters support marriage equality and immigration reform, including the DREAM Act, climate change, and equal rights, to name a few. In fact, young Republicans are more liberal on social issues than most people assume. Plus, eighteen-to-29-year-olds are more likely to approve of Obama’s performance.
When young voters are more mature than the so-called party of "adults," it's about time for Republicans to grow up, or just grow, if that's even possible.
"All too often, we're associated with being anti-everything. Way too many people believe that Republicans are anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-science, anti-gay, anti-worker, and the list goes on and on and on."
Gee, ya think?
Why would that be? Republicans? Extreme and small-minded? Anti-everything? Via 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 according to a Republican strategy memo, “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.”
Which brings me to 2013, when RNC Chair Reince Priebus wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn’t wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator. Check out the list of "anti-everythings" in that post.
And let's not forget the Rolling Stone piece that warned us, “Don’t be fooled” by the so-called GOP makeover. “Rarely has it been more dangerous.”
Finally, Jeb said this:
"We need to be larger than that."
Insert obvious large Republican joke here. I can't bring myself to do it. It would be too anti.
Recently there has been a whole lotta civil warrin' going on among those in the formerly-march-in-lockstep Republican Party. Here are a couple of examples of their post-November election infighting:
One would think that their Big CPAC Event would bring them together. Instead, we're seeing more of the same. Even Sarah Palin aka Former Half-Gov Mouthy McEarSplit couldn't resist criticizing her own party:
So yes, that happened. And so did this...
Back in January I wrote about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion. Unfortunately for them, things have only gone downhill from there. Karl Rove has failed in the advice department recently, like when he told the GOP, essentially, just don’t *sound* intolerant, just pretend to be inclusive and nobody will be the wiser.
Wrongy McWrongerson strikes again.
Then Bush's Brain decided to push for more "electable" (read: not totally and utterly extreme times infinity) candidates who he thought could win Republican primaries. Guess who didn't like that. Hint: It rhymes with Schmea Schmarty and schmonservatives.
So a few of them wrote a letter. They wrote a letter that went to people with a lot of money. People with a lot of money who donate to Republican candidates and causes. And they did that because they don't like feeling betrayed by one of their own.
Leaders from other conservative and tea party groups–including Tea Party Patriots, Family Research Council, Tea Party Express–co-signed the letter, which went to donors who've made six- or seven-figure contributions to Crossroads. [...]
Critics, including Bozell, argue Rove is using the Conservative Victory Project to push out tea party voices from the Republican Party. He's expected to make the same argument when he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.
Here are a few excerpts from the email:
The 2012 election cycle saw our first billion-dollar campaign. Recently, the non-partisan Sunlight Foundation did an analysis of the money spent. They measured the effectiveness of political spending by the amount of money spent on a successful effort—either electing a chosen candidate or defeating a chosen candidate. They found that the success rate of the Crossroads effort was 1.29%.
Now, in an attempt to explain the astonishingly low return on the hundreds of millions of dollars investment in Crossroads, Karl Rove and others are attempting to blame conservatives and the tea party. [...]
It was firmly expected that Republicans would capture the Senate in 2012. It is inexcusable that they failed and, in fact, lost two seats. The facts speak for themselves. It was not conservatives.
Not one moderate Republican challenger won. [...]
Groups like Crossroads squandered hundreds of millions of dollars in what were arguably the most inept campaign advertising efforts ever. [...]
Mr. Rove and his allies must stop blaming conservatives for his disastrous results. It is time for him to take ownership of his record. He must also stop posturing himself as a conservative: his record supporting wasteful government spending and moderate candidates over conservatives spans decades.
No matter how he positions himself in this attempt at damage control, Mr. Rove's efforts will not elect the type of leaders who will come to Washington to fight for conservative principles. In fact, they are likely to stifle the emergence of candidates like Marco Rubio, Pat Toomey, and Rand Paul. [...]
As conservative leaders who represent millions of grassroots conservatives, we strongly urge you to consider this information as you are making your decisions about political giving in the future.
And that concludes another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.
Today’s guest post by the one, the only, Will Durst:
THE RED REBS
Relax. It’s not necessarily the flu making you confused and feverish. Could be spatter from that big, thick, juicy, new, improved Civil War infecting the Republican Party. Yes, again. The Rebs inside the Reds are rebooting themselves for the umpteenth time over the past few election cycles. Have to assume these self- proclaimed frugal guys purchased their huge caches of defibrillators and CPR paddles in bulk. “CLEAR!”
Change may emanate from the top, but in a blast from nearer the rump of the totem, Karl Rove announced the formation of a brand new Super PAC. It’s the first of what might be called the Super Duper PACs. And a mere foreshadow of the Holey Moley The Hell is That Super Duper PAC to be unveiled immediately following the midterms. Initial reports have the man known affectionately as Turd Blossom and Bush’s Brain calling his Frankenstein fund- raising monster the “Conservative Victory Party.”
Sounds like a natural response coming from the guy who famously threw an Election Night Hissy Fit on Fox News because Mitt Romney wasn’t being properly victorious enough. “Wait, wait, wait. No, I’m telling you, it’s not over. There’s a cul- de- sac in a suburb on the outskirts of Shaker Heights that hasn’t checked in yet. Hey, oww. Let go. My arm doesn’t bend that way.”
Rove plans to siphon big money from donors and use it to support moderates in primary elections so Republicans no longer have to enter the generals defending some bat guano crazy candidate like Christine “I am Not a Witch” O’Donnell or Todd “Magic Fallopian Tube” Akin. Of course the Tea Party has taken great offense to this move, seeing it as incredibly counter productive to the chances of their bat guano crazy candidates.
So, you got those two blocs going at it. And with looming demographic flips in mind (Texas turning blue because rich white folks are not having enough babies while other folks are having plenty) there’s a move afoot to make the party more attractive to Hispanics. This undertaking has fallen into two camps: those arguing to temper policies opposing immigration reform and those favoring more cosmetic solutions like wearing sombreros.
Another rift surfaced when Kentucky Senator Rand Paul insisted on giving a blood- thirsty unofficial response to the official State of the Union Response by the agua thirsty Florida Senator Marco Rubio. This, right after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal gave a speech pleading for the GOP to stop being the “stupid party.” And the fact that he said it out loud was… well, stupid.
The GOP remains so obstinate and unwilling to give the White House even the tiniest of victories they filibustered a Cabinet appointment… from their own party. Causing Democrats, usually known for eating their own, to salivate like perched vultures watching a field of hyenas tear each other apart for the last antelope thigh.
The situation sort of resembles those old Cage Battles Royale put on by the World Wrestling Federation back in the early 80s. Where 15 guys got into the ring with a chair, beat each other up and last one standing wins. Maybe that’s what the GOP needs: a Hulk Hogan to pummel everyone back into place. Although that said, Karl Rove has always seemed more like the Rowdy Roddy Piper type. “CLEAR!”
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Watching Republicans these days is a like watching scenes from an old Three Stooges movie that look a little something like this:
Because of their inability to accept big losses in the November elections, Republicans have been pointing fingers at everyone but each other; they blame President Obama for anything and everything as they continue to obstruct and concoct insane conspiracy theories to compensate for their own ineptitude and failures, continuing to look like the fools they are.
Short version: Dealing with reality is not among their skill sets. Wait. That implies they have skill sets.
So once again, we find ourselves in the midst of another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own. Today's entrée is Reince Priebus.
A postelection civil war is brewing among Republicans, with some conservative activists angry over the party’s poor performance this cycle gunning for party Chairman Reince Priebus and planning demonstrations at the Republican National Committee’s annual winter meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
The protesting activists adamantly oppose the re-election of Mr. Priebus to a second two-year term and say they have a suitcase full of gripes about him. Some are blaming Mr. Priebus and other top party officials for the misspending of GOP donors’ money in President Obama’s clear victory over GOP nominee Mitt Romney Nov. 6 and also for the Republicans’ badly outclassed get-out-the-vote efforts. [...]
Most of the RNC’s 168 voting members have pledged to support him for a second two-year term. He also has the support of Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John A. Boehner and is preparing a counterattack against his detractors for as early as Friday, a Republican close to the chairman’s office said privately.
McConnell and Boehner will never learn. They've gone on their oblivious merry way, whining and harrumphing, ignoring any lessons they might have learned from an evolving electorate, one that actually exists in this century.
An anonymous Virginia Republican official said some of the anger comes from resentment over consultants “more interested in profits that in winning elections."
"Profits over people" is pretty much the default GOP position. If that's what they're peeved about, then they don't belong in the party in the first place.
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