It’s been some twenty-four hours!
First we had comedian and performance artist WI Gov. Scott Walker saying that Republicans are “the ones who care for the everyday people.”
Now, at the Patriot Center in Rothschild for the state party’s annual convention, we have RNC Chair Reince Priebus insisting:
“It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.”
While Walker is in a state of denial, Priebus is in a state of delusion. Okay, they’re both delusional, that much nobody can deny.
Per the Green Bay Press Gazette, Reince has confirmed that the Party of Reinvention is really the Party of Hype. Of Marketing. Of B.S.
Mostly of B.S.
Priebus is actually saying, out loud and in public, that it’s not the substance, it’s not the failed policies, it’s not the divisiveness, it’s not the bigotry, it’s not the racism, it’s not the obstruction, it’s not the disregard for people who look or act differently from you… no, it’s the way you disguise those Neanderthal positions in order to pull one over on voters just long enough to win a few elections.
So as they claim to be “reaching out” to minorities, especially Latinos and younger voters, they’ll mute those slurs (“illegals” and “wetbacks” to name a couple) but continue to reject marriage equality, civil rights, women’s rights, reproductive rights, equal rights, and acceptance of anyone who doesn’t fit their corporate, conservative mold. They’ll still push for privatizing the entire damned country, make it tougher to get an education, and deny access to health care and other assistance to those in need:
Republican leaders told Wisconsinites on Saturday that while they’re working to reshape the party’s image, they will stay true to conservative values such as slashing tax rates and keeping government small. [...]
Priebus told reporters Saturday the Republican National Committee is training its politicians to use a softer tone when addressing constituents and steer away from saying “biologically stupid things.” He also revealed that the RNC is employing hundreds of Republican workers in a multibillion-dollar operation in neighborhoods across the country to begin courting voters for the next national election.
“It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it,” Priebus said… “Our principles aren’t rusty ideas in some old book; they’re fresh, revolutionary ideas.”
Well, actually yes, your principles are very rusty, decrepit in fact. And if you believe that denying basic rights and services to so many while embracing only “certain” Americans is acceptable, then that’s neither “fresh” nor “revolutionary.” To the contrary, that’s self-serving and vile.
The GOP also thinks that using Twitter more effectively to put out their hypocritical message will make a difference. If their message is anything like what has just been described, it will, indeed, make a difference: They’ll fail harder.