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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Value Voters Summit

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

Back in March, the Republican National Committee released its long-anticipated “autopsy report” on what when wrong in the 2012 presidential election, and how the GOP can remain competitive in the future. The “Growth and Opportunity Project” suggested that the party reach out to women and minorities, and soften the militant tone that scared so many voters away in 2012.

“The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself,” the report reads. “We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.”

A little more than half a year later, the GOP has completely and utterly failed to solve the problem. And there is perhaps no better example of the party’s failure to leave the “ideological cul-de-sac” of which the RNC warned than the 2013 Values Voter Summit.

The annual conference, which is organized by the Family Research Council — an anti-gay hate group — plays host to a mixture of mainstream Republican politicians and some of the most extreme figures on the right-wing fringe. From October 11th through the 13th, more than 60 speakers will preach the right-wing gospel from the stage at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, right in the middle of Washington, D.C. — a city that has been paralyzed by the intransigent politics typified by those on stage.

The three-day conference has been running for not even 10 hours, and already it has featured some startling rhetoric that certainly won’t help repair the GOP’s tattered brand.

Here are five lowlights from the 2013 Values Voter Summit (so far).

H/t to Right Wing Watch for providing the videos