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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Last week, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus stood in front of the National Press Club and announced the results of an intensive “autopsy” of the 2012 election. As Priebus had led the party during that election, it was a bit like a zombie rising to give you its assessment of why it had expired before heading off in search of brains.

His diagnosis was, of course, that the Republican Party’s policies are totally awesome — except for that little “self-deportation” thing that Mitt Romney had to back to win the GOP nomination. They could take the rest of Romney’s platform, which is basically Paul Ryan’s platform, add a dash of comprehensive immigration reform, and BAM! — instant Reagan.

The GOP’s main problem — in the GOP’s own humble opinion — was that they hadn’t done a good enough job of communicating those totally awesome policies, especially to minorities.

“I think our policies are sound, but I think in many ways the way we communicate can be a real problem,” Priebus said. The report also called for fewer presidential debates — because apparently when you have awesome policies, you don’t want to overexpose them.

The GOP’s solution is positively Keynesian. Republicans need to spend, spend, spend! He called for $10 million in new digital infrastructure and permanent hires who would be charged with reaching out to minorities with the same totally awesome policies that lost in 2012 — just in a better “tone.”

“Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the party represents, and many minorities think Republicans don’t like them or don’t want them in our country,” Sally Bradshaw, a Republican strategist, wrote in the autopsy. “When someone rolls their eyes at us, they aren’t likely to open their ears to us.”

Priebus kept his “tone” friendly and positive for the length of his presentation. And then, he took questions.

The RNC chair was asked about a shouting match at the CPAC conservative convention, in which an attendee complained about white men being “systematically disenfranchised.”

Priebus, in his minority outreach mode, answered the question as if he were being asked how he’s going to reach out to minority voters, whom he was obviously aware were actually being systematically disenfranchised, thanks to a record number of laws passed by Republicans since 2010 — mostly in the Old Confederacy states — designed to do just that.

“For one thing, we have to show up. If you’re going to get the order, you have to ask for the sale,” he said, equating campaigning with running an Amway distributorship. He went on to say that he’s going to hire hundreds of paid people across the country to reach out to minorities this year.

He then proceeded to take a blatant stab at the most famous minority staffer the RNC has had in years — former chairman Michael Steele. “When we walked into the RNC — and we were $25, $26 million in debt — we could barely make the first payroll,” Priebus said, apropos of nothing.

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  • The GOP problem is not the way it communicates, but the essence of their message. Going back to the Reagan days is also not the answer to the problems they are having with mainstream America, they have remained in that era, while pushing for a return to the pre-Civil Rights days all along. That’s the main reason for their defeat last November, and the reason they are likely to face defeat for many years to come.
    Most Americans don’t want to go back to the days when some of our citizens were denied the right to be served at a cafeteria, when water fountains had labels designating where we could get a sip of water by ethnic profile, the days when women could only hope to become a teacher, a nurse, a secretary or waitress; and the days when Latinos were implicitly encouraged to enter the USA illegally to work for unscrupulous employers who exploited them the way others were less than two centuries ago.
    We also don’t want to go back to the days when cultural intolerance and greed influenced our foreign policy and encouraged deceitful tactics to destroy countries that never did anything to us and were not a threat to us, or the days when the USA engaged in human rights violations unworthy of a great nation.
    Along the same lines, we don’t want to go back to the days when we were losing 800,000 jobs a months, when unemployment was steadily going up, when our economy was – by their own admission – on the verge of collapse, when foreclosures and bankruptcies were the order of the day, when the banks that were partly responsible for the mess we were in had to be bailed out by the government – us – and when a proud nation was convinced we were no longer the bastion of democracy or the source of innovation and might that contributed to the greatest period of economic expansion and scientific progress in centuries.
    No Mr. Priebus, you can go back if you wish, and stay there permanently if that’s what you want, the rest of us got a taste of your medicine, didn’t like it, and decided to move forward.

    • Independent1

      Good morning Dominick! You painted such an accurate picture of what the GOP is all about. Thanks!! Although I’d certainly be more than happy to let Mr. Priebus go back to those days IN HIS DREAMS, we need to really hope that more and more Americans wake up to what the GOP is trying to do with their reverse time machine; and helps those of us who are aware of their devious tactics in preventing that time machine from going any further into the past, and instead helps America truely move into the future.

    • idamag

      People, where I live, don’t. How about Mississippi?

      • People in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and a few other states would turn down free ice cream for life if it is offered by Barack Obama. At a national level they are a pimple on an elephant’s behind.

        • TheSkalawag929

          There is a significant number us here in Georgia that want to let you know that Georgia isn’t as red as it appears to be.
          We are doing what we can to wake up the populace here. It may take awhile but we are working on it.

          • whodatbob

            Good for you. Some of my Louisana relitives are still Democrats attempting to spread the worrd.

          • RobertCHastings

            Four years ago North Carolina went for Obama (a class-1 miracle). This time, they supported Romney, the new governor is the former Republican mayor of Charlotte, the state legislature is so Republican it is sickening. Policies locally and statewide reflect the big switch. The governor has signed a bill that will eliminate teacher-assistants in grades K – 3. He wants the state to take over control of the Charlotte airport, and he wants local county commissioners to have direct control of public schools, rather than the local school boards. Remember the character “Bunghulio” in Beavis and Butthead?

          • Barbara Morgan

            Does North Carolina have a way to recall your governor and legislature? If there is you want to see if it could be done. Is the Charlotte airport controled by the city or Federal government? If is is local government then he will take over the airport. Here in Tennessee, Metro Nashville passed a law saying that any business wantiing to do business with the city could not discrimate against anyone for any reason including sexual prefrence and L ( I don’t remember all the letters. Because one man that was elected to office on the city Commission and the state legisture tried to get the bill killed on the city level but was defeated by other council members so this man who is a Republican and also held office in the State Legislature introduced a bill that says local counties and cities can not pass laws doing awy with discrimnation just the state can and it passed in our Republican controlled legislature and was signed by our Republican governor, so there are many groups of people that can be discrimnated against in Tennessee, the only ones that can’t be are the ones that federal governments say can’t be and they would be allowed to be discrimnated against if our Governor and Republicans in our state houses thought they could get away it. So if you have anyway of stopping this governor and his fellow Republicans do it, Republicans have made my home state the laughing stock of the world and one of the most dangerous states to live in with all the loosening of gun laws that this state once had. They just passed and the the governor signed into law where people can take their guns in their cars on the property of the people they work and lock the gun in their cars even if the property owner doesn’t want guns on their property, they can have guns on school grounds, college grounds, hospital grounds and many other places where until this bill they could not take a gun at all on the property. This bill was the the NRA’s idea and our LT. Governor Ron Ramsey got it passed for them to pay them pay for the measley donations they give him for his reelection war chest.

        • plc97477

          I was kind of sorry they didn’t do exit polls at the last election. I think we may have found that a lot of red states are getting a little blue at the edges.

          • RobertCHastings

            That would have totally disproved Roves predictions, tarnishing his stellar reputation.

  • nobsartist

    What would you expect from a punk named after a skin disease?

  • He’s named after “treatment of skin disease”

    • Independent1

      Fitting isn’t it? The whole GOP is some kind of disease – like TMD “Total Mental Deficiency’!

    • idamag

      He’s not a very good speaker. I liked Michael Steele. Preibus looks like a prisoner trying to talk without moving his mouth so the guards won’t catch on. The GOP did not get the picture. The election did not tell them anything.

  • The_Magic_M

    No party with this amount of stubborn denial (“our message isn’t bad, it’s the dumb voters who don’t understand it”) has ever won anything, in any country, at any time. Well, except for those who decided democracy was a dumb idea anyway and the country would be much better off if somebody forced on people “what’s best for them” regardless of the people’s opinion. I just hope the GOP won’t take that route.

    • plc97477

      In some states they already have.

    • Barbara Morgan

      They have already started that route. That is why the Republican controlled states people have to a an approved State Picture ID to vote. In Tennessee, they are now trying to stop us from using certain IDs that they allowed voters to use in 2012 including jobs ids issured by Tennessee Counties and Cities, which are located in the state and the people that work for them live in the state yet they willing accept gun carry permits with pictures on them to be used as ID even if the gun carrying permit was issued in another state. See what I mean when I say they have alreay started down that route.

  • “Oh that Michael Steele. Silly negroes, just no good with money.” — Reince Priebus

  • adler56

    The problem with the Repugnant party is it’s run by guys named Reince, Newt, williard,
    boehner (boner), McConnell, Lindsey, Eric- not a man in the group.

    • Adam Wu

      It is not “manhood” that is the issue with these people. It is “humanity.”

  • Fairplay4

    The goal of the GOP is the control of the many by the few. Since the few, in this instance, refer to the top wealth holders and the many refer to those who work for the few, the wealth holders use their positions to try to control the political actions of those they employ. This strategy worked in the past and its failure is responsible for the melt down when the GOP lost the last two Presidential elections. This strategy is now being combined with the manipulation of geographic constituencies and racial denigration to reestablish their supremacy. The American people have been battered for too long for them to forget which Party is responsible for the mess that now obtains.

  • CPAinNewYork

    The economic pie is getting smaller, Mr. Priebus. It has been since the closing of the frontier. The only way to satisfy the desire of the rich for a bigger piece of the pie is to reduce the other classes’ share of that pie.

    Your mission is doomed to failure, Mr. Priebus, because you won’t be able to convince the non-rich that the Republican Party means anything less than their descent into penury.

  • If you’re not a part of the solution, you’re probably part of the Republican Party.

  • JDavidS

    Priebus’ solution to the GOP policies problem? “I know this square peg will go into this round hole if I just hit it hard enough…”

    • RobertCHastings

      The really ridiculous part of their “autopsy” was that it was dead on. The understand why they failed miserably in 2012. But, they exemplify the definition of “stupid” – doing something that has a bad outcome, then doing it again and expecting a different outcome.