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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

As the Republican National Committee’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” nears its one-year anniversary, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus has provided yet another example of why his rebranding plan never really had a chance to succeed.

According to a Washington Times report, Priebus is delaying the party’s annual winter meeting so he and other RNC members can join thousands of anti-abortion activists for the January 22 “March for Life”:

“I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life,” Mr. Priebus said in an email to the Times. “This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles.”

Mr. Priebus, in his second term as elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, chose to delay the start of the four-day winter meeting of the GOP governing body, also scheduled in Washington, to allow himself and RNC members to attend the march. The delay is unprecedented for a major U.S. political party, several state Republican Party chairmen and other RNC members said in telephone interviews.

Mr. Priebus also decided that the RNC will charter a bus to and from the march for those among the RNC’s 168 members who wish to attend, he said.

That Priebus and his party support the anti-abortion protests is not terribly surprising; as the chairman said, restricting reproductive rights is one of the few issues that unites the Republican Party. That he would publicize the fact that the march is a higher priority than even the party’s annual meeting, however, speaks volumes about how thoroughly even he has abandoned the RNC’s plan to save itself.

The GOP autopsy report urged Republicans to “learn once again how to appeal to more people, including those who share some but not all of our conservative principles.” The March for Life’s unofficial slogan is literally “No exception! No compromise!”

The 2013 report suggested that Republicans “Be conscious of developing a forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women.” In 2014, the party will join a march that for 40 years was led by Nellie Gray — a woman who insisted that birth control encouraged teenagers to have sex and made them “fodder for the abortion mills.”

Priebus and the RNC may be under the impression that the Affordable Care Act will be such an unqualified political disaster that they can completely ignore the issues that plagued them in 2012 and still thrive in the midterm elections. They may even be right. But if the party continues to actively antagonize women — along with Hispanics, African-Americans, and other constituencies that helped Barack Obama comfortably win re-election in 2012 — it will continue to struggle to compete in national politics, no matter how successfully it fires up the base.

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  • docb

    The repub baggers did not have many paid attendees and used this as an excuse when it is evident that the repub baggers are the most anti-choice and anti-life party of the centuries…They cut off all funding for the most vulnerable the minute they clear the birth canal and do not provide help/care to the women carrying the zygote prior to birth!! Then we have the fools that deny birth control from the same obdurate ‘faux christian’ mostly white male politicians..

    • Jimmy Agler

      docb, while I agree with you on the policy views, do you really think the name calling wins anyone over? The reason politics is more polarized than ever is that everyone goes straight to personal attacks and name calling. Yes I know every name the right side posters have called you, they have used them on me too. So why drop to their level? If you first statement is an insult you lose any chance to influence an opinion with the rest of a post.

      • Sand_Cat

        Seriously, do you really think any of the current GOP can be won over? And if you consider that unlikely prospect as possible, do you think any of those who could be are posting on this site?
        I see your point, but in the end you might as well call them what they are and be done with it. The comment sections here are full of long and completely unsuccessful attempts by multiple people who attempt to use facts and reason with an unyielding troll who delights in stringing them along.

        • Jimmy Agler

          Current moderates can be won over. Weekly it seems you hear about elected members of the GOP at some level(state or national) leaving the party. Yes it is true that Tea Party fanatics can’t be won over, but moderates can. But if you were a person on the fence about your party, would you be interested in joining someone who persuades by telling you how stupid,evil or heartless you are?

  • Dominick Vila

    Conservatives have not changed their positions on issues such as abortion, same sex marriage, anti-organized labor, ACA or anything else. They are moving to the center right out of necessity, because they know that otherwise they will not have a chance to control the Senate and may lose some seats in the House. What remains to be seen is how gullible voters are.

    • Bill Thompson

      To the GOP the religious right are reliable pawns, all they have to do is keep saying the things that the religious right wants to hear. The GOP is well aware that people’s faith trumps good judgment and common sense and ones self interests. This is a fight based on religion, no one ever wins.

      • Dominick Vila

        Interestingly, the only parts of the world where religion plays a major role in our decision making process are the USA and the Islamic world.

        • Bill Thompson

          Thought provoking indeed. Certainly not what the framers of our Constitution had in mind.

        • docb

          A short book to spin through…’Reset’ by S. Kinzer..then tackle ‘The Brothers’ by the same author. The two countries peopels the USA is most aligned with in the ME and how the brothers Dulles screwed our reputation and set the tone of dislike in the ME..

    • dpaano

      Dominick: See my post above. For some reason, they still seem to get voted into positions of power by the same people they screw on a daily basis! I just don’t understand how people think lately!

      • Dominick Vila

        I know, and it is not only women and Latinos. Seniors who depend on Social Security and MEDICARE to survive vote for them even after they hear them propose privatizing SS and dismantling MEDICARE. Blue collar workers, miners, store clerks and many other Americans vote for them even after they see them fight a higher minimum wage, and insinuate that lower compensation and a smaller benefit package would make our corporations more competitive and entice them to invest at home, instead of abroad. What they fail to understand is that most corporations are multi-nationals loyal only to the shareholders. When they invest abroad they are not only looking for a higher return on investment, but market share in countries like China, where the potential for growth is huge.
        There is so much misinformation, persuasive political commercials, and ignorance that those who have the least are willing to risk everything to get crumbs from those who have it all.

  • terry b

    This stance is part of the reason that the republican party is now characterized as the Nazi party. Instead of stripping Jewish people of their rights as was done by the original Nazi party, it is now women’s rights that our version of the Nazi party constantly attacks. The contraceptive babble is stupidity at its highest zenith when any intelligent person knows that nothing prevents abortion more than the pill. This should help the party go down in flames in the house and the senate as it so richly deserves.

    • Jimmy Agler

      It might have some effect in Senate Races but not in the House races. Both parties have gerrymandered the House districts to such an extreme level that MAYBE 10% of seats are in play no matter what. In these rigged districts Charles Manson would defeat Mother Theresa as long as he has the right letter after his name on the ballot.

      • Duckbudder

        “Both parties have gerrymandered the House districts to such an extreme level that MAYBE 10% of seats are in play no matter what.”? Both?

        • 788eddie

          No, not both.

          The last re-districting took place after the results of the 2010 census (as prescribed by law). At that time, we experienced the Republican backlash against the incumbent Obama administration; Republicans increased their numbers to clearly control the house, as well as many state legislatures. It was at the state level that re-districting took place.

          While Democrats are not blameless for past re-districting, the current situation resides mostly in the Republican court (and will remain so until the results of the 2020 census are available.

          • Jimmy Agler

            Mostly yes for that last one but that is the trap we all fall into 788. We point out they did it in 2010,they will say we did it in 2000 which we did in response to 1990 and on and on. It needs to be addressed across the board because without that it never ends. We as democrats should also be championing true competitive districts because without those we end up with candidates who are just as extreme as some of the Tea Party types we decry. Everyone knows that diehards are the largest block of Primary voters so the extremes win. More competitive districts are one of the best ways to reel in both parties(yes I am a moderate dem). It does none of us any good to nominate or elect candidates who are as inflexible and agenda driven as someone like Cruz or Bachmann.

          • 788eddie

            As a moderate Republican, I am in total agreement with you, Jimmy.

            Let’s hope more join this fight to help preserve the democracy.

        • Jimmy Agler

          Yes, both parties. I live in Ohio and know damn well what the GOP has done in my state to manipulate districts. But are you going to tell me that the dems are blameless in CA? NY? or Mass? The problem in political debate today is that none of us are willing to call out our own party’s mistakes. That in and of itself lends to hypocrisy because how can you site and criticize your opposition for doing something you overlook your own side doing. If something is wrong it is wrong, party affiliation doesn’t make it ok because “they do it too”

      • terry b

        Thank you Jimmy for a thoughtful and articulate post. You do have a deep knowledge as to how the GOP gerrymandering has rigged so many elections in their favor. Not used to getting a post from someone like you. Most of the others seem to lack even a modicum of intelligence while you are just the opposite. Keep up the good work.

    • daniel bostdorf

      I agree with the anaology….but the GOP/Teaparty wants a plutocracy with the potential of regaining the Senate and creating a fascistic nation…Pluocracy is a government by the richest people : a country that is ruled by the richest people: a group of very rich people who have a lot of power (another central element of Fascism) Fascism is way of organizing a society in which a government ruled by a dictator (Nazis) controls the lives of the people and in which people are not allowed to disagree with the government: very harsh control or authority.

      • terry b

        Wow! You are good. I thought I was articulate and thoughtful as well as being right all the time but I feel just a little out of my league when compared to you. Keep it up. You are appreciated!

        • daniel bostdorf

          Terry—you can express your thoughts here freely, as long as you keep it free from personal attacks, and don’t use profane angry rants. And try to keep it on topic or subtopic that relates to article.

          Righteous indignation is a great way to get discussions started. All responsibly stated views are encouraged!

          The key words are responsible and respectful.
          There is a respectful way to post an opinion that is contray to others.

          Please express yourself!

  • terry b

    Nice to see such a thoughtful, articulate and extremely correct post. I couldn’t have said it any better.

  • howa4x

    The Base represents a minority of voters in a minority party. I guess the republicans have realized that if they loose them they will have no identity. Currently they are a party that thrives on fake scandals, and outright lies to attract voters since their policies only appeal to a narrow slice of them. If they continually beat the drum of anti reproductive choice they will still act like the crazy old uncle that scares the kids on holidays. Sometimes the media spends too much time focusing on the national GOP when it’s in the states that they are doing all the damage to the brand by union busting, loosening environmental protections, refusing the Medicaid expansion, not setting up insurance exchanges, passing concealed weapon laws, passing restrictive abortion laws, voter suppression, and harassing Latinos. Instead of outreach they are masters at contraction.

  • herchato

    Might add anti-worker rights

  • daniel bostdorf

    Perfectly stated!

  • Michael Cowan

    Republicans are old, they will die off soon enough. You can’t change a lifetime of ignorance and hate, but they have lost the battle for the next Generations and its only a matter of time.

    The thrash as they die off is painful, but will pass.

  • Lynda Groom

    Theater over substance every time as usual. Lets move on to the next distraction is their new mantra.

  • dpaano

    But, you know, women, Latinos, etc. will still vote for these idiots because they don’t know they’ve been pissed on by their own representatives…..the GOP knows how to creatively lie! Unfortunately, so many of the people they hurt seem to believe them!!

  • Howdy Boyz

    If we examine the contrast between liberty and servitude, for example, we discover that the negative sense of liberty in no way reduces its desirability.