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Monday, October 24, 2016

Republicans have been spending the weeks after their miserable showing in the 2012 election trying to figure out why they did so miserably. Bobby Jindal said what a lot of people were thinking by suggesting the GOP needed to stop being “the stupid party.” Karl Rove, who didn’t back one winning candidate in the recent election, is blaming the Tea Party for promoting extreme, unelectable candidates.

Republican political operative Liz Mair, who has been a communications strategist for governors Scott Walker and Rick Perry, offers a sobering message to her party:

Everyone knows that Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle were not good candidates. What a lot of people don’t seem to recognize is that their opponents, even though they looked like they would perform better based on on-paper attributes, were even worse candidates. How do I know this? They lost to Todd Akin, Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle. I’m serious. Think about that for a minute.

In her blog post “Forget what you’ve heard, here’s what’s really wrong with the GOP,” she lays out five reasons why the Republican Party is seeing stars, despite an ailing economy and the best demographic advantage they will ever have.

First, a lot of bad candidates have been fielded, and a lot of crappy campaigns have been run. And no, I don’t just mean that candidate whose name immediately popped into your head there.

Second, and tied in with this, we have too many less-than-cutting-edge and insufficiently creative and/or out-of-date consultants making a lot of money off of said crappy campaigns.

Third, our technology sucks in comparison to what Democrats have.

Fourth, growing portions of the electorate—Hispanic-Americans and Asian-Americans—either loathe us or just don’t like us.

Fifth, the party seems to have forgotten that it’s supposed to stand for something—by which I mean actual principles of some sort, and not just, say, the general bumper sticker concept that “OBAMA = BAD.”

After laying out her diagnosis, she has a few prescriptions on how to treat the problems. If you’re not a fan of the GOP, you should hope that no Republican with any power heeds her advice.

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  • docb

    A canary in the coal mine…She is definitely NOT A STEPFORD WIFE…like the rest!

    • MVH1

      More should come forward.

  • The technology available to the GOP is the same technology available to Democrats. (The use of that technology is another issue.) And the Republicans have so very much more money. You missed one little point: as a great Republican leader once said “You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time.” Much like the decline of the Catholic Church in mainstream America, the Republican party is simply out of step with the realities of our time. Both are failing. Rather than continuing to pander to the wealthy, campaign-donating members of the party, it might be a time to look around the world at what is working and what isn’t. How are labor and healthcare being managed in countries which are doing well. The US is slipping down the razor blade of world economic leadership. Smart people with the country’s best interests at heart need to step up to leadership positions. As long as the GOP is most responsive to overpaid CEOs (and consultants), it will continue to lose ground with the people they no longer represent. Pretty simple stuff.

    • MVH1

      Excellent post on every single point.

  • ladymissdiva

    The GOP’s problem is a simple one: Republican candidates are not conservative enough.

    Any candidate unwilling to fully embrace Medieval social and economic policies should be branded a heretic and immediately thrown out of the party.

    This is the only way forward for the GOP. Please encourage all of your Republican family members and friends not to compromise their principles!

  • elizh

    Because W inspired so many to enter public service? or… because he just trashed the brand, by turning out to be a big-spending, big government, um….

    Anyway, R’s have got a few things to work through. Amnesia is not going to cut the mustard.

  • Except that she’s shouting in the wilderness. Go to Townhall or Drudge or Deadbart or any of the bagro sites and see what the base thinks. They don’t just want to double down on the crazy, they want to go all in. They are howling that the GOP are all squishey RINOs who need to be thrown out of office in favor of REAL conservatives who are true believers.

    Any Republican who is not batboop crazy is guaranteed to get primaried from the right. Even Mitch McConnell is going to be facing an uphill battle just for the nomination, much less the general election. The party has gone mad, quite mad, and is becoming increasingly marginalized as more voters turn from them in disgust.

  • FredAppell

    As usual, a Republican is only getting it half right. Ms. Mair is totally clueless to the true reality. Many decades ago the GOP declared their “Big Tent” strategy there by excepting even the most fringe of the right-wing. Now, their win at all cost tactics are back firing on them. Their hate filled rhetoric against just about everyone imaginable has created an entire culture of people that don’t know anything but hate and intolerance. Now it’s too late to put the genie back in the bottle.

  • Lurker

    Sixth: Republicans, you need to quit listening to your own bullcrap. You have to finally come to terms with it: Rush, Laura, Hannity, Fox and all the others haven’t ever been honest with you.

  • The problems the GOP is facing, which have been exacerbated by the influence the Tea Party has over Republican policy making, is caused by socio-economic extremism, their insistence on advancing policies that have failed before, such as trickle down economics, their focus on the welfare of the rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor, their determination to dismantle social programs that millions of Americans depend on to survive, and the demonization of ethnic minorities and women.
    They no longer resemble the Republican Party of Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower or even Reagan. They have become an extension of the Fascist Party, and they are proud of it. That is why they were rejected in November, that is why their candidates and policies will be rejected in 2014 and beyond, and that is why so many senior Republicans are pleading for moderation and pragmatism instead of the fanatism that dominates GOP behavior today.