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The GOP: Walking dead

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I watch Jonathan a lot on MSNBC and I like his column.  Once again, “he hits it outta the park”…

The Washington Post – Jonathan Capehart

One year after issuing a truth-telling autopsy of its drubbing in the 2012 presidential race (primarily because of its dismal and exclusionary relationship with people of color and others), the Republican Party celebrated by looking the other way. Literally.

In a series of ads, the GOP features members of the gorgeous mosaic of the United States — African American, Asian American and hipster — proclaiming, “I’m a Republican” and then finishing the sentence with calls for an all-of-the-above energy policy, smaller government and opportunity while looking somewhere that wasn’t the camera and talking to no one in particular. A perfect metaphor for the GOP’s ongoing problem with people of color.

Dick Armey said it best on page 10 of the autopsy. “You can’t call someone ugly,” the former House Majority Leader and Tea Party menace admonished, “and expect them to go to the prom with you.” And that’s exactly what the GOP did for the last year in word and deed.

Rep. Steve King (Cliff Owen/AP)

Rep. Steve King (Cliff Owen/Associated Press)

Rep.  Steve King (Iowa) denigrated Latinos last July as he articulated his opposition to allowing undocumented high schoolers to get U.S. citizenship through college or service in the armed forces under the Dream Act. “For everyone who’s a valedictorian,” King said, “there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.”

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Larry Klayman (r) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Sarah Palin and Larry Klayman (right) (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin had no problem being seen with anti-Obama conspiracy theorist Larry Klayman at the Million Vets March in October. “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” the lawyersaid of President Obama. Nary a word of denunciation from leaders within the Republican Party.

Michael Ashmore of Hooks, Tex. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Michael Ashmore of Hooks, Tex. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

Nor did anyone denounce the unfurling of the treasonousConfederate flag in front of the White House when that march made its way to the home of the nation’s first black president and his family. That was one of the many explicit expressions of disrespect for this president that many African Americans won’t soon forget. And yet, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Sean Hannity in November, “I think [President Obama] should take ownership over this divisive culture that he has created.”

The GOP deserves some credit for doing behind-the-scenes work to reach out to minorities. Last month, the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in Washington was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far. They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and Priebus’s home state of Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform while blaming said inaction on “widespread doubt”about the president.

As we know, autopsies are done on dead things. Which means the GOP is among the walking dead.

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GOP Claims Racism Is Over In Misguided Rosa Parks Tribute (UPDATED)

The Republican National Committee  is woefully out of touch…

The Huffington Post

On Sunday, the Republican National Committee tweeted out an ill-advised tribute to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, praising the late activist for “her role in ending racism.”

The message was widely mocked by Twitter users who pointed out that the end of racism was news to them:

TFC Editor Note:  So the RNC’s amended tweet makes everything ok?  It basically says the same thing as the original tweet.  “Helping to end racism”…I think not.  It STILL exists.

 

 

 

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Republican National Committee thanks civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks for ‘ending racism’

Stock Photo: New Orleans, La – June 18: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

Surely, the RNC is a major part of whats wrong with the GOP today…

The Raw Story - Dec. 1, 2013

The Republican National Committee (RNC) thanked Rosa Parks for “her role in ending racism” in a tweet published early this morning:

Recent studies indicate that, far from being “ended,” the majority of Americans are still racist against black people.

The tweet didn’t include a link to the GOP’s more anodyne “Message Celebrating Rosa Parks,” in which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said that “[w]e remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation.”

“Rosa Parks was a hero of the civil rights movement,” said Chairman Priebus. “On this day 58 years ago, the 42-year-old seamstress took a bold stand—by staying seated. Her arrest ignited a bus boycott that challenged the injustice of segregation and in turn helped to change this nation for the better.”

The person responsible for the tweet that thanked Parks for “ending racism” is unknown, but as of 12:44 p.m. EST the tweet has not been deleted, nor has any official apology for the tweet been issued.

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Fox News, the Republican shutdown, Obama derangement and ‘research’

Uh…doh!

Daily Kos

On Saturday, Fox News talking head Anna Kooiman reported this shocking news:

“It really doesn’t seem fair, especially — and we’re going to talk a little bit later in the show too about some things that are continuing to be funded. And President Obama has offered to pay for the museum of Muslim culture out of his own pocket, yet it’s the Republican National Committee who’s paying for this,”[keeping war memorials open] Kooiman said.

Of course it wasn’t true and Ms. Kooiman acknowledged her “mistake” via Twitter:

Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing. My apologies. Won’t happen again.— @annakooiman

But let’s cut Kooiman a little slack. After all, who hasn’t been the victim of “flawed research”? It was probably just an honest mistake that the crack research team from Fox News didn’t notice that the source of this story was also reporting that Jesus Christ boycotts hobby lobby and that Police Barge Into Kindergarten Classroom And Taser Multiple Children “For The Heck Of It.”

Yep, nothing to see here … just a little flawed research on the Kenyan Marxist Dictator from our friends at Fox … now, back to their regular programing.

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Reince Priebus: Obama Wants ‘A Shutdown Of The Government’

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I saw a congressman repeat the same absurd talking point on MSNBC yesterday.  Apparently this is their latest ploy to win support as the days wind down for making a decision on the continuing resolution process.  Looks like a small sect in the GOP will stop at nothing to make the POTUS blink.

The Huffingon Post

In a Monday interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Priebus agreed with Hewitt’s suggestion that Obama is orchestrating “domestic paralysis.” The duo discussed two key fiscal deadlines that are looming — the Oct. 1 deadline for a stopgap funding measure and the need to raise the debt ceiling to meet subsequent expenses.

“I think he wants this thing to happen, a shutdown of the government,” Priebus told Hewitt. “I’m totally cynical on the thing. I think that’s exactly what he wants.”

Priebus tied that argument to the Oct. 1 launch of the Obamacare marketplace, adding that he believes some Democrats to be among the wary. Beginning that day, state exchanges allowing Americans to purchase health insurance will be available.

“I, in fact, think he’s got a bunch of Democrats that are sick and tired of it as well, because they’re sitting in red states, and they’re nervous as anything that they’re going to get stuck with Obamacare, and then they’re going to have to go out there and defend it,” Priebus said.

Priebus has been direct in his criticisms of Obama over recent weeks. After the president’s address on Syria last Tuesday, the RNC Chairman called his remarks a global embarrassment.

“The administration’s handling of the U.S. response to Syria has been so haphazard it’s disappointed even the president’s most ardent supporters,” Priebus said in a statement. “This rudderless diplomacy has embarrassed America on the world stage. For a president who campaigned on building American credibility abroad, the lack of leadership coming from the Oval Office is astounding.”

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REPUBLICANS IN TUG OF WAR OVER PARTY’S FUTURE

The Huffington Post

Republican Party Pushes Rising Stars Amid Call For Solutions

Republican officials are looking to promote a fresh group of diverse rising stars to help resolve their election woes, while frustrated party elders insist that all Republicans must offer more solutions for the nation’s most pressing issues.

The calls for change come nine months after a painful 2012 election in which the GOP lost the presidential race and a handful of close Senate contests. A tug of war over the Republican Party’s future is on display as conservative activists and party leaders from across the country gather in Boston this week for the Republican National Committee’s annual summer meeting.

“We have to get beyond being anti-Obama,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich declared at the gathering Wednesday, offering a particularly harsh critique of Republican strategy on health care.

Gingrich said congressional Republicans would have “zero answer” for how to replace the president’s health care overhaul when asked, despite their having voted repeatedly to repeal the measure.

“We are caught right now in a culture, and you see it every single day, where as long as we’re negative and as long as we’re vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything. And so we don’t,” Gingrich said. “This is a very deep problem.”

While there is little sign of GOP unity on solutions for immigration, health care or a looming budget standoff, RNC officials are launching a program to highlight a new generation of Republican leaders – largely younger and more ethnically diverse – to help broaden the party’s appeal among women and minorities, groups that overwhelmingly supported President Barack Obama in the last election. The program supplements an ongoing effort to expand Republican outreach among minority communities across the country.

Women voted for Obama by an 11-point margin in 2012, and they have not backed a GOP candidate for president since Ronald Reagan’s successful bid for re-election in 1984. Although last year’s nominee, Mitt Romney, improved on John McCain’s margin of victory among whites in 2008, Romney fared worse than McCain among Hispanic and Asian voters, who make up a growing share of the U.S. population.

The RNC on Thursday was introducing the first four members of its “Rising Stars” program:

_Karin Agness, founder and president of the Network of enlightened Women, or NeW. The Indiana native started the organization for conservative university women in 2004 while at the University of Virginia.

_Scott G. Erickson, a San Jose, Calif., police officer for 15 years and a writer for The Foundry, the blog of the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation.

_Marilinda Garcia, a Hispanic and New Hampshire state representative first elected at 23. Now in her fourth term, she serves on the executive board of the immigration reform group Americans by Choice.

_T.W. Shannon, an African-American and speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. The Lawton native is a business consultant and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation.

The panel will be featured during a discussion Thursday that is expected to be the first of many high-profile appearances designed to help the party shed the image that it is too old and white. Republican officials have long fought that stereotype, but RNC communications director Sean Spicer says this time will be different.

“We have the resources and the bandwidth to be able to actually promote these people,” Spicer said. “We just weren’t in the position to do that years ago.”

Indeed, the committee has crafted plans, backed by new staffing, cash and online tools, to ensure that the fresh faces aren’t forgotten after this week’s meeting.

Press aides have been assigned to help drive media coverage focused on demographic groups instead of geographic regions: youth, women, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and African-Americans. And the RNC has created an online database for the first time that allows staffers to quickly find fresh faces for media interviews. For example, an RNC spokesman said the tool could quickly locate a female Hispanic mom from New Jersey for a relevant media interview.

Officials hope that promoting new faces will help deliver more votes in next year’s midterm elections and beyond, although critics in and out of the party suggest that may not be enough unless the party adopts a more solution-oriented message. Republican leaders have been slow to embrace solutions on issues critical to minority voters, particularly immigration.

House Republicans are resisting a comprehensive immigration bill that passed with bipartisan support in the Senate. An RNC report released this spring concluded that the GOP “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only.”

Asked about the party’s so-called identity crisis, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said it would take time to resolve.

“I have to focus on the things that I most control,” he said, citing effort to add staffers and improve data sharing.

In the meantime, Priebus, too, said his party must focus on solutions.

“We have to be a party that promotes a positive plan for the future,” he said, while declining to take a position on a possible Republican-backed government shutdown this fall. “I think we’ve done it, but I think we’ve got to do a much better job.”

 

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Reince Priebus: Debate Boycott Is Aimed At Companies Putting Hillary Clinton Content ‘On The Air’

Hypocrisy, they name is Reince Priebus…

The Huffington Post

Two days after a report emerged that Fox Television studios may produce NBC’s Hillary Clinton miniseries, Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Reince Priebus dismissed the connection as “totally ridiculous and stupid.”

In an interview with CNN’s “State Of The Union,” host Candy Crowley asked Priebusif ties between Fox Television Studios and Fox News would subject the news network to the same debate boycott threat levied last Monday against CNN and NBC.

Priebus clarified his threat was pointed at “the company that puts the miniseries and the documentaries on the air for the American people to view.”

“I don’t know the truth of anything you’re talking about,” Priebus said regarding the Fox links. “But I do know what’s very clear is that the company that puts these things on the air to promote Hillary Clinton, including CNN, is the company that is not going to be involved in our debates.”

Crowley is not the first CNN host to confront Priebus over the debate boycott issue. On Wednesday, Erin Burnett revived comments made by Fox News chief Roger Ailes during the 2008 presidential race, where he was critical of Democrats boycotting his network.

“Any candidate for high office of either party who believes he can blacklist any news organization is making a terrible mistake about journalists,” Ailes said. “And any candidate of either party who cannot answer direct, simple, even tough questions from any journalist, runs a real risk of losing the voters.”

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RNC accuses NBC and CNN of boosting Hillary, threatens to nix debates

The Washington Post

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Monday called on CNN and NBC to rethink their decisions to shoot films about Hillary Clinton, calling each a “thinly veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 presidential election.”

Priebus also threatened, if the networks push forward with their plans, to avoid partnerships with them for any 2016 presidential debates.

Both networks announced their plans in recent weeks. CNN’s documentary is set to run on TV and in theaters, while NBC’s shooting a miniseries starring Diane Lane.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” Priebus said in a statement. “Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing.”

The letters were sent to Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, and Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide.

CNN, in a statement, said it won’t back down and encouraged the RNC not to prejudge its documentary.

“Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more,” CNN said. “Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate disservice to voters.”

NBC News responded in a brief statement stressing it is not involved in the miniseries.

“NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project,” it said.

But even as the networks press on, Priebus’s effort is gaining traction in the GOP.

The chairmen of the Republican parties in Iowa and South Carolina — two early states that generally hold multiple debates — said they support Priebus’s move.

“The Iowa GOP supports Reince Priebus in his decision and looks forward to helping the RNC start a new chapter in how Republicans across the country stand up to a biased media,” Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker said in a statement.

David Plouffe, a former top adviser to President Obama, shot back, saying the RNC is trying to insulate itself from any media that isn’t Fox News:

Priebus noted that Democrats complained when the conservative outside group Citizens United planned to air a pay-per-view documentary about Clinton on the eve of the 2008 election. The spat resulted in a landmark Supreme Court case that freed up donors to give large political contributions to so-called super PACs.

There was also a case in 2006 in which Clinton allies urged ABC to cancel a docu-drama called “The Path to 9/11,” which depicted top Clinton aides undermining attempts to capture and kill Osama bin Laden.

Priebus pressured NBC and CNN to kill the documentaries quickly, giving them a deadline that is just nine days away.

“If they have not agreed to pull this programming prior to the start of the RNC’s Summer Meeting on August 14, I will seek a binding vote stating that the RNC will neither partner with these networks in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates they sponsor,” Priebus said.

Here’s the CNN letter, courtesy of Zeke Miller.

 

See also:  Why is the RNC threatening NBC and CNN? (Video report)

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GOP chairman: I don’t really care for the word tolerance

…and I don’t care for Reince Priebus so in this particular instance he and I are even.

The Raw Story

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus assured social conservatives on Monday that the GOP was not going to embrace “tolerance” as part of its rebranding efforts.

“I don’t know if I’ve used the word ‘tolerance,’ I don’t really care for that word myself,” he told theChristian Broadcasting Network. “I don’t have a problem with it, I just think it has another meaning politically that can go the other direction.”

Priebus said Republicans would continue to oppose same-sex marriage and seek to ban abortion in the United States. He described both as “foundational issues,” but said Republicans needed to adopted a more tolerant tone.

“If you’re looking at the evidence, what you will see is a party that embraces life, a party that embraces marriage and a chairman that understands that there’s only one sovereign God and that we ultimately aren’t dependent on what happens in politics,” Priebus explained. “What ultimately matters in our lives is that we’re salt and light in the world and that we’re honoring God in the things that we do every day. I get that. I think our party gets that and there’s never been a movement away from that.”

An “autopsy report” released by the RNC earlier this year encouraged Republicans to reach out to LGBT voters, citing “generational difference within the conservative movement.” Less than a month later, the RNC unanimously adopted resolutions opposing same-sex marriage.

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Are Republicans trying to lose the 2016 presidential race?

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) addresses the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in March. His star has dimmed quite a bit since.

The Week

The RNC’s much-hyped autopsy report has largely been ignored. And when Republicans like Marco Rubio try to take the RNC’s advice, they get hammered by the base

In the wake of President Obama’s resounding victory in the 2012 election, the Republican National Committee drafted what came to be known as its autopsy report, a sweeping critique of the party’s messaging and platform that warned that, unless the party changed, “it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future.”

The report was published in March. In the four months since then — in fact, in the last week alone — the GOP, at both the state and federal level, has narrowed its appeal so drastically that, at this rate, it seems quite likely that any generic, scandal-free Democrat could easily win the 2016 presidential election.

The election, of course, is more than three years away. That’s a lifetime in politics. Democrats have plenty of time to make all kinds of mistakes of their own. And the public’s memory is notoriously fuzzy. But at the moment, it appears the Republican Party has put itself in a box, severely reducing the number of candidates who could both conceivably win a primary campaign and a general election.

Let’s start with immigration reform. The RNC’s autopsy report said the party “must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform” if it wants a larger share of the growing, all-important Latino vote. Legislation to provide illegal immigrants with a pathway to citizenship passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, but it was made clear last week that it has no chance in the GOP-controlled House. This is sure to only estrange Latinos further.

As David Brooks, the conservative columnist at The New York Timesrecently wrote:

Before Asians, Hispanics and all the other groups can be won with economic plans, they need to feel respected and understood by the G.O.P. They need to feel that Republicans respect their ethnic and cultural identity. If Republicans reject immigration reform, that will be a giant sign of disrespect, and nothing else Republicans say will even be heard. [The New York Times]

Furthermore, the Republican Party’s top proponent of immigration reform, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, has seen his star dim significantly as a result of his efforts. Tea Party types have taken to calling him a RINO (Republican in Name Only), which could turn out to be the kiss of death for a Republican presidential hopeful. Erick Erickson at Red State, an influential voice among the conservative base, says Rubio’s immigration stance will “come up in ad campaigns in Iowa, New Hampshire, and elsewhere.” Most worryingly for Rubio’s team, new polls show his favorability rating dropping by double-digits among Republican voters.

As David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush (and former columnist atTheWeek.com), put it, thanks to his backing of immigration reform, “Rubio is a dead man walking.”

Then there is the issue of women’s rights, or what Democrats like to call the War on Women. The RNC said the GOP must develop a “forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women” if it wants to prevent a repeat of an election that saw Obama win women voters overall by 11 points and single women by a staggering 36 points. But just last week, the Texas legislature, with full-throated support from Republican Gov. Rick Perry, passed one of the toughest abortion laws in the country, which anti-abortion groups warn could lead to the shuttering of all but four of the Lone Star State’s abortion clinics.

Texas is just one state, and a ruby-red one at that. This abortion law may be something that many Texans approve of. The issue for Republicans is how it plays nationally. Perry has set the gold standard for anti-abortion legislation at the state level, a position that is sure to be embraced, if not enhanced, by the bulk of Republican primary candidates in 2016. It is no coincidence that Perry himself is said to be considering another run at the presidency. Then there is this: Rubio is proposing federal legislation with similar elements in what many think is a bid to make up for his heresies on immigration.

The Republican Party, in other words, is sending a message to women, as loud and clear as ever, that it opposes abortion rights.

Finally, there is the GOP’s economic policies. The RNC was quite emphatic about this: “The perception, revealed in polling, that the GOP does not care about people is doing great harm to the party.” And yet just this week we witnessed the House GOP strip the farm bill of food stamps for the poor, which meant that the legislation was composed almost entirely of subsidies for farmers and corporations.

As Ross Douthat, the other conservative columnist at the Times, said:

The compassionate-conservative G.O.P. of George W. Bush combined various forms of corporate welfare with expanded spending on social programs, which was obviously deeply problematic in various ways… but not as absurd and self-dealing as only doing welfare for the rich. [The New York Times]

The next presidential election is in the distant future, politically speaking. A lot can happen. But with the important exception of gay marriage, the Republican Party has taken a hard right turn since the 2012 election. Without a dramatic move back toward the middle, it’s hard to imagine the party recovering three years from now. Rather than change the narrative of the party, Republicans are offering new evidence that they remain hostile to minorities, women, and the economically disadvantaged. The perception of the GOP as a group of “stuffy old white men,” as the RNC put it, has hardened. The attack ads practically write themselves.

Of course, there’s still plenty of time for the party to change by 2016. But as we all know, old habits die hard.

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