GOP Report: Voters Are 'Rolling Their Eyes' at Us
Report by RNC task force calls for messaging overhaul
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 18, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
In this Sunday, March 17, 2013, photo provided by CBS News, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus speaks on CBS's "Face the Nation" in Washington.   (AP Photo/CBS News, Chris Usher)

(Newser) – The GOP is taking a hard look in the mirror in what the Wall Street Journal calls a "scathing self-analysis." In a new 98-page report, a Republican National Committee task force assesses the party's image and what led to its presidential loss in November, and it doesn't sugar-coat things: "Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country. When someone rolls their eyes at us, they are not likely to open their ears to us," it reads. In focus groups, former Republican voters called the party "scary" and say it's full of "stuffy old men," the report notes. If something isn't done, "it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future."

  • What does it recommend? "Comprehensive immigration reform," a shift in mega-campaign spending away from TV and toward door-to-door efforts, more tolerance for gays, the formation of an RNC Celebrity Task Force, and an "inclusive and welcoming" stance on social issues, among other things.
  • What does it omit? The report doesn't touch on the gay-marriage debate, abortion, or Planned Parenthood, reports Politico.
  • What's next? RNC chair Reince Priebus will unveil the report this morning, and is expected to announce some immediate changes, including an altered presidential primary process. For the 2016 cycle, the primary season will be shorter, the New York Times reports, with what Priebus calls "a more rational number of debates."
  • Side note: The Journal adds that the report comes as some in the party, specifically those close to the Tea Party, are pushing for the GOP to ignore these kinds of analyses and re-embrace the party's "conservative grass roots."

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zzz05
Mar 18, 2013 8:50 PM CDT
What are the chances that they will take a hard look in the mirror and see that the problem is not their image, it's their core principles and beleifs; the same principles and beliefs that led them to elect George Bush and follow him blindly but enthusiastically into a disastrous war built on lies, an economic catastrophe, and a general series of blows to the US so severe that we may well never recover, and that their insistence on sticking to those disastrous principles and digging the hole even deeper as a demonstration of their faith merely shows their cognitive impairment?
04052063
Mar 18, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
"more tolerance for gays" But no equal rights for that minority group... Lip service thy name is GOP
793tango
Mar 18, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
The Tea Party and far right wing of the party arekeeping it in a stranglehold until they get their way., Kind of like fleas sucking the life out of its host. Eventually the host will die and they'll have to either die with it or find a new host. Since there is no 3rd party to act as host to these right wing extremists, they will have to, as a party, die out. There may be hope for this country yet...