A more humorous take on the GOP plan to “reboot” the party

I love Roger Simon.  He’s the best new-ish thing in Washington in years (okay, maybe now that new, he’s covered the White House before he was a Politico).  But man, the man can write.  To wit: yesterday’s piece analyzing the new RNC plan to “reboot” the Republican party and make minorities love them!  It’s hysterical.

We wrote a few pieces about the new RNC plan yesterday, including Jon Green’s analysis of the organizing side of things, and my piece about the fact that one of the key architects of the RNC’s new “inclusiveness” plan to woo minorities just called President Obama a “socialist.”

Reboot via Shutterstock

Reboot via Shutterstock

I’m only going to quote a little from Roger’s story – you can read the rest over at Politico.  But it’s a fun piece, and a nice way to start the morning – do go read the whole thing:

Take minorities. The Republicans are now going to study them like they were some kind of new microbe. Priebus is pledging to spend $10 million on the effort.

I know $10 million sounds like a lot, but in political terms it is a pittance. The two presidential campaigns spent more than $2 billion in the last election, and one Republican billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, gave Romney $33 million in the closing weeks, bringing the total he and his wife gave to the GOP to $95 million. In other words, $10 million is what Republican fat cats find in their couch cushions.

No matter. The Republicans need to seek out and woo minorities because so few minorities are already members of the party. Republicans have to study minorities from afar, like astronomers studying distant galaxies….

When Priebus was asked why gay voters would vote Republican, he replied: “Sen. Portman made some inroads last week.” And, indeed, Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, recently endorsed gay marriage after finding out (two years ago) that his son is gay. And if Portman ever has a black child, maybe Portman will champion civil rights.

Okay, I just laughed out loud. Enjoy.

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11 Responses to “A more humorous take on the GOP plan to “reboot” the party”

  1. gamelan9 says:

    Sen. Portman consulted with Dick Cheyney. I’m surprised he wasn’t droned.

  2. Naja pallida says:

    Priebus is such an obvious patsy. Nobody else wanted the horrible job of being the idiot’s idiot. The party’s only chance at this point is to reverse 30 years of empowering their bottom 20% of supporters, and start to reach out to that other 80% who might be inclined to support them – but only if they stop encouraging the bottom 20%.

    Simply put, the only way a party that is anti-civil rights, anti-life, anti-education, anti-economy, anti-jobs, anti-infrastructure, and anti-voting rights is going to continue to wield power is to cheat the system that we all know is already badly broken. Nobody needs things like Rand Paul going out there telling everyone that he knows what Hispanic voters want, and it’s obviously Republican policies.

  3. BeccaM says:

    Well, their current strategy is to try to rig elections and voting so that they can hang onto power despite already having a minority of support among the American voters. This includes outright voter suppression, blatantly partisan gerrymandering, mucking with the Electoral College so that GOP candidates get more guaranteed votes, and rigging the voting machines.

  4. BeccaM says:

    Yep. To counter his abysmal voting record, Rob Portman also needs:

    – A female relative to have an unplanned or health-risking pregnancy
    – The Keystone XL pipeline to run through his back yard and a coal-burning power plant built upwind from his house
    – Have a whole bunch of relatives lose their jobs due to the ‘free trade’ agreements he supported
    – For a close family member to be forced into bankruptcy due to medical bills (this one is a two-fer, given his voting record)
    – Have a black relative denied admission to college due to race
    – Another relative sentenced to death and then denied habeas filing rights

    And much, much more.


  5. As presently constituted I don’t think the GOP can change in any important way. Even the slightest hint in that direction brings forth a clamor of voices shouting that there must be no compromise on “conservative principles”. Many of those supposed principles are rather more flexible than Republicans like to pretend they are; deficit spending, for example, is only evil if a Democrat does it. The really inviolable principles are all the horrible ones, the racist and misogynist and homophobic ones.

  6. Rambie says:

    Portman gets some props for changing his view instead of, like other politios, disowning his child. However, what little props he gets does NOT reflect on the GOP as a whole. Now to have one of his children to come out as poor.

  7. Fifi says:

    The Republicans have a tiny bit of a problem. Either they stick to their core voters to win a few more elections in the short term then disappear along with those voters, or they accept to lose a few election cycles by dumping a good chunk of those core voters and taking the time to build a new constituency block.

    We know how those things work. So we know which path the GOP will choose.

    Goodbye GOP, it was nice to know you. You won’t be regretted. At all.

  8. Russ says:

    Portman has the usual Republican um, … ‘affliction’, I guess, of not being able to empathize with ANYONE outside of your personal circle of family/friends. That would make me less likely to vote for him. I just shows him for what he really is…

  9. AdmNaismith says:

    Why vote for Portman again, when you can vote for someone who has basic human decency and is not just situationally nice.

  10. sunmusing says:

    His motivation has been tainted by his previous stands…I’m happy that he has acknowledged his son…as a person…a feeling and breathing human being….I don’t think he has any compassion for others outside his personal circle…
    o/t a little…Charlie P. Peirce of Esquire is a wonderful writer, and really funny…

  11. David says:

    OK, that makes me more likely to vote for Senator Portman, but it sure as heck doesn’t make me any more likely to vote for any other Republican.

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