100 days after GOP election “autopsy,” patient is still seriously dead (video)

You might recall that the Republican party recently conducted an “autopsy” after yet another election defeat to Democrats last November. As a result of that autopsy, the Republicans decided that they needed to rebrand and “reboot” the party so they could reach out to women, gays, youth, Latinos, blacks and everyone else they really don’t like.

The notion didn’t go over terribly well with some of the Beltway media. Perhaps the best, and funniest, analysis of the GOP reboot came from Roger Simon:

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.

Among the other odd ways in which the GOP decided to “reach out”? A survey that, among other things, asked people their sexual orientation, and listed “in the closet” as a sexual orientation.

Reboot via Shutterstock

Reboot via Shutterstock

So with that in the mind, the Democrats decided it was time to look back at the past 100 days since the GOP “reboot” and see how well that whole “reaching out” thing is going.  Here’s from the DNC, then their delicious new video:

Exactly 100 days ago, the RNC released the findings of an Autopsy report on their party’s failings in the 2012 Election. In the report, Republicans promised to change their ways and reach out to groups like women, young people, African Americans, Latinos and others who have been alienated as a result of the GOP’s extreme policies and rhetoric. Republicans have refused to change their ways and their ‘rebranding’ effort has been a complete failure.

Since the Autopsy was released, the DNC and Democrats have highlighted the offensive rhetoric and policies that Republicans have continued to fight for, from restricting a women’s right to choose to making it harder for Americans to vote.

Yeah, that’s the funny thing about autopsies. The patient rarely gets better.

The DNC has also launched a new Web site, SameOldParty.com, to go along with the video.  Enjoy.

In other news, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still seriously dead:


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  • teeterharris

    You’ve been well-informed… or do you mean that you are well-informed? Did someone tell you about it or did you read it?

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  • ArthurH

    The Republican Party needs to be rebooted… continuously… right up to election day and beyond. If you ever want to knock some sense into them, you have to root them where their brains are. (Hey! Is that hitting them below the belt?)

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It was a typo. I fixed it thanks Mr Kartner. I’m human. I sometimes type too fast and don’t proofread. My bad. I also have no problem correcting my mistakes when they are pointed out by someone who knows what they are talking about.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I live in Texas. Don’t lecture me on what’s in that bill. I’ve been well informed about it for weeks. It would effectively make abortion next to impossible to obtain statewide. it’s an end-run around Roe v. Wade and needed to be stopped. That’s not a scare tactic. That’s reality. I don’t lie. I don’t have to. The truth of living in a state run by Teavangelicals is scary enough.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Thanks. Corrected. I was ranting and didn’t proofread.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    Voter ID laws are a good example. The elimination of early voting in others which discriminates against working class people. The long lines at only minority precincts (4+ hours) while white majority precincts had lines of less than an hour. Those are a few examples.

  • Jeffrey Karter

    The party of Lincoln has very little in common with today’s Republican party.

    If we could somehow harness the power of those old republicans spinning in their graves, we could meet Obama’s emission goals and then some!

  • Jeffrey Karter

    I’m sure you mean 2014 and 2016. After all, it’s the Republicans who are stuck in the past.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Probably any state in which you feel comfortable using the ‘N’ word.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I guess facts do not always play into your conservatard imaginations.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The Republican Party has done nothing but rewrite history. The Republican Party freed the slaves and now is establishing a form of pernicious slavery again through Citizens United and now striking down the Voting Rights Act. It puzzles me why you Teabag trolls think you can even get a standing on this forum. Just STFU and leave.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Yep, the other half of Citizens United.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Reagan won’t rise again. Someone surreptitiously tossed a glove of garlic into the casket just before it was sealed.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Laaaaies, I tell ya, just librul laaaaies. return to your bridge now, it’s all over.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Sen Davis is a heroine and an exceptional American. God, what a pit of sewer has become Texas, run by a moron governor and overpopulated with low information trolls.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Florida Republicans privately admitted that they were trying to suppress early voting in 2012 to reduce Democratic turnout and were in fact trying to keep blacks out specifically: “I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves.”

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/11/26/1234171/florida-republicans-admit-voter-suppression-was-the-goal-of-new-election-laws/
    Eh, what’s the point. You’re just a troll.

  • Eric Stacy

    There is no “war on women”. Just the use of that statement lets everyone know you are uninformed of the content of abortion bill. You are doing nothing more than spreading the lies of the Liberal left in an attempt to turn voters from thinking on their own by painting the Republicans as a group to fear. Funny how the Liberals always claim it is the Republicans that use scare tactics.

  • Eric Stacy

    You do know 2012 was last year and the Republican party (despite the evils you accuse them of on a daily basis) cannot rewrite history.

  • Eric Stacy

    Thanks for correcting me, I was not aware we still had states that are oppressing minorities. Can you give an example of a state and their attempting to suppress votes illegally?

  • arcadesproject

    The DNC? that’s like the corpse calling the zombie dead.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It’s the equivalent of no longer requiring parolees to check in with their parole officer. The states in question have a long history of voter suppression (and many are still attempting to do it). Level playing field my ass.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    It was the most political decision since Bush v. Gore. The conservative justices basically approved voter suppression efforts. They know it’s their only hope of winning in 2012.

  • http://parkandbark.wordpress.com/ Houndentenor

    I don’t know if you were paying attention to what was going on in Austin yesterday, but State Sen. Wendy Davis filibustered for about 13 hours (without so much as a bathroom break, a snack or even a lean against a desk) to stop a bill that would have effectively outlawed abortion in Texas. No the GOP hasn’t learned anything. they are continuing the war on women. Similar laws are being pushed in other state houses.

  • Eric Stacy

    Do you know what was changed in the ruling? It was only a section of the law that held different regulations for a specific list of states. All the overturn did was level the playing field for all states to be treated equally. Were you even aware the original law was written and passed by Republicans against the will of the Democrats and repealed by Liberal judges? I guess facts do not always play into your Liberal beliefs.

  • Indigo

    Dead no more, the Supreme Court raised the GOP from the dead yesterday. It’s a miracle! Perhaps Rome will beatify the Venerable Ronald Reagan.

  • Leota2

    You don’t have to worry about the GOP paying for outreach studies. SCOTUS just made sure
    they could disenfranchise minorities and poor people. No need for them to try to garner the votes of black people because local GOP officials will do everthing in their power to make sure our votes won’t count or we can’t vote. Watch the pandemonium.

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