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.
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.
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: