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The Chairman of the political party, the party which lost the presidency and lost seats in both the Senate and the House in an election cycle when Republicans were expected to retake the Senate and the White House, told conservative leaders this weekend that whatever the reason for the GOP butt-kicking in November...it wasn't because of policies....
“It’s not the platform of the party that’s the issue,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said Friday after being easily reelected to a second, two-year term. “In many cases, it’s how we communicate about it. It is a couple dumb things that people have said.”
'Sure, we lost'.....Krispees explains....'but not because of any policies that the party embraces. It's the way our candidates form their sentences and articulate our platform policies....that's where the problem lies. Hey, a couple less "dumb things said" and we would have run the table last November.'
About that platform....the one "that's not the issue".....
Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs.
Naturally, I hate to contradict a leader guy whose name gives me so much amusement....but sadly Reince....I must. On abortion, gay marriage, Medicare and tax policy......the American people oppose the Republican positions by a wide margin. I covered that very point in a recent blog post. But Reince says GOP platform policies are immutable.
New Hampshire state GOP chair, Wayne McDonald, agrees with Preibus....and takes it a step further. The problem for Republicans, as McDonald sees it is that candidates and representatives of the GOP need to work on “not being sour-pusses on television or the radio." No...seriously, that's what he said, along with this....
“Nobody is saying the Republican Party has to change our beliefs in any of our platform planks,” he said. “This party wants to serve everybody that believes in our principles.”
Conservatives, Republicans don't dig change. In fact, conservatism is an ideology which basically opposes change. If conservatism works to change anything in society, it is usually regressive.....moving us backward, not forward. Point being.....for Republicans, going backward....IS....progress.
That is why this past weekend down in Charlotte, Republican Leaders came away with the idea that, despite being hammered last November, their political party needn't change a thing...except for a few cosmetics....
For his part, Priebus warned against becoming “little more than watered-down Democrats.” He said the party should “stop talking about ‘reaching out’ and start working on ‘welcoming in.’”
“We can stand by our timeless principles and articulate them in ways that are modern, relevant to our time and relatable to the majority of voters,” he said. “That, I believe, is how we’ll achieve a Republican renewal.”
Separately, the chairman told the conservative publication Human Events: “Look, we had the most conservative platform ever last year. There is nothing [the review committee] will do to change that.”
In other words.....conservatism can never fail, it can only be failed.
The modern GOP has morphed into some strange version of political fundamentalism. It's as if the RNC policy platform was handed down to Mr. Krispees in a snap, crackle and pop kind of way from Mt Sinai, each policy written in stone by the hand of god. Any suggestion of change to the inerrant word of the Republican god instantly becomes sacrilege.
Finally....a funny.....at least to me....
“We don’t need a new pair of shoes; we just need to shine our shoes,” said West Virginia national committeewoman Melody Potter.
The truth is that the GOP is now completely naked before the American voter base. Their threadbare policies can no longer hide their naked irrelevance.....their empty and rejected policies no longer able to cover their shame.
But a quick shoe shine will make everything alright again.
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