About This Blog
The Villagers love it. Rush Limbaugh hates it.
What is it? The GOP Autopsy Report.
An autopsy, you know, generally speaking, occurs after a person dies.....so readers can draw their own conclusions on whether the GOP is actually dead....or in a state of zombified animation sometimes labeled the 'undead'. Head Coroner, Reince Priebus, RNC Chair, looked at all the party's vital organs.....by "receiving feedback from 50,000 people".....and declared in his coroner's report that the state of the party's zombified animation is sound and healthy. All that's needed is some minor "messaging" adjustments and many more viral Tweets by Zombie Leaders....and everything is good to go.
Priebus: First, messaging. To be clear, our principles are sound. Our principles are not old rusty thoughts in some book......the way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough.
Whenever Republicans lose important elections it's almost always blamed on a failure by those losing candidates to present the conservative message effectively. The man I enjoy calling Rice Krispees explained what that conservative message consists of...."freedom and opportunity."
Let's have a show of hands, how many folks are against freedom and opportunity? Anyone? Didn't think so. I'm taking a wild guess here, but I'm thinking that it's not a GOP message of freedom and opportunity that voters are opposed to, but instead, how conservatives define freedom and how they plan on creating more opportunity. And that gets down to political policies.....which, except for comprehensive immigration reform (the part Limbaugh and the screechers hate), need no changes or adjustments whatsoever.
So, what has happened that Republicans are finding it so difficult to reach American voters with their "message?".....
...the way we communicate our principles isn’t resonating widely enough. Focus groups described our party as “narrow minded,” “out of touch,” and “stuffy old men.” The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.
This is the part that confuses me. When Priebus says there's a "perception" out there that the GOP is the party of the rich...and that that perception "continues to grow"....why does he think that's the case? Could it have something to do with the GOP House threatening national default rather than increase taxes on....the rich? Could it be that every GOP primary candidate said they would not agree to raise even one dollar in new revenue if Democrats offered ten dollars in spending cuts?
Perhaps the perception that the Republican Party is the party of the rich is because of Republican leaders like Paul Ryan....who just recently introduced the party's "political document" formerly understood to be a budget. Budgets may not be, you know, good messaging vehicles.....but what is the message contained within the Ryan 2013 budget?
Place increased financial burdens on the elderly, the sick, the poor, and the children in order to lower the tax responsibility of a millionaire by $200,000 per year.
Is it so difficult to understand how voters would perceive that the GOP is but the servant-party of the rich....when the GOP's 2012 VP candidate wonked his way in his 2013 budget to lowering the highest income tax rate from 39.6% to 25%....at a time when the 99% have lost 40% of their net worth and seen their incomes slide back to 1998 levels?
It's not "perception" Krispees.....it's reality. In fact, it's not only reality.....it is the heart and brains of the Republican Party.
What is the authentic, no bullshite, message from the GOP to American voters? Ever smaller government, fewer corporate regulations and ever lower taxes. To what end? To reduce the size of government through revenue starvation to the point where government does not have the wherewithal to regulate the powerful. To enrich the already-enriched until the top 1% have amassed all the national wealth.
I would encourage readers to check out Priebus' 5 point synopsis of the GOP coroner report.....and try to find one realistic suggestion contained within for saving a zombified party that refuses to acknowledge that it is already dead.
- 2013 (113)
- 2012 (265)
- 2011 (254)
- 2010 (274)
- 2009 (302)
- 2008 (331)
- 2007 (305)