Let’s do an autopsy of the GOP’s infamous post-2012 autopsy

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In the wake of a defeat that somehow came as a true surprise to many Republicans, the Republican National Committee under the leadership of Reince Priebus commissioned what came to be known as the GOP’s autopsy of its 2012 campaign, the fifth time in the previous six presidential contests in which it had lost the popular vote.

Officially titled “The Growth and Opportunity Project,” the report concluded that “public perception of the party is at record lows,” and it warned that with looming and irreversible demographic changes already underway, serious changes in messaging and voter outreach would be required if the party hoped to compete at the national level in 2016 and beyond.

So with fewer than 90 days until Election Day 2016, let’s take a look at both the specific recommendations that were laid out in the report, and then look at the success or lack of success it has enjoyed, as reflected in current polling:

nonwhitevoters1.) “The Republican Party must focus its efforts to earn new supporters and voters in the following demographic communities: Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Indian Americans, Native Americans, women, and youth. This priority needs to be a continual effort that affects every facet of our Party’s activities… Unless the RNC gets serious about tackling this problem, we will lose future elections; the data
demonstrates this.”


 

AAvoter2.) “Similar to the approach it must take with other demographic communities, the RNC must embark on a year-round effort to engage with African American voters…. The African American community has a lot in common with the Republican Party, and it is important to share this rich history. More importantly, the Republican Party must be committed to building a lasting relationship within the African American community year-round, based on mutual respect and with a spirit of caring.”


 

Millenvote3.) “Public perception of the Party is at record lows. Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents… Our Party knows how to appeal to older voters, but we have lost our way with younger ones. We sound increasingly out of touch. For the GOP to appeal to younger voters, we do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view. On messaging, we must change our tone — especially on certain social issues that are turning off young voters.”


 

Femalevoters4. “Be conscious of developing a forward-leaning vision for voting Republican that appeals to women…. Republicans need to make a better effort at listening to female voters, directing their policy proposals at what they learn from women, and communicating that they understand what a woman who is balancing many responsibilities is going through. Too often, female voters feel like no one listens to them. They feel like they are smart, engaged and strong decision makers but that their opinions are often ignored.”


 

Hispvoters5.) “… we are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform. If we do not, our Party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only….. On issues like immigration, the RNC needs to carefully craft a tone that takes into consideration the unique perspective of the Hispanic community.”


The problem, of course, is that none of this is in the least surprising. If you were to design a presidential candidate who embodies the exact opposite of what Priebus and other Republican strategists had recommended, that person would stand before us as Donald J. Trump. It’s also important to note that Trump didn’t become the GOP’s nominee despite the animosity that he has expressed to women and minorities and to the changing national culture that millenials think of as perfectly natural. That animosity has been his primary appeal to GOP primary voters, and his primary obstacle in appealing beyond that base.

So while I doubt that it will be of any comfort to Priebus on the morning of Nov. 9, the Priebus of early 2013 got it exactly right. He just didn’t have a party in the mood to execute it.

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FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Having just seen the back and forth regarding Sheriff Clark, I watched his presser. He was fair. Said police shootings often act as an igniter to an already festering situation. Said this too:

He described the urban, black poor as victims.

"The actions were the manifestation of a population with no hope, no stake in the American dream that could provide advancement and purpose and pride of self. They are the ones lied to, exploited by and ultimately manipulated by the Democrats who claim to care. They are victims of the left, but they are not without blame." 

I'm in 100% agreement with him on that. Not much progress from the "progressive" party.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

@BuckeyeGa

Police shootings are the igniter wasn't fair?

To me that says law enforcement can ALSO be the victim of failed urban policies leaving people to act before they think. "Leaving people" being the operative words here.


Up In Cleveland
Up In Cleveland

@FIGMO2 As opposed to all the progress from the GOP? Give them school vouchers, pat them on their heads and watch them star pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

@Figmo2,

That statement was partisan..Somehow police shootings and brutality escaped his "fair" remarks.

13Directors
13Directors

@FIGMO2 And just what exactly have republicans done for Blacks since it welcomed the dixiecrats into their benevolent arms? Not much I assure you, and neither have republicans done very much for their white christian brothers and sisters either. It's not just Blacks that are hurting but also many whites and no one really cares about them either.   

JayBook
JayBook moderator

"Yeah, let's set aside for a minute that any 5th grader could review the evidence and know that she lied to Congress."

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Then it's a good thing we don't have 5th graders running the country.

AND .... sheets!

elgrunir
elgrunir

@JayBook  We have the show "Are You Smarter than a Fifth-Grader" to weed 'em out.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

The election is rigged nonsense is a crutch Republicans have been using for a long time now.


If they lose a race. They dont have to admit they are out of touch and that Americans rejected their policies


They can just say " They stole it. It was rigged " 


And they sleep a lot better


But its total BS and they know it.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Hedley_Lammar Sore losers, they picked a candidate that is even hated in his own state, he's losing by a landslide in his own state because New York knows #therealdonadtrump

elgrunir
elgrunir

@StraightNoChaser @Hedley_Lammar  Remember the knock about Gore being he couldn't win his home state (speaking of "interesting" election results)?  Karma's gonna bite 'em again in the arshe...

Corey
Corey

@Hedley_Lammar Or they can say as Romney said after losing we don't have free stuff to give out.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@Hedley_Lammar By voting irregularities, maybe they are speaking of issues relating to their fiber intake.

honested
honested

@Hedley_Lammar 

Or irregularities might mean "those people just won't vote like they're told".

gotalife
gotalife

As a matter of fact I stopped listening to the right because they are always wrong.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

It is shameful the way that Trump and his supporters are making up every excuse in the book as to why he may lose.  He's losing because he did absolutely nothing to expand his base, build a coalition or put a ground game in place.  Clown show


https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cp7VYEUVUAAkTei.jpg

lvg
lvg

Accused pedophile and serial rapist Donald Trump stoops to a new low:


"A woman who has accused Bill Clinton of rape and been a vocal opponent of Hillary Clinton criticized Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign on Sunday for using her words in a political attack ad in a new interview.

Shortly after coming forward with her account of the alleged attack in 1999, Broaddrick sat down for an interview withDateline. Trump's campaign used an emotional line from the segment in an Instagram attack ad against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton this May."""


From Aol News today


What's that saying about people in glass houses?

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

New Orleans "never" flooded - until Obama! - Rudy G.

elgrunir
elgrunir

@rimsky @OldEngineer  and... and... and... the Republican Party never looked so bad until that uppity you-know-what got into the White House.  It's Obama's fault.

elgrunir
elgrunir

@rimsky @OldEngineer  and... and... and... we never had so many illegals leave, when so many came and established under Reagan.  It's Obama's fault.

elgrunir
elgrunir

@rimsky @OldEngineer  and... and... and... we're turning around the worldwide perception of Americans being bullies and hypocrites.  It's Obama's fault!!!

elgrunir
elgrunir

@rimsky @OldEngineer  and... and... and... the economy's gone from free-fall to consistent growth for years.  It's Obama's fault, dammit!

elgrunir
elgrunir

@rimsky @OldEngineer  and... and... and... more people have affordable access to -real- health care than ever before.  What the hell is Obama doing caring about our health?  

elgrunir
elgrunir

@rimsky @OldEngineer  Look, y'all, I'm just sick and tahred of having this furrin' terrorist Obama doing stuff for the American people.  You can make book that I'm going with Kamchak and I'm NOT voting for Obama.

gotalife
gotalife

I will pass on listening to trump trying to lose.


I am listening closely to Hillary since she will be our next President.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@JohnnyReb ,@DownInAlbany @Donald Trump


Your damn hypocrisy is duly noted trolls....


Published onThursday, August 28, 2003bythe Cleveland Plain Dealer

Voting Machine Controversy

The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
"To think that Diebold is somehow tainted because they have a couple folks on their board who support the president is just unfair," Mauk said.
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0828-08.htm

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@gotalife They are


Don't let the naysayers and doomsdayers sway you


Our future is very very bright.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

Well boys and girls, once again we have Trump making a remark that is at first boo hooed as silliness and off his rocker only later to find there is legitimate concern.

This time it's on guarding the election is not rigged.

As it turns out, 26 states and the District of Columbia have some form of electronic voting.

Based on the hacking incidents of late, one can only agree with Trump's concern.

Up In Cleveland
Up In Cleveland

@JohnnyReb It's hard to resist the urge to call you a moron. He urged his followers to go to the polls and watch for fraud and make sure people don't vote five times. I'm sure the geniuses that are going to volunteer will be able to stand there and spot computer hacking.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Nick_Danger @JohnnyReb of course I was aware, I just did not know how many states have it.

Plus, I'm not sure how it works.

One makes his selections on the machine, but where that goes and how is the question.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Up In Cleveland @JohnnyReb don't resist, get it out there, show yourself.

And I suppose observers for Trump will be more offensive than the new black panthers in the past election being too close to the polling place, intimidating voters, and refusal of Justice to indict.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Eye wonder @JohnnyReb There is ample evidence of voting irregularities.

I don't recall which state, think it was Pennsylvania where Obama received more votes than those registered to vote in the precinct.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@JohnnyReb  This time it's on guarding the election is not rigged.


Yes please Trumpeteers get out there and guarding those poll places from all those "other" people trying to votes.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JohnnyReb 

Seriously, you were not aware of electronic voting?  We do it in Georgia, FCOL!

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@JohnnyReb So if Trump wins, would there still be concern the elections were rigged from you?


Probably not. The same system thats in place now is the same system in place in 2012.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@JohnnyReb @Nick_Danger 

If you find anything other than that, as a reason for us to be afraid, let us know.  In the meantime, well, I'm giving up being afraid of imaginary things for Lent.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@DownInAlbany @JohnnyReb So it takes seven minutes - that's exactly seven minutes more than unsealed machines are left without at least 3 people watching them (poll manager and two assistants). Not to mention that the totals from those would not match the "express poll" machine AND the paper thingies you fill out first. Other than that and a few dozen other things, sure.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@JohnnyReb

Plus, there are those thugs who come out every four years and vote two, three, maybe even four times. Yep, definitely rigged.

C_Casselberry
C_Casselberry

@JohnnyReb @Eye wonder You can't cite any data Reb because there IS NONE. Smoke screen, deflecting BS from you and your type. If you have good candidates and good ideas to run the country you don't have to fear the voters. Wait - you don't have either of those. Ooops!