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RNC Releases Report Calling for Sweeping Party Reforms, Eyes Gay and Younger Voters: READ IT

The Republican National Committee released a sweeping report on Monday with points and recommendations aimed at helping the party recover from losses it suffered in 2012 and revitalize itself for 2016, NBC News reports:

RncThe RNC's 100-page report, the "Growth and Opportunity Project," is the election autopsy ordered by Chairman Reince Priebus last fall.

Culled from more than 52,000 contacts with voters, party consultants and elected officials, it calls for drastic changes to almost every major element of the modern Republican Party.

"When Republicans lost in November, it was a wake-up call. And in response I initiated the most public and most comprehensive post-election review in the history of any national party," Priebus was set to say in remarks Monday morning at the National Press Club. "As it makes clear, there’s no one reason we lost. Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement."

Here are the portions of the report which mention gays:

America Looks Different

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. Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.

 

Some people say Republicans don't care

If we believe our policies are the best ones to improve the lives of the American people, all the American people, our candidates and offce holders need to do a better job talking in normal,people-oriented terms and we need to go to communities where Republicans do not normally go to listen and make our case. We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too. We must recruit more candidates who come from minority communities. But it is not just tone that counts. Policy always matters.

Then further down...

If we believe our policies are the best ones to improve the lives of the American people, all the American people, our candidates and offce holders need to do a better job talking in normal, people-oriented terms and we need to go to communities where Republicans do not normally go to listen and make our case. We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate that we care about them, too

Read the full document below:

 

Growth Opportunity Project

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  1. Hey gay Americans, we care about your vo... um, you, we just don't think you should have the same rights as everybody else but besides that, we really care about you, don't you see?

    Posted by: Peter M. | Mar 18, 2013 8:33:58 AM


  2. The Republican party has pretty well lost me. Right now, I wouldn't believe them if they told me the sky was blue and water was wet.

    You want to show me you're being more inclusive, and that your policies have changed? SHOW me, via your legislative voting records...

    Posted by: MikeKV | Mar 18, 2013 9:03:29 AM


  3. So what are the policies that Republicans believe would benefit all Americans? Well, in the Republican Party Platform (a pretty major policy document) last year, they advocated:

    1) a Constitutional Amendment banning marriage equality,
    2) a renewed ban on gays and lesbians in the military, and
    3) supporting efforts to criminalize homosexuality in Africa.

    They might want to revisit some of those issues, rather than just repackaging them.

    See here:
    http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/gop-platform-bring-back-dadt-ban-same-sex-marriage

    Posted by: BABH | Mar 18, 2013 9:05:56 AM


  4. Gay Americans the GOP cares about you. They care that you even think for a moment you deserve equal treatment under the law. They care that the majority of Americans may agree with you. They care that their image has been tarnished. They care that they lost the election. Be careful when dealing with this lot of liars. Let them take actions not offer you words. Make gay marriage legal across the nation and then we'll believe.

    Posted by: Speedieg | Mar 18, 2013 9:06:02 AM


  5. Rinse Penis can talk all he wants. The GOP is dead money.

    Posted by: AllBeefPatty | Mar 18, 2013 9:06:42 AM


  6. I have not yet read the whole report - but it sure looks like more of their same approach, if you look carefully.

    Note that none of it is "Our policies are wrong, and the country needs us to reevaluate and update our policies and actually include more people and more diversity in what we believe."

    It's "People aren't buying our BS any more, and we have to figure out how to sell it to a wider audience."

    Notice that it isn't "We need to include "Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans" and give them a voice in the Republican Party."
    It's more of "We have to convince these people to trust the white men who we've decided belong in charge of them."

    "WE need to convince THEM that we care about them" is NOT a statement of inclusion.

    Posted by: Lymis | Mar 18, 2013 9:11:30 AM


  7. I'll believe the Republicans are serious when I see them change their party platform to support marriage equality.

    Posted by: Joseph | Mar 18, 2013 9:14:28 AM


  8. Aside from an issue like gay marriage, both main political parties are two peas in a pod on big issues like war, big business bailouts and soft-peddling white collar crime [in which Obama has been worse than GW], deficit spending, etc., Both parties are in reality owned by big business and big institutional interests. Stuff like gay marriage is considered a side issue to these powerful special interest groups, to be exploited one way or the other. On the Republican and Democratic side they are far more concerned with $ and power.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 18, 2013 9:45:09 AM


  9. "We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too."

    In other words, they need to become better liars? Naahhh...I think they do that pretty well already.

    Posted by: Keppler | Mar 18, 2013 9:45:16 AM


  10. They have a big big problem, they appealed to a very far right fan base in the past, and right now they can't move one without a cost.
    If they move on social issues maybe they reach new voters (maybe they won't believe them anyway) but they are going to lose a lot of ultraconservative ones.
    But wanting or not, they need to move on, because the landscape changes, and stuck in ultra religious and social conservatives will guarantie a lot of year being the party in the opposition and not in the government

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 18, 2013 9:53:14 AM


  11. "We need to campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans ..." BUT we don't have to change our policies or thinking. AND we have to be careful to not let them find that out until after some of them have believed us and voted us into office. Then we can carry on as usual.

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 18, 2013 9:57:52 AM


  12. I'm open to supporting a Republican candidate if he or she aren't out to discriminate against the LGBT community. I doubt I'll ever support the Republican Party as a whole. It would take a sea change in the Democratic Party in order for me to even consider the Republican Party.

    Posted by: Sam | Mar 18, 2013 10:00:12 AM


  13. @MikeKV: Bingo. I want to see that record on more than just gay rights issues though, but on all the other things I care about that they've been flat-out hypocrites and idiots on. I'm not a Democrat and would consider the GOP if I saw REAL change but don't expect that to happen for a number of years. Until then I'll just keep voting independent on the national stage I guess, with the occasional local politician of either party getting my vote.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Mar 18, 2013 10:02:58 AM


  14. The GOP's bigoted anti-gay stances are merely the tip of the iceberg for all that is wrong with them.

    Remember when Fred Karger released that hilariously inept "you can be a gay republican! vote for me!" video?

    It looked more like an ad for Aryan Nation. Or Abercrombie & Fitch. Same thing.

    Which, of course, will be lost on republicans

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 18, 2013 10:04:08 AM


  15. The GOP rebranding is about as convincing as the Nazi Party rebranding.
    Never trust Evil.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Mar 18, 2013 10:40:45 AM


  16. And thus we see the issue with having only a two party system. (Say what you will about the other parties, but only the Democrats and Republicans are viable party options on a national scale right now.) In a true multi-party system (like most countries in Europe) you could have a right-centrist party that is progressive socially, but conservative in other ways. And then you'd also have room for an ultra-right wing party that espouses not only conservative ideas on finance, foreign policy, etc., but also the bigoted religionists who want to discriminate against anyone unlike themselves. Right now, the GOP is trying to be all things to all people and that will not change until party leadership takes a stand. If that stand is with the far right, they will continue to lose elections and credibility. If they stand with the moderates, they will be inviting the extremists to leave the party, but then those folks will have no viable options anywhere else.

    Posted by: Jere | Mar 18, 2013 10:42:57 AM


  17. Said if before, will say it again - the GOP "needs" anti-gay rhetoric in order to convince their base to vote against their own best interests.

    when you can't talk honestly to your base about fiscal policies and healthcare, you bring up the spectre of GAYYYYSSSS

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 18, 2013 10:47:19 AM


  18. @Little Kiwi: I suspect we disagree more than agree on those "fiscal policies and healthcare" matters you speak about, but nevertheless you are absolutely right. Some Republicans are "true believers" when it comes to the party's anti-gay stance while others only moderately so. Yet this has been an effective "wedge issue" for the GOP for a number of election cycles until probably starting 2008 but definitely not in 2012. The party also has problems with its rank hypocrisy and idiocy on even the other matters you mention. In essence they have a huge credibility problem, which both parties have suffered with and paid for at the polls when this has happened. The GOP will either rebrand itself (something both parties have done more than once) and regain that credibility they lack now or will go the way of the Whigs. The Republican elite had better brush up on their history and recall that the GOP itself was an insurgent political party that broke from the Whigs and eventually replaced them on the national stage. While I doubt it will happen again this time, mostly because both parties are quite adroit at changing when forced to after losing elections for awhile, it could still happen.

    Now Jere's remark about multiple parties is something I'd like to see but given the system we have is something I doubt will happen. The system is too stacked against third parties, something both major parties are quite willing to work together on in maintaining. No, a third party may rise in the USA but it would knock out one of the major parties in the process.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Mar 18, 2013 11:26:07 AM


  19. @Little Kiwi: I suspect we disagree more than agree on those "fiscal policies and healthcare" matters you speak about, but nevertheless you are absolutely right. Some Republicans are "true believers" when it comes to the party's anti-gay stance while others only moderately so. Yet this has been an effective "wedge issue" for the GOP for a number of election cycles until probably starting 2008 but definitely not in 2012. The party also has problems with its rank hypocrisy and idiocy on even the other matters you mention. In essence they have a huge credibility problem, which both parties have suffered with and paid for at the polls when this has happened. The GOP will either rebrand itself (something both parties have done more than once) and regain that credibility they lack now or will go the way of the Whigs. The Republican elite had better brush up on their history and recall that the GOP itself was an insurgent political party that broke from the Whigs and eventually replaced them on the national stage. While I doubt it will happen again this time, mostly because both parties are quite adroit at changing when forced to after losing elections for awhile, it could still happen.

    Now Jere's remark about multiple parties is something I'd like to see but given the system we have is something I doubt will happen. The system is too stacked against third parties, something both major parties are quite willing to work together on in maintaining. No, a third party may rise in the USA but it would knock out one of the major parties in the process.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Mar 18, 2013 11:26:09 AM


  20. "But it is not just tone that counts. Policy always matters."

    Nope, nothing's changing on the right.

    Posted by: DavnJef | Mar 18, 2013 12:33:51 PM


  21. And the cover graphic makes it seem like it's all an imaginary dream -- a thought bubble.

    Posted by: Dee Vee | Mar 18, 2013 3:58:22 PM


  22. I give the Republican Party 20 to 25 years. And they won't go down without squandering more financier fortunes in attempts to buy what they will not correct. The Republicans have I undemocratic strongholds in places like Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, Etc., where they can hold 7 of 10 seats while only winning one quarter of the vote there. It's the new Jim Crow. They've used it to build in 25 years more endurance than they deserve.

    Here's to an earlier heart attack for that party. Only thing is, the "Tea Party" is even less sane or reflective of the views of real LIVING people (other than Koch Bros inc).

    It would take a new center-right party for me to see believable, viable alternatives emerging to the Democrats. Republicans of today are consistently batsh$t, with no sign of changing.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Mar 18, 2013 8:09:13 PM


  23. A lump of sh*t wrapped differently still smells no matter how you package it.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Mar 18, 2013 10:46:51 PM


  24. LOL!:-)

    Posted by: Chris DaChocolatebearcub | Mar 19, 2013 3:05:25 AM


  25. As Rachel Maddow points out - do not presume the apparent views of the national organization have anything to do with the state/local organizations.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Mar 22, 2013 5:23:59 PM


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