Sunday, June 23, 2013

GOP Learns Nothing From Romney Loss

What conclusions have the Republicans drawn from Mitt Romney's loss, along with popular vote defeats in the past five out of six presidential elections? Republican lawmakers and activists contend that they need to communicate their ideas more clearly and less offensively. Beyond that, they see no need to change their actual policies, including those affecting immigrants, women and the economy:

House Republicans are rebelling against the key recommendation of a party-sanctioned post-mortem: embrace "comprehensive immigration reform" or suffer crippling losses among Hispanic voters in 2016 and beyond.

Widespread rejection of warnings from establishment Republicans goes beyond that, however. Many activists say the party simply needs to articulate its conservative principles more skillfully, without modifying any policies, even after losing the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections.

Despite Romney's poor showing among female voters, House Republicans this past week invited renewed Democratic taunts of a "war against women" by passing the most restrictive abortion measure in years.

Despite corporate fears of the economic damage that would result from a default on U.S. obligations, GOP lawmakers are threatening to block an increase in the government's borrowing limit later this year if President Barack Obama won't accept spending cuts he staunchly opposes.

...Many Republicans say their biggest presidential problems involve tone and perceptions, not their stands on issues. If GOP Senate candidates avoid saying incendiary things, such as pregnancies don't result from "legitimate rape," the party's appealing economic message can break through and thrive, these Republicans say.

Image: Mike Peters

2 comments:

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Well, at least you can give Republicans credit for confidence in their own convictions, no matter how unpopular or misguided they may be. For them, it's not the message, but the delivery. In other words, better public relations. I'd suggest, however, the Republicans to do a little advanced marketing research and evaluate the wisdom of their positions before concluding that they know better.

Jeff Tone said...

As mentioned at the end of the article, perhaps the Republicans prefer jumping off the demographic cliff with their principles intact.