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Nobody knows how to broaden GOP's appeal to non-white voters better than white guy Reince Priebus, but a little healthy competition for the RNC Chairmanship never hurts, right?

J.C. Watts, former GOP congressman, conservative, and, relevant for this discussion, African-American, says he's...

being “encouraged” by supporters to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, a move he says could broaden the party’s appeal to minorities.
Mr. Watts, who's certainly no liberal, manages to at least recognize his party's predicament:
“My concern right now, and I don’t say this necessarily as a candidate [for RNC chairman], my concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012,” Watts said.

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Watts complained that Republican efforts to reach out to minority groups have not been sustained or consistent during his 20-plus years as a politician, but rather are executed on ad hoc basis - usually in election years. In Watts’ view, and that of many other Republican leaders and party operatives, if the GOP doesn’t dramatically improve its image with black and Hispanic voters, it will not be able to win back the White House.

The tactic so often used in the past by opportunistic Republicans—on-demand, temporary message-tweaking to "broaden their appeal" that conveniently expires the day after an election—is losing its effectiveness.

With 93% of African-Americans and 70% of Latino/a's going for Obama this last election, the GOP is faced with the harsh reality that minorities, soon to become majorities, aren't the idiots the GOP takes them for after all.

Watts also tries to point out that attempts to form (token) coalitions for Republican presidential candidates within African-American communities don't go over well, either:

"That’s insulting to the people that they ask to do it when you don’t put an permanent infrastructure in place to give it credibility.”
But will Republicans take the hint? Doesn't look like it, so far:
Priebus has already announced that his seeking a second term as RNC chairman and looks to have more than enough votes wrapped up at this point to guarantee a win even if Watts does decide to formally challenge him.
After all, why fix what isn't broken? RNC spokesman Sean Spicer gives the impression they'd much rather stick with the guy who lost elections but cleaned-up their financial issues, so they can build on their "success" by focusing on the repackaging effort:
“As we head into this next cycle on much better financial footing, the RNC will [be] launching the most comprehensive political and communications outreach effort in the history of the party.”
In the history of the party. Sounds impressive.

It better be, considering all the FAIL he seems to acknowledge:

“There is no question [Republicans need] to do better” with minority voters, Spicer acknowledged. “There’s no other way to read the results [of Election Day.]"
The thing is, he still doesn't think the Republican Party itself is the problem:
“The principles of the party are sound, but we have to do a better job of getting into certain communities and speaking to different types and getting back to our core message.”
Once again, the prevailing Republican mentality is on display—message delivery is the problem, not the message itself. These "certain communities" would surely embrace the core principles of the Republican Party, if properly presented.

As if this Sean Spicer guy wasn't enough idiocy for one article, yet another robot weighs in—Matt Pinnell, the chairman of the Republican Party in Watts' home state of Oklahoma. I wonder who he's backing?

“Not only does Reince deserve another term, but he’s the best person for the job,” Pinnell said. “I think what he’s done over the last couple years to rescue the committee from where we were … not only from a financial perspective, but also his message skills. He’s done a very good job communicating to the 168 in these states. That’s a big part of his job.”
That's why Priebus' "Autopsy Tour" begins today in NYC with a "vent session" held by Republican donors who apparently are a little less than satisfied with the last election's ROI.

Pinnell then further reassures us that Reince Priebus really loves diversity, and that Mr. Priebus is the best guy to broaden the party's appeal:

“I know that the RNC is bringing a lot of people to the table to talk about where we need to go as a party, and where we need to go as a committee. That’s a very healthy process. I think Reince will do a very good job of that. I think he will bring a lot of people from all different walks of life to the table and will be very well prepared for 2014, and certainly 2016.”
I have a hard time believing "all different walks of life" means anything other than the "poor" who earn a paltry $500,000/year.

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  •  Tip Jar (18+ / 0-)




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:38:48 PM PST

  •  Surprising (4+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, cosette, JeffW, luckylizard

    I am still waiting for the other shoe to fall.

    After spending four years in blind obstruction, and billions of dollars, 2012 was supposed to be the GOP's year. Instead they were clobbered at the polls.

    I fully expected the architects of the colossal failure to pay with their jobs and / or leadership positions. But so far either the GOP is still in deep denial.

    I just can't help but feel there are GOP members who understand they got clobbered. At some point GOP members to want to win have to tire of McConnell/Boehner/Priebus and their minions. There's got to be a revolt at some point.

    •  I never (4+ / 0-)
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      expected the architects of the colossal failure to pay with their jobs, money, or anything else.

      The GOP is mired in Deep Denial, and cannot be expected to adhere to anything the rational (reality-based) community understands as the real world.

      That has been clear for at least the past decade.

      To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

      by Youffraita on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:01:42 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  The perpetually astonishing part is (2+ / 0-)
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        They just keep going in the wrong direction, contrary to all indications that this direction will lead to their extinction as a party.




        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:17:09 PM PST

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      •  I hear you, but... (1+ / 0-)
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        DeadHead

        GOP candidates understand if they won their election or not. Silly things like national performance be damned, if leadership is leading Republicans to electoral defeat at some point the GOP is going to decide someone else might actually win some elections. It's gotta happen at some point.

    •  Any rational person (2+ / 0-)
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      would agree...a revolt has to be in the works.

      Republicans, of course, don't embrace change too well. They stick to what they're comfortable with, even if it means losing in the long run, which is fine by me.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:05:40 PM PST

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    •  Republicans don't embrace change (3+ / 0-)
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      too well, even if avoiding that change would lead to losses.

      Any rational person would agree with you...a revolt has to be in the works.

      Republicans are not rational.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:09:50 PM PST

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      •  But they are self-interested (2+ / 0-)
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        If leadership keeps producing electoral losses it doesn't take a genius or a saint to figure out it's time to put a new hand on the tiller. And throwing people under the bus isn't new turf for Republicans. I just have to think the dam is going to burst sooner than later.

        The 113th Congress has not yet been sworn in. Perhaps the heat will rise then.

        •  Survival instincts (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't underestimate the ability of the GOP to stage a comeback. But the demographic changes, and hopefully, long-term memories of groups that have been pissed-on by republicans, will prevail.




          Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
          ~ Jerry Garcia

          by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:24:12 PM PST

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  •  I think Spicer just created the epitaph (8+ / 0-)

    for the Republican Party:  

    The principles of the party are sound
    Holy you-know-what, Batman!  If those words are not used to bury the Republican Party, I don't know what will do it.  After the whipping they've taken in 2008 and 2012, I find it incomprehensible that these yahoos think their "principles" are sound.  There isn't ONE of their so-called "principles" that passes the smell test.  Jeez, what a bunch of delusional dimbulbs.

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

    by 3goldens on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 04:56:33 PM PST

    •  Yup. They don't get it, and (2+ / 0-)
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      never will.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:10:47 PM PST

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    •  Mao? Right before the Cultural Revolution? (2+ / 0-)
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      No rational Republican would say that.

      The GOP is the party of mammon. They mock what Jesus taught.

      by freelunch on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:53:11 PM PST

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    •  Epitaph! (2+ / 0-)
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      The principles of the party are sound.
      Perfect for their tombstone.

      Another nominee: Given the modern GOP embrace of neo-Confederate ideas (polite Jim Crow, opposition to "internal improvements" (i.e. infrastructure spending), hostility to labor and labor unions, mystical reverence for states' rights, an electoral base in the South, pugnacious militarism, fundagelical self-righteousness) I say the tombstone should be carved with Jefferson Davis' suggestion for the Confederacy:

      Died of a Theory.

      (Davis was exasperated that Southern Governors (e.g. Joe Brown of GA) were unwilling to forward troops and supplies from their own state to another state for defense lest they lose control of the local boys to the "dadgum fed'ral gubmint in Richmond".
           OTOH, when Sherman began arriving in Dalton, Resaca, etc. with his Army, Brown was shrieking for GA regiments to be sent home from VA--and most of the rest of Lee's Army should come too in order to defend the "sacred soil" of the Peach State.)

      FWIW.

      Shalom.

      "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

      by WineRev on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 03:30:36 AM PST

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  •  I'm for J C Watts-----he'll be great....for us (4+ / 0-)
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    I think most minorities will ask:   Why is this guy supporting the GOP, who is trying to bury us???

    Go for it, J C.....

    •  He won't have the chance (0+ / 0-)

      the way it's looking so far.

      Priebus has it "locked-up."




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:12:45 PM PST

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      •  Priebus is a Koch tool...the Koch bros and ilk are (3+ / 0-)
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        not letting go of their "grip" on the ReTHUG Party they have crafted; they have spent dearly playing the long game.  It remains to be seen if it becomes a "death" grip for the abomination the party has become.

        Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

        by ranton on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:28:50 PM PST

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        •  Nobody likes to throw away (4+ / 0-)
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          money you've already heavily invested, for sure.

          Do you cut your losses, or keep investing in the hope that with just a little bit more support, you're bound to hit the jackpot?

          Just another stock market gamble for them.




          Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
          ~ Jerry Garcia

          by DeadHead on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 05:34:17 PM PST

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  •  A Toilet is more honest (2+ / 0-)
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    (R's) take those tired memes and shove 'em, Denise Velez Oliver, 11/7/2012.

    by a2nite on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 06:39:26 PM PST

  •  Priebus who™? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 08:42:26 PM PST

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