The best and brightest coroners in the Republican Party have been called upon to begin the monumental task of putting the pieces of the puzzle together:
The Republican National Committee is rolling out a plan to review what worked and what didn't for the party in the 2012 cycle, appointing five people at the top of a committee that will make recommendations on things like demographics, messaging and fundraising.This new committee's unoffical mission statement...
The main focus of the review is inclusion of new voters for future victories....and it's official, beautiful title:
The Growth and Opportunity ProjectWithout further adieu, the very serious and important people who have been tasked with getting to the bottom of this mess are:
- - Henry Barbour (RNC committee member)
- - Sally Bradshaw (longtime Jeb Bush advisor)
- - Ari Fleischer (former Bush press secretary)
- - Zori Fonalledas (Puerto Rico RNC committee member)
- - Glenn McCall (South Carolina RNC member)
At last weeks preliminary Autopsy Tour 2012™ planning session, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus reassured donors the autopsy would be
conducted outside the building and would not be led by RNC staff.At first glance this might appear to be one of those objective "performance assessment" studies done by a third-party organization, like the ones big companies hire to find areas of inefficiency, identify cost savings, offer ideas for future business strategy, etc.
Close, but not quite:
sources familiar with the project said that there are 3 RNC senior staffers assigned to the project as support staff, saying the goal between them and the RNC members involved was to have, as one source said, "both inside and outside influence" to bring in a several different points of view.So Priebus will undoubtedly be monitoring operations from the GOP/RNC Situation Room, just as soon as he finishes holding the...
...call with committee members to roll out the plan this afternoon.Time to get busy, because theres's alot of ground to cover, taken from the article:
- - campaign mechanics
- - fundraising
- - demographics
- - messaging
- - outside groups
- - campaign finance
- - the national primary process
what the successful Democratic efforts revealed about the way forward.There's reason to be optimistic, says one "source" :
"The GOP has problems but they are solvable. We have to look at what we are doing right and what we’re doing wrong and lay out our vision and plans for Americans so everyone knows what we stand for."Please do.
While everyone else here in reality likes the GOP less and less the more they see of them, inside the echo chamber there's a different vibe:
Our ideas still resonate, but we need to examine what’s working and what isn’t.The Party Of Resonating Ideas was so successful resonating that it needed to create a panel of "experts" for post-election failure analysis. A really diverse panel, in fact:
The composition of the committee includes at least one Priebus ally - Barbour - and others with ties to Bush-world. It includes demographic diversity, but less so ideologically.I'm going to assume this "diversity" the article mentions, as quoted above, refers to the one Puerto-Rican panel member on this new committee. Apparently J.C. Watts, or even Michael Steele, didn't qualify.
If one GOP committee/panel wasn't enough entertainment, there's more: The RNC isn't alone in their thirst for the truth, because concurrent autopsy operations are being conducted elsewhere:
The high command of American Crossroads, the most powerful of the GOP SuperPACs, met last week in Washington, Republican sources tell POLITICO. Heavyweight advisers Haley Barbour, Ed Gillespie and Karl Rove were all in town for the meeting, [...]Are they waking up? Maybe:
The group digested a series of 2012 memos mixed brutal analysis with some self-reassurance. [One GOP pollster said] the GOP is in danger of becoming a party that can only win in non-presidential years when the composition of the electorate doesn’t reflect the country.If they were ever asleep at all:
Yet even as they attempt to learn from what happened, Crossroads also is preparing to make clear to their donors that they weren’t blind to the difficulties of Romney’s winning the presidency. One of the internal memos prepared for the meeting detailed on a state-by-state basis the group’s final polling in each state and the actual results. Their surveys were closer to the outcome than Romney’s internal data.Perhaps The Priebus and his Autopsy Panel will pull-off a better performance than Karl Rove did on election night.
(My emphasis in all quotes)