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This has been an active week for the Republican National Committee, its Chairman Reince Priebus, and their Growth and Opportunity Project.

This first phase of the “new” Republican Party rebranding initiative was launched last month to address the party's spectacular failure last election and help identify areas that need improvement. This will supposedly provide them with the information they need to plan a path forward. Meanwhile, the rest of us have waited anxiously for the next act in this clown show to begin. And on Wednesday, it did:

The next phase of the GOP's automated rebirth mechanism arrived in the form of a low-budget spiffy new website:

The survey prominently advertised on the landing page can be taken by anyone with advice for the Republican Party. Even people like you and me. I personally did so last night in fact, and rather enjoyed providing some strategically targeted answers to their listeners.

Reince Priebus and his Failure Posse remain convinced the core principles of the Republican Party are wildly popular — only minor adjustments to message-framing and distribution are necessary — so they've come up with yet another innovative idea:

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus is calling on the party to compete in every state across the country, as he unveils a major overhaul in response to November’s election.

“We must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we haven’t before,” Priebus plans to say in excerpts of a speech to be delivered Friday.
Sound familiar? Of course it does:
In many ways, Priebus's model mirrors that pursued by Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after George W. Bush was reelected president in 2004.
How about that? Yet another example of losing Republicans adopting superior Democratic ideas.

Behold, the 50-State Strategy, Republican version:

The RNC chairman will argue that for the party to survive, it must “stop looking at elections through the lens of 'battleground states.' ”

“We have four years till the next presidential election, and being a 'blue state' is not a permanent diagnosis,” he plans to say [in Friday's speech].
A technologically-advanced party operation is fundamentally important if you want to effectively recycle failed ideas to every state in the Union:
“In order to do all this, we need to empower, equip and train our candidates, volunteers, and operatives ... whether it’s a college activist recruiting volunteers in Pasadena or a small businesswoman running for town council in New Jersey”

“Let’s host Skype-based training sessions and Google hangouts on campaign strategy, fundraising, door-to-door advocacy, and digital tools. We need to give the next generation of organizers access to the brightest experts.”
Some good ole election rigging never hurts either, as Q-Tip reminds us in a diary posted Thursday:
As most here know, the national Republican party has now officially endorsed a scheme to make it all but impossible for a Democrat to win the White House, by splitting up the electoral votes of states Obama won.
Why all the scrambling around all of the sudden? Maybe it's because of this unpleasant reality:
Republicans face a steep road to recovery. In a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week, 49 percent of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the party — the highest figure since 2008.
Just a minor complication for someone who's job depends on his upbeat attitude:
But Priebus is optimistic that the GOP will bounce back.
I'm not.

They can “reach out,” faux-diversify, and Tweet to their hearts content, it won't change the fact that if people don't want what Republicans are selling — mutating propaganda and failed policy — they lose.

Unless, of course, they cheat.


Again, if you haven't read it already, please check out Q-Tip's Republicans WILL take the White House in 2016. We can't let this happen.

(Emphasis appearing in any quotes is mine)

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

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

    by DeadHead on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 12:57:55 AM PST

  •  It would be the zenith of irony (10+ / 0-)

    if the RNC adopted Dean's 50-state strategy and leveraged it successfully, after Democrats dismantled it.

    Dean convinced me that we needed to be campaigning hard in Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska.  Similarly, it's the RNC's correct choice to stump in Vermont, Michigan and Hawai'i.  They need everything they can get to save them from extinction, and multi-millions in ads, lies, and rigging elections isn't enough for them anymore.

    Add in another 1.5% red converts in the bluest of blue states - could that be enough to send Donald Trump to the White House?

    Nobody sends their representative to Washington to *not* govern.

    by thenekkidtruth on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 01:40:05 AM PST

    •  50-State Strategy (2+ / 0-)
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      hnichols, DeadHead

      Was perceived as a threat by Beltway insiders, so it had to be destroyed. This is an insiders' game.

      "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

      by bink on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:43:30 AM PST

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    •  Selling something other than paranoia ??? (2+ / 0-)
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      thenekkidtruth, DeadHead

      Can they do that?

      One obvious point has to do with timing. The economy looks to have been going into overdrive for about 6 months now.

      -- Unemployment fell below 8% and looks to be headed toward 7%.

      -- Housing is up.

      -- Bankruptcies are way down.

      America does not need tax cuts for billionaires. "Enterprise zones" for big business are useless.

      It's kinda funny watching the like of Jindhal and Priebus try to find excuses for selling out.

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:13:17 AM PST

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  •  And it's time we fight back with our ideas too (7+ / 0-)

    We must remind those in the GOP that they cannot run away from their records.  From 2002 and onwards, the GOP has been nothing more than just a power-hungry machine and they won't stop until they get back in power.

    Well, let's run a 50 state strategy ourselves and demand that Debbie Wasserman Shultz, as DNC Chairman, focus on resources NOW.

    The DNC:

    Mailing Address:

    Democratic National Committee
    430 S. Capitol St. SE
    Washington, DC 20003

    Main Phone Number:

    (For questions about contributions, please call 877-336-7200)

    The DCCC:
    Mailing Address:
    430 S. Capitol St. SE
    Washington, DC 20003

    Main Phone Number: (202) 863-1500

    The DSCC:
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Phone (202) 224-2447
    Fax (202) 969-0354
    For general information email
    For campaign employment opportunities email
  •  If "we, the people" are to govern, (4+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, JaxDem, a2nite, hnichols

    then political party organizations are both anachronistic and superfluous. So, the Republican party trying to make itself relevent is another useless enterprise and, very likely, destined to fail. But then, failure is the Cons' familiar. They count on it. Failure gives the needed impetus to "try and try again."
    Persistency, like obedience, is supposed to be a virtue. But, to persist in error is a sorry state for organisms that have been outfitted with a brain.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:11:57 AM PST

    •  I hardly blame them for their repetitive (4+ / 0-)

      behavior. It's the deception, propaganda, and shape-shifting, not to mention their willingness to play unfairly if it's to their advantage, and their readiness to condemn us on the suspicion, often of their own invention, of doing the same.

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

      by DeadHead on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:26:09 AM PST

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      •  Repetition, deception and aggression are (4+ / 0-)
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        DeadHead, JaxDem, a2nite, hnichols

        instinctive behaviors. Lots of critters exhibit them. What makes humans peculiar is that they can employ speech to both amplify and distance themselves from these behaviors. It helps them escape retribution to cause mayhem indirectly and, as a result, cowardice proliferates.

        Boldly cowering Republicans. Now, there's a phrase.

        We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

        by hannah on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 02:56:14 AM PST

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  •  If They Pull It Off, The Dems Will Be Struck Dumb (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, a2nite, hnichols

    What?  How did that happen?  Who?  What?  When?  Where?

    The Dems are always the last to know.  They they act all surprised & stuff.  Bamboozled actually.

    Golly Gee, I didn't think they would do that.  We never expected them to try that.  What a surprise!

    After yesterday's fake attempt to stop the filibuster which they all voted for, the Dems have been revealed as cooperating fully in the obstruction in the Senate.

    And.....why not?  It gives them someone to pin the blame on when they obey their corporate lords & sell the rest of us down the river.  

  •  Let me see if I understand this... (4+ / 0-)
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    DeadHead, PowWowPollock, a2nite, hnichols

    The GOP has begun their transformation, or as you so aptly put it, DeadHead, the next act in their clown show.  Their plan consists of taking their same old exclusiveness, phobic behavior, obsolete thinking and views of the nation and self-absorbed attitudes to all 50 states -- even the "non-real" ones that are blue -- and just yell louder.  Not change anything -- don't soften their stance on gay marriage, abortion, immigration, ... -- just yell louder.  Is that about it?   I mean, 'cause after all dagnabbit, if people would just "hear" them then they'd elect them.  

    Ha Ha Ha...excuse me while I laugh.

    Also, let's not get our panties in too much of a wad over their supposed plan(s) to steal the next election because the country is onto them.  Everything they do in that regard is about as stealth like as an elephant in a glass factory.  I'm from Florida, I can see the Governor here and the republican led legislature snatching their hands back from the flames that burned them in regards to the nation's reaction to the long voting lines and other suppression tactics the GOP tried here.  Our Gov was already on thin ice before the election and now there's thousands of cracks in that ice.  He'll never get re-elected in 2014 and that should send some major messages to the GOP, which in true fashion they will ignore.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:39:16 AM PST

    •  You have it right, JaxDem... (3+ / 0-)
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      Really, I can't fathom what these people are thinking. It's like they cannot let go of the idea that screwing people over only goes so far. Likewise, slapping a new paint job on a lemon doesn't make it drive any better.

      "Oh shit. Was that the rear axle that just fell off?"


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

      by DeadHead on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 03:55:45 AM PST

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    •  All they're doing is learning to lie better. (2+ / 0-)
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      They're not changing any of their underlying beliefs or their written policies and goals.

      They still hate women, poor and minorities. They still love the one percent and they still want to dismantle every existing safety net.

      They want their candidates to quit saying stupid stuff even if it's stuff they actually believe.

      This worked in the past but the American public seems to have gotten tired of it and has realized how awful they really are.

      As long as they don't fundamentally change any of their real positions I don't think it will work.

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