Committee to Save the GOP: Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Become Inclusive to Gays or Keep Losing

The Republican Party will release a report today that provides the blueprint for how it must adapt from its 2012 electoral defeat

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Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., March 16, 2013

The Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project, formed last year to analyze the party’s 2012 electoral defeat and plot a path forward, is recommending softening some of the party’s conservative positions — or at least how it communicates them.

“Our party knows how to appeal to older voters, but we have lost our way with younger ones,” the report concludes, raising alarm for the longevity of the Grand Old Party. “We sound increasingly out of touch.”

The report, to be released at a press conference Monday morning at the National Press Club and distributed to reporters late Sunday for review, calls for the quick passage of comprehensive immigration-reform legislation and a softer tone on gay issues. It was prepared by five veteran party operatives, including former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer, Florida operative Sally Bradshaw and Mississippi National Committeeman Henry Barbour. More than anything, it is a rejection of the politics of “arithmetic,” as RNC chairman Reince Priebus will say when he announces the report’s recommendations in a thinly veiled shot at Mitt Romney’s 47% comments. “The RNC cannot and will not … write off any demographic, community or region of this country.”

“We must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform,” the report states. “If we do not, our party’s appeal will continue to shrink to its core constituencies only … If Hispanic Americans perceive that a GOP nominee or candidate does not want them in the United States (i.e., self-deportation), they will not pay attention to our next sentence.”

And while it does not call for a party reversal to back allowing gay marriages, the document warns that hard-line stances are hurting Republicans with younger voters, who cast ballots overwhelmingly for Obama in the 2012 election.

“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,” the report states. “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.”

The report also pushed for a host of procedural and technical changes to how the party operates, from stepping up outreach to independent allied groups to refocusing its efforts on technology and grassroots outreach as opposed to television ads.

“There’s no one reason we lost,” Priebus will say. “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.”

The report calls for increasing party control over the primary process, including shortening the calendar, limiting the number of debates and moving the Republican Convention to early summer. The result, the drafters hope, would be a less damaging primary process that selects a nominee earlier in the year, allowing them to access general-election funding sooner.

While Priebus and the RNC have begun implementing many of the technological improvements and have pledged to work quickly to step up grassroots and minority-outreach programs, it remains to be seen what will become, if anything, of the more dramatic proposals. Activists who gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend were widely critical of any growth in the party’s influence in elections and many were openly hostile to any policy shifts.

178 comments
tgm404
tgm404

The nutjobs have taken over the asylum, there is no turning back. The GOP will only go from bad, to worse, to extinct.

Hollamann
Hollamann

I hope the Republican Party collapses in on itself.  Then the media can start treating Democrats like they treat Republicans and reveal them all to be nothing but liars and theives too.  Then, with any luck, the Democratic Party will collapse on itself as well.

Then, finally, we can have politicians who have no choice but to run on what kind of human beings they are, not on what their party affiliation is.

drudown
drudown

Taken to its illogical conclusion, the GOP is taking a cue from its propaganda dispensed in Iraq ("gee, it's called freedom") abroad when it dispenses shopworn half-truths at home about their newly found despair over the 20,000,000 illegal aliens' plight, as their austere Sickle seeks to cut and weaken the government like a a knife all blade that cuts the People's hand. O what seasoned and charmed voice the Libertarian yield, yet unable to veil their puppeteer's greed, to cloak the show of evil. 

caffine_cigs
caffine_cigs

How to create 20 million jobs for citizens & reduce entitlements ? Deport 21 million immigration\/illegals @TIMEE

jgrig2
jgrig2

@TIME why? Every country has a crazy racist party... Usually it isn't a two party system

wigglwagon
wigglwagon

The fastest growing demographic is unemployed American workers!!!

PaulBellevue
PaulBellevue

The GOP can do whatever it wants, but the tea party base will only vote for crazies in the primaries. Fox News and the rest of the GOP establishment are making lots of money with the status quo, so why allow anything to change? Winning elections isn't the point. The point is having lots of rabid donors to fuel the machine. Life is good.

AmericanEagle
AmericanEagle

If they picked their candidate an earlier, it would have been Herman Cain or Michelle Bachman .... The primary process isn't what cost them the election. If anything, that helped spur voter registration and to mobilize the GOP Get out the Vote drives.

HaroldLloyd1
HaroldLloyd1

Republicans can be as inclusive as they want, but really they need to change their minds about a few things.

We don't want you to keep trying to sell out the middle class to the plutocracy.

We think a lot of your social policies are repressive, regressive, and obsessive.

TheCuriousCase
TheCuriousCase

@TIME wow republicans being logical and not religiously ideological?! Is this a dream? Inclusive is good politics & good for America.

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

I've got news for the Republicans, if they think slashing budgets for Social Security, Medicare, are going to help them hang on to the traditional, white, older party supporters, they have another thing coming.

antonmarq
antonmarq

An approach for this group to succeed, and get a lot of Americans on board, is to disband. They are at the root of this countries selfishness, as their Karma so apply demonstrates. 

ThomasDillingham
ThomasDillingham

LOOK EVERYBODY our SOCIAL ENGINEERING PROJECT WORKED!!!  We are "Progressively" moving closer to our dream of a dictatorship... LOL  You "Progressives" are as bad as the Conservatives!!! LOL Too funny, play it up folks, BUT at some point the Social Experiment the Media is engaged in will come alive and destroy all that you have worked to create, because people are still people, and once they figure out that the Progressive LIBERALS are playing mind games, and the Traditional CONSERVATIVES are playing with FEAR, people will not like being CONTROLLED... Free people tend to stay FREE, the governments fail, but the people always prevail, so live it up while you can.

NoonYi
NoonYi

Any effort to Appeal to minorities will end up one or two ways:

1. A sea of white old haggardly looking rich voters as the ones noticed in all past Election night coverages , (Mitt Romney election night), like all the minorities were hidden from view of the camera...Where were they ? doing the dishes or cleaning up like maids? Whenever the camera went to Obama's election night crowd it LOOKED MORE LIKE AMERICA'- why does the Republican party use minorities for the campaign then Where is Mia Love now? Why didn't Latino Marc Rubio win at CPAC? Its all contrived.

2. Any minority end up like Bobby Jindal; remember when Jindal was the voice of the Republican party, then when he started speaking republicans in the party claimed they couldn't understand him, and his mush mouth appeal gave him a back seat. It was a counter racist attack to have him go up against Obama to give a rebuttal while at the same time throwing him under the bus to prevent his aspirations. Chris Christie as well...If the GOP turns on their own this fast and furious why would any young people NOT see this as a party who has a brand but cannot and will not support each other. Mutiny on board, and someone is always thrown  off the ship

RMartian
RMartian

%s But don't support marriage equality or treat minorities as equals. %s

dylbar32
dylbar32

@TIME or move to Idaho. They will elect a tuna sandwich as long as there is an "R" next to it.

paulejb
paulejb

"Secretary for Soros"

http://freebeacon.com/secretary-for-soros/

Right! It's the GOP that has problems as Barack Hussein Obama packs his cabinet with the radical left fringe. Is Obama doing this to make his radicalism seem tame by comparison?

Sparrow55
Sparrow55

Hi, we're the new GOP.  We have all kinds of stuff for you to buy.  It's way past it's expiration date.  It'll  probably make you sick or cause you bodily harm if you consume it.  Come to think of it, you probably won't like what we're selling to begin with, but you're going to love our shinny new packaging!!! 

gysgt213
gysgt213

RNC has a problem right out of the gate. 


The RNC report is called the Growth and Opportunity Project, and it effectively turns the GOP’s determination to avoid rethinking its economic policies — and to instead focus exclusively on making marginal inroads with minority voters —- into the party’s official strategy.

Enter Tom Perez.

If you’re just tuning in, Perez is a Hispanic leader and as head of DOJ’s civil rights division one of the Obama administration’s most progressive officials. But in recent years he’s also been the target of racialized attacks by familiar characters in the conservative media.

For both of those reasons, he’s the sort of nominee Republicans can’t help but filibuster. Thus, on the day of its unveiling, the Growth And Opportunity Project faces a major challenge to its own raison d’être. The report notes, “If we want ethnic minority voters to support Republicans, we have to engage them and show our sincerity.”

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/03/the_rncs_tom_perez_problem.php

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

If the Ryan/Cruz wing of the republican party continues with its "no compromise under any circumstances, no matter what it does to the economy" policy, the republican party will never reclaim the White House (or increase its numbers in Congress).


(A democracy requires compromise and cooperation by all parties.)

JackieOrinda
JackieOrinda

Plus, we don't want to pay for the stuff we already passed and agreed to.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Reince Priebus saying nice things won't help as they mount a vicious campaign against Perez.

Radical legal activist

"Now that the confirmation process for another highly regarded Latino is set to unfold,  the right will be rolling out a similar sounding set of attacks — extremist, radical, secret agent for illegal immigrants under the guise of civil rights — and possibly even some of its favorite racially charged golden oldies from Obama’s first term. That will create a tricky balancing act for those Republicans who agree with the RNC’s diagnosis of the need to repair relations with Latinos. How will they respond if their friends on the right go down that familiar road?"

ryand
ryand

All jokes aside, the we need atleast two strong political parties that can work with each other for democracy to work. The GOP is being extremely stubborn and unwilling to work with Obama, the president the majority of the country voted for. The problem is that the GOP put themselves in this hole with the attitude theyve had with anything Obama touches. During the primaries, Jon Huntsman was probably the best suited opponent for Obama yet he was one of the first to go, leaving behind the wackos, all because he worked with Obama. Since when is compromise and working with the other party a weakeness? On top of that, they've created a mass of followers that hate Obama aswell. I live in a state full of them... FML.

JustMe
JustMe

@wigglwagon That's exactly why the GOP should stop mooching and get down to work at congress, instead of obstructing attempts for job creation and economic improvement.

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@HaroldLloyd1 The Republican party should focus on policies. Quite frankly flying the hate flag in every election cycle against minorities, gays etc. is exhausting to Independents like me. Both parties play that card BUT the Republicans are SHAMELESS and VICIOUS. They will never win the WH unless they change their hate filled elitist policies. Srcew Romney and Priebus!   

drudown
drudown

@TheCuriousCase @TIME 

Surely you are not asserting that, in a time of record fiscal shortfall and welfare dependency, that "legalizing" 20,000,000 citizens of OTHER sovereigns is "good politics and good for America"? In what sense. Please humor us with specifics. 

NoonYi
NoonYi

@SmoothEdward1 You are so right, its like biting the hands that feed them. Seniors and the disabled are scratching their heads as to why would they vote to penalize themselves once they vote for Republicans. College graduates can be a bit naive and gullible and vote for Republicans for a while until there is a conflict of interest where their unionized jobs are at risk .lol. Just imagine the seniors have been targeted severely by the GOP and even after losing the election they haven't backed down, they are still trying to snatch seniors purses ans rob their wallets. The way I see it Seniors wont even have money to play Bingo if we allow the GOP to bamboozle them.

BenevolentLawyer
BenevolentLawyer

@ThomasDillingham Social engineering????? Let me guess, you also think Russia is our number one foe, right? lol

I want a two party state. I voted Obama but do not like the way the Republican party has become a mere joke. The Republicans need to get their act together, and while they are at it, they should LEAVE OUR CHRISTIAN RELIGION out of it. I am always infuriated when I watch Fox news and the folks that refer to the Bible in reference to the Armageddon they think Obama has wrought on America. The Bible is NOT the reserve of any political party and there are Christians in both political parties. When the Republican party starts to focus on POLITICS and leave Christianity out of it, then they people like me will once again look at some of their ideas. But as they continue this witch hunt of minorities, women, gays etc., there is no chance right thinking folk will consider them at all. 

I hope, something will change soon in the political arena. The Republicans need to get their heads out of their toilet bowls!!!   

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And while I am at it, I hope the evangelical atheist bullies on this board will spice up their asinine anti-Christian drivel by "bravely" attacking Islam in the same way they blatantly do Christianity . Of course I expect these anti-God/anti-Christian evangelical atheist bullies on this site to use their real names when they criticize Islam on this board and elsewhere. The fear of a Fatua, I think, might..just  little bit.. deter those vocal malingerers.  

Yes, I digressed but I am quite irritated by the religious bullies on this site who share their rabid anti-Christian views under the umbrella of a so called liberal agenda. Republicans did not corner the marker on Christianity!! Okay!!!

Okay, I got that off my chest.

Cheers everyone!!

NoonYi
NoonYi

@ThomasDillingham  That very mindset of seeing people as "Experiments" and the spiel that the President wants to be dictator over Republicans values or the lack thereof is why the article says many in the party are out of touch. Your comments, as intelligent as they seem show the two conflicting parts of the Republican party and the Tea Party. One or the other will always fail society because of the infighting. Its so sad that the very paragraph that you wrote embodies all the messages the Republican parties signature theme of hating America, and the media for exposing all of their hypocrisies in speech and in deed. Surely, you want to appear as an Independent, yet your message also can be as belittling as Romney because it ends with you always blaming voters for using common sense to say NO to the hidden message in what you speak and write...lol...FAIL!

drudown
drudown

@paulejb 

(yawn)

Again, the current POTUS record is superior to his predecessor's.

Piacevole
Piacevole

@BenevolentLawyer @ThomasDillingham I'll be happy to tell you that I consider that the stance many Islamic countries take on women, and the freedom of their fellow nationals, and a range of other things are self-defeating.  I think the position some Islamic countries take on the West in general is doomed to failure.

I look at it this way:  Islam is about 600 years younger than Christianity.  What was Christianity doing about 600 years ago?  The Inquisitions.  So, just as Christianity was pretty much forced out of that behavior by the withdrawal of state coercive ability, (and a change in attitudes about such things)  so will Islam come to a different position when theocracies no longer give the ability to do some of the things it does now..  Humanity is growing up, slowly, and our technology is making things clearer to us, explaining the reality of things we once thought we "knew.".

SimonaVuletic
SimonaVuletic

I would take anything coming from Fox News with the proverbial mine of salt. Hear-say is not evidence, and if there is evidence, that needs to be proved in the court of law, and not in the news.

HenrykA.Kowalczyk
HenrykA.Kowalczyk

@Hollamann @HenrykA.Kowalczyk @53_3 Money and power are like food. You need food to be strong and healthy. If you abuse it, you become obese to the point that you cannot function. Money and power do not trump facts and reason, only you can do it. 

reallife
reallife

@SimonaVuletic  yes, if it's a republican it's a lie

if it's a democrat it's lack of information

SimonaVuletic
SimonaVuletic

"We note that AAG Perez had not been confirmed at the time of the decisions at issue and we found that he did not know about these incidents at the time of his testimony to the Commission on May 14, 2010."

There is a difference between a lie - which is deliberate - and lack of information.

PrestonHenderson
PrestonHenderson

@SimonaVuletic I agree.  Fox news is absolutely the worst place to get your information and talking points.  They are not 'fair and balanced' as they claim.  I believe that Fox News is one of the reasons that the GOP has a serious credibility issue.  Partisan opinions are not facts.