Reborn or Undead? RNC’s Election Autopsy, 100 Days Later.

The RNC isn't denying that on their way back to health they may sometimes seem a little lifeless.

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Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on March 18, 2013.

Earlier this year, the Republican Party’s brightest minds and savviest operators got together to plot a path out of the doldrums of two consecutive presidential losses. They focused on technological upgrades and a change in tone; their one policy recommendation was “embrace and champion” immigration reform.

One hundred days later, the Republican National Committee’s Growth and Opportunity Project autopsy report needs its own post-mortem. The GOP is facing its toughest test yet in the divide between those pushing the party to change and those enabled to make it. And as the Senate appears certain to pass its version of comprehensive immigration reform legislation this week, its chances in the House are only looking slimmer.

“It’s a zigzag path forward,” Ari Fleischer, the former George W. Bush administration spokesman and co-author of the report, told TIME.

On one hand, Republicans have made major advances building political and outreach efforts to women and minority communities. On the other, they stand to block the best chance at immigration reform since the 1980s and to further alienate the very people they want to turn into Republican voters.

On a range of other controversial issues, the setting is even more muddled. The Supreme Court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday bolsters the case of many party elders that the GOP has to get out of the way of the fast-moving generational issue. But at the same time, social conservatives decried the high court’s decision and proposed a constitutional amendment to define traditional marriage. New abortion restrictions passed the Republican controlled House and a host of statehouses, and commanded nationwide attention Tuesday night when Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis spoke for 12 hours to kill a measure in that chamber.

“I give [RNC Chairman Reince Priebus] an “A” for effort,” said Republican consultant Ana Navarro. “The challenge is the RNC has little, if any, control over elected Republicans.”

The RNC finds itself caught between a rock and a hard place. It can’t dictate to House Republican leadership nor undercut its negotiating position, but at the same time the committee’s mission, to elect Republican candidates, is at risk if they don’t pass the legislation.

“Republicans need to embrace and welcome comprehensive immigration reform and if they don’t it will make an uphill fight even harder,” Fleischer said, noting that even if they have been slow to embrace specific legislation they have dialed back their rhetoric from the anti-immigration days of 2006-7, when Bush pushed his own immigration reform effort.

To be sure, the 2012 autopsy did not specify the parameters of an immigration agreement, and on Wednesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner told members of his caucus that the House would devise and pass its own version of immigration reform legislation. But Boehner will find it difficult to sell any immigration reform bill acceptable to Senate Democrats that could pass with the majority of his conference supporting.

Where the RNC has had success is using its bully pulpit to be a “fire extinguisher” when Republicans go off the reservation — a priority for the party after the controversial statements by candidates Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock cost the party two Senate seats last year. Last week, Priebus publicly demanded the resignation of an Illinois county GOP official who called Republican congressional candidate Erika Harold a “street walker.” And earlier this year he spoke out against Michigan national committeeman Dave Agema’s Facebook posting decrying “filthy homosexuals.”

Democrats used the symbolic anniversary as a catch-all for the GOP’s lingering troubles.

“Today’s GOP is the ‘Same Old GOP’ that is dead-set on continuing to pursue the policies of the past that marginalize voters, threaten women’s health, and make it harder for middle class to live the American dream,” DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on a call with reporters Wednesday.

The RNC isn’t denying that on their way back to health they may sometimes seem a little lifeless.

“It’s like someone with a medical problem 100 days after they were diagnosed,” RNC communications director Sean Spicer said of the party’s attempt to recover from the 2012 defeat. “Are we better yet, no, but are we taking serious steps and can you see the tremendous improvement, you bet.”

42 comments
Truth60
Truth60

Democrats have been looting and pillaging this country for decades, and the socialists have made it easy. Obama himself and his wife are alcolytes of the Illinois Combine, and the Daley machine. Dems and Unions been directly responsible for the collapse and bankruptcy of at lest 5 major US cities, including Detroit and Chicago. You can lay the destruction of the black society upon their altar, too. Compare the statistics before "the Great Society" and now, you will see what I mean. The women's lib movement hasn't been all that great for women, either, the truth be known. And really, when will you doggone socialists realize that its not poor folks that run the businesses and hire the workers and make all the jobs, but the rich folks, and when you tax all their money away, they don't have any to invest? Look up something called the "Laffer Curve". Also read Lawrence von Mises. It'll explain why this country is in the pits, and why we conservatives think libs all take stupid-pills.

roknsteve
roknsteve

Yes, the Gee-O-Pee is the Walking Undead.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

The total number of H1-Bs, students who graduate being given visas, and others, amounts to about 250,000 a year, according to the bills sponsors.  The total number of openings for the industries they are being brought in for is about 35000 a year.  In a decade they will bring in enough low cost foreign workers to completely replace everyone currently doing high tech jobs today.  EVERYONE!

And yet, they look people right in the eye and claim they need these people, because there is a shortage in the industry.  They say this, but about half of all STEM graduates are unable to find a job in the field.  I personally know two engineering graduates that work in office supply stores.  They got their degree, but due to all the low cost entry level people industry can hire from H1-Bs, there were no jobs for them.

It is unprecedented to actually bring high skilled foreign workers in such huge numbers, on our soil to try to depress wages, and you can bet your ass that if they do it to our group, they will do it to a bunch of other groups later on. 

drudown
drudown

By this article's tortured logic, either party's subjective desire to simply win elections supersedes our elected officials Fiduciary Duty to promulgate legislation, confirm nominees and enact policy in furtherance of the People's best interests. 

Has "reporting" on the "sell out" politicians "sold out" as well?

jim.satterfield
jim.satterfield

Creating messages to women, minorities and the poor mean nothing if they aren't backed up with actions. The actions of the GOP in the House and in states they control send a real message to those groups and it isn't a friendly one at all.

AHick
AHick

Republicans are crippled because of both the legacy of Bushes past (less important actually if they had good current and future candidate options that included no Bushes) and the specter of Bushes future (fatal).  The Republican Party must become a Bushless party in order to restore national relevance.  As long as Jeb remains a "serious" contender for the 2016 nomination (meaning until he flatly announces he will never run), and even worse, as long as his son George P., getting ready to buys up a Texas office that will keep him bandied seriously as the future "Hispanic" nominee, the GOP will go nowhere.  Stay out the Bushes, GOP, or you will stay out of the White House.

KahnKeller
KahnKeller

"On one hand, Republicans have made major advances building political and outreach efforts to women and minority communities. "...

say bubba... yo must be totally brain dead to make a 100% false statement like this one...  if the thousands...note  thousands... of war on women bills passed by Taliban republican religious extremist nut job ...is a major advance in building efforts to reach women...well... you are totally dumb....and the efforts to restrict black voters....just about as bad....so ...if this is the "new" republican platform... you are in deep do-do.. but hey.... keep up the good work.... the democratic national party.

grape_crush
grape_crush

> On one hand, Republicans have made major advances building political and outreach efforts to women and minority communities.

They have, or are they just saying they have? There's a fair number that think that all they need to do some mediocre legislation and begin "Doubling Down on The White Man's Party" in order to fix their demographic problems.

Simply making an 'outreach effort' isn't a major advance. Or, maybe it is major for the xenophobic and misogynist GOP.

> Where the RNC has had success is using its bully pulpit to be a “fire extinguisher” when Republicans go off the reservation... 

It has?

The purpose of a fire extinguisher is to put a fire out, not to use it to whack-a-mole the fire as it keeps reigniting. That the RNC keeps having to react to to GOPers saying stupid, hateful sht isn't a sign of success.

> “The challenge is the RNC has little, if any, control over elected Republicans.”

And that's the issue. The RNC isn't holding the purse strings or setting the policy direction for their side. They are only marginally in control of the members of their party.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

The number of H1-B visas being approved for STEM jobs, which will mostly go to IT, are about 240,000 a year, though what we saw in past years is that somehow the official number only ends up being about half the actual number.

There are expected to be 230,000 new jobs created in IT between now and 2020.  Less than the number they are bringing in, each and every year to fill them.

My company is already setting up to get rid of us and bring in lower cost foreign workers, so that when this bill passes they will be ready to move.  There are less than two million total of these jobs in the entire country and in the next decade they will bring in more people to fill them than there are jobs total. 

It is my belief the Democrats have taken bribes in the from of campaign contributions etc, in order to sell out an entire job sector.  You can bet, that if the Republicans first educate the country about just what this bill would have done, before they kill it, that a lot more people than just me will be switching party affiliations.

jnorow
jnorow

Texas Republicans best be careful.  The strength of Wendy Davis' fliilbuster might provide new breath to Texas Democrats,  2014 and 2016 might still be good for Republicans but start watching the margins.  I predict a democrat Governor in 2018 and Sen Cruz quite possibly could become a one hit wonder.  I am a Republican even tough I have a lot of libertarian feelings in my blood.  I think Republicans and especially Tea Party are going to see a trend in a different direction

jmac
jmac

Bachmann's out.  That in itself is one huge improvement.  Unfortunately for Spicer and his hopes of getting the party well, we now have Cruz and Rand Paul as Senators.  The patient is still in serious trouble.  

TrajanSaldana
TrajanSaldana

who needs islamic fundementalists threatening our freedom and liberty when we have the GOP's christian fundementalists

MrObvious
MrObvious

Put a fork in it; in the long run GOP as a brand is toast. They think that entrenching themselves in gerrymandered districts and by filibustering any political progress they can somehow run out the clock, but people are paying attention and they're tired of business as usual.

Plus the changing demographic and GOPs inability to reach out to anything but white middleaged men will more or less swat them down to a regional party only.

Shame, but that's what happens when you bank on the tea party.

DanBruce
DanBruce

Prince Rhesus is not a good spokesperson for the GOP.

drudown
drudown

Read: either a net benefit to the People is there in the proposed immigration "reform", or it is not there.

Notably, despite the GOP's obstinate refusal to RAISE REVENUE to pay for the (ahem) "newly minted" citizens here illegally...what, the fact it might "benefit them at the next election" makes their contradictory stance acceptable? Go figure.

"Thy love afar is spite at home." - Emerson

grape_crush
grape_crush

 @reallyNow2> It is my belief the Democrats have taken bribes in the from of campaign contributions etc, in order to sell out an entire job sector.

Oh, that's rich. It's all the Dems' fault that offshoring of good US-based jobs happened. Riiight.  

Kinda late to the trend, aren't you? What's happening to your job in your company is the same thing that's been happening in all industries - like IT and manufacturing - for at least a decade. It has nothing to do with the immigration

This is what happens when you kill unions and let corporate lawyers write business-friendly legislation for lawmakers to enact.


jmac
jmac

@jnorow Texas is ripe for a breath of fresh air.  Wendy could do it.  The minute she mentions she's on board for a state office, I'm in with money and time.  

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@MrObvious  As much as I'd like to see the Gop dead, I recall they were nearly dead in the past and had quick resurrections; same is true with Democrats.  Electorate changes their minds quickly, especially when the economy is bad.  Let's not count our chickens too soon.  What we need to do now is go back to all the places where the Republicans gerrymandered when they were kings and reverse those.  Yes, I know that the Dems have plenty of places gerrymandered already but ask a simple question:  How do the Republicans win the House when a majority of people have voted for Democrats the last 6 (?) elections.  Because they have gerrymandered perfectly.  If there was no gerrymandering, the Demos would control the House and Senate both by about a 5-10% margin. 

tommyudo
tommyudo

@MrObvious

You  should read the E.J. Dionee column -

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-the-supreme-court-furthers-conservative-goals/2013/06/26/c0d21f92-de98-11e2-963a-72d740e88c12_story.html?hpid=z5

It's a mindful tonic. The GOP doesn't need to change, at least in the foreseeable future, since  the SCOTUS is a corporate court that has sheltered the GOP and their interests for at least the last 15 years. The DOMA decision, while great news for a small segment of the population, really isn't a game changer in how our politics function. The GOP has a "long game" in place, while the Dems and progressives in general, and seem to be content with small parochial victories, like yesterday. There is a reason why an ex CIA guy was the VP during Reagan, and why a former Sec of Defense essentially called the shots in the WH from 2000-2008. With Bush Sr. and Cheney close to power it cemented our National Security State. Likewise, with Reagan picking Scalia, and then the two Bushes picking three younger justices, it further solidified the power of the 1% long after the POTUS left office..

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

BTW, It is not offshoring.  Every possible position that can be offshored, is already offshored.  They are bringing in more than quarter million workers every year, to the USA. 

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

What are you talking about?  the immigration bill allows more foreign workers in the next decade than there are total jobs in the field.

tommyudo
tommyudo

@notLostInSpace @MrObvious 


With the GOP in various states scurrying to inact  new voter registration laws, it's highly unlikely that any change in GOP gerrymandering is going to take place before the 2020 census. It wouldn't surprise me to see the House  stay in their control until Hillary runs for a second term in 2020. Of course, being a good house broken corporate Dem, Hillary will play nice/nice with them for the first four years.

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@tommyudo @MrObvious Supreme Court is the gift that just keeps on giving.  Scalia, Thomas etal will be around a long time.  And the ones that Obama has picked are hardly flaming liberals, he had to pick moderates to get them on board.  No one really balances out the far extreme of Scalia and Thomas.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

You are assuming that I have been unaware of this for three decades, without knowing whether it is true or not.  In fact, I am well aware of outsourcing and retrained myself at 50 for high tech, after my previous career was outsourced.

I blame the democrats because this is their bill.  Do you deny this?  Are you saying it is not their bill?  If it is their bill then they are the ones who are now trying to import in one decade more IT workers than there currently are, in the entire country.  Millions of them in a decade.

Would you care to argue whether this is a Democrat or a Republican bill?

And as for favoring one over the other, I would consider that argument no better than whether Beelzebub is superior morally to Satan.

Diecash1
Diecash1

@reallyNow2 Yeah, that's not what I was referencing.  I realize that you're aware that you and your coworkers are in danger of losing your jobs to foreign workers and my point is that you blame the Dems solely for this phenomenon.  

It's your lack of awareness of this type of job loss that irritates me.  It's been going on for over 3 decades and only know have you become outraged when your job is on the line.  Had you paid attention, you would have noticed that it's been a business-led, bipartisan effort to outsource/offshore jobs for decades because, as you discovered, there's profit to be had in doing it.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

Diecash,

Sure, it isnt hard to "have a clue" about what is going on.  My bosses boss, directly told me that they are working very hard in HR right now (at our company) to be prepared to replace as many people as they possibly can with low cost foreign workers.  Some of the things they have to do is to make it sound like the requirements are very high for our jobs, and that they require advanced degrees, etc.  It is just lies, so they can save money by hiring people who can live frugally and then take home many years of equivalent income back to their home country.

That is my "knowing what I am talking about."   I am seeing the people I know, work with and care about being prepped to lose their job within a year of this bill passing.

And it is not my imagination.  As I said, my bosses boss directly told me this is the plan. 

Diecash1
Diecash1

@reallyNow2 Please demonstrate that you have the first clue as to what you're talking about.  You've failed to do so thus far.

For the record, I made no specific comment regarding H1-B visas and outsourcing/offshoring.  I simply indicated that you're late to the party, likely because you failed to notice when this trend started decades ago.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

Please tell me you didnt really call bringing 250,000 foreign workers into our country, to work inside our office buildings, and live in our country, outsourcing. 

Diecash1
Diecash1

@reallyNow2When it comes down to it, I prefer the politician who will screw people to their face, instead of hyprocritically like the Dems are doing by trying to ruin an entire segment of the economy as a perk to get this weeks pet legislation passed.

You really are delirious, aren't you?  You make some outlandish assertions, with not a hint of proof, and, somehow, you conclude that it's the Dems that are purposely trying to ruin your livelihood.  Preposterous.  The moneyed interests are trying to make you into a serf, as they've done to many an autoworker, etc. over the last 3 decades.  Money knows no political bounds either.  It would be nice if you might finally notice that other peoples lived have been ruined through outsourcing/offshoring. 

Also, I find your assertion that the Dems are hypocritical and, somehow, attempting to surreptitiously screw you while those upstanding Repubs are only doing as they say -- riiight.  They've made it their job to get an entire swath of people to vote against their own interests.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

The GOP has made no bones about the fact that they favor business and would have us all be no more than endentured servants, if the could.  They may be wrong to do things this way, but they are upfront.

The Democrats OTOH and attempting to throw an entire industry of workers under the bus as an incentive to get their bill passed.  So, hundreds of thousands of workers lives ruined, and they pay nothing. 

When it comes down to it, I prefer the politician who will screw people to their face, instead of hyprocritically like the Dems are doing by trying to ruin an entire segment of the economy as a perk to get this weeks pet legislation passed.

grape_crush
grape_crush

 @reallyNow2> I didnt know big business was getting to vote on the floors of Congress.

That's a laughable statement, considering what you wrote earlier: 

"It is my belief the Democrats have taken bribes in the from of campaign contributions etc, in order to sell out an entire job sector."

Contradict yourself much?

> And absolutely it is different than offshoring. 

Impact on your job is the same.

But someone is going to end up without a job.

And it's the Dems' fault that business doesn't want to pay reasonable wages?

> I was replying with sarcasm 

Poorly written sarcasm, if true. So dry as to be undetectable.

> Grape was saying that my assertion the democrats were being bought out with campaign conributions was so wrong as to be worthy of ridicule. 

Partially right. I argued that it's not just Dems...Big business contributions historically favor Republicans, as do business organizations like the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce. To pretend that your problem with the expansion in work visas is a Dem issue alone really is worthy of ridicule.

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

I was replying with sarcasm because Grape was saying that my assertion the democrats were being bought out with campaign conributions was so wrong as to be worthy of ridicule.  Of course they are being bought

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@reallyNow2 OF COURSE Big Business votes in Congress.  They do it with a bunch of dead presidents in the pockets of their corporate toadies - the GOP.

Why is it that the GOP complains and complains about how small business is always being screwed by the Dems, then don't do anything to help them?

More to the point, why is it absolutely no legislation passed by the GOP in the last 33 years has helped the middle class or poor, who make up at least 80-85% of the American people without helping the wealthy far, far MORE?  Explain to me how it is that the wealthy went from owning 65% of the country in 1980 to 94% today.  Explain to me why the GOP didn't champion their own demographic when their jobs went overseas.  Explain to me how the social agenda of the GOP has any GOOD impact on the country at all.

More unwanted babies means bigger welfare roles.  Oh, sorry, we don't care about people who are walking around, you have to take responsibility.  Gays shouldn't marry because it would destroy the institution of marriage (Only if someone in that straight marriage is gay to begin with). Gosh, we have a GOP-led state that pays less in federal taxes than we USE, but we're being fiscally responsible.  Need more money?  Fine, let's start a war!  Finance it?  Screw that.  We'll let the puling masses deal with it while we make sure our friends who put dead presidents in our pockets get wealthy off the taxpayers.

The GOP's message is one of hate.  It has NOTHING POSITIVE AT ALL to say to anyone who isn't white and making over $250,000/year (who can then afford to do what they want to do despite any legislation passed for the rest of us).  They've bastardized the Christian message.  They've kicked the poor to the curb.  They've made education harder to get.  They've erected more and more roadblocks on the path to achieving the American Dream.

The Democrats aren't angels by any stretch of the imagination.  They're not competent to run the country.  But the Republicans - as they are today - are pure evil for America.  Speaking as a former Republican, who would rather not vote for ANYONE these days because they don't understand or embrace the notion of compromise in order to achieve good governance, I say the GOP is on the way out and there are tens of millions of former Republicans who agree with me.

Take your hate, your failed message, your inflexibility, your dogma, your social agendas and go play in a country that loves that kind of thing.  I'm thinking Iran.  There is no place for it anymore in THIS country.

BobJan
BobJan

@reallyNow2are you serious? Didn't know that big business was voting on the floors of Congress? Again, I'm going to ask "are you serious"? You think that big corporations give big fat contributions to Congress and don't expect anything in return? Again, "are you serious"? I'm going to post a link that you can read that shows just how the big corporations vote on the floors of Congress. Read it and weep.

 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/us/medicare-pricing-delay-is-political-win-for-amgen-drug-maker.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

reallyNow2
reallyNow2

I didnt know big business was getting to vote on the floors of Congress.  Are you suggesting that they are somehow controlling the votes of the senators?  How might they do that?

The 180,000 is not the true figure, that is just one method of entry that is being increased.  There are several others, such as schools, etc.  The total numbers will likely be about 450,000 if they are allowed to exceed the quotas by the same percentages they already are.

And absolutely it is different than offshoring.  The company I am working for is scramlbing to have everything in order so that when this is approached they can get rid of all their high cost workers, and replace them with low cost. 

And as I said, even at the admitted levels, they are bringing in enough people to replace the entire field in under a decade.  We are mostly pretty highly skilled and hard working, so we will go and take someone elses job in another area.  But someone is going to end up without a job.

grape_crush
grape_crush

 @reallyNow2 > Every possible position that can be offshored, is already offshored.  

Hardly.

> They are bringing in more than quarter million workers every year, to the USA. 

"As written, the bill would initially raise the cap the number of H1-B visas from 65,000 to 110,000 -- with provisions to increase that number to 180,000."

> It is not offshoring.

Replacing workers who expect a reasonable wage for their work with cheaper labor from outside the US? Smells the same, has the same outcome. 

You think it's just the Dems that are pushing this bill, especially the expansion in work visas? Big Business wants this, and they want it badly.

notLostInSpace
notLostInSpace

@tommyudo @notLostInSpace @MrObvious  I don't see her playing nice with them anymore; that ship sailed a long time ago I think with the Republican antics towards her health care plan, Whitewater, travel dept, Bill, Benghazi, etc.   I see it as being a fine 5hitstorm, one of epic proportions, which is why I'm for her running.  She has the ability to argue with those idiots and now has incredible experience to basically out gun them on every important fact and figure.   Obama I think is just now learning the game.   The real question: does she still want it at this age and health, and more important to her, does she really need it?   . 

tommyudo
tommyudo

@notLostInSpace @tommyudo @MrObvious 


As long as the Dems can control the WH for the next two Prez election cycles, there is a good chance that the SC can swing  5 to 4 the other way. We don't need the liberal equivalent of Thomas and Scalia, just clones of the 4 solid sensible votes now might get them to revisit the Voting Rights Act and Citizen's United , as well as maintain Roe V. Wade as settled law. If the latter case ever comes up to the SC in their present makeup it will be over turned. Now that the Right has lost on DOMA, look for them to take the full court press they are making in various states on a woman's right to choose to eventually hit the SC.