The Times ran a whole section helpfully explaining “how the Republican Party can recapture the white house in 2016.” The advice boiled down to: get rid of the Tea Party, get rid of the pro-lifers; “reach out” to minorities and be more like Dems.
Politico’s “Eve of Destruction” citing “morose” establishment republicans who insist, “the GOP is hurting itself even more with the very voters they need to start winning back: Hispanic, blacks, gays, women, and sing voters of all stripes.”
Although obama is opposed by a majority of the American people, it’s never said that the dems have to “broaden their outreach”.
THE DEMS AND THE MEDIA SAY IT: ditch conservatrives
“Lets jus say it—republicans are the problem—they are gop extremists who are dysfunctional and scornful of compromise”. Washington post and Norman Orenstein and Tom Mann .
“The zealots have a chokehold on the party and they’re sucking the life and common sense out of it:” NYT
“If only we could ask the suicide conservatives to simply follow the playground rule of playing nice in the sandbox”. Charles Blow-NYT
“Defenders of the older, more marketable republican brand are trying to curb the party’s more feverish elements”. Froma Harrop- Providence journal.
“The anarchists have taken over. They’ve taken over the house and now they’ve taken over the senate”. Harry Reid—the Hill (what)
ESTABLISHMENT GOP AGREES:
“Knuckle draggers’. John Boehner—fox news
“The party cannot win national election. It has problems attracting women voters, individuals under 40, and minority voters”. Candace Straight—huffington post.
“Wacko birds”. John McCain—Washington post
“There is a deliberate effort the republicans leaders to marginalize the cranks, haters, and bigots—there’s a lot of underbrush that has to be cleaned out’. Politico
“The party has two huge unresolved impediments: suicide conservatives, who would rather lose elections than win seats with moderates and the many groups on the hare right that depend on direct mail fundraising that require a high degree of shrillness—Politico
“Their rigidity is killing them. Its either holy purity or you are anathema”,–Tom Korologos –NYT
“Ted Cruz doesn’t have an idea that he’s going to congress to create coalitions, make alliances and he is going to pass a lot of legislation, they’re not legislators. They want to stop things…they just want to obstruct”. David Brooks—PBS
DEMS AND MEDIA SAY IT: embrace amnesty
“This amnesty proposal is a position dems have advocated and it’s a position republicans have to accept if they want Hispanic support—and a chance of winning a Presidential election”. Charles Blow—NYT
“The gop has become the party of whites only at a time when the white share of the electorate is declining”. Bruce Bartlett—Fiscal times
“If republicans kill immigration reform, they very well may pay a steep price for it in the 2016 race, and its quite possible that such an outcome could lock in Latino anti-gop hostility towards the republicans for a generation or more”. Greg Sargent—Washington Post
“If house republicans were smart they’d pass the damn senate bill and eliminate this daily reminder that republicans hate Hispanics”.—Daily Kos
GOP ESTABLISHMENT AGREES:
“Split over immigration, the gop own stalwarts are attacking the party as lost, dying, even stupid”.—Daily Beast.
‘We can get back in good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view is pass comprehensive immigration reform”. Lindsey Graham—meet the press
“I’ve been a fanatic for this issue for a long time. I’m a huge supporter of immigration reform—I’m tired of watching dems inaugurations in Washington”. Mike Murphy—meet the press.
“We will not win another election as republicans unless we do something to fix the broken immigration system”. Ray LaHood—Washington Post.
“If we don’t do that I see further polarization of the Hispanic voter and the demographics that the republicans cannot win a national election”. John McCain—PBS
“GOP to bet its future on the prospect that it can squeeze even larger advantages out to the diminishing pool of white voters”. Ron Brownstein—National Journal
FUND OBAMACARE:—DEMS AND THE MEDIA SAY IT:
“Shutting down the government is an unpatriotic act”. Jonathan Alter—MSNBC
“House republicans set to defy obama are mostly white men”. Bloomberg
“Insist the GOP’s problem is a shortage of obstinacy. Block immigration reform and risk alienating Hispanic”. Nina Easton—Fortune
“The American p[eople are witnessing yet another sign that republicans can’t get their own act together, even when a government shutdown hangs in he balance”. Pelosi—BLOOMBERG.
“Are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they’re willing to tank the entire economy just because th3ey can’t get their way on this issue?” OBAMA
ESTABLISHMENT GOP AGREES:
“Obamacare is the law of the land”—John Boehner—ABC
“The party gone astray” Olympia Snowe—AP
“Political suicide”. Tom Cole—the hill
“Republicans must resist game of chicken with president over obamacare”.—Karl Rove—fox news
“The GOP’s self defeating ‘defunding strategy’”. Karl Rove—WSJ
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones “about 40% of th4e American population self-identifies as conservative, compared to only 20% who self identify as liberal” (BUT YET THEY KICK OUR ASS—MY WORDS)
This is why the notion of “reaching out” to whatever group leaves me cold.