Weâ€™ve learned the Republican Party has been admitted to Hospital USA and is in critical condition after being slammed in the rear end by the Democrat Party in the 2012 presidential election. The diagnosis for recovery is poor. The party is on life support. Itâ€™s white voter count is dropping fast and the party appears to be unable to boost it pool of brown, black, beige and female voters to help it regain strength in future elections.
The near fatal accident was caused by Mitt Romneyâ€™s epic loss of the 2012 presidential election, despite the odds in his favor of an awful economy and historically high unemployment. Romney lost the woman vote by double digits to President Obama (44%-55%) along with the black, Hispanic and youth vote. Caught up in the euphoria of winning 60% of the white vote, 78% of the evangelical vote and 52% of the male vote, Romney lost control of the Republican party on the political freeway, came to an abrupt stop, resulting in the collision with the Democrat party.
The doctor called in the Partyâ€™s guardians and explained the old drugs â€śwerenâ€™t workingâ€ť and offered a rarely used, risky treatment to revive the Republican Party. With a grave look, the doctor suggested a transplant of new faces and voices into the soul the GOP.
Listening to the doctorâ€™s recommendation, the white and mostly elder men gasped in disbelief. After some consternation and talk amongst themselves, the party leaders agreed to the try the treatment. They turned to the House Republicans who elected Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA) as House Republican Conference Chairwoman. â€śWhew,â€ť the men uttered with a heavy sigh, thinking all now would be well.
But the doctor warned, â€śMaking McMorris part of the leadership team and the highest ranking woman among House Republicans will help the party regain consciousness but itâ€™s only a short term fix.â€ť
â€śWhat do you mean?â€ť howled those in the establishment who were present, Haley Barbour, Reince Priebus, Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, Ralph Reed, Rush Limbaugh, Gary Bauer and Mitt Romney, â€śYou said all we needed was new blood.â€ť
Casting a troubled look at the men, the doctor revealed that a scan of the Republican Partyâ€™s brain revealed it was suffering from a reality disorder called â€śvoter denialâ€ť which has resulted in a serious â€śimage problem.â€ť
The doctor explained the party and Romney had failed to see the American electorate was getting browner not whiter.Â â€śThe GOP will need serious treatments to begin seeing 28% of American voters are minorities and the number is growing. Never again will the party be able to win elections by just going after the white vote,â€ť said the good doctor.
â€śNo, thatâ€™s not true,â€ť Romney interjected. â€śPresident Obama won because he focused on giving targeted groups a big gift â€”so he made a big effort on small things.â€ť
â€śYouâ€™re not living in reality thatâ€™s the problem,â€ť replied the doctor. â€śObama exploited the minority, women and youth vote with empty promises but you ignored those groups because your world view their votes didnâ€™t matter. Therefore, you are system of the partyâ€™s illness.â€ť
Panic stricken and trembling with fear, the men pleaded with the doctor, â€śHow does the Republican Party get better? How do we win again?â€ť
â€śSit down,â€ť said the doctor. They obliged.Â The doctor gave the grim diagnosis. The problem he said is the GOP keeps running losing candidates, focuses too much on wedge issues like abortion and defining person hood and doesnâ€™t bother growing the party beyond white people.
The doctor recommended an intense treatment plan for the Republican Party, gathering binders full of conservative minority and women resumes and diversifying the ranks of Hill, campaign and RNC staff.Â As for candidates, the doctor advised the party to start thinking outside the box, recruiting candidates to run for state and national offices, who look more like the changing face of America.
â€śIf youâ€™re serious about getting the party back on its feet,â€ť declared the doctor, â€śyou old white guys will open up the clubâ€™s guardianship to new blood. Youâ€™re literally killing the GOP with your image and tunnel vision.â€ť
They grimaced as the words sank in and a long silence followed. The doctor couldnâ€™t tell if they were willing to go forward with the treatment or let the party die a slow death. He waited for an answer.
The moral of this melodrama is change must come the Republican Party or as my father warned, America will find itself governed by one party. We donâ€™t need to change our message but we need an image evolution and we need different messengers and to start talking to different people. The GOP is good at making our message boring and angry but not exciting and sexy.
The GOP has been on the wrong â€śtrajectoryâ€ť for years but only after Romneyâ€™s epic failure are Republicans having their â€śoh, crapâ€ť moment. Whatâ€™s laughable is the very people like Newt Gingrich, Ralph Reed and Haley Barbour, who said the party needs â€śa very serious proctology examâ€ť and must be more inclusive are the same white men whoâ€™ve been in power for decades and done nothing to change things. Â To borrow from Mitt, â€śwhat youâ€™ve been doing hasnâ€™t been working.â€ť Maybe itâ€™s time for the Republican Party to change the people in the driverâ€™s seat.
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