This past weekend at a Latino conference, Priebus told the audience that the GOP has changed. We have? How so?
Republicans have “reshaped” their outreach, Mr. Priebus told the group, which represents some 6,000 officials. Republicans get community; they get neighborhoods and churches. They get immigration and educational reform plus economic opportunity. “In America, it doesn’t matter where you come from; it matters where you’re going,” Mr. Priebus noted.
This embarrassing RNC leader just accepted an unchallenged critique as truth and then proceeded to flog himself.
Somehow, the Republican party never ‘got’ community or neighborhoods and churches, or immigration and educational reform etc. until now. Now we get it. We’s jes been hangin’ around here in the corner with the dunce cap on, wonderin’ why nobody likes us. But we’s get it now, we’s get it.
“Republicans know we can’t truly represent America until we’re engaged in every community and every state. The old GOP didn’t do a great job of that. But the new GOP – the Growth and Opportunity Party – is doing things differently,” Mr. Priebus said.
Ah yes, the new GOP, the Growth and Opportunity Party, the one side-stepping all social issues and denouncing Reagan’s legacy. It’s a new world, don’tcha know, and in order to get with it, we are going to have to accept every tenant of the left so we can ‘have a conversation,’ and ‘find common ground.’Part of Rinse's "outreach" is to surrender to liberal Democrats on the Senate amnesty bill, masquerading as "Comprehensive Immigration Reform. (CNN)
One day after the Senate passed a full-spectrum immigration bill with overwhelming support, the chairman of the Republican National Committee re-emphasized the need for reform but said the final contours of the legislation are far from settled.
"We need comprehensive immigration reform," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus told CNN in an interview in his Capitol Hill office. "I don't think we can continue to drift along with this mess of immigration laws that we have. And a mess that in many regards has been the results of our government not even enforcing the laws that are in place. There is plenty of blame to go around for why we are in this position, but I think it's about time that we address it."
...Priebus, challenged with making his party appealing to a Hispanic electorate that favored President Obama by a stunning 3-1 ratio in the 2012 election, credited Republicans for helping push the immigration bill over the Senate finish line.
He pointed specifically to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's decision to work inside the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" that crafted the legislation before taking it to the full Senate.
"One thing I think is pretty clear," Priebus told CNN. "We wouldn't have been in this place without Republicans being at the table pushing for immigration reform. And I think this conversation would never be happening without Marco Rubio."Are you kidding me? Rubio flip-flopped his positions in 2009 and 2010 on amnesty just so he could be the useful idiot of Upchuck Schumer and John McLame, so they could run around to every microphone on DC saying how the Tea Party needs to get behind it. Never mind that every Republican attempt to sell their soul on amnesty has not earned them more Hispanic voters.
Many conservative leaders, including Sarah Palin, have blasted the GOP for their Democrat-lite stance on amnesty.
Palin responded to a question from a Fox News viewer: “Would you & Mark Levin be willing to build a ‘Freedom party’ if GOP continues to ignore conservatives?” She was obviously receptive to the idea, due undoubtedly to the Republicans’ disappointing and even infuriating lack of principle.
The former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate has been sharply critical of the Republicans’ support of so-called “comprehensive immigration reform.” Palin blasted the GOP after the Senate’s vote to pass the immigration bill on Friday.
“Great job, GOP establishment,” Palin wrote cynically on her Facebook page. “You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill, and we needed them to ‘enlarge that tent’ of which you so often speak. It’s depressing to consider that the House of Representatives is threatening to pass some version of this nonsensical bill in the coming weeks.”
She also said she would like to “point out the obvious” to the GOP establishment: “It was the loss of working class voters in swing states that cost us the 2012 election, not the Hispanic vote. Legal immigrants respect the rule of law and can see how self-centered a politician must be to fill this amnesty bill with favors, earmarks, and crony capitalists’ pork, and call it good.” She added, “You disrespect Hispanics with your assumption that they desire ignoring the rule of law.”Right here is where Rinse Priebus, Karl Rove and the consultant GOP class have become just as elitist as the liberal Democrats and have lost touch with Reagan Democrats and so many others. They refuse to stand for principle and thus are willing to fall for anything. It's people like Palin and Mark Levin, as well as many others in radio and print, who are calling the GOP to stand on principle.
Instead, Rinse asks "how high?" when the lapdog media pundits tell him "Jump!" Never mind that the media, nor those telling the Republican Party to "moderate" on immigration and social issues never have the best interests of the GOP, let alone the country, at heart. That was a message Mitt Romney's campaign, for one brief moment, realized. The media is not our friend. That was, until Rinse and the consultant class decided to have the hostile media moderate the Presidential debate with moderators like Candy "I've got the transcript here to help you, Mr. President" Crowley.
Someone else gave the same message almost 40 years ago in the video below and expanded at the 1975 CPAC convention.
I don 't know about you, but I am impatient with those Republicans who after the last election rushed into print saying, "We must broaden the base of our party" -- when what they meant was to fuzz up and blur even more the differences between ourselves and our opponents.
It was a feeling that there was not a sufficient difference now between the parties that kept a majority of the voters away from the polls. When have we ever advocated a closed-door policy? Who has ever been barred from participating?
Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people?
...A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.
I do not believe I have proposed anything that is contrary to what has been considered Republican principle. It is at the same time the very basis of conservatism. It is time to reassert that principle and raise it to full view. And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way.
Instead of Sarah Palin, Mark Levin and the rest of us who believe in the conservative principles espoused by principled leaders like Ronald Reagan leaving the GOP, perhaps it's way past time that Rinse Priebus, Karl Rove, John McLame and the GOP-establishment consultant class be told to "go their way."