Jewish World Review March 20, 2013/ 9 Nissan, 5773
GOP reboot: A 'Grand Open Party?'
By Clarence Page
JewishWorldReview.com | Will Republican leaders listen to a bruising new internal report that calls for more minority outreach? First, they have to convince their party's right-wingers to avoid making younger and nonwhite voters feel about as welcome as a cheeseburger at a vegan buffet.
That's a very short summation of the "Growth and Opportunity Project" report ("
The 100-page study concludes that the
"Our message was weak," said Priebus. "Our ground game was insufficient; we weren't inclusive. ... So there's not one solution. There's a long list of them."
But none more urgent, he said, than the need to reach out to women and minorities. Obama won more than 80 percent of blacks, Hispanics, Asians and others in the last election. By 2050, the nonHispanic whites on whom Republican victories tend to rely are expected to be a minority. The report calls for a massive outreach to women, African-American, Asian, Hispanic and gay voters that mimics in many ways President
The reboot would include hiring paid outreach staffers across the country in a
Sound familiar? You may recall how
"I talked about the need to expand the party, get out of our comfort zones and get acquainted with grassroots people," Steele told me in a telephone interview. "It's nice to hear Reince parrot me now."
Steele spent about
Steele is hardly the first RNC chairman to call for minority outreach. In 2005,
But most efforts to turn the outreach talk into action have been rebuffed by skeptics who see such appeals as a waste of time and money. That changed after nominee
Is the "Southern strategy" dead, as Steele announced when he began his chairmanship? "If it wasn't," he told me, "after this election, I hope everybody realizes that it is now or we really are the stupid party, as Gov.
Yet at the previous week's
"We're not here to rebrand a party," failed vice presidential candidate
"We don't need a new idea,"
How can the
Now it's time for the
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
Clarence Page can be reached by clicking here.
© 2013, TMS