RNC’s ‘growth and opportunity’ plan equals pandering, Dem Lite



As Twitchy reported this morning, Ari Fleischer previewed the report on “growth and opportunity” via Twitter this morning. The RNC report has now been unveiled fully.

RNC national Committeeman Glenn McCall addresses media on report abt @gop way ahead #opportunity twitter.com/seanspicer/sta…

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) March 18, 2013

Growth and opportunity project cochair a kick off presser on report #opportunity twitter.com/seanspicer/sta…

— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) March 18, 2013

A new day for the @gop. Read the new path forward & give your feedback today bit.ly/WxD22v #opportunity

— degop (@degop) March 18, 2013

People are reading. And they don’t like it. Opportunity for what? A panderpalooza? The plan proposes direct “dialogue” with the NAACP and La Raza, among others. It praises “comprehensive immigration reform,” so forward to amnesty!

GOP #shamnesty fix is in. First, ACU & CPAC stack panel w/open-borders tone police. Now, GOP unveils full “embrace” growthopp.gop.com/default.aspx

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 18, 2013

RNC condemns corp welfare, says GOP needs to show it cares about average taxpayers. Um. This party engineered massive corp bailouts. #caring

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 18, 2013

Fun fact: Not a single mention of “Constitution” or “Tea Party” in RNC “growth and opportunity” report ==> growthopp.gop.com/default.aspx

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 18, 2013

So RNC/GOP announces outreach to younger/minority voters. ‘Cuz, you know, they haven’t thought of that before! ==> washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/…

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 18, 2013

@guypbenson Did you read your citation? The only mention of “Tea Party” is as a descriptor of Dick Armey laying groundwork for amnesty.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 18, 2013

Obsessing on “messaging” absolves RNC/GOP of *accountability* for Grand Canyon between their rhetoric and their voting records.

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 18, 2013


So…is “outreach” the new code word for “amnesty” now?

— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) March 18, 2013

Apparently so.

Some argue for the need for outreach. Clearly, we do want to grow the party.

Haven’t read the RNC report, but really don’t understand people dismissing indisputable fact we need to reach voters we have not in the past

— AG (@AG_Conservative) March 18, 2013

GOP report has a host of excellent suggestions.There will be controversy in parts of it.#opportunityGotta grow. growthopp.gop.com/default.aspx

— Glen Bolger (@posglen) March 18, 2013

Utterly unhelpful –> RT @amandacarpenter: So…is “outreach” the new code word for “amnesty” now?

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

RT @bethanyshondark: @joelpollak Not sure if you noticed, but there aren’t enough republicans to elect republican presidents anymore.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

The #RNCreport has by some pretty obvious premises: (1) we aren’t reaching voters; (2) that’s our fault; (3) this isn’t insolvable.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

Some conservatives seem to disagree with those premises. They think it’s not our fault. Or they think it is insolvable.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

But the people who think either of those things are not going to be interested in the GOP winning elections anyway.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

So, of course, I see no reason to cater to them.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

To just wall off the concept of reaching out to new GOP voters is utterly unhelpful. @amandacarpenter

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

In case you failed to notice, we need more voters to vote for GOP candidates. That means reaching out to them. @amandacarpenter

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

As far as “amnesty” goes, we’re never going to convince a person on economic policy while he thinks we’re trying to deport his grandma.

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) March 18, 2013

Reaching out is one thing. But this is not the way to do it. We must reach out with solid principles and sound ideas. Not pandering and trying to turn the party into Democrat Lite under the absurd belief that turning ourselves into identity politics embracers and promoters will win elections.

.@gabrielmalor We may never convince those people anyway; we should favor policy b/c it’s sound, not just because we hope it will buy votes.

— David Gaw (@davidgaw) March 18, 2013

Attn racist, immigrant-hating, bible-clingin’, gun-totin’ redneck Tea Party voter: hold your nose, and drink party-mandated Democrat Lite©

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 18, 2013

#RNCreport effectively suggests Republicans try to compete with Democrats by imitating them–not just in tactics but in policy and ideas

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 18, 2013

@bethanyshondark The #RNCreport fails to learn from Republican successes as well as failures and many recommendations are simply laughable.

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 18, 2013

@mattdeluca That’s the problem, I think. Romney won independents and still lost. The @gop has credibility gap with its own voters #RNCreport

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 18, 2013

@mattdeluca @bethanyshondark If I were a Democrat why would I switch to a party offering the same thing but with less enthusiasm? #RNCreport

— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 18, 2013

Precisely. The absurdity, it scorches.

The #NewGOP: A big tent welcome to illegal alien supporters, pro abortionists, and champions of corporate welfare.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 18, 2013

The #NewGOP: We want to suck slightly less than the Democrats.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 18, 2013

The #NewGOP: now with 20% more pandering.

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 18, 2013

@ingrahamangle When GOP has to engage in ethnic pandering, it’s over.

— RobertT (@gloomycon) March 18, 2013

GOP’s 100 pg plan to attract minorities is nothing but pandering dreck. Guaranteed obsolescence. dailycaller.com/2013/03/18/how…

— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) March 18, 2013

@ericteetsel Yes! And maybe the GOP could adopt the motto: The GOP: Pandering to Progressives since 2013. #tcot

— Luke Moon (@lukemoon1) March 17, 2013

Liberals grind people down to one issue..Women = Pro Choice..Gays = Marriage. Saying you need to do that but better is road to failure.

— S.M (@redsteeze) March 18, 2013

I honestly believe these ppl did the best they could with the best of intentions but you can’t expect the ppl who go us here to get us out

— DrewM (@DrewMTips) March 18, 2013

Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner!

Look, if the plan is premised upon putting aside principles and what is right in order to pander for votes, any votes gained (doubtful there would be any gains at all) would be a Pyrrhic victory at best. Like Sarah Palin said at CPAC, we don’t need to rebrand a party, we need to rebuild the country. For all Americans, not little boxed-up identity groups.

“We’re not here to rebrand a party. We’re here to rebuild a country.” -Sarah Palin #CPAC2013

— Madeleine McAulay (@m_mcaulay) March 16, 2013

Apparently, the RNC is not heeding those words.

Palin @ CPAC: rebuild the country, not rebrand the party, and there are only American issues. GOP: Read this report saying the opposite.

— Whitney Pitcher (@whitneypitcher) March 18, 2013

Update: Guess who likes it?

I very much appreciate the RNC’s stance on immigration reform. This is a major and constructive step forward for the Republican Party.

— Lindsey Graham (@GrahamBlog) March 18, 2013

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