After their grueling loses in 2012 the Republican National Committee decided to spend some time and look into what went wrong. This morning, the party released their report, which included marketing research from focus groups. Here’s what part of it said:
“Asked to describe Republicans, they said that the Party is “scary,” “narrow minded,” and “out of touch” and that we were a Party of “stuffy old men.” This is consistent with the findings of other post-election surveys,” the report states.
There isn’t much on issues in the report, but when it comes to gay marriage, the report concedes:
“Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be”
This comes a day after the top elected Republican, Speaker John Boehner said he “can’t ever imagine” supporting gay marriage.
So how is the GOP going to fix this problem? Part of it has already been released and here is Josh Marshall’s take on it:
So drastically shorter primary phase, much earlier nominating convention, many fewer debates. Aren’t all of Reince Priebus’s structural reforms basically aimed at dramatically reducing the time period in which the actual Republican party base is on display for the public at large?
Translation – don’t change, just hide who we are. I really don’t think that will play out well for the Republicans and will only help Democrats.
I have been saying for months now that the GOP really needs new leadership. It’s time to shed the old thinking that has ran the party for years and embrace younger conservatives, that realize social issues really isn’t the problem of our elected officials. Sadly they won’t do that and we are quickly moving to becoming a one party nation. That’s not a good solution for anyone.