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'Me Too' Republicans

Illbay Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 3:21 PM
This is an example of the "if all you've got is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" approach to...well, just about any attempt to solve a problem. The report's authors are influenced by, or are themselves, "political consultants," or "strategists" who make their livings by convincing candidates and their campaign handlers that they've got their fingers on the pulse of the electorate. They have pet theories, among which are...well, that "Republicans need to reach out to (FILL IN THE NAME OF THE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRAT CONSTITUENCY". So instead of their conclusions matching what the report's supporting data might be - or heaven forbid, actual facts on the ground - they start with their premise and then build the report around that.
Illbay Wrote: Mar 27, 2013 3:24 PM
The humor lies in the disconnect, which is very evident in Dr. Sowell's analysis. For instance, this notion that "CONSERVATIVES are the problem, but only at the national level" when NON-conservatives are the ones getting their brains beaten out by far left ideologues like Obama.

Add to that, the conspicuous absence of the recognition that in both 2008 and 2012, CONSERVATIVE voters stayed away from the polls in droves, and the report's conclusions are just flabby and easily refuted.

But it remains to be seen whether the national party really wants to win the White House in '16, or just write fat checks to Karl Rove and all his minions without a thing to show for it.
Many ideas presented as "new" are just rehashes of old ideas that have been tried before -- and have failed before. So it is no surprise that the recent "Growth and Opportunity Project" report to the Republican National Committee is a classic example of what previous generations called "Me too" Republicanism.

These are Republicans who think that the key to winning elections is to do more of what the Democrats are doing. In effect, they say "me too" on issues such as immigration, in hopes of gaining more new votes than they lose by betraying their existing supporters.

In the wake of last...