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DiabloViejo
02-05-2013, 01:44 AM
Can the GOP rebrand itself?
Bennington Banner
Tuesday February 5, 2013

http://www.benningtonbanner.com/opinion/ci_22519469/can-gop-rebrand-itself

Joe Gandelman

Can the Republican Party rebrand itself after its big 2012 national election defeat, loss of growing demographic groups, and polls indicating many perceive it as out of touch and too extreme? The answer is yes. Will it? That answer is more iffy.

There are signs of movement.

Senate Republicans in the "Gang of 8" reached a deal with Democrats on immigration reform. But will the Republican House dilute or stop it? Several top Republicans suggest the party must be more inclusive in tone. Notable non-Sarah Palin fan and Fox News bigwig Roger Ailes made the former Alaska Governor a lowball-contract-renewal offer she could and did refuse, in what many consider an Ailes effort to move Fox away from the Twilight Zone-ish far right. So Palin joins Glen Beck in Fox News exile.

To rebrand, the GOP must extricate itself from the talk radio political culture that celebrates political brinksmanship, snarkiness, over-the-top verbal demonization and division, and considers compromise "caving" and consensus as dated. The talk radio political culture, coupled with the Just Say No bitter political brew of Tea Partiers, have greatly damaged the GOP image -- and brand.

If Republicans want to lose six out of seven Presidential elections come 2016, they should stay the course. There is a market in America thirsting for a thoughtful, substantive, Republican Party that offers a serious alternative to Democrats, rather than zinger-hurling politicians and activists seemingly auditioning to be Rush Limbaugh Show substitute hosts.

Current Republican Party rebranding efforts have been damaged by reports that in several states, and even at the national level, some GOPers may want to do what some Virginia Republicans are trying to do. Virginia Republicans tried to shove through a measure changing the way our political system operates by allocating electoral votes according to Congressional districts. Several pundits note that if this system had been in place nationally in 2012, Mitt Romney would have defeated Barack Obama -- even though Romney lost by 4.4 million votes.

When Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus expressed interest in this idea, the story spread further and hurt the GOP brand -- since to many Americans it (rightfully) made Republicans look like sore losers, willing to garbage-bag our accepted rules of the game to rig elections to win and maintain power. As the imagery damage became evident, more Republicans started voicing opposition to the idea, which even the Wall Street Journal headlined "divisive."

Florida's Republican House Speaker Will Weatherford told a reporter: "To me, that's like saying in a football game, ‘We should have only three quarters, because we were winning after three quarters and they beat us in the fourth.' I don't think we need to change the rules of the game, I think we need to get better."

You could say "no duh" -- except there still are an awful lot of powerful "duhs" still out there.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal famously declared it's time for the GOP to stop becoming known as the "stupid party." The National Journal's Charlie Cook suggested the party could use sensitivity training because Asians and Latinos were turned off by "shoot-from-the-lip remarks from various Republican candidates, conservative radio and cable television talk-show hosts, and guests who were seen by many as being, correctly or not, spokesmen for the Republican Party."

So are the attempts to rig the Electoral College dead? Not totally.

If Republican dominated legislatures shove this through in even a couple of states, it will be a godsend to Democrats who have their own ideas on how to brand the GOP. And if Republicans ever did, in essence, gerrymander the electoral college so that they can maintain power without winning the popular vote, then the U.S. would be on its way to becoming a banana Republic -- engineered by "stupid" banana Republicans.

Joe Gandelman is a veteran journalist who wrote for newspapers overseas and in the United States. He has appeared on cable news show political panels and is editor-in-chief of The Moderate Voice, an Internet hub for independents, centrists and moderates.

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Gayle in MD
02-08-2013, 02:56 AM
I don't think they can do it. I think they have gotten so caught up in their own discriminatory policies full of hate and obstruction, that they can't put on enough of a front to rebrand, and when they try to pull it off, it ends up looking like a skit on SNL!
:nod:
LOL

Nine ... corner
02-26-2013, 11:21 AM
Rebranding will be very difficult for the GOP, especially with the main stream uber-liberal media fighting them every step of the way. The left has pandering down to an art form but it is the media that puts it across for them. The media used to be the watchdog and has now become a lapdog for the left.

cushioncrawler
02-26-2013, 03:35 PM
No there aint no left in theusofa -- u only hav a middle and a right -- looks funny from down under, looking up.
I think the GOP kan do it -- taint too diffikult -- just one little step, and then another, and then bigger steps -- taint too diffikult. Here are 4 suggestions.

STEP No1.
Allow abortions on wednesdays.

STEP No2.
Allow gay marriage on mondays.

STEP No3.
Tax the rich if a leapyear.

STEP No4.
Teach evilution tween 4:00am and 4:15am on Fridays.
mac.

Sev
02-27-2013, 08:09 AM
It would be nice to see the GOP dissolve.
Then we could vote between the Democrat and Communist parties.

Nine ... corner
02-27-2013, 10:07 AM
It would be nice to see the GOP dissolve.
Then we could vote between the Democrat and Communist parties.

Wouldn't you rather have a choice? :confused2:

DiabloViejo
02-27-2013, 01:46 PM
There are choices for the old angry constipated GOP base: Metamucil, ExLax, or a high colonic.:pound:

hondo
02-27-2013, 05:21 PM
Rebranding will be very difficult for the GOP, especially with the main stream uber-liberal media fighting them every step of the way. The left has pandering down to an art form but it is the media that puts it across for them. The media used to be the watchdog and has now become a lapdog for the left.


Welcome back, larry. :ambivalence::flypig:

Nine ... corner
02-28-2013, 10:26 AM
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt ... wrong, try again.

hondo
02-28-2013, 04:08 PM
Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzt ... wrong, try again.


Nope. Don't think so, Mr "uber liberal media." You don't even change your style when you assume these other identities.
Demonstrates a rather limited intellect.
Time to dig johnny d up. :yo: :drama:

Nine ... corner
02-28-2013, 04:49 PM
Time to dig johnny d up.

Time to stop obsessing about who I am.

Sev
02-28-2013, 06:31 PM
Welcome back, larry. :ambivalence::flypig:

LWW is still on the members list.

hondo
02-28-2013, 06:38 PM
Time to stop obsessing about who I am.

Wow! you 2 have all the same expressions. It's eerie, man! ROTFLMFAO!

hondo
02-28-2013, 06:42 PM
LWW is still on the members list.

So what? Hondo is still on the member list at AZ yet you guys guess every new liberal on there is Hondo.
I have no intention of posting on AZ.
You pretending like you don't know that nine corner is larry makes you look foolish, but that's your right. LOL!:congratulatory:

Soflasnapper
02-28-2013, 08:46 PM
If true, I must say the new incarnation has regained a far better spelling ability than his most recent appearance/disappearance showed.

So, can mental decline really reverse itself so rapidly? Maybe in a drying out the drunks tank, if drinking had been the problem before, I suppose. :bolt:

Nine ... corner
02-28-2013, 09:31 PM
you guys guess every new liberal on there is Hondo.

Look in the mirror, Hondo. Since you have me pegged as a conservative (I guess your buddy Larry was as well) I'm automatically this other guy!!! When I joined the forum I didn't realize that I would be (aside from the dearly departed Larry) the only one to espouse a conversative viewpoint. To steal a great Seinfeld line ... "Not that there's anything wrong with that."

JohnnyD
03-01-2013, 12:46 AM
Nope. Don't think so, Mr "uber liberal media." You don't even change your style when you assume these other identities.
Demonstrates a rather limited intellect.
Time to dig johnny d up. :yo: :drama:

hondu can you explain to the forum why you pick up boys hitchhiking?
The Lord loves you.
Our prayers are for you.

Sev
03-01-2013, 07:34 AM
So what? Hondo is still on the member list at AZ yet you guys guess every new liberal on there is Hondo.
I have no intention of posting on AZ.
You pretending like you don't know that nine corner is larry makes you look foolish, but that's your right. LOL!:congratulatory:

Its because we love you Hondo. :)
Have not been on enough to know that there has been a shake up if any.
I notice the forum is down to 6 active members though.
Even Q got bored and is posting regularly on AZ.
After one particular post I suspected it Gayle using his account. :)