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Monday, November 26, 2012

A Viable Strategy?

From this article that appeared on November 16, 2012 (hat tip to Rational Nation USA):
LAS VEGAS—After two days of meetings at the Republican Governors Association conference, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday said she heard a lot about the party's need to reach new constituencies—particularly women and ethnic minorities—but few specifics about how.

..."Republicans need to stop making assumptions, and they need to start talking to younger people, people of color, and ask them—not talk to them—ask them, 'What is it that we can do better? How do we earn your vote? How do we earn the ability for you to see that we can be the party that will make your life better and that of your children?'" Martinez said in an interview after the conference here. "But we can't be the ones that come and tell them how things are going to be and how we have all the solutions."


In order to make inroads with minority voters—particularly Hispanics—Martinez urged Republicans to pursue immigration reform and to begin grass-roots outreach now instead of waiting until an election year to seek votes.

"We need to embrace them not just at election time. ... We should not visit them when we need their vote and then walk away," Martinez said. "And then four years go by and we go visit them again. We have to make them part of the solution, and the way you do that is by listening to them and then making that part of 'How do we do this together to make our lives all better?'

"And then once you've done it," Martinez added, "you tell them we did it together."
Read the rest HERE.

HERE is another strategy published at Conservatives On Fire: "Give Him What He Wants. Clean Up Later."  Excerpt:
During the past four years I said we needed to fight Obama, not to make him fail, but because it was clear to me from an economic standpoint that his policies would make the United States fail. I was of the opinion that we couldn’t allow all of the damage that was looming actually come to pass and that we had to stave it off.

I’ve changed my mind. I’m beginning to wonder if the best thing we could do is to cave. Let Obama raise taxes all he wants on whoever he wants. Allow people to experience the best and worst of Obamacare. Give him everything he asks for....


Give Obama all he wants. Be a damned rubber stamp. Just stand back and say, on the record, what the results will be. Perhaps, just perhaps, when things turn out the way we predict (and they will, because we’re actually working with a real understanding of economics and history), people will finally wake up to the fact that we know what we’re talking about. It’ll be painful, but not nearly as painful as sitting through another election where conservatives trying to do the right thing is simply used as an excuse by Progressives and liberals for why their programs weren’t more effective–and having them win using that excuse.
Read the rest HERE.

Your thoughts on the above strategies?


  1. I agree with CoF. Give them everything they want.

    I'm not rich, so why the hel do I care if they raise taxes on the rich. Half the rich voted for Obama, so let them eat the consequences.

    Martinez is wrong. A political movement doesn't gain power with listening tours, and the GOP will never outpander the Dems.

    They need to stand on broad-based principles that appeal to everyone, but we know that won't happen...

    The trend will continue until it no longer can...

  2. My biggest complaint with the GOP is, with the possible exception of the Reagan era, one would be hard pressed to verbalize what the GOP stands for. Other than a general dislike of taxes, what does the GOP stand for? The conservative Tea party movement made great strides for the GOP in the 2010 mid-terms. In 2012, it appeears that the GOP had already forgotten how well that conservative message workeked. So, I am not for pandering to any group. I believe the GOP needs to decide they stand for the conservative message and defend that stance like they really believe it. Even if they lose, at least the voters have a clear picture of what the GOP is selling and maybe when the policies they voted for fail, they will remember what the GOP has been telling them.

  3. Let's all be Democrats ... there, problem solved.

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  5. Odies sarcasm is spot on!

    Do we really want to play identity politics and become "Democrat Light"?

    We already have a political party that panders to minority and special interest groups. We don't want minorities and special interest, we want conservatives and we need people to become conservatives because its what's best for them and the country.

    There is no quick fix, we have allowed too many of our children to become spoiled and stupid. (Much like the Duck!)

  6. The real problem is that the Republicans are people. As are the Democrats, of course. If we could just find a substitute for people, one that practiced honesty and only wanted to do what they were being elected to do, that would work pretty good.

    I have dogs in mind.

  7. Double down people. Double down.


    L'il Ricky Retardo/Micele Bachmann 2016

  8. "We need to embrace them not just at election time."

    That's true of EVERY potential GOP voters. The problem with the GOP is that once an election is over they fold up the tent, pack away the campaign paraphernalia and put it in storage for two or four years.

    Dems NEVER STOP CAMPAIGNING! We need to continue reaching out to ALL VOTERS, and not just ones of particular color.

    Yes, outreach to minorities. Great. But millions of white voters didn't bother to show up in 2012. What about them?

    Obama mined black and Hispanic communities for votes using PAID field staff in multiple offices in key states who literally showed up at people's houses and drove them to early voting centers. We had volunteers call our voters on the phone and say "pretty please will you vote on November 6."

    Obama didn't so much win that election as we lost it by ceding to him the all important ground game. Instead we wasted millions on television ads that got lost in the noise yet ended up enriching the campaign consultants who produced them. I guess there's not as much money to be made in actually getting out the vote!

    We saw how Obama put together this vote getting machine in 2008 and there is simply no excuse for the greed and incompetence of the so called experts on our side who did the same stupid things that saw us lose in 2008.

    I recommend that each of us write to the three members of our various state's RNC committeepersons and tell them to clean house or else!

  9. Mikes America--good points

    However, the problem is worse. We are losing in every area of the culture. The liberals own the discussion. Make a note today 11/28/2012, as you go through the day on how many times you see liberal versus conservative messages.

  10. Blogginator,
    We are losing in every area of the culture. The liberals own the discussion.

    Absolutely true.

    I see that every morning on the local big-3 affiliates when I watch the local morning and evening news. In fact, every time that the anchors mention Obama's name, they do so in softened and reverent tones. Sheesh. It makes me wanna puke.

  11. And....

    All discussion of the fiscal cliff is putting the blame for the impending doom on the GOP if Obama's plans are not implemented. Agenda, agenda, agenda -- that's what we've got on the so-called news.

    I've now reached the point that I barely read the daily edition of the WaPo. The shilling for the Left has intensified since Obama was re-elected.


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