Remember the famous “autopsy” that the GOP performed after the election last fall? That was when they concluded that there was nothing wrong with their message and that their delivery of that message was all that needed to be changed. They could stick to the same old message of hatred and exclusion as long as they found a kinder and less offensive way to say what they stood for.
They decided that it may be counterproductive to talk about “legitimate rape,” or to call pregnancies resulting from rape a “gift from God.” They concluded that it did their ticket no good to have a Vice Presidential candidate who suggested that women who did abort such pregnancies should be charged with homicide.
The RNC told the party that it was necessary to tone down the offensive rhetoric and told them that they “need to use language that addresses concerns that are on women’s minds in order to let them know we are fighting for them.”
The California Republican party held their convention this weekend and from all appearances the memo never made it to the west coast. Prominent, until someone who did get the memo realized that the press had seen them and had them removed from view were these buttons:
Shortly after Carla Marinucci a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle posted a tweet about the buttons they disappeared from sight, indicating that someone at least had the common sense to get them out of sight, although a little too late.
Obviously they still don’t get it. They do not understand why they are losing elections with their message of control over people’s personal lives, particularly the personal lives of women. They do not think that anything has to change even though a recent poll by the National Journal shows that 33% of women feel that the party continues to move away from them and their concerns and only 14 percent believe that the party has moved closer to them in views since the loss of 2012. The same poll found that a plurality of women do not think that the party has changed since it selected Paul Ryan, co-sponsor of a so-called “forcible rape” bill as its Vice Presidential candidate.
If this is the new and improved GOP it might be advisable to go back to the drawing board and start over again from scratch, although the odds of success seem slim as long as the party continues to embrace the far right extremists of the TEA Party.