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Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’
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Posted on 01/25/2013 10:38:24 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

By Chris Moody, Yahoo! News

Political Reporter

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican National Committee members gathered here to re-elect Chairman Reince Priebus for a second term. But by week's end, that vote seemed secondary to the question of the party's long term survival.

After three months of denial, anger, despair and depression over the results of a bruising national election that gave Democrats an edge in Congress and kept President Barack Obama in the White House, Republicans know they must adapt if they are to move forward.

They acknowledge that it's time for a serious gut check. (Or as Haley Barbour put it in November, a "proctology exam.")

Whatever bodily metaphor you choose, the fact remains that the election so jolted and shocked the party that it is taking real steps to change.

And change they will! As soon as they figure out how.

While Republicans in Virginia and other battleground states launched an effort this week to alter electoral college rules so that votes are doled out proportionately--which would likely give the GOP at least a short term edge--GOP leaders here discussed their party's own shortcomings and sought areas of internal improvement.

Almost every conversation in the bar of the Charlotte Westin Hotel this week involved a discussion about what the party must do to win the next elections. Floating through the air is a desire to re-capture glorious days of the past, a challenge made difficult by a country that refuses to stand still. Demographics are changing, minorities are growing in political influence and views on social issues like gay marriage are drifting rapidly leftward. Something's got to give.

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1 posted on 01/25/2013 10:38:32 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Well you could start by not using the libtards charicature of us as ‘angry white men’...duh....

(not you Sub, the author)


2 posted on 01/25/2013 10:41:32 AM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Sub-Driver

The only people I hear that are labeling white men as angry, are the lberals..like Maxine waters, who said the tea ppl could go hell, obama telling republicans to sit in the back of the bus, trumpa calling tea party ppl sons of bitches..This is media spin and some how ppl believe it...


3 posted on 01/25/2013 10:43:05 AM PST by JoanneSD
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To: Sub-Driver

Well I AM an angry old white guy!


4 posted on 01/25/2013 10:43:44 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Sub-Driver

A party that can’t articulate its reason for existence doesn’t have one.


5 posted on 01/25/2013 10:44:18 AM PST by marron
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To: Sub-Driver

Having a black RNC Chairman didn’t make a damn bit of difference. The only answer is to effectively answer them and start throwing it right back at them. This is war, but the Republicans don’t seem to realize that they are in one.


6 posted on 01/25/2013 10:44:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver

the answer of CONSERVATISM is an answer no one in the GOP-e wants to consider.


7 posted on 01/25/2013 10:47:18 AM PST by libdestroyer
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To: Sub-Driver

Well then use black and women Repubs to state your case, but for damn sure, don’t give up on the angry part! Get in the media’s face and tell them what you think of them as the propaganda arm of the DNC, and do it in a unifying manner (use the same buzzwords and catch-phrases and to hell with the media trying to call you on it). Do NOT be afraid of the “media” (they think you are anyway). Take the fight straight to them. Do NOT back down!


8 posted on 01/25/2013 10:48:21 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: marron

True.

And a party that expects sheeple to vote for a Romney - simply because he isn’t Brokeback Obama - is way past their sell-by date.


9 posted on 01/25/2013 10:48:25 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: libdestroyer

Conservatism won’t be tried because it inherently is anti-elitism,

and the reason for the GOP’s existance is to perpetuate their politicians’ elite status.


10 posted on 01/25/2013 10:49:32 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Sub-Driver
GOP leaders here discussed their party's own shortcomings and sought areas of internal improvement.

The party's dearth of conservatism would be a good place to begin.

11 posted on 01/25/2013 10:50:42 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

They should be more worried about coming off as weak white wusses, which is their current image.


12 posted on 01/25/2013 10:50:58 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Responsibility2nd

“We Suck Less” is not a winning strategy.


13 posted on 01/25/2013 10:51:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver; onyx; cripplecreek; Tennessee Nana; Cringing Negativism Network
Gee, After Running McCain and Willard, Ya Think GOP-E!?

How about you don't try to seek and destroy your own young blood!?


14 posted on 01/25/2013 10:51:40 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver

I am an angry White man & I won’t stand with anyone who doesn’t stand by me.


15 posted on 01/25/2013 10:51:50 AM PST by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, Republicans want to begin their comeback by insulting white men?

Same old stupid party. Enjoy your time in the wilderness.


16 posted on 01/25/2013 10:56:21 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Mr. K

Reince who ?


17 posted on 01/25/2013 10:56:48 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: Sub-Driver

If GOP doesn’t start with some serious TEA azz kissing, im done.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 10:57:19 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: pgkdan
"Well I AM an angry old white guy!"


19 posted on 01/25/2013 10:57:24 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Sub-Driver
"You're going to see a very renewed aggressive effort by this party to put on a different face," Bradshaw said on Thursday.

Oh shut up! The GOP-E had it's prime chance in 2009-2010, and stabbed her AND us in the back, repeatedly.


20 posted on 01/25/2013 10:57:33 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: dfwgator
The problem is that the electorate has become depraved and has no interest in voting the issues. This is why polls showed that a majority of the electorate didn't like obama's agenda, but voted for him anyway.

They have been seduced by the blandishments of big government promises, and with the collusion of the media, relieved of the burden of critical thinking. As always, the party must find a way to circumvent the media roadblocks.

21 posted on 01/25/2013 10:58:08 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Sub-Driver

I heard all this same crap and hyperbole 4 years ago. Thats why I left this FU*KED up party when Romney got the ticket...Bunch of RINOS......THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD ..... RIP Time for a new party


22 posted on 01/25/2013 10:58:08 AM PST by MtnMan101
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To: KC_Lion

Right on, and the party keeps re-electing losers like Reince Priebus and expect to win again! No wonder the party is in this mess.


23 posted on 01/25/2013 10:58:44 AM PST by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Sub-Driver

To me the message is we want to be liked rather than feared. In the end theyll get neither.


24 posted on 01/25/2013 10:59:12 AM PST by 556x45
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To: Sub-Driver

If GOP doesn’t start with some serious TEA azz kissing, im done.


25 posted on 01/25/2013 11:01:17 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Steelfish
That is why we must capture our Local GOP offices FIRST.

Then they help to select the National Leaders.

But skipping to the Senate never hurt either.


26 posted on 01/25/2013 11:03:40 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver

They need to retake the cloak of populism. They’re the party of freedom, common sense, and working Americans.
The dems are the party of the elites, the anal retentive, and the government. They just need to start making that clear day after day.

Time to say, “if you want to run your own life, stop voting for people who want to run it for you”.


27 posted on 01/25/2013 11:04:13 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Sub-Driver

and that’s why they’re “The Stupid Party”. To the limited extent they actually control how they “come off”, they will take the wrong approach..... again. They just don’t get that the media is NEVER going to like them, because the media is their political enemy. How can they not see something so blatantly obvious?


28 posted on 01/25/2013 11:04:55 AM PST by cdcdawg
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To: Sub-Driver

I remember GOP elitists badmouthing Palin, badmouthing the tea party folk, badmouthing conservative candidates in the various 2010 elections around the country.

They still think standing on principle is embarrassing.

So if they are embarrassed of me and what I believe in, I’m not sure why I should support them. Their “winning” strategy is to find the center of the electorate and stand there. They have no intention of persuading the electorate that their principles are right, because they don’t believe in them themselves.


29 posted on 01/25/2013 11:06:33 AM PST by marron
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s easy to bash the GOP, but I’m not putting this on the party. They put up a good ticket, certainly one more qualified than the two jerks at the top now. The grifters, perverts, and angry minorities have a few more of them than us at this point. Hopefully it will swing back. I doubt anything discussed at a hotel ballroom will effect that change.


30 posted on 01/25/2013 11:06:43 AM PST by JacksonCalhoun (CT Yankee in NC Exile - the only swing state to flip (barely))
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To: Sub-Driver
Well, it could be the comeback of the

Angry White/Black/Yellow/Pink/Polka Dot ... Man/Woman/Child/Alien

Those who see that the USA is destroying itself from within
That the Western World is self Immolating

That there exists a profound deterioration
in Gratitude and Humility

That the Great Commands:
Love the Lord Thy God
Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself
Are being forgotten, or willfully disobeyed

31 posted on 01/25/2013 11:07:04 AM PST by HangnJudge
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To: DesertRhino

I’m 3/4’s out the door already. The GOP’s backstabbing treatment of Palin, then the tea-party, pretty much shredded my decades-long, exclusive support of the the Party. I really don’t give a damn about them anymore.


32 posted on 01/25/2013 11:08:14 AM PST by greene66
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To: Mr. K

They are falling for every dem trick.

There is NOTHING more outrageously racist than the democrat party’s tactics to stir up racial trouble, buy the votes of specific races, shame and marginalize white (conservative) people, etc.


33 posted on 01/25/2013 11:09:12 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: ArmstedFragg
They need to retake the cloak of populism. They’re the party of freedom, common sense, and working Americans. The dems are the party of the elites, the anal retentive, and the government. They just need to start making that clear day after day. Time to say, “if you want to run your own life, stop voting for people who want to run it for you”.

Well said.

34 posted on 01/25/2013 11:09:30 AM PST by marron
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To: greene66; marron
I hated the GOP for a long time but the break for me came in 2011 when they came out and admitted that they were Ashamed of the Tea party.

Coupled with how they Treated Sarah it shows that the GOP-E Doesn't want to be fixed.

I registered as a Libertarian and it feels great being off the GOPlantation.


35 posted on 01/25/2013 11:11:47 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Sub-Driver
Republicans prepare for a comeback: ‘We can’t come off as a bunch of angry white men’

Instead, try to come off as a bunch of angry AMERICANS. What a bunch of wimps! Where's the fire in your belly! Stop using libtard terms!

Where in the hell did you get the idea that the Republicans consist of only "white men"? Dammit!

36 posted on 01/25/2013 11:12:23 AM PST by laweeks
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To: marron

Right, they made themselves easy prey for the ignorant and Liberal MSM...never mind that the MSM audience is wholly ignorant and Liberal.

The deck is stacked... unless Conservatives are willing to expose the educational system and challenge the MSM in just the way that Liberals invalidated and demonized Conservatism


37 posted on 01/25/2013 11:14:46 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh, this is really going to work. Can’t wait to watch them fall flat on their faces again and then all agree that it is because they need to be more moderate still.


38 posted on 01/25/2013 11:17:40 AM PST by AdaGray (squi)
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To: Sub-Driver

We SHOULD be effing angry! Time to stop this bullsh*t “reach across the aisle” crap and close ranks.


39 posted on 01/25/2013 11:18:18 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: Sub-Driver
IOW, "let's triangulate and capitulate to the "democracy" mob for the win".

I am angry white guy Spartacus. Screw you GOP. Go pack sand.

40 posted on 01/25/2013 11:19:30 AM PST by TADSLOS ( "I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."-George Mason)
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To: greene66
I’m 3/4’s out the door already...

I'm out the door and have slammed it shut. I'm going to vote with the American Conservative Party from now out. I know, it's a wasted vote in some sense but at least I'll be voting everytime for people who share my values. Besides, I see no light in the tunnel; there is no hope for an electorate who would vote for O and his like.

41 posted on 01/25/2013 11:20:45 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: jeffc

“Well then use black and women Repubs to state your case,”

No, no, no. They have been trying that for years already, and everyone sees it as cynical window dressing.

Not to mention, it is the equivalent of intraparty affirmative action, meaning that we are stooping to tactics we condemn in others. Or do you think it is coincidence that any pretty much any minority elected to office in the GOP becomes nationally prominent in their very first term? (as long as they aren’t too conservative that is)


42 posted on 01/25/2013 11:22:03 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: KC_Lion

How bout’ a Rubio/Palin ticket!!!


43 posted on 01/25/2013 11:22:36 AM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin our secret weapon)
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To: jeffc

Right on! Within two weeks of Bush’s election, the Dems had created the mantra “worst economy in 30 years”, and worked it into every public pronouncement for the next eight years. It didn’t matter that it wasn’t true, it just mattered that the public heard it repeated constantly.

Something like “Freedom hating liberals” might be one thought. Or maybe old Spiro’s “Pusillanimous pussyfooters”, “nattering nabobs of negativism”, or “effete corps of impudent snobs who characterize themselves as intellectuals”

One of the reasons for the tea party’s effectiveness was the use of the “stealing our children’s future” mantra.


44 posted on 01/25/2013 11:23:14 AM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Timber Rattler

They don’t want a strong conservative woman, or a minority. They want window dressing, while the GOPe fatcats remain the men behind the curtain. That’s why Sarah was unacceptable to them, but RINOs like Jindal and Rubio are promoted.


45 posted on 01/25/2013 11:24:29 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: Sub-Driver
"We need to understand that we can't come off as a bunch of angry white men," he said.

If this is what they're afraid of, if this is what occupies their thinking, then they've already lost.

Focus on principles and principles only.

Focusing on appearances plays right into the democrat/media complex hands. They will NEVER win this contest.

46 posted on 01/25/2013 11:25:26 AM PST by skeeter
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To: dfwgator
This is war, but the Republicans don’t seem to realize that they are in one.

They're too busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

47 posted on 01/25/2013 11:29:23 AM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Sub-Driver
I really don't get this "angry white man" crap, especially when almost every black I see around town has the "obama pout" going on and they look like they could run through you.

The real anger I see and hear is with the OWS types, the blacks, and the left in general.

They have so perfected the sleight of hand that they do everything in their power to piss other people, including "white men", off, then procede with the "angry white man" meme.

obama is actually the angriest man in America, pissed off at EVERYTHING that doesn't fall in lock-step with his childhood fantasy agenda and give him the absolute power he craves.

Meanwhile, I see white men (and women) in mostly good moods, being friendly, and with a smile on their faces.

The libs label us "angry" because we refuse to give up our rights, our freedoms, and our fortunes, to people who want to redistribute it to ne'er-do-wells.

Why SHOULDN'T we be angry...we've worked all of our lives to have a future for ourselves and our families, and barry soetoro decides that he'll take it all away, our money, our savings, and our childrens' future.

I say if you're white, and you're NOT pissed, then you are a fool and a special kind of stupid.

Will we ever get pissed enough to fight back? Well, I'm beginning to doubt it, especially with the RINO leaders and the Boehner gang leading the "charge".

Be angry, and be proud of it...it shows you're not the fool they want you to be.
48 posted on 01/25/2013 11:32:09 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No “Angry White Men”, huh?

Then put Sarah Palin & Allen West in charge of things.

Hmmm, didn’t think that would interest you either, eGOP.

Bunch of wusses.

If what is being done to our Country & Constitution by the liberal/progressive/socialist cabal does not make you angry also, then you are either ignorant, apathetic or on their side.

If you are white, yellow, black, brown, tan or red; if you are man or woman, old or young and are angered by these things, then we stand together.

” Rather proclaim it, Westmoreland, through my host,
That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,...

But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day. “


49 posted on 01/25/2013 11:32:54 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Sub-Driver

You see here is that reverse discrimination again, it’s okay for the Blacks to be angry , it’s okay for the Hispanics to be angry( by the way I hate that word, how many people from the island of Hispaniola actually live here?) it’s okay for the Asians to be angry. It’s also okay for all these groups to have pride weeks, but God help us all if a White person is angry or dares to have pride in their achievements because that just racist!


50 posted on 01/25/2013 11:33:56 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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