After failing, once again, to capture the Presidency last fall, a number of Republicans sat down and wondered aloud what — if anything — could be done to reverse the party’s failed fortunes in the future.
That gathering was followed by a series of meetings among party leaders, elected officials and consultants to find an answer.
Some said the answer lies in changing the party’s directions, out-of-date positions that voters routinely reject.
Increasingly, voters see the GOP’s rabid-right base as more of a threat. As the nation embraces, more and more, the concepts of gay marriage, a woman’s right to choose and less intrusion by religion into government, those who seek to plan the future of the GOP saw a need for change.
But that message, as expected, is missed by the hardcore right wingers who still dominate the failing party.
While many in the GOP feel the party must change, those who control the GOP on the Hill and dominate news coverage of Republican activities want the movement to move even more to the repressive right and less into the consciousness of a more moderate — and often liberal — America.
Those who prefer regression over progression flock to the idiotic words of political dimwits like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the loser who led the failed filibuster that did not stop the Senate ratification of Chuck Nagel as the new Secretary of Defense.
Paul parlayed that failed effort into a narrow win in the laughable straw poll at this year’s gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a collection of hardcore right-wingers who embrace failed policies that lead to more and more defeats of GOP candidates.
CPAC, as expected, showcased failures like Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and delivered another event that featured increasingly lackluster performances by candidates defined more by what they haven’t accomplished.
Republicans are more often defined by failures than successes. In 2008, Arizona Sen. John McCain won the Presidential nomination after failing in earlier attempts. He lost in the general election.
In 2012, Mitt Romney, another failure in earlier primary attempts, captured the nomination and failed to even score a decent showing in the general election.
So what do Republicans do? Show up at CPAC this year and give the straw poll nod to Rand Paul, defined most recently by his filibuster failure, and holder of the mantle of GOP extremism previously held by his father, Ron Paul, a three-time failure as a Presidential candidate.
At the same time, some Republicans want the party to pay more attention to the Tea Party, a fake right-wing grassroots organization financed by the uber-rich and rabid right-wing Koch brothers and a group whose approval rating by Americans have fallen into single digits.
Maybe the Republicans should change the motto of the party to: “If at first you don’t succeed, fail and fail again.”
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