In their newly released "Growth and Opportunity Project" yesterday, one of the recommendations the Republican Party made for themselves was that they need to stop talking only "to each other." Yes, that was an obvious problem for them in the 2012 election. From Dick Morris, to Mitt Romney, to Karl Rove, they were shocked, shocked that they didn't win in a landslide because they spent the entire election in the FOX and "skewed" polling bubble.
Behold, the "wisdom" of GOP afterthought:
The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.
Right. They haven't been forceful enough to the majority yet, while attempting to destroy the country. But I digress...
Here's another shocker. They're still just talking to themselves....in their own report. In fact, they even did so before getting to that section above.
Consider this tone deaf revelation from their "autopsy":
At the federal level, much of what Republicans are doing is not working beyond the core constituencies that make up the Party. On the state level, however, it is a different story.
Republicans hold governorships in 30 states with 315 electoral votes, the most governors either party has had in 12 years, and four short of the all-time GOP high of 34 governors who served in the 1920s.
Republican governors are America’s reformers in chief. They continue to deliver on conservative promises of reducing the size of government while making people’s lives better. They routinely win a much larger share of the minority vote than GOP presidential candidates, demonstrating an appeal that goes beyond the base of the Party.
It is time for Republicans on the federal level to learn from successful Republicans on the state level. It is time to smartly change course, modernize the Party, and learn once again how to appeal to more people, including those who share some but not all of our conservative principles.
First of all, most of those Republican governors were elected in 2010, and since they began governing on those "conservative promises," buyer's remorse quickly set in. Sure, they're still in office because states are stuck with them until the next election. I wouldn't exactly put that factor in the "win" column just yet.
Among those falling under the "tanking in the polls column" is Gov. Rick Scott. He's a classic GOP case on how not to govern, and was so even before this latest poll from Public Policy Polling:
In four hypothetical match-ups, Scott trails Charlie Crist by 12 points (40/52), Pam Iorio by 7 points (37/44), Alex Sink by 5 points (40/45) and leads Nan Rich by 6 points (42/36). Crist takes a whopping 29% of the Republican vote against Scott, exactly in line with PPP’s January poll of the Florida governor’s race.
Scott’s abysmal -24 job approval rating (33/57) is also exactly in line with the results from PPP’s January poll. Scott barely has the approval of his own party—Republicans approve of his job performance by a slim 46/42 margin. 52% of Democrats, 44% of independents and 18% of Republicans think Scott is too conservative.
Yes, that's even after he backed down by accepting Medicaid expansion in Florida. No doubt he assumed that being forced to "do the right thing" as he calls it now, might have come with a silver lining. It didn't. Nor did his about-face proclaiming his new love of teachers and education. His assumption that Florida teachers were stupid enough not to see through his sudden interest in actually paying them a little more was a bad one.
Ask the average Floridian if they think Rick Scott is "making their lives better" or if he's "appealing to those who don't share his conservative principles." Or rather, ask them after they stop laughing. Or crying.
But sure GOP, keep believing what you're telling yourselves. Keep believing in those pipe dreams, skewed polls, and that blind adoration of the bubble-heads at FOX telling you just how awesome you are.
May you, along with Rick Scott, head off into the sunset in 2014, scratching your heads along the way, wondering what coud have possibly have gone wrong...