‘Crazy’ candidates keep GOP from shedding label of Old White Guy Party
–– actual McClatchy news story headline
When I read the above headline, I was ready to pound out yet another diatribe against media bias. But I read into the story, and found that RNC chairman Reince Priebus and the gang are actually BUYING that. And the drive-bys are more than happy to help close the sale.
Let’s see. You’ve got the largest majority in the US House since the 40s and you control the US Senate. And YOU think YOUR PARTY needs to change ????
All credible polling points to GOP victories in 2010 and 2014 as a rejection of the statist agenda of Barry Obama and his allies. 2008 and 2012 were failures for the GOP because they ran ME-TOO tickets in those presidential races that failed to motivate and inspire the party’s voters. McCain would have lost WORST but for the efforts and mere presence of Sarah Palin.
And THESE guys are the ones concerned about an image as old white guys? THEY are the ones who helped THAD COCHRAN knock off a primary challenger in his 40s !!!
But Reince & co. appear to be letting BarryO and the media serve as their image consultants:
Changing the perception that the Republican Party is the party of older, wealthier, white guys is proving to be tough.
Since the 2012 election, when President Barack Obama crushed Mitt Romney among African-Americans, Hispanics and women, Republicans have been engaged in ambitious efforts to be more diverse and minority-friendly.
But it’s finding its past, or at least the perception of that past, hard to escape. In the last month, three separate controversies have reminded voters of an image party leaders want to bury.
“The party really wants to be diverse, but then one person says something stupid and it gets all the press and hurts the message,” said Steve Munisteri. chairman of the Texas Republican Party.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called progress incremental but significant.
He conceded, though, “We have a message- and candidate-crazy party, to the detriment of mechanics.”
The party’s trying hard to stress those mechanics. When the Republican National Committee met this week at a Southern California resort, its leaders moved fast to douse the latest fire.
On the meeting’s first day, they formally censured Dave Agema, member of the national committee from Michigan, for what Priebus termed “harmful and offensive rhetoric.” Agema had posted critical comments about gays, African-Americans and Muslims on his Facebook page and recently linked to a racist article. He defended himself in a Facebook posting last week, saying he is not a racist and did not support the article’s views.
Okay. So, we’re going to censure this guy for “racism,” but we’re giving a pass to Patrick McHenry’s boss and best friend Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) — who seriously claimed he had NO IDEA who fellow Louisianan David Duke was? What did this guy from Michigan do on Facebook that so incensed Reince and the drivebys? Here, Dave Agema tells you in his own words:
Once again I find the same people making false statements concerning a repost of an article I got from Col West’s ( former congressman) news letter as my words and opinion. I make no accusation that I agree with the statements supporting the author he posted. I do support Col West’s commentary concerning the authors article and not the content of the article itself. I respect the former congressman and fellow military officer highly and regard his opinions since he grew up in the inner city as a black man who has personal experience. I think his observations are noteworthy and he is certainly not a racist nor am I for reposting his opinions.
In his news letter he makes it clear it is quite possibly the most racist article you will read. He states it is a disturbing piece that we need to comprehend. He also states some of the observations in this area are NOT shocking to him but are quite well known and that we should be having a real discussion, not one of victimhood and expansion of the welfare nanny state. He states we are not hearing about the real issues from Obama, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton and others. I suspect he posted this as a result of the recent riots in Ferguson and other cities.
Perception becomes reality in politics and when liberal writers write something often enough it becomes truth in the listeners ears. It’s sad that politically correctness has so taken over our society and is determined by those who desire to move our culture according to their agenda. Political correctness is dangerous and prevents freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech from men of courage like Col West, we will lose our freedom and our culture. To take a sentence out of an article that Col West calls a racist article and use it to call myself and Col West a racist is ridiculous and deceptive reporting.
To quote Col West from his news letter-” I’m quite sure the progressive socialist left will criticize me for sharing this article-that’s just who they are- they hate the truth . But if there is a war to be fought, it is for the soul of the inner city and the black community.”
And THAT is worth a censure ????
I am still scratching my head over this spin suggesting that the GOP needs to fix its reputation with millenials — when there is all kinds of evidence ot there that the millenial generation is trending conservative. A lot of young liberals in the 60s, 70s, and 80s turned conservative when they graduated college and found out they had to PAY for all of this stuff they had been demanding during those campus protests.
Recent findings from Gallup show that Americans — for the first time in ages — are identifying GOVERNMENT and POLITICIANS as the country’s biggest problems.
People don’t like government. There is a real opportunity out there to push the concept of freedom and individual choice. But Reince & co. have decided to buy into this crap being pushed by the drive-bys. Provide a real, serious alternative to the statist garbage that is threatening our country and people WILL flock to you.
I’m old enough to remember Reagan in 1980. (We’re basically in Jimmy Carter’s third term.) Today’s GOP should take a refresher course.