The Republican Party has been doing a lot of soul searching after getting blind-sided in the 2012 elections. Despite all their swaggering confidence and clueless comments about rape, the GOP didn’t expect to lose the presidency, or the popular vote. If they hadn’t controlled the redistricting process back in 2010, they would have lost the House as well. While prominent party members were busy wringing their hands and trying not to talk about rape, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus was busy commissioning a 100-page report that was released earlier this week. Entitled the “Growth and Opportunity Project,” the document lambastes the GOP for its lack of appeal and makes recommendations for winning future elections.
One way to win hearts and minds is to persuade voters that you care. Unfortunately for Priebus and his fellow Republicans, this may prove impossible for a party whose policies and beliefs clearly demonstrate that they don’t care … at least not about most people. That’s where Plan B comes in: Get supporters to follow Democratic candidates around with video cameras to record every move and possible gaffe, and filing the videos away in an archive for future use.
The GOP report starts on a high-minded note, lamenting on page 4:
Public perception of the Party is at record lows. Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the Party represents, and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country.
Unfortunately, party operatives can’t even maintain the pretense of taking the high road for very long. Instead of seeking new solutions to entrenched problems, they seek ways to more effectively manipulate and lie to voters, while creating a political climate that ensures that no candidacy who genuinely cares about people and has an iota of moral decency will ever want to run for office.
On page 54 — Chapter 43: Friends and Allies (Third Party Groups), Section 1:1 Define the D’s Early and Track ‘Em — the report recommends that:
Well-funded conservative groups should seek to hire activists to track Democrat incumbents and candidates with video cameras constantly recording their every movement, utterance, and action. Within the applicable legal constraints, we need to create our own video content, bank it, and release it when it suits our candidates’ needs.
An allied group dedicated solely to research to establish a private archive and public website that does nothing but post inappropriate Democrat utterances and act as a clearinghouse for information on Democrats would serve as an effective vehicle for affecting the public issue debate.
David Lightman from McClatchy Newspapers reminds shocked readers (SHOCKED, I tell you!) that this type of operation is not unprecedented in modern-day politics. The conservative journalist James O’Keefe launched Project Veritas in 2010 with the mission of training “citizen journalists” to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct.” Meanwhile, the conservative journalist-turned-Democratic strategist David Brock runs the Media Matters for America group and launched the American Bridge PAC that video-tracked 3200 GOP events during last year’s elections for “holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not.”
The next few elections may prove dirtier and sleazier than ever, but at least we won’t be bored.
Here’s the GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project Report, so you can lovingly peruse its 100 pages for yourself:
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