The Republican National Committee released what is being called an “autopsy” of its 2012 election failures Monday that says conservatives were “narrow-minded” and “out of touch,” prompting radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh to blast the party.
The report pinned the blame on the party being out of touch with voters, particularly minorities, according to Newsmax.
Limbaugh responded by saying, “We are in touch with the founding of this country. We are in touch with the greatness in this country and its people.”
Adding that it was party leaders who were out of touch with its own base, Limbaugh said: “Whether they like it or not, the Republican Party’s base is sufficiently large that they cannot do without them and their problem is they don’t like them. It really isn’t any more complicated than that.”
The RNC recommendations are facing “fierce resistance” within the tea party movement also. The proposals are detailed by Business Insider:
At issue are a set of proposals aimed at consolidating the primary process… as it relates to selecting the party’s presidential nominee. The report calls for halving the number of primary debates and doing away with caucuses and state conventions in favor of primaries for selecting the party’s nominees.
Some conservative activists see the proposals as a power play aimed at stifling the influence of grassroots conservatives, the Business Insider report notes.
“They are trying to close the process so we can’t participate in the caucus system, so that we can’t participate in primaries, so that upstart candidates, the one that they tell us can never win, can’t even compete, said FreedomWorks executive director Matt Kibbe.
The libertarian wing of the party, still spoiling for a fight after the treatment it received at the 2012 Republican National Convention, strongly oppose the recommendations, as well.
“They are obsessed with identifying problems and solutions from the top-down instead of from the bottom-up,” adds Brent Bozell, chairman of the Tea Party group ForAmerica, as reported by The Hill.
The report suggests the party should “campaign among Hispanic, black, Asian, and gay Americans and demonstrate we care about them, too,” and noted that immigration reform is a necessary first step to reaching out to Hispanic voters, The Hill adds.
A sentiment that looks past notable Republicans like Sen. Marco Rubio, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Reps. Allen West and Mia Love, both of whom lost their reelection efforts in 2012 after being bitterly contested by the Democratic Party.
What all seem to miss is that as long as the far-left dominates pop culture in America through its control of the media and entertainment industry, what the GOP represents is of little importance compared to what the “narrative” set by the opposition says it represents.
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