GOP rebranding: Two years later

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 19, 2014 2:47 p.m.

    No matter how many times you say "Facts"... it doesn't turn what somebody says into a fact (even if a Republican said it... Republicans a no more known for stating "facts" than any other politicians).

    Tried to read it but my browser can't handle it.

    Facts and Politico don't go together. Politico is known for partisanship and bias, not facts (just like Fox News).... So why would they all of a sudden do a 180 and be all about facts... just for this one article about Republicans? I don't believe it's just pure facts.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 19, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    Republicans are going to un-ring the bell they've been so loudly ringing the last 5+ years?

  • slcdenizen t-ville, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:44 a.m.

    @Fitness Freak

    This sentiment has been pushed for years now. It's incorrect. If you think in terms of your personal finances, the 17 trillion is astronomical. We are a country, though. The debt accrued is mostly in obligations to ourselves. Moreover, we have over 100 trillion in assets and GDP over 17 trillion despite the current recession. Your analysis is simple fear-mongering and the GOP needs to abandon that dialogue and present a more inspiring one. Perhaps they should admit the costliness of the Iraq/Afghan war. There are very interesting arguments surrounding the economy and our debt burden, but none of them involve hurling unfounded claims at young, impressionable voters.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    Marginalizing the young, the poor, the sick, the women, and the minorities --
    While betting everything on the 1% uber-wealthy and mega-huge Corporations is NOT the American way.

    Archie Bunker hasn't been popular since 1977.

    The GOP needs to either evolve and adapt or die out.

  • Jack Aurora, CO
    March 18, 2014 10:29 p.m.

    Let me clarify some things in the article. Some members of the GOP are quite inarticulate at expressing themselves, just like some members of the Democratic Party. Some members of the R party are on the extreme end, just like some members of the D party. Some members of the Elephant party put their foot in their mouth, just as some members of the Donkey party.

    The difference? The willingness on the part of talking heads to ascribe those foot-in-mouth episodes to the whole GOP as a position statement. I wonder when they will do the same for the other side?

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2014 9:48 p.m.

    "Second verse - same as the first!"

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 18, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    I downloaded and read the 100 page pamphlet ref'd in the article:
    the Growth and Opportunity Project.

    It would seem the GOP really DOES understand the poor situation they are in,
    and what they NEED to do to fix themselves in order to re-brand,
    The very problem the GHOP needs to fix is manifested with just about each and every negative comment I get on a daily basis on this DN website.

    So --
    a) The GOP can continue to let a few bad apples ruin their chances of winning every again,
    b) The GOP can continue to let a few bad apples ruin their chances of winning every again.

    [and no, I did not accidently repeat myself,
    I did so to emphasis the point that the GOP needs to rid itself of these bad apples if they ever want to ever win again.]

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 18, 2014 7:51 p.m.

    Republicans might want to make a concerted effort to reinforce in stark terms how long it will take the younger generation to pay off 17 trillion dollars in debt. That, and the fact that if they don't - there will be massive, catastrophic inflation.

    The younger-than-40 generation has no reference point whatsoever about HOW BAD not paying off that debt will be regarding inflation. Up til now all BOTH parties have done is "kick the can down the road".

    The more the younger generation can get involved - the more likely it is that they participate in politics; and REALIZE the debt isn't sustainable - for infinity!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    March 18, 2014 4:59 p.m.

    Its time for Americans to re-brand and embrace their liberties and freedom! Don't look to government to find your dreams, the government is incapable of producing anyone's dreams! YOU are the captain of your soul, not the government! The government can not be your captain, only your master, your tyrant, your dictator! Be no one's slave!

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 18, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    If you want to re-brand you might take a stab at doing something in the House of Representatives besides holding weekly vote to repeal Obamacare.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 18, 2014 3:48 p.m.

    According to the RNC, the GOP transformation takes place like this:
    1) Ignore the 2012 platform.
    2) Ignore the delegates.
    3) Ignore the wishes of the base.
    4) Do what the likes of Karl Rove tell you to do.

    I expect grand things for the GOP in November, despite what Preibus and the RNC do to "transform" the party.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 18, 2014 2:21 p.m.

    I see no reason why anything major would change in the mid-term election. None of the demographics have changed. Neither party has changed. Why would Republicans expect to win enough seats to become the majority in the Senate? That would take a titanic shift.

    I don't know if it would be a good thing for the country or not... but what makes Republicans think it will happen? Just because the ACA roll-out is faltering? Unless they have an alternative to ACA that more Americans like... it doesn't matter. And they don't.

    Just being against the current administration resonates with your base, but it doesn't excite independents, which doesn't bode well for winning the Majority. Democrats learned this. Will Republicans learn?