The “New” Old GOP: Change Not Forthcoming

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus 

If you read all of the talking points being presented by GOP representatives at this year’s CPAC conference you will hear how the GOP needs to be more inclusive and reach out to those groups who consistently vote for Democrats in no small numbers, like racial minorities and women.

“The Republican Party does not need to change our principles, but we might need to change just about everything else we are doing,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. It was time, he said, “to recalibrate the compass of conservatism.”

Sally Bradshaw, a party strategist in Florida who is an adviser to former Gov. Jeb Bush, said Republicans needed to recruit stronger and more diverse candidates to win races.  “I think you’re going to see a very renewed, aggressive effort by this party to put on a different face,” Ms. Bradshaw said. 

Henry Barbour, a member of the Republican National Committee from Mississippi who is also on the panel, said the party should not dilute its conservative values, but it needed to broaden its appeal to compete with Democrats. “We did get whipped in the presidential election, and that’s not something that is taken lightly,” Mr. Barbour said. “The demographic changes in America are real, and they are a wake-up call to the Republican Party.”   SOURCE 

A blind man could have spelled this out to the GOP and in fact this message has been trumpeted every year for at least the last 12 years.  But more than being inclusive to the diverse makeup of this nation’s population, there is one area where they need to start being exclusive if Republicans really want to “broaden its appeal to compete with Democrats” and “recruit stronger and more diverse candidates to win races.”  Ostracize those who express insensitive and backward-thinking comments like this one audience member attending a CPAC panel discussing minority outreach.

“I’d be fine with that,”  Scott Terry of North Carolina said when asked if he’d accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites.

During an exchange of views at the panel meeting, 30-year-old Scott Terry, asked whether Republicans could endorse races remaining separate but equal.   After the presenter, K. Carl Smith of Frederick Douglass Republicans, answered by referencing a letter by Frederick Douglass forgiving his former master, [Terry] said “For what? For feeding him and housing him?” Several people in the audience cheered and applauded Terry’s outburst.

After the exchange, Terry muttered under his breath, “why can’t we just have segregation?” noting the Constitution’s protections for freedom of association.   SOURCE 

Son of the South, Scott Terry, claims to be a descendent of Jefferson Davis

Son of the South, Scott Terry, claims to be a descendent of Jefferson Davis

At one point a woman, who the Tea Party identified as a representative of Voice of Russia, asked Terry the question “How many black women were there?” regarding the GOP’s roots, Terry retorted, “I didn’t know the legacy of the Republican Party included women correcting men in public.”  Is spousal abuse in the future of this man’s wife?

Terry no doubt doesn’t speak for the majority of the Republican party but his affiliation with it and the failure of the GOP to disassociate itself with such people is evidence that changing direction for 2014 and beyond will likely not come anytime soon.

A 3rd party candidate that would incorporate the views of people like Scott Terry will never win any national election so they attach themselves to the more conservative of the two prominent Parties in order to get some traction with their values.  Yet it is this low-brow mentality that will always associate racial and gender bias with the GOP and prevent any grand sweep of gaining woman and minority votes.

Their reluctance to cut ties with such people is indicative of Party leaders who still think they need this portion of their base to win elections.  It seems clear however that by keeping such people appeased does more damage than it serves their interests.  Those who have left the GOP to side with Democrats and those who traditionally vote Democratic are not likely to be wooed by a Party that tolerates a point of view that claims to be superior to those who don’t look like them.

Ironically it is this backward class of people who profess to elevate a Constitution that attempted to view all people equally even though the framers’ words fell short of their actions.  It is most likely this reality about the origins of our Constitution that such people cling to rather than the spirit it evokes from freedom loving people of both genders and all races around the world today.  What Reagan epitomized as “a shining city upon a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere” is really nothing more to the Scott Terry’s of this country than a dimly lit lantern on a dung heap for white men only to revel in a past that exists no more.



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10 responses to “The “New” Old GOP: Change Not Forthcoming

  1. ARRRGGGGH! A post on this topic was long overdue and bravo to you for saying what needs to be said. The Republican party is attempting only window dressing, lipstick on a pig, with their feeble, stupid, asinine attempts to be more “inclusive.” Tolerating the worst of society within their ranks will forever doom them to failure. They should be speaking out against the Terry’s in their party. They should publicly denounce them. But the party faithful don’t. They can’t have it both ways. They can’t try to welcome diversity as long as people like Terry soil their beds. What a reprehensible beast that man is. I will forever scorn and denounce the Republican Party as long as they tolerate people like him. They don’t deserve to win races. They don’t deserve credibility.

    • “A post on this topic was long overdue and bravo to you for saying what needs to be said.”

      Actually Jean this post was motivated by Norbrook’s blog and the way he has gone after the efforts of the GOP to rebrand themselves. If you get a chance, take a look see.

      • I saw the connection – yes. I’m glad that more people are noticing the utter sham that the Republican party has become.

    • These people seem to have no shame either. Such blatant contempt for others is too easily dismissed by the leadership within the GOP and it’s this type of reaction that will always diminish any credibility the Party wants to regain.

      • It would appear that this persons greatest achievement in life (personal and professional) was being born white. Round of applause, light the fireworks!

  2. I predict very little difference in this party come 2014. They will do their best to dress it up, but they are still trying to appeal to this awful bleak and racist group called the Tea folks. Until they lance that boil, and drain it, they will continue to be destroyed in state wide elections. The tea people must go their own way, ignominiously slithering along on the belly of the electorate. What could be clearer?

  3. I don’t see them changing their colors anytime soon. Inclusive, reaching out are all buzzwords to rally the troops but the inner circle knows nothing is going to change.

  4. Given the vituperation about the review from the Right, I gather that it’s already starting to turn belly-up. Actions generally speak louder than words, and to date, the Republican Party’s actions have shown no signs of changing. If anything, they’ve been doubling down on the stupid. They really need to lose a few more elections across the board for the “need to change” lesson sinks in.

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