Minnesota Republicans hold a 'pick-up-the-pieces' gathering

  • Article by: RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2012 - 9:42 PM

Activists gathered in Blaine to review the party's failed election message and discuss how to stop sulking and get back to work.

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commonerDec. 8, 12 3:12 PM

A word to the far from wise – stop with the social agenda and stop with tax breaks to your masters. Look to the middle class. You won in 2010 because you talked about a laser focus on jobs, jobs, jobs and then did absolutely nothing about it. Instead of jobs, you went off the rails with your ill-conceived discriminatory amendments. We don’t like the way you have behaved the last several years and we showed our distaste for you this last election. People may start listening to you again if you start listening to us. If you continue to ignore us, you will certainly bring us closer to just a one party system and I don’t think anyone really wants that.

arspartzDec. 8, 12 3:27 PM

"I think we should focus on attracting new people to the party, rather than trying to decide who and who isn't a Republican,"

How about letting the small government libertarians in the tent next time. The party has to decide, are they the party of God or the party of smaller government.

rjr2205Dec. 8, 12 3:32 PM

As a former independent voter, I have some suggestions if the GOP ever hopes to get me to even consider voting for a Republican. 1) Put the country and states well being ahead of party loyality. 2) Do not try to impose your values on the rest of us. If you feel the need to do so, have the courage to vote on them. Do not use the constitution amendment process. 3) Do not tout the GOP's astute ability in fiscal matters and decry the immorality of others unless the GOP can demonstate their abilities and role modeling in said areas. 4) Wrest party control from the exteremists in the TP. 5) Recognize that compromise is not a sign of weakness, it is not a dirty word. Do the above and people like me will again consider voting for a Republican candidate. Both parties have something to offer American voters!!!

luxaeternaDec. 8, 12 3:34 PM

The Republicans have allowed the extremist Tea Party to take over their party. No voices of moderate conservatism like Carlson can be tolerated any longer in the GOP. It's all about more and more radical, paranoid thinking with constant bashing of the "mainstream media", tin-foil-hat birthers, demands for secession from the U.S., taking oaths to Grover Norquist, and so on. It's perfectly obvious what's wrong with the GOP today.

wulffie22Dec. 8, 12 3:51 PM

I hold conservative views but after the past two years I am a lot further away from being a Republican. Talk about inept and disfunctional! They destroyed themselves.

ikyabwaiDec. 8, 12 3:54 PM

First thing you guys can do is take your private party agenda and trade it for a horse. Then shoot the horse. Then any of you that signed the Norquist pledge can get a nice bonfire going. Then you can make a pledge to 100% of your constituents. Not just the greedy 2%.

paulskiDec. 8, 12 3:55 PM

It's not about election technology or a sale-able message. What do you stand for? You campaign on less government except for when it involves who I want to marry. You shut down the st government over finances, then balance the budget on the backs of the school districts. A st constitutional amendment over voter I/D? More nonsense. I voted for Arne twice. What ever happened to his Republican party?

TreetoplevelDec. 8, 12 3:56 PM

It is less a mandate for the DFL than it was a rejection of the Republicans. The GOP promised that it would simply be jobs and the economy and they failed. The Republicans sought to take over the state for their own interest, not to govern or lead it for all of us. Everyone can see this except for the outgoing Republican leadership who are still in denial about the election and their bad performance. It will be purity of message and candidate in 2014 and 2016.

ibnnnews2Dec. 8, 12 4:09 PM

The Republican Party of Minnesota cannot pick up the pieces until the RINOS are replaced by people that have the common sense to run a political party, sans the current crew.

socialist17Dec. 8, 12 4:40 PM

But they focused on such important Issues - like banning Gay marriage and making old ladies show their IDs before they vote - what went wrong??!!


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