Rebranding the Republican Party

  • Article by: E.J. DIONNE JR. , Washington Post
  • Updated: February 6, 2013 - 7:51 PM

Rebranding is trendy in the Republican Party.

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elmore1Feb. 6, 1311:45 PM

Rebranding and a moderate agenda is what will get the GOP back in power. The extreme taxation and lack of progress on the economy and jobs will shift things at the state and federal level in the next elections.

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arspartzFeb. 7, 1312:09 AM

The GOP needs to split into two parties, the Authoritarian Moralists and the Libertarian fiscal conservatives. The party cannot be both the party of smaller government and the party of DOMA and the WarOnSomeDrugs.

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crystalbayFeb. 7, 1312:39 AM

Taxes haven't lower since the 1970s. As to "rebranding", you can slap a new label on a can of soup that's colorful & shiny, but the defective contents are the same. The GOP's in a catch-22, caught between its crazy right wing and old time Republicans. The primaries which elect extremists will never see these people win the general. The party is split in two.

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my4centsFeb. 7, 13 6:26 AM

crystalbay - Are you saying that Mitt Romney is an extremist? He is a perfect example of what you call "old time Republicans," he ran against a candidate that was weak due to a stagnant economy and having pushed Obamacare down our throats, and he lost. The party may be split in two - but it is the old time Republican party that is responsible for our losses.

The we have Dionne complaining about the Republicans following the Senate's "arcane rules." If the rules are bad, then blame the majority Democratic party for not changing them - they've been in the majority for over four years.

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twinsajsfFeb. 7, 13 7:02 AM

These next two elections are going to be very interesting in determining our nation's course. Despite being a Democrat, I was 100% certain that the combination of a still struggling economy, successful GOP obstructionism, voter suppression efforts and gerrymandering would carry Romney to an easy victory, along with a significant shift in the Senate. That Obama won and the Dems actually gained Senate seats, despite the veritable "perect storm" outlined above, is astounding and should give me some confidence moving forward. However, my doomsday outlook is back as we move toward 2014, since mid-term elections have notoriously poor voter turnout even without continued voter supression efforts. We could easily see a repeat of 2010, and then it's anyone's election again in 2016. Fasten your seatbelts, everyone!

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marsbonfireFeb. 7, 13 7:14 AM

arspartzFeb. 7, 1312:09 AM The GOP needs to split into two parties, the Authoritarian Moralists and the Libertarian fiscal conservatives.________So, a choice between religious zealots or people who lack empathy for anyone other than themselves. Good luck...

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owatonnabillFeb. 7, 13 7:37 AM

Rebranding? More like wishful thinking. These stories seem to pop up at the rate of one every six weeks or so. Face it. The brains of McConnell, Boehner, et al might be trending leftward but another vulnerable part of their anatomy remains firmly in the pocket of Michele Bachmann.

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owatonnabillFeb. 7, 13 7:58 AM

"I was 100% certain that the combination of a still struggling economy, successful GOP obstructionism, voter suppression efforts and gerrymandering would carry Romney to an easy victory, along with a significant shift in the Senate. That Obama won and the Dems actually gained Senate seats, despite the veritable "perect storm" outlined above, is astounding..." ................. Chris Christie nailed it a few days back. Candidates matter. If you're genial, photogenic and a "people" person then your message, if not that different from your opponent's, becomes secondary. Clinton vs. Dole: Obama vs. McCain: even as far back as Reagan vs. Carter: the philosophies were really not that much different as governing methods showed, but in each case, the loser came off decidedly second-best in the backslap department. And the Republican proclivity, at least on the Presidential level, of doling out nominations only those good ole guys who toed the line and paid their dues over the years guarantees an endless parade of stuffed shirts. Clinton's hominess beats Dole's wooden pontificating any day of the week.

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elind56Feb. 7, 13 7:58 AM

The electorate made it quite clear in November that it's tired of the struggle and wants an administration that promises to take care of them. Word to the wise: Do a little research and you'll find that, even with a solid, middle class income, you likely still qualify for some free stuff from the federal government. Get it while the gettin's good and then invest the monetary value of those freebies in precious metals. ;)

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choochoomamaFeb. 7, 13 8:31 AM

"...even as far back as Reagan vs. Carter: the philosophies were really not that much different as governing methods showed." - Really? That's hysterical. How were the two the same?

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