"Some of the early prescriptions offered by officials and operatives to rebuild after devastating elections: retool the party message to appeal to Latinos, women and working-class people; upgrade antiquated get-out-the-vote systems with the latest technology. Teach candidates how to handle the new media landscape.
Republicans say that arguably the most urgent task facing the party is changing its attitude about immigration as it looks to woo Hispanics.
Republicans said they also have work to do with single women and younger voters, many of whom tend to be more liberal on social issues than the current Republican Party.
Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who describes himself as a "pro-choice moderate Republican," echoed Republicans across the spectrum when he said last week: "We need to be a larger-tent party." '
(By KASIE HUNT and STEVE PEOPLES | Associated Press – Sat, Nov 17, 2012)
While it is incredibly necessary to examine what the GOP did to lose what should have been a strong win given the economic statistics, national debt load. etc., The Republican Party is concerned that if it doesn't change it will be marginalized to a permanent minority party. But if it isn't careful in its assesmant and in the ways that it attempts to become more "relavant" it could produce and outcome much worse than being marginalized. Let me explain by examining some of the statements in the above quotes.
Quote #1: "Teach candidates how to handle the new media landscape." Translation - Teach candidates how to deal with an antagonistic, biased, liberal media, who is determined to transform America into a Statist, Liberal, Socialist country. Teach candidates that there is no safe place during an election to voice private thoughts (i.e. Romney's 47% comment). This is definintely a necessary change the GOP needs.
Quote #2: "...upgrade antiquated get-out-the-vote systems with the latest technology." Duh, this is a no brainer, if you want to reach anyone under 50 you must use modern media technology.
Quote #3: "...retool the party message to appeal to Latinos..." "the most urgent task facing the party is changing its attitude about immigration..." If the Republicans are not careful with their message they could become the party who rewards illegal immigration just as the Democrat Party does. A conservative principle of the Republican Party has always been an unwavering adherence to the Rule of Law. A softening on illegal immigration would be a wavering adherence to the Rule of Law.
Quote #4: "Republicans said they also have work to do with single women and younger voters, many of whom tend to be more liberal on social issues than the current Republican Party." I am afraid in their attempt to woo the more socially liberal youth will result in a liberal Republican party no different than the liberal Democrat Party. This attempt to soften the presentation of party platform staples of being pro-life, and a traditional (not to mention biblical) view of marriage, etc. may well gain the party some voters, but will lose the party others. "Sen. Scott Brown echoed Republicans across the spectrum when he said last week: "We need to be a larger-tent party." In order to produce a "larger-tent" the problem could become a watering down of conservative principles which could cause many Tea Party Patriots, Conservative Evangelical Christians, and other Constitutional Conservatives to vacate the Republican party and possibly form a viable third party (possibly in coalition with the Libertarian party) that could desimate the Republican Party and actually cause the GOP to become permanently marginalized to a minority, if not non-existant, party. This is exactly what they fear already, and unless they are wise in their attempt to become more relavent, they may just create exactly the result they fear.
A word to the GOP: If you do not stand for Conservative Judeo-Christian principles you will lose the back bone of the party and we will lose the country. Do we need to find a way to communicate these principles so the greater masses understand that true conservatism, as well as judeo-christian values, are the compassionate conservatism. In fact it is more compassionate than a liberal, socialist, statist culture envisioned by the Liberal Democrats.