GOP in Full Retreat
27 months ago things were looking up. Backed a the Tea Party and a massive turnout by conservatives, the Republican Party recaptured the House of Representatives. It appeared that the GOP was ready to fight Barack Obama. Voters self-identifying as Republicans were close to the number self-identifying as Democrats.
Then the toothless GOP House leadership started caving on issue after issue. The GOP let the media beat them up without fighting back. “The Only Republican that Could Beat Obama” ran an uninspiring, horrid campaign that resembled a football team playing not to lose in the final minutes of the game. As a result, not only did Mitt Romney lose but the Democrats retained control of the Senate and the GOP lost seats in the House. Republican leaders decided they had to aggressively pursue the elusive minority vote.
Yesterday Majority Leader Eric Cantor talked about “re-branding the party,” bringing back “compassionate conservatism” and citizenship for the children of illegals. What point is there in having a Republican Party if it is nothing more than Dem-Lite and, in some cases, tries to out-pander the Democrats?
Eric Cantor, the often combative second-ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, sought on Tuesday to rebrand himself and his party, voicing hope that they can work with President Barack Obama for the sake of all Americans.
While not wavering from his conservative principles and desire to tame the record U.S. debt, Cantor expressed a new eagerness to help the needy in such areas as education, health care, immigration and moving up the economic ladder.
“Over the next two years, the House (Republican) majority will pursue an agenda based on a shared vision of creating the conditions for health, happiness and prosperity for more Americans and their families,” Cantor said in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington think tank.
But Charles Schumer, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat, hailed the House Republican leader’s tone and message.
“If House Republicans can adapt their agenda to match Leader Cantor’s words, this Congress could surprise people with how productive it can be,” Schumer said.
The House Republican leader did not endorse immigration reforms backed by Obama but voiced an openness on the matter.
Cantor said he favored providing “an opportunity for legal residence and citizenship for those who were brought to this country as children and who know no other home.”
That appeared to represent a reversal for Cantor, who in 2010 voted against the Dream Act, which would have cleared the way for such young people to remain in the United States.
“Re-branding” is a marketing smokescreen used by under-performing companies with poor leadership. Brands that have recently gone through “re-branding” include Saturn, Pontiac and Mercury. What do these brands have in common?
It appears that “re-branding” the GOP means returning to the days of Bush43, when Republicans spent like Democrats. Will the GOP go the way of Mercury? One can only hope.
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Hat tip: Christian Science Monitor