RNC Autopsy = A Jumbo Blunder

2013 March 22
by bc3b

It was just last Saturday when in his CPAC keynote address Ted Cruz talked about a secret that the media didn’t want the American people to know – that the GOP and conservatives have been winning for the past three weeks (with the sequester and Rand Paul’s filibuster).

The winning streak Senator Cruz discussed didn’t last long as Reince Priebus, RNC chair, chose to air the Republican Party’s laundry publicly at the National Press Club as he unveiled an “autopsy” of the 2012 election, a national election that was very winnable but that Priebus and the Republican establishment blew big time. It seems that the primary purpose of the autopsy was to redirect the blame to the more conservative elements of the GOP. It was like a doctor who murdered his wife performing the autopsy.

Michael Goodwin took Priebus to task in his column in the New York Post.

The criticisms flash by in rapid fashion: Poorly timed. Dumb. Out of touch. Suicidal.

No, that’s not how a new report describes the flaws of the Republican Party. Instead, those words describe the party leaders who wrote and released the report. They even called it an “autopsy.”

Talk about a death wish.

Their action is the political equivalent of the New Coke debacle: Trashing your existing product and, by extension your customers, as a way to introduce a better product and get new customers.

The GOP self-flagellation will no doubt work just as well as that historic flop.

Public Relations 101 teaches never to repeat a problem you’re denying, so the report’s authors deserve an “F” in marketing.

They didn’t merely make the work of liberal critics easy. They did their work for them.

The opposition ads write themselves: The GOP is ideologically rigid and indifferent to the middle class. It said so itself!


Readers of the report who voted for Obama would conclude they made the right decision, while readers who voted for Romney would doubt their choice.

Without directly saying so, the 100-page document also oozes contempt for the Tea Party, which is odd on several levels. Without the Tea Party, Republicans would be a minority in the House.

And it’s the Tea Party, not the Washington establishment, that has produced most of the GOP’s leading minority members. Think Cuban-American Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas, and Indian-American Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Nikki Haley of South Carolina. And it was Haley who appointed Tim Scott to replace the retiring Jim DeMint, making Scott the first black senator from the South since the 19th century.

The rage from many on the right reflects the ways the report foolishly incorporates liberal criticism that the most conservative members of the GOP are the problem. The result, for now, is that the clumsy effort to unite the party actually makes a split more likely.

Read more:

Hat tip: New York Post

It’s not easy being worse than Michael Steele, but I’m up to the challenge.

48 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 March 22 5:26 am
    bc3b permalink

    A week ago I felt pretty good about the GOP but after the “autopsy” and Rand Paul’s amnesty pandering before the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce I don’t feel so good any more.

    In 2016, for the first time in my life, it’s very possible that I won’t be voting for the GOP Presidential candidate.

  2. 2013 March 22 5:40 am
    justrand permalink

    O/T for Mullet re. HARVARD!! from the previous thread:

  3. 2013 March 22 5:45 am
    justrand permalink

    back on topic…

    well, the GOP needs a “post-mortem”…but you should NEVER conduct these in full view of the public! The GOP is indeed the “Stoooopid Party” these days.

  4. 2013 March 22 5:47 am
    bc3b permalink

    Obama Urges Israelis to Compromise for Peace:


    Probably like Republicans compromise with Democrats by giving the store away.

  5. 2013 March 22 5:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    My guess is that Reince Priebus and the GOP establishment wanted to shift blame for the 2012 defeat from himself and the GOP establishment to conservatives.

    You can bet that people like Karl Rove, Mike Murphy, Ed Gillespie and Ed Gillespie (who all played a role in the 2012 fiasco) had a hand in writing the “autopsy.”

  6. 2013 March 22 6:06 am
    justrand permalink

    good point, bc3b…the “Karl Rove” wing of the GOP (which is, sadly, MOST of the GOP) is much more concerned with their own stature, than in the future of this country.

    but since 2016 is meaningless to me…the GOP can fold its tent for all I care.

    I want somebody to start (or take over) a Party I can support!

    (1) SECURE the freaking borders (and THEN we can talk about “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”)
    (2) SHRINK government to balance the budget…except DEFENSE (where we better start planning on WINNING the next war, ’cause our enemies sure are)
    (3) HONOR the Constitution! Period!
    (4) FLAT-TAX…no deductions…and then get government O-U-T of the “Marriage Business”. Period!
    (5) ABOLISH the Departments of Education and Energy (and then abolish a few more, but those two are the most nefarious, IMHO)
    (6) RESTRICT the Department of “Homeland Security” to enforcing the borders (see #1 above) and acting as an information clearing house for law enforcement…PERIOD!

    Government should NOT be in the “Social Engineering” business

    that’s a start!

  7. 2013 March 22 6:33 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Government should NOT be in the “Social Engineering” business

    But then the Democrats would have nothing to do with their time…..

  8. 2013 March 22 6:36 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The caption on the pic of the RNC chair really hit home. I used to think the GOP could sink no lower than selecting Steele. At this point Steele appears near Olympian in stature compared to Priebus. Whereas Steele was just gaffe prone, and lacking in telegenics, Priebus is in the mold of totally clueless.

  9. 2013 March 22 6:42 am
    justrand permalink

    good catch, drdog…I had missed the caption!

    Yup, the DNC puts pit-bulls up…and whether they make sense or not, they SNARL & FIGHT, they tear up the furniture, and piss on everything!!!

    The RNC puts up toy-poodles…that tinkle politely and have tiny little farts that go “poof”. And even THEN the media accuses the RNC of not being docile enough!

    We need Patton, we get Priebus.

  10. 2013 March 22 6:43 am

    Priebus===sounds like an STD

  11. 2013 March 22 6:46 am
    justrand permalink

    IP…look at the picture again…it IS!!!

  12. 2013 March 22 6:47 am
    justrand permalink

    headline up on Drudge:
    SEQUESTERED: Air Force Academy Cancels Fourth of July…

    wait…the 4th of July was all that kept the 3rd and 5th of July from slamming together

    *sigh*… that “sequestration” mojo is STRONG! 👿

  13. 2013 March 22 7:10 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Well one RINO finally `gets it` about CIR — http://legalinsurrection.com/2013/03/david-frum-gets-it-right-on-amnesty/

  14. 2013 March 22 7:16 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Legislate in haste — http://michellemalkin.com/2013/03/22/senate-dems-medical-device-tax/ — egg-faced at your leisure.

  15. 2013 March 22 7:19 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, a comment from the link re. the Medical Device Tax:
    OK, it’s non-binding but this huge vote to repeal medical device tax — a funding mechanism for ObamaCare — has to be a WH embarrassment

    a “White House embarrassment? That would the Resident himself. IF that steaming pile ever does leave the place, we’ll have to have it fumigated!

  16. 2013 March 22 7:48 am
    MI Conservative permalink

    I just sent a memo to the RNC about this topic.


  17. 2013 March 22 8:00 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    “wait…the 4th of July was all that kept the 3rd and 5th of July from slamming together”

    Kind of like the main reason Indiana exists is to separate Ohio and Illinois. I “lived” in Indiana for three years fo I know.

  18. 2013 March 22 11:10 am

    “Out in the West Texas town of El Paso …”

    Three armed felons crossed the US border and attempted to rob an off-duty El Paso police officer dressed in civilian clothes while he stood in front of a bank. The plan was for two of them to grab his backpack and toss it to an accomplice on a stolen motorcycle. However, the well prepared police officer shot all of them, killing two immediately. The third was shot in both arms and bled to death before the ambulance arrived.


    This is how much the US Taxpayer would have had to pay to prosecute these thugs:

    · Arrest and detention for 1 night = $6,000

    · Transportation for deportation back to Mexico the next day = $1000

    · Air time for Obama to apologize in 30 minute speech = $25,007,000

    What it actually cost:

    · Four .40 rounds = $1.00

    · Taxpayer savings = $25,006,999.00

    Apparently They Picked The Wrong Man to Rob This Time. And There Won’t Be A Next Time!



  19. 2013 March 22 11:16 am
    justrand permalink

    IP, thx for bringing that heartwarming story to us! 🙂

  20. 2013 March 22 11:20 am
    bc3b permalink

    ip –

    I love stories with happy endings.

  21. 2013 March 22 11:53 am
    justrand permalink

    I ran across this marvelous quote today:

    “People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.
    Eric Hoffer

    Obama WANTS them “biting the GOVERNMENT hand that feeds them”…for he knows they will indeed lick his boot when he kicks them with it! They are HIS army…and he is eager to see them used. Will they fail? Of course. He doesn’t intend for them to succeed…just to give him the excuse to declare himself Savior!

  22. 2013 March 22 12:17 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    “Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
    – Thomas Sowell in 1993

  23. 2013 March 22 12:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  24. 2013 March 22 12:40 pm
    justrand permalink

    drdog, that Thomas Sowell quote is amazing…thanks! Sadly, since 1993 the pace has accelerated.

  25. 2013 March 22 12:44 pm
    justrand permalink

    and that PDF in #23 should be read and bookmarked by all

    reminds me…I need to stock up on more tangible assets!

  26. 2013 March 22 1:37 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Teen deliberately kills baby in Georgia:


    De’Marquis Elkins – is the probable shooter. He must be French.

  27. 2013 March 22 1:38 pm
    bc3b permalink

    I cannot recall so many first-round upsets.

  28. 2013 March 22 2:19 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Cyprus parliament passes capital controls.

  29. 2013 March 22 3:37 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #18 Great, now I’m all weepy. That was beautiful.

  30. 2013 March 22 3:39 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #25 Indeed.

  31. 2013 March 22 3:40 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #22 Dealing with that on a personal level this week because of the company my hubby works for. UGH.

  32. 2013 March 22 3:46 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Just remember, when you remove the vowels, Reince Priebus becomes RNC PR BS

  33. 2013 March 22 4:29 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Conservatives Revolt as Gay Marriage Lobbyist is Selected as Head of Ohio GOP:


    GN, has your state gone nuts?

  34. 2013 March 22 4:34 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    I will not comply and I will not participate. Just because all of the other idiots decide to become lemmings does not mean you have to.

    Shared with a co-worker about Cyprus (he did not know) and their plans to tax savings, his response was why save! Even though he was unaware of the situation, he did know enough to know it was incredibly stupid to tax savings. He could see bank runs and a potential for banks to collapse. Yet the educated idiots set this mess up. If you buy into conspiracy theories – you can believe this was NOT by accident.

  35. 2013 March 22 4:50 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    bc3b – one word – “YES”.

    Kasich is DONE.

    Portman is DONE.

    Myself and a few people I know WONT be voting for Kasich when he comes up for re-election and we WONT be voting for Portman either.

    Kasich has done more than his share of STUPID. He could have soften the public employees bargaining legisation BUT allowed the idiots to make it hard on Police & Fire which resulted in it being over turned at the ballot.

    Lately, he has signed on to expanding Medicaid (the idiot said he did not want Ohio’s share of Federal funds going to other states). Yet does not know how he is going to make up for the loss of Federal funds in 3 years when the funding goes away BUT the people on the rolls don’t.

    Next he has talked about taxing services and taxing the profits from fracking AND then reducing income taxes.

    Kasich has the habit of acting without consulting others.

    Portman I did not like from day one. I knew his history with the Bushes. That right there told me RINO BIG TIME. With the gay thing – he is done. He might win the primary BUT he wont get re-elected. Too many social conservatives felt betrayed.

    With these other actions – civil war between the leadership and the base. Does this sound familiar.

    Much like what JR said, I am done. I will be voting issues BUT most likely voting 3rd party here out.

    I will not comply and I will not participate.

  36. 2013 March 22 5:17 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    third party, Third party, Third Party, THIRD PARTY!

    Hate to say it, short of not voting period, its the only game in town.

  37. 2013 March 22 5:17 pm
    mulletover permalink

    De’Marquis Elkins.

    Remember that name. He is a black thug cold-blooded killer of a white one-year old child in a stroller.



  38. 2013 March 22 5:18 pm
    justrand permalink

    Georgetown lost…and since my brackets were blown anyway I say GREAT!

    I HATE Georgetown!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe I selected them in my brackets anyway!!!

    So go Florida Gulf Coast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. 2013 March 22 5:19 pm
    justrand permalink

    De’Marquis Elkins will be made out to be a HERO soon! Jesse Jackson is probably already on his way.

  40. 2013 March 22 5:30 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    I am reading this article — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-22/cyprus-collapses-its-race-mediterranean-gas-finish-line — and I ask. Are the intelligensia of the Eurocrats that stupid???

    The answer is an unqualifed yes. I was not aware that the Cyprus buyin was part of a Gas-for-Cash deal but apparently is. Cyprus did not like that deal and so tried to swing a deal with Russia, the has so far fallen flat. But wait, forget the financial crisis what about the geopolitical aspects???

    Most of the countries in the Euro get a good chunk of their industrial fuels from Russia. So how smart is it to antagonize both Russia and cut yourself off from a potential gas source off the Cyprus coast? Dumb. Even dumber that Russia does not see the opportunity to quanrantine off an alternate soure of fuel for the Eurocrats. (Unless the Russkies think they can swing an even better deal when the bank run is in full flower….)

    Merkel you’re playing with fire sweetie.

  41. 2013 March 22 5:33 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Candy CrOWley will be complaining about how incarceration will ruin De’Marquis’ life.

  42. 2013 March 22 5:36 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Jr –

    You are not in that bad a shape … unless the Zags lose.

  43. 2013 March 22 5:51 pm
    mulletover permalink

    A bullet in the face of a child will ruin his life, but maybe Candy can’t relate to that.

  44. 2013 March 22 5:52 pm
    bc3b permalink

    The GOP has an elephant. The Dims have a donkey. Maybe a third party can have Reince Priebus as its mascot.

  45. 2013 March 22 6:40 pm
    mulletover permalink

    We need a true opposition party. We got party-goers instead.

  46. 2013 March 22 6:51 pm
    bc3b permalink

    gn –

    At least in Michigan Rick Snyder never made any pretense of being anything other than a RINO. Kasich “faked it.”

  47. 2013 March 22 6:59 pm
    bc3b permalink

    San Jacinto Woman Describes Near-Fatal Attack – Golden Lab Disguised as Pit Bull:


    Collies, Beagles and Golden Labs who disguise themselves as Pit Bulls give the breed a bad name.

  48. 2013 March 23 6:31 pm
    Mr Evilwrench permalink

    Ut oh, bc’s still wound up. Tell ya what, you should’ve seen the marks our black lab left on our boy’s arms this morning, and she was just playing. She’s really too old to play like that, and I wish we could get her to stop with him. She’s very territorial, and I do pity the burglar that breaks in. We’ll be picking pieces of him out of corners for weeks.

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