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Top Links: GOP autopsy report calls party ‘scary,’ ‘out of touch,’ with ‘stuffy old men’

"Dick Armey in the GOP autopsy re: Hispanic voters: 'You can't call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you.'"
/ Source: Martin Bashir

"Dick Armey in the GOP autopsy re: Hispanic voters: 'You can't call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you.'"

Top story: Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee kind of get it—and kind of don’t—in the party’s new report on what went wrong in 2012.

  • Here’s how Republican focus groups described the party in the report: “‘scary,’ ‘narrow minded,’ and ‘out of touch’ and that we were a Party of ‘stuffy old men.’” (RNC)
  • And here’s how Priebus himself describes 2012: “Our message was weak; our ground game was insufficient; we weren’t inclusive; we were behind in both data and digital; our primary and debate process needed improvement…So, there’s no one solution: There’s a long list of them.” (Politico)
  • “Among the report’s 219 prescriptions: a $10 million marketing campaign, aimed in particular at women, minorities and gays; a shorter primary season and earlier national convention; and creation of an open data platform and analytics institute to provide research for Republican candidates.”
  • “The report is fundamentally about branding, which is to say politics; it’s notably light on policy.” (Buzzfeed)
  • “Interestingly, the RNC report does make one recommendation on policy: supporting comprehensive immigration reform.” (Mark Murray)
  • National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru is unimpressed with the report, calling the its core premise “false.” And of the report’s prescriptions for immigration reform, he writes: “Its analysis is as superficial as I’ve ever seen.” (National Review)
  • “Dick Armey in the GOP autopsy re: Hispanic voters: ‘You can’t call someone ugly and expect them to go to the prom with you.’” (Jonathan Capehart)
  • “My favorite part of the RNC’s ‘Growth & Opportunity Project’ report is when it refers to Reince Priebus as ‘youthful.’” (Jamelle Bouie)
  • CPACkers, however, have their own autopsy: blame the consultants. (National Review)
  • And speaking of CPAC, make sure to read this rundown of how a panel on trumping “the race card” devolved into racism. (The New Republic)
  • 10 craziest moments at CPAC. (Salon)