Republican Party continues its outreach efforts

The Republican Party, Sam Tanenhaus writes, “is and will continue to be the party of white people.” But Republicans aren’t sitting back and accepting this fate. They’re boldly continuing their winsome outreach efforts to attract a more diverse array of voters — women, blacks, Latinos, LGBT citizens, college students, disaster victims and more.

Here is an incomplete collection of such efforts from recent weeks.

• Michael Walsh of The National Review explains Republican efforts to attract more women voters.

• The Republican Party continues its outreach efforts to win over Latino voters.

• Republican mega-donor Foster Friess explains his plan to win over “urban” voters.

• Republican National Committee rolls out ‘REDMAP,’ an effort to appeal to voters who dislike having their votes counted.

• Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., continues GOP outreach efforts to Latino voters.

• Former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party Todd Kincannon begins Twitter outreach to win over African-American voters.

• Former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party Todd Kincannon also begins outreach effort to win over voters who might like a see a picture of his penis.

• New Mexico Republicans court the votes of crime victims.

• Arizona Republicans seek to make their party seem cool and not-at-all creepy and authoritarian to young people.

• Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is reaching out to voters with sick or dying family members.

• Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman extends Republican Party outreach to African-American voters.

• Bill Clayton is only a humble alderman in Rapid City, S.D., but he too wants black voters to remember his words when they think of the Republican Party.

• House Republicans continue efforts to charm women voters.

• House Republicans strategize outreach to win over voters down the shore.

• 22 male Republican senators make overture to win over women voters.


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  • But Governor Jindal wants to make it possible for people to afford their own hospice care by repealing their state income tax! Of course, he’s going to make up the lost funds by increasing state sales tax, but that’s not going to have a negative effect on anyone except poor people.

  • • Former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party Todd Kincannon also begins outreach effort to win over voters who might like a see a picture of his penis.

    Honestly, it looks nice.

    But really, by now politicians should know that the “power is an aphrosidiac” thing also means people who they incautiously get personal with often have evidence of their doings.

  • Jeff Weskamp

    (jaw hits desk)

    (silence for 30 seconds)

    Good grief, are the Republicans deliberately trying to destroy themselves politically!?  Or are they secretly competing for the title of “Biggest Asshole in America?”

    It’s no longer a matter of simply disagreeing with the Republican Party’s policies.  It’s a matter of having absolutely no respect for them in any way.

  • fredgiblet

    So nice to see people being industrious these days.  Hard at work doing their best to…I don’t know exactly what they’re trying to do to be honest but they’re hard at work at it.

    Who wants to take bets on how much longer the Republicans will be solvent as a party?

  • Judging from how long they’ve been running on the fumes of patronizingly condescending to every voter bloc except white people, it could be another decade at least. :O

  • mcc

    On the bright side though, Mississippi finally outlawed slavery!

  • hidden_urchin

    “Biggest Asshole” sounds like a great new reality series.

    Oh, wait, it already exists. New seasons are aired every four years.

  • Anyone else always feel that Foster Freiss should be introduced as “Conservative Mega-Donor  and former Batman Villain Foster Freiss”?

  • fraser

    The first tweet about Trayvon Martin … I need to wash my eyes out now. Preferably with bleach.

  • AnonymousSam

    Lately, the GOP’s strategy appears to be “Well, that didn’t work, so let’s try doing a whole lot more of it.” They just keep doubling down on conservatism, demonstrating that American conservatism is firmly rooted in classism, racism and sexism.

    Taking dibs that at this rate, the Republican 2016 candidate’s platform will simply be “EVERYONE ELSE HAS TO DIE SO THAT WE MAY LIVE.”

  • I think they’re gerrymandered enough that they really don’t need to give a damn who they piss off in the near future.  They’ll keep the House.  In the Senate, absent actual filibuster reform* nothing will get done there either because the Democrats will not make it to 60 seats.

    For the foreseeable future they’re pretty well set.  And in terms of fundraising being theoretically out of power is probably to their benefit.  Does anyone think they could have raised as much as they did last election cycle if McCain were in the White House?

    As long as they can stop a Democratic president’s legislative agenda, they’re pretty well set.  The president takes all the blame, they get to hold the country hostage over and over again.  Not a bad negotiating position.-*Fun fact: When the US Senate started it was, under those rules, impossible to filibuster.  The rules were changed not because people wanted the filibuster, but because they thought no one would ever try, rule or no rule, so it was pointless wasted space in the rulebook.

  • Even Scientology’s still solvent. And Republicans don’t require you believe in any extraordinarily poorly imagined tales of space aliens. (They require you to believe in other extraordinarily poorly imagined things, but not thetans and Xenu.) Telling rich people they deserve to be rich and powerful and that poor people deserve to be poor and powerless is always a great strategy for making lots of money and for staying in power. It was the basis of most government for most of human history.

  • mcc

    The worst case scenario for the U.S. is that (as it often does) the nation will follow the model set by California. California has some legislative quirks that mean that an obstructionist minority of at least 33.4% can prevent anything budgetary from occurring in the state. This lead to the conservative party radicalizing more and more through a weird sort of shifted hotelling effect— because they didn’t really have much of a benefit to having more than 34% of the seats, they eventually converged on 34%, focusing on getting the most radical, solid, safely-held-seat, ideologically pure 34% they could muster. So now the Democrats have a permanent majority, but the Republicans have permanent control of the agenda, because as long as their agenda is “no” they can force that with their solid minority. The dems meanwhile can pass essentially whatever social legislation they want because that can be done with their mere 51%, but the government is permanently broke and dysfunctional and can’t do anything very interesting.

    One can easily see this potentially happening on a national scale, instead of aiming for 34% aiming for the 41% you need to shut down the Senate.

  • Matri

    Four years?

    They’re making new episodes every day now!

  • Sadly, I think my current state (NC) started this ball rolling–at least, they went public first, intentionally or not–and now I’ve seen a slew (including LA) following suit. Wheeee….

  • fraser

    I know some Republicans want to move left, if only because in the long run it’s more in their interest.
    However they’ve got a core of voters and politicians who are absolutely convinced that any deviation from current positions would be the Second Fall of man. And according to one conservative, the companies that send out direct mail to party members need a certain amount of crazy to stay profitable (“Obama is going to crash the economy! Buy gold and guns now!”).
    I also suspect that in the short-term it may actually be good strategy for people in reasonably safe districts. For example, all the Repubs who say they want to stop college kids voting because they’re too liberal, and saying it openly–I suspect there are chunks of the old WASP base that hear that and think “These guys have my back!”

  • AnonymousSam

    In my experience, when people say they’d like to remove rules even though no one would ever do something like that… they plan on doing it. A lot. As much as they can possibly get away with. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have the slightest interest in making it legal.

    Also see: The recent attempts to remove child labor law restrictions, minimum wage, etc.

  • P J Evans

     On the other hand, California finally got tired of the sandbox lot holding up the works, and changed the rules a little. Things are actually moving again.

  • Normally I would be inclined to agree, but I don’t think the first filibuster happened until well after the rule that prevented them was removed.

  • AnonymousSam

    Hmm, you’re right. Rule removed 1805, first filibuster 1841.

  • SisterCoyote

    I’m… a little boggled by Jindal’s plan, there. Did he just institute something more devastating than the mythical Death Panels? Like… not under Obama, where sinister panels review your ill or dying relatives to see if they’re worth saving. More like summarily deciding that anyone who needs hospice care is no longer worth helping.


  • LL

    Eh, there’s no competition there, I think they’ve got the Biggest Assholes in America title locked up for the foreseeable future. 

    We’ll all get raptured before anyone comes close to being as monumentally assholish as the Republicans. 

  •  But that’s DIFFERENT. I mean, for starters, he’s a REPUBLICAN. And anyway, he’s only shutting down the State hospices, so the Glorious Majesty of The Market can build new more efficient (at making money for their shareholders) ones.  And we all know that The Market can never do wrong, for it is The Market.

    Obama, on the other hand, was (not in reality, but when did that last impinge on these ridiculous right wing fantasies?) going to let THE GUB’MINT decide, and they can never do anything right, because GUB’MINT!

  • LL

    No, no, no, just the poors. You know, the 47-percenters. 

  • On first read, I totally missed the ‘i’ in ‘doings’. 

  • Funny, but Victor was a man of science motivated by love. He deserves better. 

  • AnonymousSam

    We do indeed have evidence of his dongs now. Or at least one of them. Whatever else he keeps in the drawer beneath his bed… ah, no, if I’m writing erotica, I’m doing it with my own characters. Much less horrifically scarring to imagine. ^_^;

  • I like the loyalty oath guy’s reasoning:

    “It is my hope that if Arizona students are given the opportunity to also take a simple, Constitutional oath, that this will inspire them to learn more about our Constitutional form of government and the rich history of our nation and founding.”

    He doesn’t even consider the option of simply requiring that children learn about the Constitution and the history/founding of the US in school. 

    The abortion one is so obviously a crock. If she was really serious, she would require all doctors to retain the products of conception for any termination of a pregnancy, not just an abortion. After all, not every rape victim reports her attack immediately and if the products aren’t retained and kept safe then they have little evidentiary value. If a woman in the condition described in the bill were to have a miscarriage and give the fetus a Christian burial, wouldn’t she also deserve to be charged for tampering with evidence?

    (Incidentally, does anyone find that entire description to be creepy? It’s like she doesn’t really view fetuses as children.)

  • Lori


    So now the Democrats have a permanent majority, but the Republicans have
    permanent control of the agenda, because as long as their agenda is
    “no” they can force that with their solid minority.  

    Not since last November, they don’t. Enough voters finally got sick of the GOP’s shit and the Dems now have a large enough majority that it really doesn’t matter how the Republicans vote.

  • Lori

    One I’m surprised Fred missed—North Carolina Republicans are still as classy as ever. The state Department of Transportation will now be issuing “special” driver’s licenses to folks who are US citizens, including the words “No Lawful Status” right there on the license, under the nice pink bar.

    What could go wrong with that?

  • You know, I seem to dimly recall a country which declared people noncitizens and began issuing “special” paperwork to them.

    Oh yes. South Africa under apartheid.

  • P J Evans

     Do they have any foreign-owned businesses located in their state? Because I see lawsuits in their future, if so.

  • Baby_Raptor

    It’s a matter of seeing them as an active threat, at least for non-white non-fundies. 

  • Baby_Raptor

    That New Mexico abortion law made me see red. 

    Has the idiot never heard of a rape kit? Vastly more simple, and it doesn’t reduce women to incubators. 

    Or, hell. If you can’t handle that, save a piece of the tissue after the abortion. DNA test that! 

    And how does forcing a woman to birth a child she doesn’t want that was the product of a traumatic experience “protect” women? 

    Also, I note the lack of protections for women who do decide to go to term, but end up having to abort due to health or fatal defects. Are they gonna get jailed, too? And the doctors/nurses who helped them? And what about miscarriages? How will those be handled?

    I just…No words. Just rage. 

  • everstar

     Are you sure he’s a former Batman villain?

  • AnonymousSam

    FFS, TRIGGER WARNING that New Mexico page. ._.

    MASSIVE TW: Rape, incest, ungodly twisted moral and sexual beliefs about children

  • StillAPonyFan

    So, about the Kincanon guy’s…um, comment?….does anyone else think its fake? don’t misunderstand me, this isn’t a political thing where i assume teh wicked DEMON-crats (trademark) are ruining an honest god-fearin’ republican man. It just seems like that almost too much of an asshole thing, like making a comment about someone’s grandmother being a hooker after she dies. 

    Am I just be too optimistic here?

  • AnonymousSam

    No, it’s not fake. Because it’s still there.

    And his more recent posts are just as bad.

  • Which one is “the New Mexico page”? Oh, never mind, I never click anything Fred links any more anyway except the Church signs. Because, for all his vigorous defense of trigger warnings, and his calling people who don’t like them jerks, he both links things without warnings all the time and links things he says will be cheerful and/or by “smart people” that turn out to ruin my week entirely all the time. 

  • • New Mexico Republicans court the votes of crime victims.

    Actually it is mostly due to the way Republicans casually dismiss the concerns of rape victims that gives rise to the TW. Incest is incidental to the discussion – the primary focus is on an asinine law that would have put women on trial for getting abortions, even rape victims.

  • One thing that would help, IMV, is if the quantity of links were perhaps reduced in favor of being able to peruse them and then give warnings as necessary. But that’s Fred’s deal, not mine.

  • AnonymousSam

    “New Mexico Republicans court the votes of crime victims.”

    I seriously wasn’t prepared for what I read (it starts out bad, but then gets much much worse) and it destroyed my creativity for the rest of the night.

  • That is really awful, and I am sorry you were put in this position.

    My general mindset has improved since I’ve stopped following stuff Fred links. I used to be smacked upside the head by horrors all the time, and also have to twist myself into knots to justify some extraordinarily nasty stuff that he claimed would be awesome stuff.

    Then I realized that, just because I generally like Fred, that does not mean I have to keep giving him the benefit of the doubt over and over and over again when it hurts me. Because I’m not Christian any more, thank cats. Now I get to say, “I like what Fred writes but I don’t trust his judgment of what other people write enough to keep doing this to myself, and I am allowed to both judge and refuse to give seventy-second chances.”

  • AnonymousSam

    I’m just thankful that the few trauma-based triggers I have are not things that translate well to the Internet. What I do have are things that can whip me into an instantaneous state of rage. This was one of them. Somewhere out there, there is a man who wrote a book and he is utterly complacent in his state of complete and utter moral filth.

    That’s all I need to know. That’s all I want to know. Because if I found out he was still alive and lived nearby, I hate to think what I might do.

  • fredgiblet

    But Scientology doesn’t need to fool 50+% of the population to have relevance.  If the GOP drops to 40% or lower in their home turf then they’ll be in crisis.

  • Matri

    Because if I found out he was still alive and lived nearby, I hate to think what I might do.

    I’ll help…

    *looks about furtively*

  • fraser

     I think sometimes they’re just stupid. I’m inclined to believe Greenspan when he said that it never occurred to him that deregulating the financial industry wouldn’t bring on utopia.

  • fraser

     Nor do I hear any suggestions that the state should actually pay to cover the costs of forcing someone to have a baby. I’m sure if that’s raised we’ll hear a lot more talk about “legitimate rape” and how some sluts just don’t want to bear the financial consequences of their sluttiness, etc.

  • Carstonio

    I suspect a huge percentage of them are in denial of their demographic destiny. Having an educated black man in the White House probably feels like a bad dream to them. Fred codified the the phenomenon last month.

    There were plenty of things I detested about the Bush years – the Iraq war, the demagoguery about stem cells and Terri Schiavo, the use of Regent University and Patrick Henry College as employment agencies  – but at least there was still a fair amount of interest of governance and and in winning elections. The class of 2010 for Congress, especially in the House, often seems like the Koch brothers simply scoured the letter columns of small-town newspapers and recruited the crankiest writers. With the House of Representatives class of 2010 in particular, it seems like the Koch brothers scoured the letters columns of small-town newspapers and recruited the crankiest of the letter-writers, and . Whatever the GOP might have stood for in past decades, now it’s a party of protest and not of policy, just sour old white men yelling at everyone to get off their metaphorical lawns.

    Here’s a theory that Obama is now using himself as the straw man extremist. If so, it’s astounding to see ostensibly grown men acting like 5-year-olds, even while the tactic itself seems clever.

    Republican members of Congress have shown a willingness, even an
    eagerness, to vote against measures that they themselves have sponsored in the past — if Obama is now proposing them.

    So if the president really wants immigration reform to pass, one of the most helpful things he could do is put out his own plan as a decoy, to draw Republican fire, while the Senate works toward bipartisan consensus. Which looks suspiciously like what just happened.

  • fraser

    I’ll throw David Brooks’ recent column into the mix. He argues that Obama is indeed an extremist because he’s proposing policies that look sensible (Hurricane Sandy relief, moderate gun control) but are really ruthlessly partisan! They’re going to split the Republicans because not all Republicans agree with them–the only truly bipartisan approach is to adopt policies that Repubs will universally agree with!
    I realize criticizing Brooks is like shooting fish in a barrel but it seems the media belief in bipartisanship as an end in itself is growing more extreme along with everything else.