Nothing included in a new report by the Republican National Committee that analyzes its party's 2012 election losses is new, but its bluntness shows RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is not interested in glossing over any problems.
"Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes at what the party represents and many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country," the report says.
Authored by well respected Republicans Haley Barbour, Sally Bradshaw, Ari Fleischer, Zori Fonalledas and Glenn McCall, the report highlights changes needed in messaging, campaigning and fundraising. It also makes recommendations for reaching out to third party groups and seeks campaign finance reforms.
"Even though national and state parties are the most transparent, accountable and grassroots-oriented groups in our political system, they are the most heavily restricted by federal campaign finance law," says the report.
Outside groups now have fundraising and spending capabilities that exceed that of the state and national parties, the report concludes.
"The result is an illogical system where candidates and their parties no longer have the loudest voices in campaigns or even the ability to determine the issues debated in campaigns," it says. "As a result, this environment has caused a splintered Congress with little party cohesion so that gridlock and polarization grow as the political parties lose their ability to rally their elected officeholders around a set of coherent governing policies."
Some Democrats had been seeking changes to campaign finance laws for these very reasons as well.
For the most part, the report merely recognizes many of the Republican stumbles people observed happening during the campaigning ahead of 2012 or in the immediate aftermath of losing the presidential race and many Senate races GOP candidates were expected to win.
But the report may just be another document that falls on deaf ears; Right wingers gathered at the Conservative Political Action Convention last week appeared to be focusing on sharpening their message but not seeking an overhaul.
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