Friday, December 19, 2008

'In Private Memo, RNC Chief Concedes That GOP Is Bereft Of Ideas, Vows Change Of Direction'

But we knew that already. Look at the fix that Republican ideology has gotten us in. From TPM here.

In a frank and private memo sent today to Republican National Commitee members, the RNC chairman acknowledges that the GOP has grown too addicted to ideology, places politics before policy, and is bereft of ideas -- and that it's imperative that the party shift towards a genuine effort to develop concrete policy solutions to people's problems in order to rescue itself.

The memo, which we obtained from a Republican operative. was written by RNC chief Mike Duncan to explain the RNC's decision -- first reported by Politico -- to create a new in-house think tank called the "Center for Republican Renewal," which is devoted to coming up with new policies and ideas to chart a new direction for the party after November's devastating losses.

The memo -- which reflects just how deep a hole the party finds itself in -- also reveals some concrete details about the new think tank, including the appointment of Steven Duffield, the executive director of the GOP's 2008 Platform Committee, as the organization's new chief.

"Republicans have grown accustomed to having our party recognized as the `Party of Ideas,' but we must acknowledge that many Americans today believe the party is stale and does not deserve that label," reads one of the memo's starker assessments, adding that "we have not used our principles to provide solutions to the kitchen table concerns of middle-class America." . . .

Good luck with that.

Everyone knows by now that the Republican Party's main goal is making rich people richer, at the expense of everyone else. We've got to put the brakes on this fucking ideology. Laissez-faire capitalism doesn't work. And it's certainly not a traditional American concept. Our founding fathers conceived of publicly-provided fire protection and public libraries and universities, and funded them.

This Republican ideological trend to make everything a private enterprise to enrich the Republicans' cronies is a disgrace to our own traditions, in addition to being morally bankrupt and bad public policy.

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