Sparks fly when Margaret Hoover, Gayle Trotter and Charles Blow discuss the GOP's future and how to broaden its appeal after a study commissioned by the Republican National Committee prescribed a major makeover for the party.
The report stated, "Unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future." And a new CNN/ORC poll reveals 38 percent view the GOP in a favorable light while 54 percent of voters surveyed have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party. Reince Priebus, RNC chairman, plans to spend $10 million to reshape their message.
Hoover supports Priebus' initiative and "preaching tolerance" on issues like gay marriage and immigration reform. "There has got to be room for people that have different views on different issues, which means we're getting rid of this necessity to have absolute orthodoxy on every issue," she says.
Republicans look to rebrand and attract Latino voters with a possible new bipartisan immigration reform bill. CNN's chief political analyst Gloria Borger, Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher, and Republican consultant Margaret Hoover discuss.
David Frum and Mary Matalin argue the idea of a damaging GOP echo chamber, which Frum says contributed to Romney's loss.
What's next for the party that tried and failed to retake the Senate and White House? Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks to Anderson Cooper about the Republican platform and his party's dwindling support among Hispanics.
"I think there's one big issue...we've got to get over this immigration reform hurdle. President Bush was on the right track with comprehensive immigration reform. If we had passed that, we would be a party that probably had a 40 – 45% Hispanic base," says Giuliani. "Big opportunity lost really in Mitt Romney losing because I think that's one of the things Mitt Romney could have accomplished."
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says his party has a "demographic problem," and it comes down to immigration reform.
The GOP ticket follows Romney's moderate position on abortion, but will Ryan's personal views on the issue impact votes?
Anderson talks to Democratic Strategist Cornell Belcher and Republican Strategist Mary Matalin.
After being left for dead in the wake of the 2008 election, Republicans staged a stunning comeback over the past year.
Winning back the House and gaining a significant number of seats in the Senate in November gives them another stab at governing. The energized GOP, added to Americans' discontent with the way the country is headed, played a large factor in the midterm election wins.
In January, Republicans will control the agenda in the House and the future of bills in the Senate.
It didn't hurt that they were able to win over an influential voting bloc - the independents who make or break elections - in rolling up impressive wins in November.
Any analyst will tell you that offense is key to winning a game, and that's what Republicans went for. They shined a spotlight on Democratic policies and were able to convince American voters that change was needed.
Mix in a bad economy and record high unemployment, a rough period during which they weren't the ones at the helm, and you have a recipe for success.
According to midterm exit polls, 88 percent of voters found economic conditions to be not good or poor, and 86 percent said they were very worried or somewhat worried about the economy.
Republican wins, some say, came from a perception of the party as being a unified force, all on the same legislative page.
In the months leading up to the midterms, President Barack Obama and Democrats tried to label Republicans the "party of no."
But in the weeks since the election, Republicans have come out of the gate swinging, prompting the president to peg them as the "hostage takers."
And with liberal Democrats in the House revolting over the deal Obama worked out with Republican leaders to extend tax cuts to all Americans rather than just those making $250,000 or less - a key campaign promise - the president is in a tight spot. He'll face a larger class of Republicans coming in with the new Congress next month and Democrats remaining defiant despite their weakened standing.
All 42 Senate Republicans last week issued an ultimatum, refusing to move ahead with any other issues being considered by the lame-duck Congress until the dispute over extending the tax cuts, which are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, was resolved and an extension of current government funding was approved.
It was a bold move by Republicans, who won control of the House of Representatives in last month's midterms and weakened Democrats' power in the Senate. Supporters said Republicans were standing up for their principles, while Democrats likened it to a congressional temper tantrum.
"Mitch McConnell and the Republican senators that signed that letter last week said basically, 'You are going to play by our rules or we're going to take our ball and go home,' " said Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee.
So far, the White House has been forced to play by GOP rules.
With Congress at a stalemate, Obama this week announced a deal worked out with Republican leaders that recommended extending the tax cuts for all income levels for two more years.
James R. Carroll
U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers — known for his ability to secure funding for projects in his Eastern Kentucky district — was selected Tuesday as the new chairman of House Appropriations, the most powerful committee in Congress.
The 5th District Republican was chosen by the GOP steering committee in a secret vote late Tuesday afternoon. The decision is expected to be ratified Wednesday by the rest of the House Republicans.
Rogers beat out fellow committee veteran and former chairman Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and relative newcomer Jack Kingston, R-Ga.
“I am humbled and thrilled with the steering committee's decision, and look forward to the honor and responsibility of leading the Appropriations Committee next year if the full GOP conference approves the recommendation tomorrow,” Rogers said in a statement.
“There is no doubt that we have a tough and demanding chore ahead of us. The nation is in a fiscal crisis, and hard decisions are coming.”
Republicans took control of the House in the November election, giving it the power to name the chamber's leaders, including committee chairmen.
Rogers will preside over the writing of all the federal spending bills — and over the House GOP leadership's plans next year to whack away at President Barack Obama's next budget and stem the flow of dollars out of Washington.
In the lead-up to the selection, some conservatives argued that neither Rogers nor Lewis was qualified to be the chairman because of their past history as vigorous users of earmarks, special requests for spending on state and local projects.
Critics dubbed Rogers “the Prince of Pork” and called his earmark-benefitted district, where everything from highway construction to homeland security contracts had the Kentuckian's help over the years, “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.”
Rogers secured 137 earmarks worth $251.9 million between 2008 and 2010, according to LegisStorm, a nonpartisan congressional watchdog group. That ranked him 99th among Senate and House members with earmarks.