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.
Over the weekend at CPAC, Sarah Palin went after the establishment, including Karl Rove, exposing a rift in the party over change and strategy. Trotter says there's nothing new about different conservative factions disagreeing, and that the GOP has a bright future ahead.
"It's really a matter of driving home these core principles and going after Obama and the left on these issues that in these demographics that we're losing in, to say that Republicans favor things like school choice," she says.
Calling the report a joke, Blow argues Republicans are trying to change the message and mechanics, but not policies. "The Republican Party has become something of a wildlife game preserve for intolerance, for anti-intellectualism and for kind of obstruction...not all Republicans are that way. That's not the problem. The problem is that the Republican Party has become a home for people who feel like that," he says.
His comments prompted Trotter's response that "Republicans do not need to learn or be lectured by liberals about how to succeed."
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