BY JORGE BONILLAI’ll confess. I was NOT awaiting the GOP “autopsy” with bated breath, because I suspected it would miss out on the substantive issues of Hispanic/minority outreach, and would conflate policy with outreach. Sadly, I was right.
The GOP’s “Growth and Opportunity Project” is intended to be a launching point from which the Republican party can bounce back from November’s disastrous results while staving off demographic oblivion. Unfortunately, it reads more like CPAC’s tone-hectoring:
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And now, from the report itself:
2. On issues like immigration, the RNC needs to carefully craft a tone that takes into consideration the unique perspective of the Hispanic community. Message development is critical to Hispanic voters.3. The Republican Party is one of tolerance and respect, and we need to ensure that the tone of our message is always reflective of these core principles. In the modern media environment a poorly phrased argument or out-of-context statement can spiral out of control and reflect poorly on the Party as a whole. Thus we must emphasize during candidate trainings, retreats,etc., the importance of a welcoming, inclusive message in particular when discussing issues that relate directly to a minority group.
I’ll say it again: Acquiescence on “tone” carries automatic acceptance of ALL of the left/media’s narrative language, such as the “anti-immigrant” descriptor so dominant in today’s media coverage of the Right RE: immigration; a term, by the way, which was born out of Califormia’s Prop 187 wars. With these mea culpas, the establishment just tapped out…and for what? The GOP is using immigration policy and “tone” as a substitute for actual outreach and engagement. But policy is not outreach and outreach is not policy…and when policy is deployed as outreach, the end result is a compromise on principle with no gain in voter base. Without cogent outreach efforts, any compromise on immigration will be rejected for what it is…a shameless, shallow pander.
In short, the document is pretty much what I expected from a group of party insiders. One’s time is better spent reading the engagement primer I mentioned last week. After the election, I said that the GOPe should step aside, and that these intial engagement efforts should best be left to conservative grassroots organizations. There’s nothing here that would lead me to think any differently.What do you think? Should minority outeach be a thing the RNC does, or should it be left to the grassroots? Or not at all? Please “Like”and share the above story. Thanks!