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Morning Examiner: Reince’s reboot

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus released the Republican Party’s official establishment autopsy of the 2012 election this morning and the conclusions will be highly controversial.

The autopsy begins by noting that while Republicans won five of six presidential campaigns between 1968 and 1988, it lost the popular vote five out of the next six. The Priebus report concludes that this is because of a widely held perception that “the GOP does not care about people.” To counteract this perception the Priebus report recommends, “We are not a policy committee, but among the steps Republicans take in the Hispanic community and beyond, we must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform.”

In addition to embracing amnesty, the Priebus report also recommends Republicans abandon social conservatism. From the report: “Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.”

“Our ideas can sound distant and removed from people’s lives,” the report’s first section on messaging begins. “Instead of connecting with voters’ concerns, we too often sound like bookkeepers. We need to do a better job connecting people to our policies.” The report’s first recommendation to combat this problem? “The Grand Old Party should be synonymous with the name ‘Growth and Opportunity Party.’”

That should fix everything.

From The Washington Examiner
Examiner Editorial: Obama falsely claims credit for America’s energy boom
Mark Tapscott: A little sunshine for Bill McKibben and the anti-Keystone crowd
Tim Carney: Trickle-down Dems would line pockets of big business
Michael Barone: Support for same-sex marriage crosses party lines
Byron York: At CPAC, conservative activist slams Karl Rove
Phil Klein: What was the point of Romney’s CPAC speech?
Conn Carroll: How the Fed is creating a new feudalism

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The New York Times, Tax Credits or Spending? Labels, but in Congress, Fighting Words: In a low-income neighborhood in Bozeman, Mont., taxpayers helped pay for the construction of a grocery store, Town and Country Foods. They are doing the same in New Orleans, with federal dollars helping to build new groceries, including a Whole Foods, in an area still suffering after Hurricane Katrina.
The Los Angeles Times, Cities up spending on lobbyists, cut services: Although many of California’s cities and counties have been struggling financially, putting off road repairs, cutting back library hours and reducing police patrols, there is one way in which they have not held back: hiring Sacramento lobbyists.

Lefty Playbook
Think Progress and Talking Points Memo both loved CPAC’s minority outreach panel.
Like Obama, Jonathan Bernstein believes there is no deficit problem.
Ezra Klein explains why the Ryan budget is not a $400,000 tax cut for millionaires.

Righty Playbook
Mark Hemingway on The Unions vs. Obamacare.
Walter Russell Mead says America’s “Daddy Party” Needs To Grow Up.
Deroy Murdock advises conservatives to focus on job growth.

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