What the RNC’s autopsy gets right and wrong.
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Young people also stand in the shadow of a tidal wave of debt. This has produced a latent fiscal conservatism in many Millennials, though it needs to be more fully teased out. The Republican Party should be speaking directly to the young, elucidating the real consequences they will face if the government continues its reckless spending.
Immigration is not a panacea
The autopsy makes the common mistake of assuming comprehensive immigration reform is a tonic for the GOP’s problem with Hispanic voters. We can debate the merits of such a proposal, but it’s simply not true that support for looser immigration policies will convert Latinos. According to the Pew Hispanic Center, education, jobs and the economy, health care, and the deficit all rate as bigger concerns for Latinos than immigration.
And that’s the real quandary: Hispanics, unfortunately, are falling for the big-government promises of economic liberalism. Since Republicans won’t (and absolutely shouldn’t) become economic liberals, they have a far more vexing problem with Hispanics than the RNC acknowledges.
Distance from big business
Early on, the report encourages Republicans to shed the party’s reputation as a tool of big business and “be the champion of those who seek to climb the economic ladder of life.” This is sound advice that’s made realistic by a simple fact: the Republican Party no longer is the party of big business. Under the Obama Administration, corporations are getting fat on a diet of subsidies and rigged rules, while small businesses sink under the weight of regulation. Republicans should make this point every chance they get.
Define Democrats as unacceptable
In Mitt Romney, Democrats knew they had a candidate they could (mendaciously) define as a heartless plutocrat. So they did so, and very early in the campaign. The report learns this lesson, encouraging Republicans to define Democratic candidates quickly, and citing the Bush campaign’s success at portraying John Kerry as a weak flip-flopper. It also laments the GOP’s utter failure to combat the Democrats’ most effective line of attack: the war on women.
Make the party more tech-savvy
Anyone who read the media’s breathless insider profiles of the Obama campaign knows the Republican Party’s technological disadvantage is real and hurt Romney during the last election. The report recommends updating both the Republican Party’s social media outreach and data analytics, both of which are crucial to attracting new voters, especially young ones.
So will the autopsy have a serious impact? Probably not. On the campaign side, Republican consultants are already aware of most of the report’s diagnoses. On the ideas side, conservative thinkers and activists are hardly inclined to take their cues from a bunch of party suits. Give the news cycle a few more spins and the autopsy will likely be forgotten.
And that’s probably for the best. There are many lessons for Republicans to learn after 2012, but most of them aren’t to be found in this autopsy. Actually, autopsy is probably the wrong word. You can’t really cut someone open when you’re wringing your hands.
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