Sunday, February 24, 2013

Will The GOP Broaden Its Appeal? A 30-Year History

"The Republican Party is attempting to broaden its appeal to the nation's union members through a newly formed labor advisory council." - Miami Herald, 6/18/82

"Republicans have found themselves on the short end of the 'gender gap,' as women have moved toward the Democratic party in recent years. But it is 'not irreversible,' says Representative Snowe." - Christian Science Monitor, 3/21/83

"As some Republicans at the Staunton meeting suggested, the party should try harder to broaden its appeal, especially to blacks." - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/12/85

"More than any other potential Republican contender, Robertson hits the social issues that arouse and energize conservatives. Republican strategists are concerned that a Robertson candidacy could restrict the party's efforts to broaden its appeal by re-igniting an emotional debate on such issues as abortion, school prayer and homosexuality." - Daily News of Los Angeles, 3/23/86

"Specifically, Mr. Fahrenkopf called on the GOP to broaden its appeal to a wider constituency. Republicans urgently need to win adherents among blacks, Hispanics, Roman Catholics, and labor union members, he says. Fahrenkopf believes that this can be accomplished if the GOP becomes known as `the party of responsibility and compassion.' The chairman charges that too often Republicans have failed to adapt to the new ethnic politics that is so important in many regions of the nation. The GOP has given the impression that `we were closed to all except direct descendants of the Mayflower,' he points out." - Christian Science Monitor, 3/17/87

"In the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, Bush's campaign concentrated heavily on both the symbols and the issues in an anxious effort to solve 'the woman problem' - the nagging polls that show women favoring Bush's opponent, Michael S. Dukakis, by anywhere from 17 to 32 percentage points." - Philadelphia Inquirer, 8/15/88

"As Kemp told a Republican audience in Wisconsin in 1986, the party had to broaden its appeal." - State Journal-Register, 1/16/89

"If the Republican Party holds on to the White House in 1992 but gains no ground in the House or Senate, it will have lost a rare opportunity to broaden its appeal among voters." - State Journal-Register, 4/29/91

"It is also a blow to the Republican Party, which has sought to broaden its appeal to minority voters and does not want to enter the 1992 presidential as the party that put an ex-Klan member in a statehouse." - Dallas Morning News, 10/21/91

"Really, though, Clinton and his fellow Democrats should be ecstatic with Buchanan, who kicked off the Republican convention with one of the most outrageously vitriolic diatribes in recent political history - a speech that contained something to offend just about everyone who isn't white, aging, narrow-minded and male." - Chicago Sun-Times, 8/19/92

"Since the GOP ticket lost the 1992 presidential election, moderate party members like Mr.  Barbour have blamed religious activists for making the party look 'intolerant.'" - The Washington Times, 1/31/93

"'There are some aspects of the agenda of the Republican Party that I disagree with, and I have said so,' Mr. Powell said Wednesday. 'I will continue to speak out, and I hope the party can broaden its appeal, to appeal to the greatest number of Americans possible.'... And he said Republicans would be smart to show more compassion when reforming social programs and in welcoming ethnic minorities to the GOP fold." - Dallas Morning News, 11/12/95

"With this shift in emphasis, the GOP is moving to broaden its appeal to voters who say they care more about the education of their children than about any other issue. 'We are trying to say we are committed to improving public schools, and we need to be more forceful in how we say that,' said John Feehery, spokesman for House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. 'People got the impression we are not for public schools.'" - Watertown Daily Times, 3/1/99

"Anderson said she still believes that blacks should be active in both parties, but that the Republicans have to do a better job of making blacks feel wanted beyond mere tokenism... 'You're talking about a party who talks about wanting to broaden its appeal, and yet it has alienated some of the people it already has.'" - USA Today, 3/27/00

"A new Republican organization will attempt to foster greater tolerance toward gays within the party, according to GOP leaders who urged the party to broaden its appeal and build on President Bush's pledge to be a uniter. Charles Francis, a gay Washington public-relations executive who helped arrange a meeting last year between Bush and several gay Republican activists, heads the organization, the Republican Unity Coalition. At a breakfast meeting Friday, Francis said the group's objectives were 'about making being gay or lesbian a nonissue in the Republican Party.'" - Sun-Sentinel, 1/22/01

"It's the Republican Party that has the explaining to do. The GOP has to understand that despite all its efforts to broaden its base to include more African Americans and Latinos, Lott's recent birthday 'tribute' to retiring Senator Strom Thurmond set the party's inclusion agenda back 10 years." - Hartford Courant, 12/14/02

"The announced departure of Watts, 44, was a setback to the Republican Party's drive to broaden its appeal to minorities." - Deseret News, 7/2/02

"Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele has received a featured speaking spot at next month's Republican National Convention, where he will deliver a message of racial equality and economic empowerment for a party looking to broaden its appeal among minorities, GOP leaders announced yesterday." - The Baltimore Sun, 7/21/04

"Curiously, however, Schwarzenegger did not lift a finger to help moderate Republicans in their duels with conservatives for party nominations... Maldonado and Richman lost in the primary to doctrinaire conservatives, and both were openly bitter about their party's blowing an historic opportunity to broaden its appeal." - Sacramento Bee, 8/1/06

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., is among those who believe Republicans need to move boldly... 'We have to be more inclusive; I feel very strongly about that. We have to reach out,' she said. 'After our losses this time, obviously you can be fiscally conservative, but you can also be tolerant. For some reason, I think our party has shifted to an intolerance that is not in keeping with our history.'" - Daily Press, 11/7/08

"'We are now a regional party' restricted to Texas and the South, said Mr. Boehlert, who said the party needs to broaden its appeal to become a national party again." - Watertown Daily Times 10/29/09

"And how much time must go by before African-Americans are willing to look past the GOP's unrelenting and deeply personal disrespect toward the nation's first African-American president? All that said, the biggest question here is not whether the GOP can transform itself, but whether it can even try. At this point, the Republicans are less a traditional political party than what disenchanted former GOP staffer Mike Lofgren has called an 'apocalyptic cult.'" - Observer-Dispatch, 11/13/12

"The developments come at a time the Republican Party nationally is involved in a well chronicled period of introspection after failing to win the White House last fall. President Obama's support reached 53 percent among women who cast ballots, 60 percent among voters under 30, some 71 percent among Hispanics and 93 percent among blacks. Numerous officials have said the party must find a way to broaden its appeal rather than continue to steer rightward." - Fox News, Yesterday


  1. 30 years and still not a sign of them changing with the times and the times are still a'changing.

  2. At least they are consistent, I guess.

  3. Stupid is as stupid does.

  4. I really wish the media would get it through their heads that the Republican party is the party of the unreconstructed bigot. They don't WANT anyone who isn't White, male, and Christian in their ranks. That's the whole point of the party. What Republicans want is not to change so they attract a broader base of supporters. What Republicans want is to keep being bigots without being called out for their incessant bigotry.

    1. Yes. I'm not saying everybody - I know some socially liberal GOPers.

      But I think African Americans and other groups know who is working in their interests, and who just isn't. And when you see lopsided electoral results for this many cycles, it's safe to say that the GOP is the Wonderbread party.


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