After Shunning Tea Party… GOP Launches “Grassroots” Website

The Republican Party had their grassroots army.
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But, they shunned the Tea Party.

Now this…
The Republican Party is launching a “grassroots” website to serve as an activist forum.
Policy Mic reported:

Last week, the Republican National Committee announced that it will be launching the next phase of its Growth and Opportunity project, a website that will “serve as a forum for grassroots supporters to share ideas and recommendations about the way forward for the Republican Party. As Chairman Priebus and the co-chairs of the Growth and Opportunity project travel the country seeking input that will influence the Party’s long term plan, the listening website will be another tool to help facilitate conversation across the country.”

But will these grassroots measures really do much to fix the GOP’s problems?

In his re-election speech last Friday, Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called for a transformation that would propel the GOP away from its image as the 2-percenter party, which cost them the presidential race as well as seats in the House and Senate. His solution: Expand the GOP’s appeal to minority voters.

“We have to build better relationships in minority communities, urban centers,” said Priebus in his RNC Winter address. “We need a permanent, growing presence.”

Republicans are riding the demographic shift bandwagon like there’s no tomorrow — and they should. Republicans have realized that Obama’s victory was largely attributed to the democratic minority vote, and are now finally hurdling over Rovian delusions. Even Rush Limbaugh gave a shout-out (with tangible trepidation) to Marco Rubio’s call for immigration reform, and conceded that with stricter border restrictions, he could agree to a beefed-up version of Reagan’s 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli-type amnesty.

Related… Karl Rove’s group, American Crossroads, is also creating a new Super PAC to crush conservatives, destroy the tea party, and put a bunch of squishes in Republican leadership positions.

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  • REGinger

    This is really sad. They think they can create a grass roots org that would be passionate and involved?

    so out of touch
    unless they will pay them to pretend to care, like the Dems do their ‘ grass roots orgainzations

    Neither the GOp now the Dems can EVER recreate the Tea Party

  • Dennis

    No one left to vote for. There is no political solution to our troubled evolution. Start praying and keep your head down.

  • TeachX3

    The People are becoming more and more independent… so, yeah, good luck with that rinos.

  • Maudie N Mandeville

    How about this, GOP, massive gun control, tax payer funded abortion on demand, unemployment for 10 years and outreach centers in Mexico City?

  • SeniorD

    Such ‘Grassroots’ efforts simply mean the Party Mandarins will still maintain control to keep the hoi poloi out of the leadership.

  • PP206

    If you had beautiful natural grass growing in your front yard, why would you rip it out and replace it with astroturf?

  • Michael Zak

    Jim, you and other pundits could help, by informing the public about “Back to Basics for the Republican Party” – – my pro-GOP history of the GOP. Republicans make a big mistake by accepting Democrat lies about the Republican Party as the starting point for political debate.

  • Chris Stafford

    Oh, how I hate the GOP. First, they swiftly co-opt and crush the energetic Tea Party. Now they try to rebirth some neutered, bored version of it from scratch?

  • cavt

    Don’t think this will go anywhere. If the GOP really wanted a grassroot inspiration, they would put Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at the forefront and maybe Boehner, McConnell and the rest of the placid GOP losers could learn something. If they stood up and confronted Obamaite dems boldly, I think they would be surprised at the grassroots response.

    ps–forget Rove. His effectiveness(lack of) is already proven. Notice that Morris has disappeared.

  • StandUpChuck

    Go tell them how bad they suck on their own survey.

  • JaaZee1

    It was only a little over two years ago, that patriotic Americans got
    off the couch, left their families and stormed “Town Hall” meeting to
    give their “democrat” representatives a piece of their mind.
    In November 2010, the democrat party was demolished,losing the House
    and their super majority in the Senate. Even more dramatic results were
    seen on the local level with the GOP winning Governorships and State
    Legislatures across the country.

    NONE of this was done with Wall Street money, with highly paid “consultants”
    like Karl Rove. It was a spontaneous “Grass Roots Movement” made up of
    Americans who believe in the Constitution, in rights guaranteed by a higher
    authority than government.

    Who can forget the new Speaker crying as Nancy Pelosi handed the gavel over
    to him.

    The establishment was confused. The establishment did not understand what had
    just happened. After all, as Pelosi said, “those people are astroturf”, whatever that

    Media and professional politicians could not attack a movement that had not offices,
    no leadership, and no money. So it had been called “T-Party, named after cinnents
    made by a great American and trader in Chicago.

    And so it began. Conservative Americans who stood up to the socialist President
    sitting on Air Force One campaigning still, were attacked as “extremist clowns, as
    Joe Scarborough delights in calling fellow citizens, and the liberal media went to
    town with all sorts of names and vile descriptions of the right.

    Now, I am a registered GOP voter, but an independent and conservative in my
    voting. I have no idea what the T-Party is locally, and don’t care. However, I agree with
    most everything that is said by T-Party members who probably represent 5%-10% of
    people like me.

    I could care less about the New York Times, the crazies on MSNBC, the #uppers or
    #nerdland teenage pundits. I do care, however, that Karl Rove came out officially
    and attacked the T-Party movement. Rather than working with the strongest base
    the GOP has had in decades, rather than try to help avoid the mistakes that were
    made in candidate choices, Rove would rather fight the democrats on the left, and
    conservatives on his right.

    2010 and 2012 proved conservatives do not need the GOP to win on the local level.
    Conservative Governors in previously “blue” States are showing the way it should be
    done. It may be time for a third party movement for 2014 that would lead the way
    towards a 2016 victory for conservatives.

    The next two years should be spent “vetting” everthing about Barack Obama, a man millions voted for and hardly know who he is.

    We have a major ace in the hole. Obamacare has been read. People know what is in
    the Bill, as Nancy said. And even strong union supporters are shocked at the huge
    increase in healthcare costs and taxes everyone, Democrat, GOP, conservative, liberal,
    will forced to pay. The IRS estimates a $20,000 cost for a family of four in 2016 for the
    cheapest “Bronze” level Obama plan.

    The fraud, waste and corruption of our government has to be exposed. The anti-business agenda of this Administration has to be stopped cold. I recognize this is Obama’s first real job. However, he has to learn that he was elected President to “serve” the people, not a King to “rule” the people.

    I see an opportunity for conservatives to “take back our country”, revive our strong and positive American culture, and show once again that yes, Mr. President, Americans are an
    exceptional people, and “We the People” did build this great nation, not corrupt politicans.

  • gentlevoice

    man, I never comment but the VERY first thing they want is your information.. they don’t care about the survey…just the email list. screw’em

  • Neo

    How can you know this way not that?
    You choose the door, you choose the path
    Perhaps you should be coming back
    Another day, another day
    And nothing is quite what is seems
    You’re dreaming! Are you dreaming?

  • American Woman

    Oh dear, this means they will be calling and calling often.

    They are in for a surprise. They will not get one cent. We saw how well they handled the fake 2012 Presidential election.

    They can prance and pretend all they want, but when push comes to shove they are part of the Progressive evil cabal.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    They never seem to miss an opportunity to prove that their moniker, The Stupid Party, is well-deserved.

  • Nan

    There were several reasons I switched my registration to Independent, and one of them was Karl Rove.

    I loathe the Republican Establishment.

  • mg4us

    Reince And Rove need to realize that THAY ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. . .They are RINOs

    As long as these two elitist ignoramuses guide the GOP, the GOP will be out flanked and out maneuvered. .

    I am a Conservative first. .committed to the US Constitution, Limited Government and individual Liberty. . As well as fiscally conservative spending. . . and as part of this liberty, I am all for people being free to live their own way without fear as long as it is respectful and does not impinge on my liberties. . .

    So yeah. .I am a TEA PARTY PATRIOT. . . and will continue to vote for those who represent my beliefs!

  • BetseyRoss

    This is comical. The Republicans starting a grass roots wing of the party. Ha ha. They already have one, they just don’t want to admit it. Tea party is laughing at them even as we speak. They have always been afraid of us. A few of them get it, but most are worried to death about their so-called power. They are such wimps. Man up, you pansies. That means you, too, Rove.

  • MonkeyWrench

    Speaking of Republican squishes. Gov. Kasich of Ohio has now accepted the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion for Ohio! They will all cave soon.

  • oldguy

    Kill the Tea Party? Why, the Tea Party just killed you in the last election. Didn’t you RINOs get that? Who needs who here?