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You don't get it, I don't care what you are. Only republicans should say what the republican party should be. We don't need mamby pamby whiners.

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FJ

You obviously do not get it.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I am an American. I do not belong to any party.

If you want your beloved party to regain control???? You must be inclusive to everyone.

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Very well said CT!!!

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As usual, FJ can't handle an idea or present ideas without the usual "fuck offs" kind of comment. Everyone and anyone who doesn't think like him are, well, just read his posts. Anyone who takes that line of thought and response gets to be thought of by the sames names he uses on others. It's too bad. He might have some opinions but he hasn't progressed past third grade with his name calling so they'll never be taken seriously. The rest of us should know that it's going to take some co-operation and understanding and that we all just might need to give a little to help ALL of us move forward. Put me in that category. This country is in a tough spot and many administrations have gotten us there and many will be required to get out out of it. It's way beyond any one party, in my opinion. As long as there's some shared sacrifice, I'm all for it. If your solutions are 180 degrees opposite of mine, I'll listen and try to understand them as long as you don't think they're the equivalent of some kind of scripture or other "absolute truth."

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Politically Correct

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What is "PC"?

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The only thing the republican party needs to do is grow a set, and tell the mamby pamby demotwats to go fuck off. Tired of PC crap and PC politicians. If you want to be a democrat, be a fucking democrat and don't whine about it.

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As an independtant who from 84 to 00 voted for the GOP. The Republicans have lost total touch with the common man/woman. They need to get their act together and fast.

They have become the party of old angery wealthy white men. They have offended African Americans, Hispanics, Females, Young people, and Old people.

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Just as the Democrats had to marginalize the far left in the 1980's, the Republicans will have to do the same with the far right in order to be competitive...

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How to move forward dominated the discussions at last week's Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, where some of the party's leading voices castigated Romney's assessment — made in what was supposed to be a private telephone call to donors — that Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" the president had provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. These governors faulted Romney.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attributed Romney's loss to a lack of "a specific vision that connected with the American people."

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who describes himself as a "pro-choice moderate Republican," echoed Republicans across the spectrum when he said last week, "We need to be a larger-tent party." Brown lost his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.

Across the board, Republicans say that arguably the most urgent task facing the party is changing its attitude about immigration as it looks to woo Hispanics. This rapidly growing group voted overwhelmingly for Obama, by margins of 7-to-1 over Romney, who had shifted to the right on the issue during the GOP primary.

It didn't take long after the election for even staunch conservatives to start changing their tune on immigration. Days after the election, even conservative TV host Sean Hannity said he would support an immigration bill.

Said Barbour, "If we would be for good economic policy in terms of immigration, that would go a long way toward solving the political problem."

It's not just Hispanics.

Republicans said they also have work to do with single women and younger voters, many of whom tend to be more liberal on social issues than the current Republican Party. These Republicans said a change in tone is needed, though not a change in principles such as opposition to abortion.

"We need to make sure that we're not perceived as intolerant," said Ron Kaufman, a veteran Republican strategist who advised Romney's campaign. "The bottom line is we were perceived to be intolerant on some issues. And tone-deaf on others."

Republicans also said the party has to work on its relationship with working-class voters.

"Republicans have to start understanding that small business and entrepreneurs are important, but the people who work for them are also important," said Rep. Charles Bass, R-N.H., who lost his seat to Democrat Ann Kuster. "We've got to be compassionate conservatives."

Party leaders also said the GOP needs to change how it communicates its message. Obama's campaign, they said, was particularly effective at talking directly to voters, and building relationships over long periods of time, whereas the GOP was more focused on top-down communication such as TV ads and direct mail.

"There are whole sections of the American public that we didn't even engage with," Gingrich said.

Others pointed to the pressing need to recruit candidates who know how to stick to a carefully honed message, especially in a Twitter-driven era. Among their case studies: Senate candidates Richard Mourdock in Indiana and Todd Akin in Missouri, who both discussed rape and pregnancy during the campaign, to the chagrin of party leaders looking to narrow the Democrats' advantage among women.

"We need candidates who are capable of articulating their policy positions without alienating massive voting blocs," said Kevin McLaughlin, a Republican operative who worked on several Senate races for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Many Republicans say the party doesn't have a choice but to change — and quickly.

Said Kaufmann: "In this business, either you learn and grow or you die."

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