This week the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page “autopsy” of the 2012 presidential election and recommended a “rebranding” that guarantees the end of the Republican Party as a contender in national elections.
There are no surprises here. No one expects much from the RNC, and this embarrassingly stupid report follows a long line of RNC missteps.
How many political consultants does it take to change a light bulb? The answer: No one knows, because it’s never been done. Political consultants don’t actually do anything, they only advise on how to do it and how to avoid blame if their ideas lead to failure.
This RNC “autopsy report” is a suicide note. Its endorsement of a policy of amnesty for 15 million illegal aliens – and the tens of millions sure to follow – effectively “seals the deal” and gives a pass to any conservative Republican congressman who wants an excuse to vote for amnesty legislation. So, historians can duly note the date and time of the demise of the Republican Party and can give it its proper name. It was not an assassination, nor a death by natural causes. Republicans did it to themselves: a suicide.
The RNC is choosing to endorse and repeat the disastrous 1986 Simpson-Mazzoli amnesty plan despite the plain evidence of its failure. Amnesty for 3 million illegal aliens was granted immediately, while border security and interior enforcement were promises made and never kept. But this time, it’s not 3 million, it’s 15 million or more.
It may be relevant to point out that in 1986, when Congress was debating the amnesty proposal, the official government task force estimate was that 1.4 million would take advantage of the amnesty. The true number turned out to be more than double that number. So, let’s not kid ourselves that we are talking about only the 11.5 million in the official U.S. Census estimate. The true number will be 15 or 20 million or more. Thus, in doubling down on a failed plan, the RNC is re-rebranded itself (again) as the Stupid Party.
Yes, you can find a few good ideas in the 100-page RNC report. The recommendations on fewer primaries and fewer presidential debates – and more control over the venues and formats for the debates – are probably sound. But a few healthy vitamins added to a cup of poison will not alter its entirely predictable effects.
In fact, it is probably not an exaggeration to say that those recommendations about changes in Republican Party rules and presidential primaries are in the report to help disguise the taste of the poison. The political consultant class in Washington, D.C., has plotted since Nov. 7 to convince the Republican Party of the inevitability of a new amnesty bill, and this report is merely one more nail in that coffin.
That promoting the “amnesty option” was the primary purpose of the RNC report is obvious from the fact that no other policy issue was discussed – not the national debt, not national security, and not repealing Obamacare – which, unlike amnesty, is wildly popular among grass-roots Republicans. No: Only “comprehensive immigration reform” was identified as dictating a change of course for the party. Why? Because according to these experts, only Republican opposition to amnesty stands in the way of Republican success among the most important electoral demographic, Hispanic voters.
Only an incestuous political consultant class could get away with offering such delusions and nonsensical arguments as self-evident truths. In any other industry outside politics, such hubristic stupidity would be laughed out of the room. The report avoids any acknowledgment – mush less a fact-based refutation – of the inconvenient truth that Hispanic voters have been registering Democrats and voting Democratic by a 2-to-1 ratio for over 40 years, long before immigration became an issue!
Until now, until the RNC consultant class was engaged to give history a new spin and a hypnotic gloss, Republicans have been unaware that Bob Dole’s 21 percent of the Hispanic vote in 1996 was due to his campaign’s intemperate treatment of the immigration issue. That had mysteriously escaped our attention until explained by the RNC consultants who wrote this report.
And until now, Republicans did not realize that the DECLINE in Hispanic votes for Republican candidates in the 1988 national elections was due to the fact that the 1986 amnesty legislation signed by a Republican president, Ronald Reagan, was not generous enough!
And until now, Republican leadership at RNC and the American public were unaware that the Hispanic voters who answered the Pew Hispanic Center’s survey questions in the 2008 and 2012 elections and told us that immigration ranked fourth or fifth in importance behind jobs, the economy, health care and education – that such Hispanic voters were lying! All along, all they really cared about was amnesty.
We did not know any of this until now – until the RNC amnesty manifesto enlightened us.
A suicide is always a sad, heartbreaking event. That it will be celebrated in some quarters as a rebirth does not diminish the tragedy, but it does render it a tragi-comedy.