[T]he party’s main problem, dozens of Republican National Committee members argued in interviews over three days this week, is who delivers its message and how, not the message itself. Overwhelmingly they insisted that substantive policy changes aren’t the answer to last year’s losses.
Moderation, at least at this stage, is no virtue at the RNC.
“We don’t need a new pair of shoes; we just need to shine our shoes,” said West Virginia national committeewoman Melody Potter.
I agree with Atrios that the big question is whether they’ll moderate on immigration, and that it’s not clear that they will:
Opposition to this stuff (immigration reform) is in part racism, but it’s also based on the general belief in wingnuttia that the blahs and the brahs, even the illegal brahs, have access to some secret super generous welfare system that white people can’t get access to. As Craig T. Nelson said, “I have been on food stamps and welfare no one helped me out.”
The nut of this is the following: comprehensive immigration reform hurts Republicans in the short term (by increasing the number of Latino voters) but helps in the longterm (by blunting the Democratic advantage among Latino voters). If by “short term”, one means the 2014 election, then ramping ALL kinds of winger craziness (other than comments about rape and witches and the like) may help Republicans since it amps up turn-out among the old and crazy, and midterm elections are all about turn-out…but likewise, all this craziness turns off the next generation of voters.