It begins with dismay that the baggers seem "willing to risk the nation's economy simply to get their way." The party regulars are ready to fight for better primary campaigns but the tea partyers are no less ready to stand in their way.
Tom Davis, a former congressman who once headed the Republican’s House campaign arm, said the problem went beyond the party’s failure to win over minority voters. Educated and affluent suburban voters who were once the Republican Party’s backbone have drifted to the Democrats, he said. In their absence, the party is attracting a more populist, less educated core.
“Everybody says it’s changing demographics. It’s not just that,” Mr. Davis said. “A lot of former Republicans are voting Democratic.”...NYT
The Washington Post's analysis of the week's Republican party meeting is terse.
The official slogan for the Republican National Committee’s three-day winter meeting here was “Renew Grow Win.” But it did little to resolve the bigger issue for the battered party, which could have been summed in one word: How? ...WaPo
The Virginia legislature's move to skew the electoral college votes appears to be dying or dead. Republican legislators are already coming out against it.
The Privileges and Elections Committee, which will hear the bill next week, is composed of eight Republicans and seven Democrats, so the loss of even one Republican vote for the measure would cause it to fail. ...WaPo
Screwing with the vote -- vote tampering, preventing minorities from voting... the whole list -- has got to stop. Think Progress points to Republican leaders who are taking up this cause. Among them is Haley Barbour of Mississippi, former governor, even as party leaders in other states are rushing to destroy parity in the voting process by playing with states' electoral college votes.
ANDREA MITCHELL (HOST): If it were done nationally, Mitt Romney would have been taking the oath of office on Monday.
BARBOUR: That’s true this time. Other time it might have been just the opposite. I’m a traditionalist myself. I really am a conservative. I’m a little bit skeptical of this. [...]
MITCHELL: Doesn’t it make it look as though the Republicans are trying to sort of game the system? [...]
BARBOUR: As I said, I would not be for it. I don’t think there’s any sort of national movement, and you have sort of convinced me that in Virginia there may not be even state movement. It may be an isolated legislator. ...MSNBC, via Think Progress
Daily Intel also reports on where conservatives are going to get away from librul America. No, really! Islands! Free states! Enclaves built on oil platforms!
Anywhere but Obama's America.