From The Washington Post:
A group of prominent GOP leaders yesterday launched an effort to improve their party’s sagging image, hosting an event at which they did not directly attack President Obama, rarely used the word “Republican” and engaged in a healthy dose of self-criticism.
At a pizza restaurant in Arlington, where they officially unveiled the National Council for a New America, party leaders attempted to portray Republicans as sensitive to the concerns of average Americans and to shake off the “Party of No” label that Democrats have tried to affix to the GOP.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) rejected the idea that yesterday’s event, the first in a national series, was about “rebranding” the GOP, but it gave the impression of a party looking for a fresh start. Cantor, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sat on stools and lobbed criticism at “Washington” and “liberals.” They took few shots at Obama as they pledged to start a “conversation” with voters around the country.
The new, improved GOP! And pizza! What could possibly be wrong? Well, kids, while Cantor, Mittsie, and Jebby represent the
same shit we’ve been hearing for decades from the asshole goopers new face of the Rethuglican party, don’t make any mistake as to who’s still writing most of the menus…
Cantor took the lead in forming the group, which he says is officially nonpartisan, though it includes no Democrats and will be operated out of his office.
Worried that the GOP is being portrayed only as the opposition party, prominent Republicans hope to draw attention to their agenda by using well-known figures such as Bush and Romney to tout their ideas. But they don’t believe they need to shift their political views to the left or the right to win.
Hope they don’t get burned! Better wear an oven mitt. Those pizza ovens get really hot!
The town-hall-style event was also the latest signal of Cantor’s emergence as one of the party’s leading voices. He announced the group’s creation in a conference call Thursday, even as House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) was bashing Obama to reporters.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele was not included; Cantor’s office said that doing so would have made the effort seem more partisan.
Romney is widely seen as preparing for a second presidential run in 2012, while Bush is eager to assert himself in the debate over how the GOP should reshape itself.
“From the conservative side, it’s time for us to listen first, upgrade our message a bit, not be nostalgic about the old days,” Bush said.
Don’t be nostalgic? Really? Maybe Jebby’s right. After all, he seems to have moved on. Then again, the only thing that the Rethugs seem to offer is warmed-up leftovers from this place.
(By the way, there are some things that are just too serendipitous!)
Those crazy Rethugs! They’re just a little slice of heaven.