GOP chief plans major overhaul to party
January 24th, 2013
07:48 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP chief plans major overhaul to party

Washington (CNN) -- The chair, perhaps the most famous chair in political history, stands in the office of a large, nondescript cement building just a stone's throw away from the U.S. Capitol.

That's right, the chair Clint Eastwood used as a prop in his rambling and at times incoherent critique of President Barack Obama at the Republican National Convention is now one of the many pieces of political memorabilia in Reince Priebus' spacious office on First Street in Washington.

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  1. kerri

    The storage of a chair is how the GOP is fixing the party? Either someone at CNN fell asleep on the job, or they need a new political director... Give me real news, please.

    January 24, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. MrBeenThere

    How can the GOP Chief fix and overhaul his party when he is the Problem............. his shortcomings helped bring the GOP to where it's at today.

    January 24, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  3. ST

    If republicans have some brains, they should throw this man Preibus to the dustbin. Just keep him and you will see. Since he has been the chairman it has been talk, talk and no delivery. If he was clever, he could have done the overhaul immediately after losing election. He has been quiet and now he promises to do something!! Hmmm! it is all way through caterpillar talk.

    January 24, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Looks like they're cooking up more ways to try and fool people into voting them back in. That and gerrymandering, looks like they are off to a pretty good start. Good luck idiots.

    January 24, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    The best thing this guy could do for the Republican Party is resign. He's an extremist. He's best known for his offensive remarks, which are always designed to be controversial. But most of ll, he's tenure has been a disaster for the party. Look at how the party polls compared to 2 years ago following the 2010 elections. While Michael Steel resigned in scandalous disgrace, I think it is more disgraceful for the party to allow someone who is better suited for AM radio than to lead a major national party.

    January 24, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  6. Just a thought

    The party of sleeze and wheeze.....Lying, name calling, sprinkled with representation for the most devote racists= SLEEZE....plus a healthy dose of OLD GRUMPY WHITE MEN = WHEEZE

    January 24, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  7. trex

    .............OVERHAUL?????.....If the gop was A CAR.................It would have been....................TOTALLED......

    January 24, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. Just a thought

    What decent american would call themselves a member of this horrible party? Listening to these idiots, they blame the President because the majority of this country ARE NOT IDIOT ENOUGH to put the GOP in power.

    January 24, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Rence, you are a disgrace in comparison to your predecessor.

    January 24, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Just a thought

    There is only one reason these clowns would admit to being members of the GOP,; Without the support of the greedy and ignorant racists, they couldn't get elected dog catcher. In fact, most decent people are too embarassed to admit they support this horrible party.

    January 24, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Wow. So The Afterthought is pretending he is still in charge. Reince, if you want your team to be more competitive, you need to look at your playbook a bit more, especially in these areas:
    1. Defense – you cannot keep the party alive by encouraging the elected officials to be the Party of NO. Unless they can come up with more positive direction that does not include gutting the social welfare net (including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and VA Benefits), they are going to be seen with less and less importance.
    2. Recruiting – one of the biggest downfalls of the party in certain areas is it has the impression of being too white, too male, too upper financial class. Don't expect people in a heavily Roman Catholic, Hispanic, high poverty area to flock in droves to vote for a guy who's previous office was secretary of his Country Club. Find, recruit and groom ethnic candidates who speak to the local population because they are part of it, not some carpetbagger brought in from another state.
    3. Recruiting, Part 2 – if you want to attract Black Voters, take your elected officials and candidates to task when they refer to Welfare Queens and Welfare Kings. This is ironic, especially as the majority of welfare recipients are White people from Extremely RED states. Also, don't try to recruit Hispanics while talking about building a fence and deporting children of illegal aliens who's only "crime" was being brought here when they were 2 years old.
    4. Recruiting, Part 4 – If you want to attract female voters, don't make your platform follow Leviticus almost word for word. Ever since GI Joe tried to tell Rosie the Riveter to get back in the kitchen, women have been feeling resentful of men trying to assert authority over them. Recruit women who are capable of handling serious discussions about the issues, not people like Michelle Bachmann, Jan Brewer, and Christine O'Donnell, or (yes, I will actually write her name in this instance) Sarah Palin.
    While I, like just about every other person in the US, got real tired of listening to the same questions asked every debate to a steadily dwindling crowd on stage, the idea of not "funding" candidates who take part in non-sanctioned debates really doesn't matter as long as self-funding candidates like Mitt Romney, or candidates with strong outside fundraising machines like Rick Perry are around.
    Just the thoughts of a Democrat who doesn't want to see the Republican Party go the way of the Whigs, who they are the spiritual descendants of, or the Know-Nothings, who they are more closely coming to resemble.

    January 24, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |