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TeamJordan23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:03 PM
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GOP Rebranding kickoff draws 100 attendees at a pizzeria; paking lot full of Obama bumper stickers
Edited on Sat May-02-09 04:04 PM by TeamJordan23
Republicans kick off campaign to shine party image

By Rebecca Sinderbrand
CNN

ARLINGTON, Virginia (CNN) -- Three prominent GOP leaders kicked off a campaign Saturday to reshape their party's image, gathering at a restaurant in northern Virginia for the first of a series of town hall meetings.

The goal of the initiative, called the National Council for a New America, is to connect Republican leaders with voters across the country to help get the party's electoral fortunes back on track.

"Certainly our party has taken its licks the last few cycles, but that's why we're here," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor said Saturday. "The reality is, the prescriptions coming out of Washington right now are not reflective of the mainstream of this country."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said it's time for Republicans "to listen a little bit, learn a little bit." He advised Republicans to work on the party's message and "not be so nostalgic."

"I would say you can't beat something with nothing. The other side has something. I don't like it, but they have it," said Bush, who praised President Obama's tactical approach to politics and commended his 2008 campaign as "forward-looking."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney compared the GOP to Americans fighting the British during the Revolutionary War. "We are the party of the revolutionaries, they are the party of the monarchists," he told the overwhelmingly Republican crowd, saying the Republicans needed to "once again lead the American Revolution."

Romney blamed Washington for setting in motion policies that led to the collapse of the housing market, and painted his party's minority status as a boon.

"We have an advantage," said the former Republican presidential candidate. "When a party has the White House, communication comes top down, and there's a strategy that everyone has to march behind." Instead, he said, the GOP had the option of drawing its strategy from the grassroots.

"We don't have to come up with all the answers today. Thank goodness, we have a little time," he said. "Certainly by 2010, we better."

The venue -- a packed pizzeria in an Arlington strip mall -- had the feel of a small-town campaign stop Saturday morning, with a supportive crowd tossing friendly questions at the panel. But outside the front doors of the establishment were reminders of the challenges facing the party.

The parking lot out front, even with the heavily Republican crowd inside, was dotted with Obama bumper stickers. Northern Virginia has shifted solidly Democratic in recent elections, and surrogates for John McCain's campaign made statements late in the race that acknowledged the party had all but conceded the area.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/02/gop.townhall/ind...



GOP leaders launch listening tour

With the party at its lowest standing in several decades, Republicans on Saturday launched a listening tour in the heart of the Democratic suburbs, where several of the partys leading voices steered clear of hot-button issues and instead emphasized the need to advance new policy ideas to revive the party's prospects.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and former Republican governors Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney both frequently mentioned as potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates spoke to about 100 attendees at a pizzeria in the Washington suburb of Arlington, Va.. The event was the first held by the newly launched National Council for a New America.

They chose Pie-tanza, a small independently owned pizzeria in a suburban strip mall, that Cantor deemed "emblematic of thousands of small businesses across America," a symbol Republicans hope to harness as they re-couch their free-market principles in response to President Obama. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22020.html
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:04 PM
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1. Epic Fail.
"The reality is, the prescriptions coming out of Washington right now are not reflective of the mainstream of this country."

I continue to be amazed that they can say such things with a straight face when Obama has 65%-70% approval.
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:07 PM
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2. Fuzzy math, BIB.
The Repigs aren't very good with math.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:10 PM
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3. Don' Tom DeLay and Cheney live near there??? Wonder if they were there....LOL....n/t
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:10 PM
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4. I call them the fascist party of NO with
EXTRA Bullshit served up daily.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:18 PM
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6. Contessa Brewer, MSNBC, said Friday that someone said they saw a bumpersticker that
read, "Republicans NO everything!" :D
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:23 PM
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9. Love it! Accurate, Concise
soundbyte! And know nothing.
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:46 PM
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15. So do I...
I'd LOVE to get a t-shirt and/or bumper-sticker with that saying on it!
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:17 PM
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5. They aren't fit to work at the pizzeria, let alone try to lead the country.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:22 PM
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8. Plus, pizza is that damn foreigner food!
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Happyhippychick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:26 PM
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11. Your username is priceless!
:rofl:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:43 PM
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14. Thanks!
I'm a walking sterotype. Although, I don't drive a Volvo. :P
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adoraz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:22 PM
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7. haha, I have a feeling....
they will try to "rebrand" themselves hundreds of times over the next few years.... all attempts failing.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:23 PM
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10. Yep. And demographically the country keeps moving ever farther away...
Edited on Sat May-02-09 04:24 PM by Arugula Latte
They're screwn ... I love it.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:29 PM
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12. That's a great idea!
Whenever the repubs put on a free meal for the "image re-branding campaign", show up and scarf down. In fact, bring in a few tour buses filled with homeless people.

Be prepared to find humor in whatever the speakers say. Something like, "The country is embarked on a dangerous course...", should have people falling out of their chairs.
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Joe the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:42 PM
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13. A desperate attempt by a group of very desperate people........
They have nothing new to offer, these clowns think they can just send their cronies out to try to convince people they care about them and everyone will just buy into it. In reality all they care about is getting into power again so they can screw everyone over, they are nothing but a bunch of forked tongued snakes in the grass. This pathetic attempt will not accomplish anything if the only people who come out are the same idiots who would vote for them no matter what.

You wanna change peoples mind? Get people to join your cause? You have to offer them something, not the same old shit. You have to reach out to new people not just the same old group of people who would blindly support you anyways.

It's nothing but a waste of time, but at least they are trying.
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 04:53 PM
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16. A Pizzeria?

The future of the GOP:



A large mechanical rat.
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:04 PM
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17. I trust the Grand No Party did a sweep of the pizzeria beforehand
to be sure no demon aliens were touching the pies. (Where's the gross Domino's guy when you need him? :rofl: )
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AllentownJake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:11 PM
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18. We are the Monarchy Party?
Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush calling the democratic party a "monarchy" has got to be a joke.

Bush is a third generation politician, grandson of a US Senator, son of a President, and the brother of a President.

Mitt is the son of a Governor and former Presidential candidate.

That is pretty funny that these two legacies would say that. Stupid Fucktards.
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 06:12 PM
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19. The party of revolutionaries.... bwahahahaha!
Mitt, you're such a joke.
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