As Republicans convene for the second day of the RNC’s summer meeting in Boston, they’re probably hoping day two goes better than day one.
On Wednesday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich blasted Republicans for having “zero answer” when it comes to alternatives to the Affordable Care Act.
The GOP has no answer for Americans who can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. They have no answer for children who can stay on their parents’ health insurance until they’re 26. They have no answer for women who can no longer be charged more than a man for similar coverage and have access to free preventive care.
When it comes to the issues that matter to middle class Americans – from health care to immigration reform and energy policy – the GOP is simply out of ideas.
See below for a Roundup of the RNC’s bad day in Boston:
CNN // Peter Hamby Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich reprimanded his fellow Republicans in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, blaming GOP members of Congress for developing “zero” alternatives to President Obama’s health care reform law.
ABC // Shushannah Walshe Suggesting the Republican Party should be a party of ideas rather than just attacks, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told a gathering of GOP operatives that lawmakers who criticize Obamacare but offer no alternatives will be left with “zero answer” for constituents who ask for a policy solution to the president’s health care reform law.”I would bet for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home and you look at them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ and they will have zero answer,” Gingrich told state party chairs, activists, and operatives at the Republican National Committee summer meeting. “We are caught up right now in a culture – and you see it every single day – where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious, as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to worry, so we don’t. “This is a very deep problem,” he added. ”I’m being totally candid with you.”
NBC // Frank Thorp Newt Gingrich has a message for Republicans: Stop being so negative, and start talking about ideas – including alternatives to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. When Republicans ask elected members of their own party over the August recess “What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?” Gingrich posited, “they will have zero answer.”
Reuters // Scott Malone Speaking at a Boston hotel adjacent to where Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney delivered his 2012 concession speech after failing to unseat Obama, Gingrich said the party needed to be more alert to ways Americans were changing, particularly in their use of technology.”What happened last year? Why were so many of us wrong?” Gingrich asked the group.
Boston Herald // Matt Stout “We are caught up in a culture where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything,” Gingrich said, noting many Republicans who oppose the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, can’t offer an alternative. “It’s a very deep problem. Breakout means you have to do the homework.”We have to get beyond being anti-Obama.” Gingrich presided over the luncheon with RNC chairman Reince Priebus at the Westin hotel in the Seaport — the same place former Gov. Mitt Romney stayed during his Election Night defeat to President Barack Obama in November.
Politico // Tal Kopan Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday told party chairs and operatives at the Republican National Committee summer meeting that the GOP has “zero” ideas for replacing Obamacare. “I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich told the Boston crowd, said a report from CNN.
MSNBC // Traci Lee Gingrich spoke about the importance of moving beyond being the “anti-Obama” party, saying, “We are caught up in a culture where as long as we are negative, as long as we are vicious and can tear down our opponent, we don’t have to learn anything.” The problem, Gingrich noted, is that current elected officials are too caught up in the culture, and less in actually offering voters “a vision of a future.” “I will bet you, for most of you, that if you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for Obamacare?’ they will have zero answer,” Gingrich said.
MSNBC // Jesse Bergman At an RNC event on Wednesday, former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich issued a warning to his party regarding their Obamacare quest. “I will bet you, for most of you, that if you go home in the next two weeks while your members of Congress are home and you look them in the eye and you say ’ what is your positive replacement for Obamacare’, they will have zero answer,” Gingrich said. “We are caught up right now in the culture, and you see if every single day, where as long as we’re negative and as long as we’re vicious and as long as we can tear down our opponent, we don’t need to learn anything. And so we don’t.”
The Hill // Mario Trujillo Former House Speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Wednesday criticized his fellow Republicans in Congress for having “zero” alternatives to President Obama’s healthcare law. Gingrich, speaking at the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting, echoed a line often used by the president himself against the GOP. “I will bet you, for most of you, you go home in the next two weeks when your members of Congress are home, and you look them in the eye and you say, ‘What is your positive replacement for ObamaCare?’ They will have zero answer,” Gingrich said, according to CNN.
Another day, another #GOPRebrand fail.
In their post-election autopsy report Republicans admitted that they must do a better job reaching out to the Hispanic community in order to succeed in future elections, saying “On issues like immigration, the RNC needs to carefully craft a tone that takes into consideration the unique perspective of the Hispanic community. Message development is critical to Hispanic voters.”
Now Tea Party darling Rep. Steve King says that “for every valedictorian DREAMer, 100 are ‘hauling marijuana.’” His comments are as deplorable as they are offensive to millions for millions of Americans.
The comment comes at a time when our country is in the midst of a serious, thoughtful discussion about how we can fix our broken immigration system. Once again, the Republican Party is showing they are better at being part of the problem than the solution.
RNC Chair Priebus Voices His Opposition to Tolerance
Earlier this year, the RNC released an Autopsy report on the party’s failure in 2012. In the report, the RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and the RNC pledged to help make the GOP a more tolerant and inclusive Party.
In an interview with the CBN’s David Brody, RNC Chairman Priebus quickly distanced himself from supporting tolerance saying:
“First of all, I don’t know if I’ve used the word tolerance. I don’t really care for that word myself.”
In response to Chairman Priebus’s remarks, DNC Press Secretary Michael Czin released the following statement:
“Chairman Priebus said what political observers already know — the GOP has no intention of becoming a more open and inclusive party that reaches out to the many groups they alienated in 2012, like women, young people, African Americans, Latinos and the LGBT community. Since the 2012 Election, Republicans have shown no interest in changing their ways and have continued to support the same far right polices on everything from immigration to women’s health, signaling the failure of their short-lived rebranding effort.
“Americans pride themselves on being inclusive and tolerant of others’ views, beliefs and traditions. Chairman Priebus’ statement that he doesn’t care for tolerance is a stunning admission for a national party leader but is not surprising in today’s GOP that caters exclusively to the extreme, far-right elements within their Party.
“The question for Chairman Priebus and the GOP is simple, if they don’t support tolerance, what exactly do they stand for?”
Republicans admit they want obstruction
On Face the Nation, Speaker John Boehner was asked about his record of presiding over the least productive and least popular Congress in history. He responded by defending the obstructionist policies of far-right Republicans and said that Congress should be, “judged on how many laws we repeal.” If you ever had any doubts, this confirms it — Republicans would rather obstruct than govern. The best way to stop them is to vote them out of office. Watch this video and then donate so we have the resources it takes to defeat them at the polls.
Instead of changing, Republicans have become more extreme and divisive. Read this article to learn more:
Republicans in Texas went against the will of the people and passed an extreme anti-choice bill. Our National Director of Women’s Outreach sent the following email in response.
Across the country, anti-choice activists are paying attention to what you're going to do right now.
Late last night, the Texas legislature passed an extraordinarily restrictive law that will make it illegal for a woman to receive an abortion after 20 weeks, and may shutter all but five of the 42 abortion clinics in the state.
The impact of this law will be felt by women and families far outside of Texas, because its passage will embolden the forces all around the country who want to roll back the right of a woman to make her own health decisions, one state at a time.
Stopping them will require both resources and political will.
Instead of changing, Republicans have become more extreme and divisive. Read this article to learn more:
Four months after struggling through another election cycle, suffering some painful and consequential defeats, the Republican National Committee unveiled a "rebranding" blueprint intended to get the party back on track. The elements of the plan were predictable, but nevertheless sensible: expand the party's voter base while reconnecting with the American mainstream.
And four months after its unveiling, the RNC's "rebranding" campaign hasn't just died a natural death; it has suffered a Rasputin-like fate, having been stabbed, poisoned, beaten, shot, and drowned.
On Meet the Press, Jim DeMint reiterated his support for forced, medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking abortions calling them an “opportunity” that women want. His comments follow a week where protests erupted in Texas as Republicans tried to trample on women’s rights and two weeks after Congressional Republicans passed legislation to further restrict women’s health decisions.
Women made clear how they felt about Republicans’ extreme agenda on women’s health in the 2012 election, yet the GOP continues to fight for policies that prevent personal medical decisions from remaining between a woman and her doctor. Despite empty promises to reach out to women, it’s clear the GOP is sticking with the same failed policy proposals of the past.
#SameOldParty Responds to DOMA Decision
Yesterday, Democrats and millions of Americans across the country welcomed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act as a tremendous step forward in the battle for equality.
Republicans responded too, and it wasn’t pretty. Republicans claim they want to change their ways and reach out to groups they have traditionally struggled with. It’s clear from their rhetoric yesterday they have no intention of doing that.
Please see below for a compilation of reactions on the Supreme Court’s rulings from prominent members of the #SameOldParty:
In the first 100 days since the autopsy was released, Republicans at the federal and state level have doubled down in support of the same failed policies and divisive rhetoric that led to their routing in the 2012 Election. But don’t take our word for it, here are some of the many things Republicans have said and done since launching their rebranding effort:
Republicans are waging a war against women’s health – attempting to restrict or even deny a woman’s right to choose; attempting to defund Planned Parenthood; requiring an unnecessary ultrasound before a woman can get an abortion and continuing to insult both women and science by proclaiming that victims of rape can’t or rarely get pregnant.
The GOP opposes equal pay laws and even thinks that women in the workplace have been detrimental to society.
The Republican Party turned its back on the 800,000 young people who were brought to this country through no fault of their own, voting to put them at risk of deportation.
The Republican Party continues to oppose marriage equality for LGBT Americans and is against equal treatment under the law for LGBT Americans
Republicans would rather stand with the NRA over the safety of our families and continue to oppose common sense legislation to prevent gun violence – like universal background checks – supported by 9 in 10 Americans.
Check out the rest of the site to learn more about what Republicans have done or said since the "rebrand."