That is not my assessment of the Republican Party; that description comes from the College Republican National Committee's report on today's GOP.
After last fall's presidential election, the GOP acknowledged that it had to do some soul-searching and some reaching out to minorities--those groups whom the Republican Party often disparages, dismisses, and denigrates on a regular basis.
When Republicans are labeled as anti-women, their reaction has often been "Who, us?" And then they turn their radios on and listen to demagogues like Limbaugh who revel in depicting women as "sluts," or listen to politicians like former Representative Todd Aiken talk about "legitimate rape." Who, US?! Where on earth did people get the idea that the GOP is anti-woman? HINT: Maybe from the people who belong to the party and from people who are seen as leaders of that party.
Where on earth did people get the idea that the GOP is racist? Who, US?! Yeah. We're looking at you and your local pols who delight in passing around racist jokes and photos of the First Family; and we're looking at dimwits like Donald Trump and his Birther Brigade, a group of relentless partisan hacks who have not let go of their insidious idea that this president is not a legitimate one, even when there is incontrovertible proof that he was born in Hawaii. There are still GOPers out there who dismiss the evidence and continue to believe Mr. Obama is not a real American. And yes, we who, for the most part, support the president, believe that idea is based in racism, since no other president, but this one, has had his citizenship doubted with such ferocity, despite evidence to the contrary. The GOP has allowed hacks like Trump to keep this doubt alive, and then it wonders why African-Americans support the Democratic Party by almost 100%.
How will gay and lesbian Americans ever feel welcome in a party that refuses to acknowledge their constitutional rights to be treated equally under the law?
Why would Hispanic and Latino voters want to belong to a party that is anti-immigration reform?--a party that pretends that the 11 million people who are here will somehow just go away--self-deport, and that their children who are here through no fault of their own do not deserve the chance to become citizens?
And what about a party, whose presidential nominee, dismissed 47% of the American voters as "takers" who only want "free stuff?"
Then when fewer and fewer people are attracted to this party, their answer, instead of reaching out, is to double-down on the alienation of these groups?
The College Republican National Committee on Monday made public a detailed report — the result of extensive polling and focus groups — dissecting what went wrong for Republicans with young voters in the 2012 elections and how the party can improve its showing with that key demographic in the future.
In the report, the young Republican activists acknowledge their party has suffered significant damage in recent years. A sampling of the critique on:
Gay marriage: “On the ‘open-minded’ issue … [w]e will face serious difficulty so long as the issue of gay marriage remains on the table.”
Hispanics: “Latino voters … tend to think the GOP couldn’t care less about them.”
Perception of the party’s economic stance: “We’ve become the party that will pat you on your back when you make it, but won’t offer you a hand to help you get there.”
Big reason for the image problem: The “outrageous statements made by errant Republican voices.”
Words that up-for-grabs voters associate with the GOP:
“The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”
[The] Republican Party has won the youth vote before and can absolutely win it again,” the report says, pointing to presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush who were competitive with that demographic. “But this will not occur without significant work to repair the damage done to the Republican brand among this age group over the last decade.”
Here is the news the GOP wants to ignore or pretend isn't reality:
GOP Survey Of Young People Reveals They Support Progressive Policies