BOSTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich told a meeting of the Republican National Committee that his party needs to move beyond its image of steadfast opposition to President Barack Obama and convince voters its goal is to improve the country.
"We have to get beyond being anti-Obama and we have to convince people you can have hope in America (Z: please see below)," Gingrich said on Wednesday. "What we have to do, in a sense, is be a party of optimism and a party of hope and show actual cases of how it can work." (z: you see the conundrum, don't you. To most Conservative Americans, improving the country includes steadfast opposition to most of what Obama's trying to do...so..what's Gingrich's point? How can you have hope in America and NOT be anti-Obama, who's on the road to destroying ALL hope in America?)
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.
Following Romney's loss, in which Republicans lagged far behind in support among women and minority voters, some party leaders have engaged in soul-searching, looking at whether some Republican positions have become too conservative to appeal broadly to voters. (Z: so we give up good principles because Americans are too far left and don't appeal to dopes who don't even know who our Vice President is, or who'd vote for Obama knowing how much he'd lied, or vote for him again knowing how he's put us so far into debt, etc?)
Still, Republican control of House of Representatives has given the party a firm position to oppose initiatives backed by Obama's Democrats, and some Republican state governments have pursued more conservative drives, including efforts to restrict access to abortion sharply at the state level. (Z: no bias by the writers, of course :) Maybe someone ought to tell them the stats show Americans are, more and more, anti abortion?)
The gathering - the RNC's regular summer meeting - was originally scheduled to be held in Chicago, but Republican leaders decided to move the venue to Boston in the wake of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and injured about 264.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)
Z: Yes, I agree with Gingrich on the HOPE IN AMERICA thing. No doubt about that. But, WHERE IS THE PERSON TO DO THAT? What Conservative will just say it like it is?:
Obama Care is too expensive, most people don't want it and Unions hate it because of the huge amount of jobs we're going to lose in this country.
We need to be truly energy dependent and Obama's holding us back.
Sooner or later, in socialism or redistribution (whatever name you feel more comfortable with), someone runs out of money.
ETC. ETC. ETC.
Will Gingrich hold up against the other CROSSFIRE host, Communist Van Jones, or will his pleasure at having his own show dazzle him too much and compromise OUR VIEWPOINTS to the limits? What do you think?