Friday, June 14, 2013

In yet another sign that the GOP...

...may not be ready for prime time, Roger Ailes of Fox "News" has reportedly rehired Sarah Palin.

Why on earth, when the Republican Party knows it needs to moderate its image in order to appeal to a wider swath of voters, would its de facto media arm bring back someone as polarizing as Gov. Palin?

According to Reince Priebus, the party's chairman,

“Focus groups described our party as ‘narrow-minded,’ ‘out of touch,’ and ‘stuffy old men.’ The perception that we’re the party of the rich continues to grow.”

What's more, a recent report from the College Republicans listed words that independent voters associated with the GOP:

“The responses were brutal: closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned.”

So, ask yourself, how does hiring someone like Ms. Palin, who personifies all of those harmful traits, help the Republican Party moderate its message? Just picture the former governor of Alaska whipping up the base into a frenzy each night by, for example, accusing the president of "shuckin' and jivin'."

(Can't you just see all those old white people in their living rooms nodding their heads in agreement?)

But is that helpful? Would that kind of talk be more, or less, likely to attract independent voters to the Republican Party?

Makes me wonder sometimes: Whose side is Roger Ailes really on?

P. S. Who's next, Glenn Beck? Alex Jones?

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