So which is it Jon? The world as you see it or as Mitt sees it?
The event seemed more like the opening Town Hall meeting of Primary 2012 with all the usual faces the voters have rejected. They call it re-branding the GOP, but when are they going to get it, chasing the brand leader always leaves you facing the donkey’s … well you know where that goes.
Here’s what sounds disingenuous. Compare Senator Kyl’s attitude as expressed with the words coming out of Mitt and Jeb’s mouth’s. To explain, we’ll visit the recent past.
Understand what the role of the state party is [he means the grassroots right?] … the role of the state party is to elect Republicans to office. [He means if they uphold the Party Platform or not] Period. The role of elected officials is to take positions on issues … [the state party exists] to register voters. They need to raise money for the candidates. They need to get-out-the-vote on Election Day. [Do you see where he puts the thoughts and interests of the people he expects to renew his employment contract?]
Senator Jon Kyl exhibiting his contempt for anyone daring to have an opinion on an issue, especially if they are active members of his own party. Here’s the full interview from 2007 when Kyl was throwing his weight behind Lisa James in an effort to oust Randy Pullen as State Party Chairman.
“When the party itself got involved in the illegal immigration issue, it seemed to me that it exceeded its role because, clearly, Republicans were divided. It’s just not a proper role for the political party to get into.” [Doesn't matter that his views are at odds with 80% of the country's voters]
This brings us to Mittens and Jeb … minus Sarah Palin of course [did you notice they invited her only after Rush Limbaugh mentioned her absence?]
So here’s the conflicting statement:
“We have the opportunity instead to come from the grass roots and listen to the people and to look at different options for different strategies by listening to the people of America and having different voices and different Republicans and different leaders step forward and that’s what we are going to do,” he said. “We are not going to have just one idea that comes from one place.” [Mitt Romney]
Of course, is this another name for the Republican Big Tent Shadegg was talking about? What are ‘different’ Republicans?
Is this the new brand look?