This quote, from this past weekend’s GOP rebranding tour kickoff, is one of my favorite Republican quotes of all time:
[Republicans] are the party of the revolutionaries, [Democrats] are the party of the monarchists.
Let’s review Modern American History 101:
Our most recent Republican president was the son of a former Republican president, who himself was the son of a wealthy, well-connected Wall Street executive/United States Senator.
To contrast, our two most recent Democratic presidents were born into relative poverty and raised by single mothers, achieving success on their own without either inherited wealth or family connections to help them.
Oh, and that quote up there? That’s from former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is the son of former Michigan governor and Republican presidential candidate George Romney.
And thus the GOP rebranding effort fails right out of the gate as Republicans try to defy reality itself.
Bonus amazing quote from former GOP Whip Roy Blunt:
Just because we’re in a situation now where we vote no doesn’t mean we are the ‘party of no’ or have no ideas
Actually, yes, that’s exactly what that means; when you oppose the President’s agenda at every turn and offer nothing but warmed-over half-cooked non-alternatives, that makes you the Party of No with no ideas.
UPDATE: More about the aforementioned GOP rebranding kickoff:
GOP holds “Outside the Beltway” rebranding event inside the beltway
As part of the Republican Party’s rebranding effort, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) hosted a National Council for a New America event at a pizza shop over the weekend. Roll Call reported, “Cantor said the idea of the road show is to gather ideas from outside the Beltway to shape the Republican agenda.”
At the risk of sounding picky, it’s probably worth noting that Republicans started gathering ideas “from outside the Beltway” at an event inside the Beltway.
A place called Pie-tanza, in an Arlington strip mall, hosted the event. Pie-tanza is just a few minutes from the Washington Golf and Country Club. Indeed, it’s only about six miles from Capitol Hill.
UPDATE II: Also, different event but same kind of fail:
GOP turns to Bush aides for advice
Republicans looking to recover from Bush-era defeats are turning to an unlikely source for advice: top aides to former President George W. Bush.
They really are out of ideas, aren’t they? Bush & co. drove the GOP into the ground but the only people they could think to ask for advice are Bush & co.
UPDATE III: Speaking of the usual suspects, guess who’s leading the aforementioned GOP rebranding effort:
[T]the House Minority Leader, the Minority Whip, the Senate Minority Leader and last year’s Republican presidential nominee[,] Mitt Romney (R), Bobby Jindal (R), Haley Barbour (R), John Cornyn (R), and … wait for it … Jeb Bush (R).
They’re calling themselves “The National Council for a New America.” Funny, they look and sound just like the old America that got whipped at the polls. Twice.