UPDATED: Despite all the cheer leading and optimism among Republicans following recent election successes in California and Florida, the 2014 elections are still seven months away. Polling looks good the GOP and Democrats are seriously concerned about their chances. Because of these indicators, anti-republican pundits have already begun their attack and chosen their message: "Republicans hate everyone."
On March 19, The Huffington Post published an article entitled “Susanne Atanus, Who Blames Gay Rights For Tornadoes, Wins GOP Nomination For Congress.” While the headline is technically correct, it is also extremely misleading in its implication that Ms. Atanus is supported by the GOP. The Illinois Republican Chairman, Jack Dorgan, made it very clear the party does not support the candidate and demanded that she withdraw her candidacy. The Chairman for the Chicago Republican Party, Adam Robinson, was even more strident, asserting that Atanus "is not in any way affiliated with any of our efforts in the Chicago GOP, nor have we ever supported, endorsed, or assisted her in any way at any time."
The same day, Yahoo!News published a story with the headline, “The Iowa GOP’s Anti-Gay Pied Piper." Danny Carroll, the subject of the article is an adamant opponent of same sex marriage. However, the article fails to present a single example of Carroll being “anti-gay.” This is SOP for anti-Republicans, and the reason the GOP has such a terrible image problem. In liberal media outlets, conservatives are never supporters of traditional marriage, they are “anti-gay.” They are never supporters of economic liberty, they are anti-government. The message from the left is clear, “Republicans hate gays.”
Taking another tack, Paul Ryan was recently excoriated for his reference to a culture of men not working in our “inner cities.” He was immediately accused of racism, and the Congressional Black Caucus demanded he ‘splain his remarks. Ryan denied any racist intent in his remarks, but was still attacked for his “anachronistic and indeed reactionary world view.” Despite the fact the Republican Party was originally formed to outlaw slavery and has lead the fight for civil rights at every turn, anti-Republicans continue to spew the lie that Republicans hate black people. They even try to re-write history to support their specious claims. According to anti-Republicans, the GOP hates black people.
The myriad failures of the Obama Administration, especially Obamacare, give the Republicans a great opportunity to capitalize politically. At the same time, with the economic success of Republican policies in at the state level, such as Wisconsin and Texas, Republicans have a strong contrast they can draw to give hope to the poor and middle class who are not benefiting from the economic recovery. In order to achieve the lofty goals they have set for themselves, Republicans need to do more than just react to these attacks, they need to present themselves as a party of ideas and accomplishments. They must show themselves to be leaders for positive change.
UPDATE: Just two days after this article first appeared, Salon, the unabashedly left-wing opinion dumpster, published this gem: How the GOP became the white supremacy party — and got away with it. The author, Chauncey Devega, accuses the Republican Party of being a "racist organization." Of course, not only does he offer no facts supporting this false accusation, he uses only broad generalizations, claiming Republicans engage in something he calls "colorblind racism." This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Salon and other left-wing publications are now filled with op-eds about how racist Republicans are and how Republican otherwise racially neutral policies are actually racist.