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GOP needs vision, not hubris

| Friday, March 22, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

GOP Chairman Reince Priebus recently said at the Conservative Political Action Conference that Republicans need to change their message and welcome everyone under their “tent.”

But after watching the CPAC, I wonder how they can project inclusiveness with these comments from two of the party's “best and brightest”:

• “The architect(s) can head on back to the great Lone Star State and put their name on some ballot!” — Sarah Palin, on Karl Rove making millions of dollars as a losing Romney consultant.

• “Even CPAC had to cut back on its speakers this year by about 300 pounds.” — Ann Coulter, referring to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Using Palin and Coulter as spokespersons for the Republican agenda ahead of someone with the charisma and likability of Chris Christie is like the Democrats using Bill Maher instead of Hillary Clinton at their conference. What is going on here? We need a vision for jobs, not sophomoric rhetoric.

Is this Republican “inclusiveness”? The GOP used to be the party of respect; the party of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Now it's the party of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. It will continue to be a small-tent party as long as this hubris is the perceived future of the Republican Party.

Raymond Anthony

Fawn Township

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