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Post-2012 autopsy

"Post-2012 autopsy" Continued...

Opponents to the recommendations also fear that a shortened primary season would reward the well-funded establishment’s choice while making it harder for a grassroots-driven outsider to mount and sustain a challenge like former Sen. Rick Santorum did last year.

“The Republican consulting class is just plain wrong about how it approaches politics,” said Newt Gingrich, who also launched an unsuccessful presidential bid in 2012 by portraying himself as a Republican outsider.

The controversial report will provide new ammunition in the escalating battle between grassroots Republicans and the party’s entrenched old guard. Party insiders and consultants were a top villain at last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The conference even included a panel titled, “Should We Shoot All the Consultants Now?”

“Now is the time to furlough the consultants, and tune out the pollsters, send the focus groups home, and toss the political scripts,” Sarah Palin told CPAC attendees, receiving a loud ovation, “because if we truly know what we believe, we don’t need professionals to tell us.”

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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