A year ago, the Republican Party said they had to do things differently if they wanted to win nationwide elections. They had to reach out to minority voters. They had to connect better with young voters. And if they didn’t, the 2014 and 2016 elections would wind up going the same way 2012 did.
One year later, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus told CNN the GOP is doing things differently now.
“We have a historic effort in minority communities now,” Preibus said. “One of the things we didn’t do well in the past is communicating in diverse communities across America. We’re doing that now.
And even though no Democrat has won a statewide office in Texas in a couple of decades, Beth Crubriel at the Texas Republican Party told KTRH the changes have come to Texas, too.
“We are hopeful to have more participation from minority voters and we’ve hired several staffers that do nothing but community outreach,” Cubriel said. “We have to do this because we have a moral obligation to take our message to every voter we can reach in Texas.”
The other side, though, says the changes are nothing more than smoke and mirrors. DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz says nothing of substance is any different now.
“In the last year we’ve heard Republicans call a female candidate an ‘empty dress,’ talk about women’s libidos and once again try to downplay abuse,” Wasserman-Schultz said.
It’s something Texas Democrats are hoping to capitalize on.
“They can create videos all they want, but if they don’t enact policies that impact voters they are trying to reach they won’t be successful,” Will Hailer of the Texas Democratic Party said.
And until that changes, Democrats feel that at least on the national level, the results we saw in 2012 could be repeated in November.