‘I-GAG’ issues threaten GOP hopes

With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.

But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2012

With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.

But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.

On Tuesday night in Ybor City, the Republican group GOProud — a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and a respect for individual rights — held a well-attended party at a nightclub.

Conservative anti-tax leader Grover Norquist was among the political celebrities in attendance.

The GOProud event was not endorsed by the RNC, and there were not any official Romney representatives present at the event — held on the same day the Republican Party platform called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

The party’s problems with gays, combined with its call for a constitutional ban on abortion, could make the GOP’s attempts to be inclusive and its outreach to women fall flat.

Click here to read the rest of the column in today’s Tampa Tribune.

 

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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3 thoughts on “‘I-GAG’ issues threaten GOP hopes”

  1. that is the privlage for those who chose to pick their own direction it would not be a perfect wrold if we all went in the same direction, that is what sells newspapers and it makes news, the one with the most votes will come out on top, at the present time we are as low in the ratings with what we have running the show in DC

    As Ann Romney said He has never ran a Lemonaid stand, He should know how to run that because he is a lemon, now Romney is a great prospect for the job he applied for and will be our PRESIDENT

    JOSEPH C

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  2. Chris I agree. The GOP needs to quit all the hate, embrace different people and work together toward beating BO. I am optimistic about Nov. but I worry about the GOP becoming too extreme.

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  3. How long can we Republicans hold on the concept that WE are the only ones with “Family Values”
    I would be shocked to think that Moderates, Liberals and yes Democrats don’t hold “Family Values” dear. Those same people surly have children, go to church and dearly love their spouses and yet we think we’re the only ones with “Family Values”? Are we masking the real problems with OUR country by using the G&L issue? I ask President Romney (damn that sound great) to make sure we have a balanced budget, reduce the deficit and promote a climate for new careers (anyone can get a job at Best Buy, heads of households need a career) So President Romney (still sounds good!) please take care of the REAL problem, Fire ever member of Congress!

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