GOPers Turn It Up to 11! by Ed Kilgore
Probably in response to chronic conservative complaints that it doesn’t stand for anything, and possibly as motivated by its even more chronic low approval ratings, Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus made a speech this morning at George Washington University laying out “what’s driving the Republican Party. People know what we’re against. I want to talk about the things we’re for.”
So with that “here comes some messaging” intro, Priebus presents eleven totally commonplace yet uncomfortably incongruent items that fit together like hummus on a donut. Why eleven? I dunno. Maybe it’s the same impulse that led Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel to promote an amplifier with a volume dial that goes up to eleven. It sounds more impressive than than usual ten. Or maybe the task of squeezing GOP boilerplate into ten slogans was just too much work.