The only thing to be said about the Republican Party these days is, if they weren't failing at something, they wouldn't be getting anything accomplished. Take their latest effort, the National Council for a New America (NCNA), designed to mark:
... a new phase in the Republican Party’s effort to remake itself: A formal acknowledgement by top congressional and national leaders that the GOP needs to change its pitch and its ideas.
... which has been a comedy of errors since it was launched less than a week ago. Their open letter to announce a series of forums around the country, where they would hold "conversations" with Americans about important issues, left out same-sex marriage, immigration and abortion. And one other missing wedge issue? Sarah Palin.
And after spending most of the next few days explaining how they'd welcome Palin into the group if they could ever get a hold of her, they had their first forum to get "ideas from outside the Beltway," which, by the way, they held inside the Beltway, and Mitt Romney promptly took a swipe at Sarah Palin's influence within the Republican Party. Uh oh, you know what that means ... Rush Limbaugh weighed in;
Something else you have to understand is these people hate Palin too. They despise Sarah Palin, they fear Sarah Palin, they don't like her either. She's, according to them she's embarrassing ... Clearly, in last year's campaign, the most prominent, articulate voice for standard, run-of-the-mill, good old-fashioned American conservatism was Sarah Palin. Now, everybody on this [NCNA] Speak to America tour has presidential perspirations [sic]. Mitt Romney there, he wants to be president again. Jeb may someday. Eric Cantor, some of the others, McCain — I don't think he does, but you never know. So this is an early campaign event, 2012 presidential campaign, primary campaign, with everybody there but Sarah Palin.
And a few hours later, Eric Cantor announced that Palin would be joining the NCNA's "panel of experts."
Once again, Rush Limbaugh says jump and the Republican Party asks how high. So much for that change.