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G.O.P. Mulls a Strategy From Obama’s PlaybookFri, 25 Jan, 2013 | Posted By: The Times Of Earth (TOE)

G.O.P. Mulls a Strategy From Obama’s Playbook Newt Gingrich, addressing the Republican National Committee on Thursday, said the party was “outmaneuvered” last year

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As Republican leaders gathered here on Thursday to consider how to rebuild their party, President Obama was at the center of the conversation. But the sharp criticism directed at him was replaced by something new: envy over his campaign.

The Republican National Committee is reviewing the party’s deficiencies, particularly in technology and grass-roots organizing, that contributed to Mitt Romney’s sound defeat last year. The excuses and grievances that several top Republicans offered up after the election have been supplanted by pledges to strengthen the party.

“We need to get people organized and learn from what Obama did,” said Mike Duncan, a former national party chairman who now represents Kentucky on the committee. “We’ve got to reverse engineer what they did and leapfrog to the next cycle.”

As Republicans look for a path to victory, party officials from all 50 states convened here at the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee. There was less finger-pointing than soul-searching, and Republican leaders acknowledged the urgent need to make the party more welcoming to a broader cross-section of Americans, particularly women, Hispanics and blacks.

“The Republican Party does not need to change our principles, but we might need to change just about everything else we are doing,” said Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana. It was time, he said, “to recalibrate the compass of conservatism.”

There was more discussion about the challenges facing Republicans than the solutions. But in interviews, Republican officials from across the country said a new tone is needed, and they called on the party to take cues from its 30 governors rather than become consumed by Republicans’ differences in Washington.

Tensions remain high among the Tea Party movement, the Republican establishment and other segments of the party, who are at odds over fiscal issues and taxes in Congress. Immigration policy and other measures also threaten to divide the party in the 2014 midterm elections, when Republicans are seeking to keep their House majority and win back the Senate.

“The tone does have to change,” said Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina, who called for “a tone of respecting the other side’s opinion.” He said Republicans also should not bow to all viewpoints inside the party, declaring, “When you try to appease everyone, you satisfy no one.”

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