1. Wishful thinking? The Tacoma News Tribune argues that even after last week's historic defeat, Republicans still have a way forward in Washington State, arguing that Latino and Asian voters are natural allies with the GOP's conservative social agenda. Also, they say, the party needs to put a muzzle on its radical Rush Limbaugh wing.
There's an obvious flaw with this theory, though. The members of the party's Rush Limbaugh wing are the ones pushing the conservative social agenda that's supposedly going to appeal to Latino and Asian voters. Case in point, the doofy War on Women that totally sank the GOP in 2012 began in earnest when Limbaugh himself attacked Sandra Fluke.
By "modern," McMorris Rodgers went on to explain that the party needed to appeal to minorities and women. But it's the party's radical positions on abortion and immigration, that are driving those voters away.
2. On CNN's "State of the Union," Washington's own US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she sees no need for the Republican Party to become more "moderate." Rather, she said, they need to become more "modern."
But there's an obvious flaw in this theory too: By "modern," McMorris Rodgers went on to explain that the party needed to appeal to minorities and women. But it's the party's radical positions on abortion and immigration, that are driving those voters away.
3. On the other side of Congress, The Hill reports, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) said Senate Democrats were prepared to let the federal budget go off the "fiscal cliff," ending all of the Bush-era tax cuts and implementing dramatic cuts to domestic spending if Republicans in Congress refuse to end tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
4. In a joint statement, 50 supporters of the Columbia River Crossing Bridge, which has been in the works for more than a decade, decried attempts by bridge opponents in the Republican Party to revisit the project, the Columbian reports. The GOP lawmakers, including US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-3) oppose the plan in large part because it includes light rail from Vancouver to Portland.
5. David Groves at the Stand—the daily newsletter for the Washington State Labor Council—has some Monday-morning-quarterbak advice for failed Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna: Don't advocate for people to make less money at work; signing on to the federal lawsuit against health care reform probably wasn't the best idea; and don't threaten unions and collective bargaining rights.