With the Republican National Committee scheduled to meet in Charlotte later this month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has prepared a tough memo that calls on the GOP to take a hard look at its strategy and operations.
Gingrich, a former presidential candidate, writes that the party must begin “a deep, bold, thorough, and lengthy process of rethinking.''
“I was so shaken by how wrong I was in projecting a Republican win on election night that I have personally set aside time at Gingrich Productions to spend the next six months with our team methodically examining where we are and what we must do,” Gingrich wrote in a recent letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
The RNC is scheduled to holds it winter meeting the Westin in Charlotte from Jan. 23-26.
Gingrich said the party must closely scrutinize the Democratic playbook from its ability to build coalitions, to its micro-targeting, to its ability to reach urban voters, to its greater Internet savvy, to its better ability to connect with Latino, Asian American, Native American and African-Americans, to better polling, to an ability to reach voters through infotainment.
He said that the Republicans can learn from its growing number of governors, who are doing well.
“Too many Republicans underestimate the scale of the threat we face,” Gingrich writes.
“There is a combination of demographic trends, cultural changes, technological breakthroughs and intelligent, disciplined application of resources which could turn America into a national version of Chicago or California,'' Gingrich writes.