The Republican Party has not been on a roll.
In November, it lost seats in the House, gave away seats it should have won in the Senate, and for the fifth time in the last six presidential elections lost the popular vote.
While conservatives attending the party's CPAC conference last weekend seemed to feel the reason Republicans are not connecting with large segments of the population is because its positions have not been conservative enough, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus offered a more analytical view on Monday.
"The way we communicate our principles isn't resonating widely enough," he said. "Focus groups described our party as 'narrow-minded,' 'out of touch,' and 'stuffy old men.' The perception that we're the party of the rich continues to grow."
Toward becoming more moderate, Republicans seemed to be taking several bold half-steps:
It wants to be more accepting of the gay community, but opposes gay marriage.
It wants to support immigration reform, but not a pathway to citizenship.
It wants to appeal to the middle class, but supports the Paul Ryan budget, which calls for cuts in entitlement programs.
I guess you would call the evolution a work in progress.
On the exciting front, the GOP is calling for the creation of an "RNC Celebrity Task Force," which would be charged with attracting younger voters by hosting star-studded events and fundraisers.
Reserve your Ted Nugent tickets now.
Grand Jury Examines Rowland
A federal grand jury is probing former Gov. John Rowland over a $30,000 consulting arrangement he had with the husband of then-congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley. Ordinarily, I prefer the word investigate to probe, mostly because probe has proctologist overtones, although that's what it may feel like to Rowland.
Why 'The Weak' Loves State Legislators
Montana lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that would allow people to salvage road kill for food because "it really is a sin to waste a good meat."
The law would license individuals to remove the carcasses of elk, deer, antelope and moose off the state's roadways. An earlier version would have also included fur-bearing animals and birds but was killed because "it doesn't pass the smell test …"
Another issue that was debated was whether the measure would create a new weapon for hunters: the car. A majority felt it wouldn't be a problem because "we don't have very many suicidal drivers."
Our Favorite Hiker Triumphs
You just know it's going to be a good day when you open the paper in the morning and learn that Mark Sanford, The Weak's favorite hiker, is still in the running for the Republican nomination for Congress from South Carolina. Sanford, of course, is the former governor who back in 2009 told his staff he was going hiking on the Appalachian Trail and ended up in Argentina in the arms of his mistress.