Maybe listening is overrated

MAYBE LISTENING IS OVERRATED…. GOP leaders, over the weekend:

“What we’re trying to do here today is kick off a series of town hall forums so that we can get back to listening to the people,” Cantor told CNN on Sunday morning as he kicked off the rebranding effort.

Listening to people can make a difference,” declared Mitt Romney while sitting on stage with Cantor during the first event. “That’s what we’re talking about here, we’re listening to people.”

Fellow GOP luminary Jeb Bush sounded like an echo: “I’m actually optimistic [about the future], if we have the humility to start listening and learning…”

Rush Limbaugh, Monday:

“We do not need a listening tour; we need a teaching tour. That is what the Republican Party, or, slash, the conservative movement needs to focus on. Listening tour ain’t it.”

Eric Cantor, this morning:

“You know, Joe, really, this — this is not a listening tour…. What the National Council for a New America is, is an opportunity for us to go out across this country to talk about our conservative principles….”

Just so we’re clear, less than a week after unveiling their new latest initiative, Republican leaders are rebranding the rebranding, at least in part because a radio talk-show host didn’t approve.


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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.